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Magnus Carlsen vs Michael Adams
"357 Magnus" (game of the day Dec-04-2007)
World Chess Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-03
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E36)  ·  1-0



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Dec-04-07  King mega: I got it wannabe!
Dec-04-07  Capablanca44: Carlsen used his extra Pawn to deflect Adams's King from the kingside. Hence, Adams's kingside Pawns became vulnerable after Carlsen's King was able to sneak in to attack Adams's kingside Pawns. Carlsen utilized a deflection strategy effectively to bring Adams to his knees. Very instructive endgame by Carlsen!!!
Dec-04-07  dabearsrock1010: Really weird opening from adams i mean wheres the compensation for the pawn? it might be good enough for a draw with better play but still why even play so dangerously.
Dec-04-07  Thorski: <WannaBe: of <THE> most powerful hand-held pistols...>

If you think hand-held pistols are powerful, you should see my collection of tank-mounted and satellite-borne ones.

Also, it should be pointed out that .357 Magnum is a caliber/cartridge size, and not a specific firearm.

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  whiteshark: <WannaBe> is the exact opposite to 'Dirty Harry', who doesn't talk that much. Not always a disadvantage. Imo. :D
Dec-04-07  Jim Bartle: Though Clint talked a lot more in Dirty Harry than in those spaghetti westerns.
Dec-04-07  Alphastar: <dabearsrock1010> I have this from

According to opening theory Black has compensation for the pawn in this variation thanks to the lead in development. However, Carlsen defended precisely, reminding that the development advantage can be just a temporary factor.


A novelty. Short played 10...Nc6 11.Nf3 Rc8 12.Be5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Nd7 14.b4 Bb7 15.e3 Bxf3 16.gxf3 Nxe5 17.Bb5+ Ke7 18.f4 Nd7 and Black soon achieved a draw in Baburin,A (2590)-Short,N (2670)/Port Erin 1998. His life would have been more difficult had White played 12.Bf4 instead of 12.Be5.

Dec-04-07  xrt999: Im not sure what the "357" reference is to, this game is more like water torture....getting tied to a board and having 1 drop of water hit your forehead every 30 seconds...
Dec-04-07  zb2cr: <xrt999>, See the references above to .357 Magnum (a caliber & cartridge load, for a handgun). I think the pun was the only one <> could come up with on Magnus.
Dec-04-07  dycotiles: Great game by Carlsen. Adams probably had this well prepared from home and the kid refuted it over the board.
Dec-04-07  Ulhumbrus: <Rolfo: <13...Rc2 regains the equivalent of a pawn, as a Rook on the seventh is worth a pawn.> Is this accepted conventional wisdom? Just curious..> Basic chess endings by Fine, chapter nine, conclusion and summary, fifteen rules for the end-game, rule number fourteen: A Rook on the seventh rank is sufficient compensation for a pawn. Also I believe that in one Karpov-Kasparov match game, Kasparov gained sufficient compensation for a pawn by playing a Rook to the seventh rank.
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  kevin86: Here is a classic battle between bishops and knights. Recentlymwe had a game in which the knight prevailed-today the result is reversed. Bishops work very good in tandem as well as in open spaces;knights are better in closed positions and where the bishops can't coordinate.
Dec-04-07  karnak64: Somehow it just wouldn't seem right for a 17-year-old to sit down at the chessboard and snarl, "do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do'ya"?

So maybe the "magnum force" allusion doesn't work for me ... but this really is a great game, and an excellent pick for GOTD.

Dec-04-07  Rolfo: <Ulhumbrus> Thanks..
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  Sneaky: Those trigger happy Americans and their gun culture. What would the world be without them?
Dec-04-07  Samagonka: Rarely seen a King made to dance like that. I can't say Carlsen had the upper hand because I counted at least three premature moves by him, so I rate him lucky to have won this one.
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  whiteshark: Adams' defeat arrived soft-footed.

Maybe the following positioning of pieces would have given him better chances for a more successful resistance:


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<22.Ba6 Re8+ 23.Kd1 Ne6 24.Re1 Rd8 25.Bc3 Ndc7 26.Kc1 Bg6 27.Bf1>

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Dec-04-07  Xaurus: <so I rate him lucky to have won this one.>

Yeah, of course. Nothing special going on here. Move on.

Dec-04-07  xrt999: <zb2cr: <xrt999>, See the references above to .357 Magnum (a caliber & cartridge load, for a handgun). I think the pun was the only one <> could come up with on Magnus>

How about "Magnus Opus"? An opera perhaps, one that puts you to sleep.

Sorry, but this game is <boring>. Carlsen elicits and parlays a razor-thin edge into a win in 75 moves, waiting for Adams to trip up. Not really my type of game, sorry.

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  patzer2: With 55. Bf1! , White deflects the Knight from his defense of the key Black pawn on a5, and after 55...Nxb2 allows the winning 56. Bb5+ Kd8 57. Bb6+ (winning back the sacrificed pawn with decisive advantage).

Perhaps the winning 57th move adds to the significance of the quote, and explains why it wasn't "44 magnus" used in the pun.

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  patzer2: One of my favorite movie lines is by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry (1971) as Harry Callahan:

"I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

Dec-04-07  Jim Bartle: I can't help it. If Carlsen were to say anything from a movie, I can only picture "Breakfast Club" or "Ferris Bueller."
Dec-04-07  Shams: interesting trivia on .357 and .38 calibers-- despite what you'd think, a .38 will fit in a .357 bore but not vice versa! the diameter is the same, but the .357 is a longer cartridge.

/father was a gun owner

Dec-04-07  JohnBoy: <xrt999: Sorry, but this game is boring.> Dude - you don't know much about chess. This shows excellent technique and patience on white's part. A lot of very good players (including myself - about 2300) can learn much from Carlsen's play here. A lot of weaker players might be befuddled, as the margin between a win and a draw is very slight here.
Dec-04-07  acirce: <This> game is boring? This is an amazing game!
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