[Event "Wch U14"] [Site "Halkidiki GRE"] [Date "2003.11.02"] [Round "11.3"] [White "Ian Nepomniachtchi"] [Black "Magnus Carlsen"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B22"] [WhiteElo "2447"] [BlackElo "2450"] [PlyCount "105"] [EventDate "2003.10.23"] 1. e4 c5 {The Sicilian Defense: The past game, GM Carlsen used the Alekhine Defense.} 2. c3 {The Alapin Variation.... this is soooo cunning variation... I hate it myself.} d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 g6 {Nice choice of variation...placing the bishop at g7.} 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Na3 {This is typical maneuver, options for knight to jump to c4 or b5 or c2 square. That is why I tell that "Alapin variation" is a cunning white weapon.} cxd4 7. Bc4 Qe4+ 8. Be3 {Nice trick....} Nh6 (8... dxe3 {If} 9. Ng5 {wrong move....} ({This is best...} 9. Bxf7+) 9... exf2+) 9. Nb5 O-O ({If} 9... dxe3 {Again wrong move, White's response is 10. Nc7 wins}) 10. cxd4 {Fantastic trick ideas by GM Nepo, he plays like Filipino GM Antonio here.} Na6 11. Nc3 Qc6 12. Qb3 {Lovely shifting of piece movements by white.} Nf5 {As of now, bishop's value at e3 is like a pawn so who cares if knight at f5 will take it.} 13. O-O Qb6 {Right choice of move, lessens pressure at f7 square.} 14. Qxb6 axb6 {Although, in the long run, this double pawn poses a real target.} 15. Na4 {Actually, not in the long run....haha...} Nd6 16. Bb3 Nb4 17. Nxb6 {one pawn up is enough to win the game as the saying goes...} Ra6 18. Nd5 Nxd5 19. Bxd5 {As the saying goes again "Its just a matter of technique to win this game"} Bf5 20. Rfc1 Ra5 21. Bb3 Be4 22. Nd2 Bc6 23. Bc2 {This 2 bishops playing cat and mouse moves...} Rd8 24. Bd3 {Shifting the pressure at f1 to a6 diagonal to help push pawns at a2 and b2 in no time.} Rd5 25. Nf3 Rh5 26. Be2 Rd5 27. g4 {Wow... limiting the rook moves...but weakens white's kingside. Brave move!!!} Nb5 28. Bc4 R5d6 29. Ne5 e6 {Bishop at g7 can't take the knight at e5 obviously to white's advantage.} 30. Bxb5 Bxb5 {Now, lets evaluate this position...there is a chance of opposite coloured bishop endgame outcome here if g7 bishop exhanges the knight at e5. If only....} 31. a4 Be8 32. b4 Rxd4 {Again...same square where GM Carlsen exchange sacrifice his rook....check first game. I have a feeling that GM Nepo expecting this move.} 33. Bxd4 Rxd4 34. Rc8 Kf8 35. Re1 Rxb4 ({If} 35... Bxe5 36. Rxe5 Rxg4+ 37. Kf1 Rxb4 {Is it risky for black to gain this position? Evaluate....}) 36. h3 Rxa4 37. Nc4 Ke7 38. Rd1 Rxc4 {Forced!! I have this thinking...I think GM Carlsen hate rooks...just opinion...hehe.} 39. Rxc4 Bc6 { This endgame outcome after exchanges still far from over...} 40. f4 f5 41. Kf2 {Here comes the royalty...Reporting for duty, your highness!!} fxg4 42. hxg4 h5 43. gxh5 gxh5 44. Rc5 {Now the smoke is slowly clearing...} h4 45. Rh5 Bf6 46. Rh7+ Kf8 47. Rd6 {Wow..first time I see 2 bishops versus 2 rooks...Fantastic... } Be4 48. Rc7 Bd5 49. Ke3 Ke8 50. Rh7 Be7 51. Rxd5 {Kaboom!! the f5 pawn is the winning factor...} exd5 52. Kd4 Bd6 53. f5 {Fantastic game....by both GMs.. .. Here, its 2-0 win by GM Nepomniachtchi. With that, GM Carlsen has reserved this losses in his subconscious, somehow..losses actually reminds you to be more prepared and find what to repair..get back and try to win again...and that what's happened in the next chess blog..... cheers... I hope you enjoy it. ..Keep Safe always...} 1-0