Magnus Carlsen shows us a simple light-square strategy | 44th Chess Olympiad

Featured is a round 5 game from the 44th Chess Olympiad held in Chennai, India between Zambia’s Gillan Bwalya and World Champion Magnus Carlsen. The opening is a Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin variation. As early as move 10, white opts for an unusual defense against Carlsen’s x-ray along the c-file. White’s decision on move 13 to exchange his light-squared bishop for a knight allowed Carlsen to execute a light-square strategy. The primary weakness on e4 was exploited almost effortlessly. Should it come as a surprise for such a game to end by a light-squared bishop strike?

Image of Magnus Carlsen in thumbnail courtesy of Lennart Ootes

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bb4 5. e3 O-O 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 c5 8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Qc7 10. Nd2 Nc6 11. O-O Rd8 12. f4 Nd5 13. Bxd5 exd5 14. Qh5 cxd4 15. cxd4 Ne7 16. Nf3 Bf5 17. Bd2 f6 18. Nh4 Be4 19. f5 Rac8 20. Bb4 a5 21. Bxe7 Qxe7 22. Rf4 Rc3 23. Re1 Qxa3 24. Rg4 Rc1 25. Rxc1 Qxe3+ 26. Kf1 Bd3



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