(1) Carlsen,M (2776) - Dominguez Perez,L (2717) [A33]
XXVI SuperGM Linares ESP (2), 20.02.2009



1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3 Qb6 7.Ndb5 Ne5 8.Bf4 Nfg4










9.Qa4
This astonishing move was introduced into practice last year by Aronian, who surprised Leko in Morelia 2008.

9...g5
Faced with a new situation in the above-mentioned game this advance took Leko 80 minutes of thought. Dominguez spent less than a minute for it. His next moves were played a tempo as well - a clear sign of good home preparation.

10.Bxe5 Qxf2+
An important novelty! In the game Aronian-Leko, Morelia 2008 Black continued 10...Nxe5.

11.Kd1 Nxe5 12.Nc7+ Kd8 13.Nxa8 Qd4+ 14.Kc2 Nxc4 15.Kb3
[Without preparation Carlsen wasn't ready to test the most principled continuation 15.e4 Qd2+ 16.Kb3 Qxb2+ (16...Ne3 loses: 17.a3 Qc2+ 18.Ka2 ) 17.Kxc4 d5+ (Not 17...Qxa1 18.Qa5+ b6 19.Qxg5+ Be7 20.Qe5 winning) and here White must find 18.Kd3! (18.exd5 Bg7 favours Black) 18...Bg7 19.Ne2








This wild position requires a careful analysis in order to tell if White can emerge out of complications with some advantage. At the first sight Black has sufficient counterplay to keep the balance. Here is a possible variation that ends up with a draw by perpetual check: 19...Bd7 (worse is 19...dxe4+ 20.Ke3 Qxa1 21.Bg2 Qe5 22.Qxa7 Bd7 23.Rc1 ) 20.Qxa7 Qxa1 (20...Bb5+ 21.Ke3 d4+ 22.Kf2 is again winning for White) 21.Bg2 Bb5+ 22.Ke3 Qb2 23.Qb8+ Ke7 24.Qxb7+ Kf8 25.Qc8+ Ke7 26.Qc7+ Ke8 and White can either repeat the moves, or try to play for more with 27.Re1.]

15...Nd2+ 16.Kc2 Nc4 17.Kb3 Nd2+ 18.Kc2 1/2-1/2