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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

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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 : http://www.365chess.com/players/Mor...

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