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Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana
Norway Chess (2018), Stavanger NOR, rd 1, May-28
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: Bishop's Opening is not the rarest opening out there, but it was still surprising to see.

I still remember when he beat Radjabov with 1.a3. (blitz game albeit)

Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2012

May-29-18  Tadeucouto: Fanques Fair you are right. Good point of view!
May-29-18  Tadeucouto: hoodrobin:: I agry whity you too.
Very good
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
May-29-18  ChessHigherCat: <I do not think of Capablanca as the strongest (I like Alekhine and Fischer and so on), but I feel there is something of his genius in Carlsen, maybe an apparent randomness of his play.>

There may even be <a random parentness>, because Capablanca spent a certain amount of time in Oslo.

May-29-18  Sokrates: <OhioChessFan: Capa had a really strong sense of his ability to immediately see the main point of a position. He backed that up by his extraordinary blitz skills. That is probably the one attribute of Capa I see in Carlsen. I still have to appeal to Lasker as the most closely aligned old time player to Carlsen. Just a universal player, seemed to get lucky when the other guy made mistakes, nothing in particular sticks out in his skill set, although maybe end game ability would qualify.>

I agree with your notions on Carlsen's predecessors in spirit & style and just want to add that both Lasker and Capablanca had considerable endgame skills, by which they - like Carlsen - won many a game, where others only would achieve a draw.

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  perfidious: I too have long held the view that Lasker is the stylistic antecedent of Carlsen.
May-29-18  rogge: Yep .
May-29-18  JonathanJ: <actinia> what's your suggestion then in order to prevent Rc5?
May-29-18  rogge: Susan Polgar on Twitter: "Carlsen sent brutally strong message by beating Caruana twice"

May-29-18  piltdown man: An inauspicious start for the heir apparent.
May-29-18  whiteshark: More game analysis:

by <GM Niclas Huschenbeth> (~ 15 mins)

by <GM Daniel ♔>: (~ 22 mins)

May-29-18  Jaburu: With 13.a4 grew up the pryiome position of the which resulted in the passed a4, the foundation of the victory of Carlsen.
May-29-18  anjumskhan: Caruana would be thrown away in their WC games. You are losing in simplest of all openings.
May-29-18  Pasker: Caruana blundered on move 27 and lost a pawn for nothing
May-29-18  pdxjjb: Yeah, post-analysis with an engine suggests that if Caruana hadn't exchanged rooks on moves 25 and 26, he could have just pushed wood back and forth behind the d-pawn until Carlson got bored. Lacking the rook exchange, no path to tactical advantage for white ever emerges from analysis. Carlen's victory is a perfect example of that Tarrasch quote, the one about waiting for your opponent to come up with a plan because it's sure to be wrong.
May-29-18  Calli: The reason 25...Rc7? is a bad positional mistake is that he should be ready to play d4 when White moves the Queen (i.e. Qxb4, then d4). The rook exchange pretty much eliminates his counter play.
May-29-18  Jambow: Nice game by Magnus his pragmatic chess ruled the day. His post mortem was nice even if Simen Adgestien came across like a bit of an idiot. Persistently trying to make some huge psychological issue of Caruana playing on in a bad position and "Torturing himself". Magnus of course replied no you play those positions and since probably nobody has had greater results from doing so than Magnus all aspiring players should take heed. Turning draws into wins and losses into draws is huge. Maybe Simen needs more confidence in his compatriot, Magnus doesn't need Freud's help to win, he is the best player in the world and that should secure the day if he is at his best. I hope in the WC match they both fight on and grind it out. None the less not sure Simen is a good commentator for any tournament in which Magnus is involved from a fan perspective.

Magnus looks to be coming into form, his analysis was lucid. Truly if both players are on their A game Magnus is a strong favorite but everyone knows that. Magnus to me has been a bit below his best for a couple of orbits, probably because that was enough honestly and pragmatisism was evident. I think he knows this potentially should be his toughest challenge to date. Very telling comment by Magnus in that he failed to capitalize against Karjakin in their WC match when he had the positions to do so. Sober assessment by the champion and probably should not be counted on by team Caruana.

Go Magnus!!!

May-29-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4:d 25 dpa done

1. = (0.00): 19...Rg5 20.h4 Rg6 21.Qxb4 Rb8 22.Qd4 Qd6 23.Rad1 Rd8 24.g3 Ba6 25.Kh2 Bb7 26.Kg1 Ba6

2. = (0.01): 19...Re6 20.Rec1 Qb6 21.Rd1 Kf8 22.Qxb6 Rxb6 23.Nxd5 Nxd5 24.Bxd5 Bxd5 25.Rxd5 Rc6 26.b3 Rc3 27.Rb1 Rac8 28.g3 Rc1+ 29.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 30.Kg2 Rb1 31.Rd4 Rxb3 32.Rxe4 g6 33.a5 Ra3 34.Rxb4 Rxa5 35.Rb6 Kg7 36.g4 h5 37.h3 Ra4 38.Kg3 Ra5 39.Rb7 Kf6 40.f3

3. = (0.11): 19...Re7 20.Rec1 Ne8 21.a5 Rxa5 22.Rxa5 Qxa5 23.Bxd5 Bxd5 24.Nxd5 Re6 25.h3 b3 26.Rc8 Qa6 27.Rb8 Qd6 28.Rxb3 Qe5 29.Qxe5 Rxe5 30.Rb8 f5 31.Ne3 Kf7 32.Rb7+ Kf6 33.b4 Nd6 34.Rd7 Nf7 35.Nd5+ Ke6 36.Re7+ Kxd5 37.Rxf7 Kc4 38.Rxg7

4. = (0.23): 19...Re8 20.Red1 h6 21.Rac1 Re6 22.Rc4 Rea6 23.Rc5 Ra5 24.Rdc1 Rxc5 25.Rxc5 Bc8 26.Nxd5 Be6 27.Nxf6+ gxf6 28.Qxb4 Bxb3 29.Qxb3 Qd3 30.Qxd3 exd3 31.Rd5 Rxa4 32.h3 Ra1+ 33.Kh2 Rd1 34.Kg3 Kg7 35.Kf3 Rb1 36.Rxd3 Rxb2 37.Ke3 Kg6 38.g3 Kf5 39.g4+

May-29-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa

1. = (0.00): 20...Ne8 21.Qxb4 Rd7 22.Red1 d4 23.Nc4 e3 24.fxe3 Bxg2 25.Kxg2 Qg5+ 26.Kh1 Qd5+ 27.Kg1 Qg5+ 28.Kh1 Qd5+

2. = (0.23): 20...Nh5 21.g3 Nf6 22.Red1 Rd7 23.Rc5 h5 24.Rdc1 h4 25.Rb5 Ba6 26.Rxb4 Bd3 27.gxh4 Be2 28.h3 Rc8 29.Rc3 Ra8 30.Rb6 Bd3 31.Nf5 Rc7 32.Rd6 Rd7 33.Rcc6 Ra5

May-29-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
25...Qa6 26.Rd1 Qa5 27.Rc1 Qa6
= (0.00) Depth: 23
May-30-18  ChessHigherCat: <Pasker: Caruana blundered on move 27 and lost a pawn for nothing>

Caruana's 27...Qc1+ was SF's top pick, but admittedly only at 35 ply (with computer analyses, much like toilet paper, relying on an insufficient number of ply can have disastrous results):

1) +0.94 (35 ply) 27...Qc1+ 28.Bd1 Ba6 29.Qc3 Qxc3 30.bxc3 Bb7 etc.

What should he have played instead?

Jun-18-18  AlekhineHorse86: Magnus plays Magnificent in this Queen pawn Endgames, very similar to Giri-So, Tata Steel Tournament! ......
Jul-12-18  Howard: A new book comes out next week containing 90 of Carlsen's best endgames. You can pre-order it on Amazon.
Aug-30-18  Jambow: < I too have long held the view that Lasker is the stylistic antecedent of Carlsen.>

Certainly the player that came to my mind from the late middle game in this one.

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