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Magnus Carlsen vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Tromso Olympiad (2014), Tromso NOR, rd 4, Aug-05
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Aug-05-14  rickycota: 26 g4 is very powerful and marks the beginning of the end. I think really has no serious threats to white and must wait to be attacked from the f and h file. A lot of different variants, same result expected.
Aug-05-14  Sokrates: A bit early to give up. It would have been fun to see Carlsen execute the decisive attack. This may be caused by an enormous respect for the champ or pure resignation. Pg4 seems to be poisoned. After 27.-Bxg4 28. Rg3, Bd7, there's Nh5+, Nf6 and so forth.
Aug-05-14  Marmot PFL: Good play in the Closed Sicilian. It was a very popular line in Spassky's era and maybe Carlsen will revive it.
Aug-05-14  Appaz: According to Carlsen, Kasparov was watching and waiting until Magnus had played 26.g4, after which he swiftly moved on to other boards.

And yes, the pawn is poisonous and will lose the game for black after 28.Rg3, with the idea 29.Nh5.

Aug-05-14  310metaltrader: I have to be honest, if it was black to move at move 27, and i was black, against magnus with a triple alekhine gun on the f file, i would have called the TD over and announced that i would be going to the bathroom for a very long time and that you are welcome to watch for electronics, but i intend to spend a long time on the toilet rather than try to defend against MC with that F file bombardment.
Aug-05-14  Pulo y Gata: What a powerful display from the champ. More please!
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  beenthere240: Who will play exf4 or fxe5????
Aug-05-14  Kinghunt: I would have liked to see the finish, but upon analyzing it, it is clear that black is busted, and that once you ignore the desires of the spectators, the resignation was not premature.

The threat is extremely simple: Rh3, Qf6+, and Rh8#. There is an alternative plan of Rh3, Qh4, and Qh7# in case black tries defending with Qc7 and Qe7. As crude and simple as it is, there is no defense.

Aug-05-14  FrogC: I used to play the Closed Sicilian, but gave it up because Black always snuffed out my attack with an early f5. Surprised Wojtaszek didn't try that here.
Aug-05-14  Edmontonchessclub: A premature resignation in a lost position.
Carlsen would not resign here, if the positions were reversed. He would make certain that his opponent found the winning plan first. He might resign two moves from now, though.
Aug-05-14  csmath: In this game the opening is less interesting but the tactical brilliancy starting with 26. g4! is truly impressive.
Aug-05-14  csmath: 33. ...Qc7
34. Rh3 Rg8
35. Rh7! [with mate threat]

and now after
35. ...Kf8

black position is completely hopeless as king cannot escape.

Aug-05-14  csmath: I used to play a lot of closed Sicilian as white in blitzes as it seems this tests patience of black players and my opinion is that black Sicilian players (myself included) do not have much patience.

In this opening I think h5 is essential move to avoid being strangled on the kingside and it is quite interesting how Carlsen abuses exactly that move with 26. g4! although Wojtaszek has made some rather passive decisions, probably out of fear against world champion.

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  Penguincw: One way white can finish is if 33...Qc7, then 34.Rh3 Qe7 35.Rh7+ Kh8 36.Qh4+ Kg7 37.Qh6+ Kg8 38.Qxg6+ (pawn is pinned) 38...Kh8 39.g6 (pawn is still pinned), and black is lost. The only way to last a little longer is 39...Qg5+.
Aug-06-14  Monocle: 33. exd5 would have been an even quicker win, cutting off the king's escape route.

Don't know why so many people think the resignation was premature. Black is getting slaughtered in the final position. It's not like white has to find a series of best moves to win - black is getting crushed by pretty much anything.

Aug-07-14  mbvklc: I was just wondering about the opening. If 8...exf4, what is the correct recapture? In KID, you usually take back with g pawn, but I don't know here.
Aug-07-14  Kinghunt: <mbvklc> Here, I would play Nxf4. The whole point of the knight going to h3 is so it can get to d5 via f4.
Aug-07-14  The Rocket: G4 - the super gm move. Couldn't black opt for f5 earlier in the game, and a bit more aggression?
Aug-08-14  mrbasso: I already don't like 6...e5 for black but OK, it's playable of course.
Mar-07-23  SChesshevsky: Appears Magnus cites this game in his "Attack Without Sacrificing" course at chess. com. I didn't see the course and assume it costs something. But in the intro it mentions this attack was inspired by Spassky.

Guessing the inspiration was from Spassky's 3 win, 1 draw Closed Sicilian result in the 1968 Candidates v. Geller.

Here, Magnus successfully attacks his maybe favorite f7 target. Other examples that come to mind when he was on fire summer of 2020.

Includes wins v. Aronian, Naka at Lindores Abbey. Xiong in a Canal Sicilian at Clutch Intl. and Kramnik in the Legends event. Think others as well.

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