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Magnus Carlsen vs Nodirbek Abdusattorov
"Even Homer Nods" (game of the day Jan-29-2023)
Tata Steel Masters (2023), Amsterdam NED, rd 5, Jan-19
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  0-1



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Jan-21-23  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 16 Rc1, 16 Rd1 supports the thrust Bd6. The idea is that if Black moves his queen's bishop in order to prevent it, eg by 16...Bg4, that displaces a defender of the N on c6 and now at the cost of a tempo 17 Rc1 attacks the N on c6 with greater force.
Jan-21-23  tuttifrutty: It looks like an early Christmas gift if you ask me.
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  perfidious: No-one asked you.
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  Messiah: Typical perfidy.
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  perfidious: You were not asked, either.
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  fredthebear: The typical cyberbully stuff. His thesaurus must still be asleep in his bed.
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  Messiah: <fredthebear: The typical cyberbully stuff. His thesaurus must still be asleep in his bed.>

A dude this old and bitter should switch his attention to something else than chess.

Jan-21-23  SChesshevsky: Interesting that getting 2 Maroczy Binds and NA gets 2 wins. Seems comfortable with it as the opening in the 2021 game linked above seemed a pet line for him.

Know Magnus has a lot of respect for binds and had the idea that he was a fan of the Maroczy earlier in his career. But can't remember why I believe that about the Maroczy and found no evidence.

Feels like the 14. Ba3 exchange sac is not quite sound. Mainly because am assuming king threats after ...0-0-0 are key for compensation. Problem being the B's are facing the wrong way. Much scarier if had a Bg2 and/or Be3 or Bg3 etc.

But appears Magnus makes a pretty good go of it and forces NA to play well. Which I think Magnus actually mentions at the end of their post game discussion.

Jan-21-23  Chessius the Messius: This the crucial position, both players had no idea how strong that bisher at g4 is. Amateurs, just like you and me are all together now. White to play

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Jan-21-23  Chessius the Messius: It's not their fault. They are better at Fischer Waldorf now. Chess of The Future

Oh well, one can't serve two masters in the long run.

Jan-21-23  fisayo123: Youngest player to ever beat a reigning World Champion? A young Carlsen did beat Vishy a while back but Vishy is not Carlsen nor in his prime.
Jan-21-23  whiteshark: Obviously something has gone thoroughly wrong here.
Jan-21-23  Olavi: <fisayo123: Youngest player to ever beat a reigning World Champion? A young Carlsen did beat Vishy a while back but Vishy is not Carlsen nor in his prime.>

Junge was 18 in Salzburg 1942 vs. Alekhine, as was Carlsen vs. Anand Linares 2009 - I think he takes it by a month or so. Abdu just missed it.

Jan-21-23  whiteshark: Haven't fired up this collection in a long time, but this lot clearly belongs in: Game Collection: 99 Krabbe's continued REGICIDE collection
Jan-21-23  Olavi: <whiteshark> At least on mistake in Krabbe's original article: Kasparov lost four games against Ivanchuk, not five.
Jan-22-23  whiteshark: <Olavi> THANKS, you are right: I checked with chessbase database || fxd it
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  fredthebear: See the video finish of this Queens endgame:
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  FSR: <Messiah> would have preferred <Even Justin Nods>.
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  perfidious: <FSR>, but <antichrist> got his heart's desire: a nought against his antihero's name.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: During the course of the game, Carlsen's Exchange sacrifice seemed dubious and therefore 13.Nf3 instead of 13.Bb2 was a mistake. That would have led to an almost dead position after 13...Nxd4; 14.Bxd7+,Qxd7; 15.Qxd4,Qxd4; 16.Bxd4. Rather admire White's boldness, even if not entirely justified.
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  Teyss: Was about to bash the pun and then noticed Abdusattorov's first name. Good one, I'll get you some other time Missy.
Jan-29-23  TheTamale: <<Messiah>: I cannot understand how anyone expects a stellar performance with a hair like this:>

No lie. Apparently unshowered and unshaved as well, with bags under his eyes. Like the time Beth Harmon partied all night before her big game with Vasily Borgov.

Additionally, I had to Google the pun (not really a pun in this case) to get it.

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  beatgiant: <TheTamale>
"Even Homer nods" is a well-known quip (great ones make mistakes too), like when the classical writer Homer had a dead character reappear in a later scene in one of his epics. Here the error is when Carlsen has his "dead" queen "reappear" in the center (23. Qd4?).

That, plus Nod is the start of Nodirbek.

You must have better Googling skills than me. When I tried it, it just pointed back to this page plus some info about chess in "The Simpsons."

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  Sergio X Garcia: Long time since Carlsen lost two straight classical games.
Feb-26-23  cehertan: In the final position 71.Qh5+ Kc2! when any check is met by an interpolation on the 3rd rank exchanging queens.
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