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Magnus Carlsen vs Etienne Bacrot
"Norwegian Would" (game of the day Mar-13-2012)
Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010), Nanjing CHN, rd 1, Oct-20
Scotch Game: Potter Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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  Check It Out: 9.Bh4 is the first unique move in the chessgames database. Rublevsky played 9.h4 against Anand and this is what happened to him: Rublevsky vs Anand, 2004

I think Carlsen was still with Kasparov at this point so I wonder how deep the analysis went in this game. It could have been engineered through the beautiful 26.Ne4if not further. If 26Qxe4 27.Qxh6+ Qh7 28.Qxf6+ and it's lights out for black.

27Kg7 is a poor move that allows the powerful pin/attack 28.Qd7. And as so often happens one mistake is followed by another, and 28Kf7 allows the spectacular 29.Ng5!

I love moves that put a piece in the one spot that seems most guarded by the opponent.

The practically forced sequence, 29fxg5 30.Rf3+ Kg8 31.Qxe6+ Kh8 32.Rf7 wins white the black queen for rook bishop, but the queen is deep in enemy territory and the black king is completely exposed. After a few more moves black sees the writing on the wall and resigns.

It's hard to say where black went wrong in this game, but after Carlsen cracked the center open with 17.e5 he held the initiative to the end.

Not a spectacular game, but Carlsen moved the game towards a seemingly inevitable conclusion with a certain ease that is amazing.

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Mar-13-12  Oxnard: Dreadful pun
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  HeMateMe: Nice pun, some of the best stuff is the simplest stuff, right under your nose.

Hey, all you need is Lute(fisk)!

Mar-13-12  gtgloner: Does anyone like "Norwegian Woodpusher"?
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  Penguincw: Just like how Carlsen always wins. Puts pressure, and gives him every reason to go wrong.
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  WannaBe: Just saw the pun, bad, bad, bad... =)
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  kevin86: White has a slight material advantage,but also,black has no good moves!
Mar-13-12  LoveThatJoker: Norwegian Would (This Bacrot Has Flown)


Mar-13-12  Memethecat: Carlson toying with a low ranked (ELO 2716) patzer.
Mar-13-12  goodevans: <kevin86: White has a slight material advantage,but also,black has no good moves!>

... and when the P gets to f6 it will be curtains!

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  HeMateMe: I...once saw a GIRI,
Or should I say,
He ONCE saw me..../

He...tried to push wood/
Isn't it good/
Norwegian Wood.

Mar-15-12  hellopolgar: typical Carlsen game: he creates little problems that aren't life-threatening for his opponent to solve. as a result his opponent makes consecutive inferior/passive moves. all of a sudden it looks hopeless for his opponent.
Mar-15-12  awz16: I don't have much insight into elite level etiquette so i'm wondering why Bacrot doesn't resign immediately after 32.Rf7 or even 35.g3
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  fredthebear: <Eggman: So, I lit the fire Isn't it good ...
<<consul: I didn't understand the pun>> "Norwegian Wood" is a Beatles song; Carlsen is Norwegian.>

Mar-10-19  sakredkow: 14. Qc2, which I would never have considered, is amazing, the beginning of a maneuver putting white clearly on top. White plays Qc2 to occupy c4 with his wsb on c4. White cranks up the pressure with 16. Rhe1, more or less forcing black to accept a busted up kingside after 19. Bxf6 gxf6. I'll bet Carlsen saw at least up to 20. Re2 while he was thinking about the Qc2 move.
Apr-13-19  Tietie007: Nice attack !
Oct-17-19  wtpy: Saw 28 Qd7 generated a lot of threats, but after Kf7 would have gone with 29 Nf6 which looks like it also wins.
Oct-17-19  boringplayer: I got it wrong. Tried 29. Nf6, but missed the important point that Black isn't obliged to take. Back to the drawing board..
Oct-17-19  Walter Glattke: I would answer the recommanded 28.-Kg8!? 29.Qxe6+ Kf8 with 30.Nxf6 instead of 30.Ng3 / 30.Nxf6 Bxf6 31.Qxf6+ Qf7 32.Qxf7+ Kxf7 33.Rxh6 4P
Oct-17-19  GraberChess: How is there anything against 28. Kh8.
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  OhioChessFan: <GC>, 28...Kh8 29. Qxe6, and the f-Pawn will also fall soon.
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  patzer2: Found 28. Qd7! which is the first move in the combination solving today's Thursday puzzle.

However, after 28...Kg7 I missed the two strongest follow-up possibilities:

1. The computer's 29. Nxf6! +- (+6.11 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10)

2. Carlsen's 29. Ng5+! +- (+5.72 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, I went for 29. Nc5 which appears to win with much difficulty after 29. Nc5 Qf5 30. Nxb7 +- (+1.82 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10).

P.S.: Black's game took a turn for the worse with 14...Bd7?, allowing Carlsen's 15. Bc4 ± (+1.30 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 10) or the computer's 15. Kb1 +- (+1.55 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, 14...c6 15. Bc4 Qe7 16. Rhe1 Be6 = (+0.07 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10) would've held the game level.

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  agb2002: White has a knight for a bishop.

Black is about to play Rd8.

The pawns on c7 and e6 and the bishop are defenseless. This suggests 28.Qd7:

A) 28... Qxe4 29.Qxe7+

A.1) 29... Kg6 30.Rg3+

A.1.a) 30... Kf5 31.Qh7+ Kf4 (31... Ke5 32.Re3 wins decisive material) 32.Rg4+ wins decisive material.

A.1.b) 30... Kh5 31.Qf7+ Kh4 32.Qxf6+ Kh5 33.Rh3+ and mate next.

A.2) 29... Kg8 30.Rg3+ and mate in two.

A.3) 29... Kh8 30.Qxf6+ and mate in two.

B) 28... Kf7 29.Ng5+ fxg5 (else lose the queen) 30.Rf3+

B.1) 30... Kg6 31.Qd3+ Kg7 32.Rf7+ wins decisive material.

B.2) 30... Kg8 31.Qxe6+ Kh8 (31... Kg7 32.Rf7+ + -) 32.Rf7 Qxf7 (32... Q(d3)g8 33.Qe5+ and mate in two) 33.Qxf7 wins decisive material.

C) 28... Kf8 29.Ng5 (29.Qxe6 and 29.Nxf6 are also surely winning)

C.1) 29... fxg5 30.Rf3+ as above.

C.2) 29... Qg7 30.Nxe6+ wins.

C.3) 29... Qg8 30.Nxe6+ Kf7 31.Nxc7 Rd8 32.Qe6+ Kf8 (32... Kg7 33.Rg3+ wins) 33.Qf5 with two extra pawns and the double threat Ne6+ and Rxh6.

C.4) 29... Qg6 30.Nxe6+ Kf7 31.Rg3 wins decisive material.

C.5) 29... Qf5 30.Nxe6+ Kf7 (30... Kg8 31. Qxe7 wins) 31. Nd8+ Kg6 32.Rg3+ wins decisive material.

C.6) 29... Qh8 30.Nxe6+ Kf7 31.Nxc7 looks similar to C.3.

Oct-17-19  TheaN: I wasted an exceptional amount of time on 28.Nxf6, which would be the common magnet type move on a Thursday, but this simply doesn't work (all Black pieces are well placed in that scenario to defend against the attack).

Thus, bring in more pieces first: typically she's the front runner of the attack, but White's queen comes in last this time: <28.Qd7> threatening both Be7 and Pe6.

Just surrendering the piece (with any other move than done here) is pointless, whereas 28....Qxe4 fails due to the mating net after 29.Qxe7+ with either Rg3+ or Rxh6+.

Surrendering the pawn is not much better but perhaps more sturdy then the 'main line', after for example Kg8 or Kh8, 29.Qxe6 +- and Black has not improved much.

So, defending both: <28....Kf7>. Of course this makes my initial move much stronger, because now the main defender's pinned: <29.Nxf6!>. Black doesn't have much against 30.Rf3 and will eventually have to give up Q:R+N. Stockfish does this immediately with 29....Qf5 30.Rf3 Qxf3 +-.

If Black does try to hold on to material <29....Kxf6 30.Rf3+> he'll run into worse: 30....Ke5? 31.Re3+ Kf6 (Kf5 32.Qxe6+ Kg5 33.Rg3+ and mate) 32.Rxe6 +- and pain. 30....Kg6? 31.Qxe6+ Kg7 (Kh5 is mate fast) 32.Rf7+ +-. Lastly, 30....Kg5?! 31.Qxe6! +- and the attack still comes through. So here, Black has a final chance to damage control with 30....Qf5 +-, but is obviously still lost.

I'm interested to see whether 29.Nxf6! or 29.Ng5+! matters in the long run. They both win, so I'll credit this for myself.

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