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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) (rapid), Monaco MNC, rd 1, Mar-12
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0

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Mar-13-11  Kazzak: We'll never know what motivates players, but I think Naka had an unfortunate start here. He had chances in the blindfold game, and failed to capitalize, and then he took an opening gamble in the rapid that Magnus could take to the cashier's window shortl afterwards.

I think Bartonlaus is on to something, Nakamura is sometimes weighted down by the chips he's shouldering. But this was just round one.

Looking forward to today's Carlsen-Gashimov.

Mar-13-11  pulsar: < bartonlaos: I think Nakamura is more vulnerable when he thinks he's not.

Mar-12-11
Penguincw: So if he thinks he is vulnerable,he's not really vulnerable?>

GM Fabiano Caruana had put it rather nicely in one of his interviews:

Who do you consider the most dangerous opponent in the event?

<The opponent that I consider the least dangerous would be the most dangerous.>

But perhaps Nakamura didn't consider Carlsen least dangerous but only wanted to try for a win. He took much risk and lost, but it could have paid off, too.

Mar-13-11  Hesam7: It seems White's cleanest way to a win was 20. Rfd1


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which liquidates to a won endgame for White:

[1] 20. ... Qxh2+ 21. Kf1 Qh1+ 22. Ke2 Qh5+ 23. g4 Qxg6 24. Nxg6+ Kg8 25. Nxh8 Kxh8 26. Rc7!

[2] 20. ... Qxg6 21. Nxg6 Kg8 22. Nxh8 Kxh8 23. d5! exd5 24. Rxd5

In both cases White is winning easily. Granted Black wins a pawn in the first line but that comes at the cost of centralizing the White king.

Mar-14-11  notyetagm: <jmboutiere: With a positional bishop sacrifice and an exchange sacrifice, I think this game has a nice place in the chess theory of attacking an uncastled king.>

I thought this game should have won the Brilliancy Prize for the first round.

Mar-14-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Magnus Carlsen Best Games
Mar-14-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: VISUALIZE! VISUALIZE! VISUALIZE! VISUALIZE!

Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 27 Rc1xBc6! Magnus visualizes the e3-queen on e4-pinning square

Mar-14-11  ajile: 3 pawns for the piece plus a vicious attack. Well worth it especially in a rapid game.
Mar-14-11  sevenseaman: The B sac for 2 Ps and a thundering attack. Too much for a surprised Naka to handle from my favorite future WC.
Mar-15-11  bedzokmoves: What if 20.... B6?
Mar-15-11
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  tamar: <bedzokmoves: What if 20.... B6?>

21 Rc7 is the crusher.

Mar-15-11  ZIgurat: I assume that after the Wijk aan Zee knockout and this loss Nakamura now has full respect for Carlsen's attacking prowess. Having said that I expect he will be far more wary in the future and raise his wining chances considerably.
Mar-15-11  rogge: <I expect he will be far more wary in the future and raise his wining chances considerably> Else he'd raise his whining chances.
Mar-25-11  okba12: i dont think Magnus is so over his oponents but he"s mutch more brave -huge testicles he gots!!!-tow sacrifications herein this game- speciallyrook exchange 27.
Mar-25-11  ajile: <sevenseaman: The B sac for 2 Ps and a thundering attack. Too much for a surprised Naka to handle from my favorite future WC.>

Are my eyes messed up? I see 3 pawns for the bishop.

Mar-28-11  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011
Apr-02-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: VISUALIZE THE FORKING PIECE ON TACTICAL BASE!
Apr-02-11  notyetagm: <EPHIPHANY>

Carlsen is so, so good with his queen because he is *contantly* <VISUALIZING> <DOUBLE> <ATTACKS> with her by <VISUALIZING> her occupation of various <TACTICAL BASES>!

Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2007
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011

Jun-28-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: TACTICAL TARGET DETERMINES TACTICAL BASE-DD,DDD
Aug-13-11  notyetagm: 27 ♖c1x♗c6!!, 28 ♕e3-e4!

Outstanding tactical play by Magnus Carlsen.

Aug-13-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: SQUARE CAN BE A TACTICAL TARGET

Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 28 Qe3-e4! attacks c6-forking sq, forms pinning chain on b1-h7

Oct-31-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: CARLSEN CHAIN! CARLSEN CHAIN! CARLSEN CHAIN!

Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 28 Qe3-e4! attacks pinning chain with undef h7-queen, c6-base

Jan-17-12  Garech: Wow; hadn't seen this one before. Great game from Carlsen.

-Garech

Nov-30-12  notyetagm: <Garech: Wow; hadn't seen this one before. Great game from Carlsen. -Garech>

One of my favorite Carlsen games, a tour de force.

Nov-30-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: MAGNUS CARLSEN'S BEST GAMES
Dec-01-12  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011

<Garech: Wow; hadn't seen this one before. Great game from Carlsen.

-Garech>

Carlsen's tactical sequence 27 ♖c1x♗c6!! b7x♖c6 28 ♕e3-e4! is just mind-boggling.

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