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Magnus Carlsen vs Luis Galego
Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Sep-22
Bogo-Indian Defense: Exchange Variation (E11)  ·  1-0



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Sep-22-10  hellopolgar: poor guy.


Sep-23-10  morphy2010: what a great display of attacking by the mighty carlson
Sep-23-10  rndapology: I can't say I understand Galego's moves here - first 16... Nb4 which nudges White's queen to where it was probably already going anyway. Then, exchanging off the light-squared bishop for some reason (gives up contesting e6).

Then, finally snatching 2 pawns and completely missing the point of the windmill...

The rook trade does look forced, I could be totally wrong, but the first thing I saw was: 24...Re8 25. Qe5 Re7 26. Qd6 Rae8 27. Qxe7 Rxe7 28. Rd8+ Kf7 29. Bh5+ and then it's mate via Rf8+.

I'm pretty sure the queen sac either gets massive compensation (extra rook) or mate. I'm not sure what other tries Galego had on move 24. In any case, it's scary if Magnus saw all of this on move 23 or earlier.

It's as though Galego thought he could keep it together on move 24, but then overlooked that queen sac or thought some other try would work.

Sep-24-10  morphy2010: He missed i believe the knight to d8 move i think.
Sep-25-10  hedgeh0g: I don't see anything wrong with 16...Nb4. It clears the file for a rook where White has a few pieces lined up and at least makes an attempt for active play in a fairly passive position. The pawn grabs had a point, since the queen on b2 prevents the white queen from getting on the deadly long diagonal whilst grabbing some material to force White to find a winning continuation.
Sep-25-10  dycotiles: Carlsen missed a mate in 11 after 35.Qd4+ Qg7
Sep-28-10  TheRavenPK: I think a mate in 11 (actually "a mate in 11 after .." doesn't mean mate in 12?) is pretty easy to miss... lol
Sep-28-10  ounos: 35. ...Kg8, and then?
Sep-28-10  Arcturus: 35) . . . Kg8 then 36) Bg4
Sep-29-10  morphy2010: Carlsen missed a mate in 11 after 35.Qd4+ Qg7
Dec-22-10  jmboutiere: 12...Nf6 seems the first little mistake.12...Nc6 is better
Dec-22-10  sevenseaman: An absorbing game, talented Carlsen is in total control.
Dec-22-10  jmboutiere: 20...Na2 better than 20...Qc5
mate in 10 : 36.Qe8 Qg8.37.Qf6Qg7. 38.Nf7 Kg8 39.Nh6
Qh6 40.Bg4 ...
May-30-20  Sally Simpson: ***

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Carlsen took the Knight on b4 but the posters (or rather their computers ) gleefully tell us:

"Carlsen missed a mate in 11 after 35.Qd4+ Qg7."

It's pretty, instructive and an unstandable miss especially with a Knight up for grabs.

In fact the solution involves ignoring the Black Knight, saccing the White Knight and then a quiet non-checking move.

Only natural and human that Carlsen missed it. Maybe (just maybe) his opponent saw part of the idea by playing here.

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35...Qg7 letting the b4 Knight go instead of 35...Kg8 which meets 36.Bg4.

Now I've given part of the solution away we see it.

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36. Qd8+ Qg8 37. Qf6+ Qg7 38. Nf7+ Kg8 39. Nh6+!! Qxh6 40. Bg4

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The computers lengthen the game with silly Queen sac moves (which is the give away this is a computer find.) but now the mate with Be6+ is visible we need not tarnish the score.

If someone has a games collection of 'Unheard Melodies' this one could be added.


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