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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu vs Magnus Carlsen
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 7, Jun-15
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation General (B72)  ·  0-1
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Jun-15-08
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  keypusher: <SCUBA diver> I looked at the final position briefly with Shredder, which came up with the following: 38. Qc3 Qf1 39. Qb2 Qxf4+ 40. Kg1 Qe4 41.Kh2 Qb1 42. Qf2 (42. Qc3 Qd1 43. Ra5 Qe2 44. Qg3 Qb2) 42....e5! 43. dxe5 dxe5 (f7 is now protected and the white queen can no longer guard a1 on the long diagonal) 44. Qc5 Bb3 and White has nothing better than to give up the rook.

I am a little surprised that Nisipeanu didn't play to the time control, but his position was definitely hopeless when he resigned.

Jun-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <SCUBA diver: I think white gave up too early. He can move his rook any time so there is no zugzwang. White has to lose his f pawn but that is not enough for a black win.>

After 38.Qc3 Qf1 39.Qb2 Qxf4+ 40.Kg1/h1 e5 Black wins another pawn, creating yet another passer - that should be quite enough to win without much trouble. White's queen and rook are paralyzed by the pawn at a2, and if White gives up the exchange for this pawn the resulting queen endgame is an elementary win for Black.

Jun-15-08  euripides: The positional collapse of a grandmaster after a4 b4 reminds me of

Matulovic vs Fischer, 1968

Jun-15-08  wanabe2000: I saw this from Rybka. 38.Qc3 Qf1 39.Qb2 Qxf4+ 40.Kg1 Qe4 41.Rxa2 Bxa2 42.Qxa2 Qxd4+ 43.Kf1 d5 44.Qa3 Kg7 0-1
Jun-15-08  SetNoEscapeOn: On top of all his competitive achievements, Carlsen is single-handedly reviving the Dragon at the top level. What's his score in it now- like 4.5/6?
Jun-15-08  belgradegambit: <SetNoEscapeOn: On top of all his competitive achievements, Carlsen is single-handedly reviving the Dragon at the top level. What's his score in it now- like 4.5/6?>

Unlike Nakamura who will play an occasional Dragon for surprise value, Carlsen has made it his primary defense to e4. Since Nisi knew it was coming he really should have come up with something other than a poor version of the classical dragon. I mean by move 12 black is already slightly better.

Jun-15-08  minasina: There were live commentaries: http://www.chessdom.com/foros-aeros... with GM Vladimir Dimitrov

http://chesspro.ru/chessonline/onli... with GM Sergey Zagrebelny in Russian; "translated" (without functioning board): http://google.com/translate?u=http%... may need reloading

Jun-15-08  virginmind: yes, fritz began its frowning with the a4-b4 stuff, and started screaming at white's 30 and 31 moves...:( nisi was already in big time trouble by then, but then again it is supposed that he took his time to foresee all that...i dont know, me too i would have expected some different preparation for carlsen's expected dragon.
Jun-15-08  AwaitingBlunder: You made a 1st Class
fool out of me. I'm as
blind as a fool can be.
Oh Magnus, I wish I'd
never seen your face!
Jun-15-08  achieve: <Eyal>: <After 38.Qc3 Qf1 39.Qb2 Qxf4+ 40.Kg1/h1 e5 Black wins another pawn, creating yet another passer - that should be quite enough to win without much trouble. White's queen and rook are paralyzed by the pawn at a2, and if White gives up the exchange for this pawn the resulting queen endgame is an elementary win for Black.> That's right.

To illustrate Eyal's assessment: at the end of the given line, after 40 e5 Kg1


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41 Rxa2 Bxa2 42 Qxa2 Qxd4+ 43 Kf1 d5 44 Qb1 e4


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And you really don't want to play this as White:

-- There are no spite checks any time soon

-- The black Queen is centralized and in front of his pawns-- Black can even exchange Queens and toss a pawn with ease; the Pawn endgame is lost, obviously

-- If White keeps the queen on he simply gets in a mating net after ...h4 & ...d3

Jun-15-08  achieve: Oops, corr. - 40 Kg1 e5 *
Jun-15-08  Ulhumbrus: It is possible that after 16 cxb3 Nisipeanu intended c4 and c5 but that Carlsen did not give him time to play it.
Jun-15-08  sitzkrieg: <percyblakeney: The monster with a thousand raisins wins again.> ** brilliant!
Jun-15-08  savagerules: The mighty Sicilian and the boring Petrov, no wonder QP openings are coming back into vogue more and more at the top level.
Jun-15-08  Whack8888: <<savagerules> The mighty Sicilian and the boring Petrov, no wonder QP openings are coming back into vogue more and more at the top level.>

Dont forget the semi mighty Marshall Attack.

The Queen's Indian seems to do very well at the highest levels, though, and the Nimzo has traditionally done alright. It is difficult for White to avoid both of those.

1. e4?! -- 'White creates a permanent weakness in the rather optimistic hope that his lead in development will compensate him for it.'

Jun-15-08  Helloween: The Norwegian of Rank in the court of the prince...Carlsen would have conquered Konstantinopolis if he had lived in the Varangian era!
Jun-16-08  fuerst: The varangian will defeat ruskie both at
socca and at chess.:-)
But who are they?
Jun-16-08  MindCtrol9: <What I say all the time that one's initiative,not wasting time or material to get you goal which is to win.Carlsen shows one more time that this fact is determinant.He has the technic to beat anybody,and like I said one day,the first time I washed a life game of him:He is going to become Champion of the World>
Jun-16-08  dTal: I am one of Carlsen's biggest fans, but what a pathetic show by Nisipeanu. By move 16 as White against the Sicilian Dragon he had a lost position. Nothing against Carlsen, after all he can only play what's in front of him!
Jun-16-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Landman: <Awaiting Blunder>: heh
Jun-16-08  Ulhumbrus: Suppose that instead of 16 a4 Nisipeanu plays 16 Nd5 at once. One variation goes 16...Nxd5 17 exd5 Na5 18 Nd4 (threatening Nc6) 18...Rc8 19 c3 Nc4 20 a4 (only now) Qd7 21 axb4 axb4 22 Bg4 f5 23 Bf3 and the N on d4 eyes c6 and e6
Jun-16-08  Marcellus: the ressurrection of dragon!
Jun-16-08  AwaitingBlunder: You made a 1st Class
fool out of me. I'm as
blind as a fool can be.
Oh Magnus, I wish I'd
never seen your face!
Jun-17-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Black to play: 18 ... ?


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From the Magnus Carlsen blog:

<However, Magnus decided against taking the c3 pawn right away (and in fact never did). Instead he responded 16...Rc8 and 18....Nc4! reducing white counterplay while getting ready to take advantage of the many white pawn weaknesses.>

Position after 18 ... ♘a5-c4!


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Simply beautiful play by Carlsen. 18 ... ♘a5-c4! ensures that the White d5-pawn stays <ARTIFICIALLY ISOLATED>.

And Carlsen also exhibits one of his best features, his <LACK OF MATERIALISM>. Carlsen does not capture the White c3-pawn, perhaps to prevent White <COUNTERPLAY> along the open b- and c-files. Then he focuses on the many <WEAK PAWNS> in the White position.

Jul-12-08  DukeAlba: <The varangian will defeat ruskie both at socca and at chess.:-) But who are they?>

The Varangians were the Vikings that travelled east into Russia during the 9th century. They founded Novgorod and one of their princes conquered Kiev and set up a kingdom.

They attacked Constantinople on three occasions, the last in 941. Known also as the "Rus" they gave their namesake to the country now known today as Russia...

I guess the Varangian in this case would be Carlsen...

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