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Magnus Carlsen vs Evgeny Alekseev
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 6, Jun-13
Queen's Indian Defense: Opocensky Variation (E17)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jun-13-08
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  keypusher: <waustad> I believe it's a rook. Qb1 allows the rook to go to the center.
Jun-13-08  percyblakeney: Wow, Alekseev took the draw here, a bit surprising...
Jun-13-08
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  ketchuplover: psyche!
Jun-13-08  TheBB: <tamar: Have to go. If Carlsen gets out of this mess, he is a magician.> Magician it is then.
Jun-13-08  strifeknot: I wish black would've continued on for at least a few more moves. It may indeed have ended up being a draw, but Alekseev had the better prospects of either side winning.
Jun-13-08
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  beenthere240: I wonder who offered the draw? Carlson? "Well, my game is a bust, so I'll give you a draw."
Jun-13-08  square dance: <Wow, Alekseev took the draw here, a bit surprising...> sometimes you just count your blessings and take the draw against 2830 opposition. ;-)
Jun-13-08
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  Mateo: <percyblakeney: Wow, Alekseev took the draw here, a bit surprising...> In some tournaments, he could not take the draw.
Jun-13-08
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  Eyal: According to chessdom, it's Alexeev who offered the draw.
Jun-13-08
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Carlsen found an easy draw where many would have been in trouble. This boy is a genius!
Jun-13-08
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  whiteshark: At least Alekseev kept his score at even level vs Carlsen. :D
Jun-13-08
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  Eyal: <Carlsen found an easy draw where many would have been in trouble. This boy is a genius!>

What he "found" is mainly that Alexeev is afraid of him or not very ambitious. There's no obvious draw here - Black can certainly try to withstand White's initiative and play for a win with his queenside pawn majority. But that also involves some risk, of course.

Jun-13-08  waustad: Short games the day before a rest day seem fairly common. Kind of a TGIF approach.
Jun-13-08  awfulhangover: Alekseev played the last move, so he offered a draw. Magnusfobia.
Jun-13-08  iron maiden: Alekseev could choose to play for the full point here, but he's been in the playing hall with Carlsen for the last five days and knows that the position is not without risk for Black, and that any mistakes he might make would probably be punished relentlessly. Carlsen is reaping the rewards of his ominous start to the tournament. At seventeen, he may already be starting to establish an aura of intimidation.
Jun-13-08  square dance: "magnusfobia" is the word of the day. well done, <awfulhangover>.
Jun-13-08
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Eyal: What he "found" is mainly that Alexeev is afraid of him or not very ambitious.>

Exactly. How many other people would have the genius to find that? I'm sure I for one would have been unable to get a draw offer out of him...

Jun-13-08  Xaurus: From the Aerosvit homepage:

"Carlsen – Alekseev
À calm line of the Queen’s Indian Defence. 14.b4 is an unexpected pawn sacrifice, which is also a novelty. It is not clear what Carlsen has in mind. Instead of 16.Nd4 White could have sacrificed an exchange: 16.Rxb7 Nxb7 17.Ne5 with some uncertain compensation. In the game Carlsen also had some compensation for the pawn after 18.Qb1!, and accepted opponent’s draw agreement after 18….a5. As Carlsen explained after the game, when playing 14.b4?! he just missed a move 15…Nc5!."

Jun-13-08  Vollmer: At the ending position CM9000 'thought' that the score was -0.3 to -0.4 and selected Nf5 for White and after Qe6 selected Be5 , but I think its time to play with the remaining Rook . I agree that Mr. Alexeev took an easy draw and who can blame him ... Mr. Carlsen is on fire .
Jun-13-08  ajile: 16..g5!? looks wild.

16..g5
17.Be5 f6!?

I don't have my board but this looks interesting for Black.

Jun-13-08  notyetagm: <beenthere240: I wonder who offered the draw? Carlson? "Well, my game is a bust, so I'll give you a draw.">

Yes, it seems that <FEAR OF CARLSEN> lead Alekseev to bail out. No way he would have offered -me- a draw in that position.

Jun-13-08  notyetagm: <Xaurus: From the Aerosvit homepage:

"Carlsen – Alekseev
À calm line of the Queen’s Indian Defence. 14.b4 is an unexpected pawn sacrifice, which is also a novelty. It is not clear what Carlsen has in mind. Instead of 16.Nd4 White could have sacrificed an exchange: 16.Rxb7 Nxb7 17.Ne5 with some uncertain compensation. In the game Carlsen also had some compensation for the pawn after 18.Qb1!, and accepted opponent’s draw agreement after 18….a5. <<<As Carlsen explained after the game, when playing 14.b4?! he just missed a move 15…Nc5!.>>>">

Amazing, chess genius Carlsen overlooked a simple 4-ply sequence: 14 b2-b4?! c5xb4 15 ♖c3-c7 ♘d7-c5!.

White to play: 14 ?


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14 b2-b4?! c5xb4 15 ♖c3-c7 ♘d7-c5!


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Damn shame that Alekseev chickened out and offered a draw. Carlsen would have had to launch a -FURIOUS- kingside attack to make up for the 2-1 <QUEENSIDE MAJOIRITY> that he gifted Black with 14 b2-b4?!. But like Capablanca said, the good player is always lucky.

Jun-13-08  arnaud1959: <Damn shame that Alekseev chickened out and offered a draw> Don't forget that 2 rounds ago he had the same kind of "advantage" against VW and he lost badly.
Jun-13-08  tonsillolith: No surprise here from Magnus Drawlsen...
Jun-13-08  Augalv: <Damn shame that Alekseev chickened out and offered a draw>

Alekseev's draw offer was really disappointing.

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