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Magnus Carlsen vs Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 11, Jun-02
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-06-06  sharkbenjamin: GM Magnus Carlsen is very clever in setting up traps. Note 17. Nb4 is to bait black into 18...a5. This allows 21.Nb5 with the double attack and the winning of the d6 pawn.
Sep-17-06  ashin: why couldnt carlsen capture the night on move 16??and then retake the pawn with the rook.....
Sep-17-06  positionalbrilliancy: <ashin> Magnus probably figured the trading the bishop for the knight would be more beneficial for black,comparing the pieces I would think his B is better placed. Or more likely he figured the trade might in some way decelerate his plan to maneuver his pieces to capatalize on blacks other weaknesses, that he probably figured were more important.

Good game by Carlsen, very instructive.

Sep-18-06  ashin: <positionalbrilliancy> Thanks for your help :D
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  gjergj248: 17.Bxd4 exd4 18.Rxd4 d5! Threatening Bc5 totally frees blacks game.
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  Garech: One really gets a sense of Carlsen's positional development in this game; 12.Rf2!?


Feb-16-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: DO *NOT* INTERCEPT YOUR OWN LINES PIECES!
Feb-16-12  notyetagm: PGN

[Event "37th Chess Olympiad"]
[Site "Turin ITA"]
[Date "2006.06.02"]
[EventDate "2006.05.21"]
[Round "11"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Magnus Carlsen"]
[Black "Granda-Zuniga"]
[ECO "B90"]
[WhiteElo "2646"]
[BlackElo "2631"]
[PlyCount "43"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O Nbd7 10. a4 b6 11. f3 Bb7 12. Rf2 Qc7 13. Bf1 Rfb8 14. Nc1 Nc5 15. Rd2 Ne6 16. N1a2 Nd4 17. Nb4 Rd8 18. Kh1 a5 19. Nd3 Ne6 20. Nf2 Nd7 21. Nb5 Qb8 22. Nxd6 1-0

Feb-17-12  Shams: <notyetagm> Anyone who wants the PGN can get it, there is a link right above your post. Posting the PGN in the game chat is just cluttering.
Feb-17-12  notyetagm: <Shams: <notyetagm> Anyone who wants the PGN can get it, there is a link right above your post. Posting the PGN in the game chat is just cluttering.>

I clip this page with Evernote and view the PGN that way when I am at work. I cannot access from work.

Feb-17-12  Shams: I'm afraid that makes no sense to me. If you have the PGN in evernote, why paste it here, where as you say you can't view it at work?
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  Penguincw: Geez. I never knew taking one pawn, would be the end of the world.

Nice win by young Carlsen anyways. Today, it's clearly going to be 1-0, but back then, it might be something else. :)

Nov-25-15  Underworld: Penguincw, look at the rest of the attack. The covering of the b-pawn and e-pawn will put black in a very constricted position allowing white a lot of space and a winning attack going into the endgame. With such a good position, tactics are easy to come.

Rf2 is part of opening theory and good to use since it is in front of your queen.

Black usually attacks e4 in this variation, so black playing Nd4 is off course of what the defense is meant to do.

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  perfidious: <Sorry can someone explain <notyetagm> ravings to me?>

Would probably have an easier time making sense of what <chrisowen> posts than of the constant shouting of <neverwillbeagoodplayer>.

Seeing Black's position after ....a5 reminds me of a Sicilian Taimanov I watched Brian McCarthy lose to Yudasin at the 1993 World Open. McCarthy played the usual ....e6 and ....a6 in the opening, only to move both those pawns another square and leave himself full of holes. It did not take overlong for the two-time candidate to drop the hammer.

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