Saturday, November 12, 2016

Magnus Carlsen Wins 1...Nc6

World Champion Magnus Carlsen played Queen Knight Defence 1...Nc6 in 2016. Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen of Norway was a prodigy who worked very hard to sharpen his skills. His efforts made Magnus Carlsen the highest rated player in history.

White was Laurent Fressinet who is a grandmaster from France born in 1981. His games began to appear in my database in 1993. By 1996 he held his own against veterans such as Mednis, Smyslov and Ivkov, but Fressinet was still losing to Korchnoi. Now 20 years later Grandmaster Fressinet is in his prime.

Our Fressinet vs Carlsen game began 1.d4 Nc6 2.Nf3 Nf6. This is a completely different Two Knights Defence than the King Pawn open game move 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6. The game here continued 3.d5 Nb8. It reminds me of their blitz game from 2014 that began 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ng8 when the players smiled at each other and played on. Then Carlsen played pawn moves and then brought out his pieces. Carlsen won in that endgame. Fressinet and Carlsen have played each other at least 10 times. By my count Magnus Carlsen scored eight wins and two draws. This 1.d4 Nc6 game took on the flavor of a Pirc Defence.

Fressinet (2687) - Carlsen (2855), GCT Blitz Paris 2016 Paris FRA (17.2), 12.06.2016 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d5 Nb8 [3...Nb4 4.c4+/=] 4.Nc3 [4.c4 d6 5.Nc3 g6 6.e4 Bg7 7.h3 0-0 8.Be2+/=] 4...d6 [4...e6!?] 5.e4 g6 [5...Bg4!?] 6.Be3 Bg4 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Bg7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.g4 c6 11.Qe2 Rc8 12.Bd4 c5 13.Be3 Qa5 [13...a6 14.f4 b5 15.Qf3=] 14.Qb5 [14.f4+/-] 14...Qxb5 15.Bxb5 a6 16.Be2 b5 17.g5 Nh5 18.a4 b4 19.Nb1 c4 20.Nd2 c3 21.Nb3 cxb2+ 22.Kb1 Rc3 23.Bd4 0-0 24.Bxa6 Nc5 25.Bxc3 bxc3 26.Nxc5 dxc5 27.d6 exd6 28.Rxd6 Nf4 29.Rhd1 [29.Bb7+-] 29...Bd4 30.Bb7 Nxh3 31.a5 Nxf2 32.R1xd4 cxd4 33.Rxd4 Re8 [33...f5 34.Bd5+ Kg7=] 34.a6 Nh3 35.Rd3 Nxg5 36.Rxc3 Kg7 37.a7 Ne6 38.Rc8 [38.Bc8!+-] 38...Rxc8 39.Bxc8 Nc7 40.Bb7 Kf6 41.e5+ Kxe5 42.Kxb2 h5 43.Kb3 g5 44.a8Q Nxa8 45.Bxa8 g4 46.Kc3 h4 47.Kd3 h3 48.Ke3 f5 49.c4 f4+ 50.Kf2 Kd4 51.Bd5 Kc5 52.Kg1 g3 53.Kh1 Kd4 54.Kg1 [54.Be6! h2 55.Bd5=] 54...Ke3 55.c5 f3 56.c6 f2+ 57.Kf1 g2+ 58.Bxg2 hxg2+ 0-1

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