[Event "Meltwater CCTF 2021"] [White "Carlsen,Magnus"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave,Maxime"] [Site "Chess24"] [Round "3.3"] [Annotator ""] [Result "0-1"] [Date "2021.09.21"] [WhiteElo "2855"] [BlackElo "2763"] [PlyCount "78"] 1. e4 c5 {The Sicilian Defense} 2. Nc3 {This move has many transpositions.} d6 3. Bb5+ {Disrupting black's normal Sicilian set-up.} Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 {Now, the position is normal sicilian without the white bishop.} g6 {It is transposing to Dragon Variation.} 8. b3 {Our first featured game also with b3 line but different set-up.} d5 {Woah!! early break....} 9. e5 Qc7 {Heaps of tactical moves...black is ready for a BIG FIGHT.} 10. Nce2 Qxe5 { Pawn up now. Is this a trap, looks not.} 11. Bf4 Qh5 12. f3 Bh6 13. g4 Qh3 14. Qd2 Bxf4 15. Nxf4 Qh4+ 16. Kd1 {Again, black is dictating tempo here.} Nc6 17. Ng2 Qh3 18. Nf4 Qh6 19. h4 Qg7 20. c3 {White king needs to find a safe square.} 0-0 21. g5 Nh5 22. Nxh5 gxh5 {NOW, Please evaluate the position... 1. Black king is safe. 2. White king still at the center. 3. c3 pawn is weak. 4. Black's a8 rook soon be placed at c8 will pressure c3 pawn.} 23. Re1 e6 24. f4 Rac8 25. Rc1 Rfe8 26. Qd3 Qg6 {Yes, since black is pawn up, reasonable to exchange queen.} 27. Kd2 Nxd4 28. Qxg6+ hxg6 29. cxd4 Kf8 {King heading to d6 square.} 30. Rxc8 Rxc8 31. Rc1 {Exchanging will not work since there are ways to break black's pawn chain and create a pass pawn.} Rxc1 32. Kxc1 f6 33. Kd2 Kf7 34. Ke3 e5 35. fxe5 fxe5 36. dxe5 Ke6 37. Kd4 {GM Vachier Lagrave have calculated this...and confident that he is tempo up.} b6 38. b4 b5 39. a3 a6 { Again, GM Carlsen was not able to equalize since move 8...d5. This is other way to beat the World Champ by using surprise moves. Congrats!! GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave....} 0-1