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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 7, Mar-22
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0
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Mar-22-08  positionalgenius: A sign of the future...
Mar-22-08
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  al wazir: How does white avoid losing the ♘ after 23...Rc5/Rc8 ? The threat is 24...Rxc3 and 25...Bh3. If 24. h3 Bf5 25. Qf6, then 25...Rxc3 26. g4? Bxg4.

If instead 25. g4, then 25...Rxc3 26. gxf5 (26. Qxc3 Bxg4) Qxh3 27. Qxc3 Qg4+ =.

Mar-23-08  crwynn: After 28...Rc5 or Rc8, just 29.Ne4 looks good, of course Ng5 and Nf6 are both threatening to win, and after 29...Kh6 maybe 30.Nf6 Be6 31.g4 (to give room for the kt after queens are exchanged) and 32.Qf4 Qf4 33.ef.
Mar-23-08  SniperOnG7: Fork after fork after fork. Nice!!
Mar-23-08  Rolfo: <drnooo> James Bond (Acirce) posted this on CG Amber Rapid page:

<Many of the world´s strongest chess players had been eliminated by Carlsen and Stefánsson. Among them were Viswanathan Anand, world´s number two ranked chess player, world champion in rapid chess and Judt Polgar, strongest women´s chess player in the world. Anand has been unbeatable in rapid and blitz events in the last years, and Magnus Carlsens convincing victory 2-0 against Anand is an amazing feat for the 15 year old Norwegian, one that has drawn worldwide attention.> http://www.skaksamband.is/index.php...

Mar-23-08  hedgeh0g: Excellent forking by Carlsen. A well-deserved win!
Mar-23-08  Cactus: <Chessmoron:...Anand is playing so fast and sometime carelessness will come sooner than later.> It's a rapid tournement! :)
Mar-23-08  ghyanoki: First ever win of Carlsen over Anand, despite only being in rapid chess not a normal rated match.
Mar-24-08  notyetagm: A tremendous display of simple tactics by Magnus, a <PETITE COMBINAISON> tour de force that would make even Capablanca proud.
Mar-24-08
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  al wazir: <crwynn: After 28...Rc5 or Rc8, just 29.Ne4 looks good>

Just now noticed your post. Yes, it does look good. Thanks.

Mar-24-08  aragorn69: <After 1.c4 e5 2.g3 c6 3.d4 e4 4.d5 black equalised fairly early but they reached a position with a lot of dynamics. Anand chose to allow Magnus to capture the e-pawn but probably has sufficient counterplay. Anand plays very quickly and normally this is good for him and problematic for the opponent. However, his 17....a5 giving up another pawn probably deserves a question mark. Magnus thought for about 10 minutes and took on h7 after which 20.Qb1+ wins back the piece. He had calculated well and knew he could avoid mate. After some more inaccuracies from black Magnus was clearly better when Anand dropped a whole rook with 27.Rxe3 because 28.Rxf7 wins either the queen after Kxf7 fxe3 or both rooks after Qxf7 fxe3. Magnus would normally not miss such tactics but partly due to his time trouble and partly because he did not expect such a mistake from Anand he looked for a simple winning line and was happy to play 28.Qxc8 etc keeping his king protected and having two extra pawns. After exchanging queens Magnus did not have any problems securing an easily won rook endgame and Anand resigned. Magnus won 2 blitz games against Anand at Iceland in 2006 but this is the first rapid victory (and his first classical game victory is still to come :-) ). > Source: Henrik Carlsen's blog
Mar-24-08  aragorn69: Henrik clearly means 29.Rxf7+! (and not 28.Rxf7?? Qxf6 )
Mar-26-08  Ulhumbrus: 13...Nf6 obstructs the f pawn. 13...f5 prepares the move ...Nf6. 14...Bg4 loses the e pawn. 14...Bf5 defends it.
19 Bxh7+?! parts with the White squared bishop.
Instead of 21...Rf8-a8, 21..Ra4 prevents Qd4 and prepares...Bf3.

Mar-28-08  notyetagm: Tremendous game by Carlsen.
Mar-28-08  notyetagm: I sure hope Dr. Nunn annotates this game for the upcoming issue of New In Chess Magazine.
Jun-20-08  notyetagm: <tamar: Quite a virtuoso performance. I even thought Magnus was in trouble when Anand's queen landed on f3, but the kid saw it all this time.>

This really is a -STUPENDOUS- tactical effort by Carlsen.

He saw the whole sequence 22 ... ♕f6-f3 23 ♘e2-c3! ♖a8-e8 24 h2-h3! that <DEFENDS> his <WEAK LIGHT SQUARES>, probably several moves in advance.

White to play: 23 ?


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First Carlsen played 23 ♘e2-c3! in order to <SUPPORT> his White d4-queen going to e4 and <DEFENDING> the g2-mating square by <X-RAY> on 23 ... ♗g4-h3.

(VAR) Position after 23 ... ♗g4-h3 24 ♕d4-e4!


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So Anand (Black) instead plays 23 ... ♖a8-e8, covering the e4-square to prevent the ♕d4-e4 <X-RAY> defensive idea.

Now Carlsen (White) is forced to reveal the depth of his defensive scheme. White plays 24 h2-h3!, driving away the light-squared Black g4-bishop as the White h3-pawn is <TABOO> due to a <QUEEN FORK> on h3!

(VAR) Position after 24 ... ♗g4xh3?? 25 ♕d4-h4+!


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This is truly an -INCREDIBLE- tactical sequence that Carlsen had prepared to defend the <WEAK LIGHT SQUARES> in his castled king position.

I may have to rethink my belief that Mamedyarov and Aronian are this generation's best tacticians.

Jun-20-08  notyetagm: White to play: 29 ?


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Here Carlsen (White) played 29 ♕d8x♗c8?!, missing the crushing 29 ♖b7xf7+!!

(VAR) Position after 29 ♖b7xf7+!!


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Henrik Carlsen's comments, though he is off by a move:

<After some more inaccuracies from black Magnus was clearly better when Anand dropped a whole rook with 27.Rxe3 because 28.Rxf7 wins either the queen after Kxf7 fxe3 (editor, <PIN>)


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or both rooks after Qxf7 fxe3 (editor, <DISCOVERED ATTACK>).


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Magnus would normally not miss such tactics but partly due to his time trouble and partly because he did not expect such a mistake from Anand he looked for a simple winning line and was happy to play 28.Qxc8 etc keeping his king protected and having two extra pawns.>

Amazing that both Anand -AND- Carlsen both missed this crushing tactical blow 29 ♖b7xf7+!!.

Jun-20-08  notyetagm: You play through this game and wonder why Carlsen -ONLY- has a rating of 2792(!).

:-)

Jun-20-08  notyetagm: White to play: 29 ?


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The tactical shot 29 ♖b7xf7+!! that both Anand and Carlsen missed is a great example of the principle that the <KING AND QUEEN ARE TOO VALUABLE TO DEFEND>.

(VAR) Position after 29 ♖b7xf7+!!


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If the Black g7-king takes on f7, then there results a <ROYAL PIN> down the f-file after 30 f2x♖e3.

(VAR) Position after 29 ... ♔g7x♖f7 30 f2x♖e3 <pin>


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And if the Black f3-queen takes on f7, then there results a <DISCOVERED ATTACK> after 30 f2x♖e3 which leaves both the <UNDEFENDED> Black a5-rook and the Black f7-queen <EN PRISE>.

(VAR) Position after 29 ... ♕f3x♖f7 30 f2x♖e3 <discovered attack>


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So if the Black g7-king <DEFENDS> the f7-forking square of the White b7-rook it creates a <PIN>, while if the Black f3-queen <DEFENDS> the f7-forking square of the White b7-rook it creates a <DISCOVERED ATTACK>. <<<Hence the f7-forking square of the White b7-rook is not really defended at all(!), allowing the crushing blow 29 ♖b7xf7+!!.>>>

Wow, just imagine if Carlsen had earned his first win ever over Anand with this winning tactical shot, 29 ♖b7xf7+!!. Made possible because the <KING AND QUEEN DO NOT COUNT AS DEFENDERS>.

Jun-20-08
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  whiteshark: <"...his 17....a5 giving up another pawn probably deserves a question mark."...> That's right. Better was active play with <17...Rfe8 18.Bg2 Qb2 19.Re1 Rac8 20.h3 Bf5>


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I think there is enough compensation for the pawn.

Jun-20-08  SetNoEscapeOn: Anand's not done yet. Of Carlsen is going to approve the score, but I still think that Vishy has a few "lessons" left for him.
Jun-20-08  notyetagm: <SetNoEscapeOn: Anand's not done yet. Of Carlsen is going to approve the score, but I still think that Vishy has a few "lessons" left for him.>

If Carlsen had found 29 ♖b7xf7+!! in this rapid game, maybe Carlsen would be giving the lessons and not receiving them.

Anand's pounding of Carlsen at Linares (Carlsen vs Anand, 2008) sure was not pretty to watch.

Jul-26-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: CARLSEN TEACHES TACTICS
Apr-18-13  drleper: <notyetagm: (VAR) Position after 23 ... Bg4-h3 24 Qd4-e4!>

If 23...Bh3 then 24.Qe4? drops the exchange after 24...Qxe4 25.Nxe4 Bxf1

The idea after 23...Bh3 is 24.Qh4+ (forcing the queens off and further damaging black's structure).

Oct-25-15  Hawkman: This game was played in 2008 the same year that "After a draw in the 11th game, Viswanathan Anand defended his title (against Kramnik) and became the undisputed 15th World Chess Champion." Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008)
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