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Magnus Carlsen vs Jon Ludvig Hammer
"With a Little Help From my Friends" (game of the day Sep-25-2016)
Arctic Securities Chess Stars (2010) (rapid), Kristiansund NOR, rd 2, Aug-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Main Line (D42)  ·  1-0


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Aug-28-10  notyetagm: Hammer discusses the <BLUNDER OF THE YEAR>:
Aug-28-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Blunders!

Carlsen vs J L Hammer, 2010 39 Rd3-d2?? is **shockingly** bad move from the genius Carlsen

Aug-28-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Zeitnot: mistakes induced by time trouble

Carlsen vs J L Hammer, 2010 Hammer plays pre-move 39 - Rh2xRd2?, 39 - Rc2-c1+ won instantly

Aug-28-10  Kazzak: Maybe reading too much into things, but it did look as if Carlsen made a move towards the Bishop, and then he moved the Rook. Fingerfehler extraordinaire, and very embarrassing.

Lucky guy. Have to say I'm surprised Hammer didn't capitalize, in spite of being relatively short on time.

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  tamar: <Kazzak: Maybe reading too much into things, but it did look as if Carlsen made a move towards the Bishop, and then he moved the Rook. Fingerfehler extraordinaire, and very embarrassing.>

Hammer mentioned he knew "something" was going to d2, but not which piece, and he did not feel he had time to calculate everything, so just played the move he had prepared.

I did not see any sign that Magnus noticed anything dangerous, but his movements had a hesitancy that seems to be a telltale that he knows he messed up.

Aug-29-10  Olavi: Why bother organizing tournaments with long time controls at all. Isn't this much more interesting, what we all want to see.
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  bumpmobile: GOTD pun: "I get by with a little help from my friends".
Aug-29-10  Dupin: Magnus did indeed play 39. Rd2. I was watching it live, and the commentator was schocked. Magnus thought for several minutes due to Hammer's powerful rooks on the second rank. Maybe this is some example of the so called "Kotov syndrome": Magnus was evaluationg how to get out of the situation for five minutes and then he overlooked the elementary flaw in Rd2. It is relieving for us mere mortals that even great players can make these mistakes.
Aug-29-10  notyetagm:



< 57.Bb4 Cute.

57...Rb2 <<<[57...Rxc5 58.b6! Kc6 59.Bxc5 ] >>>>

Sep-02-10  crazybird: Some nice annotations from GM Hammer:

<....Consequently, the following bizarre incident of mutual chess blindness happened:

I have just played 38Rg2-h2, threatening Rh1+. At first I thought this guaranteed a draw, but then I realized that Magnus can move a piece to d2, thereby stopping Rh1 mate. The key to the position is that black threatens both Rh1+ AND Rc1+. 39.Bd2 takes care of both threats, but after 39Kf7, the bishop is under attack and black is very close to a draw. If he could only get one of the rooks exchanged. hence: 39.Rd2?? stopping 39Rh1 mate. The move I made is widely known around the world today: 39Rhxd2?? >

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  gmhammer: bumpmobile: GOTD pun: "I get by with a little help from my friends".

I love that! Where do I vote? :)

Sep-04-10  splatty: < acgneves: As a humble 1700 player, Im skeptical after figure out in a sec that Hammer missed a forced win with 39 ..Rc1+ (no rybka to confirm that) when white will have to give up the rook and the bishop to delay mate. Is that correct? lol> Yes, I would like this explained too.
Oct-29-10  WhiteRook48: oh my gosh, seriously? 39...Rc1+ duh
Sep-18-13  notyetagm: Carlsen vs J L Hammer, 2010


Sep-18-13  notyetagm: Carlsen vs J L Hammer, 2010

Game Collection: BUILDING A TUNNEL FOR YOUR KING: SHIELDING FLIGH 39 Ba5-d2! was correct way to build tunnel, 39 Rd3-d2?? was not

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Yes, this game does contain an astonishing double blunder by the players, but what confuses me is Black's pawn sacrifice in the opening. After 14.e4 Black seems to be a pawn down with zero compensation. What have I missed this time?
Sep-25-16  rainingpieces: Hard situation to defend after move 24. White has many ideas to target Black's both weak pawns. Bishop has to move and I see nothing better than Bd3 so let's look at move 25. Black can try to just stay with 25...Rdd7 when White can harass the king with checks but probably 26.Re3 is good like in the game: 26...Bg6 27.Ra3 and Rc1-c5-a5 comes soon
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  Richard Taylor: I saw that blunder immediately but I thought there was something wrong with the score. Oh well Carlsen and co are human! Such is chess and life, we all make errors: it is clear that Carlsen is now getting too old. Perhaps he should retire.
Sep-25-16  rainingpieces: <An Englishman> True that Black probably has way too little compensation for the pawn. Looking at 10...bxc6: 11.Ne5 and Black can try to make 11...Qc7 work, so 12.Qa5 Bb7 and Black is OK I think. 12.Na5 Ba6 13.Re1 Rac8 14.Bd2 with Rc1 to follow is What I guess would be a nice line for White. 11.Na5 is uncomfortable probably? 11...Qa5 12.Bd2, so 11...cxd5 12.exd5 with Bf4 and Rc1 to follow. Black has the bishop pair still though
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  offramp: <bumpmobile: GOTD pun: "I get by with a little help from my friends".>

Well done! It's a very good title; Hammer and Carlsen are good friends.

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  catlover: Strange game. It's nice to be reminded that top-level grandmasters can make the same sort of blind mistakes that I do.

I don't know whether or not it's true, but I heard that the "friends" in the old Beatles song was a roundabout way of saying "drugs".

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  offramp: I've Starred this game.
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  Richard Taylor: Well there was another Beatle song and the other term used for diazepam (which I use) was "Mother's little helper"...But in this case it is friends I think in all senses. I think that is what is good about that song. It is simple but has some resonance: meaning that we all need some help, we are not all simply individuals, we need to help each other: but it might have been also a ref. to drugs. The Beatles and other musicians would have done better to have kept to the "friends" idea. They were ruined as they all are by too much money, publicity and adulation, all crap which Capitalist societies, criticized rightly I think by the Soviets and others, allow.

Chess is of course a brutal, individualistic game. We focus also only on the "stars"....but as seen here they are subject to error.

Chess is for all the players, not just the Carlsen's and Kasparovs....when you meet these guys or see them or hear them talking a lot of them are not very impressive off the chess board....They become very vain in many cases, like Kasparov (a pain in the rectum to most others), Alekhine (anti-Semitic, and cooperated with the Nazis (he played chess in Germany throughout WWII!!) refused to play anyone very strong once he won WCs, was an alcoholic) and Fischer (who went mad, and was also a raving anti-Semite).

So you are left with the club player, the millions of club level players who are who make up chess and pay for all the others through club subs to FIDE etc....

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  Richard Taylor: And a few of them are "normal" but not many...I know as I am one of them...
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  kevin86: White will win the rook and soon after, the game.
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