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  • #16
    Norway Chess 2021

    September 12, 2021

    Round Nine

    Round 9, September 12
    Karjakin, Sergey – Carlsen, Magnus
    B33 Sicilian, Pelikan variation

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exd5 Ne7 9.c4 Ng6 10.Qa4 Bd7 11.Qb4 Qb8 12.h4 h5 13.Be3 a6 14.Nc3 Be7 15.g3 O-O 16.Be2 b5 17.cxb5 axb5 18.Bxh5 Bd8 19.O-O Ne7 20.Bg5 Ba5 21.Qb3 Nf5 22.Ne2 Bb6 23.Rac1 Ra4 24.Rc6 Bxc6 25.dxc6 Rc4 26.a4 Nd4 27.Nxd4 Bxd4 28.axb5 d5 29.Rc1 Rxc1+ 30.Bxc1 Qb6 31.Be3 Bxe3 32.fxe3 Rd8 33.Kg2 g6 34.Be2 Kg7 35.Qc3 d4 36.exd4 exd4 37.Qd3 Qa5 38.Qc2 Qb4 39.b3 Re8 40.Bc4 Re7 41.Qf2 Qc3 42.Qf3 Qb4 43.Kh3 Qd6 44.Qf4 Qxf4 45.gxf4 d3 46.Bxd3 Re3+ 47.Kg2 Rxd3 48.b6 Rxb3 49.b7 Rb6 50.h5 gxh5 51.Kh3 Rxc6 52.b8=Q Rc5 53.Qb2+ f6 54.Kh4 1-0

    Sergey Karjakin beating Magnus Carlsen in classical chess for the 1st time since their 2016 World Championship match was the headline result of #NorwayChess Round 5!

    Sergey Karjakin joked he felt almost suicidal after yesterday's loss to Nepo and only hoped that as it was a rest day no-one was watching! Today he beat Magnus Carlsen

    Round 9, September 12
    Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Rapport, Richard
    D02 Queen’s Bishop game

    1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bf4 Bf5 4.c4 e6 5.Nc3 Nbd7 6.e3 Bb4 7.Rc1 O-O 8.Be2 c5 9.O-O cxd4 10.Nxd4 Bg6 11.Bg3 Bxc3 12.bxc3 dxc4 13.Bd6 Re8 14.Nb5 Nd5 15.Bxc4 N7b6 16.Bxd5 Nxd5 17.Bg3 Re7 18.c4 Nf6 19.Qxd8+ Rxd8 20.Nxa7 Ra8 21.Nb5 Rxa2 22.Ra1 Rxa1 23.Rxa1 h6 24.f3 Bd3 25.Nd6 Rc7 26.e4 Nh5 27.Be1 f6 28.Ra4 Nf4 29.Bd2 e5 30.Rb4 Ne6 31.Be3 h5 32.Rb6 Rc6 33.c5 Ba6 34.g3 Rxb6 35.cxb6 Kf8 36.f4 1/2-1/2

    Round 9, September 12
    Firouzja, Alireza – Tari, Aryan
    C54 Giuoco Piano

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 d6 6.O-O a5 7.Re1 O-O 8.h3 h6 9.Bb5 Ba7 10.Nbd2 Ne7 11.d4 Ng6 12.a4 c6 13.Bd3 Re8 14.Bc2 Be6 15.Nf1 Qc7 16.Ng3 Rad8 17.Be3 d5 18.Nxe5 Nxe5 19.Bf4 Nfd7 20.exd5 Bxd5 21.dxe5 Nxe5 22.Qe2 Qb6 23.Be3 Qc7 24.Bf4 Qb6 25.Kh1 Ng6 26.Qxe8+ Rxe8 27.Rxe8+ Kh7 28.Re2 Kg8 29.Be3 c5 30.Rd1 Qc6 31.Red2 Bxg2+ 32.Kh2 Bf3 33.Rd8+ Kh7 34.R1d6 Qc7 35.R6d7 Qc6 36.Rxf7 1-0

    Alireza Firouzja: "It was a very difficult tournament for me until now — I lost a lot of Armageddons!"

    Armageddon Game

    Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Rapport, Richard
    B01 Scandinavian Defence

    1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Ne5 c6 7.Bf4 e6 8.g4 Bg6 9.h4 Bb4 10.Bd2 Nbd7 11.Nxd7 Kxd7 12.h5 Be4 13.Rh3 h6 14.a3 Bxc3 15.Rxc3 Qc7 16.Qe2 Bd5 17.Re3 b5 18.b3 Qh2 19.Rg3 Ne4 20.Rh3 Nxd2 21.Rxh2 Nf3+ 22.Kd1 Nxh2 23.Kc1 Nxf1 24.Qxf1 a5 25.Qe2 b4 26.axb4 axb4 27.Rxa8 Rxa8 28.Kb2 f6 29.f4 Ra5 30.Qd3 Ke7 31.Qh7 Kf8 32.Qh8+ Kf7 33.Qd8 Rb5 34.g5 fxg5 35.fxg5 hxg5 36.Qxg5 Rb7 37.Qd8 Rb5 38.Qd7+ Kf8 39.Kc1 Kg8 40.Kd2 Kh7 41.Qf7 Kh8 42.Ke3 Rb8 43.Qe7 Kg8 44.Qd6 Rb7 45.Qd8+ Kh7 46.Qe8 Ra7 47.Qg6+ Kh8 48.Qe8+ Kh7 49.Qb8 Ra2 50.Kd3 Bf3 51.Qxb4 Bxh5 52.c4 Bg6+ 53.Ke3 Rb2 54.Qa3 Rb1 55.Qa4 Bf5 56.Kf4 Kh6 57.Qxc6 g5+ 58.Ke5 Kh5 59.d5 Re1+ 60.Kf6 Rf1 61.Kg7 exd5 62.cxd5 Rd1 63.b4 Kg4 64.b5 Be4 65.Qe6+ Kf4 66.d6 Bf5 67.Qe2 Rd5 68.b6 g4 69.b7 1-0


    1 Rapport 9.5/16.5
    2 Nepo 8.5/17
    3 Karjakin 7/16.5
    4 Carlsen 6/17
    5 Firouzja 6/16.5
    6 Tari 3/16.5


    • #17
      Interesting endgame after an interesting middlegame in Rapport - Karjakhin today.

      Also a surprise in Firoujza - Nepo as entering a knight and queen endgame the computer evaluations have climbed dramatically in White's favour. Why? White's E pawn is passed and too powerful and tactics favor White hugely. Nepo's position is crumbling.
      Last edited by Hans Jung; Tuesday, 14th September, 2021, 02:53 PM.


      • #18
        All games decisive today and all decided in the endgame. Richard Rapport seems to have taken a big step forward where he's competitive with and winning against the top ten in the world. Nice endgame today against Karjakhin. Magnus also won and jumps into second ahead of Nepo. Should be a close finish to the tournament.


        • #19
          Karjakhin is playing really really well in this event for sure.


          • #20
            The battle between first and second happened today. Richard Rapport is very good in the endgame but Magnus is much better (in the endgame) and that was proven today.


            • #21
              Tari over Nepo! and Firoujza had a nice win against Karjakhin.


              • #22
                Magnus played an outstanding manoeuvering game against the leader Rapport in a must win situation. Alireza crushed Karjakin ion the black side of a Najdorf. When Alireza develops good technique, the young man will be very hard to beat.


                • #23
                  and Magnus wins the next round aginst Karjakhin. Should be a tournament win for Magnus unless he loses in the last round.


                  • #24
                    Magnus was close to lost but Karjakin was not precise and Magnus took over. The young phenom Alireza Firouza played another outstanding game in the Najdorf and won nicely against tail ender Tari.


                    • #25
                      ill be surprised if firo's ..h6 gains any followers. Nd2 was of course a fine response, but Bc4! would have guaranteed white a fine game, with O-O and Nh4-f5 (or even g6 in the event of a lsb exchange on e6) to follow.

                      seems karjakin just couldnt help himself with the exchange sac today. unlike his last encounter with carlsen this one wasn't as convincing (though id probably play it too, just for shiggles if nothing else.)

                      no idea why rapport didnt want to go for Nxf7 in the rapid game which, unless im missing something, is just crushing for white. but i suppose he had that coming after taking a quick white draw


                      • #26
                        Interesting chess, for sure.


                        • #27
                          Its Nepo - Magnus in the last round. A fitting pairing to end the tournament.

                          Firoujza found an interesting line to challenge Rapport in the opening. Highly tactical. Should be an exciting finish.


                          • #28
                            At move 15 Firoujza went in for a long think. Some of the lines are 20 moves deep and end up in complex endgames. Rapport chose to play into a middlegame line where Firoujza still has lots of tactical possibilities. Advantage Firoujza.


                            • #29
                              Draw Nepo - Magnus first game. In the second Magnus was down a pawn but had the two bishops and the pressure. He caught Nepo's king in a squeeze and was applying checkmate when Nepo resigned.

                              Rapport blundered on move 29 and Firoujza was going to win a piece. Game over.


                              • #30
                                I think Magnus has a bright future in chess.