Magnus Carlsen: Powerful Sicilian Defense: Rossolimo Attack – Biel 2012 – Speaker: IM Bindi Cheng


Bologan’s having a rough tournament, having lost 3 straight after taking over from Morozevich (who lost 2 and was hospitalized) while Carlsen has had 1 win and 4 draws. The line they played is a variation in the Sicilian Rossolimo and it seems like Bologan is still playing poorly as he quickly allowed Carlsen to equalize and soon gave him the initiative. While GM’s may disagree with me, I just couldn’t see what Bologan’s plan was in this game and soon found himself in an uncomfortable position. I kind of had some misadventures in analysis land due to my rust but I hoped I was able to show that no matter how strong someone is, if you’re playing without a plan, you’re going to have a bad time.

[Event “Biel Chess Festival”]
[Site “0:00:33-0:02:33”]
[Date “2012.07.29”]
[EventDate “2012.07.23”]
[Round “3”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Viktor Bologan”]
[Black “Magnus Carlsen”]
[ECO “B30”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “80”]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.O-O Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.h3 e6 7.c3 d5
8.d3 a6 9.Ba4 b5 10.Bc2 dxe4 11.dxe4 e5 12.a4 Be7 13.axb5 axb5
14.Rxa8 Qxa8 15.Bg5 Be6 16.Na3 b4 17.Nb1 O-O 18.Ba4 h6 19.Bh4
Rd8 20.Nbd2 g5 21.Bg3 Nd7 22.Bb3 Nf8 23.Qc2 f6 24.Nc4 Qa6
25.Qe2 Rb8 26.Ne3 Qxe2 27.Bxe6+ Nxe6 28.Rxe2 Ra8 29.h4 Ra2
30.Kf1 Kf7 31.Bh2 Na5 32.hxg5 hxg5 33.Rd2 b3 34.Bxe5 g4
35.Nxg4 Nc4 36.Re2 Nxb2 37.Nd2 c4 38.Bg3 Nd3 39.f4 Nexf4
40.Bxf4 Ra1+ 0-1

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