Carlsens beste parti?

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26. februar 2013 av Redaktør

magnus-carlsenMange vil ha meninger om hva som er Magnus Carlsens beste parti. Vi påstår ikke at partiet under helt utvilsomt er hans beste. Men fenomenalt er det – selv om Magnus den gang «bare» hadde 2733 i rating!

Partiet er fra Wijk aan Zee 2008, og er kommentert av Magnus selv. Kommentarene er hentet fra den fine partibasen Mega Database (utgitt av Chessbase).

Har du synspunkter på partiet? Har du andre favoritter blant Magnus’ mange triumfer? Spytt ut i kommentarfeltet!

Kramnik,Vladimir (2799) – Carlsen,Magnus (2733) [A30]
Corus Wijk aan Zee (12), 26.01.2008
[Carlsen,M]

Before this game I had lost to Vishy in a complicated struggle, so for this game I decided that I should just try and make a draw, (which is not an easy task anyway) and not lose 3 out of the last four games, winning against van Wely only by a miracle.

1.Sf3 Sf6 2.c4 e6 3.Sc3

3-Sc3

I must admit that I rather expected the Catalan here, but possibly because I had defended quite confidently against his Catalan in the Tal he decided to switch this time. 3…c5 4.g3 b6 5.Lg2 Lb7 6.0–0 Le7 7.d4 [7.Te1 d5 8.cxd5 Sxd5 hasn’t given White much lately, neither after 9.d4 (Nor 9.e4 Sb4!) 9…cxd4 As for instance in Aronian-Jakovenko (9…Sxc3 10.bxc3 Le4 11.Se5 Lxg2 12.Kxg2 0–0 13.e4 Was probably somewhat better for White in Carlsen-Aronian, Elista 2007.) ] 7…cxd4 8.Dxd4 d6 9.Td1 a6

9-a6

10.Sg5 A fairly old line I think, which is not considered especially dangerous for Black if he’s well prepared. Unfortunately I couldn’t remember anything, and so I had to start thinking from this point. 10…Lxg2 11.Kxg2 Sc6 I didn’t find a comfortable way to put this guy on d7, so I came up with this move, which is part of a plan which turned out to have a reasonably good reputation. 12.Df4 0–0 13.Sce4 Se8 Retreating is considered to be the normal reaction to Se4. The black position is now slightly awkward, but the white knights are not perfectly placed either. 14.b3 Ta7 15.Lb2

15-Lb2

15…Td7 This move is probably not really necessary, but I thought that there was no better square for the rook anyway, and overprotecting the d6-pawn might turn out to be useful at some point. I had already spent a lot of time here, 45 minutes, but he had also spent some time, almost 40  minutes, which left me feeling relieved that he was not still in his preparation. Still, things are not really easy for Black. His coordination is somewhat worse than it usually is in the hedgehog, and I found it hard to find constructive waiting moves.  16.Tac1 h4 or Sf3 could also be considered, but the text is quite reasonable as well. 16…Sc7 I spent quite some time on this move, which has the purpose of protecting e6, preparing f5. There were of course alternatives, the most natural being the more hedgehog-like 16…Da8 17.Sf3 b5. I rejected it because I wasn’t sure whether bxc4 bxc4 would really improve my position. That is why I decided that going for f5 and g5 was just according to the demands of the position.] 17.Sf3 f5 18.Sc3

18-Sc3

18…g5 Not especially aggressive or anything, just a normal continuation of the plan starting with Sc7. 19.Dd2 [19.De3 g4 20.Sd2 Not (20.Sd4 Lg5 21.Sxc6 Lxe3 22.Sxd8 Lxc1 winning an exchange.) 20…Lg5 21.Dxb6 was another, computer-like option. I thought that I would have very good counterplay after 21…Da8 22.f3 (only move) and now just 22…Se5 or even 22…Tb8 23.Df2 Se5 gives Black active piece play and good compensation for a pawn.] 19…g4 20.Se1 [20.Sd4?! would be worse, since now 20…Lg5 21.e3 Se5 leaves the knight practically untouchable on e5. Note that it also makes it more difficult to create active play for White, since b4 and c5 would be almost impossible to carry out, as Txd4 and a knight move to f3 would probably be strong then.]

20-Se1

20…Lg5 An important element in my plan. The weak f3-square will now be a constant worry for White. 21.e3 Tff7 A good prophylactic move, preventing Na4 and c5 and preparing to redeploy the knight with Ne8-f6-e4 without having to worry about Nd5. 22.Kg1 Se8 23.Se2 A natural manoeuvre. The diagonal is opened for his bishop and the knight is transferred to a better square. 23…Sf6 24.Sf4 De8 I would have liked to play Se4 immediately, but I rejected it because of the queen sac: 24…Se4 25.Sxe6? De8 26.Sxg5 Sxd2 27.Sxf7. I don’t really understand why though, since, as any engine points out, 27…Se4 28.Sh6+ Kf8 with the point that 29.Sxf5 Df7 wins for Black. 25.Dc3 [25.Lxf6 was an option, but at the same time it’s hard to see how White can play for an advantage after giving up this bishop.] 25…Tg7

25-Tg7

I really wanted to get that thing to e4. I felt that the position was about equal or maybe slightly better for White, but I was rather worried that I would blow it before the time-control, as I only had 17 minutes left here. At the same time I saw that Kramnik clearly was suffering from a cold and was feeling uncomfortable, which comforted me a little (thinking about my chances in this game that is!). 26.b4 Se4 27.Db3 Tge7

27-tge7

28.Da4?! Rybka’s suggestion of 28.f3 gxf3 29.Sxf3 Lf6 really doesn’t impress me much, but 28.h4 as suggested by Nigel Short during my press-conference after the round was probably an improvement of the white position, and certainly better than the text. After only h4 I can only repeat my evaluation after my 25th move: equal or slightly better for White. The knight on e4 is certainly pretty, but the f4-knight is a good piece as well. It’s not easy to take advantage of my weakened king, and not easy to make any clear progress for either side. 28…Se5 29.Dxa6? [29.c5 is well met by 29…Sc4! so White should rather admit failure with; 29.Db3 after gaining two tempi Black is obviously slightly better, but the white position is certainly playable.] 29…Ta7 30.Db5

30-Db5

Having seen that 30.Dxb6 Teb7 31.Dd4 Lf6 would leave his queen trapped in the centre, Kramnik was forced to make this move, which he actually accompanied with a draw offer. I was slightly tempted of course, since I would have been happy with a draw before the game, but I realised that my position was so much better that I simply had to decline. 30…Dxb5 31.cxb5 Txa2 32.Tc8+ Kf7 33.Sfd3 Lf6 34.Sxe5+ [34.Lxe5 dxe5 35.Tc6 Sg5 is winning for Black.] 34…dxe5 [34…Lxe5 was probably better, but in time-trouble I was reluctant to allow 35.Lxe5 dxe5 36.Sd3 which however is well met by 36…Kf6 37.Tf8+ Kg7 38.Td8 (38.Tb8 Td7–+) 38…Sc3 39.Tf1 (39.Sxe5 Sxd1 40.Txd1 is better but should lose as well.) 39…Td2! and wins.] 35.Tc2 [35.Sd3 leaves Black with a pleasant choice between  35…Sxf2 and(35…Sg5 so White should rather retreat.) ] 35…Tea7 36.Kg2 [36.Kf1 was better, the king later headed in this direction anyway.] 36…Sg5

36-Sg5

37.Td6? This pseudo-active move makes matters much worse for White, but Black had a practically winning positional advantage anyway. 37…e4 38.Lxf6 Kxf6 39.Kf1 [39.Txb6 Ta1 40.Te2 Sf3 loses at once.] 39…Ta1 40.Ke2 [40.Tcd2 Tb1 41.Td1 Txb4 42.Txb6 Tb2 leaves White defenceless against the threats of Taa2 and Sh3.] 40…Tb1 I made this move with only some 15 or so left on the clock, but I actually even spent some seconds on Tb1, so I wasn’t really worried about losing on time. 41.Td1 [41.Txb6 leads to mate after the computer-like or loses a piece after 41…Td7 (41…Taa1 42.Kd2 (42.Sg2 Sf3–+) 42…Txe1) ] 41…Txb4 42.Sg2 Txb5

42-Txb5

Black is obviously winning now, and White might as well have resigned here. I understand that Kramnik chose to play on for a while though, as he couldn’t have been especially happy about the way things turned out. 43.Sf4 Tc5 44.Tb2 b5 45.Kf1 Tac7 46.Tbb1 [46.Kg2 allows the exchange of one rook, which is desirable for Black. 46…Tc1 47.Txc1 Txc1 48.Txb5 Sf3 49.Se2 Te1 50.Tb2 Kg5 and White is completely tied up, he cannot even play h4 due to gxh3 and Te2. Black will win by playing e5 and h7-h5-h4.] 46…Tb7 47.Tb4 Tc4 48.Tb2 b4 49.Tdb1 Sf3 50.Kg2

50-Kg2

50…Td7! The last good move, forcing the exchange of one rook. The rest doesn’t require any comments. 51.h3 e5 52.Se2 Td2 53.hxg4 fxg4 54.Txd2 Sxd2 55.Tb2 Sf3 56.Kf1 b3 57.Kg2 Tc2  

57-Tc2

I was obviously elated to win with Black against (a slightly weakened I have to add) Kramnik, I almost couldn’t believe it. After this I again shared the lead, and even though I couldn’t make anything of my slight advantage in the last game and win the tournament outright, I’m obviously very happy with my shared victory with Aronian. 0–1

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