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Magnus Carlsen vs Loek van Wely
DSB Bank Tweekamp (Van Wely - Carlsen) (2006), Schagen NED, rd 2, Apr-29
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0
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Apr-29-06  Marmot PFL: 14...a5 and 17...d5 are plausible moves, but look how white's pieces use b5 & c5. I don't think anything is wrong with the usual 14...Nb4 and black is a bit cramped but solid. 23...f5 speeds up the loss but was there anything good for black?
Apr-29-06  syracrophy: After 34...Bxd7 35.f6+! wins the queen
Apr-29-06  Atking: Magnus plaid a great game. So young so strong. His tactics are already among the top in World. Give up 2 pieces for a rook on move 24 winning the Queen on move 35 !
Apr-29-06  THE pawn: This phenomenon Carlsen is absolutely scary to watch. So scary in tactics that I no longer understand why someone would still open in the sicilian against him. His calculation capacities are outstanding. Van Wely should try to keep the game as positionnal as possible if he wishes to win (game one is an exemple).
Apr-30-06  twinlark: After 34...Bd7 35.Qxg7+ Ke8 36.f6 produces two separate threats of mate in one which can only be delayed for one or two moves by reckless sacrifice of material.
Apr-30-06  notyetagm: <THE pawn: This phenomenon Carlsen is absolutely scary to watch. So scary in tactics that I no longer understand why someone would still open in the sicilian against him. His calculation capacities are outstanding.>

My thoughts exactly. Playing one of these thousand-pawn moves no-development Sicilians against Magnus is suicidal. Van Wely never used his queen's rook the whole game!

Magnus seems weaker in the positionally oriented games. With Black make him play the Queen's Indian and not the Sveshnikov, for example.

Too bad we can't have a Mamedyarov-Carlsen match. What a tactical shootout that would be!

Apr-30-06
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  Mateo: <Marmot PFL: 14...a5 and 17...d5 are plausible moves, but look how white's pieces use b5 & c5. I don't think anything is wrong with the usual 14...Nb4 and black is a bit cramped but solid. 23...f5 speeds up the loss but was there anything good for black?> I agree with you for the first point (safer seems 14... Nb4).

17... d5(?) is bad, according to me. I like here 17... e5 , taking control of the d4 square. White cannot take advantage of the d5 square.

After 17... d5 (?) 18. e5 Ne4 19. Be4 de, the e pawn is lost. But after 18... Nd7, White has a big edge: d4 square and Kingside attack prospects.

<23...f5 speeds up the loss> but if Black plays anything else, White wins a pawn. For instance, 23... Qc7 24. Qe4.

Apr-30-06
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  Mateo: <twinlark: After 34...Bd7 35.Qxg7+ Ke8 36.f6 produces two separate threats of mate in one which can only be delayed for one or two moves by reckless sacrifice of material.> 35. Qg7 is a blunder on account of 35... Nf7, and Black wins! As <syracrophy> said 35. f6 wins for White.
Apr-30-06  twinlark: <Mateo> oops.
May-02-06  Idling: wonderful, wonderful game by magnus. i hope he wins the championship in '07. this kid is very dangerous. hope he continue his fine play. actually, i can't wait for his next games.
Jun-01-06  knightpower: too too good a game by this so very yound kid ... bravo
Dec-14-06  yaumil: plays like Tal.....
Feb-06-08  notyetagm: <syracrophy: After 34...Bxd7 35.f6+! wins the queen>


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A tactical masterpiece by Magnus Carlsen.

Sep-20-10  technical draw: This game has two en-passant captures. I wonder how many other games have two or more en-passant captures. It might make for an interesting collection. If anyone knows of other games please let me know.
Jun-14-11  kinkar88: <twinlark><After 34...Bd7 35.Qxg7+ Ke8 36.f6 produces two separate threats of mate in one which can only be delayed for one or two moves by reckless sacrifice of material.> as far as i concern,35.Qxg7+ can be met by 35....Nf7, after which i don,t see any winning continuation for white!! Then why did magnus play 34.Rd7+!! The point is after 34....BXd7, white will play 35.f6+ and on the following move the black Queen is falling!!.... the combination is...... 34.Rd7 Bxd7,35.f6+ ...(black any move) and 36.Qxe4....
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