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Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin, Game 4: World Chess Championship, New York 2016









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Karjakin, Sergey (2772) - Carlsen, Magnus (2853) [C88]
World Chess Championship/New York (4) 2016

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 The Spanish Game or Ruy Lopez. a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. a3 Qd7 11. Nbd2 Rfe8 12. c3 Bf8 13. Nf1 h6 14. N3h2?! A dubious novelty. In the game Zeytinoglu-Tokmak, Konya 2010 White played 14. Ng3. d5! A strongest response. Black counterattacks in the centre and easily equalizes. 15. Qf3 Na5 16. Ba2 dxe4 17. dxe4 Nc4! Again the best move. 18. Bxh6 18. Ng4= is also playable. Qc6! Black plans to take the central e4-pawn. 19. Bxc4? A mistake. Correct is 19. Bc1 Nxe4 20. Ne3 Ned6 21. Qxc6 Bxc6, with equality. bxc4 Black obtains a clear edge, because controls the b3 and d3 squares and can pressure on the b-pawn. 20. Be3 Nxe4-/+ 21. Ng3 Nd6 21...Nxg3 or 21...Qg6 was somewhat better. But in any case Magnus has real chances to win the game. 22. Rad1 Here 22. Qxc6!? Bxc6 23. Bc5 deserves attention. Rab8-/+ 23. Bc1 f6 24. Qxc6 Bxc6 25. Ng4 Rb5 25...Nb7!? is interesting, with the idea of ...Na5 or ...Nc5. 26. f3 f5 27. Nf2 Be7 28. f4 Bh4 29. fxe5 Bxg3 30. exd6 Rxe1+ 31. Rxe1 cxd6 32. Rd1 Kf7 33. Rd4 Re5 34. Kf1 Rd5 Black can continue 34...Ke6!?. 35. Rxd5 Bxd5 36. Bg5 Kg6 37. h4 Kh5 38. Nh3 Bf7 39. Be7 Bxh4 40. Bxd6 Bd8 41. Ke2 g5 42. Nf2 Kg6 Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana wrote on Twitter: "42...Bd5 43.g3 g4!! probably would have won for Carlsen in the 4th game, but not easy to find and convert the advantage" (November 17, 2016). 43. g4 Bb6 44. Be5 a5 45. Nd1 f4?! 45...Be6! is better, and Black can fight for a win. 46. Bd4 Bc7 47. Nf2 Be6 48. Kf3 Bd5+ 49. Ke2 Bg2 50. Kd2 Kf7 51. Kc2 Bd5 52. Kd2 Bd8-/+ 53. Kc2 Ke6 54. Kd2 Kd7 55. Kc2 Kc6 56. Kd2 Kb5 57. Kc1 Ka4 58. Kc2 Bf7 59. Kc1 Bg6 60. Kd2 Kb3 61. Kc1 Bd3 62. Nh3 62. Nxd3 is also possible. Ka2 63. Bc5 Be2 64. Nf2 Bf3 65. Kc2 Bc6 66. Bd4 Bd7 67. Bc5 Bc7 68. Bd4 Be6 69. Bc5 f3 70. Be3 Bd7 71. Kc1 Bc8 72. Kc2 Bd7 73. Kc1 Bf4 74. Bxf4 gxf4 75. Kc2=/+ Be6 76. Kc1 Bc8 77. Kc2 Be6 78. Kc1 Kb3 79. Kb1 Ka4 80. Kc2 Kb5 81. Kd2 Kc6 82. Ke1 Kd5 83. Kf1 Ke5 84. Kg1 Kf6 85. Ne4+ Kg6 86. Kf2 Bxg4 87. Nd2 Or 87. Nc5=, with equality. Be6 88. Kxf3 Kf5 89. a4 Bd5+ 90. Kf2 Kg4 91. Nf1 Kg5 92. Nd2 Kf5= 93. Ke2 Kg4 94. Kf2 1/2-1/2


World Chess Championship 2016 match Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin

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