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Magnus Carlsen vs Geir Sune Tallaksen Ostmoe
"An Order of Magnustude" (game of the day Mar-11-2016)
Norwegian Championship (2005), Sandnes NOR, rd 5, Jul-05
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Quiet Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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May-24-08  addiction to chess: Amazing!
Jun-20-08  notyetagm: <jackmandoo: Yea he's good with his horses and castles.>


Aug-08-08  fisayo oguns: <jackmandoo: Yea he's good with his horses and castles.> ha! ha! anyway magnus does it tal style if you know what i mean!!!!
Aug-13-08  Hawks: Carlsen is young and can think clearly.
I hope he doesnt get into alcohol or other drugs.
Aug-13-08  Udit Narayan: I am confident that Magnus Carlsen will not pull a Lindsay Lohan.
May-04-10  hstevens129: jesus.
Aug-31-10  technical draw: 14 year old Magnus Carlsen. Brilliant game. Who would think of putting their king rook on h3 in FRONT of the h pawn? First goes the knight, then the rook, then the second rook and finally the bishop. What's left? Just the queen to checkmate in the center. WOW.....
Sep-20-11  indoknight: the champion teacher! from Botvinnik ,to Kasparov ,to Carlsen(tomorrow)
Jan-21-12  th3doctor: This rook maneuver is pretty crazy, not sure I've seen something like this before in a kingside fianchetto structure
Feb-03-12  Girkassa: Greetings from the player who lost this game! :)

Indeed, I was shocked when Magnus played 15.Rh4, and I can't remember ever seeing such a manoeuvre before. I remember he wasn't too satisfied by his own play after the game, and he thought the position would be equal if I had played 18...a5. After 18...Qb8? it was a downhill struggle. Still, when I realized the position was lost, I was glad that it happened in such an entertaining way.

Feb-03-12  King Death: <Girkassa>, welcome to our site!

Your move 5...b5 is a move Adorjan used to play back in the 1980s but I always liked 5...d5 or 5...Bb4+.

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  piltdown man: Phenomenal.
Aug-18-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: This one should have a name. Maybe Slaughter-loo Sune-set.
Aug-28-14  kontoleon: Auto Annotation:

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White Black
Book Move 5 4
Leave Book 0 1
CMX Agrees 32 29
CMX Disagrees 0 3
Agreement Pct. 100% 91%
Total Error 0.00 6.90
Relevant Error 0.00 1.48
Missed Mate 0 0
Moved Into Mate 0 1


Score: 0.89 24.Nxh6+ gxh6 25.Rxh6 Kg7 26.Rg5+ Kxh6 27.Bc1 cxd4 28.Rg4+ Qe3 29.Rh4+ Nh5 30.Rxh5+ Kxh5 31.fxe3 Rac8 32.Qd1+ Kh6 33.exd4+ Kg7 (Time = 0:32, Depth = 1/11)

The machie sac one move earlier but whith exacly same posision ...


Score: 3.40 31.Qh7+ Kg4 32.fxe3 Bg5 33.h3+ Kxg3 34.Qh5 Bxe3+ 35.Bxe3 f5 36.Bxd4 Rg8 37.Qh6 (Time = 0:27, Depth = 2/10) Exelend game !!!

Pins own queen and moves it to the edge. Leads to 30.Rxh5+ Kxh5 31.Qh7+ Kg4 32.fxe3 Rfc8 33.Kf2 Bf8 34.exd4 Rxc1 35.Qh4+ Kf5 36.Qf4+ Kg6 37.Qxc1 Rd8, which wins a rook and a bishop for a queen, a rook, a knight, and a pawn. Better is Kg7, leading to 30.fxe3 Rac8 31.Qd1 dxe3 32.Bxe3 Rfd8 33.Bd4 Bc5 34.Rg4+ Kh8 35.Qd2 Bxd4+ 36.Rxd4, which wins a bishop and a pawn for a queen, a bishop, and a pawn. This error did not immediately put black out of the game, but white was able to eventually mate.

Uh-oh! Leads to 33.Kg2 Rc2+ 34.Qxc2 d3 35.Qc3 Rg8 36.Qe5 f5 37.Qxe6 Rh8 38.Qxe7 Rh6 39.Qxa7, which loses a rook, a bishop, and two pawns. Much better is dxe3, leading to 33.Kg2 Kg5 34.Kf3 Rg8 35.Bxe3+ Kf6 36.Qh4+ Kg6 37.Qh6+ Kf5 38.Qh5+ Bg5 39.Qxf7+ Ke5 40.Bxg5 Rac8, which wins a pawn for a bishop and two pawns.

Black gives White a forced mate opportunity. Much better is Rc2+. Rxc1 leads to 34.h3+ Kg5 35.Qg7+ Kh5 36.g4+ Kh4 37.Qh6# and mate.


Apr-25-15  ToTheDeath: Great game, a shame he doesn't play like this anymore.
Mar-11-16  ISeth: The learning part is Magnus sacrifices his Knight blowing up the castle and then a full Rook . His imagination & intuition is keen to see that once he strips out the Black King he has resources to threat and attack the Black King . The total play is on the Kingside and Magnus entirely decimates move by move and Black is helpless to stop it .
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  morfishine: Rock'n Roll Ostmoe's no slouch
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  kevin86: The champ can really catch a king.
Mar-11-16  catlover: What a spectacular attack...I couldn't believe my eyes as I watched Carlson just keep tossing away piece after piece as he pursued the attack. I began to wonder if would have enough left over with which to checkmate!

Having Talleksen among the kibitzers was also a bonus.

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  ajk68: <Girkassa>: "he thought the position would be equal if I had played 18...a5. After 18...Qb8? it was a downhill struggle"

Does anyone have an explanation why a5 is positionally a good move? Also, what is positionally wrong with Qb8?

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  Gilmoy: Offhand, Black's actual line with <18..Qb8 19..Qb7 20..Qxd5> is too many tempi for not much gain: White has resolved center tension without any serious disruption, and has a 4-v-1 on the K-side with snap mate threats.

<18..a5> supports Bb4, and maybe a4 intending the Ra2 pin for annoyance. Then Rf(b,c)8 and play with both Rs, while White's Rh3 is out of the game.

Nov-06-16  Alexandro: In 27th move as response of Blacks, I think that Ne4 would complicate more the life of Carlsen perhaps drawing the game...
Nov-06-16  JimNorCal: <adviser> "give him another 4-5 years he may become a world champion."


Nov-22-16  Girkassa: <ajk68>: a5 is a good move because it creates counterplay on the queenside. The plan is primarily to follow up with a4, after which either a2 or b3 will be weak. Furthermore, the rook on a8 will be well placed when the a-file is opened up.

Qd8-b8-b7 is positionally fine, but it simply takes too much time because of White's kingside attack.

<Alexandro>: 27...Ne4 28.Rf5+ and Black can resign. White will have too much material for the queen. At least 27...cxd4 requires White to play some precise moves. For example, 31.fxe3?! Kh6 is a bit less Clear than 31.Qh7+!

May-13-18  Justin796: Magnus is amazing, but not because of this game lol
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