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Judit Polgar vs Magnus Carlsen
"To Beat a Queen Just b1" (game of the day Nov-12-2011)
Chess Classic Mainz (2008) (rapid), Mainz GER, rd 3, Aug-01
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Old Line (B78)  ·  0-1



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Aug-01-08  Ron: 23. Nf5 might be a question mark move; the lines arising after the alternative 23. fxg7 exd4 seem comparatively much better for White.
Aug-01-08  Atking: <IMHO Carlsen is the strongest player in the world at handling the queen.> With an obvious sense of humour...
Aug-02-08  LKor: <IMHO Carlsen is the strongest player in the world at handling the queen.> Right, Magnus seems to be very confortable with Judit :-)
Aug-02-08  notyetagm: <LKor: <IMHO Carlsen is the strongest player in the world at handling the queen.> Right, Magnus seems to be very confortable with Judit :-)>

That's not what I meant, peverts. :-)

Aug-02-08  PinnedPiece: Eventual GOTD as "Carlsen Handles the Queen"?
Aug-03-08  belgradegambit: OK so Carlsen now plays the Dragon exclusively against e4. He plays it against the worlds strongest players who have enormous resources. His opponents know its coming. In 2008 he has 3 wins, 6 draws and no losses in the Dragon. And yet somehow people still think the Dragon has been refuted as a defense at the top levels!
Aug-03-08  Octal: <belgradegambit> You have to have a deep understanding of all the theory to play the dragon at top levels. The opening is practically a theoretical draw, but is very difficult to play OTB, and requires a lot of effort from black.

Anyway Judit blundered with 12. g4?. This is the "natural" way of playing 9. Bc4, as black can't play ...h5, but it is just too slow.

Aug-05-08  PinnedPiece: If you want to see Carlsen out-queened, here he is at age 11, learning the steps to the dance, as it were.....

Carlsen vs Rause Olita, 2002

Oct-14-08  DiscoJew: Does any one realize how deep Magnus had to see to play the final queen sac shot? Scary Indeed!
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  Phony Benoni: Recycling the Good Ol' Puns: Miles vs Yusupov, 1985
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  HeMateMe: Nice attack. I thought I saw the theme of two Rooks for a Queen and Qxp (a2)+ six moves before it happened, pretty common attacking maneuver.

Nice pun, I just hope it doesn't mean that Magnus has been making purchases at Victorias Secret.

Nov-12-11  belgradegambit: <Phoney Benoni> I was unaware of that previous pun submission but it is an obvious idea. Recently I had submitted "The Old Man and the C" for this game F Caruana vs Korchnoi, 2011 and a variant was used here Zsofia Polgar vs Smyslov, 2000 Anyway being a Dragon player I love games like this one.
Nov-12-11  Eric Farley: Maybe Polgar would get better results if she were a d4 player instead of an e4 player. As a rule, d4 players win less but lose less.But of course this is a question of nature; this has been chosen for her.
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  kevin86: good pub as pawn promotes at b1.

I guess Magnus was hungry for Hungary.

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  playground player: <Eric Farley> Maybe the rise of 1.d4 accounts for the annoyingly high number of draws in modern chess. Or maybe it's just that all the top players are using the same computer software.

Eventually someone will discover a new way to smack down the Sicilian Defense, and 1.e4 will come back into its own.

Nov-12-11  Karnatakiaditya: Can somebody explain the pun? #clueless
Nov-12-11  trnbg: <Karnatakiaditya> b1 = "be one". White gives up because Black will queen on b1. (to explain a pun means to kill it, anyway...)
Nov-12-11  lemaire90: The pun is just too good.
Nov-13-11  Eric Farley: To playground player :You made a good point (same software being used), but d4 being the cause of so many draws, I'm not so sure. Schlechter, a player of the early 20th century, used to be called the king of draws and he was basically(like almost all his contemporaries) an e4 player. I think the high number of draws has to do with the contemporary players' lack of stamina (with a few noble exceptions). But some tournaments today use the soccer formula (3 points for victory and 1 point for draws) and I think this should be the norm always.
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  Penguincw: Great pun? Who thought of it?
Jan-12-12  tivrfoa: Maybe the best <pun> I saw at
Jun-04-16  RKnight: Carlsen is great and all that, but there was simpler way to end this game, without need of the skewer: 42...Qc2+ 43. Rd2 Qxd2+ and the pawn queens.
Jun-13-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 28

1. = (0.00): 15.Ng3 Nc4 16.Bxc4 Rxc4 17.Nxh5 gxh5 18.Qd3 Qc7 19.Nf5 Bxf5 20.exf5 Rc8 21.f6 exf6 22.gxf6 Rxc2+ 23.Kb1 Bxf6 24.Rhg1+ Kf8 25.Bh6+ Ke7 26.Rge1+ Be5 27.Bg5+ f6 28.Qxh7+ Ke6 29.Rxe5+ dxe5 30.Qg6 Rxb2+ 31.Kxb2 Qc3+ 32.Kb1 Qxf3 33.Rd3 Qf1+ 34.Kb2 Qg2+ 35.Rd2 Qxg5 36.Qd3 Kf7 37.Qh7+ Kf8 38.Qh8+ Ke7 39.Qh7+ Kf8 40.Qh8+

2. (-0.46): 15.Kb1 a5 16.f4 a4 17.fxe5 axb3 18.Nxb3 Bxe5 19.Qxb4 Qc7 20.Rc1 f6 21.Rhf1 Bxh2 22.Qd2 Be5 23.Bd4 Bxd4 24.Nbxd4 e5 25.Nb3 Bc6 26.Nc3 Ng3 27.Rfe1 f5 28.exf5 Nxf5 29.a4 Kg7 30.a5 Qb7 31.Rf1 Qe7 32.Rcd1 Rc7 33.Rde1 Rfc8 34.Rd1 Ra7 35.Rde1

3. (-1.00): 15.Rhf1 Qc7 16.f4 Nc4 17.Bxc4 Qxc4 18.f5 Bc6 19.Nxc6 Rxc6 20.Kb1 Qxe4 21.Qd3 Qxd3 22.cxd3 a5 23.Ng3 Nxg3 24.hxg3 Rfc8 25.f6 exf6 26.gxf6 Bf8 27.g4 d5 28.g5 Bd6 29.Rc1 Rxc1+ 30.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 31.Kxc1 Kf8 32.Kc2 Ke8 33.Bb6 a4 34.b3 axb3+ 35.Kxb3

Jun-13-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 24

1. (-1.15): 17.b3 Rc7 18.f5 Qa8 19.f6 exf6 20.Nf4 Nxf4 21.Bxf4 Bg4 22.gxf6 Bxf6 23.Bxd6 Rd7 24.Qf4 Bxd1 25.Qxf6 Qd8 26.Qxd8 Rfxd8 27.e5 Bh5 28.Rf1 a5 29.Nc6 Ra8 30.Ne7+ Kg7 31.Nd5 Rb7 32.Nf6 Be2 33.Rf2 Bb5 34.Kb2 Bc6 35.a3 h6 36.Rf1 bxa3+ 37.Kxa3 Rc8 38.c4 g5 39.Rd1 Kg6

Mar-05-19  CARPETGUY: I think the very best players are from other planets. . . This sure looks more like Art than Chess! Not really played by mere Earthlings!
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