Magnus Carlsen Invitational Prelims 2021

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  • #46
    Magnus Carlsen Invitational Prelims 2021

    March 21, 2021


    Day 2

    Rounds 24 to 27

    Game 5, March 21
    Nepo, Ian – Giri, Anish
    B97 Sicilian

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Nb3 Nbd7 9.Qe2 Qc7 10.O-O-O b5 11.a3 Rb8 12.Kb1 Be7 13.Qe1 O-O 14.Bd3 Bb7 15.Qg3 Rfc8 16.Rhf1 e5 17.fxe5 dxe5 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.exd5 Bxg5 20.Qxg5 Bxd5 21.Bxh7+ Kxh7 22.Rxd5 Qxc2+ 23.Ka2 Nf6 24.Rxe5 Rc3 25.Qf5+ Kg8 26.Nc5 b4 27.axb4 Rxb4 28.Re8+ Nxe8 29.Qxf7+ Kh7 30.Qh5+ Kg8 31.Qxe8+ Kh7 32.Qh5+ Kg8 33.Qd5+ Kh7 34.Qh5+ Kg8 35.Qf7+ Kh7 36.Qh5+ 1/2-1/2

    Nepo still can't crack Giri's Najdorf, but what a spectacular game!

    Game 5, March 21
    So, Wesley – Carlsen, Magnus
    E20 Nimzo-Indian, Kmoch variation

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 Nc6 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.e4 Ba6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 Qc8 10.Bd3 Na5 11.Qe2 d6 12.f4 Qd7 13.Nf3 Nh5 14.g3 g5 15.fxg5 hxg5 16.Nxg5 Nf4 17.gxf4 Rxh4 18.Qf2 Rh8 19.f5 O-O-O 20.fxe6 fxe6 21.Qf7 Rdg8 22.Qxd7+ Kxd7 23.Nf3 Rh3 24.Kf2 Rf8 25.Be2 Bxc4 26.Raf1 Rf4 27.Ke3 e5 28.dxe5 dxe5 29.Rhg1 Bxe2 30.Kxe2 Rxe4+ 31.Kf2 Nc4 32.Rg3 Rh6 33.a4 a5 34.Rfg1 Rf4 35.Kg2 Ne3+ 36.Kh1 Nf5 37.Nxe5+ Ke6 38.Rg4 Rf2 0-1

    16...Nf4! and Magnus is threatening another fast start!

    Game 6, March 21
    Giri, Anish – Nepo, Ian
    B48 Sicilian, Taimanov variation

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.g4 h6 8.h4 Nf6 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Qf3 d5 11.g5 hxg5 12.hxg5 Rxh1 13.Qxh1 Ng4 14.Bd2 Bb7 15.Qh3 Ne5 16.O-O-O d4 17.Nb1 c5 18.f4 Nc6 19.g6 O-O-O 20.gxf7 Qxf7 21.Bc4 Kb8 22.Bxe6 Qc7 23.Bc4 Ka7 24.Na3 Nb4 25.Re1 Be7 26.Kb1 Re8 27.e5 Bd8 28.Bb3 g5 29.Nc4 gxf4 30.Bxf4 Nd5 31.Bd2 Qg7 32.Nd6 Rh8 33.Qe6 Bh4 34.Rc1 Nc7 35.Qc4 Qxe5 36.Nf7 Qh2 37.Qxc5+ Kb8!
    38.Qxd4 Rf8 39.Bf4 Bg3 40.Bxg3 Qxg3 41.Qb4 1-0

    Giri finds 19.g6! and has a great chance to take the lead in the #MagnusInvitational final

    Game 6, March 21
    Carlsen, Magnus – So, Wesley
    B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky Attack

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 g6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bg7 9.h3 O-O 10.O-O Nc6 11.Be3 a6 12.a4 e6 13.Rc1 Rfd8 14.b3 Rac8 15.Re1 d5 16.cxd5 exd5 17.Nxc6 bxc6 18.exd5 Nxd5 19.Nxd5 cxd5 20.Rxc8 Qxc8 21.Bd4 Qc6 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.Qd4+ Qf6 24.Re5 h5 25.g4 hxg4 26.hxg4 Rb8 27.g5 Qb6 28.Rxd5+ Qxd4 29.Rxd4 Rxb3 30.Rd6 Rb4 31.Rxa6 Rg4+ 32.Kf1 Rxg5 33.a5 Re5 34.Kg2 g5 35.f4 gxf4 36.Kf3 Rf5 37.Ra8 Kh7 38.a6 Rf6 39.Rf8 Rxa6 40.Rxf7+ Kg6 41.Rxf4 Rf6 42.Rxf6+ Kxf6 1/2-1/2

    Game 7, March 21
    Nepo, Ian – Giri, Anish
    B97 Sicilian, Najdorf

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Nb3 Nbd7 9.Qe2 Qc7 10.O-O-O b5 11.a3 Be7 12.Kb1 Rb8 13.Qe1 h6 14.Bh4 Bb7 15.Bd3 Nc5 16.Nxc5 dxc5 17.e5 Nd5 18.Nxd5 Bxd5 19.Bxe7 Qxe7 20.Be4 b4 21.a4 b3 22.cxb3 Rxb3 23.Rxd5 exd5 24.Bxd5 Rb4 25.e6 fxe6 26.Bxe6 Qf6 27.b3 Qxf4 28.Bc4+ Kd8 29.Qe6 Qd4 30.Qxa6 Re8 31.Rf1 Qe4+ 32.Ka2 Rxc4 33.Qxc4 Qxc4 34.bxc4 Re2+ 35.Kb3 Re3+ 36.Kb2 Re2+ 37.Kb3 Re3+ 38.Kc2 Re2+ 39.Kd3 Rxg2 40.Rf7 Rxh2 41.Rxg7 Ra2 42.Ke4 Rxa4 43.Kd5 Ra6 44.Kxc5 Kc8 45.Rh7 Rg6 46.Kb5 Rf6 47.c5 Re6 48.c6 Re1 1/2-1/2

    Game 7, March 21
    So, Wesley – Carlsen, Magnus
    A20 English, Modern Nimzowitsch

    1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.O-O Nf6 7.Nc3 h6 8.a3 a5 9.b3 Bd6 10.d4 O-O 11.Bb2 e4 12.Nd2 Nxd4 13.Ndxe4 Be5 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.e3 Nb5 16.Nxb5 Bxb2 17.Qxd8 Rxd8 18.Rad1 Bg4 19.Rb1 Be5 20.Rfc1 c6 21.Nc3 Bxc3 22.Rxc3 Rd2 23.h3 Bf5 24.e4 Be6 25.b4 axb4 26.Rxb4 Ra7 27.f4 f6 28.h4 Kf8 29.f5 Bf7 30.g4 Be8 31.g5 b5 32.e5 fxe5 33.Re4 Ra4 34.Rxa4 bxa4 35.Bxc6 Bxc6 36.Rxc6 hxg5 37.hxg5 Rd4 38.Rc8+ Ke7 39.Rc7+ Kf8 40.Kh2 Rf4 41.Rc8+ Ke7 42.Rc7+ Kf8 43.Rc8+ Ke7 44.Rc7+ Kf8 1/2-1/2

    Magnus wins third place on accumulated score

    Game 8, March 21
    Giri, Anish – Nepo, Ian
    B30 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.d3 Ne7 6.Nbd2 Ng6 7.h4 h5 8.e5 d6 9.exd6 e5 10.Nc4 Bg4 11.Bg5 f6 12.Bd2 Bxd6 13.Qe2 Bc7 14.O-O-O O-O 15.Kb1 Rb8 16.Rdg1 Nf4 17.Bxf4 exf4 18.Re1 Qd5 19.Qd1 Rfe8 20.b3 Kf7 21.a4 Rbd8 22.Ka2 Kg6 23.Rhg1 Kh6 24.Rh1 Qf7 25.Kb1 Be6 26.Nfd2 Bd5 27.Rhg1 Qg6 28.Rxe8 Rxe8 29.f3 f5 30.Qf1 Qg3 31.Rh1 Bd8 32.Nd6 Rf8 33.N2c4 Bxh4 34.Ne5 Rf6 35.c4 Bg8 36.Nb7 Re6 37.Rh3 Rxe5 38.Rxg3 Bxg3 0-1

    Final Scores on Finals Day 2

    Nepo-Giri 2-2
    So-Carlsen 1-2


    Both games 5+3

    Game 9, March 21
    Giri, Anish – Nepo, Ian
    C02 French, Advance, Euwe variation

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.e5 Nc6 5.d4 Bd7 6.Be2 Nge7 7.Na3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Ng6 9.Nc2 f6 10.exf6 gxf6 11.O-O Bd6 12.g3 h5 13.Bd3 Nce7 14.Ne3 h4 15.Ng4 Kf7 16.Re1 Qf8 17.Nfe5+ fxe5 18.dxe5 Bc5 19.Bg5 hxg3 20.hxg3 Bc6 21.Rc1 d4 22.Be4 Bxe4 23.Rxe4 Nf5 24.Qa4 Rc8 25.Bf6 Rh7 26.Qd7+ Nge7 27.Bxe7 Qxe7 28.Qxc8 Bb6 29.Nf6 Rg7 30.Qh8 d3 31.Qh5+ Rg6 32.Rg4 1-0

    Game 10, March 21
    Nepo, Ian – Giri, Anish
    A01 Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack, Classical variation

    1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Bf5 3.d3 c5 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 e5 7.e4 dxe4 8.dxe4 Be6 9.Ngf3 Qc7 10.O-O Be7 11.Nc4 Rd8 12.Qb1 Bxc4 13.bxc4 O-O 14.Re1 Nd7 15.Bf1 Nd4 16.Nd2 Bg5 17.Bxd4 Bxd2 18.Rd1 cxd4 19.Rxd2 Nc5 20.Bd3 Rd6 21.Re2 Ra6 22.Qc1 Ra4 23.Qg5 f6 24.Qh5 Ra3 25.Rd2 Qa5 26.Rdd1 Rxa2 27.Rab1 Qc7 28.Rf1 Ra5 29.Qg4 Ra3 30.f4 exf4 31.gxf4 Nxd3 32.cxd3 Rxd3 33.e5 Re3 34.Qg2 Qc6 35.Qd5+ Qxd5 36.cxd5 fxe5 37.Rxb7 exf4 38.Rc1 f3 39.Kf2 Re2+ 40.Kf1 Re5 41.Rcc7 Rg5 42.h4 Rg4 43.Kf2 Rg2+ 44.Kf1 f2 0-1

    Fortune favoured the brave after Anish Giri sacrificed a piece, but he only won the first blitz game after Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered in a won position!

    Just when it all looked to be going Nepo's way he blunders and now has to do it all again - he must win on demand to force Armageddon!

    After 9 Sicilians in a row Nepo finally brings out the big guns... 1.b3!

    Nepomniachtchi is in huge trouble in a game he must win! Giri with excellent chances to win

    Congratulations to @AnishGiri on winning the #MagnusInvitational and a place in the Finals of the @Meltwater Champions Chess Tour!

    Peter Doggers: After another 2-2 in their second match, GM Anish Giri defeated GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in the playoff to win the Magnus Carlsen Invitational on Sunday. Giri earned $60,000 for first place. GM Magnus Carlsen came third after securing two game points vs. Wesley So.


    • #47
      Playoffs game one Giri played 17.Ne5+! instinctive but psychologically very hard to defend against (especially in speed). Later on Giri lost his way but Nepo than blundered. Very hard to recover from that. Congratulations to Anish who played the best chess of all the contestants throughout the tournament.


      • #48
        I loved watching all of the action. The team of Peter and Tania are awesome.


        • #49
          So Brad what do you think it is about Peter that is so compelling as a commentator?


          • #50
            Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
            So Brad what do you think it is about Peter that is so compelling as a commentator?
            Hey Hans! Peter first assesses the position strategically, explaining the basic plans involved for both sides. Then he shows move sequences designed to bring about those plans, and looks for any tactics that may present themselves. He always points out the key squares and potential pawn breaks. He is always on the lookout for tricks. He spots the shots quickly. Also, he wonderfully answers the excellent questions that Tania poses. From time to time he messes up and admits it and explains why. He shows how a chess player thinks. He does move along very quickly and sometimes I cannot catch up, but this forces one to work harder.

            Everyone complained about all of the boring draws. Faster time controls online have solved the problem to an extent. This is very exciting and educational chess.


            • #51
              Thanks Brad for your illuminating answer.