Nisipeanu, Liviu Dieter - Carlsen, Magnus
Foros Aerosvit 2008
The participants enjoyed they day off and today the chess battles are to be resumed. The leader Carlsen faces a very dangerous opponent - the ex-European champion Nisipeanu - who as White plays not so fashionable but well prepared lines, that could cause trouble to any chess player. A game between two creative GMs is always fun to watch let's hope this one will be no exception.
1.e4 The Romanian's favorite move.
6.Be2 Avoiding the immense complication in position with Kings castling on opposite flanks after 6.Be3
11... Bb7 Judging by the time spent by the Romanian after this move, this definitely is not his home preparation.
15.c3 Nisipeanu sacrifices a pawn to exploit the position of Bb7 but Black is in no hurry to accept it.
18.Nd2 (18.f5 is thematic but Black gets rid of his Na5. 18... Nxb3 19.Rxb3 Qa5) The game continuation aims to leave a couple of Black light pieces stranded on the queenside while White attempts to attack the monarch.
18... Nc4 After this simple move White seems to be in trouble.
35.Kh2 a3 36.Rb4 a2 37.Ra4 Qb1 White resigned. Nisipeanu tried to take Carlsen away from his familiar opening positions but only tricked himself, as after the harmless opening variation, Magnus got some advantage and was methodically increasing it to achieve a convincing victory.