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Etienne Bacrot vs Magnus Carlsen
"Right-Left-Right Combo" (game of the day Dec-02-12)
World Blitz Cup (2007)  ·  Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Quiet Line (E15)  ·  0-1
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  notyetagm: Position after 30 ... ♗b5-a4:

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Magnus shows you how to <REINFORCE A PIN>. That poor <PINNED> White b3-knight never had a chance.

Magnus sure does win a lot of his games with <PINS>.

Dec-24-11  master of defence: Why not 31... Qxc3? If 32. Qd8+ Kg7 0-1
Dec-02-12  xthred: No mas. No mas.
Dec-02-12  piltdown man: A breathtaking performance from the maestro.
Dec-02-12  goodevans: This guy just spends the whole of the opening just shuffling his light-squared bishop around. Six moves with it out of the first sixteen. Must be a patzer!
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  Abdel Irada: I wonder to what extent moves like 23. ...g5! were inspired by Judit Polgar. This kind of thematic use of pawns as levers to sacrifice for control of key squares seems to be a relatively recent phenomenon, and to have arisen with the advent of Polgar.

After seeing the outcome, I begin to think Bacrot should have fought harder for e5, perhaps with the seemingly antipositional 24. e3. This isn't pretty, but even less so was allowing the knight so much activity on e5 and c4.

Dec-02-12  shakman: <master of defence> I think that should work as well...

another game on this line... J Houska vs N Dzagnidze, 2009

Dec-02-12  master of defence: <shakman> I asked it cause Carlsen could win a rook, instead of a knight. Ive got surprised.
Dec-02-12  Gambit All: I'm still remembering basic principles of chess as hammered home by Chernev, Euwe, Horowitz, etc. when I learned the game. Move pieces only once in the opening; develop the center. Carlsen makes 5 of his first 9 moves and 6 of 12 with the Queen's Bishop and b pawn. Game has changed; and too many of those 'principles' turned out to be Monday Morning Quarterbacking.
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  AylerKupp: <Gambit All> No, those principles still apply to mere mortals like us. You need to be a Carlsen to know when to ignore them (and which ones !) and get away with it.
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  lost in space: Yeah. .

Or you have to be member of the world team (or other team events on CG allowing comps). Teams of Centaurs are also able to know when to ignore them (and which ones !) and get away with it. They often don't know why it is possible to ignore the rules, but they are able to see that there is no refutation.

To be fair: Some of the exceptions we all know: Development is less important in closed positions

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  kevin86: Black beats Bacrot by bringing the queen to the back row.

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