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Mamedyarov and Carlsen is one of the derby matches in round 1. Carlsen
had a fantastic performance at the recently played Chess World Cup, as he

reached the semi finals and qualified for the Chess Grand Prix series.
Mamedyarov did not have such a good tournament in Khanty – Mansiysk,
but he has been for quite a long time a top 10 player. Mamedyarov is
currently 6th in the World with ELO 2760. Carlsen is the top junior,
with ELO 2733.

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PGN Mamedyarov Carlsen

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{Good day everyone, welcome to the Chessdom live coverage of Corus
supertournament! We are about to enjoy fearless battle between two young
tacticians. My name is IM Miodrag Perunovic and I will be your commentator
today.} 1. e4 {Mamdeyarov decided to start this game in very aggressive fashion.
He wants to avoid Carlsen’s Nimzo indian/Queen’s indian and Ragozin defence (1.
d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bf6 4. Bg5 Bb4) which became very popular lately.} c5 2.
Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 {Interesting decision! Mamedyarov didn’t want to play d4 with
for classical Sicilian lines. He is more willing to play 3.Nc3 e5 4. Bc4 with
slight positional advantage and long battle thereafter. The same line Gata
Kamsky used against Alexey Shirov in the World Cup final.} g6 $5 {Carlsen is
inviting Mamedyarov into the Accelerated Dragon!! I I can hardly remember when he
used this line in his practice, and particularly on high level and in such an
important game. Good news for all Accelerated Dragon fans!} 4. g3 $5 {
A bit surprising and I would add disappointing move by Mamedyarov. We were
expecting d4 with classical Sicilian variations and long theoretical battle.
Although, with 4.g3 he would like to play sort of closed Sicilian and maybe
even surprise the young chess prodigy….} Bg7 5. Bg2 d6 6. O-O Bg4 $5 {
There is only one high-level game in the database that featured this move,
Romanishin – Gulko, Leningrad 1975. Boris Gulko demonstrated high class and
converted nice development advantage into full point.} 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 Nf6
$5 {Novelty in regard to the above mentioned game. Gulko continued with e6!?,
putting his knight on e7 and going for d5 afterwards.That seems to be a very
interesting idea.} 9. d3 O-O 10. Qd1 Nd7 $5 {Opening “Dragon” bishop from g7
and achieving full domination over the h8-a1 diagonal. Of course, there is
important ongoing struggle for d4 square (knight will jump there) with support
of Rb8, b5-b4…} 11. f4 {Expected move. White wants to put bishop on e3, and
then either play knight on e2 to push d4 (in the center) or to play g4-g5 with
following Ne2-Ng3 going for attack on the king side.} c4 $1 {Very strong
positional move! I think we are on the crossroad of this game! If Mamedyarov
takes on c4, then after 12…Bc3 13.bc3 white will have to deal with triple
pawns and they will be an easy object to attack! Definitely we should expect
something like 12.Be3.} 12. dxc4 $6 {Perhaps a player of my caliber shouldn’t
give question marks after some moves of the top players, but simply I don’t
think this was a good decision. Although, after 12…Bc3 13.bc3 Qa5 white will
have triple pawns, but on the other hand white will still hold a pair of
bishops. Anyway as far as I am concerned, this 12.dc4 looks questionable.} Na5
{Basically all the following moves will be focused on creating triple pawns,
but in the best possible move order. There is another idea, where Carlsen
plays Rc8 instead of Bc3 and it also looks interesting, but I don’t think
Mamedyarov will have any problems there. Somehow this position begins to look
like Dragon Sicilian with g3 by white, since d4 and c5 pawns are exchanged….}
13. Nd5 $5 {Preparing to reduce the strength of bishop on g7 by playing c3.}
Nxc4 14. c3 Ndb6 15. Qe2 Rc8 {We are in the middle of a typical middlegame,
where both sides play their developing moves. White will have to find a way to
exploit e-file and he would be very happy to take with e-pawn on d5 should
black exchange the Knights. This would create weak pawn on e7. But it is hard
to believe that Carlsen will run into ambush.} 16. Kh2 {If Mamedyarov is
playing such move in early stage of the game, it is more than obvious that he
is not happy with his position. The position is about equal, but don’t
forget that he is white in this game and that he should have tried something
more aggressive. I don’t see anything “breaking” at this moment so we could
expect move like e6, Re8 or Qd7….} e6 {Driving the Knight away from d5, and
now White can retreat either on e3 (supporting f5 idea) or to take on b6.} 17.
Nb4 Na4 {Very interesting move, after which Carlsen is trying to improve
knight’s position to c5. Also at some point Qb6 might be possible (now we can
see an importance of 16.Kh2 by white) and at some point even Nc3 could be
tempting motif.} 18. f5 $5 {Quite expected since white has pair of bishops and
he has to open the position as soon as possible. After 18…Be5 19. Nd3 Qb6 20.
Ne5 Ne5 position should be very messy!} Re8 $6 {Once again I am putting
question mark, but this time to Carlsen! Did he blunder 19.f6! Bf6 Qf2 Kg7 and
all black pieces are tied up? I think Mamedyarov would definitely have time to
organize attack on the king side!} 19. fxe6 {
Carlsen should be happy that Mamedyarov didn’t continue with f6!?} fxe6 20. Nd3
Qb6 21. h4 Qa6 22. Rf2 Ne5 23. Nf4 Nc5 24. Qxa6 bxa6 25. Re2 h6 26. Kh1 {
It seems like Mamedyarov is having lots of problems to complete queenside
development. In addition, move Kh1 can’t bring him anything useful (except maybe preventing some checks on g4) and it is
obvious that Mamedyarov will wait while Carlsen will try to improve his
position with every next move…} a5 {Carlsen will try to drive his pawn to a4,
to fix b2 weakness, then pile up Rooks over the b-file and to play against b2
pawn.. .but on the other hand, Mamedyarov will try to play against d6 weakness.
I still find his bishop on g2 almost useless since it shoots into his own
pawn!} 27. Be3 a4 28. Rd1 Rc6 {Perhaps interesting plan could be Kh7
(protecting g6 pawn), then Nf7 holding d6 square and finally Reb8 and Rcb6….}
29. Bd4 g5 $5 {Quite risky approach since it allows Nh5} 30. Nh3 g4 31. Nf4 Rb6
{This was nice maneuver to get himself rid of g6 weakness by pushing that pawn
to g4…now it’s time to organize counterattack over b-file and against b2 pawn.
} 32. Nh5 Bh8 33. Red2 Reb8 {Just as we predicted, Carlsen is taking advantage
of b-file, pressures against b2, and Mamedyarov will definitely have to take
some actions, for example with…. 34 Nf4 Bg7 35. Ne6!? Ne6 36. Bb6 Rb6 and
Black seems to be maybe only slightly better. Maybe it is even unclear ending.}
34. Bxc5 $2 {Mamedyarov is forcing exchanges but it only ads in black’s favor
after 35…Kf7!} dxc5 35. Rd8+ Kf7 $1 36. Rxb8 Rxb8 37. Rd2 Nc4 $6 {I would’nt
tag this move as mistake, but definitely Ke7 was more to the point since it
would keep the control of d7 square and wouldn’t allow Rd7, all together with
Ra7.} 38. Rd7+ Ke8 39. Rxa7 Be5 40. Rxa4 Ne3 $1 {Absolutely unexpected! Idea
is Rd8 followed by Rd1! Of course, 40…Ne3! 41.b3 Rd8!} {Update! The official
website has Mamedyarov resigning in this position. It might have been
premature decision as 41. b3 Rd8! 42. Kg1 was still struggling. Nevertheless,
after 42…Rd2! with Nd1-Bc3-Bd4, Black seems to be winning. Congratulations
to Magnus Carlsen for the fantastic start at the 2008 Corus! Thank you
everyone for following the live commentary. Miodrag over and out :)} 0-1

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