ETCC: Carlsen Blunders a Piece, Drops Rating to Lowest in Four Years

Время публикации: 18.11.2015 02:46 | Последнее обновление: 18.11.2015 05:26

Magnus Carlsen is not in his best shape at the European Team Chess Championship taking place in Reykjavik, Iceland. After two days of rest, the World Champion joined his team in the match against Armenia. He lost against Levon Aronian as White. The next day he drew Sune Hansen of Denmark, who by the way defeated David Navara in Round 1.

Yesterday Carlsen lost against Yannick Pelletier of Switzerland. Again as White!


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CARLSEN - PELLETIER

Magnus played the opening unpretentiously and then spend a lot of time on trying to convert the queenside pawn majority. Had he played 43.Nb4+! Kc5 44.a5, his tries might have been rewarded. Such a verse in an initially equal position would have surprised few, since Carlsen is known for his ability to squeeze out a win in very unlikely positions.
Instead of this, Carlsen went with 
43.Rb8?! Nd5+ 44.Kb3 Kc7 45.Rg8?? Ne7! and White simply lost a piece:  46.Rxg7 Rxd3+ 47.Kc4 Rd7. The leader of the Swiss team easily converted his advantage. 


Magnus's teammates managed to grab an overall win in the match 2.5-1.5

Carlsen has played only three games in Reykjavik and already lost 17.8 ELO points. His current rating 2832 is the lowest since November 2011. Noteworthy is that last time Carlsen has succesfully played for the team was nine years ago at the Olympiad in Turin. Since then, Magnus only loses his rating points in team championships.   

 [Event "20th European Teams"] [Site "Reykjavik ISL"] [Date "2015.11.17"] [Round "5.6"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Pelletier, Yannick"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2850"] [BlackElo "2566"] [ECO "A30"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical, hedgehog system"] [EventDate "2015.11.13"] [Board "1"] [WhiteTeam "Norway"] [BlackTeam "Switzerland"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. Nf3 e6 4. g3 b6 5. Bg2 Bb7 6. O-O Be7 7. b3 O-O 8. Bb2 d6 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Bxg2 11. Kxg2 Qc8 12. e4 Nc6 13. Rc1 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 Qb7 15. Rfd1 a6 16. Ba3 Rfd8 17. Qd3 Rd7 18. Qf3 Bf8 19. Rd4 d5 20. Bxf8 dxe4 21. Nxe4 Kxf8 22. Rxd7 Nxd7 23. c5 bxc5 24. Nxc5 Qxf3+ 25. Kxf3 Nb6 26. Ke4 Ke7 27. f4 a5 28. Nd3 Nd5 29. Rc5 Kd6 30. Kd4 f6 31. a4 Ne7 32. Rb5 Kc6 33. b4 Nf5+ 34. Kc3 axb4+ 35. Kxb4 Nd4 36. Rh5 h6 37. Rc5+ Kb6 38. Rc4 Nc6+ 39. Kc3 Rd8 40. Re4 Rd6 41. Re2 Ne7 42. Rb2+ Kc6 43. Rb8 Nd5+ 44. Kb3 Kc7 45. Rg8 Ne7 46. Rxg7 Rxd3+ 47. Kc4 Rd7 48. Rf7 f5 49. Rf6 Kd6 50. Rxh6 Rc7+ 51. Kb3 Nd5 52. Rh8 Rc3+ 53. Kb2 Re3 54. a5 Kc5 55. h4 Rxg3 56. h5 Rh3 57. h6 Nf6 58. a6 Kb6 59. Rd8 Ne4 0-1 [Event "20th European Teams"] [Site "Reykjavik ISL"] [Date "2015.11.17"] [Round "5.6"] [White "Bogner, Sebastian"] [Black "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2549"] [BlackElo "2682"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [EventDate "2015.11.13"] [Board "2"] [WhiteTeam "Switzerland"] [BlackTeam "Norway"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1 dxc4 9. Bxc4 c5 10. O-O cxd4 11. Ne4 Qe7 12. a3 Ba5 13. Qxd4 Rd8 14. Qe5 Bb6 15. Rfd1 Nc6 16. Qh5 Rxd1+ 17. Rxd1 Bd7 18. Be2 Be8 19. Nd6 Nd4 20. Nxd4 Qxd6 21. Nb5 Qe7 22. Qe5 Rc8 23. Nd6 Rc5 24. Qe4 Bc6 25. Qb4 Rc2 26. Bd3 Bc5 27. Qb3 Rxf2 28. Kxf2 Bxd6 29. Qc4 Qg5 30. g3 Qh5 31. Ke1 Qxh2 32. Be2 Qxg3+ 33. Kd2 g6 34. Qd4 Be5 35. Qd8+ Kg7 36. Rf1 Bg2 37. Rc1 Bf6 38. Qd3 Bxb2 39. Rc8 Qe5 40. Qd8 Qd5+ 41. Qxd5 Bxd5 42. a4 h5 43. Bc4 Bg2 0-1 [Event "20th European Teams"] [Site "Reykjavik ISL"] [Date "2015.11.17"] [Round "5.6"] [White "Tari, Aryan"] [Black "Georgiadis, Nico"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2532"] [BlackElo "2472"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [EventDate "2015.11.13"] [Board "3"] [WhiteTeam "Norway"] [BlackTeam "Switzerland"] 1. c4 e6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 g5 8. Bg3 Ne4 9. Nd2 Nxg3 10. hxg3 c6 11. e4 dxe4 12. Ndxe4 Be6 13. d5 Bxc3+ 14. bxc3 cxd5 15. Qd4 Rf8 16. Nf6+ Ke7 17. Rxh6 Nc6 18. Qc5+ Qd6 19. Nxd5+ Kd7 20. Nf6+ Kc7 21. Qxd6+ Kxd6 22. Ne4+ Kc7 23. Nxg5 Bf5 24. O-O-O Rae8 25. Rf6 Bg6 26. Bd3 Kb6 27. f4 Bxd3 28. Rxd3 Re2 29. Rd2 Re3 30. Kc2 Rxg3 31. Rxf7 Rg8 32. Rf6 a6 33. Rf2 Kb5 34. Re6 Kb6 35. Ree2 Rc8 36. Kb2 Na5 37. Ne4 Nc4+ 38. Kc2 Rg4 39. f5 Ne5 40. Nf6 1-0 [Event "20th European Teams"] [Site "Reykjavik ISL"] [Date "2015.11.17"] [Round "5.6"] [White "Forster, Richard"] [Black "Urkedal, Frode"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2459"] [BlackElo "2505"] [ECO "C24"] [Opening "Bishop's opening"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2015.11.13"] [Board "4"] [WhiteTeam "Switzerland"] [BlackTeam "Norway"] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. Nc3 Na5 5. Qf3 Nxc4 6. dxc4 d6 7. Nge2 Be7 8. h3 c6 9. O-O Be6 10. b3 O-O 11. Rd1 Qc7 12. a4 Rfd8 13. Ng3 Rac8 14. Ba3 a6 15. Rd3 Bf8 16. Rad1 Ne8 17. Nf5 g6 18. Qg3 d5 19. Bxf8 Kxf8 20. cxd5 cxd5 21. Ne3 d4 22. Ncd5 Qb8 23. Nc4 Bxd5 24. exd5 f6 25. a5 Rc5 26. f4 exf4 27. Qh4 Kg7 28. Rxd4 Nd6 29. Nxd6 Qxd6 30. c4 Rxa5 31. Qxf4 Qxf4 32. Rxf4 Ra3 33. Rf3 a5 34. d6 Kf7 35. Re3 Rd7 36. c5 a4 37. Rde1 Rxb3 38. Re7+ Rxe7 39. Rxe7+ Kf8 40. Re4 Kf7 41. Rxa4 Rb5 42. Rc4 Ke8 43. Kf2 Kd7 44. Ke3 Kc6 45. Rd4 Kd7 46. Rc4 Kc6 47. Kd3 Rb3+ 48. Kc2 Rb5 49. Kd3 Rb3+ 50. Ke4 Rb2 51. Rd4 Kd7 52. g4 Rb5 53. Rc4 Kc6 54. h4 Rb1 55. Rd4 Re1+ 56. Kf4 Re8 57. Re4 Rd8 58. Re7 Kxc5 59. Rxb7 Rxd6 60. Rc7+ Kd5 61. Rxh7 Ke6 62. Rg7 Rd4+ 63. Kf3 Rd3+ 64. Ke4 Rh3 65. Rxg6 Rxh4 66. Kf4 Rh1 1/2-1/2 

The Russian team signed the peace treaty with the Azerbaijani opponents, remaining in the lead before the only day-off.


  


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