[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "2020.10.07"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Tari, Aryan"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B69"] [WhiteElo "2633"] [BlackElo "2863"] [Annotator "Bojkov,Dejan"] [PlyCount "90"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:00:42"] [BlackClock "0:10:56"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 {The Classical line is a rare choice in the practice of the world champion.} 6. Bg5 Bd7 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O e6 9. f4 ({Carlsen's latest game in the line saw} 9. f3 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Be7 11. Kb1 b5 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Ne2 Rc8 14. Qd2 Qb6 15. Nf4 h5 {and this eventually ended in a draw in Anand,V (2776)-Carlsen,M (2843) Karlsruhe/ Baden-Baden 2018}) 9... Be7 ({Tari was successful after} 9... b5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Kb1 Qb6 12. Nxc6 Bxc6 13. f5 b4 14. Ne2 e5 15. Ng3 h5 16. Bc4 h4 17. Nf1 Qc5 18. Ne3 Bh6 19. Qxd6 Qxd6 20. Rxd6 Bxe4 21. Ng4 Bxf5 22. Nxf6+ Ke7 23. Rb6 {Tari,A (2570)-Rahman,Z (2512) Baku 2016}) 10. Nf3 b5 11. Bxf6 gxf6 {A typical pawn structure arose. Both black flanks have been weakened. However, the four black pawns in the center look like a strong shield in front of their king. Still, they are not ideal and have a soft spot: the e6 one. If White manages to destroy that pawn or force it to move, all the light squares in the center will fall into the first player's hands.} 12. Kb1 Qb6 13. f5 O-O-O {The king is not perfectly safe here either, but Black can at least connect his rooks.} 14. Bd3 ({Instead, Navara chose to put more pressure on the e6 square at once with} 14. g3 Kb8 15. fxe6 fxe6 16. Bh3 Na5 17. Nd4 b4 18. Nce2 e5 19. Bxd7 Rxd7 20. Nf5 Nc4 21. Qd3 {with an advantage for the first player, Navara,D (2734) -Saric,I (2681) Patras 2019}) 14... Kb8 15. Ne2 {A typical maneuver. The knight is transfered to the f4 square.} Bc8 {In the confession box Carlsen said that he had done everything wrong so far, but as long as his bishop pair is on the board, he can hope for the best. This is what his coach Simen Agdestein taught him once.} 16. Nf4 Ne5 17. Be2 {Now Nf3-d4 is a deadly positional threat. Carlsen needs to hurry with the counterplay.} d5 ({Better seemed} 17... Nc4 18. Bxc4 bxc4 19. Ka1 d5 20. exd5 e5 21. Ne2 Bb7 {when the bishops enter the game.}) 18. exd5 exf5 {N A surprising choice. The black kingside pawns are now practically dead, but the bishops gain more scope. These sudden changes in the strategic/dynamic balances is one of the world champion's main weapons.} ({The players probably didn't know about this earlier game:} 18... Nxf3 19. Bxf3 e5 20. Ne2 Bxf5 21. Ng3 Bg6 22. Qe2 Rc8 23. Be4 Rc4 24. Nf5 Qc5 25. Bd3 Bxf5 26. Bxf5 Rd8 27. Bxh7 Rxd5 28. Rxd5 Qxd5 29. Rd1 Rd4 30. Rxd4 Qxd4 {and Black eventually defended in Solak,D (2586)-Ashwin, J (2471) Albena 2012}) 19. Nd4 Bc5 20. Rhf1 Rhe8 21. a3 Ka8 {Sidestepping the possible checks. From a positional perspective, Black's position is hopeless. However, his position keeps a massive amount of hidden dynamical chances which Tari failed to appreciate.} 22. h3 ({Strong was a plan suggested by Kramnik:} 22. b4 $1 Be7 23. Nb3 {followed by Nb3-a5.} ({Or} 23. Qc3 {with White's edge in both cases. What is important here is that Tari would have blunted the enemy bishops.})) 22... Bd7 ({The immediate} 22... Nc4 {does not work due to} 23. Bxc4 bxc4 24. Qc3 {and White is clearly better.}) 23. Nh5 {For a moment White loses control and that is all Carlsen needs.} ({Tari missed a strong chance to claim a big advantage:} 23. d6 $1 {would have opened the d5 spot for his knight instead and that would be excellent for White, for example:} Qxd6 ({ Or} 23... Bxd6 24. Nd5 Qb7 25. Nxf6 {and Black's position collapses.}) 24. Qc3 Qb6 25. Nd5 {when White makes it to the f-pawns.}) 23... Nc4 $1 24. Bxc4 bxc4 { It all starts to make sense for Carlsen now that he managed to open he files and the diagonals for his pieces.} 25. Qc3 {Now things are getting even worse.} ({Stronger was} 25. Ka1 $1 {although there Black can win the enemy queen with} Re4 26. Ne2 Rde8 27. Nc3 Be3 28. Qe1 Bc1 29. Rxc1 Rxe1 30. Rfxe1 Rb8 {and Black is much better.}) 25... Rb8 {The strong threat is Re8-e3!} 26. Rf3 { An obvious defense, which however, has a non-obvious flaw...} ({If} 26. Nxf5 Bxf5 27. Rxf5 Re3 28. Qxf6 Bd6 $1 {with decisive threats.} ({Or even} 28... Bxa3 29. Qxb6 Rxb6 30. d6 Rxb2+ 31. Ka1 Rb8 {when Black is significantly better.})) (26. Rfe1 $2 {drops the knight after} Rxe1 27. Rxe1 Bxd4) 26... Re1 $3 {A stunning move! The white rook is overloaded.} 27. Rxe1 Bxd4 28. Qb4 Qc7 $1 {Discovering the rook with tempo.} 29. d6 ({If} 29. Qd2 Rxb2+ ({Or} 29... Bxb2 {which should also win.}) 30. Kc1 Qb6 31. Kd1 Ba4 {with decisive attack.}) 29... Qc6 30. Qa5 Bxb2 ({The other winning idea was} 30... Rxb2+ $1 31. Kc1 Qxd6 32. c3 Bc5 33. Kxb2 Qd2+ 34. Kb1 Qxe1+ 35. Kb2 Qd2+ 36. Kb1 Bb5 $1 { There is no perpetual and Black quickly takes over:} 37. Qc7 Bd6 38. Qc8+ (38. Qd8+ Kb7) 38... Ka7 39. Qxf5 Qd1+ 40. Kb2 Qb3+ {with a win.}) 31. Ka2 Be5 32. Rb1 Rxb1 33. Kxb1 Qxd6 {With the white king wide open Carlsen is no longer in a rush.} 34. Kc1 Qd4 35. Qxa6+ ({Nothing changes} 35. Ng3 Qa1+ 36. Kd2 c3+ 37. Rxc3 {Now Black needs to find the only win:} Bf4+ $1 ({But not} 37... Bxc3+ 38. Qxc3 Qxc3+ 39. Kxc3 f4 40. Nh5 f3 41. gxf3 Bxh3 42. Kd4 {when White should survive.}) 38. Ke2 Bb5+ 39. Kf2 Qd1 {and Black wins.}) 35... Kb8 36. c3 { That allows a forced win.} ({White cannot survive after} 36. g3 Qa1+ 37. Kd2 c3+) 36... Qg1+ 37. Kd2 Qxg2+ 38. Ke3 f4+ $1 {Winning a piece and the game.} 39. Nxf4 Bxf4+ 40. Rxf4 Qg3+ 41. Rf3 (41. Ke4 Qd3#) 41... Qe1+ 42. Kd4 Qe5+ 43. Kxc4 Qe4+ 44. Kc5 Qxf3 45. Kd6 Bc8 0-1
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