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Magnus Carlsen vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Cap d'Agde (2006) (rapid), Cap d'Agde FRA, rd 1, Oct-28
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  1-0


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Oct-28-06  syracrophy: This is a REAL GAME! A great fight! Sacrifices and more sacrifices! This is a real exciting game! Check out: 15.♖f3!, 20.♕xf6!, 21.♕g5!! and White's two exchanges down!

The ending is beautiful! 38.♘f5+!! <38...gxf5 39.♕xf6+ ♔h7 40.♗xf5+ ♔h8 41.♗e6+ and 42.♕xf4 ; 38...♔h7 39.♕a7+ ♔h8 40.♕g7#>

Oct-28-06  outplayer: <syracrophy>I totally agree.
Oct-29-06  dippel: 38. Nf5! nice fireworks!
Oct-30-06  Chicago Chess Man: It is a great game, but after 21. Qg5, white is only "two exchanges down" momentarily. Black has to lose the bishop, I think. If he moves it, white plays f6 and wins after g6 and then Qh6.
Oct-31-06  syracrophy: <Chicago Chess Man> Give him a break! It's a huge disadvantage anyways! 2♘+♗ VS 2♖. A huge disadvantage! Not an easy task.
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  Chnebelgrind: Really nifty! Not only 38.♘f5+but also 15.♖f3
Nov-01-06  cirbals: What if... 15...Nxf3 16.gxf3 Qb6!! 17.Nce2 (17.Rg1 Bxd4)e5 18. Rg1 Ne8 19. Bh6 f6! and BLACK WINS.... anybody analyze this one?
Nov-01-06  Atking: <cirbals: What if... 15...Nxf3 16.gxf3 Qb6!! 17.Nce2 (17.Rg1 Bxd4)e5 18. Rg1 Ne8 19. Bh6 f6! and BLACK WINS.... anybody analyze this one?> At first sight 17.e5 dxe5 18.Rg1 Ne8 19.Rxg7+ with 20.f6 but I could be wrong.
Nov-01-06  notyetagm: 38 ♘f5+!! Magnus really knows tactics.

Can't wait for Magnus v Mamedyarov at the Tal Memorial.

Nov-01-06  notyetagm: 38 ♘f5+!! Wow.
Nov-01-06  notyetagm: 38 ♘f5+!! gxf5 <closing the line f4-f6> 39 ♕xf6+ is the best combination based on <INTERFERENCE> that I have seen all year.

The point of 39 ♕xf6+ is that the White queen, <WITH TEMPO>, gains control of the <SQUARE> f5 and the <LINE> the f-file, making possible the <DISCOVERED ATTACK> with check 41 ♗e6+/42 ♕x♕ possible.

Great, great combination by Magnus.

How people can like this guy and Kramnik at the same time is beyond me. Their styles could not be more different.

Nov-01-06  dehanne: <How people can like this guy and Kramnik at the same time is beyond me. Their styles could not be more different. >
Maybe some people like various styles at the same time.
Nov-01-06  notyetagm: <dehanne> Magnus is one of the most exciting, tactical chess players on the planet.

Kramnik's chess is as dull as watching paint dry.

Nov-01-06  notyetagm: <dehanne>

Magnus chess: 38 ♘f5+!!

Kramnik chess: Trade off queens early, win endgame with passed pawn

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  keypusher: <How people can like this guy and Kramnik at the same time is beyond me.> Because they're both great players. You might as well say it's impossible to like Bach and Tchaikovsky at the same time. Actually it's quite easy.
Nov-03-06  Manic: <cirbals> I'm not a good player so I just Fritzed it. After playing through a few lines with it, it came up with 15...Nxf3 16.gxf3 Qb6 17.Rg1! with a +1.25 advantage to white (best move according to fritz is Qd8). 17...Bxd4? is met by 18.e5!! when 18...Bxe3?? is a mate in 9 starting with 19.Rxg7+!! (other moves lose mainly to 19.Rxg7+!! or 19.Bxd4). 17...Ne8 is apparently a mate in 13 starting with 18.Rxg7+!!. Hard to believe that Magnus saw all of this. Probably saw the main ideas like an e5 push and a Rook sac on g7
Nov-03-06  dehanne: <notyetagm> Does the move Nf5+ really deserve two exclamation marks? It's really not very hard to miss.
Nov-03-06  Ulhumbrus: 9...Nxd3 gains the bishop pair, as does 10...Nxd3, at the price however, of losing time for development. On the other hand, it is up to White to find a way of making count his lead in development.
Nov-03-06  Ulhumbrus: 21 Qg5!! creates a double threat which is much less obvious than a direct fork. In addition to attacking the bishop on g1, instead of threatening Qxg7 mate, White threatens f6 followed by ( in reply to ...g6) Qh6 and then Qg7 mate. This is an instructive resource, and one may be able to learn still more from it, as it may suggest other ways of deriving less obvious double attacks from more direct double attacks. This brings some of Topalov's sacrifices to mind. Instead of taking something, or doing something at once, one only THREATENS to take something or do something, and not necessarily even on the very next move.
Dec-08-06  Dres1: Watching paint dry is actually pretty exciting after about 30 minutes... provided you breathe deeply.
Dec-08-06  Dres1: but seriously... Nf5+ is fantastic!
Dec-08-06  notyetagm: <Dres1: but seriously... Nf5+ is fantastic!>

Yes, my thoughts exactly, but to the many dishonest kibitzers here on it was an "obvious" move.

Feb-07-14  talwnbe4: after 22. Ne4 in the game, Fruit prefers 22.. Be3 after a long line as 23. Qxe3 d5 24. Ng3 Rfe8 25. Qd4 Qd6 26. Nh5 Qh6 27. Nf4 Rad8 28. Kg2 Qd6 29. h4 Qd7 30. Ng5 Qc6 31. f6 g6 32. h5 and white has strong compensation !!
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  Check It Out: Exciting game. 38.Nf5+ is not that easy to spot, though one would look at it because it's a forcing move.
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