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Magnus Carlsen vs Helgi Ass Gretarsson
European Club Cup (2003), Rethymnon GRE, rd 7, Oct-04
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  1-0

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Feb-02-08
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  Eyal: <NBZ: [24...]Rg1+ Ke2 Rxa1 Qxf6+ Kd7 Qf4! looks very dangerous with the twin threats of Qd6+ and Nf6+. When the queen moves to avoid the fork (say Qg6 or Qh8), White plays Qd6+ Ke8 Bh5! Qxh5 Nf6+ wins the queen at last>

It doesn't quite work, though, since Qxh5 is played with a check... However [24...Rg1+ 25.Ke2 Rxa1] 26.Nxf6! is winning, e.g. Qf7 27.Ng4+ Kf8 28.Ne5 Qf5 29.Be4 or 26...Qg6 27.Nd5+ Kf7 28.Qe7+ Kg8 29.Nf6+

Carlsen's exchange sacrifice in this game was very creative, but perhaps not completely sound (even though it succeeded in practice). In any case, 22.Qxh7 - instead of Qe5 - was definitely a mistake, since Black would be winning after 22...Qxd4. And Black could still have a draw with 29...Be6 instead of Bd7??, where apparently White has nothing better than forcing a perpetual by 30.Qh5+ Kf8 31.Qc5+ Kf7 (31...Re7 32.Bf5 Kf7 33.Bg4 would get Black into trouble) 32.Qh5+ etc. But then Gretarsson wouldn't get to be remembered in chess history as losing a beautiful game to 13-year-old Carlsen...

Feb-02-08
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  egilarne: Magnus was still 12 years old - the game was played on the 4th of October, and Magnus became 13 the 30th of November - but it was a 12 year old IM rated 2450 - - - :) - according to the rating list of the 1st of October 2003.
Feb-02-08  Zygote: Apart from the comments which you guys have to make on this poor GMs name, there is not much else negative to be said about him... he became a GM (if a weak one) which is more than most people can do....
May-06-08  notyetagm: White to play: 32 ?


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<patzer2: The winning 32. Bg6+! is a stunning deflection move by the young Carlsen. The capture of the bishop is forced.>

Position after 32 ♗e4-g6+! 1-0


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<If 32...Kxg6 33. Qh5#,>

(VAR) Position after 32 ... ♔f7x♗g6 33 ♕c5-h5#


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<and if 32...Rxg6 33. Qe7#. >

(VAR) Position after 32 ... ♖g7x♗g6 33 ♕c5-e7#


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So 32 ♗e4-g6+! leads to two -different- <EPAULETTE MATES>!

This Carlsen is really something else: he was only 12(!)-years old when he played this game! Holy criminy!

Aug-24-08  jsteward: somebody,anybody! give me a clean logical continuation to win for white after24...Rg1+!
Nov-10-08  norcist: lol i don't know about clean and logical but here is a line that i just examined

24.)...Rg1+? 25.)Kd2 Rxa1 26.) Nxf6 Qf7 (the best square i can find) 27.) Nd5+

and then its just a matter of picking ur poison.

28.)...Kd7 loses to 29.) Bh5 Qg7 (otherwise its checkmate or fork on the next move) 30.) Nf6+ and Black will lose his Queen on the next move

Dec-22-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Is <12...Qxh2> untested?
Apr-24-09  urigata: WOW..I'm speechless..Nice game
Jun-01-09  MrMelad: Great game, pun for the contest: "The ace against the great ass" lol :)
Jul-15-09  Notagm: 24... e5 was a howler by Black, opening the file on which his King was located.
Sep-21-09  tentsewang: This young genius is just fantastic! I'll add him in one of my favorites.
Mar-13-10  notyetagm: Wow!!!!!
Mar-13-10  notyetagm: <Sneaky: This opening is all the rage at the highest levels, and the club level too. In a 15-minute game with a strong player, I gobbled the pawn and then tried the cheeky 8...Nh6!?

My opponent went straight for 9.Rxg7? falling for my little trap, as ...Qf6! forks rook and knight.>

A well-known trap in this opening.

9 ♖g1xg7?? ♕d8-f6! <fork: g7,f6>


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Mar-13-10  notyetagm: <offramp: 32.Bg6+ is a Stoke-Adams attack which harmonizes the squares e7 & h5 so that they become conjugate squares.>

WTTF????

Oct-11-10  sizu: In reply to norcist:

I like 24.)...Rg1+? 25.)Kd2 Rxa1 26.) Nxf6 Qf7 27.) Nd5+ Kd7 28.) Bh5 Qxh5!

leaving a lone Queen agains 2 Rooks and a Bishop. Wonder who would win at that point?

Oct-15-10  sevenseaman: Carlsen always comes around with heavy artillery.
Jun-22-11  morphyrulez: I felt a chill down my spine after 32.Bg6+ even though I'm used to seeing sacrifices.
May-17-12  Llawdogg: Magnus kicked his ass!
May-17-12  LoveThatJoker: Tremendous game!

LTJ

Oct-20-12
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  kingscrusher: Fun game indeed!

I have video annotated it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy5m...

Apr-07-13  AngeLa: ..this game reminds me of morphy's game, way back 1850's :)
Feb-16-14  talwnbe4: In any case, 22.Qxh7 - instead of Qe5 - was definitely a mistake, since Black would be winning after 22...Qxd4.

Apparently not. I used Fruit to find
23. Qh4+ Ke8 24. Bf3 Bd7 25. Rd1 Qg7 26. Rd6 c5 27. Bh5 Qh6 28. f4 Ba4 29. Nxc5 Bc6 30. b4 Rc8 (30.. Qh8 31.b5 Bg2+ 32. Ke2 Qb2+ 33. Rd2 =) 31. b5 Bg2+ 32. Kf2 Bh1 33. Nd3 Rf6 34. Rd4 Qg7 35. Ne5 Rf5 36. Ke3 Qg1+ 37. Kd3 Qb1+ 38. Kc3 Bd5 39. Bxf7+ =

incredible complications

Sep-28-14  Bronder: Gretarsson suffers from a lack of mobility and from sustained attack began by the smell of blood in the water.
Nov-01-14  kia0708: Helgi <Ass> Gretarsson ...

There must be a mistake with her middle name ?

Dec-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  yiotta: Gruenfeld vs Bogoljubov, 1923 has a similar unprotected bishop offer winning White's queen, a remarkable trap by Black.
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