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Ireneusz Lada vs Magnus Carlsen
V Offene Bayerische Meisterschaft (2001), Bad Wiessee GER, rd 5, Oct-31
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0



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Jun-19-16  Sergash: Ireneusz Lada was born in Polland in 1948, so he was 52 or 53 years old at the time of this game, while Carlsen was 10. Lada never obtained any specific FIDE title (a Candidate Master maybe?). Rated 2205 at the time of the present game, early 2016 he is rated 1828, but his peak was 2265 in January 1995. reports he started 97% of his known games with 1.c4... like in the actual encounter!

I checked this game with the program Komodo 10 - 64 bits.

<6.g3> Earlier that year, Carlsen had to face 6.e4 and had lost - see J Banas vs Carlsen, 2001

The theoritical novelty of the game was brought by Carlsen <11...Nd7N>. Until then, everyone (11 games in my database) had played 11...Qd7 12.Re1 Nd4 13.Ncd5 Nf5 14.Qb3 Nxe3 15.Nxe3 Rc7 = Viatcheslav Osnos vs. Efim Geller, 31st USSR Championship 1963 in Leningrad, round 8, 0-1.

<12.Ned5?!> Since the actual game, the most played move has become 12.b3 Nc5 13.Ned5 Bd7 = / A. Yanes Canizares (2280) vs. P. Aderito (2333), 48th Capablanca Open (Cuba) 2013, round 5, 1-0.

<12...Na5?! 13.b3 > 12...Bxd5! 13.cxd5 (or 13.Nxd5 Bxb2! 14.Rb1 Bg7 15.Rxb7 e6 16.Ne3 d6 = / ) Na5 = planning Nc4.

<14.Nxd5!? Bxa1> A very interesting move! Objectively speaking, it is probable, though, that 14.Bxd5 is better.

<16...Nc6?! 17.Bh6! > After this, White is threatening Qg7#. Carlsen should have played 16...e6! 17.Nc3! Nc5 or 17...Qe7

<19.Rd1?! Rb8 > The only way to maintain the same level of advantage was 19.g4! planning for g5.

Jun-19-16  Sergash: <20.f4?! Nc5! > Lada is letting his advantage slip through his fingers... 20.Bf7! Rf8 21.Bxf8 Qxf8 (21...Nxf8 22.Nf4! ) 22.Be6 Nc5 23.Bh3! .

<23.Nc3?!> Lada is slipping further away from a good game... 23.f5! .

<23...Rc8?> 23...a4! 24.Qb2 (or 24.bxa4 Nd7 planning Qa5) axb3 25.axb3 Ra8 .

<24.Kh1? a4 > 24.Qb2 Qb6 25.Kf1! (or 25.Kh1 d5! 26.Nxd5! Nxd5 27.Bxd5 ) d5! 26.cxd5! Nd7! 27.Bh3! Qe3 =.

<25...Ra8?! 26.Qd4! > 25...Qd7!

<26..Nxa2?! 27.bxa4 > 26...axb3! 27.axb3 Ra2! 28.Qc3 Qa5! 29.Nxd6! Ra8! (not 29...exd6?? 30.Qxf6 Kg8 31.Qg7#) 30.Qe3! Qc7! 31.Nb5! Nc2! 32.Qd2! Qd7! 33.Qxd7 Nxd7 34.Kg1! (if 34.Bxb7 Ne3! 35.Rg1 Rb8 36.Bf3 Nf5 37.Bg4! Nxh6 38.Bxd7 / ) Ra1 35.Rxa1 Rxa1+! 36.Kf2 .

<29.Qd5> Stronger is 29.Qb2! Nxa4 (or 29...Na7 30.Nxa7! Rxa7 31.g5! Nxa4 32.Qd4 ) 30.Qc1

<29...e6?!> Carlsen is losing any advantage that was left. 29...Rxa4! 30.Bf3! Rg8

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<30.Qf3? Qe7! > ... to regain it the move after! Lada had to maintain an eye on d6 with the queen: 30.Qd2! and now

A) 30...Re7 31.Bxc6 (or 31.Nxd6 Qc7 =) bxc6 32.Nxd6 = with the threat of Nx7+, which is easy to parry though (32...Nb7 =; 32...Kg8 =; 32...Nd7 =);

B) 30...Qa5 31.Qb2! e5! 32.Nxd6 Re7 33.Rf1 =

<31.g5 f5 > Better was 31.a5! Red8 32.Qc3

Jun-19-16  Sergash: <32...e5?> The only move was the simple 32...Kg8 .

<33.Rxd6??> Lada would have achieved equality with 33.Nxd6 Rad8! 34.fxe5 Qxe5 35.Qxe5+ Nxe5 36.Rd5! =.

<33...Rad8?> Both players seem in severe time trouble! 33...Nxa4! 34.Qb3 (or 34.Qc1 Red8! 35.Rxd8+ Rxd8 ) exf4 .

<34.Rd5? Nxa4 > The only chance for White was 34.fxe5 Qxe5! 35.Qxe5+ Nxe5 36.Bd5 Rxd6! 37.Nxd6 Rd8! 38.Nxb7 Nxb7 39.Bxb7 Nxc4 / White playing with a piece down, so to speak.

<36.h4?!> Better is 36.Bf3 .

<38...Qf7??> Wow! Losing everything that was gained! 38...Qd7! 39.Nc7 Nxe2 40.Qc5 Nxf4 .

<39.fxe5??> What to say? The only move, which would have granted White complete equality, was 39.Nxd4 and now

A) 39...exd4 40.Qc5! Re4! 41.Bxe4 (or 41.Kg1 =) fxe4 42.Qxd4+ Kg8 43.e3 =

B) 39...Rxd6 40.Nf3 exf4! =.

<41...Kg8?? 42.Qg7#> What a sad way to end the game! 41...Qe5 was winning easily.

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