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Magnus Carlsen vs Yevgeniy Vladimirov
Dubai Open (2004), Dubai UAE, rd 4, Apr-22
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  1-0



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May-01-04  Hidden Skillz: vladimirov had such anice position wit the move 17.Nxf3..nice comeback tho by carlsen..
May-31-06  MoonlitKnight: Vladimirov wrote in New In Chess that he didn't play the move 21...Bc6, simply because he had an "uneasy feeling". Later, Magnus demonstrated the beautiful variation he had planned: 22.Qe2 Bxh1 23.Nxe6! Qe7 24.Bf5!! and the threat of Rd8+ followed by Nc7# cannot be stopped in a sensible way.
Jun-01-06  Appaz: What a marvelous variation! Shows why Agdestein called him "a monster with thousand eyes".
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  chancho: Agdestein called Carlsen, "a monster with a thousand eyes"? Anthony Miles used that very quote after losing to Garry Kasparov in a chess game.
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  boz: Except Miles wasn't quoting anybody.
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  chancho: <boz> point taken.
Jun-02-06  Appaz: <chancho> and <boz> So Miles was the originator. I guess he felt more admiration than sadness after the loss. Some games you're just happy to be a part of.
Aug-30-06  Dres1: Can someone help me understand the problem with 18.Nxf3? Thanks.
Aug-30-06  Assassinater: <Can someone help me understand the problem with 18.Nxf3? Thanks.> 18... Nc3+ 19. bxc3 bxc3 20. Qc1 Ba3 looks good
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  maxi: <Dres1> The problem with 18.Nf3 is that Black is going to check in c3. As a result, the b file is going to be wide open to checks along it, that lead to mate unless White sacrifices his Queen in c1. On the other had, after 18.Qf2 the White d4 Knight can still reach b3 and block the file.
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  maxi: <Moonlitknight> The move 21...Bc6 is not bad, since after 22.Qe2 Bd6 (instead of 22...Bxh1) Black holds.
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  maxi: In the final position Black resigns after 34.♕b4+ since 34...♔e8 35.♖d8+ ♔d8 36.♕f8+ ♔c7 37.♖c1+ and the attack is immediate and deadly.
Sep-24-09  aazqua: Or simply 34. ... Ke8 35. Rd8+ Kd8 36. Qf8+ Kc7 37. R*p+ and then exchange the rooks and white is up by 3 (really 2) pawns with the two being advanced connected and passed.
Sep-29-16  Retireborn: This (from the tournament where Carlsen scored his third GM norm) is the first game of his I've looked at seriously. Which shows how stuck in the past I am!

Anyway 26.Qd4 & 27.Nxg7+ as played by Magnus is very strong, but Houdini suggests the elegant 26.Nf6+ gxf6 27.Qxf6 Rg8 28.Bb5 as an alternative, again exploiting the weakness of d8.

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