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Magnus Carlsen vs Rauf Mamedov
Gashimov Memorial (2015), Shamkir AZE, rd 9, Apr-26
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0


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Apr-26-15  fgh: <keypusher>: <Karne> has referred to Carlsen and Kasparov as "patzers". One could expect him to make such a clueless comment about a move as good as 1. g3.
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  lost in space: 34...Re5 seems to be a draw.

And beside 35. Qf7 it seems 35. Rd7 wins too - but Qf7 is better.

Apr-26-15  arnaud1959: <Sally Simpson:> Another possibility is that Mamedov was obsessed by the idea of activating his rook and he was planning to play f4 ovelooking Qf7 in any variation.
Apr-26-15  MagnusVerMagnus: His nerves were shot the poor guy, felt so bad for him at the PC, they did not even want to ask him any questions cause it looked like he was gonna have a nervous breakdown. These events are much easier from home, Happy Birthday Rauf! It was a good tournament and he should be proud.
Apr-26-15  arnaud1959: ...which makes <lost in space>'s 35.Rd7 too slow. 35.-f4 36.exf4 Qxf4 and white needs to come back to defend against mate or perpetual check.
Apr-26-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Rauf had been sweating every move for hours, Qe5 was his first aggressive move of the game really, he had to feel a breath of hope....sadly for only a minute.
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  chancho: Magnus Carlsen is the best player in the world.... period!

Make all the excuses that you want about how lucky he is, and so on... but results simply do not lie.

Victorious in three strong tournaments in a row, and that after retaining his title at Sochi last year.

If this guy continues to improve, (and it looks like he has that ambition) it's going to be one hell of a ride for the next number of years!

Apr-26-15  CountryGirl: Powerful game! (which, by the way, should be re-classified as a Slav). Is 7.Bd3 book? either that or genius, coming straight after 6.Be2, as soon as Rauf played h6. The decisions were all so sure footed - e.g. 13.b4, 31.Qg4 to provoke a weakness. The final response 35.Qf7 was real neat.
Apr-26-15  1d410: Carlsen is unique in history!
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  Sally Simpson: Hi arnaud1959,

Yes that's another attractive reason.

It has taken me a while but I think I have finally cracked Carlsen.

Writers about the game always go on about how important it to have the move.


But if you don't have the move then you cannot make a blunder.

Carlsen plays Tennis - Chess.

He keeps knocking the ball (the move) back to you knowing eventually you will hit one into the net.

The difference being he designs the tennis court and on his move his net is always lower and on every rally his opponent's bat gets heavier and heavier.


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  morfishine: I really don't know what to say about this game. I mean, on move 29 (29...Qf7) Black occupies the very square that White occupies (35.Qf7) when Black resigns. Its downright silly, or a humongous blooper, or appalling positional play by Black. I'm stunned beyond coherence.
Apr-26-15  RookFile: 23....f6 was an expensive move for black. It created some weaknesses. I would have avoided it.
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  morfishine: BTW: Black had a promising exchange sac netting a pawn with 20...Rxe5 21.dxe5 Qxe5

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Black need only shield the b-pawn and he's fine. I've been running a few lines, and so far, Black holds comfortably


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  tamar: The fatal weakness on g6 can be traced to the mysterious move order 6 Be2 h6 7 Bd3.

By wasting a tempo, Carlsen elicited a tiny weakening, so that Qf7 when it came, was crushing because of the threat of Qg6+

Apr-26-15  SirRuthless: Lets not make this some kinds of deep masterpiece. Mamedov got short of time and missed a two mover. Carlsen said himself it was equal-ish and he had squandered his edge earlier. Mamedov's reaction said it all in the analysis.
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  chancho: This game while certainly not a masterpiece, shows that if you continue probing for weaknesses and keeping the pressure on, something's bound to give.

Mamedov was feeling the pressure, (the clock was down to 5 minutes no increments until move 61) and when you feel pressure, that's when the mistakes can come like confetti.

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  Reisswolf: Kind of reminds me of Carlsen's Qb7 to end game 2 of the World Championship match against Anand.
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  Richard Taylor: There was nothing wrong with Black's position until 34. ... Qe5. He needed to play 34. ... Re5 which is about =
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  Fusilli: <Pedro Fernandez: 34,,,Qe5?? What a locure!!!>

"Locure"? Te inventaste una palabra, Pedro! :)

Apr-27-15  not not: karpov must be smiling
Apr-27-15  not not: or capa
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  thegoodanarchist: < chancho: Magnus Carlsen is the best player in the world.... period!...

If this guy continues to improve, (and it looks like he has that ambition) it's going to be one hell of a ride for the next number of years!>

And the ride has been great already! I have enjoyed watching his career for the last few years, from the stunning performance at the China tournament a while back, to his skin of the teeth qualification to challenge Anand, the two successful matches, the domination of this and that tournament.

I enjoy watching history in the making, especially when I know that it is just that.

Haters like <pinoyking> can hate and doubt all they want, but we are seeing brilliance and all-time greatness unfold before our very eyes!

Embrace it, folks!

May-03-15  MagnusVerMagnus: yes , I enjoyed all the hundreds of games where clowns ( including IMs and GMS) stated their word that the game wqas drawn and magnus won 90% of them vs GMS...great days that will never be repetead...feel lucky to have watched the last great human chess player...cheaters 2will dominate soon sadly, THANK YOU MAGNUS.
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  offramp: <rogge: <offramp: What is the difference between Mamedov & Mamedyarov?>

One yar.>

Good one!

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  tamar: Rauf meets the Big Dog.
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