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Leif Erlend Johannessen vs Magnus Carlsen
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Leif" (game of the day Oct-01-2021)
SmartFish Chess Masters (2005), Drammen NOR, rd 5, Jan-01
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  1-0



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Jan-01-05  csmath: Huh, Carlssen is getting beating on this festival all over the place. Welcome to the world of adults.
Jan-01-05  bobbyboomer: This hasn't been a Happy New Year for Magnus so far...great thing about it, he has 364 days to turn this year around!!
Apr-12-05  optimistic: Can sombody (A king's indian expert, a good player or a person with a chess program) tell me why Carlsen played 26... Rh6 instead of h5? After 28.Bf1, the attacking chances are almost zero and 31...h5 (with attack?!)seems a little bit to late.

Anyway, Leif E. Johannessen played a nice game! And now I have adopted the interesting 14. c5!? in my Kings Indian system as White.

Jul-22-07  SniperOnKN2: Rh6, followed by Qh5, is more like sharpshooting rather than using an AK(pawn storm). If Bxh3 gets achieved, black basically wins.
May-19-08  notyetagm: Position after 40...♖h6-h7?

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<41.Rb5 with the threat 42.Rb8,>

Position after 41 ♖a5-b5!

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<and Black cannot play 41...Rxa7 because of 42.Rb8+ Bg8 43.Nxc3 bxc3 44.Bc4. White won in 59 moves. 1-0.>

(VAR) Position after 41 ... ♖a8xa7?? 42 ♖b5-b8+ ♗e6-g8 43 ♘d5x♗c3 <clearing a2-g8 diagonal for White e2-bishop> b4x♘c3 44 ♗e2-c4

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44 ♗e2-c4 <REINFORCED THE PIN> on the Black g8-bishop by the White b8-rook against the Black h8-king, winning.

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  Honza Cervenka: Always Look on the Bright Side of Leif :-D
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  Messiah: <Honza Cervenka: Always Look on the Bright Side of Leif>

Thank you for this pun, I am plagiarizing and submitting it under my name. Excellent!

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  Messiah: <The Chessgames GOTD Submission Page

Somebody already submitted that pun.>


Oct-01-21  Brenin: When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best:

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very fine defense by White against the future World Champion, but have some questions about Black's play.

1. Starting with 25.h3, Carlsen has a few opportunities to win a pawn on d5. Why didn't he? 2. Why not 33...g4? This looks one of those KID Death Variation positions where Black has to sacrifice first and think later, if ever. 3. Why did Carlsen play 13...Rf6 instead of the traditional 13...Ng6, followed by ...Rf7, ...Bf8 and ...Nf6?

This game seems to have posed huge challenges to both players.

Oct-01-21  offramp: White rabbits.

The pun should be credited to <Messiah>. The film <The Life of Brian> ends with the song <Look On The Bright Side of Life>.

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  Teyss: <Honza Cervenka> ROFL but I'm a bit partial, it's one of my favourite movies. Any other fans out there?

<An Englishman> 1. Maybe he wanted to keep his B pair notably the LSB to support a Kside attack... which never occurred. Also after 25...Bxd5 26.exd5 Qxd5 27.Bc4 Qe5 (Qxc6 28.Bd3 wins the exchange) 28.Re2 (Qf5 29.Bd3 same) Qf6 29.Bd3 Rh6 (only square) 30.Qe1, the h6 R is offside and White has a good game.

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2. After 33...g4 34.fxg4 hxg4 35.Bxg4 Bxg4 (what else?) White has 2 extra Ps, an ideally placed N, an open h column and can attack the f4 P with Rf3 and Rf2.

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  Teyss: <offramp: White rabbits.> Yes these little White Pawns do look like rabbits, don't they?

Considering the name of the tournament, the pun could have been <Find the Fish> but that would have been slightly cryptic. Not related to the game nor the players' names nor anything unrelated to MP, just remotely to the present pun which would then have not existed.

Oct-01-21  Ironmanth: I like this game. Some deep complicated maneuvering. Y'all stay safe and have a chessic kind of weekend!
Oct-01-21  cuculcan: Nice game for White!

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