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Eljanov, Pavel (2734) - Carlsen, Magnus (2827) [B00]
Isle of Man Masters, Douglas (6) 2017

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. Nf3 b6!?
An original, rare opening. Black plans to fianchetto his light-squared bishop as faster as possible.
2. e4 Bb7








   
3. Nc3 e6
With the idea of ...Bb4 and ...Nf6 to attack the central e4-pawn.
4. d4 Bb4 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. exd5 Qxd5 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 Nbd7 10. c4 Qh5!
A strong multi-purpose move: Black's queen can defend the king and pressure on White's kingside.









   
11. Bf4
11. Ne1 is also possible, 11...Qxe2 12. Bxe2 Be4 (12...Ne4) 13. Nd3 O-O 14. Bf4 Rfc8 15. Rfe1 (15. c3) 15...Ne8?! (15...c5! with counterplay) 16. Bf1 (16. f3!?) 16...Bb7 17. c5 Bd5 18. Rec1 bxc5 1/2, a draw in Stomprowski, E - Fritz, H, Germany 1997.
11...Rc8!
A novelty. In the game Vukovic, Z - Velimirovic, D, Niksic 1994 Black played the dubious 11...c5?! 1/2, a draw. But White can continue 12.d5! with the initiative and a small advantage.
12. a4
Here 12. Ne5 is playable, trying to draw the endgame.
12...a5 13. Rab1 O-O 14. Rb5 c5 15. dxc5 Rxc5 16. Bd6 Rxb5








   
17. cxb5?!
17. axb5! is better, 17...Bxf3 (17...Rc8 18. Ne5) 18. Qxf3 Qxf3 19. gxf3= with equality, and White can play c5.
17...Rc8!
Since Black can attack White's pawns on the queenside he has a small edge.
18. c4 Nc5 19. Bc2 Nce4








   
20. Bf4?
A mistake. If 20. Be5 then Black wins a pawn after 20...Ng5 21. Nd4 Qxe2 22. Nxe2 Rxc4. However White can choose 20. Bg3 Nxg3 (20... Ng5 21. Bd1 Nxf3+ 22. gxf3 Nd7) 21. hxg3, and Black has only a small advantage.
20...Nc3! 21. Qd3 Qg4!
A powerful move. 21...Bxf3 is also possible, 22. gxf3 (22. Qxc3 Nd5) 22...Qg6+ 23. Qxg6 hxg6 24. Be3 Rxc4 25. Bd3 Rxa4 26. Bxb6 Nxb5 27. Bxb5 Rb4 28. Bxa5 Rxb5, and Black has an extra pawn in the endgame.









   
22. Be5?!
Now Black can simply grab a pawn. 22. Qxc3 is more spectacular and stubborn, 22...Nd5 23. Ne5 (23. h3 Qxf4 24. Qd3 Qxc4 25. Qxh7+ Kf8) 23...Qxg2+!! (23...Nxf4 24. Nxg4 Ne2+ 25. Kh1 Nxc3 26. Ne5 Rd8 27. Rc1) 24. Kxg2 Nxf4+ 25. Kg3 (25. Kg1 Ne2# checkmate) 25...Ne2+ 26. Kh3 Nxc3 27. Re1 Rd8, with a clear edge to Black.
22...Qxc4 23. Qxc4 Rxc4 24. Bd3 Rc8 25. Ra1 Nfd5
Or 25...Bxf3 26. gxf3 Nfd5 27. Kf1 f6 28. Bd4 Nf4 29. Be4 Ncd5.
26. Nd2 f6 27. Bd6?!
27. Bxc3 Rxc3 28. Bf1 is somewhat better.









   
27...Nb4!
In this game we see the two knights advantage.
28. Bc4 Bd5 29. Bf1 Nba2
Black wins the a4-pawn and the game.
White resigned. 0-1










Move
   

Eljanov, Pavel (2734) - Carlsen, Magnus (2827) [B00]
Isle of Man Masters/Douglas (6) 2017

1. Nf3 b6 2. e4 Bb7 3. Nc3 e6 4. d4 Bb4 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. exd5 Qxd5 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 Nbd7 10. c4 Qh5 11. Bf4 Rc8 12. a4 a5 13. Rab1 O-O 14. Rb5 c5 15. dxc5 Rxc5 16. Bd6 Rxb5 17. cxb5 Rc8 18. c4 Nc5 19. Bc2 Nce4 20. Bf4 Nc3 21. Qd3 Qg4 22. Be5 Qxc4 23. Qxc4 Rxc4 24. Bd3 Rc8 25. Ra1 Nfd5 26. Nd2 f6 27. Bd6 Nb4 28. Bc4 Bd5 29. Bf1 Nba2 0-1



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