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Magnus Carlsen vs Andrei Volokitin
Biel Int'l Festival (2006), Biel SUI, rd 5, Jul-28
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  0-1



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Jul-28-06  cannibal: I remember, someone compared Carlsen to Anand the other day. It may be a stupid comparison, but Carlsen's Biel looks a little like Anand's Sofia this year (starting with 2-0 in great style, but going -1 in the rest of the tournament).

But actually, what I'm getting from this game is not that Magnus is a bad finisher, or has problems playing Volokitin (last year's game between the two doesn't mean anything. Magnus is very obviously at an age, where his playing strength increases almost every week). Most participants in this tournament are just equally strong, so you can't ecpect Carlsen to win every game.

Jul-28-06  spirit: me compared carlsen to anand in terms of speed...nothing else!
Jul-28-06  HoLySmOkE: Well, Anand is much faster.
Jul-28-06  JYMMI: Carlsen wasn't so good today... however I am happy to see Morozevich in the first place now. But I wish to see Carlsen wining again, it's not boring to see him playing...

<Orkhan: Awwww, baby lost :))))))> Why does everybody call Carlsen "baby" or "kid"? Nobody say the same thing about Anna Muzychuk, for exemple, but they have the same age...

Jul-28-06  L13: <JYMMI> Because Carlsen is messing with the world's creme de la creme, whereas Muzychuk is not. Carlsen has already beaten players like Adams and Morozevich, and is nearing the 2700 mark by the second. That makes him part of the world's elite, and compared to the other players there, he really is a baby.

Volokitin seems to have Carlsen's number. That's good, it gives both of them one more reason to be competitive. Nice game for the Uke, although it was probably more than just chess skill that won it for him. Kind of like Kamsky's recent encounters with Anand. Tal-Korchnoi, Geller-Everyone, Kramnik-Kasparov... It's probably maddening to know that no matter how good you are, some ****er will always be able to give you hell :)

Jul-28-06  JYMMI: <L13> OK you won.
Jul-28-06  dycotiles: Go on Carlsen, you are the best!!!!
Jul-28-06  notyetagm: <L13 ... Volokitin seems to have Carlsen's number.>

Slavery must be legal in Norway because Volokitin owns Magnus.

Jul-28-06  mistergore: you cant win all the time!
Jul-28-06  aw1988: <notyetagm> How does Carlsen have arrogant fans?
Jul-28-06  suenteus po 147: You can't always win what you play...
You can't always win what you play...
But if you try sometime,
You just might find,
You draw what you need!
Oh yeah!
Jul-28-06  aw1988: Peter, you show such enthusiasm of chess I can scarcely believe it.
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  Everett: After 21...g6, I thought "Oh my goodness! Look at Black's dark squares!" Then after a move or two, "Look at white's light squares!" Haven't seen a game quite like this one, with such blatant weaknesses on opposite colors.
Jul-28-06  weisyschwarz: Volokitin constantly kept Carlsen off guard and running ragged. He seems to have the young man's number.
Jul-29-06  pebble767: A lot of people expects too much from Carlsen. He's doing great but of course loosing a game is normal. As mentioned earlier, there's still inconsistency with him and he needs to overcome that in order to be the world's best.
Jul-29-06  handro1104: How does Black win after 29 Qh7?
Jul-29-06  Karpova: <How does Black win after 29 Qh7?>


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  alexmagnus: He surely meant Qh6
Jul-29-06  lunacyfrog: 29. qh6? 29...rf5+ picks up the f pawn and stops the mate.
Jul-30-06  handro1104: Well, 29 Qh6 Rf5+ Ke1. How does Black win?
Jul-31-06  blingice: <notyetagm: <L13 ... Volokitin seems to have Carlsen's number.>

Slavery must be legal in Norway because Volokitin owns Magnus.>

You should give Volo a wheel and call him a bus driver, 'cuz he just took Mangus to school.

Aug-01-06  aw1988: Volokitin must be the Ukrainian word for ballerina since Magnus was just waltzed over.
Oct-11-06  syracrophy: <<handro1104: Well, 29 Qh6 Rf5+ Ke1. How does Black win?>> Yes, I also thought that after 29.Qh6 Rf5+ 30.Ke1 white was mating on g7, but I missed 30...Rxf6
Jan-03-07  dbquintillion: <Slavery must be legal in Norway because Volokitin owns Magnus.> <You should give Volo a wheel and call him a bus driver, 'cuz he just took Mangus to school.> <Volokitin must be the Ukrainian word for ballerina since Magnus was just waltzed over.> I sure hope someone gave Volokitin a napking and an alka-seltzer after this game, because he had Carlsen for lunch.
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  whiteshark: <Offield: Aha. 15.Nd4 is interesting. 15.g4 had been played several times, with a horrible score.>

With the wisdom of hindsight after 14...b6 it was the critical moment of the game. Maybe the best line is <15.e5 dxe5 16.fxe5 Nd7> (if 16..Ne8 17.c5!) <17.Bf4 Bb7> (or maybe 17...Ba6) <18.Rad1>

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