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Magnus Carlsen vs Sipke Ernst
"The Magnus Effect" (game of the day Nov-13-2016)
Corus Group C (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-24
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: <andy....Do not be fooled by the style of Magnus; he is right there on top tactically.>

As was Petrosian, stereotyped as a pure positional player even in his heyday--it is simply impossible to attain the greatest successes without an all round mastery of the game.

Nov-13-16  morfishine: <perfidious> Complete agreement. The missing <DcGentle> and myself concluded Carlsen is the best tactician, period; better than Aronian, better than Topalov, better than any other player. This is because Carlsen is first, the best positional player, which gives him the superior piece arrangements allowing his tactical skills to flourish

Of course some people think tactics trump positional play, which makes no sense because if one is weak positionally, they wouldn't get the necessary positions to make the tactics work. But I don't argue with these people, its not worth the time


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  rgr459: Ernst's king had his pants removed pretty directly.
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  HeMateMe: Is the pun a reference to "Magma Effect" something volcanic?
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  thegoodanarchist: This opening, the Karaoke Con, was a favorite of Karpov.
Nov-13-16  RandomVisitor: After 17...Qb6 black would be ok

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0.00/34 18.Be3 Nd5 19.Rd3 Nxe3 20.Qxe3 c5 21.Qe4 Qc7 22.dxc5 Bxc5 23.f4 Rxd3 24.Nxd3 Rd8 25.g4 Bd4 26.c3 Bf6 27.Rd1 Qb6 28.Kc2 a6 29.Kc1 Rd7 30.Kc2 Qb5 31.Kc1 Rd5 32.Kc2 Qb6 33.Rd2 Rd8 34.Rd1 Qb5 35.Kc1 Qb6 36.Kc2

0.00/34 18.Qd3 c5 19.Qg3 Kh8 20.dxc5 Bxc5 21.Rxd8 Qxd8 22.Qf3 Qd5 23.Qxd5 Nxd5 24.Bg3 b5 25.Rh4 Be7 26.Rd4 Bc5 27.Rh4

0.00/34 18.Qd2 Nd5 19.Rh3 Nxf4 20.Qxf4 c5 21.Rb3 Qa6 22.Ra3 Qe2 23.Qf3 Qxf3 24.Nxf3 a6 25.Rb3 b5 26.Rbd3 c4 27.Re3 Rd5 28.Ne5 Rc8 29.c3 b4 30.Kc2 Ra5 31.Ra1 Bd6 32.cxb4 Bxb4 33.g4 Rd5 34.Rd1 Bd6 35.f4 Rb8 36.Kc3 Rb7 37.Re2 Bxe5 38.fxe5

Nov-13-16  RandomVisitor: After 18...Rfe8 19.Nxe7+ Rxe7 20.dxc5 black might have a playable game with 20...Nd5 and 22...b6 followed by 23...bxc5:

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<+0.33/36 20...Nd5 21.Bd6 Red7 22.Rd3 b6 23.Rg3 bxc5> 24.Qe5 f6 25.Qxe6+ Kh8 26.Qxd5 Rxd6 27.Qf3 c4 28.Qg4 Qc7 29.Re3 Rd4 30.Qf3 Qh2 31.Ree1 Qd6 32.a3 Rf4 33.Qe3 c3 34.Qxc3 Rxf2 35.Rh3 Qd2 36.g4 Kh7 37.Rhe3 Qxc3 38.Rxc3 Rf4 39.Rc7 a5 40.c4 Rxg4 41.c5 Rd5 42.Re8 Rxh5

+0.52/36 20...Red7 21.Rxd7 Rxd7 22.Be3 Qa4 23.a3 Rd5 24.Rg1 Rxh5 25.c4 e5 26.Qc2 Qe8 27.Re1 Rh2 28.f3 Qb8 29.Ka2 e4 30.fxe4 Qe5 31.Qd2 Rh5 32.Bf4 Qe6 33.e5 Nd7 34.Qd4 Rh4 35.Rd1 Nf8 36.g3 Rh2 37.Qe4 Qc8 38.Be3 Re2 39.Rd6 Qxc5 40.Bxc5 Rxe4 41.Rd8

+0.67/36 20...Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Rd7 22.Bd6 Qa4 23.a3 Qc6 24.f3 Nxh5 25.b4 Nf6 26.Rd4 Rd8 27.Qd3 Qe8 28.Ka2 Rd7 29.Qe3 Rd8 30.Be5 Rxd4 31.Qxd4 Nd7 32.Bd6 Qc8 33.Qc4 Nb6 34.Qd3 Nd7 35.Kb3 b6 36.cxb6 axb6 37.g4 Qc6 38.c4 Qc8 39.a4 Qc6 40.c5 bxc5 41.b5 Qb6

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  alexmagnus: <HMM> No, it's a reference to the Magnus effect, most known probably from the movement of a rotating soccer ball.
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  kevin86: /carlsen brutally takes his opponent apart with his major pieces.
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  naresb: In the end it was opposition that mattered :)
Mar-05-17  phulong87: Top 10 biggest Magnus Carlsen's Blunders || Chess Clip # 2.

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
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  plang: Beautiful attack
Aug-16-18  morfishine: After <18.Ng6> Carlsen had about a bazillion ways to win depending on which way Black decided to die
Aug-16-18  john barleycorn: < morfishine: After <18.Ng6> Carlsen had about a bazillion ways to win depending on which way Black decided to die>

ah yes. pure genius. why can't you save CG from your extraordinary insights? That would be a bazillion ways to make it a better site.

Jan-07-19  MrJafari: < MoonlitKnight>: Thanks, that was great. And I was wondered about copying of past games and shortage of creativity in today's chess...
Feb-05-19  DonChalce: Carlsen's win? more like Ernst's loss.
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  Messiah: Bieber's Immortal
Apr-21-19  Patzer Natmas: I gotta watch more of Carlsen's games! This guy is a living (and currently reigning) legend!
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  HarryP: Beautiful game. How nice it is that Ernst played 18... fxg6. After that, it's like Alekhine has returned from the dead. Or Tal?
Aug-22-20  Chessmusings: Every move of this game explained (Chernev Style) here:
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  Messiah: Jokes aside, I think this is a heavily overrated game. Justin had much more beautiful and groundbreaking wins (and even draws) through his career.
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  fredthebear: Jon Jacobs, FIDE Master from Brooklyn, NY wrote this on Quora website:

" Actually there is one specific game that’s usually associated with Magnus Carlsen being named the <“Mozart of chess.”> I have seen that particular game referred to by chess authorities as “the Mozart game.” That would fit in the tradition of applying specific, UNIQUE names to particular classic chess games, i.e., Anderssen’s “Evergreen” and “Immortal”; Marshall’s “Shower of Gold Coins” game, Fischer’s “Game of the Century,” and Kasparov’s “Pearl of Wijk aan Zee.”

The Carlsen game that’s most often given the appellation, “Mozart,” is Carlsen-Sipke Ernst. It was played at Corus Wijk aan Zee 2004, when Magnus was a mere 12 years old. Despite his youth, Magnus already had his IM title at that stage… but his opponent, Sipke Ernst, was also an IM who was higher rated than Magnus, I think. It can be replayed here: Magnus Carlsen vs Sipke Ernst (2004) The Magnus Effect

The game itself is not only a beautiful tactical masterpiece that well illustrates the young winner’s deep calculation skill; it also was very theoretically significant, as the move sequence beginning with 18.Ng6! and continuing with 20.hxg6! and 21.Bxh6!! demolished once and for all what had been considered a safe main variation in the Caro-Kann Defense. (I don’t recall for certain what Magnus said about whether he had prepared that line, or discovered his brilliant moves over the board. I believe it was the latter.) "

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  fredthebear: Back in 2014, the <Observer> included this game as one of the 10 best games of the last 20 years:

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Sep-22-21  lentil: I can only fantasize about Ernst's reaction to the mate!
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