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Jon Ludvig Hammer vs Magnus Carlsen
"Can't Touch This" (game of the day Aug-03-09)
WYCC - B14 (2003)  ·  Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A04)  ·  0-1
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Feb-14-12  squaresquat: The puzzle was a hoot. It's not the pieces its the squares; be aware of the square. Fred Reinfeld
Feb-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Memethecat: Maybe CG changed the natural order of things because VD is today, thereby allowing le feme the last word.
Feb-14-12  jackpawn: Found immediately. Based on the comments I was not alone in being a tactical genius! :)
Feb-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Arcturus: Ha ha !
"Can't touch this"
. . . . sounds like my last Valentine's Day date
Feb-14-12  PurpleHornet: Someone said that....Every piece casts a shadow...

I just could not figure it out from the white side...flipped board and instantly it appeared out of nowhere...

Feb-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: Opening d6 f6 g6 bite dog indig o kingside surge so you tease hit

2...bg4 warning cat of 9.d5 c5! ayes (A41) in chigorin like

M Peek vs Akobian, 2012

Pc3 I deep in h5 f4 a lump re4 drag up isnt it reading e2 god ele

see h4 er bask a chin queenh5+ easy it stem in escry it littled

in feint h4 0l I see in ground at epiphany h5 mop trumble f4

edict in establishment kid you nought without active pieces in

good call it hold in rook+ TN xe5 it hopes in bad bb5 could

someone explain it?

Feb-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: A very simple problem. This must have been a blitz game.
Feb-14-12  Whitehat1963: More of a Monday puzzle.
Feb-14-12  psmith: I'm with <Whitehat1963>.
Feb-14-12  Crispy Seagull: I feel so proud that I saw this almost instantly. Heck, I might haver even seen it in a real game! I think they got Monday and Tuesday mixed up this week.
Feb-14-12  Penguincw: It looked interesting when the two Norwegians faced, but I didn't saw the queen sac. A lot of people are saying that this was more of a Monday puzzle, and yesterday was more of Tuesday puzzle. However, to me, it's more of the opposite. It must be because of my brain or something.
Feb-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: <Penguincw> I have a theory...

When we look at a chess puzzle, sometimes we see <plans> and sometimes we see <moves>.

What do I mean? I think today's POTD is most easily solved if you spot the overall plan. The white king is trapped on the h file and white doesn't have any defensive pieces which can block that file. So any unanswerable rook or queen check on the h file will be mate. So then we look for ways to check on the h file, and that's when we see that the g pawn is overworked. It "prevents" the queen from playing Qh5+ and it "prevents" the rook from Rh4+. Get rid of the g4 pawn with tempo and the game is won.

By contrast, Monday's POTD seemed to appeal more to people who look first at moves. We had a fairly obvious rook sac to examine, even if we didn't know what it would lead to.

Most of us have a natural inclination to one or other of these two types of thinking. You can see that when people write down their thoughts. Some immediately start identifying candidate moves and assessing variations. Others take a while to scan the position and look for features, strengths, weaknesses and plans.

I've noticed that my thinking patterns have changed as I've got older. When I was young I used to dive straight and look at promising moves. I followed rules like "examine every check and capture". I read GMs talking about "the move that the position demands" and I fondly imagined that I had similar levels of experience and insight.

Then I went through a dreamy phase of looking for plans in almost every position.

Now I seem to flip between the two. Sometimes I look at a position and see a move that I really want to get to know better. Other times I will let me eye wander dreamily over the hills and valleys of a position before I get down and dirty with actual moves.

If you found yesterday's POTD easier than today's, it may be that your natural thinking style is to look at specific moves first. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. And in many cases it's the fastest way to find a solution.

But if you don't find a move you like quickly, you might like to switch to plan mode for a while. Look for dynamic and static features of the position - loose pieces, pins, forks, weak kings - that sort of thing.

Feb-14-12  Penguincw: < Once >

Thanks for the info. I think my brain does like to think of specific moves, although it does backfire.

Feb-14-12  srag: Easier than yesterday, right?
Feb-14-12  Crispy Seagull: What was white planning with 16. Be3? Seems easy to see now obviously, when we know the outcome, but I wonder can't help but wonder why he would leave the pawn unprotected. I'm sure at 13 he was still a better player than I'll ever be, so perhaps there was a plan.
Feb-14-12
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  Diademas: <once: When we look at a chess puzzle, sometimes we see <plans> and sometimes we see <moves>.> And sometimes we find ourselfs in the fortunate position that we have seen it all before. I can honestly say that this took me less than a seccond. Yesterday was not good for me. Anything more than a mate in two on a monday does that. B.t.w. good pun!
Feb-14-12
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  TheFocus: <once>< When we look at a chess puzzle, sometimes we see <plans> and sometimes we see <moves>.>

I once saw Jesus's face.

Feb-14-12  Archerforthelord: Crispy, the idea behind 16 Be3 is to trap the white knight frankly its not easy to see queen sacrifices when selecting candidate moves, at least for me its not.
Feb-14-12  stst: Q-sac again,
17..... Qh5+
18.gxh5 Rh4#
Feb-16-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: 16.Be3 was clearly to prevent Carlsen's Knight from escaping.

(Hammer followed it up with 17.Re1.)

But he underestimated 16...Rxe4.

(making Carlsen's Queen sac possible)

Jul-12-13  nopassion4jazz: Since the first move I know that carlsen using fischer's modern games rules - very good one - very instructive, and for some, this is realy persuasive :)
Jul-12-13  Mudphudder: Very pretty game. Even given the rating difference at the time.
Aug-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003

17 ... ?


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17 ... Qb5-h5+! 0-1 <pins against squares: h4-sq>


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Aug-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003

Game Collection: TIYDIIIS - THAT IS YOUR DEFENDER! IT INTERPOSES! 17 ... Qb5-h5+! 0-1 White g4-pawn interposes/shields h4-mate sq

Jan-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: This game here <Jon Ludvig Hammer vs Magnus Carlsen (2003)> demonstrates a very interesting and sophisticated version of the famous constellation of the <MATE of ANASTASIA> - whereas the games as follows D Steinwender vs R Gralla, 1972 & J Gast vs E Bhend, 1987 & T Voronova vs Vo Hong Phuong, 2000 - demonstrate the more basic version of the <MATE of ANASTASIA> ... ;-) ... anyway, our beautiful, but treacherous <Anastasia> will live forever ... in the Realm of our beloved <Queen Caissa>!
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