Magnus Carlsen vs. Alexei Shirov – Biel 2011 – Meran Defense Chess

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Carlsen played d4 and Shirov’s response came as no surprise as he played the active Meran Defense. Carlsen’s early 13. Nd4!? provoked a slower response from Shirov, beginning his time-trouble issues with 16 minutes spent on 13. …e5. Carlsen’s strange and rapid play began to immediately affect Shirov, as he spent a costly 43 minutes on 16. …Bc5. Carlsen played extremely quickly and strove to create maximum tension and complications to take advantage of Shirov’s lack of time. By move 27, the dust was settling: white had an extra protected past pawn and definite attacking possibilities against black’s king that was stuck in the center. Shirov attempted to defend, however his lack of time combined with Carlsen’s rapid and resourceful attack led to black’s resignation after a tactical oversight.



[Event “44th Biel Tornament 2011”]
[Site “Biel, Switzerland”]
[Date “2011.07.19”]
[Round “2”]
[White “GM_Carlsen”]
[Black “GM_Shirov”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2821”]
[BlackElo “2714”]
[Opening “QGD semi-Slav: Meran, Wade variation”]
[ECO “D47”]
[NIC “SL.09”]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8.
Bd3 Bb7 9. O-O a6 10. e4 c5 11. d5 c4 12. Bc2 Qc7 13. Nd4 e5 14. Nf5 g6 15.
Nh6 Nh5 16. g3 Bc5 17. Qf3 Rf8 18. Bd2 Bd4 19. b4 cxb3 20. Bxb3 Qd6 21. Rac1
Ng7 22. a4 f5 23. axb5 f4 24. Ne2 Bb6 25. bxa6 Bxa6 26. Bc4 g5 27. Bxa6 Rxa6
28. Rc8+ Bd8 29. Nf5 Nxf5 30. exf5 Nf6 31. Qd3 Ra7 32. Qb5+ Qd7 33. Rxd8+
{White wins}



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