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Stephen W Giddins vs Magnus Carlsen
Gausdal Troll Masters (2002), Gausdal NOR, rd 8, Jan-10
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense (A13)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jun-03-18  Sergash: Stephen W. Giddins (also known as Steve Giddins) is a British FIDE master born in 1961. He wrote several chess books: "101 Chess Opening Traps" (1998), "How to Build Tour Chess Opening Repertoire" (2003), "50 Essential Chess Lessons" (2006), "101 Chess Endgame Tips: golden nuggets of endgame wisdom" (2007), "50 Ways to Win at Chess" (2008) and "The Greatest Ever Chess Endgames" (2012).

<2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5> In his young carreer, Carlsen had played multiple times against 2.d4, answering it with a broad range of moves: 2...e6, 2...d5, 2...c5, 2...d6.

In the previous round of that same tournament, White had played 2.g3 here and then 2...g6 (before that tournament Carlsen had only played 2...b6 here as in B Badea vs Carlsen, 2001 or D Hersvik vs Carlsen, 2001) 3.c4 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.Nc3 c5 7.d4! Nc6! 8.dxc5 dxc5 9.Bf4 Be6 10.Qa4 Qa5(?!) ⩲ T Hansen vs Carlsen, 2002

<4.d4 dxc4> After 4.d4, we are transposed back into a position in which Carlsen had previously played 4...Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5! 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bf4 Nc6 11.Rd1 Nb4! 12.Qc1! Nbd5 13.Nbd2 Nxf4 14.gxf4 c5 15.dxc5 Qc7 16.Nb3 Rac8 17.Ne5 Bxg2 18.Kxg2= J A Nilssen vs Carlsen, 2001

<5.Qa4+> The main move is possibly stronger here: 5.Bg2 dating back to A Simonson vs Kupchik, 1938 or Nikolay Antonovich Kopaev - Mikhail Andreevich Makogonov, USSR Championship Semi Finals in Kiev 1938, 1-0.

<9.0-0?!> More commendable is 9.Ne5! Nxe5 (or 9...Be7N= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) 10.dxe5 Nd5= G J de Boer vs L Storms, 1985

<9...Qb6?!> The main line : 9...c5! Silvio Danilov (2415) - Marek Matlak (2420), Moscow (USSR) 1988, Section B, draw.

<10.Nc3?!> Better: 10.a4! Rc8! (Ludvig Sandstrom (2360) - Einar Gausel (2504), Sweden Team Championship 02-03 in 2002, round 2 - Passanten vs Skara, 0-1) 11.Be3!N ⩲ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<10...a6?!> 10...c5!= Wieslaw Janocha (2330) - Marek Matlak (2440), Wisla BES Open (Polland) 1992, ronde 4, 0-1.

<11.a4> 11.e4! ⩲ Duc Thang Pham (2247) - Dang The Nam, Phu Quoc Zonal Tournament (Vietnam) 2007, round 7, 1-0.

<11...Rc8?!> 11...c5! (Ftacnik vs Beshukov, 2001) 12.Be3N! ⩲ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<12.Bf4?> 12.Ne5! Be7 ± Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT. After 12.Bf4? the game could have continued 12...c5! (A. Navrotescu (2208) - Luise Diederichs (1992), World Youth Girls Under 18 2014 Durban (South Africa), round 2.4, 1-0) 13.axb5! axb5 ⩲ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

The two players decided they needed a rest. Especially, the master Giddins is giving a draw to a young amateur without him having to work hard to earn it... Unlike the game of the previous round which lasted over 60 moves (see T Hansen vs Carlsen, 2002)! Apparently Giddins played his move 12.Bf4 and offered a draw with it, which Carlsen would have been a fool not to accept!

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