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Magnus Carlsen vs Emil Hermansson
Gausdal Classics IM-A (2001), Gausdal NOR, rd 4, Apr-18
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  0-1



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  Sergash: Emil Hermansson is an international master since 2000. Born in 1971, he was 29 or 30 years old when he played this game. At the time of the game, he was rated 2400, compared to Carlsen's 2064. Early 2016, Hermansson is rated 2437.

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

<9.Ne1N Qb6!> appeared to be a novelty at the time of the game. There was 9.Nbd2! Be7 10.a3 c4 = Jordi Estrella Vidiella (2295) vs Carlos Garcia Palermo (2490), Malgrat del Mar (Spain) 1991, 1-0

<10.Qd2?!> 10.b3! = Anastasia Bodnaruk (2412) vs Monika Tsiganova (2185), 13th Woman European Championship 2012, round 2, 1-0

<10...Be7?!> Missing an opportunity to secure an advantage: 10...cxd4! 11.cxd4 Bb4! 12.Nc3 Ndxe5! 13.dxe5 d4! 14.Nf3 and then

A) 14...dxe3 15.Qxe3! Bc5 (or 15...Qxe3 transposing) 16.Qd2

B) 14...Bxc3 15.bxc3 dxe3 16.Qxe3! Qxe3! 17.fxe3

<11.f4?! 0-0!> 11.Bd3! Be4 (or 11...Bg6 = / ) 12.f3 (12.Bxe4 dxe4 ) Bg6! = /

<12.g4?! Be4> A dubious plan by Carlsen that exposes him too much. Better was 12.Bd3 Be4! 13.Bxe4 dxe4 14.Qf2

Also note that 12...Bg6? 13.f5 exf5 14.gxf5 would lose the black bishop.

<17...Nc2?!> Stronger was 17...f6! 18.exf6! Nxf6! 19.Qe2 Qa6! 20.Qd1 (if 20.Qza6 Nxa6 ) Nc6

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  Sergash: <19...Rc6> Stronger is 19...Nb6! 20.f5! (dubious would be 20.Nba3?! Bxa3 21.f5! Rfe8 ) f6! 21.Qd2! exf5 22.gxf5 Rc4! 23.e6!

<`20.Nd2? Rxc2 21.Rxc2 Qxc2 / > 20.f5! a5! 21.Nba3! Bxa3 22.Rab1! and now:

A) 22...Qc3 23.Bd2 (or 23.Nxa3 Qxa3 24.Rxc6 bxc6 25.Rb7! Qa4! 27.Rxd7 c5 =) Qd3 24.Nxa3 Rxc1+! 25.Bxc1! Qd1+ 26.Kg2 Qxg4+ 27.Qg3! = / and Black will now either play 27...Qxd4 or give other checks with 27...Qe2+ or 27...Qe4+.

B) 22...Qxa2 23.Ra1 (or 23.Nxa3 Qxa3 transposing) Qb2 24.Rab1 Qc3 (or 24...Qa2 25.Ra1 = etc.) 25.Nxa3! Qxa3 26.Rxa6! bxc6 27.Rb7 =

<22.Qg3?! Rc8 > The last chance was 22.Nb3 Qd3! 23.Re1 /

<28...f6?!> Better was 28...Qd3!

<29.Rc1?! Rxc1!> Carlsen had another chance of survival here with 29.f5! Qf7! 30.exf6 Nxf6 31.Ng3

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  Messiah: WHOOPS! :-) A bad day in the office!

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