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Magnus Carlsen vs Kristian Stuvik Holm
Pro Chess League (2018) (rapid), chess.com INT, rd 3, Jan-31
Anderssen Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0
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Mar-12-18
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  malt: 29.Q:g6+ N:g6 30.Nh5#
I thought it was 29.R:e7 at first, then realised it's Monday.
Mar-12-18
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  Squire49: It almost never happens on Mondays, but I missed it. Small consolation is that MC missed it too:-).
Mar-12-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: I found this to be remarkably hard for a Monday puzzle. I'm reassured now that I know a GM missed it too. :) Any GM would do, actually; it didn't have to be the world champ.

The way I finally solved it was with rigor.

1. White had nothing going except the possibility of mate.

2. Mate was very unlikely unless White could cover f7.

3. f7 was very hard to cover unless Black's knight moved -- and that has to be "moved" rather than "captured".

4. Qxg6+ was the only way I saw to force the knight to move ...

5. ... and it did force immediate mate. Solution!!!

Mar-12-18
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  cocker: A very hard 'very easy'. As played, surely 30 Qxg6+ would have been better?
Mar-12-18
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  patzer2: Got the first moveof today's Monday puzzle solution with 29. Qg6+, but after 29...Kf7 I went with 30. Qxg6+ Kf8 31. Qh7 +- (+20.96 @ 20 ply, Stockfish 9) instead of the game follow-up 29. Qxg6 +- (+8.77 @ 23 ply, Stockfish 9).

Black's decisive mistake appears to be 22...cxd4?, allowing 23. cxd4 +- (+2.61 @ 21 ply, Stockfish 9). Instead, 22...Nc4 23. Bc1 e5 24. dxe5 ± (+0.89 @ 19 ply, Stockfish 9) keeps Black's survival chances alive.

Earlier, instead of 11...Ne5?! potentially allowing 12. 0-0 ⩲ to ±(+0.67 @ 19 ply, Stockfish 9), I prefer 11...Bd7 = to +./= (+0.22 @ 19 ply, Stockfish 9).

Mar-12-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Many roads lead to Rome.
Mar-12-18  dumbgai: Is it just me or does the puzzle start with black to move on move 28?
Mar-12-18  TheTamale: <al wazir: I went with the ♕ sac. Why didn't Carlsen play it? Didn't he know it was Monday?>

Thanks for starting my week with a laugh!

Mar-12-18  Pasker: Hm..it shows they are human too. They miss tricky tactics like this sometimes. Its a kind of move you get it in a second or don't. I mean 29. Qxg6+
Mar-12-18  Vermit: This looks more like a helpmate than an actual game.
Mar-12-18
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Jamboree,

A wee bit harsh on the lad.

You can see a logical reason behind all of Black moves including 28...Kf6 are not random moves and just made for fun. (also we must remember it was a rapid game. 15 + 2 secs for the game)

here: Black to play.


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Black is lost no matter what he plays.

28...Kf6 breaks the pin and holds the g6 pawn.

Make no mistake. Carlsen will be disappointed with himself for missing the classy mate. I know I would.

28...Kf6 29.e5+ dxe5 30.Qxg6+ Nxg6 31.Nh5+ Kf5 and mate with a pawn. 32.g4 is also pretty.

The play with the Knights was OK. and the Queen to b6 was to hold up d4 and dissuade a 0-0-0 and the move g4 which is the usual follow up to early h4's. At this speed you are guided by general ideas both for and against you.

Then the Queen poked about on the Queenside hitting d3, preventing b4 and trying to hold back d4.

The bad move IMO (remembering this was a rapid game) was here:


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White has got in d4 and Black in typical Sicilian Mode played 22...cxd4 (probably automatically) and the open c-file did him. 22...Nc4 was better.

That is hindsight analysis. But anything that allows a Rook a free trip to the 7th must viewed with suspicion.

The correct reply to 1.a3 is 1...a6.

Mar-12-18  SpamIAm: <cocker>, Easy to be Hard. www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Dog_Night
Mar-12-18
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  Robed.Bishop: <dumbgai: Is it just me or does the puzzle start with black to move on move 28?>

When I saw the puzzle this morning on my phone, it started with black's 28th move. When I looked at the page just now on my computer, it started with white's 29th move.

Mar-12-18  awfulhangover: This was blitz game played on chess24. I think i remember commentator Hammer screamed "take on g6, take on g6!" Then "noooooooo!"
Mar-12-18  eblunt: In Carlsen's line , isn't 30 ♕xg6+ more direct and forcing ?
Mar-12-18
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  Bubo bubo: My first idea was 29.Rxe7? Rxe7?? 30.Qxg6#, but then I realized that a) Black would recapture with king instead and b) it's Monday: hence 29.Qxg6+ Nxg6 30.Nxh5#. A nice double-purpose sac, removing the guard of h5 and opening the 7th rank.
Mar-12-18
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  offramp: It is quite funny how <quickly> the moves 1.a3 and 2.h4 become useful: 7.Ng5 & 9.Ba2. There's definite humour there.
Mar-12-18
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  cormier: 1) +0.37 (39 ply) 13...b5 14.Be3 O-O 15.O-O Rb8 16.b4 c4 17.d4 Nd7 18.a4 a6 19.Bb1 Nf6 20.Bc2 Nh7 21.Ne2 Nxg5 22.Bxg5 Qc7 23.Qd2 Kh7 24.Rfd1 bxa4 25.Bxa4 Bb7 26.Be3 Ne7 27.Bc2 Rfd8 28.Kh2 Ra8 29.g3 Bc6 30.Ra5 Bb5 31.Kg2 Qb7 32.d5 e5 33.f4

60.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9

Mar-12-18
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  cormier: <patzer2>: I prefer 11...Bd7 = to + / = (+0.22 19 ply, Stockfish 9) ..... tks
Mar-12-18
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  Sally Simpson: Cor Blimey, Talk about bias posting.

If anyone else but Carlsen had played 1.a3 then you get post like:

..."showing complete and utter disrespect to the opponent etc etc...

If anyone else had missed a bog standard mate in 2 then they would get slaughtered.

What have we got here? Proper Kibitizers with no holds barred (bars on our windows yes. but we can reach the keyboard despite the handcuffs.) or doe-eyed sycophants.

Mar-12-18  saturn2: <chessgames.com e puzzle is correct as it now stands> On my smartphone it is still 28.. black to play.
Mar-12-18
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  cormier: +0.50 (32 ply) 11...Nb5 12.c3 Bf6 13.Be3 b6 14.O-O Qe7 15.a4 Nc7 16.d4 cxd4 17.cxd4 Nb4 18.Bb3 Bb7 19.Re1 Bxg5 20.hxg5 d5 21.e5 a5 22.Rc1 Rc8 23.Bc2 Nxc2 24.Qxc2 O-O 25.Qd3 Kg7 26.Qb3 Qb4 27.Qxb4 axb4 28.Nd3 b3

15.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9

Mar-12-18  Andrew Chapman: I got this eventually after realising that after Qg6, knight takes, Bg5 would be mate because the rook now holds the seventh rank. So I was looking for somewhere to put the knight with check to get it out of the way of the bishop, tried h5 and then finally realised that that was it. Andrew
Mar-13-18  Mayankk: Found the mate in two. Just happy to spot something which even Carlsen missed.
Mar-14-18
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  patzer2: Correction: I went with 30. Qxg6+ Kf8 31. Qh7 +- instead of the game follow-up 30. Nxg6 +-.
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