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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Magnus Carlsen
World Cup (2007) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-29
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1

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Nov-29-07  aragorn69: Good commentary from Henrik Carlsen's blog:
<As black in the second rapid game he chose the Ruy Lopez against 1.e4. Naiditsch chose 7.a4 and after exchanging the a-pawns and both knights white had an initiative. After the exchange of one rook and a lot of bishop manoeuvres, Naiditsch tried to utilize the Ba5 pin against the c7-pawn and queen at d8 but could obviously not find a decisive continuation. When he finally chose 39 Rxc7 he wins the pawn but after Qe8 threatening Qe1 white has nothing better than allowing a black perpetual check. In the must-win situation he of course played on but the combined threats along the b8-h2 diagonal and the passed b-pawn soon decided the game. >

At the end, Magnus's use and domination of BOTH diagonals (h2-b8 & a1-h8), preventing for ever the d6-push, is indeed impressive!

Nov-30-07  notyetagm: <aragorn69:... At the end, Magnus's use and domination of BOTH diagonals (h2-b8 & a1-h8), preventing for ever the d6-push, is indeed impressive!>

I become more and more impresses with the chess of Magnus Carlsen with each passing day.

He plays nearly perfect chess: strong at tactics, strong at endgames, strong at combinations, strong at positional play, etc. And he is still in his teens! This kid is unbelievable.

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