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Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010) (blindfold), Nice FRA, rd 2, Mar-14
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98)  ·  0-1



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Mar-14-10  Marmot PFL: 14 Kg2 is not too common and this sac (which looks prepared) seems to refute it. 35 Bg5 gives white some chance to survive but hard to find that blindfold.
Mar-14-10  kingsindian2006: it would be hard to see move 35 even without blindfold....:) i only kid
Mar-14-10  Marmot PFL: 25 Bg5 :) Anyway I know many strong players like these g4 lines for white but the few times I tried them ended up much like this.
Mar-15-10  waustad: He mentioned this game:
Eljanov vs Radjabov, 2008 when talking about it after the round.
Mar-15-10  bobtheoriginal: Hope Mr Kasparov will influence Carlsen to play more King's Indian Defences.
Mar-15-10  Rolfo: waustad, Magnus surely did some improvements
Mar-15-10  boowillo: "Playing against Magnus after he has lost a game is never pleasant," said his father Henrik Carlsen.
Mar-15-10  Blaise99a: From Calsen's blog yesterday, "After he missed a chance to complicate the position on the 25th move, it was over, and he resigned on the 28th move. A very enjoyable win, not least because I spent less than 10 minutes on the clock for the entire game."

Ten minutes well spent, young man!

Mar-25-10  DiscoJew: What a brutal pounding by black.
Apr-23-10  sarah wayne: 14.a4 should be played according to
John Nunn.
Sep-04-10  notyetagm: New In Chess 2010/3

Jun-02-15  ToTheDeath: 10 minutes and blindfolded, incredible. Great play all the way through.
Jul-17-22  jrredfield: I chose 20. ..Nf6xd5 instead of 20. ..Ne7xd5. When I ran this position in Stockfish, it vacillated between these two moves, finally settling on the text move. Either works to clear out some of White's center control.
Jul-17-22  Brenin: The piece sac on d5 is fairly obvious, but which piece? We need to end with a N on d5 and the B on b7, so 20 ... N(either)xd5 21 cxd5 (otherwise Black simply loses a P) Nxd5 22 Kg1 (to avoid a brutal discovered check) e4 (activating the DSB and threatening e3) 23 Nxe4 Bd4+, giving White an uncomfortable choice between 24 Nf2 Qf6, or 24 Rf2 Rxf2 25 Nxf2 Nf4, or 24 Kg2 (or Kh1) Qe7. I don't see a forced win, but Black seeme to have plenty of compensation for the piece.
Jul-17-22  dhotts: What a great game and it was played blindfold with Black only using 10 minutes to achieve a crushing victory!!!...Carlsen is no doubt the "Mozart of Chess"!!!!!!
Jul-17-22  dhotts: Whenever I play a blindfold game, my opponent keeps knocking over all the pieces. Quite frustrating but also comical.
Jul-17-22  ChessHigherCat: I got this without any advisory fish but I did move the pieces on the CG board, which is not the same thing as visualizing the whole thing (although the prize money is the same for the present purposes), and I'm fairly sure I didn't find all the best defenses for white, but what can you expect from a lowly human?: 20...Nexd5 21. cxd5 Nxd5 22. Kg1 Qh4 23. Bf3 e4 24. Nxe4 Be5 25. Qe2 Nf4 26. Qf2 Nh3+ 27. Kg2 Nxf2 28. Rxf2 Qxh2+ 29. Kf1 Rxf3 30. Rxf3 Bxe4 31. Rf2 Bd3+ 32. Ke1 Qg1+ 33. Rf1 Qxf1#
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  HeMateMe: Why didn't Melanie continue her father's beloved tournament? Lazy B...
Jul-17-22  ChessHigherCat: I just played through the game and that Carlsen kid obviously has talent because he guessed most of my moves, only deviating under certain moments of extreme stress,,, Just kidding of course, the main difference is probably that his lline is flawless and mine idn't.
Jul-17-22  mel gibson: It was obvious that one of the Black Knights had to take the pawn on d5 to open up the center.

Stockfish 15 says:

20... Nfxd5

(20. .. Nfxd5 (♘f6xd5 c4xd5 ♘e7xd5 ♔g2-g1 e5-e4 ♘f2xe4 ♗g7-d4+ ♔g1-g2 ♕d8-e7 ♗e2-f3 ♖f8xf3 ♕d1xf3 ♘d5-f6 ♖c1-e1 ♘f6xe4 ♗d2-h6 ♔h8-g8 ♖e1-e2 ♖a8-e8 ♖f1-e1 ♕e7-e6 ♖e1-f1 ♘e4-f2 ♖e2xe6 ♗b7xf3+ ♔g2xf3 ♖e8xe6 ♗h6-g5 ♘f2-h3 ♗g5-c1 ♘h3-g1+ ♔f3-g3 ♘g1-e2+ ♔g3-f3 d6-d5 ♗c1-g5 ♖e6-e4 ♗g5-h6 ♔g8-f7 h2-h3 ♔f7-f6 ♔f3-g2+ ♔f6-e7 ♗h6-g5+ ♔e7-d6 ♖f1-f8 ♘e2-c3 ♖f8-d8+ ♔d6-c6 ♘a4xc3 b4xc3 ♔g2-f3 ♖e4-e1 h3-h4 ♗d4-c5 ♖d8-c8+ ♔c6-b5 ♖c8-b8+ ♗c5-b6 h4-h5 g6xh5 ♗g5-d8 ♖e1-e6 g4xh5 c3-c2 a2-a4+ ♔b5-c5) +4.94/47 839)

score for Black +4.94 depth 47.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Another speculative sacrifice, more a matter of "do you trust your judgment" than "can you see every variation." Knowing Carlsen, he probably prepared and memorized at least through move 26.

Solved both weekend puzzles, and yet finished the week 3/7. Must have beaten COVID; my results have returned to weird.

Jul-17-22  Stanco: I solved the position.
20...Nxd5 22.cd5 Nd5 and now 23.Bf3 is not possible due to 23...Rf3, which is the whole point, along with 24...e4 freeing the black's game after Kg1, and white knight on a4 is hardly a piece, and in essence, black even is not a piece down.
Jul-17-22  TheaN: Will concur with the majority that the concept is relatively simple, it's whether you want to put time into all variations. <20....Nexd5 21.cxd5 Nxd5> sets up a deadly discover, and the White king is pressing for space, <22.Kg1 e4 ∓> and Black has an amazing game. Aronian lost his track swiftly, though.
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  agb2002: The light square bishop x-rays the white king. This suggests 20... Nexd5 21.cxd5 Nxd5:

A) 22.Bf3 Rxf3 23.Qxf3 (23.Kxf3 Nc3+ and 24... Nxd1 - + [q+b+2p vs R+2N]) 23... Nf4+ 24.Bxf4 Bxf3+ 25.Kxf3 exf4 - + [q+b+2p vs R+2N] (26.Kxf4 Bh6+).

B) 22.Kg1 e4 (threatens e3, Be5, Qh4, etc.)

B.1) 23.Nxe4 Bd4+ followed by Ne3 looks good for Black.

B.2) 23.Nh3 Bd4+ 24.Kg2 e3 25.Bxe3 Nc3+ wins decisive material.

C) 22.Kg3 e4, with similar ideas.

D) 22.Kh3 Nf4+, followed by Qg5-h6, looks good for Black.

Jul-17-22  ChessHigherCat: The fish says my variant 22. ...Qh4 is a draw because it allows white to play Ne4 blocking the pawn advance, so black has to play 22....e4 first, sacrificing the pawn immediately. I guess I should have seen that.

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