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Alexander Motylev vs Magnus Carlsen
Corus Group B (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-27
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jan-27-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Carlsen's first defeat in this year's Corus tournament, which immediately cost him his first place!

Nice aggressive playing by Motylev...

I didn't like 9...h5. Is that a normal move in the Najdorf Sicilian?

Jan-27-06  Saruman: Carlsen's got a fever right now.
Jan-27-06  Saruman: <EA> Evidently GM Konstantin Sakaev didnt like it much either
Jan-27-06  freedpig: I read that Magnus had a slight fever ; he'd better cause 13..Ne5 is based on wild fever illusions and show an complete lack of true understanding. 14...o-o Fever rolling up to 105 !! its all ready over(a desent club player would win from this posision with the Nd5 and Nf4 plan. Yes yes , i'm ramblin' wild , but i'm just very disepointed over not seeing 13...Nhf8 with an epic struggle ahead!
Jan-27-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Carlsen had a fever? How unlucky, right now at his most important match of the tournament! :(

I think that explains why this game was his weakest of the entire tournament so far.

Jan-27-06  SickedChess: The true is that Carlsen missed his tupperware and lost!
Jan-27-06  bane77: It is probably true about the fever. This game looks like a GM beating an amateur in a simultaneous game.
Jan-27-06  diction: Too bad to hear about that, but does it really explain this loss? He was almost lost quite early on. does a fever typically make a strong GM play openings like this? donĀ“t see why it should so I doubt it....
Jan-27-06  LancelotduLac: What an unfortunate lapse by Carlsen :(
Jan-27-06  shaikh123: Carlsen had a fever before the game and diarrhea soon after it.
Jan-27-06  MTal: Did not Fischer say that the Yugoslav attack was the death to the Dragon? While this game was neither, it included strong elements of both, so no big surprise about the outcome.
Jan-27-06  I3illieJoe: I really hope Magnus wins the tournament. His strong skills at this young age is a real source of inspiration for even a 23yr old granpa like me :)
Jan-27-06  syracrophy: After <34...Kg8 35.g6! Bh6> (the only to avoid 36.Qh7++) <36.Qxh6 and Black can't avoid both mates: 37.Rf8++ and 37.Qh7++>

It's all over


Jan-28-06  bangkokgambit: Carlsen play Sicilian badly there are no such thing like 6.. Nbd7? Theoritically, he need to launch a Queen side attack by playing 6 ..e6 and 7.. b5

No I think Carlsen didn't intend to play Dragon. if he played dragon it would be 6.. g6

Jan-28-06  azaris: <bangkokgambit> Good point. I wonder about Carlsen's opening preparation. I've never been particularly impressed with his openings. It seems he wants to try all kinds of sharp things and sometimes just falls flat out of the opening. Remember that awful game against Yannick Pelletier?

Against opponents in tournaments like Corus B or Lausanne Young Masters it doesn't matter so much because the other young players have dubious opening repertoires as well, but if Carlsen is to play in Corus A successfully next year he needs to do something about his openings. Compare with Karjakin who is playing the sharpest and most topical Sicilian lines and doing a pretty good job at it.

Jan-28-06  freedpig:

275M♗, Fritz8.ctg, V9♕UCJ♖♖Z4C♙5C5 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 Nbd7 7. g4 g6 8. Be3 Bg7 9. h4 h5 10. g5 Nh7 11. Qd2 b5 12. f4 Bb7 13. f5 Fritz 8: Nhf8!!!(This is the move , not the awfull Ne5 ?) (13... Ne5 14. O-O-O O-O 15. Nd5 Bc8 16. Nf4 Bb7 17. fxg6 fxg6 18. Nde6 Qc8 19. Nxf8 Nxf8 20. Nd5 Qd8 21. Bb6 Qd7 22. Qg2 Rc8 23. Bd4 Qd8 24. Kb1 Ne6 25. Bxe5 Bxe5 26. Qf2 Bxd5 27. exd5 Nc5 28. Bh3 Rc7 29. Rhf1 Bg7 30. Be6+ Kh7 31. Bf7 Qd7 32. Bxg6+ Kxg6 33. Qf7+ Kh7 34. Qxh5+) 14. Nd5 (Fritz 8: 14. Nd5 Be5 15. Bg2 e6 16. fxe6 fxe6 17. Nb4 Rc8 18. O-O Nc5 19. Qe2 Qe7 20. c3 [%eval 34,17]) 14... Be5 15. Bg2 e6 (Fritz 8: 15... e6 16. Nb4 Qc7 (Fritz 8: 1) 16... Rc8 17. O-O-O Nb6 18. fxe6 Nxe6 19. Nxe6 fxe6 20. Bxb6 Qxb6 21. Nd3 Bd4 22. Rhe1 e5 23. Bh3 Rc7 [%eval 35,14]) ( Fritz 8: 2) 16... Qc7 17. fxe6 fxe6 18. O-O Nc5 19. Qe2 Rg8 20. Bf2 Rg7 21. Nd3 Nxd3 22. cxd3 Rf7 23. Be3 [%eval 41,14]) (Fritz 8: 3) 16... Qc8 17. fxe6 fxe6 18. O-O Nc5 19. Qf2 Qc7 20. Qe2 Rg8 21. Bf2 Rg7 22. Nd3 Nxd3 23. cxd3 Rf7 24. Be3 [%eval 41,14]) 17. fxe6 fxe6 18. O-O Nc5 19. Qe2 Qd7 20. c3 Nxe4 21. Bf4 Bxf4 22. Bxe4 [%eval 28,15]) Fritz 8: 16. Nb4 (16. fxe6 fxe6 17. Nb4 Qc7 18. Rf1 Nc5 19. O-O-O Nxe4 [%eval 41,17]) 16... Rc8 17. O-O-O ( Fritz 8: 17. O-O-O Nb6 18. fxe6 Nxe6 19. Nxe6 fxe6 20. Bxb6 Qxb6 21. Nd3 O-O 22. Bh3 Rce8 23. Nxe5 dxe5 24. Rhe1 [%eval 31,15]) 17... Nb6 (Fritz 8: 17... Nb6 18. fxe6 Nxe6 19. Nxe6 fxe6 20. Bxb6 Qxb6 21. Nd3 O-O 22. Rhf1 Bd4 23. Kb1 e5 24. Rf6 Kg7 [%eval 32,16]) Fritz 8: 1) 18. b3 (18. fxe6 Nxe6 19. Nxe6 fxe6 20. Bxb6 Qxb6 21. Nd3 Bd4 22. Rhe1 e5 [%eval 34,15]) (Fritz 8: 2) 18. fxe6 Nxe6 19. Nxe6 fxe6 20. b3 Nd7 21. Rhf1 a5 22. Nd3 Bc3 23. Qf2 Rf8 24. Qe2 [%eval 31,16]) (Fritz 8: 3) 18. fxg6 Nxg6 19. b3 Nd7 20. Nf3 Bc3 21. Qxd6 Qc7 22. Qxc7 Rxc7 23. Nd3 Bxe4 [%eval 6,15]) 18... Nbd7 (Fritz 8: 18... Nbd7 19. fxe6 Nxe6 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. Rhf1 a5 22. Nd3 Bc3 23. Qf2 Qe7 24. Bd2 [%eval 32,15]) 19. fxe6 (Fritz 8: 19. fxe6 fxe6 20. Nd3 Nc5 21. Nxe5 dxe5 22. Nf3 Qxd2+ 23. Nxd2 Nd3+ 24. Kb1 Nf4 25. Bf3 Nd7 26. Rhe1 Ke7 [%eval 40,17]) Fritz 8: 19... Nxe6 (19... Nxe6 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. Rhf1 ( Fritz 8: 21. Rhf1 Qc7 22. Bd4 a5 23. Bxe5 Nxe5 24. Nd3 Ng4 25. Ne1 Ke7 26. Qd4 e5 27. Qd3 [%eval 18,18]) 21... a5 22. Nd3 Bc3 23. Qf2 Rf8 24. Qe2 [%eval 31,16]) 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. Rhf1 Qc7 22. Bd4 a5 23. Bxe5 Fritz 8: Nxe5 (23... dxe5 24. Nd3 b4 25. Kb1 Ba6 26. Bh3 [%eval 25,17]) 24. Nd3 Ng4 25. Kb1 Ne3 26. Rf6 Qxc2+ 27. Qxc2 Rxc2 28. Rxe6+ Kd8 And Magnus is doing fine.

Jan-28-06  freedpig: 13...Nhf8!!

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