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Jon Ludvig Hammer vs Magnus Carlsen
"Can't Touch This" (game of the day Aug-03-2009)
WYCC - B14 (2003), Halkidiki GRE, rd 1, Oct-23
Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  0-1
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Feb-14-12
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  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
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  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  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
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  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  notyetagm: J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003

17 ... ?


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17 ... ♕b5-h5+! 0-1 <pins against squares: h4-sq>


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Aug-06-13  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
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  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>!
Dec-25-14  Dave12: nice... i'd say after playing 13..Ne2, king's move, BxN and Be3, there is no way to defend the N from Re8, and then continues Rxg4 Qxe2 with no compensation for material. but Magnus saw all this and found the blow 17..Qh5
Nov-16-15
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  gars: After 11) ...Qg5 Black pieces spring to life and simply smash White's game. Amazing!
Nov-16-15  pedro99: Once you've seen this it sticks; a bit like the Reti Tartakower sac
Nov-16-15
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  Tabanus: No blitz game, but rather time pressure (at move 17?) if I remember correctly. I think it's from here:

http://www.chess-results.com/tnr137...

Nov-16-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <Arcturus: Ha ha !
"Can't touch this"
. . . . sounds like my last Valentine's Day date>

Hilarious!

Nov-16-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <TheFocus: <once>< When we look at a chess puzzle, sometimes we see <plans> and sometimes we see <moves>.>

I once saw Jesus's face.>

Exile on Main St.

Feb-05-16
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  yiotta: Magnusifent !!
Sep-06-16  Alexandro: The correct defence to whites on the 15th move would be c4 impeding the sequence that brought checkmate!
Aug-17-17  Marcelo Bruno: It's a position that results in the anastasia's mate after 18. gxh5 Rh4#.
Nov-18-17  John Abraham: nice miniature
Nov-22-17  refi: I think Hammer should attacked Carlsen at move 16 with Pawn to a4!
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