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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Beliavsky
Corus Group B (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-19
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0


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Jan-21-06  Hidden Skillz: <notyetagm>im pretty sure kasparov saw the Nh4 move.. but rather chose the other line for the public.. even my program gave his line
Jan-24-06  Whitehat1963: So what's the best finish in this game?
Jan-24-06  notyetagm: The threat is to capture the Black g7-pawn and <remove the guard> with 20 ... ♖g8 21 ♘xg7! ♖xg7 22 ♗xf6, winning a whole rook.
Jan-27-06  avidfan:

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17.Bc1-g5 shows how valuable pinning the KN can be when Black ignores it by exd4. 18.Nh5 adds more pressure on N/f6. 18..dxc3 is punished by 19.Nh4 and 20.Nf5 when Black loses. White is effectively two pieces ahead with this kingside attack.

Feb-02-06  2nr: I would expected Beliavsky to play better than this.
Feb-03-06  LIFE Master AJ: This game is annotated on the following website. (
Feb-03-06  AdrianP: Nice site but the annotations are awful. See e.g. the annotation to Beliavsky's last move - something like "Black's position is simply hopeless ( )". " " does not mean hopeless, it means White has a clear advantage. I could go on.
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  Appaz: Analyzing variations down to 1 ply!

The annotations could be sumarized like this: "I believe they played a sideline in the 'Archangelesk System', and white (a very talented player) won".

Feb-03-06  LIFE Master AJ: <Appaz>
You didn't bother to look, by clicking on the sub-variation choices, many of the sidelines go 5-10 moves deep.
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  Appaz: <LIFE Master AJ> I apologize! My fault, I didn't understand the GUI.

I liked the GUI when I took a closer look.

Feb-06-06  LIFE Master AJ: <Appaz>
No problem.

Its an unusual interface, but once you understand it, it is fairly easy to follow a game ... AND the variations.

It took almost two full days of work to produce that, I wanted to be sure of the analysis. Also - any time you get into repeated DB searches (by position), that can take a lot of time. (I was looking for a game similar to that one. I also was checking out the theory of the line. The best way to learn a line like that is to play over about a dozen games in that variation.)

I have played the Giuoco all my life, so my experience in this line is rather limited. (I can only think of 2 tournament games I have played in this line. One example would be A J Goldsby vs S Muhammad, 2001)

Feb-06-06  CowardlyKnight: <Sometimes Carlsen makes it look so easy, me iz impressed.> It looks easy because it was. Belieavsky just blundered.
Feb-07-06  LIFE Master AJ: Hmmm. So you would have also defeated GM A. Beliavsky in 20 moves?
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  chancho: <Hmmm. So you would have also defeated GM A. Beliavsky in 20 moves?>

Hmmm, he never said that.

Feb-08-06  hayton3: Just getting back to the game - that was a super sharp piece of calculation/visualisation by Carlsen; and all the more pleasing for the 3 time knight tango that led to it.
Feb-08-06  LIFE Master AJ: In the end, Carlsen won tied for 1st in the "B" section. This is a fantastic achievement for an adult chess player, but considering that Magnus is only 15 years old ...
Feb-12-06  LIFE Master AJ: Its a good game ... did anyone get a chance to take a look at my analysis yet?
Apr-22-06  Open Defence: <9..♘a5> I really dont see the point of that move .. unlike the main Chigorin line Black is not going to play c5 .. at least not while the Bishop is on c5 .. and if one plans to exchange the Lopez Bishop with ♗e6 ..9..♘a5 just puts a piece out of play ..I wonder if anyone has done an analysis on a Breyer style ♘b8 regrouping to d7 later in the opening ...
Jun-03-08  notyetagm: White to play: 18 ?

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I just love how Carlsen's knights just march up the board in this game.

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Jun-28-08  LIFE Master AJ: This game is (now) in John Nunn's new book, "Winning Quickly at Chess."
Jul-02-08  Salaskan: A possible continuation:
20...Rg8 21. Nfxg7 Rxg7 22.Bxf6! Qb8 23. Bxg7+ Kg8 24. Qg4 f5 (24...(any) 25. Bh6+ Kh8 26. Qg7#) 25.Bh6+ Kf7 26. Qg7+ Ke8 (26...Ke6 27. Nf4#) 27. Nf6+ Kd8 28.Qf8#
Jul-07-08  sentriclecub: <LIFE Master AJ: Its a good game ... did anyone get a chance to take a look at my analysis yet?> Very good analysis, I saw that its now 2 years old but still every bit as helpful. I'm actually trying to wean myself off of chess, because I think so many other aspects of life deserve an extra year of hobbythusiasm--music, string theory, philosophy(voltaire, koeflin, leichtenstien), family(alyson, alexis) and personal (create an amateur stirling engine, realize the value of being 24 and receiving the fortunate gift to be at the age where I can make profound adjustments not too late).

Ultimately, I am a Floridian and I think the most dire decision is offshore drilling. My thought is to drill + hoard, which is a compromise to the 'no drill' lefties and the 'drill and capitalize' righties.

I'm only like 8 years older than Carlsen, but he needs to realize that there is more to life than chess, as especially indicated by 12. c3 theory maybe, but its just a fool's errand. Carlsen knew his opponent would drop his guard after such a reassuring move. Little did Beliavsky (who was no stranger to the white side of the Ruy) have such hindsight full of regret, maybe owed to the pressures and fears presented to him.

I watched an annotated youtube game by kingscrusher, and a related video talked about an interview "playing a young chess prodigy" and truth hides behind no shadow. Alexander beat himself before the 15th move. Let us hope that some chess lessons can be learned from this game and some abstract analogous tie-ins to real actual life, even if this is just a chess entertainment website.

Jul-17-09  szachista: Nice finish would be:
20. ... ♖g8
21. ♘h6 ♖f8
22. ♗xf6 gxf6
23. ♕g4
Jun-24-10  TrollKing: <LIFE Master AJ: Its a good game ... did anyone get a chance to take a look at my analysis yet?>

With all due respect, when a game between two GM's ends in 20 moves, somebody blundered.

Jun-25-10  LIFE Master AJ: Many apologies to all.

Apparently, the owner of the WCA website, (; has let the thing die. (The web page that I mentioned is not available anymore.)

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