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Christian Braun vs Magnus Carlsen
V Offene Bayerische Meisterschaft (2001), Bad Wiessee GER, rd 9, Nov-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jun-26-16  Sergash: There are two Christian Braun, which one played the actual game?:

Christian Braun, international master since 2012, German player born in 1986 that had become a FIDE master in 2008. At the time of the actual game, he was 15 or 16 years old. In 2016, he is rated 2381 and his peak rating was 2424 in May 2015.

The other is also German, Dr. Christian Braun, untitled and born in 1967. He was 33 or 34 years old at that time and is still rated 2243 in 2016.

The rating given to Braun by Chessbase during that game was 2203. Carlsen was 10 years old and rated 2072.

I checked the game with the program Komodo 10 - 64 bits.

<7...Ba6> Interesting: in the first game of that same tournament, Carlsen had played 7...Bb7 here. (See G Kacheishvili vs Carlsen, 2001).

<10...Bb7N> Apparently this was a novelty at that time, though there are several possibilities ahead to go back to known lines. Other than that, there was 10...c5 11.0-0 Rc8 = Etienne Bacrot (2425) vs. Viktor Korchnoï (2645), Cannes Team Match (France) 1996, round 1, 0-1.

<11...Bxf3N 12.gxf3 > Now this is the real noverlty of this game, which really doesn't improve anything. 11...c5 12.b4 h6 13.Bh4 Rc8 / = Yuri Yakovich (2569) vs. Luka Lenic (2574), Brescia Open (Italy) 2009, round 6, draw.

Jun-26-16  Sergash: <13.dxc5?!> Prematured. 13.Kh1 followed by Rg1.

<13...dxc5?!> Did Carlsen consider 13...Nxc5! 14.Kh1 (14.Bc2 Ncd7 = / ) Nxd3 15.Qxd3 h6 16.Bh4 Qe7 / =.

<14.Rad1?!> This allows for a tactical trick. 14.Bc2! /

<14...Qc7?!> The tactical trick in question was 14...Ne4! 15.Qxg7+ (or 15.Bxe4 Qxg5+ 16.Kh1 Rad8! =) Kxg7 16.Bxd8 Nxf2! 17.Rxf2 (or 17.Kxf2 Raxd8 =; also 17.Bf6+ Kxf6 18.Kxf2 =) Raxd8 =.

<15.Be2 Rad8 > More precise is apparently 15.Bc2! .

<16...a6?!> A mysterious move. Was it played to prevent something from eventually getting to b5? Or to push b6-b5, which is impossible at the moment, in the future? 16...Qe5! 17.Qxe5 (or 17.Bxf6 Qxf6! 18.Rfd1! Qe7 ) Nxe5 18.Rfd1 Rxd2 (or 18...Nc6 ) 19.Rxd2 Nc6 .

<17.Bh4> Better seems 17.Rfd1

<20.Qd3> 20.Qb3!

<20...Nbd7> 20...Nc6! 21.Qd6! Qxd6 (or 21...Rc8 / ) 22.Rxd6 Rc8 / .

<21.Rd2> 21.f4! and Bf3.

<22.Bd1?! Ne5! > 22.Qb3

<23...Rd8?!> 23...Ng6! 24.Bg3 Rd8

<24.Be2?!> 24.Rxd8+! Qxd8 25.Qxe5! Qxd1+ 26.Kg2 Nd7! 27.Qc7 h5! /

Jun-26-16  Sergash: <26...Nh5> Stronger seems 26...e5! = / .

<30...g6> 30...h6 seems more precise, leaving the squares h7 and g6 accessible to the black knight.

<32.e4 cxb4 33.axb4 = > Possibly better: 32.Bc6 cxb4 33.axb4 = / .

<34.Qd4> Also interesting is 34.Qc2! = / .

<36.bxa5?! bxa5 > Many moves were maintaining equality, like for example 36.Qa1 =.

In the end, Carlsen still had a small advantage, but that was not enough to hope for a win. It was also the last game in this tournament, a situation that is making people lose some of their combativity. If you are to receive a prize anyway, some players will just want to cut short take their cheque and leave, as they are tired after a 9 game event...

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