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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Magnus Carlsen
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 12, Jun-03
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Ulvestad Variation (C57)  ·  0-1


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Jun-05-06  alicefujimori: I am amazed that nobody kibitzed in this page yet. Carlsen's 25...Rad8 was just too good.
Jun-05-06  percyblakeney: Naiditsch actually had a good Olympiad with a 2700+ performance in spite of his two losses. Carlsen's win with black was no less impressive than Kramnik's with white, but attracted less attention since the latter was Kramnik's comeback game. Carlsen now has +2 -0 =3 in five games against Naiditsch (four of them with black).
Jun-05-06  Xaurus: This is one of my new favorite Carlsen games. Very impressive to beat an in-shape Naiditsch with the black pieces!
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  Chnebelgrind: <with black> and particularly with this antiquated opening!
Jun-05-06  alicefujimori: It's also amazing looking at the percentages of wins that Black has scored with this variation of the Two Knight's Defence in the <> database. (Something like 50%)
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  tamar: <Carlsen's 25...Rad8 was just too good.>

If 26 hxg4 Nxg4 27 Qe2 h5! looks like the main idea.

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The threat is ...Rf2, but if 28 Rf1 Qd4+ 29 Kh1 Rf2 White cannot take because the rook on a1 would hang after Nf2+

Jun-19-06  notyetagm: <alicefujimori: I am amazed that nobody kibitzed in this page yet. Carlsen's 25...Rad8 was just too good.>

Yes, 25 ... ♖ad8!! is outstanding.

Jun-19-06  notyetagm: I love that 25 ... ♖ad8!! move. The point is simple: to penetrate down the open f-file with the f8-rook to the 7th rank f2-square. <The 7th rank above all>, said Nimzowitsch.

The idea is simple, of course, but not the execution.

Jun-20-06  notyetagm: From the Rybka forum, here is Rybka's analysis of the position right before Magnus played 25 ... ♖ad8!!:

< RandomVisitor: <notyetagm>Rybka can do deep analysis and see sequences that might be missed. Here is deep analysis on your position - each move here took 3 minutes to calculate:

1...Rad8 2.Bf1 [2.b4 Rf7 (2...Bh5 3.Bf1 (3.Nb3 Rd6 (3...Rf7 4.Nc5 Rd6 5.Rcb1 Qc3 6.Re1= -0.20/22 ) 4.g4 Bxg4 5.Bf1 Bh5 6.Rcb1 -0.78/22 ) 3...Nh7 (3...Rf7 4.g4 Bg6 5.Nb3 Rdf8 6.Be2= -0.22/21 ) 4.Rcb1 Qc3 5.Rc1 Qxb4 6.Rab1 -0.29/21 ) 3.Nb3 (3.Bf1 Bh5 (3...Rdf8 4.Rab1 Qxa2 5.Ra1 Qb2 6.Rab1= 0.00/26 ) 4.Rcb1 Qc3 5.Rc1 Qxb4 6.Rc5 -0.43/20 ) 3...Be2 (3...Bh5 4.Nc5 c6 5.Rab1 Qxa2 6.Ra1 -0.29/23 ) 4.Nc5 Qd4 5.Qxd4 Rxd4 6.Rc3 -0.42/23 ; 2.Re1 Bh5 (2...c5 3.Bf1 (3.Nf3 Bxf3 (3...Bh5 4.g4 Be8 5.Reb1 Qc3 6.Rc1 -0.43/23 ) 4.Bxf3 Nh7 5.h4 Nf6 6.Be2 -0.76/21 ) 3...Bh5 (3...Rf7 4.Reb1 Qc3 5.Rc1 Qb2 6.Rcb1= 0.00/25 ) 4.Reb1 Qd4 5.Qxd4 cxd4 6.Re1 -0.46/24 ) 3.Bf1 (3.Reb1 Qc2 (3...Qc3 4.Bf1 Qb4 5.Rc1 Rc8 6.Rc6 -0.43/21 ) 4.Bf1 Rc8 5.Rc1 Qb2 6.Rcb1 -0.55/20 ) 3...Nd7 (3...Rc8 4.Reb1 Qc3 5.Rc1 Qb4 6.Rc6 -0.45/22 ) 4.Reb1 Qd4 5.Qxd4 exd4 6.b4 -0.47/24 ]

2...Bh5 [2...Rf7 3.Rcb1 (3.Rab1 Qxa2 4.Ra1 Qb2 5.Rab1 Qa2 6.Ra1= 0.00/25 ) 3...Qc2 (3...Qc3 4.Rc1 Qb2 5.Rcb1 Qc2 6.Rc1= 0.00/26 ) 4.Rc1 Qb2 5.Rcb1 Qc3 6.Rc1= 0.00/25 ]

3.g4 [3.Rcb1 Qc3 (3...Qc2 4.Rc1 Qb2 5.Rcb1 Qc3 6.Rc1= -0.17/21 ) 4.Rc1 Qa5 5.b4 Qxb4 6.Rxc7 -0.38/20 ]

3...Bxg4 [3...Be8 4.Nf3 Nd7 5.Be2 Rf6 6.Qf2= -0.20/22 ]

4.Rab1 Qxa2 5.Ra1 Qb2 6.Rab1 -0.34/23 Line >

Jul-11-06  Whitehat1963: Carlsen demonstrates the value of passed pawns, and wins a recent game that features the Opening of the Day.
Nov-19-07  notyetagm: <alicefujimori: It's also amazing looking at the percentages of wins that Black has scored with this variation of the Two Knight's Defence in the <> database. (Something like 50%)>


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Nov-22-07  black knight c6: I just can't imagine how bad Naiditsch must have felt when on 47 Kc2 - White's king finally comes to aid the defense of the a2 pawn - black simply starts rolling another one the other side of the board where his king just left!

And the foresight of Rad8 to create that... brilliant.

Nov-25-07  notyetagm: <Whitehat1963: Carlsen demonstrates the value of passed pawns, ...>

The passed pawn is a criminal which must be kept under lock and key. -- Nimzowitsch

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  whiteshark: This game must have impressed Naiditsch so much that he tried it as black the other day, too: Vallejo-Pons vs Naiditsch, 2007
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  sandtime: What a pretty finish ! Arkadi in a ditch.
Jan-14-12  Rosbach: After 5...b5 I am not sure what is the best for White - 6.Bf1 as in the game or 6.Nc3 or simply 6.dxc6? (the opening explorer suggests 6.Nc3)
May-03-12  jvenner: why not 7. Nxf7
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  Garech: Great game from Carlsen; this line with 5...b5 looks pretty interesting!


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