|Jul-13-06|| ||Ezzy: M Carlsen (2673) - S Agdestein (2575) [C18]
Norwegian Championship Moss NOR (7), 13.07.2006
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5 <Agdestein has never played 6...Qa5 before. He always exclusively plays 6...Ne7.> 7.Bd2 Qa4 8.Qg4 g6 9.Qd1 b6 10.h4 h5 11.c4 <A new move according to the database. 11 Nf3 is the main move.> 11...Nc6 12.Nf3 Nge7 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.Be2 dxc4 15.0–0 Nd5 16.Bg5 Ba6 <Threatening 17...Nc3 18 Qd2 Nxe2 19 Qxe2 c3 with a skewer on Queen and Rook.> 17.Re1 c3 18.Bd3 Bxd3 19.Qxd3 Rb8 20.Re4 Qb5 21.Qd1 Qb6 <Agdestein now moves his Queen twice and his King twice with a plan I would never have dreamed up. He wants to transfer his King to the queenside and hopefully keep control of the b file, presuming Carlsen will have no central or kingside play.> 22.a4 Qc7 23.Qe2 Kd7 24.Rd1 Kc8 25.Be3 Na5 26.Ng5<White now threatens the strong 27 Qa6+ Rb7 28 Nxe6 or 28 Bxc5.> 26...Rd8? <Black should probably play 26...Rb6 preventing 27 Qa6+. Now Carlsen starts to tear Agdesteins position apart.> 27.Qa6+ Rb7 28.Nxf7 Qxf7 29.Bxc5 Kb8 30.Qxa5 Rc8 31.Rc4 <Threat is 32 Bd6+> 31...Qe8 32.Qa6 <Also 32 Rxd5 exd5 33 Rb4!> 32...Nb6? <Black finally cracks under the pressure.> 33.Rxc3 Ka8 34.Bxb6 <and if 34..Rxc3 35 Rd8> 1–0
26..Rd8? gives Carlsen a strong initiative with 27 Qa6+ , he then proceeds to calve up Agdestein’s position.
Excellent play by Carlsen.
|Jul-13-06|| ||Petrosian63: Carlsen looks like the new Norwegian Champion.
Well played to beat his trainer.
|Jul-13-06|| ||pebble767: I didn't see a need to transfer the king on queenside. This only resulted to lost of tempi. f7 is weak but can be easily defended. Agdestein should have just fully grip the b-file with his two rooks and support the 7th rank then go for queenside attack. On the other hand, Magnus took advantage of the situation. He prepared his kingside ie Ng5 then went for queenside attack. Great play by Carlsen! I lost my chessbucks though =(|
|Jul-14-06|| ||MrMelad: Who doesn't bet on Carlsen? The easyest bet I ever made. Took me about 1.2 seconds to consider it and place the bet..|
|Jul-14-06|| ||russianfan: <Who doesn't bet on Carlsen? The easyest bet I ever made. Took me about 1.2 seconds to consider it and place the bet..> <TIMER> bet on the draw I think. Maybe I am wrong ...|
|Jul-14-06|| ||pebble767: Actually, that was one of the most difficult bet that I've made. I know Carlsen is really good. But I considered the Agdestein playing safely and the fact that their rating difference is not that big plus he is his coach. Too bad Agdestein wasn't able to handle the middle game properly. After the opening, when I assesed the position I was confident of win or draw for Agdestein. BTW I placed my bet on draw =(|
|Jul-14-06|| ||anemone: <BTW I placed my bet on draw =(> I hope that Magnus can hold on to win the Championship after this great game!|
|Jul-14-06|| ||s4life: What a horrible game by Adgestein...|
|Jul-14-06|| ||Atking: Thanks again Ezzy for this global analysis. The turning point of this game was 23. ...Kd7?. Why not simply 23. ...0-0 ? After 26. ...Rd8? you are right (26. ...Rb6 is balanced), White is better and his advantage became quickly decisive. Strangely enought boths players refrains to play quite natural move as 12.c3! (What seems the point of White's strong novelty 11.c4!). As yesterday I noted on this site 12.c3! QxQd1+ 13.RxQd1 Then a) 13. ...Ba6 14.cxd BxBf1 15.KxBf1 exd 16.dxc as now 16. ...Nxe5? 17.Re1 b) 13. ...dxc 14.Bxc4 cxd 15.cxd Nxd4 16.Bg5 as 16. ...Nc2+ 17.Ke2 the mate in d8 gives the time to play Rh3 and Rc3 or Rd3 c) 13. ...cxd 14.cxd exd 15.Bb5 Bd7 16.BxNc6 BxBc6 17.cxd White is better in all these lines. Refraining to play c3 Black plaid it and got a better position. Then with a powerfull queen on b5 (b file and the diagonal a6-f1) Black decided to play it in c7 consumming 2 tempos. Instead 21. ...0-0 looks natural. I tested it on chess board and could not see a way to attack on the King side. 22.g4!? hxg 23.Rxg4 Nce7 24.h5 Rfd8 25.hxg6 Ne3 26.Qe1 NxRg4 27.BxNe7 Qb7! 28.BxRd8 QxNf3 Black is clearly better. Carlsen is a genius and it is difficult to understand what he had in mind here. But I think that more an exact evaluation of these lines, the psychological aspect was the first factor of that game. Finaly a great win by Carlsen and somewhat deceptive game by Adgestein.|
|Jul-14-06|| ||MrMelad: Always bet on the child prodigy. He himself doesn't know what he's capable of. If the WC is something he will be worthy of someday (maybe) then the Norwegian Championship is a logical step...|
|Jul-14-06|| ||MrMelad: Now he'll lose the final round and I'd be blaimed for jeenksing him.. Sorry Magnus, but I believe in you!|
|Jul-14-06|| ||jennthebabe: <Magnus, I believe in you!> Me 2!!|
|Jul-15-06|| ||MrMelad: He did lose the final round! I guess I turned out bad, ha? Sorry for that Magnus, please ignore me from now on :)|
Lesson: Never bet on the child prodigy, he's gonna sacrifise material when all he need is a draw :)
|Jul-16-06|| ||rustamrocks: <Never bet on the child prodigy, he's gonna sacrifise material when all he need is a draw :)> How true ...|
|Jul-25-06|| ||chessgames.com: From Ray Keene's latest column
<Teenage prodigy Magnus Calrsen has obliterated his main rival grandmaster Simen Agdestein in the Norwegian Championship and appears set to seize the title. The notes to the following game are based on those from the fine news site www.chessgames.com >
|Jul-25-06|| ||KingG: <chessgames.com> It's almost word for word <Ezzy>'s analysis.|
|Jul-26-06|| ||Sneaky: Ezzy, you're a star!!|
|Jul-26-06|| ||ray keene: indeed-i informed chessgames in advance that i wanted to quote the excellent comments here as a promo for the chessgames site-i hope many more people come as a result!!|
|Jul-26-06|| ||LoFarkas: From <Ezzy>'s bio: "5 years ago I bought a book entitled 'Think like a Grandmaster.' I still don't think like a Grandmaster and so I am now in the process of suing Alexander Kotov."|
Apparently, you do;)
|May-30-12|| ||screwdriver: I still think Hikaru Nakamura becomes world champion first.|