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The Carlsen Chronicles
Compiled by MoonlitKnight
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A chronological compilation of the most important and spectacular games in Magnus Carlsen's chess career.

"My best game so far"
Carlsen vs D Rylander, 2003 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 33 moves, 1-0

Magnus Opus
Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 38 moves, 1-0

MC - Hammer
J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 
(A04) Reti Opening, 17 moves, 0-1

Magnus Kicks Ass
Carlsen vs H A Gretarsson, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Pinning and Winning
Carlsen vs Z Andriasian, 2003 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Eager Knights
Carlsen vs L Drabke, 2003 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

Making Way for the Artillery
Carlsen vs V Popov, 2004 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

Premature GM Norm
M Gagunashvili vs Carlsen, 2004 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 44 moves, 0-1

"The Mozart of Chess"
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Manslaughter
Carlsen vs Dolmatov, 2004 
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

Child's Play
Yurtaev vs Carlsen, 2004 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

There Are Two K's in ReyKjaviK
Carlsen vs Kasparov, 2004 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

First 2600 Victim
Carlsen vs E Vladimirov, 2004 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 35 moves, 1-0

Grandmaster at 13
Fedorov vs Carlsen, 2004 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Pupil Beats His Master
Carlsen vs P H Nielsen, 2004 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Magnus Makes Minced Meat
Carlsen vs O Dannevig, 2004 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Miniature
Carlsen vs N Ibraev, 2004 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 17 moves, 1-0

Wonderboy
Carlsen vs Short, 2004 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 1-0

Drama in Drammen - First 2700 Victim
Carlsen vs Shirov, 2005 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 38 moves, 1-0

Miniature
Carlsen vs P Nikolic, 2005 
(C08) French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed, 22 moves, 1-0

He Got Endgame
Carlsen vs Kharlov, 2005 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 66 moves, 1-0

Devastating Sacrifices
Carlsen vs G Tallaksen Ostmoe, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Checkmate!
Carlsen vs A Groenn, 2005 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Queen "sac"
Carlsen vs M Praszak, 2005 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

A Bolt from the Blue
Carlsen vs O Hole, 2005 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Playoff Brilliancy
Carlsen vs S Agdestein, 2005 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 32 moves, 1-0

Headbutt
Carlsen vs Azmaiparashvili, 2005 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

Candidate at 15
Carlsen vs Kamsky, 2005 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 48 moves, 1-0

Deep Bishop Sac
Carlsen vs E L'Ami, 2006 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

Dancing Rook
J Smeets vs Carlsen, 2006 
(B33) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

Miniature
Carlsen vs Beliavsky, 2006 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 20 moves, 1-0

A Game of Olympic Proportions
Carlsen vs Adams, 2006 
(A17) English, 73 moves, 1-0

Entering the Elite
Carlsen vs Morozevich, 2007 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 68 moves, 1-0

Good Night, Bad Bishop
Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2007 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 0-1

The Ultimate Blunder
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2007 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 64 moves, 1-0

Crossing the 2700 Mark
Carlsen vs Krasenkow, 2007 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Masterpiece
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2007 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

Boo!
Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2007 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 84 moves, 1-0

Ownachuk
Carlsen vs Onischuk, 2007 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

First Super Tournament Victory)
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2007 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Shades of Tal
Jakovenko vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 41 moves, 0-1

Knight in the Corner
Carlsen vs Adams, 2007 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 77 moves, 1-0

Dominating Pieces
Mamedyarov vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B30) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Bringing Down a Giant
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 0-1

"One heck of a game"
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

Grand Prix Victory
Bacrot vs Carlsen, 2008 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 62 moves, 0-1

Slaying the Dragon
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 37 moves, 1-0

Unofficial #1 at 17
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

2880 performance
Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(E97) King's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

Beating the World Champ at 18
Carlsen vs Anand, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 77 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's Apprentice
Carlsen vs Leko, 2009 
(C45) Scotch Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Crushing the Elite
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2009 
(B30) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

Highest Performance Ever: 3002
Carlsen vs Wang Yue, 2009 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 69 moves, 1-0

2800 at 18
Carlsen vs Jakovenko, 2009 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

World Blitz Champion
Anand vs Carlsen, 2009 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 0-1

Mechanic Accuracy
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 43 moves, 1-0

World #1 at 19
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2010 
(C11) French, 45 moves, 0-1

Winning 3/4 Grand Slams
Nisipeanu vs Carlsen, 2010 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit at Kings Tournament
Carlsen vs Wang Yue, 2010 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 54 moves, 1-0

King of Endgames
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2011 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 80 moves, 0-1

Flawless Victory
J Smeets vs Carlsen, 2011 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

Hao to Win
Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Winning Grand Slam Final
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2011 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Naka's Only Loss
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

Four Straight Tournament Wins
Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2011 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 34 moves, 1-0

Spirit of Tal
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2012 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 56 moves, 1-0

Endgame Virtuoso
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2012 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 68 moves, 1-0

Rubinsteinian Endgame
Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2012 
(C45) Scotch Game, 59 moves, 0-1

Second Masters Final
Carlsen vs Anand, 2012 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Highest Rating Ever at 22
Carlsen vs Judit Polgar, 2012 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 53 moves, 1-0

+7 in Wijk aan Zee
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2013 
(B32) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Creating Something Out of Nothing
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2013 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 92 moves, 1-0

Home Advantage
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2013 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 46 moves, 0-1

Champion of Endgames
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2013 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 72 moves, 1-0

Psyche Out
Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Taming the Tiger
Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

Squeezing Water from Rock
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 67 moves, 0-1

World Champion at 22
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

First Game as World Champion
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2014 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

Epic Turnaround
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2014 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

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