Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Thor Christenson vs Magnus Carlsen
XXXI Open NOR Championship (2000), Gausdal NOR, rd 5, Apr-27
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation General (B72)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 19 times; par: 84 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 1 more T Christenson/Carlsen game
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To access more information about the players (more games, favorite openings, statistics, sometimes a biography and photograph), click their highlighted names at the top of this page.

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

Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-11-07  simsan: In this early Carlsen game, he seems to have missed a nice combination: Actually the missed move is more like tuesday puzzle material (few alternatives).

22: ... (Black to move)

Magnus' actual move (22. ... Qxb2) receives a computer eval of -1.2, but there is another move with eval -5.3

Guess which?

Jan-11-07  Rolfo: If hes Q takes on e3, then whites Rxe3, then Nf2+ fork
Jan-11-07  simsan: Yes :-)
22. ... Qxe3
If. 23. Rxe3 Nf2+ 24.Kg1 Nxd1 25.Rxe8 Rxe8 26.Rxd1 Rxe2 And black is a piece up with his R on the white second rank.

The other lines for white also look really bad:
23. Qc2 Qxe2! 24. Qxe2 Ng3+ 25.hxg3 Rxe2
and maybe
23. Qf1 Qb6 24. Rxf7 Nf6 (stopping the counterattack) 22. ... Qxe3 really is devastating

Jan-12-07  Rolfo: Magnus developed skills a lot since then..
Dec-04-07  klon3: carlsens first win in the database
Oct-07-09  panzerkampf: does anyone knows where i can find the games of this tournament?
Aug-02-14  joddon: huge huge tactical fight....shows the art of weapons and tactical procedures of advantages of board space.....magnificento!!
Jan-01-16  Sergash: 11.Bf3 seems at least a little inferior. 11.Be3 et played more often for example.

12.Ne2? White had either to remove the rook to unpin the knight (12.Re1 or 12.Rf2) or to bring back the bishop by 12.Be2 with, in all cases, a pretty much equal position. After 12...e5! .

14.fxe5? The only move was 14.Nd2! Ba6! 15.exd5 Nxd5 16.Ne4 exf4! 17.Nc5! Bc4! 18.Bxd5! Bxd5! 19.Nf4 Bc4! 20.Re1 Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

14...Nxe5?! Stronger was 14...dxe4! 15.exf6 exf3 16.gxf3 Qxf6 Komodo 9.2 64 bits. After the played 14...Nxe5?! 15.exd5 Nxf3 16.Rxf3 Re8 Black is still winning, but has a smaller margin for errors.

Jan-01-16  Sergash: 19...Bc4?! Stronger was 19...Qb6! and now

A- 20.Qc1 Bc4 21.Be3 Bxd4! 22.Bxd4 Qb5! 23.a4 (or 23.Qf4 f5 24.Ng1 Bxf1 25.Qxf1 (or 25.Rxf1 Qxb2 ) Qxf1 26.Rxf1 ) Qa6! 24.Nf4 (or 24.Qf4 f5! 25.Ng3 Nxg3+! 26.hxg3 Re4 and Bxf1; or 24.Ng1 Bxf1 25.Qxf1 Qxf1 26.Rxf1 ) Bxf1 25.Qxf1 Qxf1+ 26.Rxf1 Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

B- 20.b3 Rxc3! 21.Rc1 Rxc1 22.Bxc1 Qa6 Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

This game is impressive for a 9 year old kid.

Jan-01-16  Sergash: 20...Bxe2? After this move, White is no longer winning, but still has an important advantage.

Again, good is 20...Qb6 (20...f5 is also worth considering) 21.Qc2 Qa6 Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

Missing the opportunity of a possible survival, White blunders immediately after with 22.Be3??

He had to play 22.Qb3! Qxb3! 23.axb3 g5! 24.Bg3 (24.Be3 g4! 25.Rff1 Nf6 26.Bd4 (or 26.Bg5) Rxe2 27.Bxf6 Bxf6 28.Rxf6 Rxb2 ) Rcd8 Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

As already mentioned by Simsan and Rolfo, White had 22...Qxe3!! winning easily. Instead, Carlsen played 22...Qxb2?, still retaining a significant edge.

Jan-01-16  Sergash: 28.Re1??

White had to remove the bishop : 28.Bg1, 28.Bf2 etc. But Black continued with 28...Bd4?, instead of 28...Bc3! 29.Re2 Qc4! 30.Qd1 Bd4! 31.Qxd4 Qxd4 32.Bxd4 Rxe2 Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

33.Rfb3?! increased White's difficulties. Komodo 9.2 64 bits prefers 33.Bf6. After 33.Rfb3?! Re2! might be winning for Black.

34.g3? White had 34.Rd3 or 34.Rh3, or even 34.h3. Komodo 9.2 64 bits. Now after 34...Re2, Black is winning again...

Jan-02-16  Sergash: 35...Ba7?!

35...Rcc2! 26.Bd2 Rcxd2 27.Rxd2 Rxd2 Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

36.Bf4?! 36.Rbd3 Rxa2 37.R3d2 Rxd2 38.Rxd2 with still a slim chance of saving the game. Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

39...Bc3?! 39...Bf6! Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

40...Rf2?! 40...Bf6! Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

41.Rdd1? 41.Rxf2 Rxf2 42.Bg3 Ra2 Komodo 9.2 64 bits.

46.Bd2? The only logical way to continue the game was 46.Bxa3.

Jan-02-16  Sergash: In the Chessbase database, this game was played by MORTEN Carlsen.

Also in here :

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.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Classical Dragon
by Mcook1031
Dragon1965's favorite Dragon Games
by Dragon1965
justin dalipe's favorite games
by justin dalipe
nasirmiranileo1991's favorite games
by nasirmiranileo1991
scallahan4's favorite Dragon games
by scallahan4

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