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Magnus Carlsen vs Hao Wang
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Jan-29-11  outsider: wow. what amazing wins two days in a row!
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  beenthere240: Oh man!
Jan-29-11  fisayo123: Nice finish by carlsen. This was a terrible game by Wang Hao anyway.Almost as if he was disinterested.
Jan-29-11  patzer2: Carlsen's 24. Bxf7+!! demolition is a precisely calculated combination that makes for a quick tactical finish.

The final position is hopeless for Black, as for example in the continuation 29...Qd7 30. Rh4 b4 31. Qg6 b3 32. Rh7 Rf7 33. Qh5 gxf6 34. Rh8+ Kg7 35. Qh6#.

Jan-29-11  kingfu: Karpov wept.
Jan-29-11  lost in space: This is exactly the way I lose my games. Opening o.k, middle game somehow o.k. up to a certain point. Bang, bang, bang, lost (in space)
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  egilarne: patzer2: Is 30.Rh4 necessary? I thought of 30.Qg6 at once with the same ideas as you.
Jan-29-11  Dupin: It was rather funny to follow this game on Chessbomb, where Stockfish evaluated the last move in the game (29.Bf6) to be a weak move. It said that Qh7+ was stronger, but my Rybka, after first giving Qh7+ as the best move as well, went deeper into the position and saw that 29.Bf6 is indeed the superbly strongest move in the position. Way to go, Carlsen!
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  HeMateMe: Very instructive. You get the feeling that Carlsen played for this position 10-15 moves earlier when he blocked off the Queen side. Nice calculating!
Jan-29-11  newton296: that was well played. carlsen really shows some great postional play and tactics.

after g3! I was trying to figure out what carlsen was thinking, was such an innocuous looking move part of a great plan or just a tempo waster? turns out g3 supported h4 an h5 and created a hole at g2 for the king so carlsen could connect the rooks and barrel down the h file.

I bet hao was thinking, I thought I was the one attacking with my rook sown the h file? lol !

what a flip!

Jan-29-11  SetNoEscapeOn: Like Fischer, when Magnus has a clear plan like this there's no hope. He grasps the position very well and he <is going to> find the moves.
Jan-29-11  Orban: What if Black plays 25 ....Kg6 instead of Kg8 (26. Qg4 Kf7)? Is there a forced win for White?
Jan-29-11  geladar: It is incredible but <Dupin> is right.Engines are taking awfuly long time to spot that 29.Bf6 is stronger than Qh7!Good job from magnus and I really think that e4 serves his qualities much better than d4.
Jan-29-11  sallom89: Weird.. black had a nice open file, which indicated that the rook is well placed.. but damn how did that turn around!!
Jan-29-11  Mulyahnto: <Orban: What if Black plays 25 ....Kg6 instead of Kg8 (26. Qg4 Kf7)? Is there a forced win for White?> 25....Kg6 26. Bf6 seems like a forced win.

26....Kf7 27. Bd8+ or 26....Rxh1 27. Rxh1 threatening Qh5# also, 26....Rcg8 27. Qg4+ Kf7 28. Rxh8 if 28....Rxh8 29. Qxg7

Jan-29-11  donehung: This game should win the brilliancy prize for the the tournament. Bf6 Nice finish.
Jan-29-11  Eyal: <The Norwegian former Boy Wonder played white in an advance Caro-Kann against China’s Wang Hao (see picture), who complained afterwards that he "couldn’t focus on the game. I just felt too tired." The opening led to the kind of closed position in which white typically mounts an attack on the K-side while black looks for counter play on the other side of the board. In this game, white came first. "In fact, Wang didn’t get any counter play at all," Carlsen said. "He should have taken counter measures before I castled, playing Qb6 for instance, but he never got round to it. The resulting position with the bishops’ pair and a clear plan just favoured white."

"After he actually even closed the position with 17…c4, I got an automatic attack for free. I guess he missed my idea with 19.Bg4. I think he probably expected he could defend against my intentions along the h-file. He couldn’t." After 29.Bf6 Wang resigned in view of 29…gxf6 30.exf6 Rxf6 31.Qh8+ Kf7 32.Rh7+ Kg6 33.Qg8+ Kf5 34.Rh5+ Ke4 35.Qg4+ Kd3 36.Qd1+ Ke4 37.Qb1 mate.

Asked whether he was prepared to comment on the game for the press at a news conference, Carlsen replied he felt "that wasn’t really called for after such an easy win."> (

Jan-29-11  SufferingBruin: <Carlsen replied he felt "that wasn’t really called for after such an easy win.">

I'm not a fan of arrogance but I don't know how you can help it. In order to be the best of the best in this game, I think arrogance is a requirement.

Jan-29-11  polarmis: I don't think it's arrogance at all in this case - I watched Sergey Shipov's video round-up of the day and he said Wang Hao's extremely passive set-up is almost lost on move 10 or so. Carlsen has a simple and logical plan of attack and there's little Black can do about it. i.e. he basically said exactly what Carlsen said.
Jan-30-11  lgt: @ patzer2:

Actually, Im pretty sure Carlsen's next move (if Wang was to play 29... Qd7) would have been 30. Qg6, with the following option: 30... something (doesnt matter what, nothing helps) 31. Rh7 Rf7, 32.Qh5 game over!

Jan-31-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Magnus Carlsen Best Games
Feb-01-11  sevenseaman: 29. Bf6 is a classy move that promotes quick mate regardless of how Wang replies to it.
Feb-24-11  chesswatcher1: Truly a very nice ending move and complete game by Carlsen.
Feb-25-11  tonsillolith: Carlsen's kingside play is nice and all, but I think one of the most instructive moves is <15. a4> with the followup <16. axb4>, which allows White to temper Black's play on the queenside before going in for the kill on the kingside.
Jul-23-12  ooda: Hopefully Hao will do better in his game today with black against Carlsen in Biel. I wonder if he will try another Caro-Kann.

Also; could this be a Sunday puzzle: 24. white to move?

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