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Carlsen, Magnus (2844) - Tomashevsky, Evgeny (2728) [D02]
Tata Steel Masters, Wijk aan Zee (6) 2016

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bf4 b6 4. e3 Bb7 5. h3 Be7
Here Black can continue 5...c5 with the idea to play after ...d5 - ...Bd6 at once.
6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O c5 8. c3 Nc6 9. Nbd2 d5
The London System of the Queen's Pawn Game.
10. Qe2 Bd6








   
11. Rfe1!?
A good and interesting move: White intends to push the e-pawn or to control the e-file if Black takes the bishop. After 11. Bxd6 Qxd6 12. e4 (12. dxc5 bxc5 13. e4 Nd7 14. exd5 exd5 15. Rfe1 Nf6=, with equality in Potkin, V - Kurnosov, I, Moscow 2010) 12...dxe4 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4, Hock, M - Dumitrache, D, Nice 2002, Black can play 14...f5 15. Qe3 cxd4 16. cxd4 Rf6, with equality. Or 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 Be7 (12...Rc8) 13. Bg3 Bd6, with equality too.
11...Ne7?!
A dubious novelty. Black plans ...Ne7-g6, but better is the simple 11...Bxf4 12. exf4 cxd4 13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. cxd4 Qd6 15. Qe3 Rac8 16. a3 Rfe8, and White has only a slight advantage: White's bishop is a little stronger than Black's, Carvalho, L - Damigo, L, ICCF email 2008.
12. Rad1 Ng6?!
Again 12...Bxf4 was better. 13. exf4 Qc7, with a slight edge to White.









   
13. Bxg6!
A perfect strategic decision: Magnus Carlsen trades his bishops to secure a nice place for the knight on e5.
13...hxg6 14. Bxd6! Qxd6 15. Ne5
The knight in the centre is very strong.
15...g5
If 15...a5 then White can strengthen the knight with 16.f4.
16. f4!!
An excellent unexpected move. Computer programs don't see this move, because think that after 16...gxf4 White has to play 17.exf4 or that after 17. Rf1 Black can equalize.
16...gxf4








   
17. Rf1!
This is the idea of the 16. f4 move: now White can attack on the kingside. 17. exf4?! is met by 17...cxd4 18. cxd4 Rac8, with nice counterplay.
17...Nd7!
The best response. After 17...fxe3 18. Rxf6! cxd4 (18...exd2 19. Ng4! cxd4 (19...Rfc8 20. Qxd2 Kf8 21. Rxf7+ Kxf7 22. Rf1+ Ke8 23. Qg5 Ba6 24. Rf3 Kd7 25. Ne5+ Kc7 26. Rf7+ Kb8 27. Rd7) 20. Rdf1 Qg3 21. Qxd2 Qh4 22. R1f4 e5 23. Rh6, White wins, or 18...gxf6? 19. Qg4+ Kh7 20. Rf1 exd2 21. Rf4 fxe5 22. Qh5+ Kg7 23. Qg5+ Kh7 24. Rh4#, checkmate) 19. Ndf3 gxf6 20. Rxd4 Rfe8 21. Qxe3 Kf8 22. Rh4 Ke7 23. Nxf7! White wins.
18. Qh5! Nf6?!
18...cxd4 is more precise, 19. Nxd7 Qxd7 20. exd4 f6 21. Rxf4, with a small edge to White.
19. Qh4! Qd8 20. Rxf4








   
20...Ne4?
A mistake. Black could try 20...cxd4 21. Rdf1!? (21. exd4 Ne4 22. Qg4 f5 23. Qg6) 21...Nh7 (21...dxe3? 22. Rxf6 exd2 23. Ng4 Qe7 24. Nh6+ gxh6 25. Qxh6, winning ) 22. Qxd8 Rfxd8 23. Nxf7 Ba6 24. Nxd8 dxe3 25. Nf3 (25. Nxe6!? exd2 26. Rd1 Re8 27. Rxd2 Rxe6 28. Rxd5 Nf6 29. Rd8+ Kh7 30. Ra4 Re1+ 31. Kf2 Rf1+ 32. Kg3 Bb7 33. Rxa7 Bd5 34. b3) 25...Bxf1 26. Nxe6 (26. Kxf1 Rxd8 27. Ke2) 26...e2 27. Rg4 Kh8 28. Rxg7, White has a small advantage.
21. Nxe4 Qxh4 22. Rxh4 dxe4 23. dxc5 bxc5 24. Rd7! Rab8 25. b3!
After this prophylactic move White can attack and grab weak pawns on the queenside.









   
25...a5
White is better: Black must defend the bishop and the f7-pawn with rooks, so has no counterplay. If Black tries to thrust back the knight with 25...f6? then 26. Ng6 Rfd8 27. Rh8#, checkmate.
26. Rc7 a4 27. bxa4 Ba8 28. a5 Rb7 29. Rxc5








   
29...Ra7
White has two extra pawns and wins. This is a very interesting game: World Champion Magnus Carlsen outplayed the strong grandmaster with several great unexpected moves.
30. Nc4
Black resigned. 1-0










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Carlsen, Magnus (2844) - Tomashevsky, Evgeny (2728) [D02]
Tata Steel Masters/Wijk aan Zee (6) 2016

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bf4 b6 4. e3 Bb7 5. h3 Be7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O c5 8. c3 Nc6 9. Nbd2 d5 10. Qe2 Bd6 11. Rfe1 Ne7 12. Rad1 Ng6 13. Bxg6 hxg6 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 15. Ne5 g5 16. f4 gxf4 17. Rf1 Nd7 18. Qh5 Nf6 19. Qh4 Qd8 20. Rxf4 Ne4 21. Nxe4 Qxh4 22. Rxh4 dxe4 23. dxc5 bxc5 24. Rd7 Rab8 25. b3 a5 26. Rc7 a4 27. bxa4 Ba8 28. a5 Rb7 29. Rxc5 Ra7 30. Nc4 1-0


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