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Magnus Carlsen vs Peter Svidler
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2010) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 3, Mar-15
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Hungarian Variation (D97)  ·  1-0



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Mar-15-10  Marmot PFL: 15...Kh8 does not seem in the Grunfeld spirit, which is to attack the white center with all that black has. 15...Qd7 and Rd8, Nd5, possibly Nb4-d5 seems more active. Svidler is still hurting from the first game and tries to build a passive defensive position around c6, e6, h6, g5 etc. but Carlsen breaks that down without much effort.
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  HeMateMe: The early Queen moves by white--5 of his first 12 moves are certainly interesting. breaks every rule they teach young players. Of course, Magnus is allowed to break the rules...
Mar-15-10  jhoro: a bird told me 33.Nxe6 was more crashing, but Svidler wasn't up to be tortured for very long anyway
Mar-16-10  arnaud1959: I had the impression that black had an easy game but finally the black bishops were aiming for nothing while the white Knights occupied the whole center. Maybe that bishop on h7 would be more useful on the h1-a8 diagonal.
Mar-16-10  gus inn: A pitty Carlsen dont know his classics instead of 1.Letting his queen being chased all over the board.2.weakening d5 at an early stage.3.weakening his kings postion with up the pair of bishops. Only because Svidler played worse, Carlsen won.
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  Bobby Fiske: Actually Carlsen's opening play was quite strong, in spite of all the early queen moves. I watched the game on ChessOK. They have the new Rybka3 running on a quick computer, which gave "equal chances" all the way untill Carlsen's 15th move. He got a small advantage only after Svidler's 15...Kh8.

Probably Carlsen found this agressive white opening to be suitable for a rapid game. The result confirms his choice.

Mar-16-10  Xaurus: <Only because Svidler played worse, Carlsen won.>

Yeah that definitely doesn't happen often in chess in general, one player playing worse than the other and loses. :-)

Mar-16-10  vanytchouck: < gus inn: A pitty Carlsen dont know his classics instead of 1.Letting his queen being chased all over the board.2.weakening d5 at an early stage.3.weakening his kings postion with up the pair of bishops. >

In fact, he does know them and of course much better than you'll never do. He knows them so well that he even knows when these general rules can be transgressed. It's one of the main difference between patzers like us and GMs like him.

Mar-24-10  Xeroxx: <Yeah that definitely doesn't happen often in chess in general, one player playing worse than the other and loses> So this must be the first time ever, right?
Mar-25-10  desiobu: <Xaurus> While I don't agree, to be fair <gus inn> probably meant that the win was due more to Svidler's inaccuracies, than to Carlsen's brilliancies.
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