A Missed Brilliancy, Magnus Carlsen vs. Anish Giri, Norway Chess 2015
If World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen had found 38.Bf7+!!, we would use "Carlsen's Immortal" etiquette for this game. For now, "Carlsen's Immortal" is Magnus Carlsen vs. Sipke Ernst 2004 Corus (Group C) CaroKann Classical.
He started the tournament in great shape. When he reached move 60 in the first round, he had a forced win against Veselin Topalov. However he wasn't aware of the time control and lost on time. He thought on move 60 he'll get additional time, he didn't even look at the clock. Then, in the second round world#2 Fabiano Caruana outplayed him over the Berlin Wall with white pieces. Note that: because of the geographical location of Norway, things tend to go south.
So with this brilliancy missed and Magnus' ambition combined, you can deffinetly expect from him a proper execution of a brilliancy in the next couple of days.
Firstly a brief analysis of the game till that important moment:
- White is 2 pawns up. Queen and Bishop are hanging. King is safe.
- Black's King is exposed. Bishop and b5Rook can not help to defend the kingside. So we may think this Bishop and Rook are not playing in a full scale attack; they do not exist on the board, so white can sacrifice his additional material. Nxe5 will unleash the rooks.
- White Queen's entry point is e4. c8Rook can prevent f-file invasion (...Rf8). Brining back Black Queen to d8 seems slow.
So Bh7+ doesn't work. But we learned, black can not capture white's Bishop. That allows the infiltration of the queen.
This was the most exciting part. A lot of fun to see these crazy sacrifices, pins, double attacks! Now you can check rest of the game. There is no energy left to study the rest of the game. That is another day's work.
That's all folks!