(1) Jobava,Ba (2601) - Carlsen,M (2570) [E12]
2nd Samba Cup Skanderborg DEN (5), 18.10.2005



1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 Be7!?
Not the most common move. 5...Bb7 or 5...Bb4+ to take control over the e4 square looked more natural.

6.Nc3 c5
Going for trouble and complications. The normal move here should be 6...d5

7.e4!
and white should be better. After this Carlsen is going for a Hedgehog set up but he misses one tempo to get it.

7...cxd4 8.Nxd4 d6 9.Ndb5 a6 10.e5! dxe5!?
Simply giving up the exchange! [Another possibility was 10...axb5 11.exf6 gxf6 12.Nxb5 Bb7 13.Bg3 e5 but White is better. The black pawns do not look good.]

11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Qf3 axb5 13.Qxa8 b4
Black is simply playing on with an exchange down as nothing has happened.

14.Ne4 Bd7 15.Nxf6+ gxf6 16.c5?
Maybe is it not fair to criticise this natural looking move, but 16.Qe4! was probably better. I must admit that during the game I thought that the played text move was very strong.

16...bxc5 17.Qa7 Nc6 18.Qxc5 Nd4 19.0-0-0 Qe7 20.Qxe7+ Kxe7
I think it is very difficult to say who is better here. White is an exchange up, but Black has one pawn more and the knight on d4 is a monster!

21.Kb1?
In the rest of the game Jobava plays poorly and he finds no plan. In this position it was essential to find a plan beginning with 21.f3! followed by Bd3 and Rd2 to protect the pawn on g2 that way.

21...Bc6 22.f3 Rg8 23.Rc1?
because now 23.Rd2 was not possible because of 23,-Nxf3! The last chance was 23.Rd3!

23...f5!
From now on Carlsen plays very strong. White can do nothing to stop the black central pawns, and I think that Black is already winning here.

24.Rc4 Rb8 25.b3 f4 26.Kb2 f5 27.h4 Kd6 28.h5 Bd5 29.Rc1 e4 30.fxe4 fxe4 31.Rh4 Ke5 32.Rg4 e3 33.Rg6 Be4 34.Rxh6 Rg8 35.Rc5+ Kd6 36.Rc4 Kd5 37.Kc1 e2 38.Rxd4+ Kxd4 39.Bxe2 Rxg2 40.Bd1 Rxa2
and White resigned. A very strange game, but a very impressive performance by the young Norwegian player. It is difficult to say exactly where Jobava went wrong. It was Jobava´s only loss in the tournament. 0-1