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Magnus Carlsen vs Haakon Strand
"Do the Strand" (game of the day Oct-08-2009)
Simul (2008) (exhibition), Stavanger NOR, May-10
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  0-1



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May-11-08  braimondi: Omg... Carlsen lost for a 2051!?


May-11-08  MoonlitKnight: He had 29 other games to cope with.
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  tamar: Impressive game. Black's King was more nimble.
May-11-08  firebyrd: <He had 29 other games to cope with> Still, beating 3,33% of Carlsen is no small feat. In practice more, as I would guess that half or more of the players were easily dealt with, so in practice he could be assigning maybe 10% of the time to your game, right?

Be proud - as you probably are!

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  tpstar: Definitely a candidate for GOTD!

Pun = Do the Strand

May-12-08  k0mi: this is a very nice win! congrats, Haakon!
May-12-08  aragorn69: Simul win against a super-GM and, apparently, with a nice TN : a great feat indeed! Gratulere!
May-12-08  Atking: <braimondi: Omg... Carlsen lost for a 2051!? > Well here obviously Black didn't play like a 2051 Indeed Black's RxNc3-Qb6-c7 and Nb6 is an interesting idea.
May-13-08  syracrophy: We cannot blame Carlsen for this. The best players of the history have lost simul games to amateurs - even tournament games! Even Kasparov have lost simul games, folks. We cannot blame on Carlsen for losing a single game in a simul. All the opposite: we should be proud of him, since he"s the youngest player that has faced tournaments with the highest players, and, without any doubts, Carlsen will be the next World Champion soon!

Go Carlsen!

Jun-11-08  Gegga: "A single game"? Actually he lost 11 or something like that. Most of them in time-trouble, though. But he didn't seem to care too much. Haakon, as I told you after your game in Stavanger: Well played!
Jul-04-08  nezhmet: I blew Jakovenko's mind (on ICC blitz) with 12. Bxf6!? Nxf6 13. Qh3!
Jul-04-08  DeltaHawk: Noooooo! It's OK, only a simul game.
Nov-08-08  thebribri8: This was you, was it not, Moonlitknight?
Nov-28-08  MoonlitKnight: Yes, this was the only time I took pleasure in a Carlsen loss!
May-13-09  minasina: You're the Show
Off we go with, you play the hobbyhorse
I'll play the fool, we'll tease the bull
Ringing round and loud, loud and round
Follow on! Till the Grail sun sets in the mold
Follow on! Till the gold is cold
Dancing out with Håkon Strand
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  Check It Out: Congratulations on GOTD, <Moonlitknight>! You're are probably Doing the Strand as we speak!
Oct-08-09  GMMandetowitch: I wouldn't call this a game,I would call it a massacre!Poor show by Carlsen(ok,guys,it was a simul game and bla bla bla,but still a top GM like Carlsen should play more decently,even in a simul game).Congratulations to Mr."Strand",who not only defeated Carlsen,but also managed to be the star of today's game of the day!
Oct-08-09  RandomVisitor: 20.Qf3? appears to be the losing move.

20.Qxh5 e5 21.Rdd3 might offer equal chances.

Oct-08-09  RandomVisitor: 3 minutes per move:

Magnus Carlsen (2765) - Haakon Strand (2051)

Simul Stavanger, 10.05.2008

[Rybka 3 ]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nbd7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 b5 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.Rhe1 Qb6 12.Nb3 Rc8 last book move

13.Qh3 -0.29/16 Rxc3= 0.15/17
[Rybka 3 : 13...b4 14.Nb1 a5 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Qe3 Nc5 17.Nxc5 Qxc5 18.a4 Qxe3+ 19.Rxe3 Rg8 20.g3 Bh6 21.Nd2 e5 22.Rf1 exf4 -0.29/16 ]

14.bxc3 0.15/16 Qc7 0.18/14
15.Kb1 0.15/15 Nb6 0.71/17
[Rybka 3 : 15...Be7 16.f5 e5 17.Bd2 Nb6 18.g4 d5 19.g5 Nxe4 20.Bxe4 dxe4= 0.15/15 ]

16.Bxf6 0.61/16 gxf6 0.65/15
17.Re3= 0.01/17
[Rybka 3 : 17.Be2 Bg7 18.Bh5 0-0 19.Rd3 Nc4 20.f5 Na3+ 21.Kb2 Nc4+ 22.Ka1 Na3 23.Rc1 e5 24.Nd2 Rd8 25.Rg3 0.65/15 ]

17...Na4 0.06/16
18.Bf1 -0.55/16
[Rybka 3 : 18.Be2 Bxe4 19.f5 e5 20.Bf3 Bxf3 21.Rxf3 h5 22.Rfd3 Qc6 23.Qe3 Be7 24.Re1 d5 25.Qd2 h4 26.Rde3 Qd6 27.Rd1= 0.06/16 ]

18...h5 0.33/15
[Rybka 3 : 18...Bxe4 19.f5 e5 20.Nd2 Bb7 21.c4 b4 22.Nb3 h5 23.Rde1 Nc3+ 24.Rxc3 bxc3 25.Qxc3 Bc6 26.Qb4 h4 27.Rd1 Qb7 -0.55/16 ]

19.Rd4 -0.48/16
[Rybka 3 : 19.Rdd3 Qe7 20.Kc1 h4 21.g3 Qc7 22.Kb1 Qe7 23.Rd4 Qc7 24.g4 e5 25.fxe5 fxe5 26.Rdd3 Be7 0.33/15 ]

19...Bh6= -0.08/15
[Rybka 3 : 19...e5 20.Rdd3 exf4 21.Re1 Bg7 22.Nd4 Bc8 23.Nf5 0-0 24.Qf3 Bxf5 25.exf5 Rc8 26.Re4 Nxc3+ -0.48/16 ]

20.Qf3? -2.09/14
[Rybka 3 : 20.Qxh5 e5 21.Rdd3 exf4 22.Rh3 Bxe4 23.Rd4 d5 24.Rxe4+ dxe4 25.Bxb5+ axb5 26.Qxb5+ Qd7 27.Qb8+ Qd8 28.Qb5+ Kf8 29.Qxa4 e3 30.Nd4 e2 31.Qb4+ Kg8 32.Nxe2 Qd1+ 33.Nc1 f3 34.Rg3+ Bg5 35.Qf4= -0.08/15 ]

20...f5 -1.63/13
21.c4 -2.28/15
[Rybka 3 : 21.Nd2 Qc5 22.Rxa4 bxa4 23.Re1 Ke7 24.Qg3 Rb8 25.Kc1 Qa3+ 26.Kd1 Bxe4 27.Bxa6 d5 28.Qe3 -1.63/13 ]

21...Bg7 -1.25/14
[Rybka 3 : 21...e5 22.fxe5 dxe5 23.Rd1 bxc4 24.Rc3 Bxe4 25.Qg3 Nxc3+ 26.Qxc3 Ke7 27.Qb4+ Kf6 28.Bxc4 Rc8 29.Qd6+ Qxd6 30.Rxd6+ Kg7 31.Bd3 Rc6 32.Rxc6 Bxc6 33.Bxf5 Bxg2 34.h4 Bf4 35.Bd3 Bg3 -2.28/15 ]

22.Qd1 -2.16/17
[Rybka 3 : 22.cxb5 Bxe4 23.Rdxe4 fxe4 24.Qxe4 Nc3+ 25.Rxc3 Qxc3 26.Qa8+ Ke7 27.Qa7+ Kf6 28.Bd3 axb5 29.Qf2 h4 30.Kc1 b4 31.Kb1 Bf8 32.Qe3 Rh5 -1.25/14 ]

22...Bxe4 -1.96/15
23.Kc1 -2.21/15 Ke7 -1.40/19
[Rybka 3 : 23...d5 24.cxb5 Qxf4 25.Qe1 Bxd4 26.Nxd4 e5 27.Nxf5 Kd7 28.g3 Qxf5 29.bxa6 Nc5 30.Bb5+ Kd6 31.a7 d4 32.Ra3 Rc8 33.Bc4 Ke7 34.Kb2 Ba8 35.Ra5 e4 -2.21/15 ]

24.cxb5 -1.40/17 axb5 -1.40/19
25.Bxb5 -1.45/18 Nc3 -1.45/18
26.Rxc3?? -4.16/17
[Rybka 3 : 26.Rc4 Qxc4 27.Bxc4 Nxd1 28.Kxd1 h4 29.g3 hxg3 30.hxg3 d5 31.Bd3 Ra8 32.Kd2 Rxa2 33.Re2 Ra4 34.Re1 Kd6 35.Rg1 Bf6 36.Rb1 Ra2 -1.45/18 ]

26...Qxc3 -4.16/15
27.Rc4 -4.17/18 Qe3+ -3.97/17
28.Kb1 -3.97/14 Qxf4? -1.99/16
[Rybka 3 : 28...Rb8 29.Rc7+ Kf8 -3.97/14 ]

29.Rc7+ -2.35/17 Kf6 -2.15/16
30.Qd4+? -4.03/18
[Rybka 3 : 30.g3 Qe5 31.Qd4 Kg6 32.Qxe5 -2.15/16 ]

30...Kg6 -3.88/18
31.Qd1? -7.01/14
[Rybka 3 : 31.g3 Bxd4 32.gxf4 Be3 33.h3 Bxf4 34.a4 Bg2 35.h4 Bg3 36.Rc4 d5 37.Rb4 -3.88/18 ]

31...Qe5 -6.82/13

Oct-08-09  NewLine: ...Just when you thought the kid is invincible ...
Oh sure, that was the "old" kid, the brand new one is yet to be proven he is mortal...
Oct-08-09  erimiro1: Nice to see that Roxy Music's "Do the Strand" is still remembered!
Oct-08-09  whiteshark: Stranded goods.
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  kevin86: Threats:mate in one two ways.White's defense is a pea shooter vs a Sherman tank. Advantage:black
Oct-08-09  HeadCrunch: This proves anyone can beat Carlsen
Oct-08-09  Jim Bartle: How to beat Carlsen, then: leave your king in the middle and never use your king rook?
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