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Carlsen, Magnus (2865) - Naiditsch, Arkadij (2706) [B91]
GRENKE Classic Tiebreak Armageddon, Baden-Baden 2015

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6








   
6. g3
The Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defence. This is the last game of the GRENKE Chess Classic tournament - Armageddon, the dreadful Armageddon. In the Armageddon White has 6 minutes, Black has 5 minutes, but White must win the game and Black can draw the game to win the tiebreak and the tournament.
6...e5 7. Nde2 Be7 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O Nbd7 10. a4 b6 11. Nd5 Nxd5 12. Qxd5 Rb8 13. Nc3 Nf6 14. Qd3








   
14...Be6
An insidious idea: Black sacrifices a pawn.
Or 14...h6 15. Be3 (15. Nd1!?) 15...Qc7 16. f4?! (16. Rfd1!? is better) 16...Bb7 17. Rad1?! (17. h3=) 17...Ng4 18. Kh1 Nxe3 19. Qxe3 exf4 20. Qxf4 Rbd8 (20...Qc5!) 21. Qd2 Bg5 22. Qe2= Rfe8 23. Nd5 Bxd5 24. Rxd5 a5 1/2. a draw in Enevoldsen,J - Ghitescu,T, Havana 1966. After 14...Qc7 15. Bg5 Be6 16. Rfd1 Bc4 17. Qd2 Rfd8 18. Bxf6! Bxf6 19. Bf1! Bxf1 20. Rxf1 (20. Kxf1) 20...Be7 21. Nd5 Qb7 White had an advantage in Kytoniemi,J - Vatanski,A, Vantaa 1996. Or 14...Bb7 15. Rd1 h6, with a small edge to White.
15. Qxa6 Qc7








   
16. Qe2!!
But White sacrifices the exchange! This is the best decision, because in the case of 16. Nd5 Nxd5 17. exd5 Bd7 18. Qd3 Rfc8 19. c3 Ra8 20. Be3 Black takes the pawn back with 20...Bxa4, White has only a tiny advantage and Black can draw easily to win Armageddon. After the exchange sacrifice White can use the weak light squares and try to push pawns or to attack the black king.
16...Bc4 17. Qf3! Bxf1 18. Bxf1 d5
After 18...Qd7 19. Bg5 Ne8 20. Bd2 Nc7 21. Bc4 Ne6 22. Nd5 White has a strong knight outpost on d5.
19. exd5








   
19...e4?
A mistake. Correct is 19...Bb4 20. Bd2 (20. Na2 e4 21. Qd1) 20...e4 21. Nxe4 Bxd2 22. Nxd2 Qe5, and Black can fight for a draw, though White's chances are better.
20. Qf5?!
The simple 20. Nxe4! is better, 20...Nxe4 21. Qxe4 Bd6 22. Bb5 f5 23. Qe6+ Kh8 24. Qd7 Rbe8 25. Qxc7 Re1+ 26. Kg2 Bxc7 27. Bf4! Rxa1 28. Bxc7, and two bishops plus pawns are stronger than two rooks, so White wins.
20...Rbd8 21. Bf4 Qc5 22. Rd1
Or 22. Nxe4 Qxd5 23. Nxf6+ Bxf6 24. Qxd5 Rxd5 25. c3, with a small edge to White in the endgame.









   
22...Qb4?
Black must play 22...g6! 23. Qe5 Ng4 24. Nxe4 Qxc2 25. Qd4 Bc5 26. Nxc5 Rxd5 27. Rc1 bxc5 28. Qh8+ Kxh8 29. Rxc2 to resist.
23. Be5!
Now Magnus Carlsen can storm.
23...Bc5
Or 23...Nd7 24. Nxe4 Nxe5 25. Qxe5 f5 26. Rd4 Qxb2 27. d6 Bh4 28. gxh4 fxe4 29. Qxe4 Qc1 30. d7, and White wins thanks to the passed pawn on d7.
24. Bxf6 gxf6 25. Nxe4 Qxb2








   
26. Bd3
White has a powerful, winning attack. Also possible is 26. Nxf6+ Kg7 27. Qxh7+ Kxf6 28. Qh6+ Ke7 (28...Kf5 29. Bh3+ Ke4 30. Qf4#) 29. Re1+ Kd7 30. Qc6#, checkmate.
26...Rfe8 27. Nxf6+ Kf8 28. Nxh7+
Or 28. Qg5 Re5 29. Nxh7+ Ke8 30. Bb5+ Rd7 31. Qg8+ Ke7 32. Qf8#, checkmate.
28...Ke7 29. Re1+ Kd6 30. Qf4+ Kxd5 31. Nf6+ Kc6 32. Nxe8
Black resigned. 1-0










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Carlsen, Magnus (2865) - Naiditsch, Arkadij (2706) [B91]
GRENKE Classic Tiebreak Armageddon/Baden Baden 2015

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 e5 7. Nde2 Be7 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O Nbd7 10. a4 b6 11. Nd5 Nxd5 12. Qxd5 Rb8 13. Nc3 Nf6 14. Qd3 Be6 15. Qxa6 Qc7 16. Qe2 Bc4 17. Qf3 Bxf1 18. Bxf1 d5 19. exd5 e4 20. Qf5 Rbd8 21. Bf4 Qc5 22. Rd1 Qb4 23. Be5 Bc5 24. Bxf6 gxf6 25. Nxe4 Qxb2 26. Bd3 Rfe8 27. Nxf6+ Kf8 28. Nxh7+ Ke7 29. Re1+ Kd6 30. Qf4+ Kxd5 31. Nf6+ Kc6 32. Nxe8 1-0


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