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Magnus Carlsen vs Teimour Radjabov
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: French Variation (B40)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-18-09  rogge: Eh, not home prep, I think. But well defended by Radjabov.

<difference between Browne and Carlsen>: Carlsen is much better :)

Jan-18-09  percyblakeney: Another well played endgame by Radjabov, not a pleasant position to be in with three minutes for the last dozen moves before the time control. He made it to move 40 with a margin of a couple of seconds and after that Carlsen's winning chances seem to be very small.
Jan-18-09  rogge: It smells more of home prep from Carlsen against Stellwagen right now...
Jan-18-09  Karabakh: It also smells (after 9.Bd3 Nf6) that Aronian prefers draw from game with Radjabov.
Jan-18-09  Karabakh: As I forecasted, on 15'th move T.Radjabov and L.Aronian agreed on draw.
Jan-18-09  notyetagm: 14 ?


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14 ♗c1-h6! <clearance> Δ ♖a1-d1


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14 ♗c1-h6! is a wicked tactical shot by Magnus Carlsen based on the theme <CLEARANCE>.

<<<The point is to clear the first rank with a <GAIN OF TIME>, a threat(!) (♗h6xg7), so as to make the maneuver ♖a1-d1 possible, without losing time>>>, without giving the opponent time to deal with this threat of ♖a1-d1 as he must deal with threat created by the White c1-bishop now occupying the h6-square.

Jan-18-09  notyetagm: <14.Bh6! (A shocking looking move! The move of the year so far! This is not a move a "normal" human being could come up with. White is giving up his Bishop! If 14...gxh6 15.Nxd5 Bxd5 16.Rd1 . If 14...Nxe5 15.Nxd5 Bf6 16.Bf4 . Perhaps the least damaging option for Black would be 14...Bf6. I would love to see Radjabov's facial reaction after seeing 14.Bh6!)> (Susan Polgar).>
Jan-19-09  notyetagm: 55 ?


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Here Carlsen actually played 55 ♔h5-h4, meeting the obvious threat of 55 ... ♖a3-h3#.

But what would have happened if Carlsen had instead played 55 h2-h4?? to meet this threat from the Black a3-rook?

(VAR) 55 h2-h4??


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Then Carlsen would have missed a <MATE IN 2> with the <LINE-OPENING SACRIFICE> 55 ... ♖g6-g5+! 56 h4x♖g5 ♖a3-h3#.

(VAR) 55 ... ♖g6-g5+! <line-opening: h-line> 56 h4x♖g5 ♖a3-h3#


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Jan-19-09  notyetagm: I found the above mentioned mating variation at the chessok.com website in their live broadcast of the game: http://www.chessok.com/broadcast/?k....
Jan-19-09  notyetagm: I am stunned that Carlsen saw this <CLEARANCE FOR PIN> concept ♗c1-h6!, ♖a1-d1. <RYBKA 3> points out that the idea is much stronger if Carlsen had prefaced it by giving up the fianchettoed bishop with 14 ♗g2x♘d5! and only then played the <CLEARANCE> move 15 ♗c1-h6!.

The best example I have ever seen of Weteschnik's sayings

<ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR WAYS TO CREATE OR AVOID PINS>

<EVERY ATTACKED PIECE OF YOURS STANDING IN FRONT OF ANOTHER OF YOUR PIECES SHOULD BE REGARDED AS PINNED>

<TWO PIECES OF THE SAME COLOUR ON THE SAME FILE OR DIAGONAL ARE CANDIDATES FOR A PIN>

Jan-19-09  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2009

http://www.chessok.com/broadcast/?k...

14 ?


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<(14. Bxd5 ! 14... Bxd5 15. Bh6 O-O

(15... gxh6 16. Rd1 Nb4 17. a3 White have a decisive advantage


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)

16. Rd1 Bf6 17. Bf4 Bxe5 18. Rxd5 Qe7 19. Bxe5 White have the upper hand


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)>

<<<Could some <RYBKA 3> user please post numerical evaluations so I can quantitatively understand exactly what <RYBKA 3> considers a "decisive advantage" versus "the upper hand" in these two variations?>>>

Thanks

Jan-19-09  notyetagm: <KKDEREK: ... Is always a pleasure to see Carlsen playing no?>

Yes, and his incredibly deep understanding of chess.

Jan-19-09  Dionyseus: Rybka 3 thinks 19.Bxe6 Qxe6 20.Qh5 0-0 21.bxc3 was better for white and here:

+0.32 d=19 21...Rfe8 22.Rd4 Rxc3 23.Qa5 Rc4 24.Qxa7 Rxd4

R3 doesn't like Radja's 19...Qd7, wanted to see 19...Bd7.

Jan-21-09  dehanne: What after 14...Nxc3?
Jan-21-09  euripides: <dehanne> I think 14...Nxc3 could be met by 15.Bxg7, 16 Nxc6 (or the other way round) and then 17.B or Qxc3.
Jan-24-09  zealouspawn: is 20.. Ba5 any good? it seems to keep black a piece up, but I'm no 2700
Jan-25-09  euripides: <zealous> I think if 20...Ba5 then 21.Bxe6 Qxe6 22.Qb5+ picks up the bishop and after 22...Rc6 23.Qxa5 the fork on d8 and a7 wins another pawn; or if the king moves Black loses the right to castle.
Jan-30-09  Ulhumbrus: After 24...Rxc3 Black has two weaknesses, b6 and the Kingside. Instead of 25 Rfe1, an alternative is 25 Rb1 attacking the b6 pawn. If you want an argument to justify one attack or the other, how about the following question: Which attack compels Black to concede more to White? Will Black get tied up defending b6?
Feb-06-09  notyetagm: 14 ?


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14 ♗c1-h6!? Δ 17 ♖a1-d1 <pin>


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This position is my favorite example of the Weteschnik saying that

<EVERY ATTACKED PIECE OF YOURS STANDING IN FRONT OF ANOTHER OF YOUR PIECES MUST BE CONSIDERD AS PINNED>.

Here the Black d5-knight is attacked twice (White c3-knight, g2-bishop) and defended twice (Black e6-bishop, d8-queen) and <STANDS IN FRONT> of the Black d8-queen on the open d-file.

Carlsen knows that these two factor, <ALREADY ATTACKED> and <LINED UP>, scream, just scream <PIN!>. Unfortunately the White c1-bishop prevents the <PINNING> ♖a1-d1.

Solution? Move the White c1-bishop with a <GAIN OF TIME (TEMPO)>, a <FORCING MOVE (THREAT)>, and Carlsen comes up with the brilliant idea of 14 ♗c1-h6!?.

Carlsen's 14 ♗c1-h6!? is the best example of the <CLEARANCE> tactic that I have seen in a long time.

http://chessmind.powerblogs.com/fil...

14.Bh6 [14.Bxd5! Bxd5 15.Bh6! 0-0 (15...gxh6 16.Rd1 Nb4 17.a3 ) 16.Rd1 Nxe5 17.Qxe5 Bf6 18.Qxd5 Bxc3 19.Qxb7 Qb6 20.Qxb6 axb6 21.Bc1 ]

Jan-03-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Carlsen Teaches Tactics

Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2009 14 Bc1-h6!? was good but 14 Bg2xNd5!, 15 Bc1-h6! was much better

Apr-01-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: CLEARANCE: OPENING A LINE
Apr-01-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS!
May-29-11  notyetagm: <TODO>

Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2009

Game Collection: Carlsen Teaches Tactics

Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2009 14 Bc1-h6!? was good but 14 Bg2xNd5!, 15 Bc1-h6! was much better

WHY? WHY? WHY?

May-29-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Every attacked piece of yours standing in front
May-29-11  notyetagm: http://www.chessok.com/broadcast/?k...
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