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Magnus Carlsen vs Zhaoqin Peng
Corus Group C (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-11
French Defense: Advance. Wade Variation (C02)  ·  1-0



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  InspiredByMorphy: 6. ...c4 was not a great move. Continuing development is key to do well as black. ...Nc6 is important to get in early. A good example of black developing well is Fressinet vs Korchnoi, 1996
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  Willem Wallekers: <A good example of black developing well is Fressinet vs Korchnoi, 1996> Aren't you contradicting yourself in your comment on that game?

I think Black should prevent b4 by 6 ... a5.

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7. g3 is a new move in this position for this database, but there 12 other games with this move on chessbase. It has also been played in similar positions with Nc6 iso Bd7. I know because I once won a beauty price with this line.

Jan-16-06  prinsallan: Heres the comments magnus trainer wrote about this game: ---
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5...

I believe that 3.Nc3
gives the best chances of an advantage, but it demands some experience to understand the difficult positions in the Winawer variation (3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5
5.a3 Bxc3 6.bxc3).
As Alexander Rustemov showed against Magnus in the
last round of the Aeroflot Open Black has
good chances for equality with 6...Bb5.
The game ended in a draw after 7.b4 cxd4
8.Bxb5+ Qxb5 9.cxd4 Nd7 10.Nc3
Qc6 11.Na4 Ne7 12.Be3 Nb6 13.Nxb6
Qd7 17.Qa5 Be7 18.Rc7 b6 19.Rxd7
bxa5 20.Rb7 axb4 21.axb4 0-0 22.g4
Nxe3 -
The difficult question in this variation is how to answer a black break with the f-pawn.Presumably White should take on f6 and pressure the e6-pawn, but in that case 8.Bh3 is a more logical move. However, the way Black plays it is nice to secure a bit of space on the kingside.

What is the point of this I wonder?
White prepares to charge with his f-pawn.
White's chances lie on the kingside. That his king is also on this side is not so dangerous. With such a colossus of a pawn centre it will take a lot before Black can dream of attacking on this flank. 16.exf6 would only open lines and diagonals for Black.

Before White runs off with the bishop, leaving the knight pointlessly placed. Both 19...gxf4 20.gxf5 Nxf5 21.Bxf5 exf5 22.Kf2 and 19...fxg4 20.Bxg4 gxf4 21.Qxf4 give White a positional advantage.

Bold! The knight was hanging.

By returning the pawn Magnus
completely takes over the initiative.
All of White's pieces are working at maximum power.
A temporary withdrawal in preparation for the final assault. After 32...Ke8 planning 33...Rf8 Magnus must
remember to insert 33.Ng6, when Black
has no active options. This makes things easier
for White. The best defence was to wait passively,
going back and forth with the dark squared bishop,
when it is not obvious how White breaks through.
Now the e-pawn falls as 36...Kf7 costs material after 37.Ne5+ Ke7 38.Nxd7 and the bishop takes on e6.
All counterplay is prevented.
42...Bc1 is tougher, but would not have changed the result. Black resigned.

Jun-30-06  russian bunny: who is carlsen's trainer?
Jul-17-17  Dave12: A very deep understanding of the h pawn's power. Reminds Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 a bit
Jan-19-20  ndg2: At that time, Simen Agdestein must have been Carlsen's trainer, correct?

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