World Champion Magnus Carlsen plummeted his career rating minus 22.7 in his 9 classical games on 2015 Norway Chess. Probably the worst performance I’ve seen on him. On round 1, he surprisingly lost to GM Veselin Topalov on a winning position via time forfeiture. And this probably affected psychologically on his performance. Then followed by smashing victory of Fabiano Caruana in round 2 who is fresh from switching federation from Italy to USA. Viswanathan Anand masterfully beats Carlsen on round 4 then compatriot and friend Jon Ludvig Hammer finished his worst performance in the final round. Below the 9 games of GM Magnus Carlsen with reports originally from Chessbase.com and annotated live by the great chess author, annotator and GM himself Alejandro Ramirez. Games are written from last round going to the opening game. Enjoy!

The 3rd annual Norway Chess elite grandmaster tournament is held from June 16 to 26 in Stavanger, in the Southwest of Norway. World Champion Magnus Carlsen leads a stellar field that includes eight players from the world’s top ten. This year the tournament is the kickoff event for the new Grand Chess Tour. Uniting Norway Chess with the Sinquefield Cup and the London Chess Classic.

Norway Chess has in only a matter of a few years grown to be one of the world’s biggest chess tournaments. Norway Chess has proven from the start to be a world-class event. Magnus Carlsen is the proud ambassador of Norway Chess and we have had top ranked players as well as prominent guests such as chess-legend, Garry Kasparov who will return again this year.

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GM Magnus Carlsen -22.7 on http://www.2700chess.com after a poor performance at Norway Chess 2015

Round 9

Hammer, Jon Ludvig 1-0 Carlsen, Magnus

It is almost incomprehensible that the World Champion played this way today. Everything was bad about his play: his opening, his strategical comprehension, his tactics. He even got mated in the simplest of ways today:

An absolute disaster for the World Champion. Here he is realizing that he is about to get mated by Hammer’s rooks. He lost 23 rating points in this tournament, lost four games, and this is easily the worst tournament ever played by Carlsen after obtaining his GM strength.

Event: 3rd Norway Chess 2015
Site: Stavanger, Norway
Date: 2015.06.25
Round: 9
White: Hammer, Jon Ludvig – 2677
Black: Carlsen, Magnus – 2876
Result: 1-0
ECO: D30 – Queen’s Gambit Declined

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 a6 Nothing more than a surprise weapon, clearly, though it is hard to prepare against someone that usually prepares your openings!

4. Bg5 f6 5. Bd2 dxc4 hard to believe that playing like this can be good for black.

6. e3 Nc6?!
[ 6…b5 7. b3 cxb3 8. Qxb3 ]

7. Bxc4 Bd6 8. e4 Nge7 9. O-O O-O 10. Qb3 White is clearly better in this position. He has the central control that we teach beginners you must fight for! Black has no compensation for that.

10… Kh8 tactically sound, but not good

11. Bxe6 Bxh2+ 12. Kxh2
[ 12. Nxh2 Nxd4 slight advantage for black ]

12… Qd6+ 13. Kh1 Bxe6 14. d5 Bg8 15. Qa3 Qxa3 16. Nxa3 White is simply better in this position, with some pressure on the c-file and more space

16…Na7 17. Bb4 Rfe8 18. Rac1 Rac8 19. Nd4 f5 20. f3 fxe4 21. fxe4 Ng6 22. Nf5 ?!
[ 22. Rfe1 advantage for white ]

22…Rxe4 23. Bc3 Bxd5? It’s not clear what Carlsen missed. The World Champion usually would be precise enough to find
[ 23…h6 24. Bxg7+ Kh7 25. Bxh6 Bxd5 with counterplay ]

24. Bxg7+ Kg8 25. Bd4 of course. Now the knight on a7 is under attack there is a mate threat on h6

25…Rxd4 26. Nxd4 Bxa2 27. b3 Rd8?
[ 27…c5 28. Rf2 cxd4 29. Rxc8+ Nxc8 30. Rxa2 with a better endgame for White but Black still has chances to draw ]

28. Ne6 Rd2 29. Rc3 Re2 30. Nf4
[ 30..Rf6! would finish the game off. The threat of Rcf3 and mate on f8 is not easy to parry, it would end up costing Black another exchange ]

30… Rb2 31. Nxg6 hxg6 32. Rxc7 Rxb3?? 33. Rd1 Nc6 34. Rdd7 1-0

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Round 8

Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Aronian, Levon
A strategically complex Ruy Lopez was defined in time trouble:

Event: 3rd Norway Chess 2015
Site: Stavanger, Norway
Date: 2015.06.24
Round: 8
White: Carlsen, Magnus – 2876
Black: Aronian, Levon – 2780
Result: 1-0
ECO: C90 – Ruy Lopez, Closed

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. Re1 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. Nbd2 Nc6 12. Nf1 h6 13. Ne3 Re8 14. a4 Be6 15. d4 exd4 16. cxd4 Nb4 17. Bb1 bxa4 18. Rxa4 Bf8 19. Ra1 d5 20. e5 Ne4 21. h3 Qb6 22. Nxd5 Bxd5 23. Bxe4 Rad8 24. Bxd5 Rxd5 25. Be3 Red8 26. dxc5 Bxc5 27. Qb3 Bxe3 28. Rxe3 a5 29. e6 fxe6 30. Rae1 R8d6 31. Rc1 Nd3 32. Rc8+ Kh7 33. Qa4 Qxb2 34. Qe4+ Rf5 35. Kh2 Nf4 36. Rc2 Qa1 37. g4 Qf1 38. Ne1 Nh5 39. gxf5 exf5 40. Qc4 1-0

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Round 7

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1/2-1/2 Carlsen, Magnus

A short game, but one that was relatively interesting. Carlsen, tongue in cheek, mentioned that people “should not try this at home” – mentioning that the variation that he chose was extremely risky. Ironic, for two reasons: first that it was obvious he had played this position in his home during an analysis session, and second because he played it in Norway!

Event: 3rd Norway Chess 2015
Site: Stavanger, Norway
Date: 2015.06.23
Round: 7
White: Lagrave, Maxime Vachier – 2876
Black: Carlsen, Magnus – 2876
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: D44 – QGD, Semi-Slav

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 g5 7. Bg3 Ne4 8. Nxe4 dxe4 9. Nd2 Qxd4 10. e3 Qxb2 11. Rb1 Qc3 12. Be2 Nd7 13. O-O Nc5 14. Nb3 Nd3 15. Nd2 Nc5 16. Nb3 Nd3 17. Nd2 Nc5 1/2-1/2

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Round 6

Carlsen, Magnus 1/2-1/2 Nakamura, Hikaru

Carlsen obtained nothing from Nakamura’s ultra-solid opening. He kept declining repetitions, but the position was simply not going anywhere. He finally managed to win a pawn, but by that point Nakamura had managed to exchange most of the pieces and he simplified all the pawns on the queenside. The resulting 4v3 on the kingside with rooks on is a theoretical draw, and Nakamura defended perfectly, making it look easy.

Event: 3rd Norway Chess 2015
Site: Stavanger, Norway
Date: 2015.06.22
Round: 6
White: Carlsen, Magnus – 2876
Black: Nakamura, Hikaru – 2802
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: D56 – Queen’s Gambit Declined

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 c6 10. Qc2 Nxc3 11. Qxc3 dxc4 12. Bxc4 b6 13. O-O Nd7 14. Rfd1 Bb7 15. h3 c5 16. d5 exd5 17. Bxd5 Bxd5 18. Rxd5 Nf6 19. Rd3 Rad8 20. Rcd1 Rxd3 21. Qxd3 Rc8 22. a4 c4 23. Qc2 Qe4 24. Nd4 c3 25. Qb3 Qd5 26. Qc2 Qe4 27. Qxe4 Nxe4 28. b3 Nd2 29. Rc1 a5 30. Rc2 Nb1 31. Rc1 Nd2 32. Rc2 Nb1 33. Nb5 Kf8 34. f3 Rd8 35. Nd4 Rc8 36. Rc1 Na3 37. Nc2 Nxc2 38. Rxc2 Rc5 39. Kf2 b5 40. axb5 Rxb5 41. Rxc3 g6 42. f4 h5 43. Rc8+ Kg7 44. Ra8 Rxb3 45. Rxa5 Rb2+ 46. Kf3 Rb3 47. Ra7 Rc3 48. Re7 Rb3 49. Kg3 Rb2 50. Kf3 Rb3 51. g4 hxg4+ 52. hxg4 Rb1 53. Rd7 Rf1+ 54. Ke4 Rg1 55. g5 Ra1 56. Ke5 Ra3 57. e4 Ra5+ 58. Kd6 Ra6+ 59. Ke5 Ra5+ 60. Rd5 Ra4 61. Rc5 Ra1 62. Rc2 Rf1 63. Rc7 Re1 64. Ra7 Rg1 65. Ra4 Rf1 66. Ra6 Re1 67. Kd4 Rd1+ 68. Ke3 Re1+ 69. Kf3 Rf1+ 70. Kg3 Re1 71. e5 Re3+ 72. Kf2 Rb3 73. Rd6 Ra3 74. Rd8 Rc3 75. Ke2 Ra3 76. Rd3 Ra1 77. Ke3 Re1+ 78. Kd4 Rf1 79. Ke4 Ra1 80. Rd7 Ra4+ 81. Rd4 Ra5 82. Rc4 Kf8 83. Rc8+ Kg7 84. Rc7 Kf8 85. Kd4 Ra4+ 86. Rc4 Ra5 87. Rc8+ Kg7 88. e6 fxe6 89. Rc5 Ra7 90. Ke5 Rf7 91. Rc4 Rf5+ 92. Kxe6 Kg8 93. Rc8+ Kg7 94. Rc7+ Kg8 95. Rc8+ Kg7 1/2-1/2

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Round 5

Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Grischuk, Alexander

What a respite for the World Champion! A much needed win after the rest day, and the atrocious start that Carlsen had. He played a decent game, that as he mentioned got interest only after a certain point. Grischuk seemed to have a decent position, but his time pressure trouble, which was completely unnecessary, basically cost him the game:

Event: 3rd Norway Chess 2015
Site: Stavanger, Norway
Date: 2015.06.21
Round: 5
White: Carlsen, Magnus – 2876
Black: Grischuk, Alexander – 2781
Result: 1-0
ECO: B91 – Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation

1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 e5 7. Nde2 Be7 8. Bg2 b5 9. Nd5 Nbd7 10. Nec3 Bb7 11. a4 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Nf6 13. axb5 Nxd5 14. exd5 axb5 15. Rxa8 Qxa8 16. Qd3 O-O 17. O-O Bc8 18. Be3 Bd7 19. Rc1 h6 20. Qd1 Qb7 21. Ra1 Ra8 22. h4 Ra6 23. b3 Bd8 24. c4 bxc4 25. bxc4 Bb6 26. c5 Bxc5 27. Bxc5 dxc5 28. d6 Qb6 29. Rxa6 Qxa6 30. Bd5 Qc8 31. Qb3 Be8 32. Qc3 c4 33. Bxc4 Bd7 34. Qb3 Qe8 35. Qf3 Kf8 36. h5 Kg8 37. Qe4 Bc6 38. Bd5 Bd7 39. Kg2 Kh8 40. f4 exf4 41. Qxe8+ Bxe8 42. Bxf7 Bc6+ 43. Kf2 fxg3+ 44. Kxg3 Bd7 45. Bg6 1-0

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Round 4

Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 Carlsen, Magnus

A fantastic game from Anand, and another subpar performance from the World Champion:

Event: 3rd Norway Chess 2015
Site: Stavanger, Norway
Date: 2015.06.19
Round: 4
White: Anand, Viswanathan – 2804
Black: Carlsen, Magnus – 2876
Result: 1-0
Annotator: Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro
ECO: C78 – Ruy Lopez

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 d6 7. c3 O-O 8. Nbd2 Re8 9. Re1 b5 10. Bc2 Bf8 11. Nf1 g6 12. h3 Bb7 13. Ng3 Nb8 14. d4 Notice that White has wasted a tempo with d3-d4, but has recovered it by putting his bishop on c2 without first stopping on b3. This direct transposition into the Breyer System of the Closed Spanish cost the players 30 minutes on the clock.

14… Nbd7 15. a4 c5 16. d5 c4 17. Bg5 Bg7
[ 17… h6 is massively more popular, but the idea of playing Bg7 without h6 has also been seen. ]

18. Qd2 It’s difficult to kick out this bishop from g5 now, which is why most players prefer to put the pawn on h6 before White can do this.

18… Rb8 A novelty, and not a very impressive one.
[ 18… Nc5 was seen in the old game Kuzmin-Spassky, 1973! ]

19. Nh2! A very classical idea. Anand swings the knight to g4 to exploit the weakness of the dark squares around Black’s king.

19… Bc8 20. Ng4 “I was kicking myself for not taking on b5 first!” was Anand’s reaction after the game. That being said, it is possible that there is no need to take on b5 just yet.
[ 20. axb5 axb5 21. Ng4 ]

20… Nc5 21. Nh6+
[ 21. axb5 Bxg4 is not clear as Black gets rid of a generally useless bishop for an attacking knight. ]

21… Bxh6
[ 21… Kf8 22. Re3 with Rf3 next move is too dangerous. Black cannot afford to play like this, so he must give up the bishop. Grischuk mentioned that something went wrong in Black’s game if he was forced to give up the darksquared bishop. ]

22. Bxh6 bxa4 Black’s counterplay on the b-file is not terribly threatening. White has several ideas on how to proceed, but Anand chooses a very direct and aggressive way – but first he must close the hole on b2.

23. Ra2 a3 24. bxa3 Nfd7 25. f4 All-in. White desires to attack on the kingside, specifically by launching his f-pawn forward and backing it with his rooks on the f-file.

25… a5?! Carlsen believes he has some counterplay based on the activity of the bishop on a6 and the weakness of d3, but this is not the case.
[ 25… exf4 26. Qxf4 Qf6 27. Qe3 Ne5 is still a very complicated game. ]

26. Rf1 f6 As Anand said after the game, this is already a concession.
[ 26… exf4 27. Qxf4 Ne5 28. Bg5 and it looks very dangerous to be so weak on the darksquares, but Black’s position already looks to be bad. ]

27. f5! Excellent. This binds Black’s pieces on the kingside and White will transfer his queen to the g4 square.

27… Nd3! Trying to create counterplay. Carlsen will be happy to give up this pawn if it means that he will have play on the queenside and if it slows down the attack on the kingside.

28. Bxd3 cxd3 29. Qd1! A nice move, perfect in Anand’s style. The queen will swing over to g4 to put pressure on g6, not bothering to take on d3 just yet.

29… Re7 30. Raf2 Rf7 31. Qxd3
[ 31. h4 was more precise, and some engiens give it as a decisive advantage already! However there is nothing wrong with first taking the pawn. ]

31… Nc5 32. Qf3 Ba6 33. Qg4! An important move. Now White does not slow down and the attack on the kingside cannot be resisted. Black could try to move Bc8, pinning the f-pawn, but that is just sad.

33… g5 34. h4 Bxf1 35. Rxf1 Qd7 Anand was running low on time, so he decides to take a very pragmatic route.

36. hxg5 fxg5 37. Qh5
[ 37. Bxg5 was also good. ]

37… Kh8 38. f6 Whtie will at the very least regain his exchange with a bishop check on g7.

38… Rg8 39. Bg7+ Rfxg7 40. fxg7+ Qxg7 41. Nf5! After this Black’s position is absolutely hopeless.

41… Qg6 otherwise Nh6 followed by mate.

42. Qxg6 Rxg6 42… hxg6 43. Nxd6 is kaput.

43. Ne7 Kg7 desperation. [ 43… Rh6 44. Rf8+ Kg7 45. Rc8! Kf7 46. Nf5 Rg6 47. Nxd6+ Rxd6 48. Rxc5 ] is a totally lost rook endgame.

44. Nxg6 Kxg6 45. Rf8 a4 [ 45… Nxe4 46. Ra8 Nxc3 47. Rxa5 is hopeless, Black cannot stop the a-pawn with just a knight.

46. c4 h5
[ 46… Nxe4 47. Ra8 Nc5 48. Kf2 ] also wins easily.

47. Kf2
[ 47. Kf2 Nxe4+ 48. Ke3 Nc5 49. Rd8 ] and the d-pawn falls. 1-0

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Round 3

Carlsen, Magnus 1/2-1/2 Giri, Anish

It was clear that the World Champion was going for blood against one of his most difficult opponents… Carlsen has yet to defeat Giri in a classical time control tournament, while Giri defeated Carlsen in their very first encounter in Tata Steel 2011!

Event: 3rd Norway Chess 2015
Site: Stavanger, Norway
Date: 2015.06.18
Round: 3
White: Carlsen, Magnus – 2876
Black: Giri, Anish – 2773
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: B51 – Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. c3 Ngf6 5. Qe2 a6 6. Ba4 b5 7. Bc2 e6 8. d4 Bb7 9. O-O Be7 10. Re1 O-O 11. Nbd2 cxd4 12. cxd4 Rc8 13. Nf1 Re8 14. Ng3 Bf8 15. Be3 Rc7 16. Bd3 e5 17. d5 Nc5 18. Bc2 b4 19. a3 b3 20. Bxc5 Rxc5 21. Bxb3 Qb6 22. Bc4 Rec8 23. Bd3 g6 24. Nf1 Bh6 25. Ne3 a5 26. b4 axb4 27. axb4 R5c7 28. b5 Qc5 29. h3 Nh5 30. Qb2 Qb6 31. Qb4 Bxe3 32. Rxe3 Rc3 33. Rae1 f5 34. exf5 Nf4 35. Be4 R3c5 36. fxg6 hxg6 37. Bxg6 Rxb5 38. Qe4 Rf8 39. Nxe5 dxe5 40. Rg3 Rxd5 41. Qb1 Qxb1 42. Bxb1+ Kh8 43. Be4 Rd7 44. Bxb7 Rxb7 45. Rxe5 Rh7 46. Re4 Rhf7 47. Kh2 Kh7 48. Rf3 Kg6 49. h4 Nh5 50. Rxf7 Rxf7 51. Re2 Nf4 52. Rd2 Nh5 53. g3 Nf6 54. Kg2 Rd7 55. Ra2 Rd5 56. Ra4 Re5 57. g4 Re4 58. Rxe4 Nxe4 59. Kf3 Nd6 60. Kf4 Nf7 61. Ke4 Kf6 62. f4 Nd6+ 63. Kd5 Nb5 64. h5 Nc3+ 65. Kd4 Nb5+ 66. Kc4 Nd6+ 67. Kc5 Ke6 68. Kc6 Nf7 69. Kc7 Nh6 70. g5 Nf7 71. g6 Nh6 72. Kd8 Kf5 73. Ke7 Kxf4 74. Kf8 Kg5 75. g7 Kxh5 76. g8=Q Nxg8 1/2-1/2

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Round 2

Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 Carlsen, Magnus

Without a doubt the game of the round.

Event: 3rd Norway Chess 2015
Site: Stavanger, Norway
Date: 2015.06.17
Round: 2
White: Caruana, Fabiano – 2805
Black: Carlsen, Magnus – 2876
Result: 1-0
Annotator: Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro
ECO: C67 – Ruy Lopez

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 The Berlin seemed to many as the logical choice. Carlsen had just lost a game in the strangest of fashions, and going for Caruana’s throat after that might not have been so smart. That being said – I think that Caruana is one of the best players, if not the best player in the World, in the Berlin.

4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 h6 10. Rd1+ Ke8 11. Nc3 Ne7 12. b3 Caruana had tried Bf4 a couple of times before. This move is a little older and hasn’t been seen since 2013, a rarity for the Berlin.

12… Bf5 The computer’s top choice, though not the most common idea.
[12… Ng6 13. Ne2 a5 14. a4 Be6 was Kamsky-Akobian, 2012.]

13. Nd4 Bh7 14. Bb2 Rd8 15. Nce2 Part of Caruana’s preparation.
[15. e6 Nc8!? with a complicated position in Polgar-Howell, 2013. ]

15… Nd5 16. c4 Nb4 17. Nf4 Fabiano played up to this point almost instantly, but stopped doing so after Carlsen’s response.

17… Rg8!? What an interesting move! It is designed against e6.

18. g4 Expanding on the kingside is one of the most common motifs in the Berlin. Here Caruana secures f5 for his knight.
[18. e6 Bd6 19. Nh5 doesn’t attack the g7 pawn with tempo anymore.]

18… Na6?! This move regroups a knight that has already moved too much. Even though this is a Berlin, Black has to develop at some point.
[18… Be7 ]

19. Nf5 Nc5 20. Rxd8+ Kxd8 21. Rd1+ Kc8 22. Ba3! A very nice prophylactic move – aimed against Ne6.

22… Ne6? Based on a complete miscalculation!
[22… b6 ]

23. Nxe6 Bxa3
[23… fxe6 24. Be7 was the trick Carlsen forgot about when he played Ne6. A big miscalculation for a World Champion! b6 25. Rd8+ Kb7 26. Bxf8 exf5 27. e6+- ]

24. Nexg7 Bf8 The tactics don’t work out for Carlsen. Caruana can’t retreat his knight immediately. but he has a trick up his sleeve.

25. e6 Bxf5
[25… fxe6 26. Nxe6 gives Black no chance to take the hanging knight on f5, since there is a checkmate threat on d8.]

26. Nxf5 fxe6 27. Ng3 The resulting position is equal in pawns, but Caruana is dominating. His knight has several excellent anchor spots, including h5 and e4. His pawn majority on the kingside will be impossible to stop and Black’s king is cut off from the kingside. He makes the rest look very easy, which it was.

27… Be7 28. Kg2 Rf8 29. Rd3 Rf7 30. Nh5 Bd6 31. Rf3 Black cannot afford to trade rooks, but giving up the f-file is not a pretty sight either.

31… Rh7 32. Re3! Re7 33. f4! Ba3 34. Kf3 Bb2 35. Re2 Bc3 36. g5 Kd7 37. Kg4 Re8 38. Ng3 Rh8 39. h4 b6 40. h5 c5 41. g6 The passed pawn on g6 is too much. Carlsen by this point had a defeated look on his face – and it’s hard to blame him.

41… Re8 42. f5 exf5+ 43. Kf4 Rh8 44. Nxf5 Bf6 45. Rg2 1-0

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Round 1

Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 Topalov, Veselin

The news of the day! Carlsen was doing his Carlsen thing: he played a relatively solid opening, tried to put on some pressure, created an advantage out of nothing, tortured his opponent in the endgame… and Topalov cracked. The final position is lost for Black:

However, the unthinkable happened… Carlsen flagged! Thinking that he had an extra 15 minutes on move 60 cost him the game, as there was no time addition. Instead he simply lost when he overstepped the time limit. Heartbreaking, as he is completely winning.

The arbiter announced the time control just before the start of the game… but Carlsen arrived late! He did not hear the announcement, mistook the time control and simply lost.

Event: 3rd Norway Chess 2015
Site: Stavanger, Norway
Date: 2015.06.16
Round: 1
White: Carlsen, Magnus – 2876
Black: Topalov, Veselin – 2798
Result: 0-1
ECO: D43 – Queen’s Gambit Declined Semi-Slav

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 Nd7 8. Rc1 g6 9. Be2 Bg7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. b4 a6 12. a4 O-O 13. b5 axb5 14. axb5 Qd6 15. O-O Nb6 16. Qb3 Rb8 17. Nd1 Bf5 18. Nb2 Rfc8 19. Nd3 Bxd3 20. Qxd3 c5 21. dxc5 Rxc5 22. h4 Na4 23. h5 Rbc8 24. Rxc5 Nxc5 25. Qc2 gxh5 26. Nd4 Qg6 27. Nf5 Bf8 28. Rd1 Qe6 29. Rc1 Nb3 30. Qxc8 Nxc1 31. Qxc1 Qxf5 32. Qc7 Qb1+ 33. Bf1 d4 34. exd4 Qd1 35. Qe5 Bg7 36. Qe8+ Bf8 37. Qd8 Kg7 38. Qd5 b6 39. Qe5+ Kg8 40. Qf6 Bg7 41. Qxb6 Bxd4 42. Qxh6 Qg4 43. Qd6 Qd1 44. Qd8+ Kh7 45. Qc7 Kg7 46. b6 Qg4 47. b7 Qh4 48. g3 Qf6 49. Qc2 Qe5 50. Qd3 Ba7 51. Qf3 Qf6 52. Qe2 Qc3 53. Kh2 Qd4 54. Qf3 Bb8 55. Kh3 Bc7 56. Be2 Bb8 57. Bd1 f5 58. Be2 f4 59. Qxh5 Qxf2 60. Qg5+ Kf7 0-1

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