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Tomi Nyback vs Magnus Carlsen
Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 6, Nov-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense Blockade Line (D37)  ·  1-0



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  SwitchingQuylthulg: "Nybäck heroically overcame heavy time trouble, teammates' expectations, and a random 2786 player to claim victory." - comment at FICS

Finland was trailing 2 games to 0 and needed full points both here and in S Agdestein vs T Sammalvuo, 2008 to tie the match.

Nov-20-08  Philidor: I'm obviously not a chessmaster, but to me it looks like a draw after 39...Qf6.

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What, despite the major edge, can White do after Black has put his Queen protectively on g7?

Example (after move 41):

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Will Black not be able to hold the position with his two extra pawns and protected King?

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Philidor> There are probably other ways to win, but I think White's plan would be to swap one pair of queens, then march the king to e8 and take advantage of the fact that Black's ♙f7 cannot be defended by the bishop.
Nov-20-08  shintaro go: <Perhaps its a little arrogant for Carlsen to play on down a queen?> Yes, surprising behavior from Carlsen who appears to be of class.
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  DarthStapler: <Yes, surprising behavior from Carlsen who appears to be of class>

No one ever won by resigning

Nov-20-08  percyblakeney: Very good game by Nybäck, who shares the ä that for some reason doesn't turn into ae but an a, with Friedrich Samisch
Nov-20-08  percyblakeney: Some players with ae instead of a:

Arnold Schottlaender

Thomas Paehtz Sr

Thomas Paehtz Jr

Elisabeth Paehtz

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <percyblakeney> Wouldn't you say it makes sense to apply one standard to all Finnish names with "ä" (of which most, though not all, are written with an "a" here)? Even if the name in question is of Swedish origin.

Of course, why this should also apply to Sämisch, a German, is a mystery.

Nov-20-08  percyblakeney: <SwitchingQuylthulg> Indeed, I suppose it should be the same thing with ö, where there are differences like Dr. Ludwig Rodl and Carl Theodor Goering
Nov-20-08  veigaman: Good game by tomi, very well planned
Nov-20-08  jon01: I am sure this will be added to Nyback's notable games.
Nov-20-08  Eban: tomi nyback played like as if he was using anti-computer tactics: neutralize all tactical play and squeeze!
Nov-20-08  notyetagm: <Illogic: Some beautiful zwischenzugs by Nyback in this game.>


Carlsen is *so* good that, like Kasparov, any win against him is damn near a masterpiece.

Nov-20-08  notyetagm: <Eban: tomi nyback played like as if he was using anti-computer tactics: neutralize all tactical play and squeeze!>

Nyback played like he was playing against a computer?

He *was*!

Nov-20-08  notyetagm: Just a beautiful game.

My favorite game of the Olympiad because it featured one of my favorite themes, sacrificing to create monstrous <PASSED PAWNS>.

Nov-21-08  Philidor: As a B-class player (who usually play blitz chess), I'm totaly impressed by sacrifices that pays off 10 moves later (gaining a pawn, as well)!
Dec-07-08  Resignation Trap: Here are some videos of this game in progress.

After 20.axb5: .

After 27.b6!: .

After 35.fxe3: .

Jan-03-09  TheWizardfromHarlem: hmmmm...
Mar-29-09  notyetagm: Great game by Nyback. Not often that you see Carlsen beaten this easily.
Apr-06-09  notyetagm: Wow, I love this game.
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  jessicafischerqueen: From the Resigned position-

I just played it out against my <Shredder> set to 20 ply.

It took me 25 moves to go all the way- to checkmate I mean. When it offered to resign I played on anyway to see how to do it.

Thing is, there are many, many ways for White to win here because the only real "threat" Black has is a draw by perpetual.

So yes as <Switching Owls for Thugs> suggested, it's not hard to force off the Black Queen in exchange for a White Queen after a bit of "fooping around"- you force Black to loosen his King position with mate threats and then you can force the Black Queen off-- then you march your king up the board.

Black can't make a fortress with the Bishop guarding a pawn or pawns= the idea being that White's Queen couldn't capture the pawn without exchanging itself for the bishop-

This is an illusory "draw threat" as it turns out.

As the <Switching Owl> said, once the Black Queen is off the White Queen can "hold the fort" and the White King can just march right up the board unopposed and White can pick off the pawns one by one, with the Queen and King working in coordination.

I bet most of you could win this position in a lot fewer than 25 moves, as well.

Thing is- It's not a whopping edge in <Engine eval> (four and a half pawns by Shredder count)-

But it might as well be a million pawns really because Black <must lose> and <cannot draw> unless White makes a big, big mistake- like Hanging a piece or allowing a perpetual.

I invite some of you to try this experiment- It's fun!!

Jun-07-09  Bobsterman3000: This 7. c5 maneuver never works for me. :-(

I wonder if Magnus would have been better served with a KS counter-attack after that move, exploiting the hole on e4.

Nov-11-14  Ke2: Followed today, but Anand played 11. Bxa6
Nov-11-15  TPFIN: It took me 56 moves to win Chessmaster-program from the end situation...
Nov-27-17  krippp: I played the ending, found this pretty problem-like mate, white to play and mate:

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The correct answer is...

...<58.Qd7!> and mates in 5. Taking the Bishop with <58.Qxh6+> is only mate in 10, the black King escaping via e7 and d6, the Pawns having to be gobbled, the Kings walked to an edge, and Queen zugzwanging the black King with a waiting move.

<58.Qd7> is followed by <Kf5> then <Kg6> and mates with the Queen.

Unmaterialistic, or should I say, we aim for higher material than mere Bishops and Pawns.

Playing <58.Kf5> immediately, gets stuck with <58..Bg7>.

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