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Baadur Jobava vs Magnus Carlsen
"Joba the Hurt" (game of the day Feb-26-2015)
Samba Cup (2005), Skanderborg DEN, rd 5, Oct-18
Queen's Indian Defense: General (E12)  ·  0-1



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Sep-20-10  Pygeum Lycopene: my openings are suspect and one of the most difficult things for me to grasp watching these games is understanding what lies behind black choosing ...d5 over ...c5 and vice versa. here magnus plays ...c5 loses the exchange but after the queen trade off manages what seems like a routine win after 21...Bc6.
Sep-26-10  morphy2010: A steller game by Carlson and one which shows the power of the pawn roller.
Nov-01-13  pilobolus: This is very bizarre game!
After 15th move white is obviously
much better. White is up exchange,
black has three sets of double pounds
with not good castle option.
White can play something
like Qf3, develop his white bishop,
castle and easily win the game.

But nothing is true Carlsen as black demolish
white. The basic chess rules about development
does not apply for Carlsen?

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  GrahamClayton: I looked at 16.0-0-0 straight away, bringing the a1 rook into the game and pinning the d7 bishop. Carlsen however has 16...♕c7, threatening to trap the Queen with 17...♗c6. After 17. ♕f3 ♔e7 18. ♗e2 ♖g8 Carlsen's position has improved - his king is safe behind the central pawn mass, and there are threats along the a8-h1 diagonal and g-file, such as the g2-pawn.
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  Phony Benoni: This game had me shaking my head as I played through it in the Pun Voting Booth. How could this be happening? There was a cloud of doom hovering over the position, and try as he might Jobava could never dispel it.

This turns out to be a positional exchange sacrifice in the best tradition of Petrosian. Let's look at Black's compensation after the queens are traded on move 20:

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One pawn for the exchange, fine. A knight on d4 that may be worth a rook, a good diagonal for his bishop, some nice files for his rook. As a result. White has a horrible time trying to activate his kingside pieces.

And that pawn mass.

I think we sometimes are too quick to denigrated doubled pawns. They can have their weaknesses, as anybody playing Black in Exchange Spanish will tell you. But that clump on the e- and f-files is anything but weak. The strength of a mobile pawn duo is often mentioned, and here Black essentially has two of them, supporting each other in attack and defense. That is no weakness, as the game shows.

But I'm still shaking my head. This is remorseless chess.

Feb-26-15  fgh: The scoresheet for this game is wrong; when it was played, Carlsen was rated 2570 and Jobava 2601.
Feb-26-15  rollingrook5: Phony Benoni makes a good point. Here the doubled pawns are more like two sets of central rollers. That tips the balance in Black's favour it seems, along with his monster king.
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  piltdown man: Wonderful pun!
Feb-26-15  Eusebius: Magnus' games appear more powerful or spontaneous in his "early" years. Great play.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Also from 2005, Jobava varied with 10.Bf6 in Jobava vs Ivanchuk, 2005, only to receive another unpleasant sacrificial surprise from Black in that game.
Feb-26-15  morfishine: Jobava has taken a lot of heat recently due to his ever-mounting losses. Here, we get to see Jobava in his prime getting kicked around by the boy wonder


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  Penguincw: When I saw this game being featured for GOTD, I thought it was going to be Jobava vs Carlsen, 2015. I was off by 10 years.
Feb-26-15  kevin86: pizza the Hutt would have put up a better
Feb-26-15  bennyvsfischer: joba the
Feb-26-15  bennyvsfischer: carlsen exchange queen even if he knew that he had weird pawn
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  Alex Schindler: This game just teaches me that my strategic intuitions are far, far from developed. And that Carlsen is a wizard. PhonyBenoni's description is perfect. I watched that pawn mass roll like a sword of Damocles over Jobava's head, but how could anyone just give away an exchange sac so quickly in anticipation of that?
Feb-26-15  BOSTER: 13.Qxa8
" to move the queen in order to devour the rook in the corner - this is nothing but reckless daring. Rational players never act like that". Bronstein.
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  HeMateMe: Does this game remind anyone of 14 year old Fischer v. Donald Byrne, 1956, <the game of the century>? Here, 15 year old Carlsen sacrifices an exchange, possible because of his opponent's poor development, a slate of white pieces still on the first rank (sort of like Byrne's undeveloped first rank in the '56 game). A tactical nightmare ensues for white, as his game becomes helpless.

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