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Magnus Carlsen vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)  ·  Anderssen Opening: General (A00)  ·  0-1
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Mar-13-10
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  refutor: i wish carlsen would have won...i can only imagine how many blitz games in the next couple of weeks i would have faced against "carlsen's" 1.a3 ;)
Mar-13-10  harish22: carlsen is getting too cocky. his recent form lets him to believe that he can win from any position. must be careful. creative players like ivanchuck can handle such moves
Mar-13-10
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  tamar: <In the blindfold game I had white, and after an unconventional opening I made a serious mistake as early as the 10th move.>

That would suggest that the whole plan with 8 Bb5 was faulty, since it loses its point if Black does not have to respond to 10 Qa4 by guarding the a7 pawn.

Mar-13-10  A Karpov Fan: I like Carlsen, but 1.a3 against Ivanchuk is a slap in the face and I am pleased he was quickly crushed.
Mar-14-10
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  Dr. Funkenstein: You guys are a little too dour about this whole 1. a3 thing. What better time to experiment/goof around with an unconventional opening than in an unrated blindfold game. This is supposed to be a fun tournament and I can't think of a better time to pull out something different.
Mar-14-10
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: As formerly the world's leading proponent of the Anderssen Attack (no one else played it), I can say that Carlsen's 2nd move was a little too committal. 3...d5! caught White out when he wasn't ideally prepared for it. I always played 2.Nf3 and waited before advancing the central pawns.
Mar-14-10
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  tpstar: 31 ... Qxb5! is a nice Exchanging Combination winning material after 32. axb5 Rxa1+ 33. Kd2/e2/f2 Ra2+ followed by 34 ... Rxh2 with an extra piece and an easy win.
Mar-14-10
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  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2010

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31 ... Qc5xNb5! 0-1 <pin: a1>


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<tpstar: 31 ... Qxb5! is a nice Exchanging Combination winning material after 32. axb5 Rxa1+ 33. Kd2/e2/f2 Ra2+ followed by 34 ... Rxh2 with an extra piece and an easy win.>

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Notice in particular how <TACTICALLY ALERT> Ivanchuk is, even in a blindfold game. 31 ... Qc5xNb5! is possible *only* because White's last move 31 d2-d3? <OPENED> the 2nd rank. <Were the White pawn still on d2, ... Qc5xNb5 would win only RN for Q <<<SINCE THERE WOULD BE NO FOLLOWUP SKEWER ACROSS THE BLOCKED 2ND RANK>>>>.

Mar-14-10
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: Pins against undefended pieces

Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2010 31 ... Qc5xNb5! 0-1 Black a8-rook pins a4-pawn to undef a1-rook

Mar-14-10  Atking: I suppose many critics will be on the first move Therefore a way to enjoy Monaco. What's about 10.Ne5 doesn't looks as bad for White. 10...d4 11.Qf3 dxNc3 12.NxNc6 cxd2+ 13.Bxd2 bxNc6 14.Bxc6+ RxBc6 15.QxRc6 Nd7 (15...Qd7 16.Qa8+ is at least draw) 16.0-0-0 with 17.Ba5. Blindfolding myself I don't know. But sure Monaco is for fun.
Mar-15-10  cionics: Carlsen's 1.a3 is fantastic! We need more crazy stuff like that.
Mar-15-10
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  tpstar: This is the ultimate 1. a3 game = A Onishko vs M Leonov, 2002
Mar-16-10  Whitehat1963: Excellent Tuesday puzzle after 31...d3. How many of us would look at that, I wonder.
Mar-16-10
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  ajile: <tpstar: This is the ultimate 1. a3 game = A Onishko vs M Leonov, 2002>

I like the way White toyed with Black in this game. A future super GM for sure.

Mar-17-10  weepingwarrior: Carlsen is caught by our modern day Alekhine!
Mar-21-10  alexrawlings: Could White not have played 18 Nxd4?
Mar-21-10
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  JointheArmy: <carlsen is getting too cocky. his recent form lets him to believe that he can win from any position. must be careful. creative players like ivanchuck can handle such moves>

Carlsen probably doesn't want to reveal any serious opening preparation for non-rated games. Wouldn't be surprised to see Kasparov himself tell him this.

Mar-22-10  alexrawlings: <alexrawlings: Could White not have played 18 Nxd4?>

In answer to my own post, in case anyone may have thought the same thing, I think I understand this now. If 18 Nxd4 then 18.. Ne5 (uncovering an attack on the knight on d4) which will be followed by 19.. Nd3+ and 20.. Nxb2

Dec-12-10
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  sleepyirv: Playing unusual lines against Morphy blindfolded was not a good strategy, even if he had multiple opponents. Against Ivanchuk, straight-up? Probably not a good idea. And worrying about giving away opening prep- other GMs found ways of doing so at Amber without playing a3!
Dec-12-10  Decibel: Phew! Some game that was.
Jan-01-12
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  waustad: People at the time were complaining vociferously that this was disrespectful and such. Carlsen has played 1.) a3 3 times. Once in a rapid and twice in blitz. What is the big deal?
Jan-01-12  King Death: <waustad> I agree, in this event who cares? They got to play on the Cote d'Azur and forget about the grind for a little while. Calling this disrespectful? That's probably just some people who'd have killed to play in this.
Jan-01-12
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  WannaBe: Funny, if you exchange white's first and second move, it's an English!! Opening Explorer

Andn people are complaining about an Amber Blind game?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? And I thought I had too much time on my hands.

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