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Magnus Carlsen vs Ivan Sokolov
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-18
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-13  DcGentle: Hou has the quality against Giri, but whether she can win, is doubtful.
Jan-18-13  Caissanist: Whenever I see Giri walk by on the live feed, it looks to me like he thinks he's lost.
Jan-18-13  haydn20: In Hou's game, she can play 47...Qc6 forcing the Q exchange. The RPPP vs NPPP looks winning for her, but certainly not won.
Jan-18-13  Caissanist: <Anand is yet to face Van Wely, Sokolov, 'El Ami, and Hou, all of whom are having a difficult tournament. >

True, but Carlsen still has games against van Wely, L'Ami and Hou as well.

Jan-18-13  queenfortwopawns: <Cais> True, they both have a good chance.
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  beenthere240: I think Carlsen has already trounced VW.
Jan-18-13  haydn20: < hms123: <chancho> <46...Bd8> User: oops> Oops indeed: 46. Bf5+ wins almost instantly, while 46. Nd5?! may let Black off the hook with 46...Qc6!
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  chancho: <haydn20> If 46...Qc6 47.Qh8 looks ok, no?
Jan-18-13  haydn20: <chancho: <haydn20> If 46...Qc6 47.Qh8 looks ok, no? > I only tried 47. Nxc7. After 46...Qc6 there seems to be a possibility of N vs N where White can't progress because of his bad gP's. In any case 46...Qc6 leaves him breathing, while 46...Bd8 is disaster.
Jan-18-13  Ezzy: Carlsen,Magnus (2861) - Sokolov,Ivan (2667)
75th Tata Steel Chess Group A Wijk aan Zee (6), 18.01.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7 7.d3 Bc5 8.a4 0–0 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 d6 11.c3 Qe7N <11...g5 has been played before.> 12.Na3 Na5 13.Bc2 <Threatening 14 b4 winning a piece.> 13...b4 14.Nb1 g5 15.Bg3 Nh5 16.Nbd2 Ba7 17.Re1 bxc3 18.bxc3< Black now has to watch out for 19 Nxe5 Nxg3 20 Ng4 and white retrieves the knight due to the Nxh6+ threat.> 18...Nxg3 19.hxg3 Qf6 <Threatening 20...g4 with a serious attack on the f2 pawn by the queen and bishop.>. 20.Qe2 Rfb8 21.Rab1 Bc8 22.Nf1 Rxb1 23.Rxb1 Rb8 24.Rxb8 Bxb8 25.Ne3 Ba7 26.d4 g4?! <Allowing white the Nh4 - Nf5 manouevre gives white the edge. [26...Kf8 27.Nd5 Qd8 28.dxe5 dxe5 29.Nxe5 Qd6! 30.Ng4 Qxg3 31.Nxh6 c6 32.Ne3 Bxe3 33.Qxe3 Qxe3 34.fxe3 Nc4 35.Kf2 Kg7 36.Nf5+ Kf6 should be a draw.]> 27.Nd5 Qd8 28.Nh4 c6 29.Ne3 h5 30.Nhf5 <Threatening 31 Nxg4 hxg4 32 Qxg4+ Kf8 33 Qg7+ Ke8 34 Qg8+ Kd7 35 Qxf7+ and mates.> 30...Qf6 31.Qd3 Bb6 32.Bb1< Typical Carlsen probing for the initiative, hoping to cause problems with a possible Bc4 attacking blacks queenside pawns.> 32...Kf8 33.Ba2< With the idea 34 Bc4 Nxc4 35 Qxc4 winning a pawn (35...Bb7?? 36 Qb4 wins a piece) >33...Bc7!< Now 34 Bc4 is not possible in trying to win a pawn on a6 or c6.> 34.Qb1< [34.Bc4 d5 35.Bxa6?? dxe4 Winning a piece.]> 34...Ke8 35.Qb4 d5?< It's understandable that black wants to open up the position for his bishops, BUT Carlsen's pieces are better placed and now is building on his advantage.> 36.Bb1 exd4 37.cxd4 dxe4 38.Bxe4 Be6 39.Qc5 <Threatening 40 Bxc6+ Ke8 (40...Bd7 41 Nd5 ) 41 Qf8 Mate >39...Kd7 40.d5 cxd5 41.Nxd5 Bxd5 42.Qxd5+ Kc8 43.Ne3< Threatening 44 Qa8+ Kd7 45 Bf5+ Kd6 46 Qd5+ Ke7 47 Qd7+ Kf8 48 Qxc7> 43...Qa1+ 44.Kh2 Qxa4 45.Qa8+ Kd7 46.Nd5 Bd8?? <Allows a quick finish [46...Qc6 47.Qh8 Qe6 48.Nf6+ Kd6 49.Bd5 Qe7 50.Qh6 Kc5 51.Ba2 Kb5 52.Qxh5+ Qe5 53.Qxf7 With black's king so exposed Carlsen will win this.]> 47.Bf5+ Ke8 48.Qc8< With 49 Bd7+ on the way 49...Qxd7 50 Nf6+> 1–0

There's just so much to admire in Carlsen's games. Again he opts for positions that give black early equality, and then patiently organises his pieces, while like a predator sitting in waiting for the slightest positional mistake. 26...g4?! was the opportunity for Carlsen to swing his knight round to the strong f5 square, and then the squeeze was on until Sokolov cracked.

His strategic planning and creativity is a pleasure to watch. This young man just makes you want to be a fan. Geez, next I'll be putting Carlsen posters on my wall :-)

Jan-18-13  sami sherriff: Sokolov is a Great player , but the age make troubles..good luck the veteran !!!!
Jan-18-13  Eyal: Both Carlsen in his short post-game interview ( and Alejandro Ramirez in his comments for chessbase pointed to the double exchange of rooks initiated by Sokolov as a strategic mistake. <At some point after the rooks came off Black was saddled with weaknesses on the kingside and a relatively useless bishop on a7. Not a good combination> ( Note that after 24...Bxb8, Black doesn't get the chance to exchange his DSB for the white knight when the latter comes to e3.
Jan-18-13  Ulhumbrus: One useful point which emerges about the move ...g5 is that even if Black gains the bishop pair White can regain it by playing a knight to f5 eg after 22...h5 ( instead of 22...Rxb1) 23 Ne3 c6 24 d4 h4 25 gh gh 26 Nf5
Jan-18-13  Hesam7: After 15...Nh5,

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Black is simply better. Now the question is where exactly did he go wrong? Maybe 16 Nbd2 Ng3 17 hg3 Qf6 18 Nb3 Nb3 19 Bb3 Rab8:

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is a better try.

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  WannaBe: ¿Qué es un Ruy? Sólo se reconocen Apertura españoles aquí
Jan-18-13  Hesam7: As Carlsen himself says he did not play the end accurately. His mistake was 46 Nd5?, instead 46 Bf5! would have won by force:

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<A> 46...Kd6? 47 Qf8, and Black loses his Queen after both legal moves: 47...Kc6 48 Qe8; 47...Ke5 48 Qe7 Kd4 49 Qe4.

<B> 46...Kc6 47 Qa7 Kc6 (defending the Bishop with the Queen does not work: 47...Qc6? 48 Nd5) 48 Qa6 Kc5 (48...Ke7 49 Nd5 is mate in 5; 48...Ke5 49 Qh6 Qc6 50 Qf4 Kf6 51 Qd4 also wins easily) 49 Qf6

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In the end Carlsen's mistake did not matter since instead of exploiting it with 46...Qc6! Sokolov blundered with 46...Bd8??.

Jan-19-13  LoveThatJoker: <48. ?> "White to play" would make for a good Tuesday puzzle.


Jan-19-13  Eyal: Here's what Carlsen himself says in his blog about the opening: <We played a quiet line in the Ruy Lopez when I made the strategic mistake [12]Na3? He found the right continuation Na5 and to maintain any winning chances I simply had to accept a slightly worse position after [13]Bc2 b4 forcing the knight back to b1. [14.Nc2 is now impossible and Nc4 isn't good because of the knight exchange]> ( As in the post-game interview that I mentioned in my previous post, he points to the exchange of both rooks as the point where Sokolov's position really started to deteriorate.
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  kingscrusher: Video soon on this but I think the Opening is the Archangelisk defence.

From Wiki:

" Arkhangelsk Defence
The Arkhangelsk Defence (or Archangel Defence) (ECO C78) was invented by Soviet theoreticians in the city of Arkhangelsk. The variation begins 3...a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7. This line often leads to sharp positions in which Black hopes that the fianchettoed bishop's influence on the center and kingside will offset Black's delay in castling. White has several options, including attempting to build an ideal pawn centre with c3 and d4, defending the e-pawn with Re1 or simply developing. The Arkhangelsk Defence is tactically justified by Black's ability to meet 7.Ng5 with 7...d5 8.exd5 Nd4! (not 8...Nxd5, when White gets the advantage with 9.Qh5 g6 10.Qf3). "

Jan-19-13  Prosperus: 48. ... Qc6? 49. Bd7+ Kf8 (49. ... Qxd7? 50. Nf6+) 50. Qxd8+
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  kingscrusher: Video annotation hot off the press!

Jan-19-13  Ulhumbrus: <Hesam7: After 15...Nh5,

Black is simply better. Now the question is where exactly did he go wrong?> The move 16 Nbd2 prevents the pawn sacrifice 16...b3. This suggests 15...b3 instead of 15...Nh5

Oct-26-14  joddon: the whole point is magnus no matter what calculates 6 moves ahead, and no ifs ands or butts about this.....moving moves from 19 - 26 he plays his queen on f6 then goes on to exchange his rooks on b8, then immediately attacking g pawn forward to g4 while his queen is back at home on d8.WARNING is anyone who plays like this is very aware of his positions...GM less then him and all other players will seem to start guessing any spot for pieces.....the GREAT MAGNUS NEVER GUESSES.... that is my point.
Jul-17-15  whiteshark: They've played before, but the game is missing in the database:

Playing with the 14 year-old Magnus at the <Hoogeveen Essent in 2004> (the game ended in a draw)... photo:


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  avtaplanit: What about 28. Qe3 threatening Qxh6 and NF6 checkmate?
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