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Magnus Carlsen vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
World Chess Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Dec-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  1-0

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Dec-02-07
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  whiteshark: I haven't the foggiest idea about black's intentions expressed by <23...Ra8>.
Dec-02-07
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  keypusher: <shams> it's neither here nor there, but I think a 1900 USCF would definitely put you in the top half of kibitzers here for chess strength.
Dec-02-07  KingG: 28.h4 is a good move, but a very natural one to consider(since it's a forcing move), and you hardly need to be a super GM to calculate the resulting variations. I don't think it's a crime to give it an exclamation mark, but to call it brilliant is going too far.
Dec-02-07  Strongest Force: I have no problems with calling h4 brilliant. Maybe we-all could agree that Carlsen's overall concept of recognizing what the ramifications of 23... Ra8 were: thereby taking the appropriate action, was something that 95% of chessplayers probably couldn't do.
Dec-02-07
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  tamar: 28 h4 is a normal move removing one of the guards from c1.

The brilliant part is its working in tandem with the knight on d5 and the rook on f2 to sustain attacks on the King while pursuing the rook.

Meanwhile the bishop on d7 leads a charmed life.

So while 28 h4 is not especially brilliant, the whole sequence is a dazzling display of tactics.

Dec-02-07  hardliner: Wasn't 25.Bd7 the strong move? 28.h2h4 was allready a part of Carlsens plan playing 25.Bd7?

I've seen annotations somewhere else, using only one exclamation mark in this game; 25Bd7

Dec-02-07  hardliner: I'm also very impressed that white could trap blacks queen in a game at this level. Looked very easy. Good play by Carlsen or bad play by Dominqes? Does white deserve a ! or black a ?.
If black did a mistake, when did he do it and what should he have played?
Dec-02-07  cotdt: Dominguez simply played really terrible in this game, but Carlsen deserves credit for making black's position very difficult to play. a lot of traps set everywhere. this was good home prep by carlsen.
Dec-02-07  rover: <Anyway, I can see that I'm in the minority here, so I'll continue to be driven nuts by it, but I'll do so quietly.>

Welcome to the club.

Dec-02-07
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  Eyal: <hardliner: Wasn't 25.Bd7 the strong move? 28.h2h4 was allready a part of Carlsens plan playing 25.Bd7?>

Yeah, it seems that after 25.Bd7, the best Black could do was to give up an exchange with 26...Rxc3 or 27...Rxd7 28.Nf6+ (this fork again). Another hopeless line for Black is 26...Nxb3 27.Nxb5! Nd2 (or 27... axb5 28.Qxb3 and Black will lose the b5 pawn as well) 28.Qd5! Rf8 29.Nxd6 Rd4 30.Qc6 (threatening Nxf7 followed by Be6) Kg7 31.Ne8+ Kh8 32.Nf6 (threatening h4, trapping the queen) Bg7 33.h4 Qh6 34.Qxa6.

And overall, I wouldn't say Dominguez played "really terrible" in this game; actually, he made just one careless move - 23...Ra8? (like <whiteshark>, I can't really understand what the idea behind it was) - after which his position became practically lost.

Dec-02-07  hardliner: <Eyal> Thanks! Seems it was more or less over with 23...Rh8
Dec-02-07  CarlosO: What about 28...Qd8?, instead of 21...Re1
Dec-02-07  hardliner: Look at <notyetagm>s comments on the previous page.
Oct-22-08  savagerules: This positional masterpiece reminds me of vintage Karpov in the 70s. The Knight on d5 and light square domination that Karpov scored many points against the Sicilian. <Karpov vs Mecking, 1971;
Feb-10-09  notyetagm: 28 ?


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28 h2-h4!


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Carlsen's brilliant 28 h2-h4! is one of the best examples of <*FORCING* YOUR OPPONENT TO HAVE LOOSE PIECES>.

Jun-02-09  The Brain99: Could someone please explain to me why Black doesn't play 27...Rxd7? I understand it sets up a fork when white plays 28. Nb6 but Black can just play 28...Rd8 so if White responds 29. Nxa8 then Black can play 29...Rxa8 and he will have gained a knight and a bishop (6) for a rook (5).
Jun-02-09
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  tamar: Nf6+ and Black just loses the exchange
Apr-02-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: *FORCE* your opponent to have loose pieces!
Apr-02-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Carlsen Teaches Tactics
Apr-02-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: VISUALIZE THE FORKING PIECE ON TACTICAL BASE!
Apr-02-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: THE SEEDS OF TACTICAL DESTRUCTION

Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2007 28 h2-h4! creates loose Black c1-rook in addition to loose f7-square

Apr-02-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Magnus Carlsen Best Games
Apr-02-11  notyetagm: <EPHIPHANY>

Carlsen is so, so good with his queen because he is *contantly* <VISUALIZING> <DOUBLE> <ATTACKS> with her by <VISUALIZING> her occupation of various <TACTICAL BASES>!

Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2007
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011

Apr-02-11  sevenseaman: 27...Rc1? Why not.. Rxd6? Am I missing something here? ..except perhaps the N fork on the Rs.
Apr-02-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: ALWAYS. BE. ON. THE. LOOKOUT. FOR. PINS!
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