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Jan Smeets vs Magnus Carlsen
Corus Group B (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-15
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  0-1


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Jan-15-06  Saruman: Impressive win by Magnus!
Jan-15-06  suenteus po 147: If Carlsen continues to play this well into the Candidates match then he will have definitely earned his right to be there!
Jan-15-06  notsodeepthought: I admit I don't see why 36 K:g3 wouldn't be better than Kf1. The best I can see for black would then be ... Qf3+ 37 Kh2 Rf5 where white would be forced to give up his queen for the rook. The resulting endgame may favor black but it would not be easy - though maybe it would be for Carlsen. Am I missing a better line for black?
Jan-15-06  Saruman: 36.Kxg3?? Qf3+ 37.Kh2 Kg7 38.Kg1 Rh8
Jan-15-06  notsodeepthought: Ooooppps, thanks, <Saruman>, completely missed that.
Jan-15-06  babakova: I dont think Carlsen was helped that much by the FIDE 90+30 timecontrol in the world cup, in fact it led to him botching a few wins, notably one against Bareev in which he actually went on to lose.

It seems to me that Carlsen is in great form and I hope he will win corus B.

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  notyetagm: Very nice game by Magnus.

In his last Sveshnikov versus Kamsky, Gata squashed him on the queenside and wiped him out. Here Magnus gets that Sveshnikov kingside counterplay going and he does the wiping out.

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  notyetagm: Gee, the more I play through this game the more I like it.

Magnus' queen's rook just raised havoc in the White position:

20 ... ♖c8, 21 ... ♖b8, 27 ... ♖b3! <OVERWORKED>, 29 ... ♖f3, 35 ... ♖xg3+! <DISCOVERED PIN>, 39 ... ♖gf3, 41 ... ♖xb3, 43 ... ♖xg3! <REMOVE THE GUARD>

Amazingly this rook was involved in every single tactic played by Magnus! A textbook example of the threats created by an active 6th-rank rook.

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  offramp: Totally brilliant by Carlsen. It reminds me of the famous Pillsbury-Lasker game.

The white knight on d5 is quite funny. After a while he realises that - great though that square is - he is needed elsewhere.

Jan-16-06  Saruman: I think Bd8 is a monster throughout the game!
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  Appaz: <notyetagm> Nice illustration of the hard-working rook!

If I'm not wrong, the position after 19.- Bd8 is a perfect example of dynamic play from black. His position can easily be mistaken for beeing too passive, when it really is full of possibilities, as was demonstrated.

Jan-16-06  Saruman: More straightforward I guess is 36.-Qh7 37.Qe4 Qh2 38.Ke1 Rg1+ 39.Ke2 Rxf2
Jan-16-06  Saruman: 36.-Qh7 37.Ke1? Qh1+ 38.Kd2 Bg5+ 39.Ne3 Rxf2! 40.Rxf2 Bxe3+ and Bxf2 0-1
Jan-16-06  BeautyInChess: 40 ... Bc1!! Cool move. I think the idea is to get the B to b4 if the Rook goes to b1.
Jan-18-06  dakgootje: Yes a very nice game, with lots of possibilities for white to take black rook lol
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  Mateo: Beautiful tactical fireworks from the young genius.

Smeets blundered with 34. Kg2?? in a more or less equal position.

In the game actually played, after 34... hg, White cannot play 35. fg, because of 35... Rg3!! 36. fg Qf1 37. Kh2 Kg7! with a mating net.

After 35... Rg3!!, if 36. fg Qf1 37. Kh2 Kg7, with the same mating net. If 36. Kg3 Qf3 37. Kh2 Kg7, with a similar mating net.

All this shows that White should have played 34. Rb1, securing the first rank.

Sep-27-06  Whitehat1963: Nice little Tuesday puzzle after 43. Qg4.
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  notyetagm: <Mateo: ... All this shows that White should have played 34. Rb1, securing the first rank.>

Yes, then there would have been no 35 ... ♖f3xg3+! <DISCOVERED PIN> as the f1-square would *not* have been <EN PRISE> after 36 f2x♖g3??.

35 ... ♖f3xg3+! <discovered pin>

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Jul-16-12  iamdeafzed: ...43.Rxg3! Nice removal of the guard tactic by Magnus. White's totally dead after that...Qh1+, Rxg4, Rg1+ (if white moves the queen off the g-file) are all threats.
May-05-17  clement41: Nice little trick by Magnus. The threat ...Qh1+ reminds me of a game Ivanchuk - Jussupow
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