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Dragan Solak vs Magnus Carlsen
Baku Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 7, Sep-09
Modern Defense: Two Knights Variation (B06)  ·  0-1



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Sep-09-16  Marmot PFL: Must have been extreme time pressure at the end.
Sep-09-16  beenthere240: I bet white took his time with 26. Nc5. He might have taken a bit longer. ;-)
Sep-09-16  beenthere240: According to Solak's biography on CG, he was born in 2012, so this is a pretty impressive game for a 4-year old.
Sep-09-16  Chesstorian72: <patzerbeenthere240> no it says he was born in 1980.
Sep-09-16  beenthere240: Turkish champion in 2012, then. Terrible game for a 36-year old.
Sep-09-16  Kimberlie: I love this game, but I'm a lousy player. This time however I think I could have lost this game just as well as Mr. Solak. Maybe I should be at the Olympics.
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  Sokrates: After 26.Nc5 it was downhill all the way for white. But it can be very intimidating to play the champ, so let's not be too hard on Mr Solak.
Sep-09-16  kamagong24: 11. P-QR4 was a prelude to white's demise
Sep-10-16  Ulhumbrus: Can one suggest the cause of White's defeat?

When Carlsen attacks White's centre by the moves ...e6 and ...c6 White gets into trouble instead of Black because of White's backward development, in particular his knight undeveloped to b1.

White has played Nb1 in reply to ...b4 and not to e2 because that loses the e4 pawn.

Thus the move a4 has induced ...b4 in a position where the white knight can't go to e2 in reply. With White's centre defended better Ne2 would be possible.

This suggests that White can't afford to attack on the wing by a4 until his centre is first defended better eg by 11 Qd3.

Sep-10-16  geigermuller: How did Carlsen pick Qe1# vs. Qh2# at the end? That is a tough decision.
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  thegoodanarchist: < geigermuller: How did Carlsen pick Qe1# vs. Qh2# at the end? That is a tough decision.>

I know! I would have instinctively played Qh2#. I just don't think about chess the same way as a world champion does. sigh....

Sep-10-16  bumpmobile: <How did Carlsen pick Qe1# vs. Qh2# at the end? That is a tough decision.> Taking the rook ensures that he doesn't get to play the killer Re8! next move :)
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  thegoodanarchist: <bumpmobile:>

Awesome avatar!!!!

Sep-11-16  crwynn: 26.nc5 looks silly as the pin will clearly be fatal, but the only alternative is 26.qd1, and 26...red8 27.nd4 be4 28.rc1 nc6 looks like another pin-and-win to me. I think he figured either move is bad, & preferred to cough up a piece in a slightly less passive manner.
Sep-11-16  Sleeping kitten: I surmise that when White played 11.a4 b4 12.♘a2, he hoped to later move his knight to b3 via c1, in order to press the a5 pawn, as in the game Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960. This idea proved slow and ineffective against direct threats in the center.
Sep-12-16  ajile:

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