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Karjakin, Sergey (2772) - Carlsen, Magnus (2853) [C84]
World Championship Tiebreak Rapid (3), New York 2016

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5
The Spanish Game.
3...a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a3 O-O 9. Nc3 Na5 10. Ba2 Be6 11. b4 Nc6 12. Nd5








   
12...Nd4!
A good novelty, with the idea to attack the knight in the centre with ...c6. In the game Sadzikowski, D - Gledura, B, Katowice 2016 Black had sufficient counterplay after 12...a5 13. c4 bxc4 14. b5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Nb8 16. Bxc4 Nbd7 17. a4 Nb6 18. Qb3 Qc8. But 13. Bd2!? deserves attention, with a small edge to White.
13. Ng5
If 13. Bb2 then 13...Nxf3+ 14. Qxf3 c6=. Probably White could try 13.Nxd4.
13...Bxd5 14. exd5 Nd7!?
Black plans ...f7-f5 to storm the kingside. 14...a5 is also possible.
15. Ne4








   
15...f5!
Black attacks on the kingside!
16. Nd2
Here 16. c3!? is interesting, 16...fxe4 17. cxd4 exd3 18. dxe5 Nxe5 19. Bb1 Bf6 20. Ra2 Qd7 21. Bxd3 Nxd3 22. Qxd3 Qf7 23. Rc2 Rae8=, with equality.
16...f4 17. c3 Nf5 18. Ne4 Qe8!
A strong manoeuvre, typical in the Dutch Defence and Sicilian Defence (e.g. Mezentsev-Schipkov, Nsk 1988).









   
19. Bb3 Qg6 20. f3?!
White can play 20. a4 or 20. Qf3.
20...Bh4! 21. a4 Nf6 22. Qe2








   
22...a5!
Black attacks on the queenside!
23. axb5 axb4 24. Bd2 bxc3 25. Bxc3 Ne3 26. Rfc1 Rxa1 27. Rxa1 Qe8! 28. Bc4 Kh8 29. Nxf6








   
29...Bxf6
29...gxf6! is even better, intending ...Rg8 to pressure on the g2-pawn, 30. Bd2 Nc2 31. Ra2 (31. Ra5 Rg8) 31...Nd4 32. Qd1 Nxb5, and Black has an extra pawn.
30. Ra3 e4!?
Now Black attacks in the centre! In this game Magnus Carlsen attacked on the kingside, queenside and in the centre! Marvelous!
31. dxe4 Bxc3 32. Rxc3 Qe5 33. Rc1 Ra8 34. h3
34. Qd2 is possible.
34...h6 35. Kh2 Qd4 36. Qe1?!
36. Bd3 is better.
36...Qb2!








   
37. Bf1?
The decisive mistake. After 37. Be2 Ra2 38. e5 Qxe5 39. b6 Qg5 40. Qf2 Qg3+ 41. Qxg3 fxg3+ 42. Kxg3 Rxe2 43. bxc7 Rxg2+ 44. Kf4 Nxd5+ 45. Ke4 Nxc7 46. Rxc7 Black has an extra pawn in the rook endgame, and White can struggle.
37...Ra2 38. Rxc7?
In the case of 38. Rb1 Qf6 39. Be2 Kh7 40. Qf2 Rd2 41. Kg1 Qc3 Black has a huge positional advantage and wins gradually. A masterpiece by World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
38...Ra1
White resigned. 0-1










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Karjakin, Sergey (2772) - Carlsen, Magnus (2853) [C84]
World Championship Tiebreak Rapid/New York (3) 2016

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a3 O-O 9. Nc3 Na5 10. Ba2 Be6 11. b4 Nc6 12. Nd5 Nd4 13. Ng5 Bxd5 14. exd5 Nd7 15. Ne4 f5 16. Nd2 f4 17. c3 Nf5 18. Ne4 Qe8 19. Bb3 Qg6 20. f3 Bh4 21. a4 Nf6 22. Qe2 a5 23. axb5 axb4 24. Bd2 bxc3 25. Bxc3 Ne3 26. Rfc1 Rxa1 27. Rxa1 Qe8 28. Bc4 Kh8 29. Nxf6 Bxf6 30. Ra3 e4 31. dxe4 Bxc3 32. Rxc3 Qe5 33. Rc1 Ra8 34. h3 h6 35. Kh2 Qd4 36. Qe1 Qb2 37. Bf1 Ra2 38. Rxc7 Ra1 0-1


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