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Loek van Wely vs Magnus Carlsen
Corus Group A (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  0-1

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Jan-18-10  Gogia: when will he beat Garry's record of 2851??
Jan-18-10  Eyal: Van Wely plays the 10.h3 line of the QGD exchange variation that he also played against Short in the first round, but Carlsen turns it into a completely different kind of game with the pawn sac 10...Ne4 (instead of Nf8). Van Wely, who met this move once in Van Wely vs Piket, 1997, gave it a question mark in his comments on that game to the Informant, but when Carlsen handles the Black pieces it doesn't look bad at all... Interestingly, this might be the very first recorded game where Black won with 10...Ne4, at least on the higher levels (chesslab databse has 24 games, 15 wins for White and 9 draws). 13...Bf8 is practically a novelty by Carlsen (chessok gives one game where it was played by a 2000 player).
Jan-18-10
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  ajk68: 35.Rd7 seems like a terrible blunder.
Although maybe 30.Rxc6 was what was necessary even earlier.
Jan-18-10  GreenFacedPatzer: Very subtle double-rook endgame here! To my green patzer eyes, the position on move 29 looks like white is dominating the game. Van Wely's got doubled rooks on the 7th rank! He can eat up pawns, and keep at least one of black's rook tied down with mate threats, etc. Except...

Except it doesn't work out like that. 29 ... b6 is one of the strangest-looking moves I can remember. It offers white a choice of three pawns, all important, all basically en prise. Van Wely picks one pawn to eat, and before long, one of the pawns he doesn't take has somehow become a queen. Van Wely exploits his opponent's 7th rank, just like I would do if I were playing the game... and somehow it doesn't matter. Beautiful and mysterious to see, to me anyway.

Jan-18-10  luzhin: Van Wely seemed to have a major systems malfunction on move 35. Perhaps he missed that after 35.Rxc4! Re2 36.Kg3 Rxf2 he had 37.Rxb6! and Carlsen will find it difficult to force a win with just a 3-2 pawn majority on one side of the board.
Jan-18-10  OrangeBishop: It's games like this that make me wonder if I'll ever really understand chess. I would have played 35. Rxc4 without much thought. I can't see the point behind 35. Rd7, and I imagine if a top GM played it, there must be at least some point to it.
Jan-18-10  desiobu: 29...b6 sort of makes sense; if white's allowed to take the b pawn, black has two isolated pawns that will drop off soon after. probably better to give up the a or c pawn and keep two connected ones.
Jan-18-10  topi: Why not 35. Rxc4
Jan-18-10  topi: I read in http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... that Mr Kasparov was very pleased with the way carlsen played, but I do NOT see the win if white plays 35. RxC4 and then double attacks the b pawn. Do you?
Jan-18-10  hedgeh0g: <topi> Perhaps because of 35...Re2.
Jan-18-10  Creg: <topi> That same article explains why. It's the fact that Carlsen put pressure on his opponent, which lead Van Wely to fall into time pressure. At the GM level, mental pressure can be enough to defeat an opponent. It is important to realize that the battle on the minds goes on for all hours of the game. They do not have the luxury of sitting back with a computer or kibitzers while the battle rages.
Jan-18-10  Poisonpawns: 10...Ne4!? "Van Wely's first round game against Short had gone 10...Nf8. The pawn sacrifice in the text had been analyzed by Kasparov back in 1998. He had recommended it to Carlsen on the telephone yesterday, and the world number one immediately liked it." (Chessbase)

Kasparov is so far ahead of everyone.It makes me have a greater appreciation for Kramniks victory in 2000.

Jan-19-10  Eyal: <I would have played 35. Rxc4 without much thought. I can't see the point behind 35. Rd7, and I imagine if a top GM played it, there must be at least some point to it.>

There's nothing very mysterious about it - Van Wely wanted to get his rooks on the 7th rank, hoping it would give him enough initiative to keep the balance. Yes, 35.Rxc4 Ree2 36.Kg3 Rxf2 37.Rxb6(!) Rxa2 would have been better (though not automatically drawing either), but it's not so pleasant to give up the f-pawn and expose your king to doubled rooks, especially when in time trouble as Van Wely was; maybe he even missed 37.Rxb6 in this line. At any rate, he made several additional mistakes in the time trouble, hallucinating a perpetual check that wasn't there - even as late as move 39, Kg2 could have made Carlsen's task more difficult.

Jan-20-10  newzild: <Creg: At the GM level, mental pressure can be enough to defeat an opponent. >

At my level, too!

Jan-21-10
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  blazerdoodle: After two shots and a couple of pints, I'm indestructible.
May-26-10  Damianx: GreenT.P b6 is decisive it blocks the rook & separtates the rooks
Aug-12-10  Rook e2: b6 makes sense because Carlsen can play c5 afterwards. But ofcourse he plays g5 first to ensure his B can stay on the a1 - h8 diagonal and cover g7. I don't think I would come up with b6 but when you see the game it makes perfect sense.
Aug-14-10  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 12 Nxe4 is 12 Bxe7 Qxe7 13 Nd2 playing to castle on the Queen's side.
Apr-18-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2010.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF CARLSEN.
Your score: 80 (par = 63)

LTJ

Jan-08-16  1971: Wow im amazed by 26...Re8 27...Be7 28...Bf6. Such a simple improvement.

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