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Magnus Carlsen vs Teimour Radjabov
Biel Chess Festival (2007), Biel SUI, rd 9, Aug-02
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  1-0


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Aug-02-07  KamikazeAttack: Carlsen has played in all the top tournaments this year.

Why is Karjakin not featuring as well?

Aug-02-07  mr.fisk: The big tournaments only have one slot for "the next big thing". Carlsen is younger than Karjakin, often plays interesting games and has a higher rating. So he gets invited.
Aug-02-07  averroes02: thank you wonderful boy, congratulations for your heroic success and the gold in Bienne. I dont know why I love this gay, he is in the silence of the lambs but he is genius.
Aug-02-07  cirbals: what if 14... exd4! and white should give up his rook for a bishop or knight!??? anybody check with this?
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  Swapmeet: 14...exd4 15.Nxd4 Bxf1? 16.Nxc6 <16...Qd8 17.exd5>
Aug-02-07  savagerules: Radjabov deserves this defeat for his "Ulf Andersson" handling of white the previous round and he played passively this round in the same manner and paid the price.
Aug-03-07  Eagleclaw: The wonder kid did it again...Carlsen
is truly amazing, mark my word he's
gonna be a world champion.
Aug-03-07  bettermove: What an interesting game!
With debate about the opening classification and the battle of 2 young would be chesskings.Great fun with a great finish (no boring draw here!).Well played both sides for this entertaining instructive game.
Aug-03-07  Ulhumbrus: 5 g3 introduces the variation with which Karpov won against Timman at Montreal in the game Karpov vs Timman, 1979

7...Be7 is passive, 7..g6 may be better.
Instead of 9 h3, 9 f4 may gain the advantage.
With 13...d5 Black has removed at least temporarily White's advantage in space.

14...dxe5? looks like the first mistake. Instead of 14..dxe4, on 14..exd4 the Ne2 is pinned to the Rf1, but 15 Nxd4 counter-attacks the c6 pawn. However 15...Rc8 defends the c6 pawn and on 16 Rf1-e1 c5 17 Nd4-f5 d4 may not be so bad for Black. On 14...Re8 15 dxe5 Nxe5 16 exd5 Nc4 17 dxc6! gains two pawns for the exchange. 16...Bd8 undeveloping the B is a sign of trouble for Black.

As 21...fxg5 allows Carlsen to begin a mating attack on Black's King , this suggests 21...fxe5. However then 22 f4 attacks the e5 pawn which obstructs the long diagonal for the check Qd4. On 21..Nxe5 22 f4 Nf7 23 c5 Ne7 24 Qd4 occupies the long diagonal and pins the f6 pawn.

Aug-05-07  Wolfgang01: It's a fine game by Carlsen. Before coming to the game, Radjabov was lost. His queenside-attack costs too much time, whilst Carlsen overruns the center and amputates the kings wings and flank. As if Magnus was reborn after the 2 losses the rounds before. That's life!! Thanks 2 Teimour 2, to make it happen.
Aug-07-07  Karpyan: This is a Philidor Hanham Variation by transposition from the Pirc. Its all explained in Jeremy Silman's book review of the Philidor Defence book recently published by Christian Bauer which you can find on Silman's site. The Karpov-Timman game referred to is a proper Pirc and a different system to the one here. The difference: if black plays ...g6 and ...Bg7 it's a Pirc. If he plays ...Be7 its a Philidor Hanham.

The link (a very interesting review):

Aug-07-07  Tomlinsky: Thanks <Karpyan>, I wasn't aware of the name of that variation and have been studying ideas in these kind of setups lately and finding them surprisingly interesting. Bauer seems to like attempting transposition of Pirc through Philidor ideas and here's one I couldn't find in the CG database...

[Event "Bundesliga 0102"]
[Site "Germany"]
[Date "2001.11.25"]
[Round "4.7"]
[White "Kesseler, Heiko"]
[Black "Bauer, Christian"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B07"]
[BlackElo "2576"]
[PlyCount "54"]
[EventDate "2001.10.08"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "15"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2002.03.21"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nbd7 4. f4 e5 5. Nf3 exd4 6. Qxd4 c6 7. h3 d5 8. exd5 Bc5 9. Qc4 O-O 10. Ne5 cxd5 11. Qd3 Re8 12. Be2 Qb6 13. Rf1 d4 14. Ne4 Nxe4 15. Qxe4 Bb4+ 16. Kd1 Nc5 17. Qf3 Bf5 18. a3 d3 19. Bxd3 Nxd3 20. Nxd3 Be4 21. Qg3 Bc5 22. b4 Bd4 23. Rb1 Rac8 24. Rb3 Qc6 25. Nc5 Bxc5 26. Rc3 Qd5+ 27. Bd2 Rcd8 0-1

Aug-07-07  ahmadov: Simply a bad day for Radja...
Aug-08-07  Karpyan: <Tomlinsky> Thanks - I lost an important game in this line last night with white. In the Bauer game, I suspect 4. f4 is risky.
Aug-08-07  Karpyan: It's also known as the Lion Variation - another link:
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  beenthere240: Gulko and Schoenfeld in today's Sun say that 12...bxa3 was a mistake since it opens up the game. The previously played 12...d5 was better.
Jan-26-08  GeauxCool: Rajdabov's transitional play was a little too sluggish.
Jun-16-08  notyetagm: This brilliant attacking effort by Carlsen is included in the new GAMBIT book "Art of Attacking Chess" by Franco ( and is annotated by Carlsen in New In Chess Magazine 2007/6 (
Nov-11-08  notyetagm: 16 ... ?

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16 ... ♗e7-d8?

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IM Max Notkin in Chess Today CT-2468:

<16...♗d8? Disconnecting his rooks Black gets into insurmountable trouble.>

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  kamalakanta: What a game! Radjabov's opening looked interesting and somewhat elastic after 6...b5. Magnus turned his attention to the Kingside, and it was over!
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  whiteshark: <15...Re8 16.Bxe4 Nxe4 17.Rxe4 f6 18.Nf5 Bf8> and the game is still in balance.

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Nov-28-09  notyetagm: GM Joel Benjamin analyzes this game in an ICC video:
Jan-28-14  MarkFinan: Wow! Even my engine doesn't see some of these moves until you play them, then go back a move!? Unbelievably brilliant from Carlsen and a truly deserving world champion.. Here

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the engine "recommended" Re8 ..Qb4 c5 ..QxR RxQ. But after Carlsen plays Bxf4 the eval goes down, then slowly climbs until its +20.0 or something ridiculous. But it doesn't see that move until you play it and then go back!


Jan-28-14  aditya GM: one of the great games of carlsen
Apr-01-16  ToTheDeath: Really an excellent game by Magnus. True to his style he doesn't play a sharp Austrian attack against the Pirc, simple development and central control are all he's after. As soon as Radjabov slips White's rooks activate and take over with a direct sacrificial attack. Simple yet powerful chess.
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