Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Magnus Carlsen vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili
World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 13 times; par: 89 [what's this?]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 3 more Carlsen/Azmaiparashvili games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You should register a free account to activate some of's coolest and most powerful features.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chnebelgrind: In the final stage Carlsen heckles his opponent with his rooks. It remembered me to another of is games: Carlsen vs M Vachier Lagrave, 2005
Nov-27-05  KingG: I don't think the 6...Bf5 variation is anything to worry about, but i'd prefer to play 6.Qc2 to rule it out.

Carlsen handles the endgame very nicely though. Very impressive considering the difference in experience between the two players.

Nov-27-05  Chess Addict: The play againnst Bf5 variation was found by Nigel Short, I think.
Nov-28-05  AdrianP: I like the way Carlsen repeats for a couple of moves before delivering the coup de grace.
Nov-30-05  PARACONT1: <AdrianP> Yeah. Me too. It's great to see even a Gm has problems finding the right moves and has to backpedal!
Nov-30-05  AdrianP: <Paracont1> I suspect it was more sadism than not seeing the winning move - Nigel Short said that he will always repeat moves before delivering the winning blow because he enjoys the torture.
Feb-14-06  whatthefat: <AdrianP>
Yeah, but Nigel Short's also the most pompous creature I've ever seen.
Feb-14-06  Jim Bartle: Plus, if memory serves, Short has been on the other end of the torture once or twice.
Jun-12-06  notyetagm: There is a magnificent discussion of this endgame in the new GAMBIT book SECRETS OF CHESS ENDGAME STRATEGY by Lars Bo Hansen, in the PDF sample available here
Jun-12-06  notyetagm: Why does Magnus win this game?

click for larger view

After 33 ... ♖xc5, Magnus has five pawn in two pawn islands. His opponent also has five pawns, but they are all isolated(!) and scattered across four pawn islands.

Sometimes chess really is this simple. The multiple pawn weaknesses just kill Black in this game.

Premium Chessgames Member
  MoonlitKnight: Actually, that would count as five pawn islands for black, since the doubled pawns can't be connected.
Premium Chessgames Member
  IMlday: I always count doubled, isolated pawns as two islands.
Jan-14-12  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Azmaiparashvili, 2005

click for larger view

Game Collection: WEAK PAWNS

Jan-14-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: WEAK PAWNS

Carlsen vs Azmaiparashvili, 2005 Carlsen has 2 pawns islands, Black has 5(!) pawn islands => 1-0

Jan-14-12  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Azmaiparashvili, 2005

This superb endgame win by Carlsen is included in the new book by FM Steve Giddins "The Greatest Ever Chess Endgames".

Jan-22-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PASSIVELY DEFEND PAWNS

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
from Bf5 Defenses Keep Out Fredthebear by fredthebear
Endgame Themes
by KingG
Game 48 in The Greatest Ever Chess Endgames by Stephen Giddins.
from A B C Players 21st Century by fredthebear
Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange Variation
by KingG
Carlsen has 2 pawns islands, Black has 5(!) pawn islands => 1-0
from WEAK PAWNS by notyetagm
Partidas de Carlsen en relacion a aperturas que
by afabian
The Greatest Ever Chess Endgames
by brucemubayiwa
by notyetagm
from The Carlsen Chronicles Part I - Wonderboy by MoonlitKnight
D35 1-0 55
from Exchange In a Hurry to Exchange by trh6upsz
by alip
The Greatest Ever Chess Endgames
by K9Empress
endgame:The Greatest Ever Chess Endgames
by Baby Hawk
HiperKing Magnus
by Gottschalk
Game 48
from Greatest Endgames (Giddins) by Sergio0106
FIDE World Cup 2005
from Magical Magnus Carlsen by stigpe

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC