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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Morozevich
Biel Int'l Festival (2006), Biel SUI, rd 2, Jul-24
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Aronin-Taimanov Defense (E97)  ·  1-0



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Jul-25-06  MrMelad: <spirit: Bill gates once said "there's a world market for like 5 computers"> Bill Gates didn't say that, IBM chairman in 1943 Thomas Watson said that. Bill Gates said that 640KB of RAM will be enough forever and stuck us with the stupid single threaded MS-DOS for milions and milions of years... Now we are stuck with windows and viruses, but that's a diffrent story.
Jul-25-06  MrMelad: <KingG: Although i don't quite understand why he think Nakamura is going to be so great> Nakamura is rated #1 in bullet section. He was also rated #1 in blitz games. His rating there is about 3100-3200 on a constant base in blitz, and a frightning computer like 3400+ rating in bullet. Though blitz and bullet doesn't count in the real chess, I've been following Nakamura for quite a few time. He is incredebly talented and plays exiting chess. He never fear getting into tough positions and always make the move you expect the least. I know of no one in the world, past or present that plays like him. In my view, he will be a WC one day.
Jul-26-06  ahmadov: How could Moro lose this game???
Jul-26-06  percyblakeney: <i don't quite understand why he think Nakamura is going to be so great>

Kasparov is used to having an American audience...

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  Honza Cervenka: <How could Moro lose this game???> Quite easily. Moro is capable to damage much better positions than anyone he had in this game. At least here he was all the time in defensive. But look at Morozevich vs Topalov, 1999. Moro is great player but no flawless machine at all...:-D
Jul-26-06  spirit: everyone lose..even almighty GAZZA!
Jul-26-06  OtisTFirefly: (Honza Cervenka)Morozevich vs Topalov 99 what an example of blowing a game.Thank you for the link but the experience is very painful.
Jul-26-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Awesome game!!

42.Ne8! is a wonderful crushing move to calculate so far ahead. Magnus, good job, kiddo!

Sep-01-06  awfulhangover: This fantastic game is shown on Kasparov himself said this game was played fantasticly by Magnus. Sitting with your monster comps and finding better defence by black is just silly! This is chess art.
Sep-15-06  LIFE Master AJ: I chose this exciting "up-and-down" game as my featured contest for August, 2006. (
Nov-29-06  The Backward Pawn: I remember watching this game live, so I'm glad I got it pretty quick.
Nov-29-06  Brent Baccala: <>, you guys should have saved this for tomorrow. Not only is it, in my opinion, too hard for a Wednesday, but Thursday is Carlsen's birthday.
Nov-29-06  think: I had 40. Qf8+, and now if
40. ... Rg8?? 41. Nf7#
40. ... Kh7 41. Nf7, threatening Qh8#.
But now I see that 41. ... g5 nullifies these threats.
Nov-29-06  chessmoron: Continuation may look like this:

42...Qe5+ 43. f4 Qe7 44. Nf6 Qxf6 45. Qxf6

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  Sneaky: Nothing's more beautiful than a queen and knight working in perfect concert.
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  al wazir: 1. Black can refuse to take the ♖, e.g., by playing 40...Qe7. This leaves white a ♘ up (and he wins quickly in the next few moves); but it means that 40. Rxd5 doesn't force an immediate mate or win of the ♕.

2. White can play 40. Qf8+ first and then 41. Rxd5, with exactly the same outcome as in the game.

Nov-29-06  Marco65: <al wazir> 40.Qf8+? Kh7 41.Rxd5?? Rg8 42.Qf7+ Rg7 43.Qe8 Re7 saves Black who is even winning now, isn't he?
Nov-29-06  Soltari: Does 40.Qxb6+ win?? And I also think this puzzle is too hard for wednesday.
Nov-29-06  greensfield: Great Puzzle. Missed the better line played.
I played 40.Qf8 with the idea of winning the exchange or mate.

40. Qf8 Kh7 (40..Rg8 41. Nf7 Kh7 42. Qxh6#) 41. Ne8 Qe5 42. g3 Qe7 43. Qxg7 Qxg7 44. Nxg7 Kxg7

So, because I did not play 40. Rxd5 first, I didn't have the devastating block f4! attacking the Black Queen, and had to block with g3 instead.

40. Rxd5 cxd5 41. Qf8 Kh7 42. Ne8 Qe5 43. f4! Qxe8 44. Qxe8

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  mig55: 40.Qxh6, followed by 41. Nc4 and 42. Rb2 wins also in the endgame..I think?? But the Rxd5 line is of course better, but i did not see it.
Nov-29-06  supergrobi: I've missed it. I thought it was 40.Qf8 Kh7 (40...Rg8 41.Qxh6#) 41.Ne8 where I didn't see the simple 41...Rg8. I thought White would be able to play Rxd5 in some lines when Black tries to defend against the mate threat on g7. It's like Jonathan Rowson says in Chess for Zebras: amateurs try to find reasons for their ideas while professionals try to refute their own ideas. I didn't spend enough time on this one.
Nov-29-06  haha: I had 40. Qf8+ too, :( :( :(
Nov-29-06  TylerD: awfulhangover: "This fantastic game is shown on Kasparov himself said this game was played fantasticly by Magnus. Sitting with your monster comps and finding better defence by black is just silly! This is chess art." Well said.
Nov-29-06  Ch3ckmate: <chessmoron>
i figured out the same continuition...
btw the pic has an error: there shouldn´t be a black queen on f8.
Nov-29-06  zb2cr: Put me in the 40.Qf8 crowd as well. I considered the actual line, but rejected it, since after 42. Ne8 I saw Black protecting the mate with 42. ... Qe5+ and said to myself: "That can't be right."
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