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Magnus Carlsen vs Hans Krogh Harestad
"Hans on Experience" (game of the day Oct-24-11)
Politiken Cup 2003  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0
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Oct-24-11
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  Capablanca44: After the Knight sacrifice (35.Nh5+ gxh5)a b1 h7 diagonal is opened up for the Bishop at c1.

Then the sacrifice of the Queen (36.Qxg5 fxg5)opens up the f1 f8 file enabling the Rook to give a deadly check at f7.

The tempting King capture of the Knight (37... Kxh6) is in fact a deflection allowing the Rook to deliver mate (38.Rxh7#).

Two Knights and a Queen are sacrificed to allow the mate by Rook and Bishop.

The most essential point is that the sacrifices opened up lines that allowed mate to be inevitable.

A very effective attack!!! Note that Carlsen had six pieces involved in the attack.

Oct-24-11  KingV93: Fantastic ending! This is the kind of stuff that makes me yearn for having the time in life that allows me to play OTB enough to approach trying to find these kinds of ideas. Deep and brilliant!
Oct-24-11  Chessfugitive: Hans K H-Arrested
Oct-24-11  psmith: <Lennonfan> After about 3 minutes on an old and slow computer, the old Fritz 5.32 program is showing this as its top line:

33. Qh4 Bd7 34. e5 dxe5 35. Nh5+ Kh8 36. Bxg5 gxh5 37. Rxf6 Qa2 eval 1.22

Good enough?

Oct-24-11
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  kevin86: So the knight is lost and no Arabian mate? Let's use the bishop for a similar trick...
Oct-24-11
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  Memethecat: <capablanca44> < king capture of the knight is in fact a deflection>??? Sorry mate but your way off, the king is in fact in check & is forced to choose between h6 & h8, the result is the same either way. Deflection is something else altogether.
Oct-25-11  Magic Castle: <Phony Benoni> It is not that simple because black counters by gh5 regaining the piece. Better is 36. Nf6 with a much better result.
Oct-25-11
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  Shams: <Magic Castle> Your line allows mate in one.
Oct-28-11  weisyschwarz: I had chosen this game a while back for my pun submission list, wwith the pun, "Hareline Fracture".
Oct-28-11
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  sevenseaman: Carlsen hatched a monstrous plan! Wasn't there a simpler way of winning?
Nov-01-11
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  eternaloptimist: @weisyschwarz: I actually like your pun better than the pun used for this game.

Carlsen's plan was just ingenious in this game! Typical Carlsen...preparatory, logical, tricky & bold. He tricked Harestad into moving his heavy pieces on the a-file by opening that file by P exchanges. Then after Harestad's heavy pieces were out of position to defend his Kside, Carlsen got his pieces into position to attack & lowered the boom on Harestad...very entertaining & instructive game!

Apr-07-12
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  MarkFinan: Iv'e just been looking for this game, it's just one of those games you just don't forget.. Genius, Genius, Genius!

This guy has to be WC at some point in his career, if not it would be the biggest waste of talent i can think of ever chesswise..

Brilliant, totally brilliant, i don't care what the engines say, its a classic..

And i *thought* i could play at this age????????

May-17-12  Llawdogg: Wonder Boy! Both knights and his queen!
May-17-12
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  FSR: Yowza!
May-17-12  LoveThatJoker: Something right out of Morphy!

LTJ

Oct-17-12
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK5U...

Oct-18-12
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: LINE-OPENING SACRIFICES: TARGET -> LOOSE SQUARE
Oct-18-12
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  notyetagm: Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003

Some *incredible* <LINE-OPENING SACRIFICES> by Carlsen in this game.

And at the age of 12(!!).

Oct-18-12
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: NOTYETAGM'S ABSOLUTE FAVORITE GAMES
Dec-13-12  pericles of athens: My goodness. What a tremendous game.
May-19-13  jffun1958: 35. ... Kxh6 36. Nxf6 Kg7 37. Qxh7 37. Kf8 38. Qg8#
Jul-17-13  phil6875: <Magic Castle> Yes, 36...gxh5 regains the piece but then 37. Bxf6 Bxf6 38. d6 now if 38...Qxd6 or 38...Ne4 it's Mate in 9 if 38...Ke8 Mate in 6.
Aug-20-13  senojes: >i wander if any engines would have got this combo from move 33 even???

Houdini 3 x64 after 33...Bd7 sees the combination beginning with 34. e5 dxe5 35. Nh5+ but gives as best 34. Nh5+ gxh5 35. e5. I have never seen Houdini 3 miss a sound combination that a human saw. How could it when it considers every legal move, and at one point on my quad core system was calculating ~10926 thousand nodes per second (i.e. nearly 11 million positions a second), to a depth of 22-ply (11 moves each player)?

A great game by the 12 year old Carlsen, which is probably better for depth of strategy than the ~5 months older Capablanca's famous win as black against J. Corzo, much of which was a prepared variation. Even back then Carlsen must have been able to calculate multiple complex sacrificial variations accurately to a depth of at least 10-ply (5 moves each player). His opponent Harestad was ~29 when this was played and became a FIDE master.

This is the first game in Mikhalchishin & Stetsko's "Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen" (2011) and I hope to play through on Fritz 13/Houdini 3 every one of Carlsen's 64 games in that book.

Feb-15-14
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  MarkFinan: This is still my favourite Carlsen game! I don't care if he was 13 year old, it's definitely his first classic. In 200yrs when future versions of us are interacting on a future version of this website and they're talking about 'That past great. Magnus Carlsen!' they'll talk about this game the same way some of us do about one of Morphy's early games. It's one of those games you don't forget 😃
Feb-15-14
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  john barleycorn: Great game. Is 14. ..Ra7 a patent by Harestad? 14....Rb8 is the recommendation since

G A Thomas vs Rubinstein, 1925

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