Magnus Carlsen – Coming of Age

2/27/2007 – The first half of Morelia/Linares has marked a coming of age for Magnus Carlsen, who has clearly demonstrated his ability to slug it out at the highest level. This week's Radio ChessBase Show on Playchess.com starts with Magnus's notorious struggle against Topalov.

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The first half of Morelia/Linares concluded on Sunday and has marked a coming of age for Magnus Carlsen, who has clearly demonstrated his ability to slug it out at the highest level. Our first game features the notorious struggle against Topalov. The action starts here:

Carlsen,M (2690) - Topalov,V (2783) [D45]
XXIV SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (5), 22.02.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.b3 0-0 8.Be2 b6 9.0-0 Bb7 10.Bb2 Re8 11.Rad1 Qe7 12.Rfe1 Rac8 13.e4

Moving to Moscow who would believe that Black could win in 21 moves with the Rubenstein French:

Nepomniachtchi,I (2587) - Drozdovskij,Y (2562) [C10]
Aeroflot Open Moscow RUS (7), 20.02.2007
1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7

Here is another sharp battle with intricate tactical play:

Aleksandrov,A (2601) - Jobava,Ba (2650) [D31]
Aeroflot Open Moscow RUS (7), 20.02.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.Qc2 Nf6 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 Nh5 9.Bg3 g6 10.0-0-0 0-0 11.Nf3 Nxg3 12.hxg3 Bf6 13.e4 Bg7 14.exd5 cxd5 15.Nxd5 Nb6 16.Nf4 Bd7 17.Kb1 Rc8 18.Qd2 Nc4 19.Bxc4 Rxc4 20.Rc1 Ra4 21.Rc5 Bc6 22.Qc2 Qd6 23.Ne2 Re8 24.Nc3

24...Rxd4!

All in all a set of game well worth tuning in to see.

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