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Magnus Carlsen vs Jostein Thorsen
NOR Championship Group Miniputt (2000), Asker NOR, rd 2, Jul-10
Queen's Gambit Accepted: General (D20)  ·  1-0

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Jan-18-17  lentil: 12. Re1, anticipating ... Qc7, 13. d6: Ka-pow! Remember that W is 9 or 10 years old!
Apr-26-20  Jimmy8888888888: 9 years old nice!
Jul-08-21
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  fredthebear: A Balestra Mate w/the bishop. Some would say it's Boden's Mate w/a queen. Brief explanation: https://chessfox.com/balestra-mate/....

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan gives all kinds of examples of Balestra Mate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T13...

Dec-31-21
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  Art2000F: 7.Nxe5 ~ Black's knight has now consumed two tempi ... where it's job is now to defend the pawn on c4 ... Carlsen blows this idea up by exchanging knights and capturing the hung pawn with 8.Bxc4 ... this gives a dominant center to Carlsen as White right out of the opening. Carlsen is now even in material but up two tempi and has a better position.
Dec-31-21
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  Art2000F: Carlsen shows aggressive tactics at the early age of ten. Black brings out his Knight to attack White's center pawn on e4 with 10...Nf6. Carlsen could defend his e4 pawn but instead chooses 11.e5 to attack Black's Knight ... relieving pressure on White's hanging King pawn and establishing a dominant center that not only also occupies more territory but also puts pressure on Black's King side ... which is now vulnerable ... especially on the dark diagonals.
Dec-31-21
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  Art2000F: After 12...Qe7 ... attacking White's e5 pawn, Carlsen does the math and attacks Black's Queen with 13.d6! Again turning to the offensive when faced with a threat. White also opens up the light squared diagonal for his Bishop, with a direct bead on f7.
Dec-31-21
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  Art2000F: 14.e6 attacks Black's fleeing Queen once again with a well defended pawn ... the math is in White's favor ... material is even but White leads in tempi, territory, position, and attacking opportunities on both light and dark diagonals.
Dec-31-21
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  Art2000F: Black blunders with 14...fxe6?? ... leaving the Knight on g4 hanging, which White happily takes with 15.Qxg4 ... putting more pressure on the now doubled pawn on e6 and further locking in Black's Queen side pieces, which are effectively out of the game.
Dec-31-21
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  Art2000F: Overall ~ Carlsen demonstrates the value of capturing the center and attacking with pawns, all with proper support from developed pieces ...

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