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Alexander Motylev vs Magnus Carlsen
Corus Group A (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-19
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Classical Variation Marshall Gambit (C48)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-19-07  dbquintillion: This was a pretty interesting game.
Jan-19-07
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  tamar: Both players overlooked winning shots on the same square.

Motylev had 28 Re1


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with unbearable pressure against e6 and e7, but chose the trickier 28 g4 which had a hole.

Carlsen had 35...Re1+ simplifying into a winning endgame, but missed it as well


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Jan-20-07  Elixir of Life: Bad time management on both sides. Motylev got himself in time trouble, and Carlsen, instead of thinking long and hard, chose to blitz things out.
Jan-20-07  notyetagm: <tamar: Both players overlooked winning shots on the same square.>

Very nice lines, pointing out the two winning moves on the e1-square.

I am still amazed that Motylev did not play the straightforward 28 ♖e1, with unbearable pressure from his trebled White heavy pieces down the e-file against the Black e6-bishop and e7-knight. What in the -world- was Magnus thinking doubling his minor pieces on an open file?

Motylev needs to read more Capablanca. I saw one Capablanca win over Marshall in which he played a simple winning line when he also saw a longer, more spectacular winning line because he feared he had miscalculated the latter, like Motylev did today.

Why play a complicated line when there is a simple win right in front of you, Capablanca thought. If Motylev had done what Capablanca did, he would have won today.

Jan-20-07  notyetagm: <Elixir of Life: Bad time management on both sides. Motylev got himself in time trouble, and Carlsen, instead of thinking long and hard, chose to blitz things out.>

Very poor time managment this tournament by Magnus.

He missed a win against Navara when thought for only 30 seconds after Navara made a move that demanded a tactical refutation and here he misses a straightforward tactical liquidation shot, again moving quickyly in his opponent's time trouble.

If he had used -his- time better, he would have two wins right now.

Jan-20-07  Rolfo: Do we have any comments from the players themselves yet?
Jan-20-07  Elixir of Life: <Rolfo> Yes

Motylev: I was never in time trouble alone. Whenever I was in time trouble, Magnus is also practically in time trouble. If I play hurriedly, he follows my blitz speed too. Thus, in a practical view-point, I was never in time crisis.

Magnus Carlsen: My orange juice went bad. My rasins had maggots in it. And my girlfriend just dumped me.

Jan-20-07  Elixir of Life: I was just kidding. But really, even I, as a die-hard Magnus fan, am very angry at his time-management.
Jan-20-07  notyetagm: <Elixir of Life: I was just kidding. But really, even I, as a die-hard Magnus fan, am very angry at his time-management.>

Magnus' time management is atrocious.

Jan-20-07  sharkw: Have to leave a small comment - I don't think it was a case of Motylev choosing a complicated "winning" line over a the simple 28. Re1: rather, he simply probably saw 28...Nf5 in reply and didn't leave himself enough time to see what I assume is the refutation 29. Rxe6 Nxd4 30. Re7+. I guarantee you that any player from 2000+ would play this line had they seen it, this doesn't excuse his horrendous mismanagement of time.
Jan-21-07  notyetagm: 17 ♘c5! is a nice tactical way to develop in style.

The point is that 18 d2-d4 will <GAIN TIME> on the Black h6-queen by threatening 19 ♗c1x♕h6, a <DISCOVERED ATTACK>. This <TEMPO> from the unmasking of the White c1-bishop along the c1-h6 diagonal means that the White d2-pawn can move <FOR FREE>.

<Hence it is as if the White d2-pawn was already on d4>, controlling the c5-square, so that the White knight is not -really- en prise after 17 ♘c5!.

Jan-25-16  KBA3UKBA3UMOgO: Turkish Delight (1993)
Halil Basoren - Yakup Bayram, Turkish Ch., Istanbul 1993 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.Ba4 Bc5 6.Nxe5 0-0 7.Nd3 Bb6 8.e5 c6!!? ("Turkish Delight": name given by GM Raymond Keene) 9. 0-0 Ne8 10.Kh1 d6 11.ed6 Qh4 12.d7 Bd7 13.Ne5 Be6 14.Nf3 Nf3 15.Qf3 Bc7 16.g3 Qh3 17.Kg1 Bg4 18.Qg2 Qh5 19.Re1 Qf3 20.Qf1 Nf6 21.d4 Ng4 22.h4 Qh4 (0-1)

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