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Magnus Carlsen vs Yannick Pelletier
Biel Int'l Festival (2006), Biel SUI, rd 6, Jul-30
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-30-06  Ulhumbrus: Carlsen finds a brilliant answer to the Sicilian Bastrikov system. He attacks the d6 pawn by Qd2 and Rd1 as quickly as possible and then attacks d6 a third time indirectly by Be3, attacking the Bc5 defending d6. He does this before Black has time to have castled. The result is that Black is given a choice between 3 unsatisfactory alternatives : (1) to play ...Bxe3 and allow fxe3 in reply, when castling invites Rxf6 (2) to give up castling by ..Ke7 and (3) the course adopted. This answer to the Bastrikov is based partly, then, on Carlsen's timing.
Jul-30-06  ughaibu: Black drew the game a pawn up, how is this "unsatisfactory" and how does it indicate "brilliant" play by white?
Jul-30-06  Rocafella: <ughaibu> It doesn't, Carlsen has a lotta glory-hunting fans at the moment.
Jul-30-06  Ulhumbrus: <ughaibu: Black drew the game a pawn up, how is this "unsatisfactory" and how does it indicate "brilliant" play by white?> Because Carlsen let him escape after gaining the advantage.
Jul-30-06  euripides: A few people have had this idea before: Games Like Carlsen vs Y Pelletier, 2006
Jul-30-06  Ulhumbrus: The idea does not originate with Carlsen, then. Instructive all the same.
Jul-30-06  mistergore: There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.
Jul-30-06  NOKRO: <mistergore: There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.>

Chuck Norris? ha ha ha ha. ho ho ho, a nice one! ho ho ho.

Jul-31-06  Caissanist: 19. d6 seems incomprehensible to me, since either c4 or b4 should give white a lasting advantage. Why would Carlsen give away the pawn?
Jul-31-06  EeEk: Magnus was very happy about his position and the pawn sacrifice at that point. It was the silly 24.Re5 manouevre that ruined his position and gave him losing chances. In the final position the trouble for white is over and draw was ok.

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