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Magnus Carlsen vs Ivar A Abusdal
"The Wizard of Oslo" (game of the day Jan-15-2010)
Det 13. ├ąpne junior-NM (2003), Oslo NOR, rd 1, Apr-12
French Defense: Schlechter Variation (C00)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-10  Thrajin: <After all, in 2002 who knew Carlsen was a wizard?>

If ever, oh ever, a Wiz there was, The Wizard of Oslo's one because, because, because, because, because, because...

Because of the wonderful things he does.

Jan-15-10  AccDrag: 3.Bd3 was in one of the "SOS" books a while back.
Jan-15-10  AccDrag: al wazir - 25...Kc7 26.Qe5+! and Black's K is in deep trouble. If 26...Kc8, 27.Qxd5 and Black is uncoordinated and facing Rd3-c3 with an attack. Running to b7 and then a6 also looks quite hopeless. And, as trading all the majors leads to a dead lost game, Black's resignation seems about right.
Jan-15-10  licuan: Richard Taylor: <3 Bd3 ... interesting idea - it gets to f3 and puts pressure on that diagonal. There's be no stopping Carlsen in the coming years with Kasparov behind him...>

Parimarjan Negi, Anish Geri, Ray Robson and Wesley So will STOP him from Marching forward....

Jan-15-10  eaglewing: <al wazir> and <AccDrag>: More pragmatic is Kc7 26. Qxd5 Rd8 27. Qxd8+ and one wins the pawnendgame while sleeping.
Jan-15-10  ChessKnightsOfLondon: Would 16.h5 be a better prospect perhaps. Blacks king moves seem to waste momentum.
Jan-15-10  desiobu: Yes, white would do just fine in trading down to the pawn endgame.
Jan-15-10  Gambitor: nice pun
Jan-15-10  drpoundsign: THIS was gotd?!

Even I play better than Black.

Jan-15-10  AccDrag: eaglewing - Well, if Black were forced to play 26...Rd8?? then you'd be right. Unfortunately, decent players seldom rush to trade down to a dead lost K+P ending. 26...Qe8 is a much better way for Black to play. 26.Qe5+ is the best move no matter what Black does after.
Jan-15-10  The Rocket: "carlsen playing 3 Bf1-d3!? against the French."

this is a perfectly playable move vs the french but black can play c5, followed by e5, and force a queen exchange early, which is perhaps why this variation is not popular.

Jan-15-10  WhiteRook48: such poor play
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  patzer2: Carlsen's 22. Rxd8!, which was set up by 20. Rad1!, knocks out the helpless Black King's defenses and yields a winning attack after 22...Kxd8 23. Qxf7!
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  patzer2: Possible improvements for Black are 16...Qxe3 , 17...f5 , 18...Bb8 = to and 21...Qc5 .
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  kevin86: A VERY unusual way to win a piece!
Feb-01-10  SugarDom: Another feather in the pirate's cap...
Apr-18-12  MarkFinan: I just played this game on the 'guess the move' feature, and got only got 4 moves wrong! My report said "Outstanding", so I'm quite proud of that.. Best Iv'e done so far anyway.. <al wazir> I looked at playing on from Blacks position too, but It's a lost cause..
Apr-18-12  schnarre: ...Love the pun, lol!

...Black seems overly-obsessed with the presence of White's Knight on a8, rather than with bringing his own material to bear.

Mar-04-13  Abdel Irada: <After all, in 2002 who knew Carlsen was a wizard?>

Wasn't this game played in 2003?

Mar-04-13  Klovnen: I was playing black in this game... As far as I remember black should be at least ok after 17...f5. 17...Nd8 is actually a more ambitious plan, but does obviously not work out. The idea is to get counterplay with your unopposed bishop and queen on the weakened a8-h1 as fast as possible (not really about being obsessed with the knight on a8, though I rather not let it out of it's corner). Unfortunatly I had missed how strong 21.Qh5 was when I calculated the variations, or rather that 21...Qc6 doesn't work because of 22.Qg5+. 21...Qc5 would abviously been better than 21...Qb8?, and to some degree kept me in the game. Guess I was somewhat demoralized after not having been able to spot 22.Qg5+ on move 17 though.
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  keypusher: <klovnen> Very interesting, thanks for posting! I found this game because on the Carlsen app, 11 y/o "Magnus" plays 3.Bd3 often. I haven't been doing nearly as well in the opening as you did.
Oct-06-15  RKnight: Another clear improvement for Black is 21...Qc6 counterattacking by threatening mate, which gets him out of the attack in the game. Even then White is slightly better off.
Nov-02-18  PJs Studio: Just saw this game for the first time. Simple and magical all at the same time. What a creative genius Magnus is.
Nov-03-18  sakredkow: There are only four games by Ivar Abusdal in cg collection, all are vs Carlsen! And he got a draw in one of them. I guess your chess legacy could be worse.
Nov-05-18  PJs Studio: Mine is. 😆
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