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Magnus Carlsen vs Etienne Bacrot
"Norwegian Would" (game of the day Mar-13-2012)
Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010), Nanjing CHN, rd 1, Oct-20
Scotch Game: Potter Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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Oct-30-10  Yigor: <LIFE Master AJ> Thanx for your detailed analysis (some moves became clearer to me) and waiting for the sequel.
Nov-05-10  Mike I: That's my favourite scotch line! Thank goodness Carlson defeated a top GM with it, people actually told me this line is a joke!
Nov-05-10  goldenbear: You know, this Carlsen (is that his name?) might be a decent player someday.
Nov-10-11  jmboutiere: goldenbear: You know, this Carlsen (is that his name?) might be a decent player someday. Yes. A decent number one ELO 2825, 20 years old.
Dec-30-11  feitang: Pun for this game: Harry, youre a magician!
Because of the Potter variation =)
Mar-13-12  pulsar: Nice pun!
Mar-13-12  consul: <Life Master AJ>: a puzzle might be from move 26, Blacks replies to 26. Ne4, as well as the others, are not bad; the position is already ruined for Black, no?

I didn't understand the pun...

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  Eggman: So, I lit the fire
Isn't it good ...

<<consul: I didn't understand the pun>>

"Norwegian Wood" is a Beatles song; Carlsen is Norwegian.

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  Check It Out: 9.Bh4 is the first unique move in the chessgames database. Rublevsky played 9.h4 against Anand and this is what happened to him: Rublevsky vs Anand, 2004

I think Carlsen was still with Kasparov at this point so I wonder how deep the analysis went in this game. It could have been engineered through the beautiful 26.Ne4if not further. If 26Qxe4 27.Qxh6+ Qh7 28.Qxf6+ and it's lights out for black.

27Kg7 is a poor move that allows the powerful pin/attack 28.Qd7. And as so often happens one mistake is followed by another, and 28Kf7 allows the spectacular 29.Ng5!

I love moves that put a piece in the one spot that seems most guarded by the opponent.

The practically forced sequence, 29fxg5 30.Rf3+ Kg8 31.Qxe6+ Kh8 32.Rf7 wins white the black queen for rook bishop, but the queen is deep in enemy territory and the black king is completely exposed. After a few more moves black sees the writing on the wall and resigns.

It's hard to say where black went wrong in this game, but after Carlsen cracked the center open with 17.e5 he held the initiative to the end.

Not a spectacular game, but Carlsen moved the game towards a seemingly inevitable conclusion with a certain ease that is amazing.

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Mar-13-12  Oxnard: Dreadful pun
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  HeMateMe: Nice pun, some of the best stuff is the simplest stuff, right under your nose.

Hey, all you need is Lute(fisk)!

Mar-13-12  gtgloner: Does anyone like "Norwegian Woodpusher"?
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  Penguincw: Just like how Carlsen always wins. Puts pressure, and gives him every reason to go wrong.
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  WannaBe: Just saw the pun, bad, bad, bad... =)
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  kevin86: White has a slight material advantage,but also,black has no good moves!
Mar-13-12  LoveThatJoker: Norwegian Would (This Bacrot Has Flown)


Mar-13-12  Memethecat: Carlson toying with a low ranked (ELO 2716) patzer.
Mar-13-12  goodevans: <kevin86: White has a slight material advantage,but also,black has no good moves!>

... and when the P gets to f6 it will be curtains!

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  HeMateMe: I...once saw a GIRI,
Or should I say,
He ONCE saw me..../

He...tried to push wood/
Isn't it good/
Norwegian Wood.

Mar-15-12  hellopolgar: typical Carlsen game: he creates little problems that aren't life-threatening for his opponent to solve. as a result his opponent makes consecutive inferior/passive moves. all of a sudden it looks hopeless for his opponent.
Mar-15-12  awz16: I don't have much insight into elite level etiquette so i'm wondering why Bacrot doesn't resign immediately after 32.Rf7 or even 35.g3
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  fredthebear: <Eggman: So, I lit the fire Isn't it good ...
<<consul: I didn't understand the pun>> "Norwegian Wood" is a Beatles song; Carlsen is Norwegian.>

Mar-10-19  sakredkow: 14. Qc2, which I would never have considered, is amazing, the beginning of a maneuver putting white clearly on top. White plays Qc2 to occupy c4 with his wsb on c4. White cranks up the pressure with 16. Rhe1, more or less forcing black to accept a busted up kingside after 19. Bxf6 gxf6. I'll bet Carlsen saw at least up to 20. Re2 while he was thinking about the Qc2 move.
Apr-13-19  Tietie007: Nice attack !
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