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Magnus Carlsen vs Simen Agdestein
Norway Chess (2014), Stavanger NOR, rd 9, Jun-13
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Quiet Line (E15)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-13-14  RookFile: Too bad. It looks like Agdestein did an excellent job of defending for a long time against the champ, but Carlsen found a way through.
Jun-13-14  honeypot: The sudden capitulation of Agdestein was much expected. Sad that it didn't help get the desired result.
Jun-13-14  RookFile: I might even prefer the black pieces after move 31. It would seem that the ...b5 plan from black may have been too ambitious. What if he just sits tight?
Jun-13-14  pilobolus: Can't black just take rook on d3
on 29 move


gets a rook for free

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  perfidious: <pilobolus> Not quite for free, as 30.Ne8+ wins the queen.
Jun-13-14  2pacallypz: pilobolus, if Rxd3, then Nf8+ winning the queen (Nxc7 after any king move).
Jun-13-14  honeypot: With all due respect to Agdestein, the sudden capitulation was surprising.

Most likely he was in awe of his great fellow countryman?? Otherwise he had drawn admirably against much stronger opponents in almost every other game.

Jun-13-14  csmath: 9. 0-0
[Patient opening and out of the book as expected from Carlsen.]

[Source of problems. 9. Nbd7 or 9. c6 is more in the spirit.]

However the whole middlegame passes without white accomplishing any permanent advantage or possible attack on castling. Carlsen still keeps pressure as black is slightly cramped and white achieves better knight position.

Position after 28 moves:

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29. Kf1!?

[Typical Carlsen. 29. Nxh5+ Kf8 30. Rxd8+ Qxd8 31. Nf6 Qd1+ 32. Qf1 Qd2 33. Qh3 Qd1+ 34. Kg2 Ke7 35. Qh8 and while white won a pawn he has open position is a quite a few bad pawns. Still most of chess players nowadays would select this continuation. Carlsen decides to make new problems for Agdestein who seems to have a lack of energy.]

In the sequel Agdestein decides to move king from kingside to queenside and then loses patience:

36. ...b5?!
42. ...bxc4?!
[It is a good question whether 42. ...Qa5 is holding since 42. Qe4 Kb6 43. Qa8 looks quite dangerous. Engines seem to think so but black would have been required very precise play.]

47. Qf8

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47. ...Kd7
[47. ...Nh6 48. Qe7+ is a crazy engine continuation which is likely lost as well.]

48. Ne4!
[48. Qxf7? Ne7 would be a big error as all of a sudden black is released from the grip and can have a countergame since a-pawn is not defended any more.]

In the ending position white is completely lost:

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because of:

54. ...Kc5
55. Qb4+ Kd5
56. Qd2+ Kc5
57. Qa5+
and black queen is lost.

Yet another win by relentless squeeze by Magnus Carlsen. When he cannot get through he changes the nature of position and starts all over. Agdestein could not take such an onslaught.


Jun-13-14  celtrusco: A game against Carlsen today is like a walk by a minefield.
Jun-13-14  bahduggi: why doesn't 16. Ne4xd6 win a piece?
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  perfidious: <bahduggi> After 16.Nxd6 Bxg2 17.Nb5, 17....Qb7 defends.
Jun-13-14  RookFile: I thought black's play up until 36...b5 was terrific.
Jun-14-14  mrbasso: 36...b5 is not the decisive mistake but it certainly looks stupid.
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  Domdaniel: Agdestein defended very well for a long time, but in the final position he is completely lost -- <csmath> gives the winning line for White after (the forced) 54...Kc5.

Any suggestion that Agdestein's resignation was unexpected or suspect is absurd.

Jun-15-14  Talis: Why not 11.Nxc6 ?
Jun-15-14  Eduardo Bermudez: When Agdestein beat Spassky in 1983, Magnus Carlsen was still a nice dream for the world chess !!
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