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Magnus Carlsen vs Andre Diamant
"Hopscotch" (game of the day Aug-10-2006)
WYCC - B14 (2003), Halkidiki GRE, rd 2, Oct-24
Scotch Game: General (C45)  ·  1-0


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Aug-10-06  Naja: Kids at work! Wow!
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  RandomVisitor: Did White miss these moves?

21.Rxc5; 24.b6; 25.Qc3

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  RandomVisitor: Were these moves better for Black than what was played?

16...Re8; 21...b6; 24...cxb5; 25...cxb5

Aug-10-06  Atking: 21. ...b6 looks stronger than 21. ...c6? After 21. ...b6 I don't see what's wrong on Black side. 22.R3d3 Be6 or 22.Qd5 Rb8 23.Qc6 Bb7. Needless to say that Carlsen finished the game, beautifuly. Impressive !
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  khense: Move 32 - a great time to resign.
Aug-10-06  Kreifi: Someone like to explain the pun? :P

Nice game. I don't know if I'm seeing thing but white is winner after few moves. He is clearly better player than black.

Aug-10-06  eaglewing: <RV> All of the moves you suggest for Black I would have preferred, but I'm not a master, so perhaps, please, could someone enlighten us?

My point of view is: At 16 I might have decided for b6, because ideally I would like to have a rook at f8 and try to play Rae8 soon. Giving away the fianchetto-bishop, sometimes even for an exchange, should be always considered twice as it is often a strategical error. Especially if the fianchetto coloured enemy bishop remains on the board. So for me Re8 or b6 vs. Bxc3: 1-0

Regarding playing c6 and not cxb5 it seems that Black wanted desperately control of the square d5. The answer Qd5 comes to mind, but with this I see no lines which are so crushing to prefer these passive moves which Black played.

Therefore, I would question like you, <RV>, the White moves you mention and consider your suggestions (they look more solid), because there seem to be better answers in the game. But Carlsen is a genius, so there are reasons, I suppose.

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  Peligroso Patzer: It seems to me that doubling Rooks on the seventh a move sooner (30. Rdd7) would have been even stronger (because at that time the Black King had no moves, and it would have made 31. Bg7+ a huge threat). Carlsen might have been concerned that 30. Rdd7 would have allowed Black too much counterplay with 30. ... c4. Certainly, what 12-year-old Magnus played here was good enough to win.

With regard to the pun, I understand it to reflect two points (1) that the opening was a Scotch; and (2) that the game was played by a 12-year-old (wonder)kid. Reasonably clever, but not among the all-time-best puns for GOTD.

Aug-10-06  soberknight: <Kreifi> The opening is a Scotch game, and the game was played by adolescents. Kids like to play a game called "hopscotch"; if you don't know what that is, check Wikipedia. Also, there's a lot of knight hopping in the early middlegame.
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  EmperorAtahualpa: I had no idea what hopscotch is, so I looked it up.

hopscotch (noun): a child's game in which a player tosses an object (as a stone) into areas of a figure outlined on the ground and hops through the figure and back to regain the object.

hopscotch (intransitive verb): to move as if by hopping (e.g. hopscotched across Europe)

(Source: Merriam-Webster dictionary)

Aug-10-06  yossimimon: Hello there.
Can anyone please explain why not 23..cxb (followed maby by axb,Bxb)?


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  kevin86: A really super game! Giving up a queen for rook and bishop isn't a queen sac IMHO. The rolling of the rooks was the highlight of this one-in addition to the lone,impudent pawn.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <yossimimon> I agree that your suggestion (23. ... cxb5) would have been an improvement over Diamant's 23. ... Kh8.
Aug-10-06  yossimimon: <Peligroso Patzer>: Tx. The thing is that it looks obvious. And once the white Queen takess the pawn on c5, then black can take the pawn on e4, Threatening mate on white's first row. Another thing is that on move 22 black cann't go 22..cxb? 23Qxb! QxQ? 24Rd8+ with mate.
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  egilarne: According to my norwegian "Wonderboy" this is actually sicilian, an accelrated dragon: Blacks first move is 1-c5.

The book gives some other moves as well:
Blacks 21st move is 21-e5, not 21-c6.
Blacks 23rd and 24th has been switched - Rc8 first, and so Kh8. Whites 29th is 29.Rc7! No need to take the pawn on b7. 29-g5 was therefore never played.
The rest is correct, but one move earlier.
These failures makes some moves in the above given gamescore difficult to understand, so to say, as some kibitzers here has shown.

The pun "Hopscotch" is not quite fitting either - .

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  patzer2: Apparently, Black missed his last chance to equalize and hold the position with 25... cxb5 26. Qd5 Bc6 27. Qxc5 bxa4 28. f3 =.

After 25...Rc7??, White plays the deflection 26. b6! in order to prepare the sacrifice of his Queen and to clear the way for his passed pawn to make a decisive assault on White's now weakened castled position.

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  egilarne: patzer2: There was actually no pawn on c6 - the pawn was on e5 when black was about to play his 25th move. See my post over - I have sent a message to in order to get the gamescore corrected.
Aug-10-06  Kreifi: <soberknight> I meant that Carlsen had the winning spirit.
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