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Magnus Carlsen vs Martin Vaculik
V Offene Bayerische Meisterschaft (2001), Bad Wiessee GER, rd 7, Nov-02
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0



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Apr-07-08  Everett: Ahh, I love the well trodden path of the Normal Variation in the French.
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  lost in space: This is not French. It is the hippopotamus defence.

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  whiteshark: <Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros>

'OK Ladies, you didn't have to say that...'

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  Sergash: Martin Vaculik became a FIDE master in 2009. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1983, he was 17 or 18 years old when he played this game, and rated 2192 (Carlsen was rated 2072 at that time). In 2016, his FIDE rating is 2293, while his peak rating was 2307 in July 2009 (hence his master title!).

I reviewed the game with the program Komodo 10 - 64 bits.

<2...g6?!> Personnally, I dislike this setup, which apparently originated from the game Adolf Andersen vs. Howard Staunton, London (England) 1851 "Knock out", 1-0. Black had played 1...d5 here Carlsen vs G Fant, 2001 and here Carlsen vs H Lahlum, 2001

<5...b6N> Apparently this was a novelty at the time, though transpositions into known games were possible later.

<6...h6?!N> The real novelty was this one though. Black could have transposed with 6...Bb7 7.Bh6 (Ana Gavrilescu vs. Denisa Kovacs, Romania Women Championship 2000, SF1, 1-0) Bxh6! 8.Qxh6 Ng8 9.Qf4 (9.Qg7 would force Qf6) d6 .

Also 6...0-0 7.Bh6 (Denis Ochmann (1634) vs. Astrid Froelich Dill (1997), 11th Rhein-Main Open (Germany) 2008, round 4, 0-1) d5

<7.0-0-0> Carlsen could have gone for 7.d5! exd5 8.exd5 d6 9.0-0-0

<7...Bb7?!> Not a good timing. 7...d5 8.exd5 exd5 (or 8...Nxd5 9.Kb2 ) 9.h3 /

<8.h4?!> Again 8.d5! was very strong.

<8...d6?!> Both players had a blind spot for the move 8...d5! 9.Bb5+! c6 10.Bd3

<9.Bd3?!> For the third time, 9.d5!

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  Sergash: <11...b5> More commendable is 11...c5! .

<12...Rc8?! 13.d5 > Didn't we mention this move earlier? Ahem! 12...c5 13.dxc5 dxc5 (13...Nxc5!?) 14.Bf4

<15.g4?!> Sealing the position, which is not a great idea here... 15.g3!

<15...c5?! 16.dxc6ep! Rxc6 > 15...Nf6!

<17...Nb6> Better is 17...Nf6 18.f3 0-0

<18.Bxb6> 18.f3 0-0 19.Nf1 and this knight can reach interesting squares via g3 or e3.

<18...Rxb6> 18...Qxb6! 19.Nf1! 0-0

<20...b4? 21.axb4 > This is THE blunder that loses the game! 20...0-0

<21...Rxb4? 22.Ncd5!> Worsening the situation, but Black was already losing. The lesser evil was 21...Qb8 22.Bc4 Rxb4 23.b3 Nc8 24.Bxa6 .

<22...Rb8 23.Nxe7! Kxe7 24.Nf5+ Kf8 25.Bc4!> Of course not 22...Nxd5? 23.exd5 winning a piece. But better was 22...Rb7 23.Nxe7! Rxe7 24.Nf5 0-0 25.Nxe7+ Qxe7 26.Bc4

<25...d5 26.Bxd5> Not the best, but nothing could save Black.

<26...Qb6 27.Qc3 1-0> One last threat (Qxb2#) before dropping the curtain. 27.Bb3! was the best, but Carlsen's queen move was more than enough.

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