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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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  chancho: <notyetagm> LOL!
Dec-15-05  Akavall: It was hilarious when <notyetagm> had a Topalov avatar :).
Dec-15-05  Koster: I agree about the inactive bishops, keeping the knight in the game, so maybe 24...Bg7 instead of Nf5 was the best chance to save the game. earlier i was looking at 13...bxc4 instead of b4. It looks dangerous to open lines this way but it does start to tear down white's center. Another possibility, 16...Bg7 instaed of fxg5. If none of this works maybe the line is just better for white...
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  Boomie: 9. Bxb5 looks good. <Square Dance> The knights work better than the bishop here because black's pawns are controlling the white squares.

9. Bxb5 axb5 10. Ncxb5

Usually with this sacrifice, the d-knight takes the pawn. That's because with the queen on d1, the knight can then go to d6. Here the knight on d4 keeps the black queen off of c6 where it can cause problems.

(10. Ndxb5 Qe5 11. f4 Qc5+ 12. Be3 Qc6=)

10...Qb6 11. Be3

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  Boomie: 8. Bxb5 is also good for white but maybe not decisive. Still in the final position, the lead in development and outside passed pawns may be enough.

8. Bxb5 axb5 9. Ndxb5 Qe5 10. Qf3 Qc5 11. Be3 Qc6 12. Qg3 Na6 13. Rfd1 Nf6

(13...g6 14. Nd6+ Bxd6 15. Rxd6 Qc8

(15...Qc4 16. Rad1)

16. Nb5 Kf8

(16...Qxc2 17. Rd2 Qc6 18. Nd6+ )

17. Rad1 )

14. Nd6+ Bxd6 15. Rxd6 Nxe4 16. Rxc6 Nxg3 17. Rb6 Bxg2 18. fxg3 Bh3 { (0.80/12)

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?
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  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.

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  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.

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  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??
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  Whitehat1963: Another nominee for "Best Game Ever by a 15-year-old"?
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  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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