Vladimirov in 2004: Magnus will be number one!

by ChessBase
9/23/2009 – Four and a half years ago, at the 2004 Dubai Open, GM Evgeny Vladimirov suffered a stunning defeat against a 13-year-old. The former Kasparov trainer was so impressed that he predicted that young Magnus Carlsen would one day be the number one in chess. In his Wednesday night Playchess lecture Dennis Monokroussos looks at this astonishing game. Nine p.m. ET on the server.

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Dennis Monokroussos writes:

With the recent news that Magnus Carlsen is working with Garry Kasparov, it seems like only a matter of time before he reaches the very top of the chess world. Of course, that has been a common opinion for some years anyway, and it's games like the one we'll look at this week that have encouraged such speculation.

Played when he was just 13, his victory over the experienced and strong GM Evgeny Vladimirov was both important and remarkable. Important, because it jump-started him in the 2004 Dubai Open on the way to his final grandmaster norm and the title; remarkable, because afterwards Vladimirov – one of Kasparov's former trainers, declared that Carlsen's future in chess was as the number one player!

13-year-old GM Magnus Carlsen at the Tripoli World Championship

We've all had some time now to appreciate Carlsen and to see Vladimirov's prediction come closer and closer to fruition, but it's worth having a look at this game in particular, to see what so impressed Carlsen's opponent. Those of you who want to see the game in advance can undoubtedly do so, but for those who want to enjoy the surprises with fresh eyes, I'll keep any possible spoilers out of this blurb.

What I will tell you is that you can watch the show tomorrow night – Wednesday night – on the Playchess server, at 9 p.m. ET. (That's 3 a.m. CET on Thursday, for my European insomniac and early-rising viewers.) To watch, simply log on, go to the Broadcasts Room, find Carlsen-Vladimirov under the Games tab, double-click and you're good to go. See you then!

Dennis Monokroussos' Radio ChessBase lectures begin on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST, which translates to 02:00h GMT, 03:00 Paris/Berlin, 13:00h Sydney (on Thursday). Other time zones can be found at the bottom of this page. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.

You can find the exact times for different locations in the world at World Time and Date. Exact times for most larger cities are here. And you can watch older lectures by Dennis Monokroussos offline in the Chess Media System room of Playchess:

Enter the above archive room and click on "Games" to see the lectures. The lectures, which can go for an hour or more, will cost you between one and two ducats. That is the equivalent of 10-20 Euro cents (14-28 US cents).

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Dennis Monokroussos is 41, lives in South Bend, IN, where he teaches chess and occasionally works as an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University-South Bend.

At one time he was one of the strongest juniors in the U.S. and has reached a peak rating of 2434 USCF, but several long breaks from tournament play have made him rusty. He is now resuming tournament chess in earnest, hoping to reach new heights.

Dennis has been working as a chess teacher for ten years now, giving lessons to adults and kids both in person and on the internet, worked for a number of years for New York’s Chess In The Schools program, where he was one of the coaches of the 1997-8 US K-8 championship team from the Bronx, and was very active in working with many of CITS’s most talented juniors.

When Dennis Monokroussos presents a game, there are usually two main areas of focus: the opening-to-middlegame transition and the key moments of the middlegame (or endgame, when applicable). With respect to the latter, he attempts to present some serious analysis culled from his best sources (both text and database), which he has checked with his own efforts and then double-checked with his chess software.

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