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Magnus Carlsen vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Youth - Experience (2006), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, Aug-19
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-20-06  notyetagm: <acirce: It appears Carlsen threw away an edge with 35.Qe1? allowing 35..Bf3 and White loses material.>

A very instructive blunder, 35 ♕e1?. After 35 ♕e1? Magnus thought everything was safe even though the Black e7-rook now eyes the White e1-queen down the e-file.

But after 35 ... ♗f3!, the White e2-rook is forced off of the e-file and onto one of the dark squares d2 or f2, after which Black moves his dark-squared e5-bishop to attack the White rook on which ever dark square it moved to while also unmasking an attack on the White queen from the Black rook (<DISCOVERED ATTACK>), winning material.

Aug-20-06  notyetagm: See Ivkov's 20 ... ♖ce8? in Portisch vs Ivkov, 1969 for the exact same type of tactical mistake that Magnus made today in his game versus Ljubojevic with 35 ... ♕e1?: <when you form a battery by doubling on a line along which there is already an opposing line piece, you pin the lead (firing) piece to the rear piece.>

Ivkov lost his game to an elementary version of this tactical theme whereas Magnus only lost material to a more advanced version. Ivkov lost to the pinning theme <take what the pinned piece no longer defends>, while Magnus dropped material to the pinning theme <pile on the pinned piece to make it leave the line it is blocking>.

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  IMlday: 9..g5!? I almost fell out of my chair.
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  IMlday: 35..Bf3 offering a draw just as the ♗s sprang to life. Overall, the vets are pacific and the youth adventuresome. Interesting tournament indeed!
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35 ... Bf3! White depends on e2-rook to keep the e-file closed
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