Dec 31 2009

The Decade in Chess: 1999 -2009

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Bookends of the decade are Kasparov and Carlsen. In between them the probably most prominent have been Anand, Kramnik and Topalov.

At the end of this, the decade in which Bobby Fischer died, an prodigous new talent has emerged: Magnus Carlsen. Dubbed by GM Lubomir Kavalek as The Mozart of Chess, few doubt that the new decade will soon become his exclusive feifdom.

Carlsen won The 2nd Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament with a score of 8/10 becoming, at the age of 18 years, the youngest player ever to cross the 2800 Elo barrier. He went on to place second at the Tal Memorial Tournament (won by Vladimir Kramnik), to win the London Classic Tournament and then the World Blitz Championship.

Take a look through some of the games of the decade below.

1999:

[Event "Hoogovens A Tournament"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "1999.??.??"]
[Round "04"]
[White "Garry Kasparov"]
[Black "Veselin Topalov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2812"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[ECO "B06"]
[EventDate "?"]
[PlyCount "87"]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 c6 6.f3 b5 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8.Bh6 Bxh6 9.Qxh6 Bb7 10.a3 e5 11.0-0-0 Qe7 12.Kb1 a6 13.Nc1 0-0-0 14.Nb3 exd4 15.Rxd4 c5 16.Rd1 Nb6 17.g3 Kb8 18.Na5 Ba8 19.Bh3 d5 20.Qf4+ Ka7 21.Rhe1 d4 22.Nd5 Nbxd5 23.exd5 Qd6 24.Rxd4 cxd4 25.Re7+ Kb6 26.Qxd4+ Kxa5 27.b4+ Ka4 28.Qc3 Qxd5 29.Ra7 Bb7 30.Rxb7 Qc4 31.Qxf6 Kxa3 32.Qxa6+ Kxb4 33.c3+ Kxc3 34.Qa1+ Kd2 35.Qb2+ Kd1
36.Bf1 Rd2 37.Rd7 Rxd7 38.Bxc4 bxc4 39.Qxh8 Rd3 40.Qa8 c3 41.Qa4+ Ke1 42.f4 f5 43.Kc1 Rd2 44.Qa7
1-0

2000:

[Event "EUCup 16th"]
[Site "Neum"]
[Date "2000.09.24"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Peter Svidler"]
[Black "Michael Adams"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "C78"]
[EventDate "?"]
[PlyCount "67"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5 6.c3 b5 7.Bc2 d6 8.a4 Bg4 9.d3 0-0 10.h3 Bh5 11.Nbd2 b4 12.a5 Rb8 13.Qe2 bxc3 14.bxc3 d5 15.d4 exd4 16.Qxa6 dxc3 17.Qxc6 cxd2 18.Nxd2 Bd4 19.Ra4 dxe4 20.Nxe4 Nxe4 21.Bxe4 Be2 22.Bxh7+ Kh8 23.Bc2 Re8 24.Re1 Re6 25.Qxe6 fxe6 26.Rxe2 e5 27.a6 Qd7 28.a7 Ra8 29.Rxe5 g6 30.Re4 c5 31.Ra6 Rxa7 32.Rxg6 Bg7 33.Bb2 Qb5 34.Bc3
1-0

2001:

[Event "Politiken Cup"]
[Site "Copenhagen DEN"]
[Date "2001.07.20"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Thomas Bach Nielsen"]
[Black "Thormod Furu"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2025"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "A11"]
[EventDate "2001.07.16"]
[PlyCount "30"]

1.c4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 dxc4 4.a4 e5 5.d5 Bb4 6.e4 Nf6 7.Bg5 Qa5 8.Bd2 cxd5 9.exd5 Bg4 10.f3 Bh5 11.Bxc4 0-0 12.Nge2 Nbd7 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.fxe4 Nc5 15.Ba2 Nd3+
0-1

2002:

[Event "Israeli Championship"]
[Site "Tel Aviv"]
[Date "2002.11.30"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Emil Sutovsky"]
[Black "Ilya Smirin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2657"]
[BlackElo "2683"]
[ECO "B23"]
[EventDate "?"]
[PlyCount "47"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 e5 4.Bc4 d6 5.d3 Be7 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Ng5 0-0 8.f4 exf4 9.Bxf4 h6 10.Nf3 Be6 11.Nd5 Bxd5 12.exd5 Na5 13.Nh4 b5 14.Nf5 bxc4 15.Bxh6 gxh6 16.Nxh6+ Kh7 17.Nf5 cxd3 18.Qxd3 Kh8 19.Rae1 Qb6 20.Qh3+ Nh7 21.Rxe7 c4+ 22.Kh1 Qxb2 23.Re4 Rg8 24.Qxh7+
1-0

2003:

[Event "Torneo Continental Americano"]
[Site "Buenos Aires, ARG"]
[Date "2003.08.27"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Gennadi Sagalchik"]
[Black "Hikaru Nakamura"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "C12"]
[EventDate "2003.08.17"]
[PlyCount "74"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 e6 4.e4 Bb4 5.Ne2 dxe4 6.a3 Be7 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.Nxe4 f5 9.N4c3 c6 10.g3 b6 11.Bg2 Bb7 12.Qd3 Nd7 13.Nd1 Qc7 14.c4 0-0-0 15.Ne3 Kb8 16.Qc2 Bd6 17.f4 h5 18.h4 Nf6 19.0-0-0 c5 20.d5 Rhe8 21.Nc3 a6 22.Rhe1 Rg8 23.Nf1 Rxg3 24.Nxg3 Bxf4+ 25.Kb1 Bxg3 26.Re2 Bc8 27.Rd3 Be5 28.Na4 Ka7 29.Rb3 Nd7 30.Bf3 Rg8 31.Bxh5 exd5 32.cxd5 b5 33.Nc3 c4 34.Rxb5 Bxc3 35.d6 Qxd6 36.Rxf5 Rg1+ 37.Ka2 Qxa3+
0-1

2004:

[Event "Torneo Continental Americano"]
[Site "Buenos Aires, ARG"]
[Date "2003.08.27"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Gennadi Sagalchik"]
[Black "Hikaru Nakamura"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "C12"]
[EventDate "2003.08.17"]
[PlyCount "74"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 e6 4.e4 Bb4 5.Ne2 dxe4 6.a3 Be7 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.Nxe4 f5 9.N4c3 c6 10.g3 b6 11.Bg2 Bb7 12.Qd3 Nd7 13.Nd1 Qc7 14.c4 0-0-0 15.Ne3 Kb8 16.Qc2 Bd6 17.f4 h5 18.h4 Nf6 19.0-0-0 c5 20.d5 Rhe8 21.Nc3 a6 22.Rhe1 Rg8 23.Nf1 Rxg3 24.Nxg3 Bxf4+ 25.Kb1 Bxg3 26.Re2 Bc8 27.Rd3 Be5 28.Na4 Ka7 29.Rb3 Nd7 30.Bf3 Rg8 31.Bxh5 exd5 32.cxd5 b5 33.Nc3 c4 34.Rxb5 Bxc3 35.d6 Qxd6 36.Rxf5 Rg1+ 37.Ka2 Qxa3+
0-1

2005:

[Event "Mtel Masters"]
[Site "Sofia BUL"]
[Date "2005.05.12"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Black "Veselin Topalov"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2785"]
[BlackElo "2778"]
[ECO "B90"]
[EventDate "2005.05.12"]
[PlyCount "120"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.g4 h6 9.Qd2 b4 10.Na4 Nbd7 11.0-0-0 Ne5 12.b3 Bd7 13.Nb2 d5 14.Bf4 Nxf3 15.Nxf3 Nxe4 16.Qd4 f6 17.Bd3 Bc5 18.Bxe4 Bxd4 19.Bg6+ Kf8 20.Rxd4 a5 21.Re1 Be8 22.Nh4 e5 23.Rd2 a4 24.bxa4 Kg8 25.Bg3 d4 26.Rd3 h5 27.Bxe8 Qxe8 28.g5 Rc8 29.g6 Rh6 30.Rxd4 Rxg6 31.Nxg6 Qxg6 32.Rd2 Rc3 33.Red1 Kh7 34.Kb1 Qf5 35.Be1 Ra3 36.Rd6 Rh3 37.a5
Rxh2 38.Rc1 Qe4 39.a6 Qa8 40.Bxb4 h4 41.Bc5 h3 42.Nd3 Rd2 43.Rb6 h2 44.Nf2 Qd5 45.Be3 Re2 46.Rb3 f5 47.a7 Rxe3 48.Rxe3 Qb7+ 49.Rb3 Qxa7 50.Nh1 f4 51.c4 e4 52.c5 e3 53.c6 e2 54.c7 Qxc7 55.Rxc7 e1=Q+ 56.Rc1 Qe4+ 57.Ka1 Qd4+ 58.Kb1 Qe4+ 59.Ka1 Qd4+ 60.Kb1 Qe4+
1/2-1/2

2006:

[Event "Corus Wijk aan Zee"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2006.01.14"]
[Round "Round 1"]
[White "Sergey Karjakin"]
[Black "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "B90"]
[EventDate "?"]
[PlyCount "74"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2 Ne8 14.f4 a5 15.f5 a4 16.Nbd4 exd4 17.Nxd4 b3 18.Kb1 bxc2+ 19.Nxc2 Bb3 20.axb3 axb3 21.Na3 Ne5 22.h4 Ra5 23.Qc3 Qa8 24.Bg2 Nc7 25.Qxc7 Rc8 26.Qxe7 Nc4 27.g6 hxg6 28.fxg6 Nxa3+ 29.bxa3 Rxa3 30.gxf7+ Kh7 31.f8=N+ Rxf8 32.Qxf8 Ra1+ 33.Kb2 Ra2+ 34.Kc3 Qa5+ 35.Kd3 Qb5+
36.Kd4 Ra4+ 37.Kc3 Qc4+
0-1

2007:

[Event "Linares-Morelia"]
[Site "1:03:33-1:06:33"]
[Date "2007.02.22"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Levon Aronian"]
[Black "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "D23"]
[EventDate "2007.02.17"]
[PlyCount "95"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qc2 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bf5 6.g3 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e6 8.Bg2 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 Ne4 11.Qb3 Qb6 12.Nh4 Bxh4 13.gxh4 Nef6 14.e4 Bg6 15.Qxb6 axb6 16.Bf4 Rfe8 17.Rad1 b5 18.Bd6 e5 19.d5 Nh5 20.Bf1 f6 21.b3 Nf4 22.a4 bxa4 23.bxa4 Bf7 24.Rb1 Ra7 25.Red1 Rc8 26.Ne2 Nxe2+ 27.Bxe2 cxd5 28.exd5 Nf8 29.Bb5 Raa8 30.Be7 Ng6 31.d6 Nxe7 32.Bd7 Nc6 33.Rxb7 Nd4 34.Bxc8 Rxc8 35.Rdb1 Rf8 36.Rb8 Be8 37.a5 Nf3+ 38.Kf1 Nd2+ 39.Ke1 Nxb1 40.a6 Bc6 41.a7 Kf7 42.d7 Ke7 43.Rxf8 Kxd7 44.a8=Q Bxa8 45.Rxa8 h5 46.Ra7+ Ke6 47.Rxg7 Kf5 48.Rg3
1-0

2008:

[Event "Anand-Kramnik World Championship Match"]
[Site "0:02:33-0:03:33"]
[Date "2008.10.17"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Vladimir Kramnik"]
[Black "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "D49"]
[EventDate "2008.10.14"]
[PlyCount "82"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.0-0 Qb6 14.Qe2 Bb7 15.Bxb5 Bd6 16.Rd1 Rg8 17.g3 Rg4 18.Bf4 Bxf4 19.Nxd4 h5 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Rxd7 Kf8 22.Qd3 Rg7 23.Rxg7 Kxg7 24.gxf4 Rd8 25.Qe2 Kh6 26.Kf1 Rg8 27.a4 Bg2+ 28.Ke1 Bh3 29.Ra3 Rg1+ 30.Kd2 Qd4+ 31.Kc2 Bg4 32.f3 Bf5+ 33.Bd3 Bh3 34.a5 Rg2 35.a6 Rxe2+ 36.Bxe2 Bf5+ 37.Kb3 Qe3+ 38.Ka2 Qxe2 39.a7 Qc4+ 40.Ka1 Qf1+ 41.Ka2 Bb1+
0-1

2009:

[Event "London Classic"]
[Site "0:57:33-0:48:33"]
[Date "2009.12.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Magnus Carlsen"]
[Black "Vladimir Kramnik"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2801"]
[BlackElo "2772"]
[ECO "A29"]
[EventDate "?"]
[PlyCount "85"]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nb6 7.0-0 Be7 8.a3 0-0 9.b4 Be6 10.Rb1 f6 11.d3 a5 12.b5 Nd4 13.Nd2 Qc8 14.e3 Nf5 15.Qc2 Rd8 16.Bb2 a4 17.Rfc1 Nd6 18.Nde4 Ne8 19.Qe2 Bf8 20.f4 exf4 21.gxf4 Qd7 22.d4 c6 23.Nc5 Bxc5 24.dxc5 Nc4 25.Rd1 Qc7 26.Bc1 Na5 27.bxc6 bxc6 28.Nxa4 Rxd1+ 29.Qxd1 Rd8 30.Qc2 Qf7 31.Nc3 Qh5 32.Ne2 Bf5 33.e4 Bg4 34.Ng3 Qf7 35.Bf1 Be6 36.Qc3 Ra8 37.Rb4
Qd7 38.f5 Bf7 39.Bf4 Qd1 40.Kf2 Nb3 41.Be2 Qb1 42.Bc4 Rxa3 43.Ne2
1-0

Bonus:

[Event "Pearl Spring Chess Tournament"]
[Site "0:52:33-1:03:33"]
[Date "2009.09.29"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Magnus Carlsen"]
[Black "Veselin Topalov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "E90"]
[EventDate "2009.09.28"]
[PlyCount "81"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 Na6 7.Be3 e5 8.d5 c6 9.g4 Nc5 10.Nd2 a5 11.a3 Nfd7 12.Rg1 a4 13.Qc2 Nb6 14.0-0-0 Bd7 15.Kb1 cxd5 16.cxd5 Rc8 17.Bb5 Bxb5 18.Nxb5 Qd7 19.Nc3 Bf6 20.g5 Bd8 21.h4 Na8 22.Bxc5 Rxc5 23.Qxa4 Qc8 24.Rc1 Nb6 25.Qd1 Qh3 26.Qf3 Qd7 27.Qd3 Kg7 28.Rc2 f6
29.gxf6+ Rxf6 30.h5 Rxf2 31.hxg6 h6 32.Nd1 Rxc2 33.Nxf2 Rc8 34.Ng4 Bg5 35.Nf3 Nc4 36.Nxg5 hxg5 37.Ne3 Nxe3 38.Qxe3 Qa4 39.Qxg5 Qxe4+ 40.Ka1 Re8 41.Rc1
1-0


Oct 2 2009

Carlsen – Radjabov Match Analysis

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[Ed's note: we'll do a proper welcome soon, but we are very pleased to have John Jurgens blogging for us! This is his first post.]

The Carlsen vs Radjabov game bears a strong resemblance to a French Defence structure Kopec anti-Sicilian System. My friend and colleague Lefu Ntho has been scoring heavily with this system which is unfamiliar and very disconcerting to most Sicilian players. Luckily, help is at hand in the form of IM Danny Kopec’s discussion of the system (which can be found in ChessCube’s Shop).

I ran the recent Carlsen victory through Deep Rybka 3 (64 bit) and here is the analysis.

Carlsen – Radjabov

Pearl Spring

[Rybka 3 (30s)]

B30: Sicilian: 2…Nc6 3 Bb5, lines without …g6

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.0–0 Nge7 5.c3 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bc2 Bb7 8.Qe2 d5 9.e5 d4 10.Be4 Qb6 11.d3 Rd8 12.a4 Nd5 13.axb5 axb5 14.cxd4 cxd4 15.Nbd2 Nf4 16.Qd1 Nb4N

Black threatens to win material: Nb4xd3

[16...Nd5 17.Nb3 Be7 18.Bd2 Ndb4 19.Qe2 0–0 20.Ng5 g6 21.Nxh7 Kxh7 22.Qh5+ Kg8 23.Bxg6 fxg6 24.Qxg6+ Kh8 25.Qh6+ Kg8 26.Qg6+ Kh8 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Qxe6+ Kh8 29.Qh6+ ½–½ Pahud,C (2185)-Carron,J (2300)/Lausanne 2003/EXT 2004; 16...Ng6!?=]

17.Nb3² Bxe4 18.dxe4

d4 becomes the focus of attention

18…Nfd3

[18...Ng6 19.Nbxd4 Be7 20.Be3²]

19.Bg5 White threatens to win material: Bg5xd8

19…Rc8 20.Nfxd4 [Worse is 20.Nbxd4 Bc5 21.Bd2 Bxd4 (‹21...Nxb2 22.Qb3 N2d3 23.Be3±) 22.Nxd4 Qxd4 (‹22...Nxb2 23.Qb3 N4d3 24.Bc3±) 23.Bxb4 Qxb4 24.Qxd3 0–0=]

20…Nxb2 White has an active position. Black has a new passed pawn: b5

21.Qe2 Exerts pressure on the isolated pawn. White threatens to win material: Qe2xb2

21…Nc4 22.Rfc1 Bc5 [22...Qb8 23.Nxb5! Decoy: b5 23...Qxb5 24.Nd4 Qxe5 25.Rxc4±]

23.Nxb5 White has a strong king attack. [¹23.Nxc5 Qxc5 24.Be3±]

23…0–0?? [¹23...Bxf2+ was a good chance to save the game 24.Qxf2 Qxb5±]

24.Nxc5+- [24.Rxc4?! is clearly weaker 24...Qxb5 25.Kf1 Bb6 26.Rxc8 Qxe2+ 27.Kxe2 Rxc8±]

24…Nxe5 [24...Rxc5 is the last straw 25.Be7 Qxb5 26.Bxc5 Qxc5 27.Qxc4 Qxc4 28.Rxc4 Nd3+-]

25.Be7 1-0

[Updated to correct spelling - 5 October - Ed]