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Magnus Carlsen vs Stein Arild Aarland
NOR-chT final (2002), Oslo NOR, rd 3, May-10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Feb-17-10  Josue Ojeda: wow that 52... Ba5 move of black was really somenthing against the two pawns of carlsen... blew my mind.
Feb-17-10  Udit Narayan: I thought it said "Carlsen vs Anand" upon first glance. Definitely, 52...♗a5 was an excellent drawing resource. Even at such a young age, we can witness the seeds of genius in Magnus.
Feb-17-10  iamsheaf: <Udit Narayan> Ba5 was played by his opponent, but you can say that since his opponent had to play such a move to save a game :-D
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  FSR: Could be a Thursday-ish puzzle after 52.Kg3.
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  beatgiant: White must have been winning for a long time, right? Where did he finally throw away the win?

For example 33. Rxd6 Rxd6 34. Bxe5 Rd2 35. Bg3, followed by pushing the queenside pawns, looks like a pretty foolproof way to win.

Mar-05-14  DaringSpeculator: After the move 47...Bb6,

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The position on the board is absolutely winning; 48.Bh6! wins while 48.e4? throws it away.

It is comforting to know that the 12 year old Carlsen wasn't flawless and that he was still learning the endgame.

Every chess master was once a beginner. Irving Chernev

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  fredthebear: Magnus Carlsen became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years and 148 days. He is a chess prodigy that had various GMs for coaches for half his lifetime when this game was played. (FTB has read that Carlsen has a photographic memory like Bobby Fischer had.) Carlsen would have known that a passed rook's pawn with the "wrong colored bishop" is drawn.

In the final position above, White wins easily with a light-squared bishop to flush the Black king out of the light corner square (assuming the White king protects the passed a-pawn from direct capture).

The strange looking 52...Ba5 is a fine drawing move regardless of White's reaction. Carlsen has no reasonable chance to win at that point. If White tries to push the b-pawn up the b-file, the bishop would capture on b6 and the result is a draw.

The passed a-pawns are of no use without a light-squared bishop to check the Black king out of the light-squared corner a8.

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