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Magnus Carlsen vs Simen Agdestein
Norwegian Championship Playoff (2006), Oslo NOR, rd 1, Sep-19
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-19-06  Shajmaty: 1. d4 by Carlsen? Why versus Agdestein? Magnus had good results with 1. e4 versus Simen: why this change?
Sep-19-06  Gouki: well, obviously he must be trying to expand his opening repertoire. also, i read somewhere that with 1.d4 white can sustain pressure the longest[or something along those lines].
Sep-19-06  Ashram64: this is a trainer-student kind of game...
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  Peligroso Patzer: Doesn't Black have reasonable winning chances in the final position? For one thing, White has very little mobility. For example, if Black gets in ... Bf1, White must be ready to respond with Kf2. Black can adopt a plan involving ... h4 (to thoroughly immobilize White's K-side pawns on light squares), followed by bringing the King to b6, and then ... a5. This would, of course, eliminate (after bxa5) the Q-side pawns (which favors the short-range Knight) but it might enable the Black King to penetrate and outflank the White King. I am far from certain that this plan wins, but is it really clear to a player of GM strength that it doesn't?
Sep-20-06  Phoenix: Ok, let's follow your plan, which indeed looks like the only winning attempt.

Black obviously has to play a5 to get anywhere, as white has all the squares cut off from the enemy king along the fifth rank.

Black plays h4 to fix all of white's pawns on light squares.

Let's say after black moves ...a5, ...Kxa5, ...h4 black's king manages to penetrate to d2, and white's king is on f2. Outflanking is not possible here.

Also in this situation, if black tries to trap the knight hoping it runs out of moves, the knight has the e3, f1 (and from f1, h2 and g4 squares as well) and d5 (because with black's king on d2 taking the knight is not possible) squares available.

That only leaves pawn breaks.

And if ...f5 exf5 then that only leaves the ...e4 fxe4 break, and these exchanges aren't leading anywhere.

So black has no realistic winning chances in the final position.

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  Peligroso Patzer: Good analysis, <Phoenix>. I had come to essentially the same conclusion after giving more thought to the position after earlier posting my initial impressions. I even found a line where Black obtained "losing chances" by trying too hard to find a non-existent win.
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