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Guenter Kaiser vs Magnus Carlsen
"Kaiser Rolled" (game of the day Mar-31-2008)
IV Offene Bayerische Meisterschaft (2000), Bad Wiessee GER, rd 3, Oct-30
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System (B08)  ·  0-1



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Mar-31-08  Alphastar: I'd have resigned after move 28. C'mon, black has a huge pawn center and two pieces for a rook to boot. Even a patzer could win that easily.
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  alexmagnus: The game was played in 2000, when I didn't even know about Carlsen. The game is to be found in the "Wonderboy" book (2nd or 3rd game in the book). Comment in the book after 20 moves: "It's hard to imagine a better way of center control" :) As for ratings, Kaiser was, if I remember correctly, 2065, Carlsen had no Elo (he got his first Elo in April 2001).
Mar-31-08  RandomVisitor: 23.f4 and white is back in the game.

25.c3 is perhaps white's last chance at counterplay.

15.Ne6 and black has problems.

17.f3 challenges black's center.

9.dxe5 was better.

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  Jimfromprovidence: The Kaiser could have been played cautiously and retreated his knight with 22 Na3, below, instead of leaving it en prise and playing 22 Nd5.

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Now he can re-post the knight at c4 if needed.

Mar-31-08  kevin86: Mr. Kaiser spent a great deal of time hunting black's rook with his minor pieces;it was only a short time later that black's counter-attack came and succeeded.
Mar-31-08  Riverbeast: Yummy yummy Kaiser rolls
Mar-31-08  mworld: wow the way the Carlsen advances his pieces so methodically amazes me.
Mar-31-08  Xaurus: This is a really nice game from a 10-year-old, unrated Carlsen :-)
Mar-31-08  Goato: <RandomVisitor>
How does 23.f4 put white back in the game?

After Qe8 the e pawn looks unstoppable (even if it means giving up the exchange)

Mar-31-08  RandomVisitor: <Goato><How does 23.f4 put white back in the game? >I see 23.f4 Qe6 24.Nbc7 Qd6 25.Nxa8 c4 26.Bxc4 Bxd5 27.Nb6 Qxb6 28.Bxd5 Rd8 29.Bb3 (29.Bc4) d3+ 30.Kh2 e3 31.Qe1 e2 32.Rxd3 exf1Q 33.Qxf1 and neither side has an advantage that I can see.

After 23.f4 Qe8 24.Nbc7 Qf7 25.Qa5 Nc6 26.Qxc5 d3 27.Rac8 28.Qb6 Nd8 white has a playable game.

Aug-07-08  notyetagm: Position after 19 ... d5-d4

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Wow, I do not remember the last time I saw Black playing the "Four Pawns Attack" variation of the Pirc Defense. :-)

Nov-06-08  freeman8201: Did Carlsen know he played the Pirc? Maybe he thought the position was a King's Indian and still played e5. I only see 5 games in chessgames Database
Oct-14-10  GRANTZIERER: Olav delkieth: Another line that I think is winning is 37.) fxg3+ fxg3 38.)Qxg3+!! Kxg3 39.)Be5+ and winning.
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  Sastre: 37...fxg3 is illegal <GRANTZIERER>. Did you mean another move instead?
Jan-05-11  jmboutiere: 15.Ne6 better than 15.dc
Jan-05-11  jmboutiere: 17.f3 better than 17.Nce2
after 17...d5 white lost the initiative
Jan-05-11  jmboutiere: 23.f4 better than 23.Nbc7
A great performance for a ten years chessplayer
Ten years after Carlsen is number one with 2814
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  Penguincw: I think this is Carlsen's first sacrifice.
Dec-19-11  Dionysius1: I like 7...h3 tempting white to run his bsb out of squares. Once it goes (8...ng4) black's game seems v comfortable
Aug-02-14  joddon: he knows his squares here already, forget about knowing how to trade off pieces properly!!good for you Magnus the Great!!
Jan-11-16  Sergash: <7...h6?!> 7...exd4! 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3= Georg Haubt vs Wilfried Grönegress, 12th Championship of West Germany 1972 in Oberursel, draw.

<9.d5?!> 9.dxe5! Nxe3 10.fxe3 (10.Qxe3 dxe5 ) Be6 (10...Nc6 11.exd6 Be6 12.Rad1 ) 11.Rad1 Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

<11.h3?!> 11.g3!=

<12...e4?! 13.Nd4 > No need to immediately move this pawn. There were 12...a6 , 12...Nd7 , 12...Qe7 .

<14...c5?!> 14...Kh7!

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Kaiser missed <diagram> 15.Ne6! Bxe6 16.dxe6 Qxe6 17.Nb5! (with the double threat of Nb5-c7 and the capture of the d6 pawn) f4 18.Qb3!Qxb3 19.axb3 Nc6 20.Nxd6 Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

<16.Bc4+> The idea is that if 16...d5? 17.Nxd5!

<17.Nce2> 17.f3!

<18...c5?!> 18...a5!

Jan-11-16  Sergash: <19.Nb5? d4! > 19.Nxf5! Rxf5 20.Rxd5= or 20.Ng3=.

<20.Qd2?!> 20.Qg3! White is on the edge of the cliff...

<22...Qe5?> 22...Qd7 .

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<23.Nbc7??> DIAGRAM: Now Black is winning. The only move was 23.f4! Qe6! 24.Nbc7 (only move) Qd6! 25.Nxa8 c4! 26.Bxc4 Bxd5 27.Nb6! Qxb6 28.Bxd5= Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

<24...Nd7?> 24...Bc6

<25.g3?? Rc8 > Again, 25.f4!

<26...Raa8> Carlsen missed 26...c4!

<28.Nxa8> If 28.Nxd5 c4! 29.Ba4 Rc5!

<33...Rc7> More precise was 33...Rb8 and Rxb2

<34...Bd5?!> 34...Bxh3!

In the end, after <36...fxg3+> if 37.fxg3 Ne3 would win the exchange.

May-09-20  DizSize: why 10...gxf5 ? Is 10...Bxf5 not better?
Aug-27-20  Sergash: DizSize, capturing with the pawn is better because you get two mobile pawns on f5 and e5 which control center squares and later could be moved forward to open lines of attack, create an eventual passed pawn, chase the white pieces etc.
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  perfidious: The main drawback of recapturing with a piece is that White gets the strong square at e4.
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