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Magnus Carlsen vs Surya Shekhar Ganguly
"Tromp and Circumstance" (game of the day Feb-20-2012)
6th Dubai Open (2004), Dubai UAE, rd 7, Apr-25
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  1-0


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Apr-01-07  Resignation Trap: According to the score in "Wonderboy", White's last move was 43.Rb6+ and Black resigned since after 43...Ka7, 44.Rc6 and "Black loses nearly all his Pawns".
Feb-20-12  ZeejDonnelly: Really not the most exciting game, but nice execution by Carlsen with a superior minor piece. Fine pun on the Trompowsky Attack as well.
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  notyetagm: <Resignation Trap: According to the score in "Wonderboy", White's last move was 43.Rb6+ and Black resigned since after 43...Ka7, 44.Rc6 and "Black loses nearly all his Pawns".>

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  notyetagm: Game Collection: THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD -- Heisman

Carlsen vs Ganguly, 2004 47 Rb6-c6 attacks Black c7-knight defender of the a6-,e6-pawns

Feb-20-12  Golfergopher: I don't really understand the opening. It seems to me that 4...Qa5+ is more logical than the immediate Nf6. You fix his pawn on c3 preventing the knight from going there later. However looking at the opening explorer, it seems that both are often played. If someone could shed some light on the various merits of each move that'd be great.

On the game itself it seems to me that 8.e5 gives white a very comfortable position after the opening. After the queens come off and white castles queenside, White's pieces look much better than their black counterparts. Carlsen capitalizes on this advantage to trade down into an endgame with a sizable plus.

Feb-20-12  asiduodiego: Outstanding endgame technique by Carlsen, an instructive game about the dominance of Bishop vs Knight in open endgames. I loved 30. Bg5! Rg8, 31. Be3 Nd5 32. Bc6+ Kd7, 33. Rxc4 and keeps the pawn. It looks so easy, it's almost like Capablanca.
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  DarthStapler: Interestingly, a position similar to that after move 26 here with the bishop and pawns on the kingside recently occurred in one of my own games.
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  Penguincw: Hmm. No double check threat, but there is a double attack threat.
Feb-20-12  zeblakob: Seems that Karpov is playing white.
Feb-20-12  master of defence: Why not 6. cxb6? Or 39... Rxf3? Or 41... Rxb2?
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  Gilmoy: <Golfergopher: 4...Qa5+ more logical> But also highly committal, and not that great of an outpost. 5.c3 Nf6 6.d5 and White has the autopilot e4-e5 threat (which is nothing new, but still annoying).

From the meta-game perspective, White chose the Tromp to unbook Black's QGD/KID/QID prep. This suggests that White has studied all the lines. So maybe Black didn't play it <because> it was expected: he's trying to diverge ASAP.

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  Gilmoy: <master of defence: Why not 6. cxb6?> 13-year-old Carlsen (only a few months shy of GM-hood) already prefers to develop instead of grub. He treats <5.dxc5 b6?!> as a Benko-like invitation. Accepting 6.cxb6 Qxb6 gives Black space, an annoying fork, and tempi to seize the center, while White must scramble on defense.

So Carlsen <ignores> it, and <6.Nc3> is clearance to castle long. He's already playing the game in his head 4-6 moves in advance. <5.dxc5> was just to prevent an easy d6, not for the material; he doesn't care about holding it. Now the shoe's on the other foot: Black spends 3 tempi just for an elaborate pawn trade, and never a breath to stop the <7.e4 8.e5> plan. Then White gets to castle with check (+1 tempo), and Black must self-pin (-1 tempo to eventually break it), so White jumps out to a space + time lead. Even thereafter, <11..Bb7> is biting on granite, while <13.Bc4> snipes yet another tempo.

<Or 39... Rxf3? Or 41... Rxb2?> (40,42).Rd7. Then White's K walk to hide from R checks is ending with an outright mate threat in the corner, so he can just ignore White's f-pawn/Q for fully 4+1 tempi (since Black doesn't even queen with check).

Black's only hope was to keep checking or threaten Rxc4 defending Nc7.

Feb-20-12  King Death: I like Carlsen's practical decision not to grab the pawn at move 6, he understood that he was probably playing into some home cooking. This sacrifice reminds me a little of one from a sideline in the KID Samisch (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.f3?! c5 6.dc b6) Unfortunately there's no fun in the King's Indian if White plays 5.Be3 instead, it transposes back to normal lines.
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  kevin86: The opening was unusual. The rest of the game was run of the mill-I liked the pun,however.
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