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Magnus Carlsen vs Kaido Kulaots
Gausdal Classics GM (2002), Gausdal NOR, rd 5, Apr-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  0-1



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May-17-04  Legend: Good game by Kulaots... Btw, he is a 4-time Estonian Champion!
May-17-04  MoonlitKnight: He could make "I beat Magnus Carlsen in 17 moves with black" his slogan.
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  Joshka: Are we to assume this is his only game from 2002? He must have played more?
Premium Chessgames Member We just posted some more Carlsen games including some from 2002. We'd like to see some before 2001; even if they are just casual games with friends or family, there must be some on record.
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  Joshka: <> Fine , allright good job! I'll see if I can find any, and pass them on. Thanks:-)
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  FSR: Gad, what a crush. White must not be too strong. :-)
May-05-18  PhilFeeley: I'm puzzled. This looks more like a QGA than a QGD, since 4...dxc4.
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  Count Wedgemore: The Ragozin Variation-Vienna Line of the QGD is characterized by ...Bb4 and ...dxc4. So the classification is correct. The point is that ...e6 is played before taking on c4.
Mar-29-20  Sergash: Kaido Külaots is born in February of 1976 in Pärnu, Estonia, and so was 26 years old for the actual game. He became International Master in 1995, and Grandmaster in 2001, so the year just before the one when the actual game was played.

At the time I write this post, Külaots has been Estonia Champion eight times: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014.

At the time of the actual game and according to Chessbase, Külaots was rated 2531.

On the other hand, Magnus Carlsen was 11 years old, 5th grader and had no other title than chess Expert. He was rated 2127 in Chessbase for that tournament.

<2.d2-d4 e7-e6 3.c2-c4 d7-d5 4.Nb1-c3 d5xc4> In an earlier game played that same year, at the Norway Junior Championship, Carlsen had chosen 2.g2-g3 g7-g6 3.Bf1-g2 Bf8-g7 4.0-0 0-0 5.c2-c4 d7-d6 6.Nb1-c3 e7-e5 7.d2-d3 Nb8-c6 8.Ra1-b1 a7-a5 9.a2-a3 h7-h6 10.b2-b4 a5xb4 11.a3xb4 Bc8-e6 12.b4-b5 Nc6-e7 13.Nf3-d2 Qd8-c8 14.Rf1-e1 Be6-h3 15.Bg2-h1 ⩲ Carlsen vs D Kedyk, 2002, draw.

<5.e2-e4 Bf8-b4! => This is the 2nd most played move here. The #1 move, in appearances and that could be more precise, is 5.e2-e3 with the most played line going 5...a7-a6 6.a2-a4! c7-c5 7.Bf1xc4 Nb8-c6 8.0-0 Bf8-e7 9.Qd1-e2 = Tarrasch vs H Wolf, 1906, draw.

<6.Bc1-g5 c7-c5 7.Bf1xc4 c5xd4! 8.Nf3xd4 => This can also be played as a gambit: 6.Bf1xc4!? Nf6xe4 9.0-0! Ne4xc3 10.b2xc3 Bb4-d6! = with compensations Stelios Halkias (2579) vs. Arkadij Naiditsch (2665), Serbia Team Championship 2008 in Subotica, round 1, draw; note that 10...Bb4xc3?! 11.Ra1-b1 c7-c5 ▢ 12.Bc1-g5! (Andreas Skytte Hagen (2416) vs. Nikolaï Ninov (2507), BSF GM Copenhagen (Denmark) 2012, round 6, 0-1) Qd8-d7N! ⩲ Stockfish 11 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<8...Qd8-a5> The main line goes 8...Bb4xc3+! 9.b2xc3 Qd8-a5! 10.Bc4-b5+ Nb8-d7 11.Bg5xf6 Qa5xc3+! 12.Ke1-f1 g7xf6 = E Lobron vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1990, 0-1.

<9.Bc4-b5+ Bc8-d7! => Main line : 9.Bg5-d2! ⩲ Gabriel Sanchez vs. Jose Garcia Padron (2420), Gran Canaria Open (Spain) 1989, 0-1.

Mar-29-20  Sergash: <10.Bg5-d2? Bd7xb5! 11.Nd4xb5 Nf6xe4! ∓> This move is not good anymore here, and even puts White on the brink of defeat... Carlsen had to play 10.Bg5xf6! Bd7xb5! 11.Nd4xb5 g7xf6 ▢ 12.0-0 Kramnik vs Anand, 2008, draw.

<12.Qd1-g4?? Ne4xd2 ▢ 13.Qg4xg7 Rh8-f8 ▢ -+> A second serious mistake, worse and fatal this time. White was on a narrow path for survival. 12.Nc3xe4! Qa5xb5 13.Ne4-c3 Qb5-e5+! (Frank Salzgeber (2184) vs. Adam Horvath (2503), 3rd Lake Plaza Pläffikon Open in Zurich (Switzerland) 2003, round 2, 0-1) 14.Qd1-e2N! Nb8-c6! ∓ Stockfish 11 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<14.0-0-0 a7-a6 ▢ -+> Of course, if 14.Ke1xd2? Qa5xb5! -+

<15.Qg7-e5? a6xb5 -+> The computer prefers 15.Rd1xd2 a6xb5 ▢ 16.Rh1-e1 -+ Stockfish 11 - 64 bits POPCNT.

This strong tournament was very tough for the boy, as this was his 5th loss in a row, after an initial win.

This reminds me of a story : a chess student asked his teacher "Master, Master when will a become a master myself?"

And the teacher answered : "When you will have lost a one thousand games, my young friend!"

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  Messiah: What kind of wonderkid loses so easily?

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