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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  DevastatioN: Anand needs to work on his Sacrifice and Fork tactics!

Nice game by Carlsen

Mar-22-08  kingsindian2006: as borat would say wow wow weee wow..this is shaping up to be a classic tourney for the fans...
Mar-22-08  chessmoron: 18...Rxa5? 18...Bxa5 is better.

23...Re8? and Carlsen cruises to victory.

Anand is playing so fast and sometime carelessness will come sooner than later.

Mar-22-08
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  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.
Mar-22-08
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  Peligroso Patzer: This is Carlsen's first win against Anand in any game in the CG.com database. He was previously +0 -9 =8 in 17 games (of all types) against Anand. In this case, the fact that the win occurred in a rapid game does not diminish its significance considering Anand's prowess in that genre.
Mar-22-08  pankajdaga: Sign of things to come ;)
Mar-22-08  drnooo: Am I mistaken, but a year or so ago didn't Carlsen beat Anand in two rapid games in a row, some rapids tourney. From then on I thought Carlsen would find Anands range. Of course reading too much significance into any game is stupid, it will take a few more like this before it will be clear if Carlsen has any bete noir, as almost every future world champion has had: it is not even clear if Capa could have beaten Lasker much before the end of ww1, but if Anand can't hold back Carlsen then that gives the prodigy perhaps clear sailing from here on out to the throne. Anyway, am I way overboard on those two games waybackwhen that I thought Carlsen took Anand, maybe it was even an internet match.
Mar-22-08  Manic: <drnooo> That was the Reykjavik blitz tournament. Carlsen hasn't beaten Anand in any other format until now.
Mar-22-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: Was anything wrong with 24...Bxh3? It looks like it keeps black only a pawn down instead of two pawns down, while forcing the exchange of queens.

The line should continue 25 Qh4+ Qh5 26 Qxh5 gxh5 27 Rfb1 Re7, resulting in the position below.


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Black should have a fighting chance to equalize at this point.

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.

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