Sunday, October 18, 2020

Caro-Kann Duda Beats Carlsen

When the greatest player I've ever seen loses a game, I take note. Magnus Carlsen lost for the first time in 125 games in a Caro-Kann Defence. Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs Magnus Carlsen led to a wild game. White boldly outplayed Black's aggressive counterplay in the 5...exf6 line. I played every Caro-Kann variation since 1974. Dozens of times I've played 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6. I don't trust 5…exf6 which I chose only a handful of times.

Duda (2757) – Carlsen (2863), Stavanger NOR, 10.10.2020 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bd3 0–0 8.Qc2 Re8+ 9.Ne2 h5 10.Be3 [Or 10.0–0 h4 11.h3=] 10...Nd7 11.0–0–0 b5 12.d5 c5 13.Bxb5 Rb8 14.c4 a6 15.Ba4 Re7 16.Ng3 Ne5 17.Ne4 Reb7 18.b3 Rb4 19.Bd2 Rxa4 20.bxa4 Bf5 21.Rde1
21...h4 [21...Ng4!?] 22.h3 [22.Re3±] 22...Ng6 23.Re3 Nf4 24.g4 Bg6 25.Kd1 f5 26.Nxd6 Qxd6 27.gxf5 Bh5+ 28.f3 Qf6 29.Bc3 Qg5 30.Qe4 [30.Rhe1+–] 30...Qg2 [30...f6 31.Rhe1+=] 31.Rhe1 Qxa2 [31...f6 32.d6±] 32.Qc2 Qxc4 33.Re8+ Kh7 34.Rxb8 Qxd5+ 35.Qd2 Bxf3+ 36.Kc1 Qxf5 37.Re3 [37.Qd8+–] 37...Ne2+ [37...Bd5 38.Qc2+–] 38.Kb2 Nxc3 39.Qxc3 Qf4 [39...Be4 40.Re8+–] 40.Qd3+ f5 41.Rf8 [41.Qd8+–] 41...Qb4+ 42.Kc1 Be4 43.Qb3 Qd4 44.Qc3 Qd6 45.Rf7 Qg6 46.Rd7 Qg1+ 47.Kb2 c4 48.Rxe4 fxe4 49.Rd4 Qf2+ 50.Qd2 c3+ [50...Qg3 51.Rxc4+–] 51.Kxc3 Qg3+ 52.Kb2 Qxh3 53.Rxe4 Qg3 54.Qd4 Qg2+ 55.Kc3 Qf3+ 56.Kb4 Qf8+ 57.Ka5 Qf5+ 58.Kxa6 g5 59.a5 h3 60.Re7+ Kg6 61.Qg7+ Kh5 62.Qh7+ Kg4 63.Re4+ 1–0

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