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Magnus Carlsen vs Arianne Caoili
Gausdal Classics IM-A (2001)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation. Wing Attack (B43)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Sep-07-04  xiaolin: hmm he could lose a piece move ten BxN -NxB Qxn
Sep-07-04  azaris: 10...♗xd4 11. ♘xd4 ♕xd4? 12. ♗c3! regains the piece and White nets a massive attack to boot. Maybe someone can work out a winning line for White if Black retreats the queen?
Jul-30-05  CAPA2422: NO xiaolin, because white has ♕xknight on g4 as a follow up. 3 moves in advance isn't going to cut it.
Jun-08-06  Randomiser: On move 22, surely White 23.R(c7)- f7, threatens mate in 2 given Q - D8 and R = f8+.

What can black do?

Jun-08-06  rover: How about 22.Rxf7 Rxf7 23.Qd8+ Kg7?
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  tamar: 23 Qe7 instead of 23 Re7 would win, because Bh6 will win the exchange or the f7 pawn.
Apr-29-16  Sergash: Arianne Caoili is a Woman International Master born in 1986 in the Philippines and who later became Australian. Her fater was Chinese/Pilippino, while her mother was Irish/Dutch. She is a beautiful woman.

Her boyfriend is GM levon Aronian. She is also a good dancer, finishing 2nd in the 5th Australian season of Dancing with the Stars! In another TV show, Deal or No Deal, she won a car!

Her highest achieved rating was 2309 in 2002. At the time of the actual game, she was 14 years old, while Carlsen was 10.

This was a particularly difficult tournament for the two teenagers, Carlsen finishing with 2.5/9 and Caoili with 2.0/9.

I checked the game with the program Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<10.Be2!N> was a good improvement over the known 10.Ng3? and 10.Kh1?!. In fact, this has become the most played move in this position. The reasonning is that removing the bishop doesn't lose a piece, as CAPA2422 indicated. And keeping the 2 bishops is important.

<10...e5? 11.b4! Bxd4 (only move) 12.Nxd4 Nxf2! 13.Rxf2 Qxd4 14.a4! / > Caoili fell into Carlsen's trap! 10...Nc6 11.c3 0-0 = Amadeus Eisenbeiser (2304) vs Axel Heinz (2354), Under 18 German Championship 2005 in Willingen, round 8, draw.

<15...Qb6??> Big mistake! She should have played 15...0-0 16.Qc1 d6 / .

<16.Qh5?!> 16.Bc4! 0-0 17.Ra3! Bb7 (or 17...d5 18.Bxd5 Bb7 19.Be3! Qc7 20.Bc5! ) Qh5!

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  perfidious: <sergash....(Caoili's) boyfriend is GM levon Aronian....>

The couple have been engaged now for over a year.

Apr-29-16  Sergash: <17.b5?? d6! = > Completely loses the winning advantage! 17.Ra3! d5 18.exd5 f5 19.c4 .

<19...g6??> For the 2nd time Arianne Caoili gives Carlsen a winning advantage. Giving up the queen would have maintained approximate equality: 19...axb5! 20.Rc7 Rxa5! 21.Rxb7 Bxb7 = /

<20.Qg5?? axb5 21.Rc7 Qa6 = > And for the 2nd time Carlsen let it go away! But the path to victory was not so simple here: 20.Qh4! Nd7! 21.Rc7 Qb8 22.b6! Nxb6 23.Rc6 (only move) Nd7 24.Bc4! Qb2 25.Qe7! Qc1+ 26.Bf1! Qh6 27.Bb4!

<22...Qa2??> Third time Caoili is offering the win to Magnus! Only move was 22...f6 23.Qh6 (or 23.Qe3 Nd7! =) Nd7 24.Qh3 Rf7! 25.Qe6! Qb6 (only move) 26.Qe8+ (only move) Rf8 (only move) 27.Qe6+ Rf7 = etc.

<23.Re7?! Nd7!> Still winning for White, but more precise is: 23.Qh4! Qe6 24.Bh6! Ra1+ 25.Bf1! Nd7 26.Bxf8 Nxf8 27.Re7! Qc4 28.Qf6! Be6 29.h3

<24.Bxb5??> Going for the most obvious, but losing all advantage in doing so. Again 24.Qh4! Qa1+ 25.Rf1! Qd4+ 26.Kh1 Ra1! 27.Bh6! Rxf1+ 28.Bxf1

<24...f6??> Missing the chance to escape: 24...Nc5! 25.Bc6 Ne6! 26.Qf6 Qa1+ (only move) 27.Rf1 Qd4+ 28.Qf2 (only move) Qxf2+ 29.Rxf2 Ra1+ 30.Rf1 Rxf1+ 31.Kxf1 / =

Apr-29-16  Sergash: <25.Qh4? Rf7 (only move)> 25.Qg4! Rb8! 26.Bf1! Rf7 (only move) 27.Re8+ (only move) Nf8! 28.Rxc8 f5 (only move) 29.Rxf8+ (only move) Rfxf8 30.exf5 Qa7! 31.Qg3! with the idea that if 31...Rxf5 32.Be3

<26.Re8+?!> White did not have a clear winning position anymore, but still retain a big advantage after 26.Rxf7! Qxf7 (only move) 27.h3!

<27.Bh6> Not a mistake, but to try to keep some edge, better is 27.Rxf6! Qa7+! 28.Kh1 Qa1+! 29.Be1 (only move) Be6! 30.Rfxe6 Rxe8 (only move) 31.Rxe8 (only move) Qa4 (only move) 32.Rxf8+! (not 32.Bxa4?? Rf1#) Rxf8 33.Be2 = / .

<27...Be6??> For the 4th time Magnus Carlsen is presented with the win... 27...Bb7 28.Rxa8 (or 28.c4 =) Qxa8! 29.Rxf6! =

Or 27...Qb1+ 28.Bf1 (only move) Bb7 (only move) 29.Rxa8! Bxa8 30.Rxf6 Qb6+! 31.Kh1! Ne6! =

<28.Rxa8??> The kid let go of his last chance of winning... 28.h3! Qa7 (or 28...g5 29.Qg3! ) 29.Kh2! .

Then after the last move, the game was entering the ending phase with opposite color bishops...

The final result appears reasonnable with both sides missing several chances throughout the game!

Apr-29-16  Sergash: <Perfidious: The couple (Arianne Caoili and Levon Aronian) have been engaged now for over a year.>

In an interview, when Caoili was asked if she had ever won some games against Aronian, she made this interesting and alsmost funny response :

<"We have never played an entire chess game against each other. I am not so stupid to even try.">

One could have thought that she could have taken advantage of her couple to improve her chess with such a potentially great teacher.

But, on the other hand, transforming a couple relation into a teacher-student relation might not be such a good idea.

As some say: better not mix love and job!

The Caissars
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