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Magnus Carlsen vs Veselin Topalov
"M-Told" (game of the day Jan-26-2010)
M-Tel Masters (2009), Sofia BUL, rd 1, May-13
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0



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Nov-09-09  magikk: We fell like Topalov wanted to lose with this ridiculous opening where he can't breath anymore.He strangled himself.héhéhé.
Jan-26-10  RandomVisitor: After the suggested improvement 21...b4:

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Rybka 3:

<[-0.11] d=21 22.Nd1> c5 23.dxc5 b3 24.Rd2 Rxc5 25.Rxc5 Nxc5 26.Bxa8 Rxa8 27.Rd4 Rd8 28.Qc4 Rxd4 29.Qxd4 Qe7 30.Ne3 Qc7 31.Ng4 Nd7 32.g3 Qc6 33.Qf4 Qc2 34.Qd4 Nc5

[-0.19] d=21 22.Nb1 c5 23.Bxa8 Rxa8 24.dxc5 Rxc5 25.Nbd2 Rxc2 26.Rxc2 Rc8 27.Rxc8 Qxc8 28.Nc4 Qc6 29.b3 Nc5 30.Nfd2 Qd5 31.Qe3 Nd3 32.f4 f6 33.exf6 Bxf6 34.Nf3 Qc5 35.Qxc5 Nxc5 36.Ncd2 Nd3 37.Ne4 21 31:14 167.313.195 91.416

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Jan-26-10  kevin86: White chases the queen away and garners a distant mate.
Jan-26-10  RandomVisitor: After 20...Qf8:

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Rybka 3:

<[+0.22] d=22 21.b3> c5 22.Bxa8 cxd4 23.Nxd4 Rxa8 24.f4 Qd8 25.Qf2 g5 26.g3 Nf8 27.hxg5 hxg5 28.Rd1 Qb6 29.Ne4 Rxc2 30.Nxc2 Qxf2+ 31.Kxf2 gxf4 32.gxf4 Ng6 33.Kf3 Bh6 34.Rg1 Rc8 35.Nd4

[+0.21] d=22 21.Qe3 c5 22.Bxa8 Rxa8 23.d5 c4 24.Rd1 Qc5 25.Qf4 exd5 26.Rxd5 Qe7 27.h5 g5 28.Qf5 Rd8 29.Rcd2 Nc5 30.Rd6 Qf8 31.Ne4 Nxe4 32.Qxe4 Qe8 33.Qd5 Rxd6 34.exd6 Rd8 35.Qb7 g4 36.Nh2

Jan-26-10  JohnBoy: <whatthefat: <Eyal>

Nice point. Goes to show I didn't even calculate properly without the pressure of the clock ticking! :) >

Eyal is strong and I always take his comments seriously. I'm a 2250 player and can verify that you ain't the first to have your errors detected by him. LOL

Jan-26-10  Julian713: <David2009: I seem to have lost the plot here. What is the refutation of 33...Qxc7 ?>

<alexmagnus: Ng5+. Then, if Kh8, Nf7+ Kh7 Qxg6#. If hxg5, Qg6+ Kh8 Qh5+ Bh6 Qh6#.>

My question exactly, and answered exactly lol. I second the thanks, alex!

Jan-26-10  RandomVisitor: After 17...a6:

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Rybka 3:

<[+0.49] d=21 18.Nb1> Rdc8 19.Nbd2 Ba8 20.Qe3 c5 21.Bxa8 Rxa8 22.Ne4 c4 23.Nd6 Rc7 24.a4 bxa4 25.Nd2 Nb6 26.N2e4 Nd5 27.Qa3 Rb8 28.Qxa4 Rxb2 29.Nxc4 Nb6

[+0.20] d=21 18.h3 Rbc8 19.Nb1 Ba8 20.Qe3 Nb6 21.Nbd2 Na4 22.b3 Nb6 23.Ne1 Nd5 24.Bxd5 cxd5 25.Ndf3 Qa3 26.Qd2 Rc6 27.Nd3 Rdc8 28.Nc5 Bf8

Jan-26-10  Yodaman: Magnus Carlsen, thank you.
Jan-26-10  WhiteRook48: topalov, you suck!
Jan-26-10  1. h4: Whoa. Chill out, WR48.

He's a world-class GM and a former Fide World Champion. Who are you to say that he sucks?

Jan-26-10  suenteus po 147: <iron maiden> Congrats on having your game collection officially recognized by <>!
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  Domdaniel: The game is good, but the 'battle' of May-23-09 is hilarious.

With hindsight, neither of the main participants was in any sense a troll. It was a collision of sensibilities.

Dec-25-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Magnus Carlsen Best Games
Aug-10-11  Haymker: Sean Godley made a great video about this game.
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  perfidious: < Domdaniel: The game is good, but the 'battle' of May-23-09 is hilarious....>

Fine combination by Carlsen to ice this one.

Really, that aforementioned duel had its comic aspects, what with this gem, inter alia:

<alex: ....But I think some ~2000 player would have solved it>

No problem spotting 31.Rc7 and its apparent refutation, when it's presented as a problem-the refutation of the refutation is something else again! It would prove edifying indeed to see how many kibitzers who make rash comments (on many games here) would see anything like the amount such players do at the board.

Oct-30-12  Everett: A couple of other plans for Carlsen, instead of the inferior 21.a4, would be <21.Qe3> preparing Nc3-Ne2-Nf4 with pressure on the K-side. At least this makes 18.h4 make sense.

Earlier, maybe a player with more of a Karpov/Nimzowitch/Adams bend would play <18.Nb1> followed by Nbd2-Nb3, enjoying better access to the weak squares on the Q-side.

Jun-04-13  Naniwazu:
Dec-04-13  Lollya: What if Qxc7? Is there a mate threats?
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  Sastre: <Lollya: What if Qxc7? Is there a mate threats?>

33...Qxc7 34.Ng5+ hxg5 (34...Kh8 35.Nf7+ Kh7 36.Qxg6#) 35.Qxg6+ Kh8 36.Qh5+ Bh6 37.Qxh6#.

Dec-04-13  Lollya: Thanks. Wow!
Aug-28-14  PJs Studio: 33.Qd3 is quite a nasty move. Tough to see also.
Jun-13-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 27

1. = (0.15): 23...axb5 24.Bxa8 Rxa8 25.f4 Qd8 26.Nf3 b4 27.Ne4 Rxc2 28.Qxc2 Nb6 29.Kh2 Nd5 30.g3 Bf8 31.Qf2 Kg7 32.Nd4 Qb8 33.Rc6 Ra1 34.Nd6 Rd1 35.Nf3 Qa8 36.Rc8 Qa1 37.Ne8+ Kh7 38.Nf6+ Nxf6 39.exf6 Bd6

2. (0.38): 23...Qb4 24.Nc6 Bxc6 25.bxc6 Nxe5 26.Na2 Qd6 27.g3 h5 28.Bg2 Rb6 29.Nc3 Qb4 30.Ne4 Rcxc6 31.Nf6+ Bxf6 32.Bxc6 Nxc6 33.Rxc6 Qxb2 34.Qxb2 Rxb2 35.R1c2 Rb1+ 36.Kg2 a5 37.Ra6 Rb5 38.Rc7 Bd4 39.Rd6 Be5 40.Rc8+ Kg7 41.Rd7 Bb2 42.Ra8 Rf5 43.Ra6 Ba3 44.Rd3 Bb4

Jun-13-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 24

1. (1.39): 29...Qd8 30.Nc6 Qc7 31.hxg6+ fxg6 32.Nb4 Qd8 33.Qd3 Rb7 34.Nc6 Qb6+ 35.Kh2 Nf8 36.Nd6 Rc7 37.Qe4 b4 38.b3 h5 39.Ne8 Rf7 40.Rc4 Qf2 41.Nd6 Rc7 42.Nxb4 Ra7 43.Nd3 Qh4+ 44.Kg1 Ra1+ 45.Rc1 Rxc1+

2. (2.29): 29...Qe8 30.Nc8 Ra6 31.Qd3 Qd8 32.hxg6+ fxg6 33.Nf6+ Bxf6 34.exf6 Ra8 35.Qd6 Kh8 36.Qe7 Qxe7 37.fxe7 Nf6 38.Rd2 Kg7 39.Rd8 Kf7 40.Nd6+ Kxe7 41.Rxa8 Kxd6 42.Kf2 g5 43.fxg5 hxg5 44.Kf3 Kd5 45.Rf8 Nd7 46.Rd8 Kd6 47.Rg8 g4+ 48.Kf4 Kc5 49.Rxg4 Kb4 50.Rg7 Nc5 51.Ke5 Kb3 52.Kd4 Na4 53.g4 b4 54.g5 Kxb2

Jan-24-21  Everett: This remains one of my favorite Carlsen games, when he was less-swampy and more strategically clear (with the requisite positional and tactical acumen, of course)
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