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Marijan Georgiev Petrov vs Magnus Carlsen
Gausdal Classics IM-A (2001), Gausdal NOR, rd 7, Apr-20
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense (B22)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  egilarne: Magnus 10 years here - his first draw against an IM.
Sep-29-11  Cemoblanca: [Comments by GM Simen Agdestein] >>>

6...cxd4 The simplest. [After 6...e6 White has the possibility c3-c4.]

8...Bb4 It is also completely normal to retreat the queen to either d6, d8 or a5.

11...Nf6 [11...Qxc3 12.Rb1 looks dangerous but is not completely clear.]

13...Qc7 [Now 13...Qxc3 doesn't work because of 14.Bb2 and the queen is trapped.]

18.Rc5 White must play actively with the rook in order not to stand worse.

21...Rbc8 A clear solution to the situation, but one that demands precise calculation.

24.Bd2 [After 24.Bxa6 Nf5 White's pieces are hopelessly placed.]

26...Re8 The end of a long variation.

33.Rc4 The position is dead drawn.

Also tournament organiser Hans Olav Lahlum could exhale in relief after this. He had been worried before the event that the bar had been placed too high, but afterwards he was nothing but smiles. 'I will never again be afraid to invite him to tournaments - there is just one Magnus and he perfectly illustrates my motto - never underestimate children!' ;0)

Sep-29-11  Cemoblanca: Magnus began as an absolute beginner with a rating of 904 in June 2000. The next year he was rated 1907 (!) and was among the best junior players in the country. Respect!
May-01-16  Sergash: And according to Chessbase, Carlsen was rated 2064 when he played this game.

Marian Petrov, on the other hand, was rated 2425 and had an IM title since 1997. That is almost 400 points above Carlsen!

Petrov got his GM title in 2010, while Carlsen became a GM in 2004!

Apparently this was the first time Carlsen was playing aganst the Sicilian Alapin in a tournament game?

<11.Nf6> <Cemoblanca [11...Qxc3 12.Rb1 looks dangerous but is not completely clear.]> On the program Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT, we get this nice variation here: 11...Qxc3?? 12.Bd2! Qb2 13.Rb1! Qxa3 14.d5! exd5 15.Nd4! Bxe2 16.Qxe2+ Qe7 17.Qb5! winning.

<12.0-0N = > was apparently a novelty. Until then, there was only 12.Ne4 played in the game Macon Shibut vs Andrew Ansel, New York Open (USA) 1991, 1-0.

Playing the game under Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT, there was no clear mistake played by either side! Only small imprecisions maybe...

An impressive game by the then 10 year old Carlsen!

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