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Magnus Carlsen vs Kjetil A Lie
"A Fine Kjetil of Fish" (game of the day Oct-07-2013)
Norwegian Championship (2006), Moss NOR, rd 3, Jul-10
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Black's play from 13...Nd8 on is jaw-droppingly bad. It is hard to see what he was trying to achieve.
Jul-10-06  OneArmedScissor: <tamar>
13. ...Nd8?!
What was the point?
Jul-10-06  Atking: < LuckyBlunder: It may be so, but this one was pretty obvious :D > Right this one was not difficult but Magnus plaid it very precisely. Black could resign after 24.Rxf7! Instead he decided to play few moves and give a mate to his young opponent. Agree with Tamar, 13. ...Nd8 does not seem enought even to protect f7.
Jul-10-06  Ezzy: GM Carlsen,Magnus(NOR) (2646) - GM Lie,Kjetil A.(NOR) (2493) NOR-ch Moss (3), 10.07.2006

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bg7 5.Nc3 <Carlsen played 5 c4 (Maroczy bind) against the same opponent in 2004. Carlsen vs K Lie, 2004 2004 That game was a draw> 5...Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 Qa5 8.0–0 0–0 9.Bb3 d6 10.h3 Bd7 11.Qe1 <Nisipeanu played this against Magnus Carlsen in the Bosna Sarajevo tournament 2006 (early agreed draw). Nisipeanu vs Carlsen, 2006 2006 Carlsen must of liked his idea and so tries it himself.> 11...Rfe8 12.Rd1 Rac8 <Carlsen played 12...Nxd4 in the Nisipeanu game.> 13.f4 Nd8 14.Bf2 e5 15.fxe5 Qxe5 16.Nf3 Qh5 17.Rxd6 Bxh3? <Surely a GM should be able to see the problems that will arise after such a move. 17..Bc6 is better as it pressures e4 and gives extra protection to the d5 square.> 18.gxh3 Qxf3 19.Bg3 <19.Bd4 Qxh3 20.Bxf6 Also seems to be good.> 19...Qh5 20.Rdxf6 Bxf6 21.Rxf6 Qxh3 22.Qf2 Ne6 23.Nd5 <23.Rxf7 Rf8 24.Rf5! Threatening 25 Bxe6+ is also a convincing winning line .> 23...Ng5 <23,,,Nd4 is better, but black is still lost>. 24.Rxf7 Rxc2 25.Ne7+ Kh8 26.Be5# 1–0

The Norwegians seem to like the Accelerated fianchetto as both players regularly play it. Kjetil Lie has just shown us how not to play it.

I am perplexed that a Grandmaster can not see 2 moves ahead and realize that 17..Bxh3? just doesn’t work.

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  Mateo: Poor game from Lie. Carlsen task was simple: he made simple moves, while his opponent was looking for some weird moves. But Lie is not Moro.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 Qa5 8. O-O O-O 9. Bb3 d6 10. h3 Bd7 11. Qe1 Rfe8 <Someone should try this, one of these days: 11...Ne4 12.Nc6 Bc6 13.Ne4 Qe1 14.Rae1 Be4 15.Bc1 Bc6 16.Re7 with only a small advantage for White.> 12. Rd1 Rac8 13. f4 Nd8?! <A weird move, instead of 13...Nd4 14.Bd4 e5.> 14. Bf2 e5 15. fxe5 Qxe5? <Again unexpected. This loses a pawn. Natural was> 16. Nf3 Qh5? <16...Qe7 was the only move, although Carlsen would have a big advantage of course after 17.Ba7.> 17. Rxd6 Bxh3? <this may have been Lie's idea when he played 15...Qe5, but it is all wrong.> 18. gxh3 Qxf3 19. Bg3 <Just as simple.> Qh5 20. Rdxf6 Bxf6 21. Rxf6 Qxh3 22. Qf2 <The game is over.> Ne6 23. Nd5 Ng5 24. Rxf7 Rxc2 25. Ne7+ Kh8 26. Be5+ 1-0

Jul-17-06  samsal27: Leonard Speelman has given some nice analysis on this game in The Observer -
Jan-30-08  Weadley: I am lost!
Why not on move 24 does black not take that rook with the night?
Jan-30-08  hardliner: <Weadley> 25.Ne7+ (dobbel chess, N+B)...Kg7(...Kf8 26.Qxf7++) 26.Qxf7+...Kh8 27. Qf6++


Jan-30-08  john2629: nop if 24..Nxf7 then 25.Nf6+,Kg7 (or Kg8 or K everywhere) and black mated or loose huge material
Jan-30-08  hardliner: <john2629> both 25.Ne7+ and 25.Nf7+ leads to mate in a few moves
Jan-17-12  Garech: This one is begging for a pun and GOTD.


Oct-07-13  GumboGambit: Hmm. . . I preferred my pun sub for this game: "Carlsen - The Kjetil Black"
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  offramp: < GumboGambit: I preferred my pun sub for this game: "Carlsen - The Kjetil Black">

That is also a very good one.

Oct-07-13  King Sacrificer: I don't get the pun.
Oct-07-13  morfishine: Coffee House please


Oct-07-13  Ratt Boy: <King Sacrificer: I don't get the pun.> It's a play on "(This is) a fine kettle of fish."
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  offramp: < samsal27: Leonard Speelman has given some nice analysis on this game in The Observer - http:/ />

Or was it Jonathan Barden? The Observer has bollixed the name of its chess correspondent.

Oct-07-13  Kikoman: position after 26. Be5#

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Oct-07-13  UrKungFuNoGood: Norwegian championship? Guy named Kjetil? You should have just gone all the way with a lutefisk joke!
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  mjmorri: Another pun for this game, based on golf, would be "Bad Lie".
Oct-07-13  King Sacrificer: <Ratt Boy: <King Sacrificer: I don't get the pun.> It's a play on "(This is) a fine kettle of fish.">

Thanks. I just learned a new idiom.

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  kevin86: The loser had a bad game,maybe it is time for him to lie down.
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  playground player: A man named Ketil Flatnose (Flatnef) was one of the early Norwegian settlers of Iceland. You could look it up.
Oct-07-13  The Last Straw: Nice attacking game.
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  thegoodanarchist: It may be too long for a pun, but how about

"Bartender, we are out of Kjetil won"

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