Mar2020   Sergash: Kjetil Aleksander Lie was born on November 18, 1980 in Porsgrunn (Norway) and was 21 years old at the time of the actual game. He became Norway's 8th GM in History and the first to come from Oslo's vicinity. He was Norway's chess champion in 2009 and 2010. He had started playing chess when he was 8 and, in 1994, he became Cadet Champion (age 1415). He also won Norway's Open Championship in 2000. He earned the IM title in 2002, and the GM title in 2005. For this game, Lie was rated 2388, according to Chessbase. During the 2007 Candidates matches, Lie served as Magnus Carlsen's second, helping him with analysis and preparations. On the other hand, when the actual game was played Magnus Carlsen was 11 years old (as the tournament was held in April and Carlsen was born in November) and was a 5th grader in elementary school. Magnus could have been considered a candidate national master, or a chess Expert at the time, being rated at 2127. <2...e6 3.Ng1f3> First time this move was played against Carlsen, and also the 2nd most played move in this position. Until then, Carlsen had played against 2...Nb8c6 3.Ng1f3 g7g6 4.Bf1b5 Bf8g7 5.00 Ng8f6 6.e4e5! Nf6g4 7.Bb5xc6 d7xc6 8.Qd1e2 00 9.d2d3 Ng4h6! 10.Nc3e4 b7b6 11.Bc1f4 Nh6f5 ⩲ Carlsen vs D Wallin, 2002, draw. <3...a7a6 4.d2d4 c5xd4> Black refrains from developing a first piece, which doesn't seem in accordance with general principles at first sight, but in this Closed Sicilian, there is no bad consequences. 3...a7a6 is the 2nd most played move here but, true, the most played move here is the development of a knight : 3...Nb8c6. Carlsen opens up the centre, being better developed than Lie. <5.Nf3xd4 Qd8c7 6.Bf1d3> After 5.Nf3xd4, we are transposed in the game Carlsen vs A Caoili, 2001, draw. This game had continued with 5...b7b5 6.Bf1d3 Qd8b6 7.Bc1e3 Bf8c5! 8.Nc3e2 Ng8f6 9.00 Nf6g4 10. Be3d2! =. The Queen move 5...Qd8c7 is the most played in this position. 

Mar2020   Sergash: <7.Qd1f3!?> This is a marginally played move, compared with the obvious 7.00 ⩲ (Winawer vs Paulsen, 1881, 10), or even 7.Qd1e2 = / ⩲ as played in Suetin vs Kotov, 1958, 01. It seems the played queen move's goal is to discourage Black from playing b7b5. For instance: 7...b7b5 8.00! (if 8.e4e5? Qc7xe5+ 9.Bc1e3! d7d5 P Ofstad vs B Malich, 1963, 01) Bc8b7! 9.Rf1e1 ⩲ / ± Igor Zaitsev vs. Antti Pyhala, 4th Heart of Finland Open in Jyvaskyla 1994, 10. Also worth mentioning 7...d7d6 = Rainer Gollnick (1483) vs. Matthias Branshorst (1283), Sparkassen Open in Dortmund (Germany) 2006, section B, round 4, 01. <7...Nb8c6!? 8.Bc1e3?! Nc6e5! ⩱> The strongest appears to be 8.Nd4xc6! d7xc6! ⩲ Jonny Hector (2540) vs. Aleksa Strikovich (2485), Aceimar Open in Mondariz (Spain) 1995, 10. <9.Qf3e2> Better is 9.Qf3g3! Ne5xd3+ 10.c2xd3 Qc7xg3 ▢ 11.h2xg3 Nf6g4! 12.Nd4c2! Ng4xe3 13.Nc2xe3 ▢ b7b5 ⩱ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <9...Nf6g4?! 10.Be3d2!=> Better is 9...b7b5 ⩱ / ∓ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. click for larger view
<10...Bf8c5! 11.h2h3 ▢ => Lie was apparently counting on the move 10...Bf8c5 to gain an edge. <11...Bc5xd4 12.h3xg4 ▢ b7b5 13.f2f4!? Ne5c4 14.Bd3xc4! Qc7xc4 ▢ 15.Qe2xc4 b5xc4 => Also good is 11...Ne5xd3+ 12.c2xd3 ▢ Bc5xd4! 13.h3xg4= or 1.Qe2xg4= Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. 

Mar2220   Sergash: <16.Nc3d1?! Bc8b7 17.Bd2c3 Bd4c5 18.Rh1h5! ⩱ / ∓> It is obvious that Bc8b7 is about to be played, putting the e4 pawn and, to a lesser extent, the g2 pawn at risk because of the possible Bd4xc3. Moreover, the white King is in a difficult position, with e3 and f2 controlled by the black bishop on d4. Despite having 2 open files vs. 1 (d and h vs. b), Black appears to have a small edge here with the 2 bishops. One could think of click for larger viewA) 16.Ke1e2!? Bc8b7 and now not 17.Ke2f3?! as I thought because of 17..f7f5 (17...00 ⩱ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT) 18.g4xf5 e6xf5 ⩱, but 17.Ra1d1 f7f6 ⩱ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. B) Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT comes with 16.000 Bc8b7 17.Rh1e1 ⩱ (also 17.Rh1h5!? h7h6! = / ⩱). C) The "best" move could be 16.g4g5 Bc8b7 17.Rh1h5! =/ ⩱ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. White's slight disadvantage could come from the move 13.f2f4?!; instead, it could be better to play something else, like 13.a2a4 = Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <18...Ra8c8?! 19.Nd1f2! Bc5xf2+ 20.Ke1xf2 Bb7xe4 ⩱> My first idea here, which is also favored by the computer, was 18...d7d6! after which Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT gives 19.Nd1f2! Bc5xf2+ 20.Ke1xf2 Bb7xe4 21.Ra1d1 d6d5! 22.Rh5g5! Be4xc2 23.Rd1h1! 000 ⩱ / ∓ <21.f4f5?!> Carlsen missed 21.Rh5g5! Rh8g8 (21...Be4xc2 22.Rg5xg7 d7d6 ⩱ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT) 22.Rg5xg7 Rg8xg7 23.Bc3xg7 Be4xc2 ⩱ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <21...e6xf5?!> Two moves seem better than this pawn trade : A) 21...Rh8g8! 22.Rh5xh7 f7f6! 23.Ra1h1! e6e5 ∓ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. B) 21...00 22.Ra1h1 f7f6! 23.Rh5xh7 e6e5! ⩱ / ∓ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <22.Ra1e1?! d7d5! ∓> Again, 22.Rh5g5! A) 22...g7g6! 23.Bc3xh8 h7h6 ▢ 24.Rg5xf5 g6xf5 ▢ 25.g4xf5 (also 25.Ra1e1 d7d5
26.g4xf5 ⩱ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT) Ke8e7 (or 25...Be4xf5 ⩱ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT) 26.Ra1e1! d7d5 ▢ 27.Bh8d4 ⩱ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. B) 22...h7h6 23.Rg5xg7 Rc8c6 = Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. C) 22...Rc8c6 23.Rg5xg7 Rh8f8= or 23...h7h6 transposing in B) 22...h7h6. Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. 

Mar2220
  Messiah: Ouch! :) 

Mar2220
  Diademas: I know of no one but you <Messiah> who can draw this much pleasure out of seeing an eleven year old losing a game of chess to an IM. 

Mar2220
  perfidious: One would think that someone who fancies himself a superior being would hardly manage to derive such feelings from everyday occurrencesbut that is his patent immaturity on parade. 

Mar2320   Sergash: <23.Bc3xg7?! Rh8g8 ∓> Better are are: A) 23.Re1e2 ∓ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. B) 23.g4xf5 f7f6 ∓ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. C) 23.Rh5g5 Rh8g8! 24.Rg5xf5 (Δ Rf5xd5) Rc8d8 ▢ 25.Rf5e5+ Ke8d7 ▢ (of course not 25...Ke8f8?? 26.Bc3b4! Rd8d6 27.Bb4xd6 #) 26.Re1d1 (Δ Re5xe4) Rd8e8 27.Re5xe8 Kd7e8 ∓ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <24.Bg7c3 Rg8xg4 ∓> Interesting is here 24.Rh5xh7 f5xg4 25.Bg7d4 g4g3+! 26.Kf2f1 ∓ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <25.g2g3 f5f4! 26.g3xf4 Rg4xf4+ 27.Kf2e3 ∓> The move I would have played too, but there is also 25.Rh5xf5!? Rg4xg2+ 26.Kf2f1 ▢ Rg2g4! 27.Rf5xd5 Rg4f4+! 28.Kf1g1 ▢ f7f5 ▢ 29.Rd5d2 ∓ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <27...Rf4g4 28.Re1f1 Rc8c6 ∓> Lie misses 27...Rf4f3+! 28.Ke3d2 Ke8d7 ∓ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <29.Rh5e5?! Rc6e6 30.Rf1f4 Rg4g2! +> A mistake in already very difficult position. Necessary is here 29.Rf1f2! ∓ Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <31.Rf4f6 Ke8e7! +> Better is 31.Ke3d4 Rg2xc2 32.Re5g5 + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <32.Rf6f4?!> 32.Rf6h6 + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <32...Rg2xc2 33.Ke3d4 +> Obvious move, but there was a stronger one : 32...Ke7d6! 33.Re5xe6+ f7xe6 ▢ + 

Mar2520   Sergash: <33...Re6xe5 34.Kd4xe5 > Being 3 pawns up, it is very logical to trade pieces. Still, again better is 33...Ke7d6 + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <34...Rc2e2 35.Bc3b4+! Ke7e8 36.Bb4c3 +> The kid is trying to hold! Better is simply 34...h7h5 + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <36...Re2g2 +> 36...Be4g2+! 37.Ke5d6 (37.Ke5d4 Re2e6 + avoiding the entry in an opposite bishops ending with 37...Re2e4+... Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT) Re2e6+ 38.Kd6c5 Bg2e4 + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <37.Ke5d6 Rg2g6+ 38.Kd6e5 Rg6e6+ 39.Ke5d4 +> There is also 37.Rf4f6 Rg2g5+ (or 37...Rg2g6 + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT) 38.Ke5d4 (or 38.Ke5f4 Rg5g6 ▢ 39.Kf4e5 h7h5! + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT) Rg5g6 ▢ 39.Rf6xg6 f7xg6! + with bishops of opposite colors but Black is winning according to Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <39...h7h5 40.Rf4h4 +> 39...f7f6! + Δ Ke8f7. Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <40...Be4f3 41.Kd4c5 +> The bishop move makes possible Re6e4+, forcing a rook trade. This might explain Carlsen's king move. 40...Re6h6! + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <41...Ke8e7> 41...Re6e4! + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <42.Rh4f4 Bf3e4 43.Rf4h4 Re6h6 +> Possibly better is 42.Rh4h3 Bf3g4 43.Rh3h4 + or 43.Rh3h2 + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <44.a2a4 Ke7e6! 45.a4a5 Ke6f5! 46.Bc3d2! Rh6h8 +> Maybe more resilient is 44.Bc3d2 Rh6h8! 45.Bd2c3 + etc. Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <47.Kc5b6? Rh8b8+! 48.Kb6xa6 Rb8xb2! 49.Rh4xh5+ Kf5g4! 50.Rh5g5+ Kg4f3! 51.Bd2c3 Rb2b3 52.Bc3e5 +> Without the game move, the computer gives Black an advantage of over the value of a free rook, and even more than a full queen after the played move. It is understandable that Carlsen, maybe short on time, decides to get his own passed pawn. But if White wants to keep playing here, there is 47. Kc5d4 + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. 

Mar2520   Sergash: <52...Kf3e2> The best move here is 52...Be4d3! + Stockfish 11  64 bits POPCNT. <53.Rg5g3 Rb3xg3 54.Be5xg3 d5d4 55.Ka6b5 d4d3 01> Carlsen finally decides to go for an opposite color bishop's ending, though it will make no difference here. This game is not Magnus best. But it was his 3rd game is three days, against stronger and more experienced players. Still, before the actual game Calsen was 1 win and 1 loss. What is notable in this game is that both players made a mistake before move 10. Carlsen could have gotten in trouble because of 8.Bc1e3?!, while Lie missed getting a good advantage with Black when he played 9...Nf6g4?!. After that, what made Magnus Carlsen's game difficult was 12.f2f4, and 16.Nc3d1?!, after which Lie maintained a solid advantage throughout the game. This game became winning for Black after move 29.Rh5e5+?! This game took place on April 13, 2002 and it is interesting to note that Magnus Carlsen was rated 2127 at the beginning of this year, and 2250 at the end of the year! 



