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Loek van Wely vs Magnus Carlsen
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008) (blindfold), Nice FRA, rd 2, Mar-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E36)  ·  0-1



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Mar-16-08  percyblakeney: In his thirteenth blindfold game in Amber Carlsen took his first win, and an effortless one at that.
Mar-16-08  slomarko: Van Wely's play in this game was dismal.
Mar-16-08  ounos: Why not 12. b5 ?
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  tpstar: I never knew about this gambit line until today, but it scores well for White Opening Explorer Interesting that White avoided 9. Qxg7 F Jaeger vs M Brodsky, 2007 or 10. Qxg7 which would be quite risky against a sharp tactician like Carlsen. Great strategy placing the Black Pawns on dark squares and then using the lsb to pound e4.

Hopefully this loss won't reignite the "Norse against Caucasia theory" from Corus 2008 where Van Wely threw his game against Carlsen just to hurt Aronian. Come on already.

Mar-17-08  minasina: Here is Rybka(?) analysis samples for this game:
Mar-17-08  Shams: here's my quick engine-free analysis:

10.b5 ♘e4 11.♕f3 ♘xc5 12.bxc6 e4 13.♕g3 (or 13.♕f4 14.O-O; 13.♕h5? ♕a5+ ) ♘b3 looks better for black

11.b5 ♘xe4

12.b5 ♘a5 13.♕xe5 ♖e8 and:
i) 14.♕g5 ♘b3(I tried to make 14...♘xc4 15.♗xc4 ♖xe4 work but gave up after a couple minutes since the text is so convincing) 15.♖b2 ♘xc5

ii) 14.♕f4 ♘b3 15.♖b2 ♘xc5

May-15-08  minasina: ...correction to my previous post: For Rybka analysis (some critical points and variations) this is the correct URL:
Jun-13-08  notyetagm: From the bulletin discussion forum


What do you think of the Romanishin Gambit, which occurs after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bc3 6.Qc3 c5!?. Black seems to obtain good practical chances and continues to score well in practice even though the surprise effect of this variation is nonexistent at high levels.

Also, in the critical variation 7.dc5 d4 8.Qg3, which move is stronger: the solid 8...0-0, or the sharper 8...Nc6!?, sacrificing another pawn to increase Black's initiative?

P.S Here is the most recent game featuring 6...c5, where Carlsen convincingly defeated Van Wely:

Van Wely, Loek - Carlsen, Magnus [E36]
Melody Amber Blindfold, Monaco

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 c5 7.dxc5 d4 8.Qg3 Nc6 9.b4 e5 10.e4 0-0 11.Bd3 b6 12.Nf3 bxc5 13.b5 Nh5 14.Qg5 Qxg5 15.Bxg5 Na5 16.Rb1 f6 17.Bd2 Nb7 18.h3 g5 19.Ke2 Nd6 20.g4 Ng7 21.a4 Bb7 22.h4 Nxe4 23.hxg5 Nc3+ 24.Bxc3 e4 25.Bxe4 Bxe4 26.Bd2 Rae8 0-1>

Jun-13-08  notyetagm: Yet another game by Magnus Carlsen that I should study, and a blindfold miniature at that. :-)
Jun-13-08  notyetagm: I really like how Magnus sends -BOTH- of his knights to the edges of the board. Obviously for a chess genius like him the old chess saying <KNIGHTS ON THE RIM ARE DIM> simply does not apply.

Position after 13 ... ♘f6-h5

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Position after 15 ... ♘c6-a5

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Jun-13-08  notyetagm: Black to play after 24 ♗d2x♘c3:

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Here Carlsen (Black) did not make the obvious recapture 24 ... d4x♗c3?! but instead played the -MUCH- stronger <ZWISCHENZUG> 24 ... e5-e4! <PAWN FORK>.

Position after 24 ... e5-e4!

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24 ♗d2x♘c3 not 24 - d4x♗c3?! but stronger 24 - e5-e4! pawn fork

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