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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Magnus Carlsen
"Jak-in-the-Box" (game of the day Feb-02-2010)
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009), Nanjing CHN, rd 4, Oct-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  0-1



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Oct-01-09  birthtimes: And not surprisingly to some, both Carlsen and Fischer were born during a 2 1/2 day period when the Moon (which symbolizes one's emotional nature) was traversing Taurus--known for its tenacity, determination, doggedness, pragmatism, entrenchment, resourcefulness, materialism, and passion...

Tarrasch, Lasker, Botvinnik, and Korchnoi were also all born with Moon in were basketball stars Bill Russell and Dennis Rodman...

Oct-01-09  WarmasterKron: I knew Jakovenko should have played 1.f4.
Oct-01-09  Xaurus: Jakovenko - Carlsen:

Oct-01-09  zatara: I don't fully understand the 44...Qf4 move.It must be a multi-purpose move that gives carlsen the chance to fight.I see the Qf2 threat or the Rc3-Qe3 plan but can someone explain deeper?
Nanjing Pearl Spring Tourney Nanjing/China (4), 01.10.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 <We usually expect the 5...g6 dragon or Sveshnikov from Carlsen these days. So let's (for a change :-) ) talk about the Kasparov influence. Obviously the Nadjorf is Kasparov's favourite weapon, but I wonder if they have done some more work on the dragon. Kasparov famously introduced the dragon into his play during his world championship match with Anand where he won 2 games and drew 2 in the 4 games he played in that opening, so perhaps Carlsen hasn't abandoned it yet. But who knows what secrets he now has in this complex Nadjorf opening.> 6.Be2< Quite common for Jakovenko who also plays 6 Be3 and he's also played 6 Bg5 twice and won both games.> 6...e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0–0 0–0 9.Be3 Be6 10.Qd2 Nbd7 11.a4 <I don't think Carlsen's faced this before, but it's still a main line move. >11...Nb6 12.a5 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Bxc4 14.Rfd1 Rc8 15.f3 Rc6 16.Kh1 <Novelty. Leko played 16 Bb6 against Shirov last year. >16...Qc8 17.Rac1 Rd8< Preparing 18...d5.> 18.Nd5< Obviously to stop 18...d5 >18...Bxd5 19.exd5 Rc4 20.Qd3 e4 21.fxe4 Rxe4 22.c4 Re8 <This is a very interesting position. Carlsen threatens the unusual 23...Ng4 and if 24 Qxe4 Bg5 25 Qd3 Rxe3 26 Qc2 Re5 27 Ra1 Nxh2! and if 28 Kxh2 Bf4+ 29 Kg1 Be3+ 30 Kf1 Qg4 and black's building a mating net around whites king. Amazing what potential there is in a harmless looking position.> 23.Bg1 <Seems like Jakovenko has seen the danger of this ...Nxh2 move mentioned in my previous note.> 23...Bf8 24.Nd4 g6 25.Rf1 Bh6 26.Qf3 Rf4 [26...Bxc1 27.Qxf6 Bxb2 28.Qxf7+ Kh8 29.Ne6 and whites on the attack] 27.Qd3 Ng4< Aiming for e5 and dangerous attack from all sides on the c4 pawn. >28.Nf3< 28 Rxf4 is the engine choice. Why move knight from it's central d4 post.> 28...Rfe4 29.Rc3 Ne3 30.Re1 Qg4< Mate in 1 would be nice :-)> 31.Re2 Qh5 <Threatening 32...Nf1–g3 Mate or 32...Nf5-g3 Mate.> 32.Bxe3 Rxe3 33.Rxe3 Bxe3?< [33...Rxe3 34.Qb1 (34.Qd1 Qf5 35.Rxe3 Bxe3 and black's position has more potential.) 34...Rxc3 35.bxc3 Qg4 36.Qxb7 Qxc4 37.Qb8+ Kg7 38.Qxd6 Qf1+ 39.Ng1 Bf4 40.Qe7 Qc1 and white is tied down.] >34.Qe2 <Nasty pin.> 34...Qh6 <35.c5! Jakovenko exploits the pin to create counterplay and give himself a passed pawn >35...dxc5 36.d6 Re6 37.d7 Bg5< Amazingly the initiative has changes hands and it's Jakovenko who is making all the dangerous threats.> 38.Qd1 Bd8 39.Rxc5 Qf8 40.Rd5< Not good allowing Carlsen's queen back into the game. 40 Qd4 was more accurate. [40.Rc8? Rd6]> 40...Qb4 41.b3 Re3 42.Nd2< This is the consequence of allowing 40...Qb4. White is having to defend >42...Qc3 <Threatening 43...Rd3. Amazing; one slight innacuracy by white has handed the initiative back to Carlsen. >43.Nf3 Qb4< [43...Qxb3 44.Qxb3 Rxb3 45.Re5 Kg7 46.Re8 Bxa5 47.d8Q Bxd8 48.Rxd8 b5 49.Kg1 b4 50.Ra8 Ra3 51.Nd2 Ra2 52.Nb3 h5 53.h4 Ra3 54.Nd2 a5 55.Rb8 Ra2 56.Nc4 Ra4 57.Nd2 Ra1+ 58.Kf2 Ra2 59.Ke3 Ra1 60.Kf2 This seems to be drawn.] >44.Nd2 Qf4 45.Nf3< [45.Rc5?? Qf2 46.Rc1 Re2] >45...Rc3< To stop 46 Rc5! >46.Qe2 Qe3 47.Qxe3 Rxe3 48.Rd4 Kf8 <[48...Rxb3 49.Kg1 Kg7 50.Nd2 Rb5 51.Nc4 Rb4 52.Kf2 Bxa5 53.Ke3 Bd8 54.Nd6 Rb2 Seems good for black, but Carlsen must still have worries over this d7 pawn so played 48...Kf8]> 49.Rb4? <Carlsen's patience has paid off, he now wins a pawn.> 49...Rd3 50.Rxb7 Rd1+ 51.Ng1 Bxa5 52.g4 Ke7 53.Kg2< [53.d8Q+ Kxd8 54.Rxf7?? Bb6!]> 53...Rxd7 54.Rxd7+ Kxd7 55.Kf3 Kd6< With a bishop and extra pawn, this is probably only a matter of technique for Carlsen.> 56.Ke4 Kc5 57.Kd3 Kd5 58.Nf3 Bd8 59.h3 h6 60.h4 h5 61.gxh5 gxh5 62.Ke3 Kc5 63.Kd3 Kb4< After 64 Kc2 Bf6 another pawn 'bites the dust.' White has run out of moves - 'Zugwang' >0–1

Oct-01-09  Ezzy: Welcome back to the Magnus Carlsen show. 3 wins in the whole tourney and they belong to the ViKING.

A bit of a hardened battle today. At one point Jakovenko was sniffing for a win.' But you can't keep a good dog down.'

Carlsen's rook excursion to e4 from a8 was some amazing navigation through the traffic and heart of whites position. I just love watching this superstar play. Dogged determination won him the endgame, and the quality of being patient and wait for your opportunity and errors from your opponent.

4 extremely exciting games. It wouldn't surprise if he was invited to all the supertournaments. Who wouldn't want a player like Carlsen at their tournament to keep chess world enthralled.

The lad's kept me hooked this week. It's a sensational start to the tournament. He's even starting to scare me, never mind his opponents.

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  chancho: Magnus is only 18. Wait until this kid reaches his 20's. I think he'll be the first player to reach 2900.
Oct-01-09  SirChrislov: I went out for a six pack, but it did no good in my attempt to mitigate the effects of Natalia's absence.
Oct-01-09  Comejen: ok let's see what I see in my crystal ball ....
ahhh, bowed before the next king of chess: Magnus Carlsen
Oct-01-09  paul1959: What about the forced sequence 38 Nxg5 Qxg5 39 Qd1 Qd8 40 Rd3 (Rxc5 Qxd7) ? Black queen is stuck in front of the pawn and after White creates an escape hatch for the King , Black looks in trouble despite the extra pawn.
Oct-01-09  Kaspablanca: Guys, i think you are exaggerating. Dont get me wrong, Carlsen is very strong but i think you are exaggerating; if you tell me he beats Anand, Kramnik, Aronian in the same tournament then you`re right to be excited and consider him a world champion calibre.
Oct-01-09  Atking: <Kaspablanca> Indeed if at 18 years old Carlsen is able to beat in the same tournament, Anand, Topalov, Kramnik, Aronian you have to go Morphy age to have a similar result.
Oct-01-09  Ezzy: <Kaspablanca: if you tell me he beats Anand, Kramnik, Aronian in the same tournament then you`re right to be excited and consider him a world champion calibre.> Magnus is rated above Kramnik and Aronian and a couple of points away from Anand. Does that mean we still shouldn't get excited. :-)
Oct-01-09  zatara: <Kaspablanca>

Can you think of a time that anand or kramnik or aronian did something similar to this?

Oct-02-09  supertimchan: <Ezzy> Carlsen is rated BELOW Aronian and Carlsen hasn't beaten Aronian this year.
Oct-02-09  Ezzy: <supertimchan: <Ezzy> Carlsen is rated BELOW Aronian and Carlsen hasn't beaten Aronian this year.> Ok I give up. Magnus is not world championship calibre because he hasn't beat Aronian this year and he's above Aronian and 2 points behind Anand on the live ratings list.

What does he have to do to be world championship calibre? He's number 3 in the world on the live ratings list. Not a bad player if I may say. If I'm not exaggerating. <Kaspablanca> :-)

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  tpstar: Interesting to compare this B>N endgame with Carlsen vs D Jakovenko, 2009 which was N>B. Jakovenko is known for his endgame prowess, so in retrospect 60. h4 may well have been desperation after previous slips. Everyone is understandably excited about Kasparov's involvement, but Carlsen has been winning these endgames in real time with his superlative technique, not Kasparov.

The Opocensky Variation against the Sicilian Najdorf (6. Be2) scores well for Black; after 6 ... e5 it's anyone's game = Opening Explorer

Oct-02-09  achieve: Our guest analyst even played it earlier this year: N Pogonina vs I Paulet, 2009
Oct-03-09  notyetagm: PEIN:

<46.Qe2 Qe3!

After a queen exchange the black king can approach the d pawn>

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Coming back to this game a year later, I'm even more impressed at how Carlsen made a passed pawn on the 7th, backed by a Rook, harmless--in fact a weakness and not a strength.
Feb-02-10  bastiaan0740: tough fight.
Feb-02-10  Grilo: Jakovenko lost this game because of his king inactivity. He played 16.Kh1 and was unable to take it out until the end, in 53.Kg2, right after Carlsen succesfully sealed its coffin (or box, "Jak(ovenko)-in-the-box") with 50...Rd1+, forcing the knight to g1, taking back a pawn with 51...Bxa5 and finnaly winnin the one pawn advantage that led to victory with 52...Ke7 and 53...Rxd7.
Feb-02-10  kevin86: After 64 ♔c2 ♗f6 forces white to cough up a pawn.
Feb-20-10  aazqua: This seems more like a loss by Jako under relentless pressure as opposed to a win by Carlsen. There's a number of moves at the end that had me scratching my head - stranding pawns on bad squares, etc.
May-22-23  DouglasGomes: 45. Kg1 would have asked Black how he intended to avoid three-fold. If 45... Rc3 46. Qe1
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