Saturday, February 21, 2009


Carlsen,M (2775) - Aronian,L (2737) [D47]
Grand Slam Final Bilbao ESP (6), 08.09.2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.a3 b4 10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 bxa3 12.0-0 Nf6 13.Bd3 axb2 14.Bxb2 a5
White has sacrificed a pawn, which is part of theory, but now Magnus Carlsen uncorks a novelty which involves sacrificing a second one: 15.d5!!? The only previous game we could find was Gelfand,B-Kramnik,V, Mexico City 2007, which continued 15.Qa4 Bb4 16.Ba3 Nd5 17.e4 Nb6 18.Qb3 Qe7 19.Rab1 Bxa3 20.Qxb6 Bb4 21.Ne1 0-0 22.Nc2 Rfd8 23.Nxb4 axb4 24.Qxb4 Qxb4 25.Rxb4 Ba6 26.Bxa6 draw.
15...Nxd5 16.Ne5 Nf6 17.Qa4 Bb4 18.Nxc6 Bxc6 19.Qxc6+ Ke7. The novelty, which is sure to be subjected to CAT scans in the near future, has vindicated itself already in this game. Aronian's king is stuck in the middle and White, now just one pawn down, has a blistering attack. 20.Rfd1 Rc8 21.Qf3 Qb6 22.Bd4 Qb8 23.Ba6 Rcd8 24.Bb7 h5 25.h3 h4 26.Rab1 e5
27.Rxb4! axb4? This is suicidal. 27...exd4 was the move to play if Black believed he could fight on. 28.Bc5+ Ke6 29.Ra1 Rd6 30.Bxd6 Kxd6 31.Qc6+ Ke7 32.Ra8
Can you imagine how this must feel? Of course Black is completely lost. 32...Qd6 33.Qxd6+ Kxd6 34.Rxh8 b3 35.Ba6 Nd7 36.Rxh4 Nc5 1-0.

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