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MAGNUS CARLSEN'S BEST GAMES
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Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2005 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 40 moves, 1-0

A Riazantsev vs Carlsen, 2005 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs R Prasca Sosa, 2006 
(C11) French, 33 moves, 1-0

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

Carlsen vs T Gulbrandsen, 2002 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

Magnus traps queen twice, once in the game, once in the notes
Pelletier vs Carlsen, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

V Malakhov vs Carlsen, 2005 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

25 ... Ra8-d8!! highlights magnificent win by Magnus
Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2006 
(C57) Two Knights, 54 moves, 0-1

Featured in Chessbase Magazine 115 Move By Move column (King)
L E Johannessen vs Carlsen, 2006 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 36 moves, 0-1

Carlsen's win over Michael Adams from the 2006 Turin Olympiad
Carlsen vs Adams, 2006 
(A17) English, 73 moves, 1-0

Carlsen forces draw, wins match with spectacular 78 - Be7xc5+!!
Adams vs Carlsen, 2007 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bacrot vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 0-1

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

Magnus wins a drawish position with incredible PINNING idea
Carlsen vs Onischuk, 2007 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

Magnus Carlsen's first ever win in the Corus A-group
Mamedyarov vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B30) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Magnus makes every one of his pieces better than his opponent's
Carlsen vs Eljanov, 2008 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 54 moves, 1-0

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

Magnus second(!) player to beat White Kramnik since May 2006!
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Van Wely, 2006 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 34 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Nunn, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 45 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Shirov, 2007 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 26 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs R Pruijssers, 2007 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 40 moves, 1-0

Stefansson vs Carlsen, 2007 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 0-1

Magnus conducts incredible, imaginative mating attack
Carlsen vs G Tallaksen Ostmoe, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

13(!)-year old Magnus Carlsen almost beats Kasparov!
Carlsen vs Kasparov, 2004 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

"a textbook example of how to play a non-mainline Dutch"
Carlsen vs L Danner, 2003
(A80) Dutch, 54 moves, 1-0

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

The game that ended my doubts about Magnus Carlsen
Carlsen vs G Vescovi, 2006 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

19 Rg7xh7? 0-0! is standard 0-0-0 tactical trick played by 0-0
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2007 
(B30) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

Magnus forks his way to first win over Anand
Carlsen vs Anand, 2008 
(A20) English, 48 moves, 1-0

Magnus trades a center pawn to create a queenside pawn majority
M Bartel vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B30) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

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

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

Carlsen vs Adams, 2008 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 56 moves, 1-0

Carlsen wipes out Van Wely using Romanishin gambit in Nimzo
Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2008 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 26 moves, 0-1

Magnus beats Romanishin gambit in Nimzo Indian
Carlsen vs Naiditsch, 2007 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 49 moves, 1-0

White Kramnik beat everyone in the tourney except for Magnus
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E05) Catalan, Open, Classical line, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Carlsen's best game in Aerosvit, beating Ivanchuk's KID
Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(E97) King's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

Carlsen wins an instructive opposite-colored bishops ending
Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 64 moves, 1-0

Carlsen has the better half of a tremendous fighting draw
E Alekseev vs Carlsen, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Magnus rolls White up like a Cuban cigar using Pirc(!) defense
G Kaiser vs Carlsen, 2000 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 36 moves, 0-1

Carlsen simply demolishes Karpov in a blitz game
Carlsen vs Karpov, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Carlsen wins fine Black game against Aronian at Bilbao
Aronian vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Ponomariov, 2008 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

Carlsen defeats the World #1 player as a 16-year old!
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2007 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 64 moves, 1-0

Carlsen sacrifices *two* pawns against Aronian and wins
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Carlsen's *awesome* blindfold win over Mamedyarov in Sicilian
Carlsen vs Mamedyarov, 2008 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Carlsen's *awesome* blindfold win over Gelfand in Najdorf
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2008 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1-0

Carlsen slays Radjabov's dragon, wins Brilliancy Prize @ Bilbao
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 37 moves, 1-0

Carlsen annotates brilliant win in Magazine 2006/1, Yearbook 79
Carlsen vs Kamsky, 2005 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 48 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs V Malakhov, 2005 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Carlsen easily defeats 2600 with outstanding piece coordination
J Rowson vs Carlsen, 2008 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

Tour de force by Carlsen, great tactical play routs a 2700
Jakovenko vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 41 moves, 0-1

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

Carlsen wins the Sokolov prize for the best game of round 10
Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2009 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Carlsen crushes Mamedyarov's Petrosian QID at 2008 Amber Rapid
Mamedyarov vs Carlsen, 2008 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 0-1

Magnus gets probably winning position but loses on time
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

Carlsen uses his favorite Dragon to *easily* defeat Nisipeanu
Nisipeanu vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 37 moves, 0-1

Carlsen simply crushes Dominguez with Sicilian Chinese Dragon
L Dominguez vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 54 moves, 0-1

"Carlsen just won a brilliant game!" -- Kasparov
Carlsen vs Grischuk, 2009 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

Magnus *crushes* the life from Anand at Amber Blindfold 2009
Anand vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B30) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs I Abusdal, 2003 
(C00) French Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Leko, 2008 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 58 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Zhao Zong-Yuan, 2007 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Stupendous victory over Topalov by Carlsen
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2009 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

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

Carlsen *smashes* Anand on way to becoming World Blitz Champion
Anand vs Carlsen, 2009 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Svidler, 2009 
(B40) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Ganguly, 2004 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

Carlsen annotates blitz victory over Bareev in NIC 2009/8
Carlsen vs Bareev, 2009 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Carlsen plays the French and wins!
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2010 
(C11) French, 45 moves, 0-1

Beating Dominguez's Grunfeld gives Carlsen tie for 1st at Corus
Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2010 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 45 moves, 1-0

Tactical tour de force by Carlsen: 37 Bxb6!, 47 Nc5!!, 55 e5+!
Carlsen vs McShane, 2009 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 61 moves, 1-0

Magnus squeezes a rook endgame win from a dead drawn position
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2010 
(C48) Four Knights, 68 moves, 1-0

Magnus wins an "equal" rook ending against Ponomariov
Ponomariov vs Carlsen, 2010 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 102 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2010 
(A10) English, 59 moves, 1-0

Carlsen *totally* outplays Karjakin on Black side of Breyer
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2010 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 31 moves, 0-1

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

Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

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

Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Magnus is the master of the Ruy Lopez Breyer variation
J Smeets vs Carlsen, 2010 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 56 moves, 0-1

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

Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2007 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2011 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 72 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Anand, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 77 moves, 1-0

Carlsen creates three connected passer out of thin air!!!!!!!!!
Carlsen vs Vallejo-Pons, 2010 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Nisipeanu, 2011 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

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

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

Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2011 
(A20) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs E Shaposhnikov, 2004 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 30 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs V Gashimov, 2012 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 67 moves, 1-0

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

Carlsen vs Grischuk, 2012 
(E92) King's Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

I Kurnosov vs Carlsen, 2012 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 
(B30) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

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