Monday, July 21, 2008

Magnus Amazing Swindle!

The top seed for the main event of the 2008 Biel Chess Festival - GM Magnus Carlsen (photo right) show some of his magic by beating (swindling) his compatriot - GM Yannick Pelleteir (photo left) in the first round. The gamelook dead draw but Magnus surprisingly turn a drawish looking endgame into a winning game with a terrific endgame maneuver in the bishop opposite colour endgame.

GM Magnus Carlsen (2775) - GM Yannick Pelletier (2569) [E15]
41st Festival GM Biel SUI (Round 1), 20.07.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.d5 exd5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.0–0 Be7 10.Rd1 Nc6 11.Qf5 Nf6 12.e4 d6 13.e5 Qd7 14.Qxd7+ Nxd7 15.exd6 Bf6 16.Re1+ Kf8 17.Nc3 Nb4 18.Bg5 Nc2 19.Re7 Bxf3 20.Bxf3 Bxg5 21.Rxd7 Rd8 22.Rxd8+ Bxd8 23.Rd1 Nd4 24.Bg2 h5 25.a4 a6 26.Bb7 Rh6 27.d7 Rd6 28.Bc8 Nf3+ 29.Kg2 Rxd1 30.Nxd1 Ne1+ 31.Kf1 Nf3 32.h4 Ke7 33.Ne3 g6 34.Bxa6 Kxd7 35.Ke2 Ne5 36.f4 Ng4 37.Bb5+ Ke7 38.Nd5+ Kd6 39.Bc4 Nh6 40.Ne3 Bf6 41.Bd3 Bd8 42.Kf3 Ng4 43.Nxg4 hxg4+ 44.Kxg4

Pelletier confidently enter the opposite colour endings with a pawn down. According to endgame theory, the defender should place his pawns on his own bishop's colour and force the attacker's pawns to the opposite colour. The attacker should as always, place his pawns on the opposite colour to his own bishop. However, in this position, black's pawns on the kingside can't be place at his own bishop's colour and Magnus brilliantly exploit it! 44...Ke6 45.Bc4+ Ke7 46.Kf3 f5 47.Ke2 Kf8 48.Kd3 Bf6 49.b3 Bb2 50.Bd5 Ba3 51.Kc4 Bb4 52.Kb5 Ba5 53.Bc4 Ke7 54.Kc6 Kf6 55.Bd3 Kf7?? the desicive mistake. Black should have played 55..Ke6 which should hold the game because after 56.h5 gxh5 57.Be2 Kf6 58. Bxh5 Ke6 59.Be2 Ke7 60.Bd3 Kf6 black king is not force into a zungzwng because it have more space at f6 compare at h6 as in the game .

56.h5 ! a brilliant move by Magnus. White destroy black pawn structure and force black into a zungzwang. 56..gxh5 57.Bxf5 Kf6 58.Be4 Kg7 59.Bf3 Kh6 60.Kb5 Kg6 61.Bd1 Kh6 62.Be2 Kg6 63.Bf3 Kh6 64.Bc6 black resign because after 64...Kg6 65.Be8+ Kh6 66.Bf7 black king is in zugzwang and the h5 pawn can't be saved after 66...Kg7 67.Bxh5 . Brilliant play by Magnus! 1–0

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