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Garry Kasparov vs Magnus Carlsen
Reykjavik Rapid (2004), Reykjavik ISL, rd 1, Mar-18
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  1-0


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Mar-19-04  ruylopez900: A fairly nice game by the youngster. Other then dropping the minor piece on move 25 he didn't embarrass himself. Anyone know what the time controls are??? (10 0? 15 0? 20 5?)
Mar-19-04  rndapology: On the main page it states 25 min, 5 sec per move. Carlsen's move is indeed bizarre, but there is also the threat of a knight check on f6. Carlsen really looks like he got owned in this game, although surviving kasparov for this long is still impressive.
Mar-19-04  Stavrogin: The main page you mention, where can i find it`?
Grateful for answer
Mar-19-04  rndapology: - the main page, on the left side where the various tournaments are listed. You can click on home from this page to get there as well.
Mar-19-04  derbyc: I think Stavrogin's request referred to this page:
Mar-19-04  lassuli: The knight check on f6 was indeed the problem: Every move of Bd7 is answered by Nf6+ and the rook on e7 falls. If 24...Rc7, 25. Nf6 and the rook on e8 falls. If 24...Re7, 25 Nf6 and Bd7 falls. The move in the game gave Carlsen a pawn for the bishop, which seems to be the best possible solution. The game was lost before these moves, however. 21...Bd7 was the last solution to equalize.
Mar-19-04  MoonlitKnight: The game reminds me of his blitz game versus the same Gazza, where he also udnerestimated the threat of an advancing pawn. On the whole, I think the pawns are not his favourite pieces. In his games, they mostly stand in the way for his heavy artillery.
Mar-19-04  waddayaplay: They say young players are better on combinations than older players.. maybe that is why he prefers pieces.
Mar-19-04  MoonlitKnight: Yes, the youngsters generally make up for lack of experience with their prodigal calculating abilities. With Magnus it is particularly so. He is almost a pure calculator, kind of like Nezhmetdinov or Polugavsky.
Mar-19-04  MoonlitKnight: Polugaevsky, that is.
Apr-24-04  chrismiceli: I am almost sure this game was rapid, or blitz.
Apr-27-04  Jack21221: Chrismiceli... do ya think? Considering the name of the frickin tournament is "Reykjavid RAPID," one would expect that it was a rapid game.
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  sergeidave: Hi Guys, I'm kind of knowing all these great young players... So far I've seen some games of Sergey Karjakin, Teimour Radjabov, and Magnus Carlsen... Is there more great young players around the same age or something? <MoonlitKnight> Now that you mentioned Nezhmetdinov and Polugaevsky, I need to replay some of their games too!! Thanks guys!
Jun-25-04  MoonlitKnight: This game has a very nice annotation video by IM Mark Diesen at, although I almost fell asleep listening to that guy.

<sergeidave> Hikaru Nakamura and Shakryiar Mamedyarov are other great youngsters.

Oct-18-04  who: Are move 3 and 4 in the wrong order?
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  acirce: <Are move 3 and 4 in the wrong order?> Well, all sources I know give it this way. Any specific reason you ask?
Nov-01-04  who: <acirce> I would have played 3...c5 or 3...e5 leaving white with a slightly akward pawn structure, though looking at the opening explorer, it seems it isn't uncommon.
Nov-01-04  Larsenb3: <MoonlitKnight>I feel that Nakamura should start playing more difficult people, it seems that as he gets older he plays less difficult people. By the way, you meant Shahriyar Mamedyarov correct?
Nov-01-04  Larsenb3: Nevermind I just found out that there are two ways people spell it. He's native to Azerbaijan same as Alekhine.
Nov-01-04  Knezh: This is the first time i hear Alekhine was from Azerbaijan.
Nov-02-04  Larsenb3: That's interesting, I had thought it was common knowledge, guess not.
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  offramp: Alekhine was born in Moscow, Halloween 1892. He died in Estoril March 24 1946.
Nov-02-04  Larsenb3: Sorry I was thinking of one of the players in the game above, Garry Kasparov, born in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku.
Dec-03-04  shakespeare918: this goes to show you can be a chess prodigy at 13 but I think mangus needs a little more experiance
Sep-22-05  Averageguy: 22.d7 is a wonderful move. The rooks are forker, taking with the queen allows 23.Nf6+ and taking with the bishop allows 23.Nd6. Great game by Kasparov! <He is almost a pure calculator, kind of like Nezhmetdinov or Polugavsky.> I understand you making the comparison to Nezhmetdinov, but as far as I know Polugaevsky wasn't a very good tactician, apparently it let him down on some occasions.
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