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Daily Chess Puzzle: Carlsen, 2004

June 4, 2019

Today’s problem is from the Calvia Olympiad, and is the game Magnus played, aged 13, just before his 14th birthday, on the day I took this photo.

Carlsen 26102004

 

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

White to play

 

Carlsen v Kotronias, Calvia Olympiad, 26/10/2004

Carlsen Magnus - Kotronias Vasilios (21...Be3)

Solution

1 Nf6!! examine all biffs Kf6[]

2 Rd6+!!

Carlsen Magnus - Kotronias Vasilios (23.Rxd6+!)

2…Ke7! (2…Qd6 3 Qe3 hits both g5, which is mate, and the LPDO Ra7: fantastic)

3 Rc6! Qc6[] 4 Qe3

Carlsen Magnus - Kotronias Vasilios (25.Qxe3)

And the conclusion of this series of blows is that White is objectively winning, though Magnus later made one poor move, which allowed Vasilios to draw.

 

FEN

r2qr1k1/pb1p1pp1/1pnR1n1p/4pQN1/2P4P/1P2P3/PB3PP1/2K2B1R w – – 0 17

 

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