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Carlsen, Magnus (2834) - Li, Chao (2750) [D70]
Qatar Masters Open, Doha (5) 2015

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5
The alternative is 3...Bg7, the King's Indian Defence E60.








   
4. cxd5
The Gruenfeld Defence.
4...Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O f5 10. e5 Nb4 11. Nh3








   
11...Qe8
A novely. Before Li Chao played 11...a5 12. a3 (12. Kb1) 12...N4d5 13. Nf4 Nxf4 14. Bxf4 c6 (14...Nd5 15. h4 h5 16. Bc4 Be6 17. Bg5 c6 18. Kb1, with a small edge to White in Le, Q - Li, C, Ho Chi Minh City 2015) 15. h4 Be6?! (15...h5) 16. h5 Nd5? (16...Bb3) 17. hxg6 hxg6 18. Bh6 Nxc3 19. bxc3, and White was better in Ding, L - Li, C, Ningbo 2011. After 11...Be6 12. Kb1 Nc4 13. Bxc4 Bxc4 14. b3 Bf7 15. Bh6 Nd5 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. Nxd5 Bxd5 18. Nf4 a5 19. h4, White has a small advantage, Shankland, S - Ftacnik, L, Barcelona 2013.
12. Kb1 a5 13. Be2
Here 13. Rc1!? at once is interesting.
13...c6 14. Rc1 Kh8








   
15. Ka1
Now 15. a3!? deserves attention, 15...Qf7 16. Ng5 Qb3 17. Bd1 Qg8 18. Bf2 f4 19. g4, with a small edge to White.
15...Be6! 16. Nf4 Qf7 17. h4!
A strong move. Magnus sacrifices a pawn on the queenside, but attacks on the kingside.









   
17...Bxa2?!
A mistake. 17... Rfd8! is better, 18. Nxe6 (18. h5 g5 19. Ng6+ Kg8 20. Nxe7+ Qxe7 21. Bxg5 Qe8 22. Bxd8 Qxd8=) 18... Qxe6 19. f4 h5, with counterchances.
18. h5 Kg8 19. hxg6 hxg6 20. g4!
White opens the kingside.
20...Bb3
If 20...g5 then 21. Nh3 f4 22. Bf2 Bd5 23. Nxg5 Qg6 24. Rh5 Rac8 25. Nce4, with a clear advantage to White, because White can attack on the king's wing, and Black cannot attack on the queen's wing.








   
21. Bd1!!
A powerful multi-purpose move: White attacks the b3-bishop to defend the queenside and intends Qh2 to storm the kingside.
21...a4 22. Qh2 Rfd8 23. Qh7+ Kf8 24. d5 Nc4
Or 24...N4xd5 25. Nxg6+ Ke8 26. e6 Qxe6 27. Qxg7 Qxe3 28. Ne5 Qxc1+ 29. Nb1, winning.
25. Nxg6+ Ke8 26. e6!








   
26...a3!
Black sacrifices a queen.
27. exf7+ Kd7








   
28. Ne5+!
Great! 28. bxa3? is bad, after 28...Rxa3+ 29. Kb1 Bc2+ 30. Bxc2 (30. Rxc2 Rb3+) 30...Ra1+! 31. Kxa1 Bxc3+ 32. Kb1 Black checkmates with 32...Na3#.
28...Bxe5 29. Qxf5+ Kc7








   
30. Qxe5+!
And White sacrifices a queen. A fantastic game!
30...Nxe5 31. Bxb3 axb2+ 32. Kxb2 Nbd3+ 33. Kb1 Nxc1 34. Rxc1








   
34...Kc8
White wins due to passed pawns on the kingside.
35. dxc6 bxc6 36. f4
Black resigned. 1-0










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Carlsen, Magnus (2834) - Li, Chao (2750) [D70]
Qatar Masters Open/Doha (5) 2015

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O f5 10. e5 Nb4 11. Nh3 Qe8 12. Kb1 a5 13. Be2 c6 14. Rc1 Kh8 15. Ka1 Be6 16. Nf4 Qf7 17. h4 Bxa2 18. h5 Kg8 19. hxg6 hxg6 20. g4 Bb3 21. Bd1 a4 22. Qh2 Rfd8 23. Qh7+ Kf8 24. d5 Nc4 25. Nxg6+ Ke8 26. e6 a3 27. exf7+ Kd7 28. Ne5+ Bxe5 29. Qxf5+ Kc7 30. Qxe5+ Nxe5 31. Bxb3 axb2+ 32. Kxb2 Nbd3+ 33. Kb1 Nxc1 34. Rxc1 Kc8 35. dxc6 bxc6 36. f4 1-0


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