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Magnus Carlsen vs Gata Kamsky
"Child's Play" (game of the day Nov-30-2006)
FIDE World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, Dec-15
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0


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Dec-15-05  suenteus po 147: <notyetagm: He has been lost in several games during the World Cup but has fought tenaciously to salvage miracle draws.> This is exactly what I meant when I said that Kamsky hasn't exactly been a pushover right now. I apologize if this was unclear :)
Dec-15-05  sitzkrieg: Why would Kamsky play such an opening and allow thematic Nd5 against Carlsen?
Dec-15-05  square dance: <boomie> thanks for the explanation and the analysis.
Dec-16-05  thomaspaine: Wow. What a game! A very funny dialogue from seinfeld would fit this game:

Kamsky [after 11. Nd5]: Oh you're crazy.

Carlsen [after 12. exd5+]: Am I? Or am I so sane that you just blew your mind?

Kamsky [after 16. Qf3]: It's impossible.

Carlsen [after 17. Qf6]: Is it? Or is it so possible that your head is spinning like a top?

Kamsky [after 35. ...Rd8]: It can't be.

Carlsen [after 38. Re7]: Can't it? Or is your entire world just crashing down all around you?

Kamsky [after resigning]: Alright, that's enough.

Dec-23-05  Averageguy: Nd5 seems to be a common tactical motif in this opening.
Feb-15-06  waddayaplay: Carlsen won one game and lost three. But played this brilliant. A fair deal in regards efficiency vs brilliancy?
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  xenophon: my goodness
b)wish i could play like a child

as marx said(-a child of 5 could understand this-quick go and get a child of 5

Nov-30-06  TheBB: Apparently, today is Carlsens birthday. Happy birthday MC :).
Nov-30-06  Total Blunder: Yeah! Happy birthday, boy! Don't grow up so fast! Keep on playing like a child, with much pleasure!
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  kevin86: The white queen had a funny career. First,she captured a rook and was marooned in the corner-only to take but two moves to enter the attack on the queen side.

The ending is elemantary-rook and pawn for a bishop.

Nov-30-06  madlydeeply: What a great game! Carlsen is always surprising me.
Nov-12-07  randzo: What about 16.Bxf6
Feb-21-08  costachess: what about 13. ... bxc4; 14.Bxc4 d6!?
and Kamsky have got a piece advantage. What would do Carlsen? I thougth : 15.b3 to answer g6 with Bb2 and leave the queen free to move. But black plays Kd8 and now what do white do? Do White have got advantage? Is equal? Or the piece advantage is better to black????
Feb-21-08  costachess: hein??
Apr-03-08  Whitehat1963: Another nominee for "Best Game Ever by a 15-year-old"?
Apr-03-08  Xaurus: What a great game, can't believe I missed this
Nov-11-08  notyetagm: This brilliant win by Carlsen is annotated by Carlsen himself in New In Chess Magazine 2006/1 ( and New In Chess Yearbook 79 (
Jan-21-14  GREYSTRIPE: This Sicilian Kan Opening by Grandmaster Champion Magnus Carlsen is catchet for predominance and understanding in genius. The reason is Rooks. Always is the end-game favoring the Rook. The exchange for center and Rook pieces for the E5-N5 is not only unbeatable for most everyone at the chess-board, but the first order of business in the sines of end-game chess. Sicilian Kan is not for tepid people.
Jan-23-15  rickycota: What about 16. Bxg6+? what's black continuation? If 16... hxg6 17.Qxg6+ Kd8 18. Qxf6 threatening the rook and the advance in e6. If 16... Kd8 then Bxf6 and I think is good for white.
Jan-23-15  Nerwal: <What about 16. Bxg6+? what's black continuation? If 16... hxg6 17.Qxg6+ Kd8 18. Qxf6 threatening the rook and the advance in e6. If 16... Kd8 then Bxf6 and I think is good for white.>

White's problem is that h2 is hanging in this line; 17. ♕xh8 is then forced but not good enough.

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Analysis by Houdini 4

<d 25 dpa 1. + / - (0.91): 22.Qe5+> Kc8 23.Qd4 Nf5 24.Qb6 d6 25.c5 dxc5 26.d6 Bxd6 27.Red1 Bxe4 28.Rxc5+ Bc7 29.Qxa6+ Bb7 30.Rxd8+ Kxd8 31.Qxb7 Qd7 32.Qe4 Bd6 33.Ra5 Ne7 34.Qa8+ Qc8 35.Qxc8+ Kxc8 36.Rxg5 Nf5 37.Rg4 Kd7 38.Kg2 Ke6 39.h4 Be7 40.Rc4 Bd6 41.Rc6 Kd5 42.Rb6 Bc5 43.Rb7 h6 44.Rd7+ Ke4 45.Rd1 Nd4

<d 24 dpa2. + / - (0.86): 22.Qd4> d6 23.Qb6 Rd7 24.Bg2 Bg7 25.Re2 g4 26.h3 h5 27.Rce1 Nc8 28.Qxb4 Rc7 29.hxg4 hxg4 30.Re4 Qf5 31.Rf4 Qc2 32.Bf1 Be5 33.Re2 Qb1 34.Rxg4 Qxa2 35.Rxe5 dxe5 36.Rxg6 a5 37.Qb5 Qb1 38.Rg8 Qd1 39.Re8 Qd4 40.Qxa5 Qxb2 41.Qe1 Re7

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa

<1. + / = (0.67): 21...Qc7> 22.d6 Qxd6 23.c5 Qc7 24.Bxb7 Qxb7 25.Qxh7 Nc6 26.Qxg6 Nd4 27.Re8 Rxe8 28.Qxe8+ Ka7 29.c6 dxc6 30.Qxf8 Ne2+ 31.Kg2 Nxc1 32.Qc5+ Kb8 33.Qxc1 c5+ 34.f3 Qe7 35.Qc4 Qe5 36.b3 Qb2+ 37.Kh3 Qxa2 38.Kg4 Kb7 39.Kxg5 Qxh2 40.Qd5+ Kb6 41.Qd8+ Kb7 42.Qe7+ Kb6 43.Qe6+ Kb5 44.Qd7+ Kb6 45.Qd6+ Kb7 46.Qe7+ Kb6

2. + / - (0.94): 21...Qf7 22.Qe5+ Kc8 23.Qd4 Nf5

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

<<<1. + / = (0.58): 20...Rc8> 21.Qxh7> Qf6> 22.b3 Rc7 23.Qh3 Nf5 24.Qf3 Be7 25.Rcd1 Nh4 26.Qxf6 Bxf6 27.g3 Nf5 28.Bxf5 gxf5 29.Re8+ Rc8 30.Rde1 Kc7 31.Rxc8+ Bxc8 32.Re8 d6 33.Kg2 g4 34.Rf8 Be5 35.f4 Bd4 36.Re8 Kd7

2. + / - (0.72): 20...Qc5 21.b3 h6 22.Qf6 Ka7 23.Rcd1 Rc8 24.d6 Nf5 25.Bxb7 Kxb7 26.Qxg6 Nxd6 27.h4 gxh4 28.Rd5 Qc6 29.Qg4 Kb8 30.Qxh4 Nb7 31.Qf4+ Ka7 32.Red1 Rd8 33.Rf5 Bc5 34.Rf6 d6 35.Rd5 Rg8 36.Rxh6 Qe8 37.Kh2 Qe1

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa

<1. + / = (0.51): 19...Nf5> 20.c5 Qc7 21.d6 Qa5 22.Qxh7 Bxe4 23.Rxe4 Qxc5 24.Qxg6 Nxd6 25.Ree1 Kb7 26.Rad1 Ka7 27.a3 bxa3 28.bxa3 Nb5 29.h3 Nxa3 30.Re8 Be7 31.g3 Nb5 32.Rxd8 Bxd8 33.Rxd7+ Bc7 34.Rg7 Nd4 35.Qe4 Kb6 36.Rd7 Nc6 37.Rd5 Qc1+ 38.Kg2 a5 39.Qa4 Ka7 40.Rd1

2. + / - (0.75): 19...Kb8 20.Rac1 Qc5 21.b3 Nc8 22.Qxh7 Qd4 23.Qxg6 Bc5 24.Rc2 Nd6 25.Bf3 Qf4 26.Rce2 Ka7 27.Qh5 Bd4 28.Qg4 Qf6 29.h3 Bc3 30.Rd1 Kb6 31.Be4 Bd4 32.Bc2 Bc5 33.Kh2 Bc8 34.Qg3 Rf8 35.Rf1 a5 36.Qg4 Rh8

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

<1. = (0.00): 18...Qb6> 19.g4 Kb8 20.Qxh7 Qd4 21.Rxe7 Qxd3 22.Rxd7 Rxd7 23.Qxd7 Bc5 24.Qe8+ Ka7 25.b3 Qd4 26.Rf1 Qxg4+ 27.Kh1 Qf3+ 28.Kg1 Qg4+ 29.Kh1

2. = (0.12): 18...Qf4 19.g3 Qg4 20.Qxh7 Qd4 21.Re3 Nf5 22.Bxf5 gxf5 23.Qxf5 Qxc4 24.Rd1 Qxa2 25.Rc1+ Kb8 26.Qxg5 Qa5 27.b3 Qb6 28.Qe5+ Bd6 29.Qe4 Bc5 30.Rf3 Qd6 31.Rd1 Rh8 32.Rf7 Qh6 33.h4 Qh5 34.Rf3 Re8 35.Qd3 a5 36.Rf6

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