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Andrei Volokitin vs Magnus Carlsen
Aeroflot Open (2004), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Feb-23
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  1-0



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Jul-08-04  morphyvsfischer: 8...Bb7! is better than the move just played, as since the f8 bishop hasn't moved yet, Black doesn't have to worry about Bxe6. The e4 pawn is now easily ganged up against since there is no f3 or e5 to relieve the pressure easily, and even if e4 can be well protected, Black still has the more comfortable game i.e. 9 Bg5 Nbd7 10 0-0-0 (White needs to have his rooks on d1 and e1 for any hope of equality) b4 (10...Nc5 is also possible for quick equality, but I prefer to keep the queens on the board for a slighty easier time winning the e4 pawn) 11 Na4 (11 Ne2?? loses to 11...e5, of course) Qa5 12 Bxf6 (relieving a little bit of the pressure on e4) Nxf6 and Black is better: he can safely continue with Kside castling now.

Also 9 0-0 fails to 9...Nbd7! (9...b4?! 10 Ba4+ Nbd7 11 Nd5! exd5 12 exd5, and White has a vicious attack i.e. 12...Bxd5 13 Qd3 or 12...Nxd5? 13 Re1+ Be7 14 Bb3!) 10 Re1 (the only move that causes any threat to Black; Bg5 anywhere in this line can be met by ...h6, ...Be7, or continuing the attack, depending on what the position demands) ...Nc5 11 Bd5!? (11...exd5?! runs into 12 exd5+ Kd7 13 b4 Na4 14 Nxa4 bxa4 15 c4 and White's initiative is big) ...Qb6! 12 Bxb7 Qxb7 and Black has no problems.

Carlsen's move allows the Kside attack with not much opposition.

Dec-23-04  Whitehat1963: Brilliant combination play on white's part; he systematically dismantles Carlsen. Do you think Volokitin saw all the way to the end when he played 19. Nf5, or did he see it a bit at a time? Any insights?
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  IMlday: 11..Nc6 looked weird to into-the-teeth move eh
Jul-22-05  mymt: 8. ...Bb7 or 8. ...Qb6 seem better but the novelty must be 9.g4?! [F Amonatov vs M Makarov, 2004 went for 9.Bg5] but I doubt that 9. ...b4 was the best reaction.I would like to play 9. ...Be7 but 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Nxe6 & Nxg7 is not nice,maybe 9. ...Bb7 is still OK.
Jul-22-05  mymt: that 19.Nf5 must surely be a winner, is 19. ...Bxg5+ 20.Qxg5 exf5 21.Rxd5 Qc4 any sort of life line for Magnus?
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  profK: Going for the jugular with the mighty Magnus is pretty brave. To beat the best you just put your back to the wall and go for it !!!!
Nov-19-13  MaoKey: Magnus missed the nice zwischenzug 15...e5! (not 15...Bxe4 because of 16.Nxe6!) and when knight retreats he can take on e4.
Mar-13-17  clement41: Right after 17...Bd5 my eye jumped at 18 Nxe6?!, which seems to work only if Black takes on b3

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