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Magnus Carlsen vs Judit Polgar
Corus Group A (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E37)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-08  Marmot PFL: Carlsen i think will go on to win Corus now.
Jan-18-08  weisyschwarz: So let me get this straight. You have played this well against a 2700 player, and all of the sudden you would resign, rather than let him work for the win? Hmmm. What if white were only 100 points greater than you?
Jan-18-08  Knight13: <artemis> Yeah looks like it.

Thumbs down to Polgar! **Walks out the door and hears her saying "Why must I lose to this idiot?"**

K nice endgame bye i'm leaving.

Jan-18-08  Fiberking: Come on: switch to the Topaloc game please!
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  boz: Chessman94 looks like Julius Caesar to me.
Jan-18-08  Mulyahnto: dance, rook, dance!
Jan-18-08  parmetd: did polgar really say that knight13!??! THAT SEEMS so unlike her. despite the fact the polgars like to hang with jerks like truong they seem to be quite sweet people themselves.
Jan-18-08  Ulhumbrus: On 52...Ne3 53 Bd3 Bxd3 54 Nxd3 Nf5 55 Ne5 Nh6 56 Nc4+ Kb5 57 Ne3! dominates the opposing N as in the famous endgame Lasker vs Nimzowitsch, 1934
Jan-18-08  Ulhumbrus: <> Will we be shown another game today?
Jan-18-08  ChessMan94: My avatar is Julius Caesar because I like ancient history, specially Greek.
Jan-18-08  artemis: chessman94's avatar is indeed alexander the great. I forgot that the head of Constantines that looks like that had the eyes carved in.
Jan-18-08  grebenarov: please switch to leko-topalov
Jan-18-08  Eyal: At the press conference ( Carlsen criticizes Polgar's 15...a6 (a waste of time - no need to stop b5, as the knight is going to e5 anyway), as well as 23...dxe4. He says Black's only chance at this point is 23...d4, although after 24.Nd5 White is still clearly better - mentions 24...Ne5 25.f4 gxf4 26.Nxf6 as a line he was considering.

Jan-18-08  Ezzy: Carlsen,Magnus (2733) - Polgar,Judit (2707) [E37]
4320'/1 (6), 18.01.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 c5 8.dxc5 Nc6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.e3 <10 Nf3 is main line. Kasimdzhanov is probably the main exponent of 10 e3. Morozevich played it in the blitz world cup 2007.>10...Qf6 <Adams and Aronian have played 10...Bf5. Karpov has twice played 10...Qa5+ 11 b4 Nxb4.> 11.f3 Qh4+ 12.g3 Nxg3 13.Qf2 Nf5 14.Qxh4 Nxh4 15.b4 <Possible novelty. 15 Kf2 has been played before. 15...a6 Probably not necessary. I don't think Carlsen has any plans to play 16 b5 before he develops his pieces.> 16.Kf2 Ne5 17.Bb2 f6 18.Rd1 Be6 19.Ne2 Bf7< [19...Nexf3 20.Nf4 Still seems to favour Carlsen, but it seems better than the move she made.]> 20.Rg1!< A good active move Polgars position already looks a bit of a mess.> 20...Nc4 <[20...Nexf3? 21.Rxg7 Threatens 22 Bxf6; 20...Nhxf3 21.Rxg7 Rg8 22.Rxg8+ Bxg8 23.h3 Carlsen still has the initiative. Polgars bishop is a mere defender and her rook is not yet in play.]> 21.Bc1 g5?!<It will soon become apparent why this is not so good.> 22.Nc3 0–0–0 23.e4 dxe4 24.Rxd8+ Rxd8 25.Nxe4 Kc7 26.Nxf6 h6 27.f4 Nd2 28.Be2 Nb3 29.Be3 Nd4 30.Bxd4 Rxd4 31.fxg5 Rf4+ 32.Ke1 hxg5 33.Nh7 Bd5 34.Nxg5 Kc6 35.Rf1 Rxf1+ 36.Bxf1 <Two pawns up in a position like this is probably an easy technical win for Carlsen >36...a5 37.Kd2 axb4 38.axb4 b6 39.cxb6 Kxb6 40.Bd3 Bc6 41.Kc3 Bd7 42.Be4< Now where can black's knight go?> 42...Bg4 43.Nf7 Bf3 44.Bd3< [44.Bxf3 Nxf3 Is also an easy tablebase win for Carlsen. He just plays to push the 'b' pawn, and if the black king stands firm and he moves his knight, then Carlsen will push the 'h' pawn. Without the 'h' pawn the position is a draw.]> 44...Bc6 45.Ne5 Bd5 46.Ng6 Ng2 47.Kd4 Bb7 48.h4 Bf3 49.Bf1 Ne1 50.Ne5 Nc2+ 51.Kc3 Be4 52.h5 1–0

A crushing win for Carlsen. I praised Polgar’s play against Gelfand, but today she never got a ‘look in.’ She seemed to be in a complete mess in this opening variation with 10…Qf6 and 11…Qh4+. Carlsen always had a strong initiative and played flawlessly to win a game that puts him at the top of the table.

Judit’s opening variation was a mess and should be ditched. She was on the backfoot throughout the game.

It's starting to look very intersting for young Magnus. What a talent.

Jan-18-08  RandomVisitor: After 20...Nc4

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Rybkav2.3.2a.x64: (23-ply)
1. (1.20): 21.Bc3 0-0 22.Bxf6 Nf5 23.Bh3 Ncxe3 24.Rd3 Bg6 25.Bc3 Rfe8 26.Nf4 Rad8 27.Nxg6 hxg6 28.Re1 Nc4 29.Rxd5 Rxd5 30.Rxe8+ Kf7 31.Rb8 Rd7 32.f4 Nce3 33.Ke2

2. (0.98): 21.Ba1 Kf8 22.e4 dxe4 23.fxe4 a5 24.b5 Ng6 25.Rd7 Nge5 26.Bxe5 Nxe5 27.Rxb7 Nd3+ 28.Ke3 Nxc5 29.Rc7 Ne6 30.Rc6 Rg8 31.Bh3 Ng5 32.Bd7

3. (0.90): 21.Bc1 0-0 22.Nc3 Rad8 23.Rd4 Nf5 24.Rf4 Ne7 25.Rxf6 d4 26.Bxc4 dxe3+ 27.Bxe3 Bxc4 28.Ne4 Nf5 29.Rxf5 Rxf5 30.Nd6 Bd3 31.Bg5 Rd7 32.Nxf5 Bxf5 33.Bf4

Jan-18-08  RandomVisitor: After 15.b4:

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Rybkav2.3.2a.x64: (19-ply)
1. (0.02): 15...a5 16.b5 Ne5 17.Bb2 f6 18.Kf2 Kf7 19.Be2 Bf5 20.Rd1 Be6 21.Bd4

2. (0.02): 15...f6 16.Bb2 a5 17.b5 Ne5 18.Kf2 Kf7 19.Be2 Bf5 20.Rd1 Be6 21.Bd4

3. (0.10): 15...Ne5 16.Kf2 0-0 17.Bb2 f6 18.Rd1 Rd8 19.Ne2 a5 20.Nd4 axb4 21.axb4 Ra2

Jan-18-08  euripides: A lovely game, which may be theoretically important.

48....Bf3 sets a nice trap: 49.Be4, to eliminate the bishops and leave Black's knight hopelessly misplaced, draws after 49...Bxe4 50.Kxe4 Nxh4 51.Nxh4 Kb5.

Jan-18-08  cionics: Bravo, Carlsen! Rock and Roll!!!!!
Jan-18-08  notyetagm: <Ezzy: Carlsen,Magnus (2733) - Polgar,Judit (2707) [E37] 4320'/1 (6), 18.01.2008


Judit’s opening variation was a mess and should be ditched. She was on the backfoot throughout the game.

It's starting to look very intersting for young Magnus. What a talent.>

I totally agree: Carlsen is just amazing.

He is like a modern-day Capablanca: he simply plays the strongest moves and finds the best plans in any position.

I study his games and Kramnik's games because they seem to have the greatest chess understanding of all the top players. Carlsen just plays chess the way it should be played, and there is no greater compliment than that.

Jan-18-08  notyetagm: <euripides: A lovely game, which may be theoretically important. 48....Bf3 sets a nice trap:

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49.Be4, to eliminate the bishops and leave Black's knight hopelessly misplaced,

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draws after 49...Bxe4 50.Kxe4 Nxh4 51.Nxh4 Kb5.

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Jan-19-08  Philidor: The boy is a genius!
Jan-20-08  notyetagm: <Philidor: The boy is a genius!>

Yes, this fine game won the Public Prize at Corus for the 6th round games.

Jan-23-08  Sularus: <CHESSGAMES.COM>

for posterity, i think it would be nice to include the ELO rating in the score sheets instead of just a question mark.

my two cents.

Mar-05-08  Jolly Wally: Excellent played, Magnus Carlsen.
Aug-17-11  karban: funny game
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