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Rune Djurhuus vs Magnus Carlsen
Norwegian Championship (2006), Moss NOR, rd 8, Jul-14
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  0-1


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  Mateo: Djurhuus opening was unusual but a good choice. His position was nice but then he went for an inferior ending. There Carlsen imagined a nice trap for the White Knight.

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. Bxf6 exf6 4. e3 f5 5. c4 dxc4 6. Bxc4 Bd6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Nf3 Nd7 9. O-O Nf6 10. Qc2 a6N <10...a6 is the usual move.> 11. Rfe1 g6 12. a4 Kg7 13. Rad1 Rb8 14. g3 Qe8 15. Nd5?! <Maybe Djurhuus, who is playing against a stronger opponent, wants to trade pieces to reach a drawish position, but it is not always a good policy. White loses the small advantage he had.> Qe4 16. Qxe4 Nxe4!? <Natural was 16...fe, with a slight advantage (Bishop pair and space advantage). But maybe Carlsen was avoiding another trade (16...fe 17.Nf6).> 17. Re2 <Allowing Rc2.> Bd7!? <17...b5!?, as after the move actually played, White could impede this push.> 18. Ra1!? <18.a5!? should be considered.> b5 19. axb5 axb5 20. Bd3 Bc6! <This needed accurate calculation.> 21. Nxc7 Rb7! <21...Bc7? 22.Rc2 and White has all the play along the open files.> 22. d5 <White has problems with his Knight. 22.Na8 (22.Na6? Ra8!, the Knight cannot escape.) Re7 23.Nb6 Rb8 24.d5 (24.Ra6? Bb7 25.Ra5 Bc7 26.Rb5 Nd6, Black wins.) Be8 25.Na8 Nc5, White has big problems with his Knight on a8. For instance, 26.Ne1 (26.Bb1 Na4 27.b3 Nc3 28.Re1 Rd7! and 29...Rdd8 trapping the Knight. 26.Bc2 Rd7 with the same problem) Na4 27.b3 Nc3 with big advantage to Black. The d5 pawn is lost and the a8 Knight is out of play.> Bd7 23. Na6 <23.Na8 Nc5 and 24...Rbb8 wins for Black.> Ra8 24. b4 <24.b3? Nc5.> Rba7 25. Rea2 Bc8?! <Simpler seems 25...Nc3 26.Ra5 Bb4 27.Nb4 Ra5 28.Ra5 Ra5 winning the exchange.> 26. Bxb5 Nc3 27. Nc7 Rxa2 28. Rxa2 Rxa2 29. Ne8+ Kf8 30. Nxd6 Nxb5 31. Nxc8 Ra6 <The c8 Knight cannot move.> 32. Ne5 Ke8 33. Nc4? <33.Nc6 was better. But 33...Ra1 34.Kg2 Kd7 35.Nb6 Kc7 36.Nc4 Nc3 wins a pawn.> Kd8 34. N8b6 Kc7 35. d6+ Nxd6 36. Nd5+ Kc6 37. Nxd6 Kxd6 38. Nc3 Rb6 39. b5 Rb8 <39...Kc5? 40.Na4.> 40. Kg2 <White cannot save the b pawn. 40.Kf1 Kc5 41.Ke2 Kb4 42.Kd3 Rd8 43.Kc2 Rc8, Black wins.> Kc5 41. h4 Kc4 42. Ne2 Rxb5 <Now Black wins slowly.> 43. Nd4 Rd5 44. Nf3 h6 45. Kg1 Kd3 46. Kg2 Ke4 47. Ng1 Rd2 48. Nf3 Rd1 49. Nh2 f6 50. Nf3 g5 51. h5 Rd5 52. Ng1 Rd2 53. Nf3 Rd1 54. Ng1 Rxg1+! 55. Kxg1 Kf3 56. Kf1 Kg4 57. Kg2 Kxh5 58. Kf3 Kg6 59. e4 fxe4+ 60. Kxe4 h5 61. Kf3 Kf5 62. g4+ hxg4+ 63. Kg3 Ke5 64. Kxg4 Ke4 65. Kg3 f5 66. Kg2 f4 67. Kg1 Kf3 68. Kf1 g4 69. Kg1 Ke2 0-1

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