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Magnus Carlsen vs Anders Bekker-Jensen
Gausdal Troll Masters (2002), Gausdal NOR, rd 9, Jan-11
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B50)  ·  1-0

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Oct-06-06  THE pawn: OMG! check out the name of this tournament! <chessgames>, you MUST make a pun with that game.
Oct-06-06  hitman84: <The Pawn>LOL!
Nov-02-12  mike gambit: Is that a beginners move? Any deeper counter?
Jun-05-18  Sergash: Anders Bekker-Jensen is a Danish Expert player born in 1984, so he was 17 years old at the time of this game. He was probably participating in the tournament because he was seen as a potential master player, though he never achieved that level, being rated 2006 in 2018, placing him amongst the top amateur players, still. At the time of the actual game, Bekker had no FIDE rating.

<2...d6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4▢ 5.Nxd4▢> Strangely enough, in the previous games from Carlsen playing White, I could not find this line by Black. I only found the moves 2...Nc6, 2...e6 and 2...Nf6.

<5...Nxd4?! 6.Qxd4 a6 7.Bg5!?N ±> Replacing the centered knight by a more powerful piece! Better is 5...Nf6!, apparently first played in 1880 by Wilfried Paulsen, sometimes with a different move order (see A Schottlaender vs W Paulsen, 1880 in Wiesbaden, round 3; Alexander Fritz - Wilfried Paulsen, Wiesbaden (Germany) 1880, round 5, 1-0; and also in M Bier vs W Paulsen, 1880).

<7...Qa5?!> 7...h6! 8.Bh4! e5!? 9.Qa4+▢ Bd7 10.Bxd8▢ Bxa4 11.Ba5 Bd7 ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<8.f4(?!) e5! ± / ⩲> Here Carlsen missed a problem-like move : 8.b4! Qxg5 (maybe safer is 8...Qd8 9.Nd5 ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) 9.Nd5!▢ e5! 10.Qb6! Be7! 11.Nc7+ Kf8 12.Nxa8 g6! 13.g3 ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

Jun-09-18  Sergash: <9.Qd2?> Simply 9.fxe5! Be6! (9...dxe5 10.Qd5! Bb4! 11.0-0-0! Nf6! 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Bc4! 0-0 ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) 10.Bf4! dxe5 11.Qxe5! Qxe5▢ 12.Bxe5 0-0-0! ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<9...f6?! 10.Bh4 Be6! ⩲> 9...h6! 10.Bh4 exf4! (Δ 11...Qxf4?? 12.g5-+) 11.Nd5 Qxd2+▢ 12.Kxd2 Rb8▢ 13.Bf2 (Δ 14.Ba7 and 15.Nc7+ etc.) Be6 14.Nxf4= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<11.f5 Bf7 ⩲ / ±> Why release the tension now? 11.Bf2!? exf4! 12.Qxf4 Nh6! (12...Rc8 13.Be2 ⩲ / ± Δ 13...Rxc3?? 14.Qd2!▢ Rc5 15.b4+- winning) 13.Bd4! ⩲ / ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<12.Bf2 Ne7 ⩲> Better is 12.Rd1! ⩲ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<13.b4?!> The calculated tactics in incorrect. 13.0-0-0! Rd8 13.Qe3! ⩲ / ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<13...Qc7?!> 13...Qa3! 14.Rb1 (or immediately 14.Bb5+ Nc6▢ 15.0-0!▢ axb5! 16.Nxb5 Qa4▢ 17.Nc7+ Kd7▢ 18.Nxa8 Qxa8 19.a4!▢= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) Rc8▢ 15.Bb5!▢ axb5 16.Nxb5 Qa6▢ 17.Nxd6+ Qxd6▢ 18.Qxd6 Nd5▢ 19.Bxd5 Bxd5 20.exd5 Rxc2= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

Not 13...Qxb4? 14.Rb1▢ Qa5▢ 15.Rxb7 Rc8▢ 16.Nd1! Nc6! 17.Qxa5! Nxa5 18.Ra7 ± might have been the line expected by Carlsen. Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<14.b5?> Missing the beautiful 14.Bb5! axb5 15.Nxb5 Qc6 16.Nxd6+ Qxd6▢ 17.Qxd6 Nd5▢ 18.Qxd5! Bxd5 (or 18...Bxb4+?! 19.Ke2! Bxd5 20.exd5 ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) 19.exd5 Rc8 ⩲ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<14...Nc8? 15.Rb1 ±> 14...d5! 15.Nxd5! Bxd5 (or 15...Nxd5 16.exd5 Bxd5! 17.Qxd5 transposes) 16.exd5 Nxd5! 17.Qxd5 Qc3+ (or, easier to foresee 17...Bb4+ 18.Ke2▢ Qxc2▢ 19.Kf3▢ Qxf5+▢ 20.Kg3▢ Qf4+ 21.Kh3 Qh6+ = etc. with perpetual check. Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) 18.Ke2▢ Qxc2+ = with perpetual check. For instance A) 19.Qd2 Qe4+▢= etc. Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT; B) 19.Kf3 Qxf5+▢= etc. Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

Jun-10-18  Sergash: <17...Qc6 18.c4!+- / ±> Better is 17...Qd7! ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<19.Bd3?! Bd8 ±> 19.Be2! Bd8 20.0-0+- Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<20...Bxd5? 21.cxd5!+-> As annoying as was this white knight better was, for example, 20...Ne7 21.Rb3! a5! ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<21...Qa4+-> Though also losing, better is 21...Qd7 22.Rfc1+- Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<22.Rb7+-> Even stronger is 22.Rfc1!+- Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<22...Na7? 23.Rxa7! Ba5 Black resigns> Losing a piece... The lesser evil was here 22...Rf7 23.Qb2+- Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

This game, almost a miniature, is not a beautiful one, containing too many errors and imprecision. Still, as the last game of the tournament, it allowed Carlsen to end this difficult event on a positive note!

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