GM Magnus Carlsen

19/7/2021 – World Champion Magnus Carlsen has been holding his crown since 2013. There were 2 challengers who have tried to dethrone him the likes of GM Fabiano Caruana (USA) and GM Sergey Karjakin (Russia) but won both matches.

Now, another very strong challenger GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) will try his best to outwit  him on November 24, 2021 in Dubai Exhibition Centre.

I was checking his games particularly a 17 year old game in the Calvia Olympiad (2004). One thing I found out, he was already playing maturely and aggressively. But today, he plays like AlphaZero in my opinion.

The Nimzo-Indian Defense is an aggressive black opening vs. 1. d4.  The idea behind this opening is to bring out pieces at kingside and castle early then create an imbalance position to white position. However, GM Magnus Carlsen’s character of being so patient in finding the correct moves at  right timing, won in entertaining fashion. 

CHESS BLOG No. 6 / Date: 19th July 2021

Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation  (E38)  Chess Opening Classification

GM Magnus Carlsen vs. GM Nurlan Ibraev

(Event: 2004 Calvia Olympiad- Spain  – Round 10)

1: d4       Nf6   
2: c4       e6
3: Nc3    Bb4 (The Nimzo-Indian Defense)  
4: Qc2    c5    (White used the Classical variation)
5: dxc5  Bxc5

6.  Nf3   Qb6  (I do not prefer this move due to it helps white to develop)     
7.  e3     Qc7  (Black is delayed in development)       

8.  b3         b6     

9.  Bb2      Bb7   (Now its time for white to attack).
10. Nb5     Qd8  (Akward)      

11. 0-0-0   0-0   (No choice) 

12. Ng5!!   Re8  (Black has terrible position)
13. h4        e5
14. Nd6!!  Bd6  

15. Rd6     h6

16: Qf5     Nc6  (nothing black can do)
17: Rf6 (1-0)     (Analyze this)

Author: FMJesse