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Magnus Carlsen vs Daniil Yuffa
Qatar Masters (2015), Doha QAT, rd 3, Dec-22
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Lesser Simagin (Spassky) (E62)  ·  1-0
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Dec-22-15
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  Sokrates: Well done, Magnuus Carllsen! Diagonal a1-h8 will be an open passage to Yuffa's king.
Dec-22-15
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  beenthere240: I enjoyed the way MC ignored the offered exchange sac 24...Re4.
Dec-22-15  frogbert: The offer wasn't ignored, simply postponed. In the final position, after black moves the queen, white will cash in on e4 and continue Qb2.
Dec-22-15  talwnbe4: 22.. Bxd4 is the only move that doesn't demolish black's king defense. 22.. Bf8?? and it's over
Dec-22-15
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  chancho: Daniil Yuffa-iled to win this game, but no worries, you are only 18.

Plenty of time to improve.

Dec-22-15  kamagong24: instructive game...
Dec-22-15  Ulhumbrus: The comments of Svidler and Ramirez help to suggest that the move 20 h6!! is a masterly example of the art of evaluation. It transforms the evaluation of an exchange sacrifice on d4. In the event of White's sacrificing the exchange on d4 the pawn acts in concert with White's queen to threaten mate. This difference suffices to transform the evaluation of the position which might otherwise be safer and drawn for Black: It makes the position one which is more dangerous and perhaps lost for Black.

The resource 20 h6 is worthy of Lasker.

Dec-22-15  MarkFinan: When you look properly at that final position you wonder why black even bothered showing up. 27 moves, completely destroyed.

He should have at least practiced against that Carlsen app aged 16 first, lol. Well look at the game!

Dec-22-15
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  Sokrates: <MarkFinan: When you look properly at that final position you wonder why black even bothered showing up. 27 moves, completely destroyed. > That's a hard verdict. It's an open tournament allowing relatively lesser players the opportunity of facing the world elite. There is no shame in losing a game to Carlsen.
Dec-22-15  frogbert: The game also demonstrated some nice calculation on Carlsen's part. The main point of b3! is to allow the later Rc1 without the response Rc4 being available for black. In short, Yuffa was outcalculated in this game, not positionally outplayed.
Dec-22-15  frogbert: I have to correct myself: of course b3 also was essential in extending the bishop's diagonal to allow the bishop + queen battery down the long diagonal. But b3 served multiple purposes.
Dec-22-15  MarkFinan: Hey Frogbert! Hope you're well mate, and happy Xmas to you and your family. You should pop in more often! #DeathTpstar #TheBadPeople #LOL ;)

< There is no shame in losing a game to Carlsen.>

Maybe you're right <Sokrates>, maybe I am being harsh, but if I had the white pieces (I know I know!) I would like to believe that <I could have> put up a better fight than that. What I'd like to believe and can actually do are obviously two different things, I don't know, maybe it's just the Carlsen effect. Either way, for a pro chess player that's just playing the player and not the board. It's like going to Old Trafford when Utd are playing badly (like now) and concentrating on damage control. Aka.. No heart.

Dec-22-15
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  john barleycorn: < frogbert: The offer wasn't ignored, simply postponed. In the final position, after black moves the queen, white will cash in on e4 and continue Qb2.>

Absolutely, timing is essential.

Dec-22-15
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  keypusher: <talwnbe4: 22.. Bxd4 is the only move that doesn't demolish black's king defense. 22.. Bf8?? and it's over>

If you're going to give 22....Bf8 two question marks, how are you going to annotate a real blunder?

Nice to see a good game from Carlsen.

Dec-22-15
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  thegoodanarchist: MC's play here is way over my head.
Dec-22-15  frogbert: A nice line from the final position: 27... Qe7 28. Qxd5+! Re6 29. Rc7! and black is totally busted.

(I know 27... Qe7 isn't objectively best, but still. :)

Dec-25-15  yurikvelo: <frogbert>
Eval after resign, K9.3, D=37, 23 458 MN:

+10,50 27. ... Qd6 28.Bxe4 dxe4 29.Qc3 Kf7 30.Qh8 e3

+14,19 27. ... Qe7 28.Qxd5+ Re6 29.Rc7 Rd8 30.Qxb7 Rd1+

Dec-25-15  yurikvelo: http://pastebin.com/PpcnZgMQ
this game multiPV
move #19 was biggest blunder, 30th out of 38 legal moves

22. ... Bf8 vs 22. ... Bxd4 do not matter, if you play against Magnus - game was lost after 20. h6 :) Inacurate play after 19. ... Nd4 only shortened pain.

Dec-31-15  Sularus: nice Q+DSB gun by magnus
Jan-02-16
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  visayanbraindoctor: Excerpts from my post in the Qatar page, but this should properly belong here.

<Look at the position after 7.. Bf5 The opening is just about over and the middlegame about to commence. What's familiar with the pawn structure? Black has a KID like pawn structure with a fianchettoed B at g7 and pawns at f7, g6, h7. Now Carlsen could have made several positionally sound moves, but he chose IMO one of the most proven plans for White in such a pawn structure. Develop one's B and Q along the c1-h6 diagonal with Queen behind the B, and push the h-pawn in order to directly attack the Black Kingside fianchetto pawn structure.>

The game proceeded 8. Bg5 Ne4 9. Nxe4 Bxe4 10. d5 Bxf3 11. exf3 Nd4 12. Re1 Re8 13. Re4 c5 14. dxc6 Nxc6 15. h4 Qb6 16. Rb1 a5 17. Be3 Qc7 18. h5 e5 19. Qd2 and Carlsen obtained a typical attacking position against the KID (or Sicilian Dragon, or Pirc) pawn structure.

<Carlsen IMO is actually the best in demonstrating such positional rules at present. Many of his games are positional masterpieces. That's why he is World Champion.

Next, you might want to ask, is this way of developing new? No.

Here is Fischer for example employing the same kind of development against the same pawn structure.

Fischer vs D Byrne, 1963

The chess principles these games employed are: exploit the open diagonals c1-h6 and a1-h8, and attack the g6 pawn with an eye to opening up the black kingside position along the h-file for one's Rook and Queen, or pushing the h-pawn to h6 in order to exploit the weak Black squares around the black King, usually coupled with an attempt to challenge or eliminate the Black dark squared bishop in order to further expose the black square weaknesses. Because of specific conditions in the middlegame both Fischer and Carlsen chose the latter. If you understand this in the opening to middlegame transition, then you already have a good plan for the middlegame.>

If one understands that in these positions a possible plan is to

<attack the g6 pawn with an eye to opening up the black kingside position along the h-file for one's Rook and Queen, or pushing the h-pawn to h6 in order to exploit the weak Black squares around the black King, usually coupled with an attempt to challenge or eliminate the Black dark squared bishop in order to further expose the black square weaknesses.>

then one can easily understand the purpose of Carlsen's sac 21. Rxd4. It is to challenge the Black fianchettoed dark squared bishop as discussed above. Often a sac is worth it if one can eliminate this Bishop or drive it off the diagonal.

Jan-03-16
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  Fusilli: It's a pity that Black didn't play 22...Bxd4. He deprived us from seeing Carlsen's technique following up on the exchange sac.
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