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Magnus Carlsen vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
"Passed Pons" (game of the day Jul-30-2013)
Chess Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 5, Sep-25
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Sep-26-10  goodevans: I don't understand why Francisco played <23 ... Rae8 24 d5 Nxd4>. If you're going to let yourself get doubled isolated pawns then why not capture on d4 straight away?

Perhaps the answer lies in the need to get the R off the h1-a8 diagonal, but I don't really see this. The significance of all this is that the move order chosen allowed Magnus to keep a pawn that proved instrumental in his victory.

Sep-26-10  goodevans: <morphy2010: Why on the earth did black resign i ont see a forced win for whitr just passed connected pawns!>

White can also pick off the Pd4 at his leisure if he wishes. Facing 4 connected passed pawns in the hands of the World's highest rated player isn't a prospect that many would relish.

Sep-26-10  Kinghunt: Simply amazing play by Carlsen. He makes it look so easy...
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  whiteshark: <zoren: The painful part of this game is that Vallejo is a KNOWN specialist of this opening, and still gets rolled by Carlsen.> And where do we go from here?
Mar-07-11  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Vallejo-Pons, 2010


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Based on the incredible transformation of the central pawns, it is hard to believe that these two diagrams are from the same game!

Jun-21-11  notyetagm: <Kinghunt: Simply amazing play by Carlsen. He makes it look so easy...>

This *stupendous* Carlsen effort is the best, most shocking <PAWN STRUCTURE TRANSFORMATION> I have ever seen.

Jun-21-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Magnus Carlsen Best Games

Carlsen vs Vallejo-Pons, 2010 Carlsen creates three connected passer out of thin air!!!!!!!!!

Jun-21-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Magnus Carlsen Best Games

Carlsen vs Vallejo-Pons, 2010

Unbelievable play by Carlsen.

15 ♕h6-d2

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29 ♕f4xd6 1-0 <three connected passers!!!>

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Jun-21-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: THE PAWN THAT PREVENTS PASSERS

Carlsen vs Vallejo-Pons, 2010 29 Qf4xd6 1-0 as White now has three connected passed pawns

Jun-21-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: THE PAWN THAT PREVENTS PASSERS
Jun-21-11  notyetagm: ICC VIDEO ->

GM Benjamin on 29 ♕f4xd6 1-0:




Jun-21-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: THE PAWN THAT PREVENTS PASSERS

Carlsen vs Vallejo-Pons, 2010 BENJAMIN: 29 Qf4xd6 1-0 <"THAT WAS A BAD PAWN TO LOSE">

Jan-28-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: PAWN AVALANCHES
Sep-04-12  scorpion2a: Three passed connected pawns on the center would definitely smother Black's game.
Oct-16-12  notyetagm: Love this game by Carlsen.
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  offramp: They are not "passers". They are already passed.
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  iking: <Xeroxx: Oh I remember Carlsen played some horrible games in this event.>

An amazing game By GM Magnus Carlsen, but the same 2010 Chess Olympiad that produces his 3 pathetic losses.

1. Jobava vs Carlsen 1-0 64 E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch

2. S Sjugirov vs Carlsen 1-0 25 B12 Caro-Kann Defense

3. Adams vs Carlsen 1-0 38 B06 Robatsch

Jul-30-13  dunican: This is truly an ingenious pun. Congrats to whoever came up with it.
Jul-30-13  Abdel Irada: I wonder if Black should prefer 10. ...O-O to the text 10. ...Bxh6.

Perhaps Vallejo-Pons was uncomfortable about facing a pawn storm, but this is the Sicilian: He who attacks best wins. Whether White castles long or stays in the center, Black must rely on finding sufficient counterplay rather than play timidly.

Also, I think this decision (which entails delayed kingside castling for both players, but still with a kingside attack for White, and now no counterplay for Black) is inconsistent with the subsequent pawn grab on a2. Black might have survived either decision on its own, but taken together, they appear to have been too much.

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  hedgeh0g: I'm a bit skeptical of the way Black handled the opening here. Without following up immediately with ...b5 and ...Bb7, I think the early ...a6 was inaccurate as White simply gained time to swap off Black's dark-squared bishop. ...Rb8 is a more logical way to play for the queenside expansion, in my opinion, as it saves a tempo and gets the rook off the diagonal.

See Adams vs Kasparov, 1999 for a model handling of the Closed Sicilian from the Black side.

Jul-30-13  The Last Straw: Nice job outplaying Vallejo. Good game.
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  kevin86: The pawns already are exerting huge bugs out before things are even worse.
Jul-30-13  quinlan: Three free pawns in just 29 moves!
Really unusual, between two grandmasters!
Jul-30-13  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Quinlan>

this sprung to mind (position at move 27)
Boleslavsky vs Botvinnik, 1943

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  Check It Out: <SWT> and that reminded me of the final position of this game:

Mamedyarov vs Gelfand, 2011

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