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5th King's Tournament in Medias 2011 (5)

Impressive Carlsen leads at the half way stage of the Kings Tournament

Magnus Carlsen talks to Dorian Rogozenco in the excellent official briefings.

Magnus Carlsen talks to Dorian Rogozenco in the excellent official briefings. |

Magnus Carlsen proclaimed himself happy with his win against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. Carlsen chose a quiet variation allowing a queen exchange against the Queen's Gambit Accepted albeit a variation in which it had been shown "is possible to play for something in the past" Carlsen calmly kept the initiative going as Nisipeanu struggled to find a correct plan and once the h-file opened completed a nice win. (See his explanation in the Daily Video Briefings) Vassily Ivanchuk got careless in the opening against Sergey Karjakin allowing a known sacrificial idea of 16...Bxh3 (he nearly missed this and played Nf6) after which Karjakin brought home the win. Teimour Radjabov against Hikaru Nakamura was a sharp Sicilian Najdorf that blew itself out to a draw. Light notes to the Carlsen game, table and games follow in the text. Round 6 on Friday.

Carlsen,Magnus - Nisipeanu,Liviu-Dieter [D27]
5th King's Tournament Medias ROU (5), 15.06.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bxc4 e6 5.Nf3 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Be2 Ke7 10.Nbd2 Bd7 11.Nb3 Bd6

This move was new to Carlsen.

[11...Bb6 12.Bd2 Nc6 13.Bc3 Rhg8 14.Rfd1 Rac8 15.Ng5 Rgd8 16.Bf3 Be8 17.Rxd8 Rxd8 18.Rc1 h6 19.Ne4 Nxe4 20.Bxe4 f6 21.g4 h5 22.h3 hxg4 23.hxg4 Bd7 24.Kg2 Rh8 25.Kg3 Bc7+ 26.f4 Bb6 27.Bd2 Kd6 28.Rd1 Ke7 29.Rc1 Kd6 30.Bg2 Rc8 31.a3 Rd8 32.Nd4 Bxd4 33.exd4 Be8 34.Bc3 Bg6 35.Kf2 Bd3 36.Ke3 Bg6 37.Be1 Bf7 38.Rc5 Kd7 39.b4 Rc8 40.b5 axb5 41.Rxb5 Kc7 42.f5 Ra8 43.Bg3+ e5 44.dxe5 Rxa3+ 45.Kf2 fxe5 46.Bxe5+ Nxe5 47.Rxe5 Kd6 48.Rb5 Rb3 49.Rxb3 1/2-1/2 Kozul,Z (2595)-Topalov,V (2707)/Sarajevo BIH 2001]


Carlsen said it has been shown that it is relatively easy to play with white and to play for something.

[12.a4 Nc6 13.Nbd2 Na5 14.e4 Bb4 15.e5 Nd5 16.Nd4 Nf4 17.Bd1 Nd3 18.N2f3 Nc4 19.Be2 Ndxe5 20.Nc2 Bd6 21.Nfd4 Nb6 22.b3 Nd5 23.Re1 Rac8 24.Ne3 Bb4 25.Nxd5+ exd5 26.Rd1 Rhe8 27.h3 f6 28.Kf1 Kd6 29.Be3 g6 30.Kg1 Bc3 31.Ra2 Rc7 32.Bf1 g5 0-1 Cantelli,A (1881) -Cipka,I (2282)/ICCF email 2007/Corr 2011]

12...Ra7 13.Nc4 Bb5 14.b3 Rd8 15.Bb2

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 15.Bb2

Carlsen thinks black will have to give up the two bishops at some point.


[15...Nc6 16.Rfd1 Raa8 17.Rxd6 Rxd6 18.Nxd6 Kxd6 19.Bd1 is big advantage to white.]

16.Bxc4 Nc6 17.Rfd1 Raa8 18.h3 g6

[18...h5 Carlsen said he would play g3 Kg2 etc Black has no active play. But it was probably better than the game.]

19.g4 h6

[19...h5 20.g5 Nd7]

20.Bf1 Rac8 21.Rac1 Nd5 22.h4 Ke8 23.g5 hxg5

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 23...hxg5

The opening of the h-file "doesn't help black" according to Carlsen and his position is more or less winning.

24.hxg5 Be7 25.Kg2 Nb6 26.Bd3 Nb4 27.Be4

and now black is really lost.


[27...Rxc1 28.Rxc1 Nd3 29.Bxd3 Rxd3 30.Bd4]

28.Rxd8+ Kxd8 29.Rh1 Nd5 30.Ne5 f5 31.Bxd5 1-0

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu


Magnus Carlsen

Final Position after 31.Bxd5

and black's position has fallen apart.

31. Bxd5 exd5 32. Rh8+ Kc7 33. Rh7 Kd8 34. Bd4

a) 34... Rc6 35. Rh8+ Kc7 36. Nxc6

b) 34... Nc1 35. Nxg6 Bxg5 36. Bb6+ Ke8 37. Rh8+ Kf7 38. Rxc8

5th Kings Tournament Medias (ROU), 11-21 vi 2011 cat. XXI (2757)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2815 * * ½ . 1 . ½ . ½ . 1 . 2894
2. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2776 ½ . * * ½ . ½ . 1 . ½ . 3 2825
3. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2774 0 . ½ . * * ½ . ½ . 1 . 2754
4. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2744 ½ . ½ . ½ . * * 0 . ½ . 2 2688
5. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2776 ½ . 0 . ½ . 1 . * * 0 . 2 2681
6. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROU 2659 0 . ½ . 0 . ½ . 1 . * * 2 2705
Round 5 (June 15, 2011)
Carlsen, Magnus - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 1-0 31 D27 QGA
Radjabov, Teimour - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 31 B94 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 37 C53 Giuoco Piano

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