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Shannon L Clements vs Magnus Carlsen
European Club Cup (2001), Panormo GRE, rd 7, Sep-29
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B95)  ·  0-1

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Sep-21-03  SteveToyne: 7.Bxf6?....I just played an opponent who played the exact same move and lost. There's no need to ruin the pin, he should concentrate on f4 either now or very soon.
Jun-19-04  Tennyson: 7. Bxf6 is played to simplify the position, but black gets full equality immediately. White's center is untenable by 12. Nd1, but really what can he do? 12. a4 b4 13. Na2 is just as poor. Keeping in spirit with 7. Bxf6, perhaps Clements should have played 9. Nxc6 and 10. Na4. Still poor. Hard to keep the queen knight in the game.
Oct-25-04  Larsenb3: <SteveToyne>very true, i've noticed a lot of games recently that, that has occured and that player has lost, mostly because of the presence of a bishop in the endgame.
Oct-17-11  lost in space: very poor play from white. Reminds me on Kreisklasse. Here I won my games in the same clean and dry way as Carlsen did here.
Jun-07-16  Sergash: Shannon Clements is an untitled Irish player born in 1970 (he was 30 or 31 years old when he played that game).

I checked the game with the program Komodo 9.42 64 bits.

<3...cxd4> earlier that same year, Carlsen had played 3...Nf6 here, transposing back in regular lines later (see Richard Flores vs Carlsen, 2001)

<5...a6> In the mentioned game (Richard Flores vs Carlsen, 2001), Carlsen had played 5...g6 here, which had resulted in a victory.

<7.Bxf6?! Qxf6!> As SteveToyne wrote above, the most popular move here is 7.f4. I prefer Tennyson's comment, though: <Tennyson: 7.Bxf6 is played to simplify the position, but black gets full equality immediately.>

<9.Nf3N> This was apparently new at the time this game was played. 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.0-0 Be7 = Egbert Clevers vs. Martin Vinck, Limburg Open Under 18 (Netherland) 2000, round 4, 0-1.

<12.Nd1> Not really a mistake, but 12.Rad1 was to be preferred.

<14.Nxe5?!> Dubious. 14.Qe3

<17...Qxd5> Forcing the trade of the queens. More precise was 17...Bc5+ 18.Kh1 Qxd5 19.Qxd5 Bxd5!

<19.Bf3?!> Not a good idea. 19.Nf2!

Jun-07-16  Sergash: <22.bxa5?! Rxa5 / > 22.Rf2! Rxf2 23.Nxf2 axb4 24.cxb4 Bxb4

<23...Raxa2?! 24.Rxa2 Rxa2> Carlsen already had a winning advantage (or very close) according to the computer. 23...Bd6! and now what? A) 24.h3 g6! ;
B) 24.Nf2 f5! ;
C) 24.f5 exf5 25.Rxf5 Bxh2

<25.Rf2> 25.f5! ...

A) 25...Bc5 26.Rd3! exd5! 27.Rd5 Bb6! 28.Rxb5! (or 28.Rxf5 Rd2! 29.Ke1 Rxg2 30.Rxb5 Bc7! (beware of the backrank mate!) 31.Rc5! Bd6! 32.Rx8+! Bf8 33.h3 ) Bc7! 29.Rc5! Ra7! 30.h3 g6

B) 25...Ra6 26.fxe6 Rxe6

<25...Ra4?!> 25...Ra1! 26.Ke1! (if 26.Rd2 g5! 27.fxg5 Bxg5 28.Rd4 / ) b4! 27.csb4! Bxb4+ 28.Ke2 Now Clements is preparing for a long siege...

<32...Kg7> Better is 32...g5!

<33.Nc5> 33.h4!

<34.Ne4> Again: 34.h4!

<35.Kf3?! g5!> One last chance of playing 35.h4!

Jun-07-16  Sergash: <36.Ke3> The best was possibly 36.Rc2! Kg6! 37.fxg5 hxg5 38.g4!

<39.Kg2> This was the only playable move. For instance, if 39.Re3?? Rxe3+! 40.Rxe3 Bc5+! 41.Kf3 Bxf2 42.Kxf2 Kg6 with an easy win.

<40.Nh3> Better is 40.Rd2 still holding.

<40...Rd3> 40...Bd6! /

<41.fxg5+?! hxg5 > Now, Carlsen is winning. White had to wait here. 41.Nf2! .

<42.Nxg5!?> Clements is sacrificing his knight for 2 black pawns, betting that the last black pawn won't be able to cross to queen and that the boy won't know how to materialize a win. An interesting bet!

<44.Re2? Kg4!> A serious mistake here. Clements lets Carlsen's king get closer to the white fortress without any hampering... 44.Ra6 or 44.Rb6 were better.

<47...Kg5> Only move. If, for example, 47...Kh5?? 48.Rxd2 Bxd2 49.g4+ fxg4 50.hxg4+ and without any pawn left, Black cannot win!

<59...f4> Only move. Of course, the disappearance of Black's last pawn would dissipate any winning chance!

<62...Be5> Clements resigns : the last white pawns are blocked and will perish, after which the last black pawn will go to queen and the mate will then be swift!

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