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    Clutch Chess International 2020

    June 123, 2020


    Day Two

    Games Seven to Twelve

    The Finals games 11 and 12

    Win = 3 points
    Draw – 1.5 points
    $13,000 win bonus per game!

    Game 7, June 14
    Caruana, Fabiano – Carlsen, Magnus
    B30 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e5 4.O-O Bd6 5.d3 Nf6 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 a6 8.Bc4 Be7 9.c3 O-O 10.Nbd2 d6 11.a4 Nh5 12.Bg3 g6 13.Re1 Nxg3 14.hxg3 Kg7 15.Nf1 h5 16.Ne3 h4 17.gxh4 Bxh4 18.g3 Bg5 19.Nxg5 Qxg5 20.Qf3 f5 21.exf5 Bxf5 22.Nxf5+ Rxf5 23.Qg2 Raf8 24.Re2 Rf3 25.Rae1 e4 26.dxe4 Ne5 27.Be6 Nd3 28.Bf5 Nxe1 29.Rxe1 Rd3 30.f4 Qxg3 31.Qxg3 Rxg3+ 32.Kf2 Rd3 33.Ke2 c4 34.Rg1 Rf6 35.Rg4 d5 36.a5 b6 37.axb6 Rxb6 38.b4 cxb3 39.Kxd3 b2 40.Rxg6+ Rxg6 41.Kc2 Rb6 42.Kb1 Kf6 43.Bh7 dxe4 44.Bxe4 a5 45.Bc2 Ke6 46.c4 Kd6 47.f5 Kc5 48.f6 Rxf6 49.Kxb2 Kxc4 50.Bh7 Rf8 51.Be4 Re8 52.Bg6 Re7 53.Bh5 Kb4 54.Bf3 Rd7 55.Bg4 Rd2+ 56.Kb1 Rd6 57.Kb2 a4 58.Bh5 a3+ 59.Kb1 Rd7 60.Bg6 Rd1+ 61.Ka2 Rd2+ 62.Kb1 a2+ 63.Ka1 Ka3 64.Bc2 Re2 65.Bd1 Rg2 0-1

    Position after Black’s 25…e4


    25...e4! and Magnus is winning Game 1

    Heroic defence from Fabiano to prolong the game to move 65, but Magnus opens with a win!

    Game 8, June 14
    Carlsen, Magnus – Caruana, Fabiano
    D02 Queen’s Pawn game

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 a6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Be6 7.e3 Nbd7 8.h3 Bd6 9.Bd3 c6 10.Bf4 Qc7 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.O-O O-O 13.Qc2 g6 14.Rfc1 Qe7 15.Na4 Ne8 16.b4 Nd6 17.Nc5 Nb6 18.Nxe6 Qxe6 19.Nd2 f5 20.Re1 Nbc4 21.Nf3 b5 22.a4 Ne4 23.axb5 axb5 24.Bxe4 fxe4 25.Ne5 Qd6 26.Qc3 Qf6 27.Rf1 Qe6 28.Rfc1 Kg7 29.Rc2 Kg8 30.Rca2 Rxa2 31.Rxa2 Nxe5 32.dxe5 d4 33.Qb2 d3 34.Ra1 Rd8 35.Rc1 Qd5 36.Qa1 d2 37.Rd1 Qb3 38.e6 Qxe6 39.Qb2 Qd5 40.Qc3 Kf7 41.Qa3 Rd7 42.Qc3 Rd8 43.Qa3 Ke6 44.Qb2 Qd3 45.Qa2+ Kf6 46.Qb2+ Kf7 47.Qa2+ Rd5 48.Qa7+ Rd7 49.Qa2+ Ke7 50.Qa1 Kd6 51.Kh2 Qd5 52.Kg1 Ke6 53.Qh8 Kd6 54.Qb8+ Ke7 55.Qh8 Qb3 56.Qe5+ Kf7 57.Qf4+ Kg7 58.Qe5+ Kf8 59.Qf4+ Kg8 60.Qb8+ Kf7 61.Qf4+ Ke8 62.Qe5+ Kf7 63.Qf4+ 1/2-1/2

    Position after White’s 30.Rca2?


    This time it's Magnus falling for a trick!

    Game 9, June 14
    Caruana, Fabiano – Carlsen, Magnus
    B30 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e5 4.O-O Bd6 5.c3 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bc2 Nge7 8.d3 O-O 9.Be3 Bb7 10.Nh4 Re8 11.Nd2 Ng6 12.Nf5 Bf8 13.Qg4 d6 14.h4 Kh8 15.Bb3 Qc7 16.Nf3 Na5 17.Bd5 Bxd5 18.exd5 f6 19.h5 Ne7 20.Nxe7 Qxe7 21.Nh4 Qf7 22.c4 bxc4 23.dxc4 e4 24.b3 Kg8 25.Bd2 Nb7 26.Bc3 Re5 27.Bxe5 dxe5 28.Rae1 Nd6 29.Nf5 g6 30.Nxd6 Bxd6 31.Qxe4 f5 32.Qh4 Re8 33.f3 gxh5 34.Re3 Kh8 35.Rfe1 Qg6 36.Qh3 a5 37.Kh1 Qf7 38.a3 Re7 39.Qh4 Qg6 40.b4 Rg7 41.R1e2 cxb4 42.axb4 axb4 43.c5 f4 44.Re4 Bxc5 45.Rxe5 Be3 46.Re6 Qb1+ 47.Re1 Qb2 48.Re8+ Rg8 49.Rxg8+ Kxg8 50.Qd8+ Kf7 51.Qd7+ Kg6 52.Qe8+ Kg7 53.Qe7+ Kg6 54.d6 Qd2 55.Rb1 b3 56.d7 b2 57.d8=Q 1-0

    Fabiano Caruana pulls off a 3rd comeback and the scores are level again with one normal game before the two clutch games!

    Game 10, June 14
    Carlsen, Magnus – Caruana, Fabiano
    C42 Petrov, Paulsen Attack

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nc4 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Qe7 6.Ne3 Nc6 7.Nd5 Nd4 8.Nxe7 Nxe2 9.Nd5 c6 10.Bxe2 cxd5 11.Nc3 Be6 12.Nb5 Kd7 13.d3 Nc5 14.Bf3 Be7 15.Nc3 d4 16.Ne2 Bf6 17.b3 Bf5 18.Kd1 Rab8 19.Bb2 Ne6 20.Bd5 a6 21.Re1 h5 22.a4 h4 23.h3 Bg6 24.a5 Rh5 25.Bf3 Rc5 26.Ra4 Rbc8 27.Bxd4 Nxd4 28.Nxd4 Bxd4 29.Rxd4 Rxc2 30.Rc4 Bxd3 31.Rxc8 Rxc8 32.Re3 Bc2+ 33.Kd2 Bf5 34.Bxb7 Rc2+ 35.Kd1 Rc5 36.b4 Rb5 37.Bxa6 Rxb4 38.Ra3 Be4 39.f3 Ba8 40.Kc2 d5 41.Kc3 Rf4 42.Bd3 Kc7 43.a6 g5 44.Rb3 f5 45.Rb4 Rxb4 46.Kxb4 Kb6 47.Bxf5 Kxa6 48.Kc5 Ka5 49.Be6 d4 50.Kxd4 Bc6 51.Ke5 Bb5 52.Kf6 Bf1 53.Kxg5 Bxg2 54.f4 Kb6 55.Kxh4 Kc5 56.Kg5 Kd6 57.Kf6 1-0

    Magnus fashions an endgame win out of nowhere and now Fabiano must come back again - winning at least one of the clutch games - to win the match!

    Game 11, June 14
    Caruana, Fabiano – Carlsen, Magnus
    B30 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e5 4.O-O Bd6 5.c3 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bc2 Nge7 8.d3 Ng6 9.Be3 O-O 10.Nbd2 Be7 11.Bb3 d6 12.Bd5 Qe8 13.d4 exd4 14.cxd4 Rb8 15.Rc1 Nb4 16.dxc5 dxc5 17.Bxc5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Bxc5 19.Rxc5 Bb7 20.Nb3 Qd7 21.Na5 Ba8 22.Nc6 Rbe8 23.Nfd4 Qd6 24.b4 Re4 25.Qf3 Rfe8 26.Nf5 Qd7 27.g3 h6 28.h4 Kh8 29.Ne3 Kg8 30.Rfc1 Nf8 31.Nf5 Nh7 32.Kg2 Kh8 33.Nb8 Qd8 34.Nc6 Qd7 35.Nb8 Qd8 36.Nxa6 Bxd5 37.Nc7 Bb7 38.Nxe8 Re7 39.Qxb7 Rxb7 40.Ned6 Nf8 1-0

    Position after White’s 33.Nb8


    33.Nb8! lands on the board and Fabiano is winning the 1st clutch game!

    An incredible 4th comeback win for Fabiano Caruana and now Magnus Carlsen must win the final game on demand to win the title... or Fabi is the champion!

    Game 12, June 14
    Carlsen, Magnus – Caruana, Fabiano
    A22 English, Bremen, Smyslov System

    1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.e4 Bxc3 5.bxc3 O-O 6.f3 b5 7.d4 exd4 8.cxd4 bxc4 9.e5 Nd5 10.Bxc4 Bb7 11.Nh3 d6 12.O-O Nd7 13.Re1 dxe5 14.dxe5 N7b6 15.Bb3 Qe7 16.e6 fxe6 17.Ng5 Rf6 18.Qc2 Rg6 19.Rxe6 Qxe6 20.Nxe6 Rxe6 21.Bb2 Rae8 22.Bd4 Kh8 23.Qf5 Bc8 24.Qh5 c5 25.Bxc5 Re5 26.Qf7 Bh3 27.Bf8 Re1+ 28.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 29.Kf2 Rf1+ 30.Ke2 Nc3+ 31.Kd3 1-0

    Carlsen-Caruana 9.5-8.5

    Now that was clutch; Magnus Carlsen wins #ClutchChess with some sharp tactics to win the final game on demand!

    Magnus Carlsen on the last game: "The way it went was a dream since everything just worked out very well and I didn’t really have to squeeze it out. I just could go for the jugular at an early point and that was it"

    Magnus: "Fabi’s made incredible strides in rapid & blitz. He’s playing the next Magnus Tour tournament & I think he’s very much a force to be reckoned with... Judging by the way we played today he was as deserving a winner as I was & he deserves credit for a very good match"

    Winner – Magnus Carlsen
    Prize Money $50,000
    Total Clutch Bonus $25,000

    Second – Fabiano Caruana
    Prize Money $ 35,000
    Total Clutch Bonus $21,000

    SemiFinal Runner Up
    Levon Aronian
    Prize Money $ 25,000
    Clutch Bonus $6,000

    SemiFinal Runner Up
    Wesley So
    Prize Money $ 25,000
    Clutch Bonus $12,000

    Quarter Final Runners Up
    Jeffery Xiong
    Prize Money $15,000
    Clutch Bonus $2,000

    Alex Grischuk
    Prize Money $15,000
    Clutch Bonus $4,000

    Leinier Dominguez
    Prize Money $15,000

    Prize Money $15,000