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Magnus Carlsen vs Ehsan Ghaem Maghami
"Ghaem Over" (game of the day Oct-11-2016)
Chess Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 10, Sep-12
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  1-0


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  Marmot PFL: Move 25, white to play

Monday level problem)

Sep-12-16  beenthere240: After 25. fg3! Magnus has achieved tripled pawns and thus a game winning position. (not to mention an extra piece.)
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  Marmot PFL: But white still had to break that pin in order to keep the piece.
Sep-12-16  Bhoopnath: Nice Tactics!Magnus Welldone Bb5 is spectetor of rook and knight dance.
Sep-12-16  talwnbe4: knight forks suddenly appear after 21. b4!

22..Qb5 is another try.. 23. Qd6+ Ke8 24. Qa3 Rd8 25. Nd6+ Rxd6 26. Qxd6 Qd5 27. Qxd5 Nxd5 28. Ne5 Ne7 29. Rfd1 2.8

21. Nxf7! also wins, e.g, 21. Nxf7 Bd5 22. Nfe5 Qc7 23. e4 Bxc4 24. Rxc4 Qxe5 25. Qxe5 Rxc4 26. Qa5 Rgc8 27. Qxa7 earlier.. on 16..Qc7 17. f4 is good

Sep-12-16  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 10...Bxc6, one justification for 10...bxc6 is that White has played d4 so that Black is able to undouble his c pawns.

Instead of 11...Qc7, 11...Nd7 challenges the N on e5 at once.

12..h6 disturbs the king side pawns without necessity. Instead of this 12...Qe7 at once prepares ...Nd7

14...Nd7 seems consistent, otherwise why has Black played 13...Qe7?

After 15...Rg8 Black's king cannot castle save on the queen side and with 18 c4 Carlsen opens lines

Sep-12-16  kappertjes: This game is somewhat strange to me.

Can you imagine playing a GM who has black after the moves 8. hg3 Qd6 have been made? I mean, what is there to play with?

Once at that point, I don't think I'd go: "I know what, I will take 2 moves to exchange my bishop and develop his inactive one and then go Ne5 that is it now I will beat him!".

Obviously Maghami misplayed this, but around move 8 he must have felt pretty good about his opening.

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  varishnakov: Carlsen just keeps winning pieces against these weakie GMs.
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  keypusher: <kappertjes>

Carlsen might have been thinking of this game: Carlsen vs Tomashevsky, 2016

The funny thing is, he's been on the other side of the Bb5 xc6 maneuver (with reversed colors).

Carlsen vs Kamsky, 2013

Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2014

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  chancho: Carlsen is not really showing his good stuff.

That honor will go to Karjakin in November.

Sep-12-16  kappertjes: <keypusher>

Thanks, that was really good. There does seem to be a similar theme. Apparently there is "discussion" about exactly this type of exchange. Is the knight on its lovely square worth more than the bishop hitting its pawns, or not? You live you learn, I guess I should try it sometime.

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  thegoodanarchist: after 24.fxg3 it's Ghaem over
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  chancho: Another Ehsan-ple of Magnus Carlsen's talent for the royal game.
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  thegoodanarchist: 29...Bc6 appears to me to be the only move, but still leads quickly to another minor piece exchange, plus Black still further down in pawn count after 30.Nxc6 bxc6 31.Ne5+ and the c-pawn will fall.

Likely the passed a-pawn will then decide, as White's tripled g-pawns are well positioned (!!!) to stop Black's kingside "solid" pawn structure.

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  Marmot PFL: <Obviously Maghami misplayed this, but around move 8 he must have felt pretty good about his opening.>

Black never found a good answer to the question of his king position. He could castle king side without the trade on g3 (probably safest), or queen side after the trade.

Staying in the center didn't work out well. On e7 the king was a target but on the back rank it interferes with the rooks.

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  thegoodanarchist: Hey, I got another GOTD! I am pleased as punch.

<Sep-12-16 thegoodanarchist: after 24.fxg3 it's Ghaem over >

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  playground player: Tripled pawn--you automatically win, right?
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  kevin86: The extra piece and pawn are too big for black to survive.
Oct-11-16  YetAnotherAmateur: I have to say, I particularly enjoy the utter disregard for chess principles showed by Magnus Carlsen here: the seemingly wasted tempo on move 5, the apparent exchanging a good bishop for a pinned knight on move 9, weakening his central pawn structure on move 18, the seemingly unnecessary sac on move 21, and then of course tripling his pawns.

And then he wins anyways. Shows what those theorists and books know, eh?

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  Sally Simpson: Carlsen is a brilliant player but let's not think he is carving new ideas with every game he plays.

"the seemingly wasted tempo on move 5."

5.Bg3 is known theory from at least 1892.

Blackburne vs Lasker, 1892

Exchanging the c6 Knight allows White to get a Knight a to e5 and with a Knight on d2 any attempt to swap it by Nd7 meets Nd-f3.

Again Blackburne.

Blackburne vs Chigorin, 1897

'weakening his central pawn structure on move 18'

Opening up a position irrespective of pawn structure v an uncaslted King was in the book when Morphy was strutting his stuff.

'the seemingly unnecessary sac on move 21' is designed to get the Queen off defending d6. A White Queen check there and it's all over. Again standard fare, deflecting a defender away from a critical square is in the arsenal of all good players.

The tripled pawns v an active piece up. Most would take the piece.

Carlsen has made it no secret he has studied the games of the old masters. He puts his own spin on their ideas, however the previous poster is correct. Carlsen and the word 'dogmatic' will never go together.

Good GOTD.

Oct-11-16  mahmoudkubba: One can see directly that Carlson had two dead pawns. Whatever you can say about his advance position still the fact is two dead pawns. I do remember a game when the coach of a player made the other player agrees to resign while the game was postponed instead of continuing the game while they were drinking coffee. Anyhow I myself do remember a game like that when I myself was having the great trouble of two dead pawns and not even one.
Oct-11-16  mahmoudkubba: Bearing in mind the Russian principle: Continue the game till the end whatever the situation is. But again this principle applied in theory while in reality you might be getting a good positive losing. i.e. a look like losing while the real situation is a positive draw. Some times even the result of a game do not give the real result. God knows what was the real result of this situation. HaHaHa
Oct-11-16  Mudphudder: Omg. the title for this game.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Mudphudder: Omg. the title for this game.>

Arigatoo gozaimas!

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