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Brede Kvisvik vs Magnus Carlsen
XII Open NOR Junior Ch (2002), Lysaker NOR, rd 3, Mar-24
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack. Tal Gambit (B21)  ·  0-1

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Jun-29-08  DiscoJew: AHEM,
this game is awwwwwwsome!
May-08-10  waustad: Kvisvik was just barely eligible for the U18 here and got trounced by the 11 year old.
May-08-14  Chris321: Magnus showing what will come later as we know very well by now!...champ in the making!
Jun-30-18  Sergash: Alexander Brede Kvisvik, born in 1984, was 17 years old and rated 2060 at the time of this game. He later became a FIDE master in 2012. Carlsen was 11 years old and had a rating of 2127 at that time.

<1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 Nf6! 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.Bxd7+ Qxd7▢ 6.c4 e6!=> The Grand-Prix Attack, not necessarily the most successful line, but can surprise a player sometimes. I could not see prior Carlsen games with this line, though he had met 2.Nf3, 2.c3 and 2.d4. The previous year, the same two players had met, playing the same colors, see B Kvisvik vs Carlsen, 2001, draw.

<7.Qe2> The most played move in chess History, but probably not the best. More commendable is 7.dxe6! Qxe6+ (or 7...fxe6 8.Nf3 Bd6! 9.Ne5 (Christian Cramer - Josef Kuhnert, Regionalliga SW Bayern 04-05 (league, Germany) 2005, round 9.4 - Pasing vs. Sonthofen, draw) Qd8!= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) 8.Qe2! Nc6 (or 8...Qxe2+ 9.Nxe2= Gunnar Uusi - Hillar Karner, Estonia Championship (USSR) in Tartu 1972, 1-0) 9.Qxe6+ (9.Nc3 Qxe2+ 10.Ngxe2= transposing in Gunnar Uusi - Hillar Karner, Estonia Championship (USSR) in Tartu 1972, 1-0) fxe6= Gerd Putzbach (2200) - Thorsten Stelting (2245), Hamburg Championship (West Germany) 1985, 0-1.

<7...Be7?! 8.dxe6! Qxe6 9.Qxe6! fxe6 10.Nf3 Nc6 ⩲> Seems logical and reasonable at first sight, but it is inferior to the main move 7.Bd6!= as in the game R W Smith vs P Beach, 1979, draw.

<11.0-0=> It is more precise to delay castling here (or not castle at all!) and play instead 11.Nc3 (Henryk Dobosz (2380) - Ildiko Madl (2185), Szolnok (Hungary) 1985, round 6, 1-0) Bd6!N 12.d3 0-0-0! 13.Be3 Ng4! 14.Bd2 Nb4 15.Ke2! ⩲ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<11...0-0-0 ⩲> 11...Bd6! 12,d3 (12.Ng5N Nd4! 13.Nc3= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) 0-0-0= Marek Pigula (2195) - Jan Zysko (2104), Polland Championship Under 18 2008 in Leba, round 4, 0-1.

<12.a4?!=> Weird move, intended to bring the queen rook into play. Development is better: 12.Nc3 ⩲ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<12...Rhf8= / ⩲> Better is 12...h6!= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

Jul-02-18  Sergash: <13.Ra3 Bd6 14.g3 e5! 15,fxe5 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.Raf3 Bd4+ 18.Kg2 Rfe8! 19.Nc3 Ng4 20.Rf7 h5=> Why not 13.Nc3! Bd6 (or 13...Rfe8= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) 14.Ng5! Rfe8 15.Nce4 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Nd4!= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<21.h3?! Ne5! 22.Rxg7 ∓> Several moves were better here. For instance, 21.d3 Bxc3 22.bxc3 Re2+ (or 22...Rxd3 23.Rxg7= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) 23.Kg1▢ Nxh2 24.R1f2 (or 24.Rd1= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) Rxf2 (or 24...Re1+ 25.Kxh2 Rxc1 36.R2f5=Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT) 25.Kxf2!= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<22...Nd3?!> Eager to get his knight to this terrific spot on d3, Carlsen misses the important 22...Rf8! 23.Rxf8 Rxf8 24.Ne4▢ Nd3 25.Nd6+ Kd8 (or 25...Kb8 26.Rxb7+ Ka8 transposing) 26.Nxb7+ Kc8 27.Nd6+ Kb8 28.Rb7+ Ka8 29.Rf7 Rxf7 30.Nxf7 Nxc1 ∓ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<23.Rg5? Re1 24.Rxh5 Rxf1 25.Kxf1 ∓> Kvisvik had to play 23.Rgf7▢= Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<25...Rf8+ 26.Ke2▢ Nxc1+ 27.Kd1▢ Nd3 ∓> It was better to immediately capture de bishop on c1: 25...Nxc1! 26.Rf5 Nd3 ∓ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<28.Kc2?! Nb4+ ∓> More precise would have been 28.b3! ∓ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<29.Kb3?? Rf2!-+> This blunder loses everything... The only playable move was 29.Kd1▢ ∓ with the burden of winning on Carlsen's shoulders.

<31.Nb5 Rxb2+> After the game move, Carlsen could have announced a mate in 9 moves. Better but still losing was 31.g4 Nc6!-+ Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<33.a6 Rb4+ 34.Ka5 b6#> This gives White a mate in 2 moves. The longest mate (7 moves): 33.Nxa7+ Kb8 34.Nc6+ bxc6 35.a6 Ne3 36.a7+ Ka8 37.g4 Nxc4 and mate in 2 moves ending with Rb2-b4#. Stockfish 9 - 64 bits POPCNT.

This was Magnus best game in this tournament so far, as he was losing at some point in each of the first two games. This was not the case in this one, where he seemed more in control. Maybe this had to do with the fact that this tournament was at the end of March 2002 and his previous one had ended on January 11 of the same year?

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