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Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana
Clutch International (2020) (rapid), INT, rd 3, Jun-14
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System (A22)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: White to Play and Win after 18 Rg6.
Jun-14-20  MordimerChess: 16. e6! That was a Star Move, or maybe Magnus move. But all the position was pretty strange and it wasn't so easy to analyze it.

But I did :D
My video analysis of the last and decisive game of the tournament:


Jun-15-20  JustAnotherMaster: Absolute domnination...Caruana was about to cry on the video and in the post game interview lol .SHHHHHHHHHHHH FC should have thought after E6 but his whole WHOLE strategy was staying ahead on the clock and it was good until that move when MC just needed increments to smash him after the blunder
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  jith1207: In case anyone doesn't get it, <JustAnotherMaster> says:. SHHHHHHHHHHHH
Jun-15-20  Ulhumbrus: One meaning of the pawn sacrifice 16 e6!! consists, after the sequel 16...fxe6 17 Ng5 Rf6 18 Qc2 Rg6, of the move 19 Rxe6! when the rook on g6 is pinned to the square h7 and so cannot take on e6. In a quick play game the players are not given enough time to think so one can only guess what Caruana did not foresee in time.
Jun-15-20  SChesshevsky: Another Carlsen win with f7 being key.

Think might be time to make sure your light squares are all covered after...0-0 when prepping for this guy.

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  chancho: Carlsen is clutch when it's <all> on the line. Sure, everyone fails on occasion, but Carlsen has a knack for sidestepping failure like a kid playing dodgeball.
Jun-15-20  Atking: Yes 16.e6! is strong.I alreay saw this king of attack for examples in the hands of Fischer against some Ruy Lopez diagonals a2-g8 and b1-h7 work. Thus my point is Magnus very flexible approach when he sees Ruy Lopez from an English opening, and his incredible knowledge about champions games.
Jun-15-20  SChesshevsky: <...saw this king of attack for examples in the hands of Fischer...>

Yes, Fischer also liked to get at the king side. Often targeting e6 & f7 and extracting something from black. A main thought in the Fischer-Sozin Sicilian.

Where early in his career:

Fischer vs R Weinstein, 1958

And later:

Fischer vs Larsen, 1971

Even pulled off a strange double N attack on f7:

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992

But I'm not sure even Fischer had as much success busting up ksides as Carlsen seems to have had lately.

Jun-18-20  Ulhumbrus: If after 17 Ng5 Black cannot defend the e6 pawn one alternative is 17...h6 eg 18 Nxe6 Rf6 or 18 Rxe6 Qd7
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  Fusilli: Surprised no one has anything to say about 6.f3. Back in the day, your hand would have been smacked by your coach's ruler if it even hovered over the f-pawn. <sigh> I don't understand chess anymore...
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  moronovich: <I don't understand chess anymore...>

Welcome to the club <Fussili> :)

...but sometimes it is the first and hardest step to improvement !

All the best -moro-

Jun-18-20  SChesshevsky: <Surprised no one has anything to say about 6.f3...>

Yeah, 6.f3 looks odd but it seems to fit in with Carlsen's main idea. He wants to go with a full attack on Black's kind of sparse kside with both B's, the N and the Queen. Supported by a binding pawn on e5.

In that case, the more logical 6. Bg2 looks like it takes the B out of the attack making anything useful out of the kside light squares more difficult. Though 6.f3 has its drawbacks, makes whites own kside look vulnerable. Guessing Carlsen saw that after 4...Bxc3, black's got nothing on the dark squares and he didn't even have to play the often obligatory Kh1 when castling Kside and pushing kside pawns. Assuming without ...Bxc3, Carlsen probably wouldn't have gone with f3.

Different play with Stein having the DSB and able to put up more defense. But Fischer's plan here against Black's sparse kside feels similar to what it appears Carlsen wanted and got.

Fischer vs Stein, 1967

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  Fusilli: <SChesshevsky> Thanks for the strategic explanation. Makes sense.

I fail to see what in this game reminded you of the Fischer-Stein game you linked to though...

Jun-18-20  SChesshevsky: <...what in this game reminded you of the Fischer -Stein game...>

Seems the basic idea in both was generally aim as much as possible toward the black king, have protected e5 that moves or stops ...Nf6 defender, then timely e6 to force some sort of black concession that ultimately weakens light squares around king.

Apparently Stein with the DSB and his choice to bypass e6 with the f pawn helped put up a tougher defense. But in both games seemed whites same general attacking plan accomplished what it aimed for.

Jun-19-20  Ulhumbrus: One alternative to 9...Nd5 is 9...Re8 pinning the e pawn eg 10 Bxc4 d6 11 f4 dxe5 12 fxe5 c5 undermining the e5 pawn
Jun-19-20  Playchess1vn: Here's my short analysic of the game:
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  savage sanctuary: < SChesshevsky: Another Carlsen win with f7 being key. Think might be time to make sure your light squares are all covered after...0-0 when prepping for this guy.>

I know what you mean, as in this game as well vs Kramnik

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