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Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana
Norway Chess (Blitz) (2014) (blitz), Hidle NOR, rd 6, Jun-02
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  1-0



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Jun-03-14  AnMN7: Caruana outplayed comprehensively though that was a rookie error from a super GM
Jun-03-14  kelu: "Rookie error picture show"
Jun-03-14  The Last Straw: Oops.
Jun-03-14  Whitehat1963: The ridiculous time control makes these sorts of blunders inevitable.
Jun-03-14  Mudphudder: Why is it ridiculous? It's blitz. If they were down to the last 60 seconds I can imagine these sorts of erros would abound. But at 11-moves deep I somehow doubt that this was a time crunch kind of error. Just a mere rare amateur move by a GM.
Jun-03-14  Whitehat1963: Don't you think that the super sped-up play has an effect right from the beginning? It's not like they're ever analyzing in great detail. They're playing almost on instinct. Of course they'll make mistakes, and sometimes quite early in the game.
Jun-03-14  sorokahdeen: I don't see that Caruana is really that much to be blamed. Even world-class GMs have a bad day now and again, and they've blundered pieces in the openings and lost miniatures just like everyone else.

You could more likely than not, chalk this up to mechanical thinking: to thinking, "Okay, time to castle and get my king out of there, rather than thinking, "oh, better play Nc4 or nc7 to squash the one-move threat."

I feel kinda sorry for the guy...

Jun-03-14  SirRuthless: Three things. First of all this blitz event wasn't rated. Secondly, Fab had done poorly in the games prior to this and had already pretty much eliminated himself from the top 4 or 5 spots so the result didn't matter just in terms of trying to get a favorable color schedule. Third, Fabiano is not a prolific blitzer and I doubt he cares much at all. He is one of the , dare I say best, rapid players in the world. Blitz is not and has never been his wheelhouse. The result was anomalous. Funny, but nothing more than a fluke.
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  Sally Simpson: I give up on this site.

You send them corrections for the errors in the their database like they ask you to.

Months pass and nothing happens.

Yet they post this trash (a stupid blitz game) a day after it was played.

"I feel kinda sorry for the guy..."

He lost a pointless game of blitz chess, he did not lose a leg.

Jun-03-14  RookFile: Nothing to see here, just a game of blitz.
Jun-04-14  GM Melayu: Supposedly Black play 10.....Nb8, so that Carlsen's bishop cannot take that Knight at a6. That is what we call it 'blind knight'. Caruana's knight possibly slept at that time..
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  beenthere240: I have to believe that both players burst out laughing after Bxa6.
Jun-05-14  LucB: <kelu>: pretty good pun!
Jun-05-14  ajile: Ooops!


Jun-05-14  ajile: Video here with Nigel Short:

Dec-06-14  fgh: Hard to believe that this game has been played not once, but twice:

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  tpstar: <Rookie Error Picture Show> Bravo!

Check out <ajile>'s video - hilarious at the end. Well, not so much for Caruana.

Sep-04-15  SimplicityRichard: Even a super GM can fall prey to "thrashing out" moves without due consideration of a position. Caruana was caught out. Surprise by way of changing play is a most powerful strategical weapon.#
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  perfidious: <posoo: LOL Curruanus is NOT GOOD. POSOO should be in the Norway Blitz Finals!>

Oh, this miniature is 'proof' of both assertions.

You should be a comedian.

Dec-10-17  aspiringplayer: I am very much a novice at this.
Please explain (anyone)WHY/HOW this game is a "WIN" (1-0) for Carlsen when there is no Checkmate and Caruana (black) could have taken the White Bishop- b7 X a6 in move #11. Why does the game end there.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Dec-10-17  ChessHigherCat: if pawn * bishop, QxR
Dec-12-17  aspiringplayer: To: "ChessHigherCat"
Thanks for your reply and I DO see that the white Queen would take the rook in the next move and then...what? The game would just go on from there right?
What I do NOT see is why the game ended in a WIN for white(1-0 for Carlsen)in the first half of move #11. That's the explanation I was asking for.
Thanks, Aspiring Player.
Jul-04-18  lupko: To aspiringplayer: I like your philosophical question
Jul-04-18  ChessHigherCat: <Aspiringplayer> Sorry I didn't see your question earlier. After QxB, white is a whole rook up and has a crushing advantage:

1) +3.68 (20 ply) 12.Qxa8 Qc7 13.Qf3 Bb7 14.Qg3 Bd6 15.Qh3 h5 16.Nf3 Rc8 17.Bg5 Ne4 18.O-O Nxc3 19.bxc3 g6 20.Rad1 Bxf3 21.gxf3 Be5 22.Rd3 Bxc3 23.Rfd1 Be5 24.Kg2 Qxc2

Apr-19-20  MordimerChess: I think that's good example for casual players that even chess gods can blunder:
Enjoy this short game with commentary :)

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