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Magnus Carlsen vs Nigel Short
"French Toast" (game of the day Dec-16-2010)
London Chess Classic (2010), London ENG, rd 7, Dec-15
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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Dec-15-10  ChessYouGood: Nøgne Ø, Ægir Bryggeri and Haandbryggeriet are three Norwegian brewers. See for a list of the best 25 Norwegian beers. Magnus and other Norwegian 20 year olds can buy some and drink some now.
Dec-15-10  apexin: Good game by Magnus.
Dec-16-10  lionel15: well played Magnus Carlson
Dec-16-10  Oceanlake: 7... Bxf6 feels better
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I still don't get it; what do GMs and Super-GMs see in 3...dxe4? "Oh, delightful! I get defend a tedious position with no counterplay for 50 moves with hopes for nothing more than a draw at the end!" If that's how they think, then I *never* "Thought like a Grandmaster."
Dec-16-10  jaguarz: 22.e5??? worst move
Dec-16-10  mike1: Jaguarz: ok, 22nd... e5 and black misses a pawn... but what would you play?
Dec-16-10  Llawdogg: This kid is really good.
Dec-16-10  Dupin: <this kid is pretty good. Can he drink beer yet?>

Yes, here in Norway he has been able to drink beer for two years now.

Dec-16-10  Dupin: <dcarlisle: this kid is pretty good. Can he drink beer yet? No , he is only 20 years old.>

Wrong, he can drink beer in Norway. He has been able to for two years now. The limit is 18 here.

Dec-16-10  Eyal: In the position after 22.Kf2 White can win a pawn in a few moves anyway, since Black can't hold b7 for long. For example, there's the idea of c3-Nxc8 (c3 is so that the rook doesn't attack c2 after this exchange)-Rd7. Trying to bring the king to the centre with 22...Kf8 doesn't work because of 23.Bb5! (threatening Bd7!) and the king has to go back to g8. Relatively best, perhaps, was 22...f6 23.c3 Kf7, and in case of 24.Bf3 followed by Nxc8 & Bxb7 Black might have chances of saving the endgame because of the bishops of opposite color. Btw, note that another attempt for "activity" with 22...Bc5 is refuted immediately by 23.Rd8+.
Dec-16-10  patzerboy: Quite a comeback in this tournament from an almost disastrous start to win it. Bravo!
Dec-16-10  JonathanJ: <Dupin: Wrong, he can drink beer in Norway. He has been able to for two years now. The limit is 18 here.>

actually, you can drink beer as a 5 year old. you're just not allowed to.

Dec-16-10  Dupin: <actually, you can drink beer as a 5 year old. you're just not allowed to.>


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  kevin86: Breakaway! The pawn will queen.
Dec-16-10  jakaiden: LOL French Toast!!! I can't stop laughing!
Dec-16-10  WhiteRook48: french toast...
Dec-16-10  Ezzy: M Carlsen (2802) - N Short (2680) [C10]
London Chess Classic London ENG (7), 15.12.2010

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Be7 6.Bc4 Ngf6 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.0–0 0–0 9.Ne5 c5 10.dxc5 Qxd1< Black is in big trouble after this. He just can't get developed.> 11.Rxd1 Bxc5 12.Be2< Novelty. 12 c3 and 12 Bg5 have been played before. 12 Be2 is another way of slowing down black's development of his c8 bishop. Black can't play 12...b6 13...Bb7 because - 12...b6 13 Bf3 Rb8 14 Nc6. >12...Ne4 13.Nd3 Be7 14.Be3 h6< Not a good opening for black so far. He's still having trouble developing.> 15.a4 a5 16.g3 Rd8 17.Ne5< With idea's of 18 Bh5 >17...Nf6 18.Nc4 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Nd5 20.Nb6 Nxe3< [20...Nxb6 21.Bxb6 And Nigel's French bishop still can't get developed. The opening has gone completely wrong.] >21.fxe3 Rb8 22.Kf2 e5< Black at last tries to free his c8 bishop, but it tiurns into an even worse disaster.> 23.Rd5 Be6 24.Rxa5 Rd8< No way is this rook going to d2> 25.Bd3 Bf6 26.e4 Rd4 <Desparation .Nigel wants this rook on b4, but it's much too slow> 27.Rb5< [27.Ra7 Is also crushing.] >27...g6< black's completely tied down with nothing to do>. 28.a5 Kg7 29.Ke2 Bg4+ 30.Kf2 Be6 31.Kf3 h5 32.Nd5 Bd8 33.b4< Not 33 Rxb7?? Rxd5 34 exd5 Bxd5+ picking up the rook on b7> 33...Bc8 34.Ke2 Bg4+ 35.Ke1 f5 36.Rxb7+ Kh6 37.Ne3< [37.a6 fxe4 38.Be2 Be6 39.a7 Is another way to win. And probably another 100 ways :-)> 37...Bf3 38.a6 fxe4 39.Be2 Bg5 40.a7 1–0

A disaster in this game and the whole tournament for Nigel. It was simply about development. Black couldn't develop his c8 bishop, which meant he couldn't connect rooks, and he was completely annihlated and tied in knots.

Lethal by the world number 1!

French toast - Great pun :-)

Nigel wins the best commentator prize though. - Head and heels above the rest!

Dec-16-10  chessmartialartist: @jaikaden I have been laughing for two hours since i saw that title. If I cant stop my laughter within the next hour i think i will need to see a doctor.
Dec-17-10  Eyal: After 22.Kf2, a line given by Dennis Monokroussos on his blog that might be even better for White than what I suggested earlier (and demonstrates how difficult Black's position is when he gives up the pawn with 22...e5): 22...f6 23.Rd4! e5 [forced - otherwise 24.Rc4 wins a piece] 24.Rd5 Bf5 25.Bd3 [better than 25.c3 Rd8 26.Rxa5 Rd2] 25...Bxd3 26.cxd3 Rd8 [or 26...Bb4 27.Rb5 and 28.Nd5; 26...Bd8 27.Nc4 b6 28.Rd7 followed by Nd6 and Black is utterly passive] 27.Rxa5 Rxd3 28.Rb5 followed by Nd5.
Dec-29-10  Johnny O: Short (2680) played a 2411 tournament on his home court. It appears that he will fall out of the top 60 in FIDE's December ratings. In my personal opinion sub 2700 (live ratings last update 12/23/10) players such as Efimenko are stronger than him.
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Dec-31-10  takchess: Bravo Kingscrusher! Nice video annotation and discussion of chess ideas. Great thing to watch while drinking a cup of coffee.


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  whiteshark: Lå i viking til Storbritannien!
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  PawnSac: < Ezzy: M Carlsen (2802) - N Short (2680) [C10] London Chess Classic London ENG (7), 15.12.2010

Lethal by the world number 1!

French toast - Great pun :-) >

technically speaking, at the time this game was played Magnus was world #2, not #1 !

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