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Magnus Carlsen vs Tor Gulbrandsen
Ostlandserien 01/02 div. 1, Asker - Nordstrand (2002), Asker NOR, rd 6, Feb-09
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0

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Jul-19-06  notyetagm: Masterful use of the threatened knight fork ♘g5-♘x♙f7 ♘x♖h8 by Magnus. This Korchnoi Gambit line against the French fits GM Carlsen's tactical style to a tee.
Jul-28-06  midknightblue: man, he really worked this guy.
Jul-28-06  DCP23: I like 20.Qxa7 very much.
Oct-09-07  notyetagm: <DCP23: I like 20.Qxa7 very much.>

31 ♖h8-d8! is also very nice.

Position after 31 ♖h8-d8!:


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I love moves like this, tactics in the service of strategy: Magnus uses a <KNIGHT FORK> threat (31 ... ♔c7x♖d8?? <deflection from c6> 32 ♘e5xc6+) to place his White h8-rook behind the dangerous passed Black d4-pawn.

Mar-02-08  syracrophy: What the...!?!
20.♕xa7!! and I felt from my chair!
Mar-03-08  MrMelad: Yes, if 20...Rxa7 then 21.Rxc8+ Qd8 22.Rxd8 Kxd8 23.Nxf7+ winning.

There could be a 1000 rating points difference between those players someday...

Dec-11-08  Furansowakun: 20.Qxa7 What a fantastic move !
Oct-09-09  panzerkampf: magnus' play was way ahead of 2148 in this match.
Aug-13-10  patzer3844: come on guys moves like Qa7 can be found even from 1800 players.It is not a big deal,admit it
Aug-13-10
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  Eric Schiller: Even a beginner can spot it after looking at Rxc8+ Rxc8. Just a matter of removing the defender. Nothing special at all.
Aug-20-12  torrete64: I'm an 1800 player and I did not see 20.Qxa7 while playing the Guess-A-Move. The Queen sacrifice might be "obvious" for some but the fact that Carlsen was able to set up the said queen sacrifice before move 20. is what makes it fantastic
Aug-20-12  tolengoy: don't make torrete64 angry...you wouldn't like him when his angry...
Jan-04-13  Beancounter: Qxa7 is not 'obvious' at all. Gulbrandsen is 2125 and he didn't spot it.
Aug-07-14  filip10: very creative..
Mar-07-15
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  tpstar: A video on this gambit line, yet the reference game is not in the database:

http://youtu.be/OQtMkdsoZv4

20. Qxa7! is very nice.

Jul-05-16  Sergash: Tor Guldbransen is called Gustav Gulbrandsen on Chessbase. From Norway, he was born in 1960 and thus was 41 or 42 years old when he played that game. Without any FIDE title, he is rated 2092 in June 2016.

I checked the game with the program Komodo 10 - 64 bits.

<3.Nd2> This seems new for Carlsen in tournament game. In the 2 previous French Defense games, he had played 3.e5 (Carlsen vs H Lahlum, 2001) and 3.Nc3 (Carlsen vs G Fant, 2001).

<8.0-0! cxd4 9.cxd4! Nxd4 10.Nxd4! Qxd4 11.Nf3! Qb6! = > White has full compensation for the pawn in this line.

<16.Bg5N?!> This is the theoritical novelty of the game, but not one worthy of replication. 16.a3 0-0 17.Rac1 Qd8 18.Rc3 = Michael Fehlhammer vs. Guenter Holze, Oberliga (league) Nord O 92-93 (Germany) 1993, 1-0.

<16...Qd8?! 17.Qe3 = > Gulbrandsen missed the chance of getting the upper hand: 16...Bxg5! 17.Nxg5 h6! 18.Nf3 Nc5 .

<17.Qe3> There was a possible transposition here: 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Rac1 0-0 19.h4 h6 20.Bb1 Re8 = Andrei Deev (2430) vs. Holger Proelh (2355), 11th Berliner Sommer (Germany) 1993, round 6, draw.

<17...Bxg5?! 18.Nxg5 > 17...Nc5! =

Jul-05-16  Sergash: <18...Qe7?! 19.Rac1> 18...g6!

<19...h6? 20.Qxa7! > The superb and winning move, which was discussed plenty above.

<20...Rb8? 21.Qxb8! Nxb8 22.Rxc8+ Kd7 23.Rxh8 Nc6 24.Nf3 > Still, the lesser evil for Gulbrandsen would have been, as given above: 20...Rxa7 21.Rxc8+ Qd8 22.Rxd8+ Kxd8 23.Nxf7+ Ke7 24.Nxh8 Nxe5 25.Bb1 .

<24...f6 25.Bb5!> More advisable was 24...Qb4.

<28...Kc7> To prevent Carlsen from playing Rc8.

<31.Rd8! Qb5> Carlsen pulling another trick from his sleeve, as of course if 31...Kxd8? 32.Nxc6+ and Nxb4.

That was a very nice game from the kid, especially since he doesn't have an aggressive tactical style usually.

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