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Magnus Carlsen vs Sipke Ernst
"The Magnus Effect" (game of the day Jul-22-05)
Corus Group C (2004)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B19)  ·  1-0
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this very special and important Carlsen Game here:

According to Wiki it won the Audience prize, and enabled Carlsen to qualify for Corus B the following year (well Carlsen's overall tournament score). A brilliant sacrificial attack - all the more amazing because Carlsen was only 12 when this was played in January of 2004.

Dec-19-10  kevins55555: If you look at a magazine of the New South Wales Junior Chess League (NSWJCL), in one the magazines (the issue is 103) on page 42 the exact same game is there.
Jun-28-11  DrMAL: Memorable game, reminds me of the romantic period since black felt compelled to play 18...fxg6 a blunder probably decisive. After 18...Rfe8 19.Nxe7+ Rxe7 the game would have gone on as before with near equality. 20...Ng8 was a second blunder that lost faster. Amazing play by young Magnus in any case!
Nov-29-11  nikromos: 18 . . Rfe8 loses a pawn to 19. Ne7 Re7 20. dxc5 Rd1 21. Rd1 Qc5 22. Bd6
Dec-23-11  Rosbach: Good game. Nice video as well.
Feb-13-12  reilouco: Nice that when Ernst blundered with 28 .. Rf6 there was a mate in 14 (if he would play Ke8).

That's what I call a blunder. Making a mate in 14 turns into mate in one.

May-17-12  Llawdogg: Wow! What a little tactical genius!
May-17-12  LoveThatJoker: <Llawdogg> Good job commenting on this game: It is tremendous!


Jul-09-12  The Last Straw: I actually never like to give up pawns on the 7th rank like that but he wins.
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  zakkzheng: What a GREAT game played by Magnus Carlsen! Wow! Right now I can NEVER play a game like this! And, What a BEAUTIFUL checkmate
Oct-09-12  irishspy: Now that was a pretty game. The final mating attack is a joy to watch.
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  whiteshark: MC annotated this, it probably identical to <MoonlitKnight>'s translation done already in 2004:

May-09-14  gabriel112000: This game never fails to impress.
May-24-14  WJW147: This is one my favourite games. Just sit back and watch a young mechanic ply his trade.
Aug-27-14  Ke2: Honestly even Magnus's "Brilliant" game seems boring to me, sac, sac mate standard. He may be the most boring world champion ever. Just my opinion of course.
Oct-01-14  aditya GM: What about 18...Re8 ?
Oct-23-14  tranquilsimplicity: The simplest ideas are genius; Qe5+, Qf5+, Qd7#, no interest in gross material superiority, but subtle essence. Quality over quantity; brains over brawn; economy over indulgence. And the result is sheer elegance in experience and achievement!#
Jan-25-15  John Abraham: great game
Feb-04-15  Eusebius: I think all of the old masters...Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine...would have loved this game. But it's all about 18...fg6 instead of 18...Rfe8
Feb-12-15  TheBish: <chesschampion11: he is twelve years old!!!>

Actually, he was 13 when this was played. (1/24/2004, Magnus was born 11/30/1990.)

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  Mating Net: 17...c5 really doomed Black as it utterly prevented the Black Queen from joining the defense of the beleaguered Black King.
Mar-04-15  bennyvsfischer: 25...Rd6 was nice try...
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  Alex Schindler: I don't think I've ever seen an "epaulette mate" sideways and replacing the edge of the board with a rook. Can anyone find other examples of this checkmate pattern? It's quite pretty.
May-01-15  ToTheDeath: Where is this Magnus now? One of his best.
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  keypusher: <ToTheDeath> <Where is this Magnus now?>

Seriously? Here.

Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2015

Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2015

Carlsen vs Aronian, 2015

...making allowance for the fact that he's not playing the Sipke Ernsts of this world anymore.

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