Magnus Carlsen vs Loek van Wely: 1:1

by ChessBase
4/30/2006 – The town of Schagen in northern Holland is paying host to a four-game match between top Dutch GM Loek van Wely and the Norwegian chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen, 15. Time controls are classical chess. The event, which includes rapid, youth and school events, is sponsored by the DSB Bank. Picture report.

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Magnus Carlsen was born on November 30, 1990, which puts him at just under fifteen and a half years. He became internationally famous when he won the C Group of the Wijk aan Zee tournament in January 2004, just after completing his 13th birthday, and then winning the B Group this year, at fifteen, to qualify to play in the A Group in next year's edition. In 2004 Magnus became the second-youngest grandmaster in the history of the game, making his final norm at the age of 13 years, 3 months and 27 days (surpassed only by Sergey Karjakin, who did it in 2002 at 12 years and 7 months). Carlsen's current FIDE rating is 2646. In March this year he won a very strong blitz tournament in Iceland, knocking out Vishy Anand in the process.

Loek van Wely, 33, is the strongest native-born Dutch player, with an April 2006 rating of 2655. He is a well-known, experienced participant at top international tournaments, and last year finished ahead of Kramnik, Adams and Leko at the Dortmund Super-GM.

Game one of the match under way

Van Wely,L (2655) - Carlsen,M (2646) [E15]
Match Schagen NED (1), 28.04.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Rc1 c6 9.e4 d5 10.e5 Ne4 11.Bd3 Nxd2 12.Qxd2 Nd7 13.0-0 Bb4 14.cxd5 Bxc3 15.Rxc3 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 cxd5 17.Rfc1 f6 18.Qe2 fxe5 19.dxe5 Nc5 20.Nd4 Qe8 21.f3 a5 22.a3 Qg6

23.b4 axb4 24.axb4 Nd7 25.Rc6 Rae8 26.Rd6 Rf7 27.Kg2 h5 28.h4 Nf8 29.Rxb6 Ra8 30.Qd2 Ra3 31.Rb8 Rd3 32.Qf2 Qh6 33.f4 Qg6 34.f5 Qh6 35.Rc2 Kh7 36.Re8 Rxd4 37.Qxd4 Rxf5 38.Rf2 Ng6 39.Rxf5 exf5 40.Rc8 f4 41.Qd3 1-0.

The start of game two

Carlsen,M (2646) - Van Wely,L (2655) [B43]
Match Schagen NED (2), 29.04.2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.0-0 Bc5 8.Nb3 Be7 9.f4 d6 10.a4 Nc6 11.a5 b5 12.axb6 Qxb6+ 13.Kh1 0-0 14.Qe2 a5 15.Be3 Qc7 16.Nb5 Qb8 17.c3 d5 18.e5 Ne4 19.Bxe4 dxe4 20.Nc5 Bxc5 21.Bxc5 Ba6 22.c4 Rd8 23.Nd6 f5 24.exf6

24...Rxd6 25.Qxe4 Bb7 26.Bxd6 Qxd6 27.Rad1

24...Nd8 28.f7+ Kxf7 29.Qxh7 Qc6 30.Rf2 Qe4 31.f5 e5 32.Rfd2 Bc6 33.Qg6+ Ke7 34.Rd7+ 1-0

Analysing after game two

Photos by Frits Agterdenbos

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