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Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (2690) - Carlsen, Magnus (2714) [B33]
World Blitz Chess Championship, Moscow (21) 2007

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 c5
The Sicilian Defence.
2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. c4 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nd7 12. Be3 a6 13. Nc3 f5 14. f3








   
14...Bg5!?
A strong move: Black intends to trade White's active dark-squared bishop. Another good continuation is 14...Rf6!?.
15. Bf2 Bh4 16. Be3
White could try 16. g3.
16...Bg5 17. Qd2 Bxe3+ 18. Qxe3 a5!?
Black stops the b2-b4 advance and prepares the manoeuvre ...Nc5. This structure with ...a5 and ...Nc5 was used by Victor Kim in the game Gedevanishvili, Dmitry - Kim, Victor, Daugavpils 1978: 9. c4 Nd7 10. Bd3 Be7 11. O-O O-O 12. Be3 a6 13. Nc3 f5 14. f3 Bg5 15. Qc1 Bxe3+ 16. Qxe3 a5 17. Bc2 Nc5 18. b3 Bd7, with equality.
19. f4








   
19...Re8!
A good plan: Black intends to seize the e-file. I used this plan in the game Vakhnov, Aleksey - Schipkov, Boris, Novosibirsk 1986: 9. c4 Nd7 10. Be2 a6 11. Nc3 Be7 12. O-O O-O 13. f4 exf4 14. Bxf4 f5 15. Kh1 Ne5 16. c5 Ng6 17. Bxd6 Bxd6 18. cxd6 Qxd6 19. Qd4 Bd7 20. a4 Rae8! 21. a5 Re7 22. b4 Ne5 23. Rab1 Rfe8!, with excellent counterplay.
20. Bd3 Nc5 21. Bc2 Bd7 22. Kh1 Qf6 23. fxe5 Rxe5 24. Qf2 Rae8!








   
25. Rad1
Magnus Carlsen obtains nice play in the centre. The black rooks are great.
25...g6
Also possible is 25...Qe7.
26. h3 Kg7 27. Qf4








   
27...g5!
Of course! Magnus attacks on the kingside.
28. Qf2 f4! 29. Bb1








   
29...a4
Black can storm with his queen 29...Qh6! 30. h4 (30. Kg1 Bxh3!) 30...Na4! 31. Nxa4 Re2! 32. Qd4+ Kg8 33. Kg1 Qxh4 34. Nc3 Rxg2+ 35. Kxg2 Bh3+ 36. Kh1 Re3, winning.
30. b4?
An error. Better is 30. Rde1!?, White tries to trade rooks.
30...axb3 31. axb3








   
31...Re3!
A winning move. Black threatens to take on h3.
32. b4
If 32. Nb5 then 32...Bxh3! 33. gxh3 Rxh3+ 34. Kg2 Ree3.
32...Qxc3 33. bxc5








   
33...Bxh3!
Black sacrifices a bishop.
34. cxd6 Bxg2+!
Now Black destroys all White's kingside. Terrific!
35. Kxg2
Or 35. Qxg2 Rh3+ 36. Kg1 Rg3, and Black wins.
35...Re2 36. d7








   
36...Rxf2+
Also Black can checkmate after 36...Qg3+ 37. Kh1 Qh3+ 38. Kg1 R8e3 39. d8=Q Qg4+ 40. Kh1 Rh3+ 41. Qh2 Qg2.
37. Rxf2 Qg3+ 38. Kf1 Qh3+ 39. Rg2 Qf3+
White resigned. 0-1










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Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (2690) - Carlsen, Magnus (2714) [B33]
World Blitz Chess Championship/Moscow (21) 2007

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. c4 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nd7 12. Be3 a6 13. Nc3 f5 14. f3 Bg5 15. Bf2 Bh4 16. Be3 Bg5 17. Qd2 Bxe3+ 18. Qxe3 a5 19. f4 Re8 20. Bd3 Nc5 21. Bc2 Bd7 22. Kh1 Qf6 23. fxe5 Rxe5 24. Qf2 Rae8 25. Rad1 g6 26. h3 Kg7 27. Qf4 g5 28. Qf2 f4 29. Bb1 a4 30. b4 axb3 31. axb3 Re3 32. b4 Qxc3 33. bxc5 Bxh3 34. cxd6 Bxg2+ 35. Kxg2 Re2 36. d7 Rxf2+ 37. Rxf2 Qg3+ 38. Kf1 Qh3+ 39. Rg2 Qf3+ 0-1


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