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Magnus Carlsen vs Gawain Jones
"You Wanna Piece of Me?" (game of the day Feb-10-2019)
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-21
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0



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  MissScarlett: <Sac de merde> as the French say. That's what Jones feels like today.
Jan-22-18  Marmot PFL: If indeed the knight sacrifice was unintended than the only explanation that makes sense is that white intended 17 h4 followed by 18 g4 and somehow inverted the move order. I do that all the time but am a patzer and besides over twice Carlsen's age, when such things occur more frequently.
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  jaime gallegos: Many lectures on this game. Great to learn what we can and cannot do playing chess. BTW the chess ratings are so inflated!
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  Richard Taylor: <MikhailGolubev: Annotated the game Carlsen-Jones for ChessBase:

Good. I thought at first Carlsen was lashing out a bit like a Tal as he sometimes seems to like to appear, and then he changes back to his more common "Capablanca or Fischer" or one of those. I think I was persauded to adopt the Maroczy Bind systems against the Sicilian after seeing some of Carlsen's games....But I analysed the Carlsen-Jones and printed it using Fritz (analysis with Komodo, the free version).

Do you also coach? There might be some on here want assistance.

Jan-22-18  BOSTER: I have another interpretation pos after 17...f4 which cut off line b3-g5. Carlson wants to play 18.Bxf4 If. exf4 19.Rxd5 cxd5 if 19...Rxe1+ Rd1+
If after 20. Bxd5+ Qxe8 and here he saw the refutation.
Jan-22-18  JustAnotherMaster: what a fun game...thx for the entertainment as always MC
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  chancho: <"Fischer is Fischer, but a knight is a knight!"

~Mikhail Tal>

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  HeMateMe: just wonderful--black is effectively playing without two pieces, the blocked in LSB and the pinned Knight. Carlsen can bring the heat.
Jan-23-18  frogbert: And a bishop means nothing ...
Jan-24-18  WorstPlayerEver: Fair trade
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  Richard Taylor: I cant see that the assertion by Rudolf that Carlsen is "never emotional" in such situations is nonsense. He would feel like anyone else. After blundering one effect is to play more fearlessly having little to lose. I suspect he was very annoyed and thinking he would lose.

IM Rudolf and some other commentator online forget that this game is not an example of Carlsen recovering where others wouldn't it is an example of a player against the World Champion probably feeling the pressure considering who he is playing.

In fact it could show that Carlsen is losing it compared to his once seeming invincibility.

Of course, as Kasparov (wittily?) says, "Luck is an essential skill for a great chess player."

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  perfidious: <keypusher....I would say a Dragon specialist is less likely to play the automatic line-closing move than a circumspect positional coward like me.>


You a coward?

I rather doubt that.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Alex,

Carlsen vs G Jones, 2018 (kibitz #58)

Carlsen admitted it was a blunder, so it was a blunder. therefore why not include it in your collection.

What is relatively surprising is that he did not blunder again. These things usually come in pairs.

A few guys at the club were saying how awful the Dragon must be if White can just give a Knight for nothing and still win.

The opening was not to blame. At the board Jones is not sure if it was meant or not. Carlsen's OTB presence will be overpowering giving no hint he has blundered. Jones (am I winning, am I this a draw?) allows his position to be become dry and tepid, Carlsen now firing on all cylinders wins.

Some of the lads refused to believe Carlsen would make such a blunder. I replied that everyone blunders. 90 minutes later I dropped a Rook in a league game and lost.

Feb-18-18  BanyCheck: Carlsen blundered and Gawain failed to win. Bad for both ;)
Feb-18-18  beenthere240: I can believe that Jones could have become convinced that Carlsen's g4 was a deep deep sacrifice. what else to expect from the WC. he then began to play very gingerly.
Mar-07-18  veerar: Early a6 and b5,are typical of the Sicilian.But Black plays as if it were the KID,while White has castled on the Q's side.e5 and f5 weaken Black's position.And d5 is supposed to be the freeing move in the Sicilian for Black.Very mysterious play by Black in this game,what with N-pin on the BQ and later on the King simultaneously!
May-02-18  The Boomerang: Carlsen goes from Patzer to Genius.....not an easy transition to handle..
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Black to move

1) -2.30 (32 ply) 20...Bb7 21.Ne4 Kh8 22.Qd6 Qxd6 23.Nxd6 Re7 24.Nxb7 Rxb7 25.Rxd5 cxd5 26.Bxd5 Rab8 27.Bxb7 Rxb7 28.c3 Rf7 29.Rh3 Rf4 30.h5 Kh7 31.Kc2 e4 32.fxe4 Rxg4 33.b4 Be5 34.hxg6+ Kxg6 35.c4 Rxe4 36.Kb3 h5 37.c5 Kg5 38.b5 Kg4 39.Rd3 Re2 40.Rd7

2) -1.14 (32 ply) 20...hxg5 21.Qxc6 Be6 22.Bxd5 Bxd5 23.Rxd5 Qb6 24.Qc4 Qe6 25.hxg5 e4 26.fxe4 Rac8 27.Qd3 Qxe4 28.Qxe4 Rxe4 29.Rd6 Rxg4 30.Rxg6 Rg2 31.Rc1 Rc7 32.Rd6 Be5 33.Rd8+ Kg7 34.c3 Rb7 35.Rc2 Rg1+ 36.Rc1 Rxg5 37.Rdd1 Kf6 38.Rc2 Rb6 39.Rd7 Rg1+ 40.Rc1 Rg7 41.Rxg7 Kxg7 42.Rc2

3) =0.00 (32 ply) 20...Qb6 21.Rxd5 cxd5 22.Qxd5+ Kh8 23.Qxa8 e4 24.Bb3 exf3 25.Qxf3 Bb7 26.Nf7+ Kh7 27.Ng5+ Kh8

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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Black to move

1) -1.99 (28 ply) 22...g5 23.Bb3 Bf8 24.Qf2 a5 25.c4 a4 26.cxd5 cxd5 27.Bc2 Qb6 28.Qxb6 Rxb6 29.Ng3 Ba3 30.b3 d4 31.Ne4 Kg7 32.Rhe1 Ra5 33.Rf1 Bd5 34.Rf2 Rb8 35.Nd2 Rc5 36.Bd3 axb3 37.Nxb3 Rc3 38.Be4 Bf7 39.Rc2 Bxb3 40.axb3

2) -1.96 (28 ply) 22...Bf8 23.Qf2 g5 24.c3 a5 25.Qc2 Qc7 26.a3 Kh8 27.Rhe1 Ree8 28.Bxd5 cxd5 29.Nf6 Re6 30.Nxd5 Qc5 31.c4 Rb8 32.Rd2 Bg7 33.Red1 Rc6 34.Nc3 Rf8 35.Rd7 Bc8 36.Rd8 Qxc4 37.Rxf8+ Bxf8

3) -0.72 (27 ply) <22...Qb6 23.g5> Bf8 24.Qg1 Qxg1 25.Rdxg1 Be7 26.a3 hxg5 27.Nxg5 Bxg5 28.Rxg5 Kf7 29.hxg6+ Rxg6 30.Rxe5 Rag8 31.Rhe1 Bc8 32.Re7+ Kf6 33.Rxa7 Rg1 34.Rxg1 Rxg1+ 35.Ka2 Rg3 36.c3 Be6 37.Kb3 Rxf3 38.a4 Ne3 39.Bxe6 Kxe6

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  Louben: Even if the piece's sacrifice was unintentionnal, it is a matter of fact that it gives somme compensation as stockfish estimation gives only -1.18 after white's 17th move. Nothing insurmountable for a player like Carlsen.
Feb-10-19  Ironmanth: Seems daft to state it perhaps, but the more I look at Magnus's creativity and execution, the more awed I become. What an amazing champion.
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  master8ch: 40.Nf6 forces mate next move, 4 different ways with 3 different pieces, depending on Black's reply.
Feb-10-19  ajile: <whiteshark:

Black to move

1) -1.99 (28 ply) 22...g5 23.Bb3 Bf8 24.Qf2 a5 25.c4 a4 26.cxd5 cxd5 27.Bc2 Qb6 28.Qxb6 Rxb6 29.Ng3 Ba3 30.b3 d4 31.Ne4 Kg7 32.Rhe1 Ra5 33.Rf1 Bd5 34.Rf2 Rb8 35.Nd2 Rc5 36.Bd3 axb3 37.Nxb3 Rc3 38.Be4 Bf7 39.Rc2 Bxb3 40.axb3>

Thanks. Confirms my initial reaction that Black could close lines with advantage after 22..g5!

Feb-14-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4
17...f4 18.h4 fxe3 19.Qxe3 h6 20.Qc5 Bb7 21.Ne4 Bf8 22.Qe3 Kh8 23.Qd3 Nf4 24.Qc3 Qc7 25.h5 g5 26.a3 Red8 27.Ng3 Rab8 28.Nf5 Rxd1+ 29.Rxd1 Bc8 30.Ng3 a5 31.Ka1 a4 32.Ne4 Be7 33.Kb1 Kg7 34.Qe3 Kh7 35.Qc3 Rb7 36.Qe3 - + (-1.94) Depth: 24 dpa

Feb-14-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. = (0.25): 17.h4 Rb8 18.Bb3 h6 19.Ne4 Qc7 20.Nc5 h5 21.c3 Kh7 22.Bxd5 cxd5 23.Rxd5 f4 24.Bf2 Bf5+ 25.Ka1 Red8 26.Rxd8 Rxd8 27.Qe2 Bf6 28.Re1 Qc6 29.a3 a5 30.Ka2 Rc8 31.Qc4 Kg7 32.Bg1

2. = (0.09): 17.Ne4 Be6 18.Nc5 Bf7 19.Bb3 Qf6 20.c3 Rad8 21.h4 Nxe3 22.Qxe3 Rxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Bxb3 24.axb3 Rd8 25.Rxd8+ Qxd8 26.Ne6 Qe7 27.Nxg7 Kxg7 28.b4 f4 29.Qe4 Kh6 30.Ka2 Qd6 31.c4 Kg7 32.b5 cxb5 33.Qb7+ Kf6

3. = (0.04): 17.Bc1 h6 18.Ne4 Rb8 19.Bb3 Qe7 20.Nc3 Be6 21.Rf1 Rbd8 22.g4 fxg4 23.Nxd5 cxd5 24.fxg4 e4 25.h3 Kh7 26.Qe3 Qc7 27.c3 Rf8 28.Qe2 Rxf1 29.Rxf1 Qd7 30.Bf4 Rf8 31.Be3 Rxf1+

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