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Luke McShane vs Magnus Carlsen
"Luke, I am Your Father" (game of the day Jan-06-2011)
London Chess Classic (2010), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-08
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Two Knights Line (A37)  ·  1-0



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Jan-06-11  abstraction: Cool Hand Luke?
Jan-06-11  hedgeh0g: <oddly Carlsen himself planted a knight just as McShane did very recently. Same place, same way, same result. Not exactly sure whom it was against, but yikes talk about deja vu all over again.>

You're probably referring to Carlsen vs The World, 2010.

Jan-07-11  OneArmedScissor: < pulsar: "Oh the shark has pretty teeth dear, And he shows them pearly white
Just a jack-knife has Macheath dear
And he keeps it out of sight.">

Und der Haifisch, der hat Zähne,
Und die trägt er im Gesicht.
Und Macheath, der hat ein Messer,
Doch das Messer sieht man nicht.

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  kevin86: <JuliusDS>I meant that the ending would be almost impossible to win WITHOUT pawns. Obviously,as here,it is relatively simple to win with pawns.
Jan-07-11  benjaminpugh: After getting his hand chopped off, Luke beat Darth Vader in the final lightsabre fight, so why did the pun make anyone expect Magnus to win? Magnus coming back to win the tournament, though, is just like Anakin Skywalker showing up at the triumphant Ewok feast after the Rebels blew up the second Death Star.

In short, totally applicable pun. Well done,

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  Underworld: Thank you, benjaminpugh.
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  wordfunph: Magnus was quoted on this game..

"I knew it was a risky strategy."

Feb-16-11  SetNoEscapeOn: It's amazing how this is such a famous quote, but it was never even in the movie. Vader clearly says "No. I am your father."
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  keypusher: <SetNoEscapeOn: It's amazing how this is such a famous quote, but it was never even in the movie. Vader clearly says "No. I am your father.">

Play it again, Sam. Elementary, my dear Watson. And so on.

Feb-16-11  beenthere240: Candidly my love, I could care less.
Feb-16-11  Shams: Dr. Livingston, I'll wager.
Feb-16-11  Shams: Yo, you looking for Spartacus? (Stands up.) Well, you just found his ass, beeotch!
Feb-16-11  SetNoEscapeOn: <keypusher>

Yeah, I guess not so strange after all :)

Apr-01-11  Billy Vaughan: I prefer the pun I submitted: "Walking on Sunshine".
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  HeMateMe: I like that. I presume you're referring to MC and his OJ?
Apr-01-11  Billy Vaughan: Yeah, somehow I associate oranges with the sun. They're about the same shape and color, and oranges grow where the sun shines a lot. Also it's a slyer reference to "skywalker" and is the name of that terrific song by Katrina and the Waves.
Apr-24-11  notyetagm:
Apr-24-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES!
Sep-01-11  JuliusDS: What is the thread after Nd7? Why is black compelled to take the knight?
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  Sastre: <JuliusDS: What is the thread after Nd7? Why is black compelled to take the knight?>

White is threatening 33.Qb6 and 34.Rb8, winning the Black queen. Attempting to trade queens with 32...Qa8 doesn't work, as 33.Ra7 Qc8 34.Qb6 with the idea of 35.Ra8 wins. If 32...Be6, 33.Qb6 Bxd7 34.Bxd7 Qc1+ 35.Kg2 Rf8 36.Qe6+ Kh8 37.Qxe7 .

Sep-01-11  JuliusDS: I see, thanks.
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  Penguincw: After 39...♗xb3 40.♖xb3, white has an easy win.

Endgame Statistics:

♔♖♙♙♙♙ vs. ♔♗♙♙♙♙

The superior side (white) wins 87.4% of the time. This game, no exception.

A draw occurs approx. 6.4% of the time.

The inferior side (black) wins approx. 6.2% of the time.

Note: In the Endgame Explorer, it does not state a percent for draw nor black win.

Dec-04-11  sevenseaman: This is an exceptionally played game by Luke. He takes the 'hot seat' on move 21. Nxa4. Its a move well out of compass of ordinary thinking. Not a small risk putting his Q behind a self-created pin.

He <has> a plan that starts to unfold immediately and culminates when Carlsen feels obliged to give up his R for the N at 32...Rxd7.

The bullet has pierced the heart; its merely a matter of sweeping up the spoils, mopping up.

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  FSR: Amazing game! The force was with Luke in this game.
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  whiteshark: Here are annotations regarding the opening:
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