Carlsen Shows His Class in Brazil

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 3/8/14, 11:30 AM.

Magnus Carlsen showed his class on the first two days of the “Festa da Uva” chess festival in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. On Thursday the World Champion won a four-player double round robin with five wins and one draw. On Saturday he won the knockout phase, beating Rodriguez Vila 1.5-0.5 in the semi-final and Gilberto Milos 2-0 in the final.

As you know, Magnus Carlsen is in Brazil this week. On Thursday, March 6th in the morning the Norwegian started with a blindfold simul against four visually impaired chess players. He won the match 3.5-0.5, allowing a draw against the Brazilian Champion in Blindfold Chess.

Shaking a world-famous right-hand
Carlsen playing blindfold, announcing his moves using a mic
The opponents were obviously allowed to touch the pieces - Carlsen wasn't ;-)

The main event on Thursday and Friday was a a four-player round robin rapid chess tournament with, besides Carlsen, Rafael Leitao (2645, reigning champion of Brazil), Gilberto Milos (2583, 6-times Brazilian Champion) and Andrés Rodríguez Vila (2437, the best player from Uruguay in history). The time control was 16 minutes per game during the first half, and 5 minutes per game during the second.

Let's look at some of Carlsen's games. In the first round he won against Rafael Leitao as Black in a Slav with 4...Bg4. He threw in some nice tactics just after White had played the e3-e4 break:

The games were played in a small glass cabin

Gilberto Milos played an excellent game and held the draw from the black side of a Scotch:

After an easy win against Andres Rodriguez Vila, Carlsen slowly outplayed Leitao in a 2.b3 Sicilian. The final position is hopeless with the a5-pawn also dropping.

In the last two games we saw the endgame skills of the world champ once again:

II “Recreio da Juventude” GM Chess Tournament | Round robin

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 Pts
1 Carlsen,Magnus 2881 1 3 3 3 3 3 16.0/18
2 Milos,Gilberto 2583 1 0 0 3 1 3 8.0/18
3 Rodriguez Vila,Andres 2437 0 0 3 0 3 1 7.0/18
4 Leitao,Rafael 2645 0 0 1 0 0 1 2.0/18

In the semi-finals Carlsen beat Rodriguez Vila 1.5-0.5. The first game was a complete crush and a nice demonstration of how one can meet the Dutch Defense when starting with 1.Nf3.

In the final Carlsen beat Milos twice and again in endings:

On Thursday Carlsen also gave a lecture about his path towards the world title, and on Friday he gave simul at a shopping mall.

Lots of players and even more spectators
A floor like a chess board
That rare chance to see a World Champ in Brazil

On Saturday and Sunday Carlsen participates in a 9-round Swiss rapid event where his biggest rivals are his good friend and travel companion Peter Heine Nielsen (Denmark), Sergey Tiviakov (Netherlands), Rafael Leitao (Brazil), Sam Shankland (USA), Henrique Mecking (Brasil), Neuris Delgado Ramirez (Paraguay), Sandro Mareco (Argentina), Gilberto Milos (Brasil), Ruben Felgaer (Argentina) and Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian (full list here).

Games thanks to TWIC; info thanks to Marcos Bueno.

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  • 3 years ago


    The game against Milos shown above (last game above) is very interesting sacrifice of a piece for 2 advanced pawns, by Carlsen.  It seems to me, though, that Milos had  a draw until 38...Rc8.  That seems like a blunder.  If 38....Re8, it seems that Black  draws with 38....Nh7, 39 Nxg5  Nxg5+, 40 Kf4  Nxh3+, 41 Kg3  Ng5, 42 Rd7  Kf7.  Even though Black is ahead a Knight for two pawns, he can do no better than draw.

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you very much Mr. Peter Doggers for this great article, thank you in name of all members of Team Brazil, which gathers brazilian players here in 'Chess dot com' to represent our country in annual tournaments of World League...

  • 3 years ago

    FM gfabian

    Here you can see the games played by Magnus in the 9 round Swiss Open.

  • 3 years ago


     Chess books will become stale without mention and analysis of M. Carlsen's games. Books published will have to be revised to include games of the world champ.

  • 3 years ago


    Truely great performance by Carlsen. But I still think there's too much subjectivity.

  • 3 years ago


    Why are the games not rated!?

  • 3 years ago


    It would have been so cool to be there at that shopping mall and to play Magnus. 

  • 3 years ago


    Compare in my rating 1764 with Magnus 2881 its like the first donut very different.

  • 3 years ago


    Glad to see Magnus here in Brazil!

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  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen's final standings were:

    Wins: 5

    Draws: 1

    5.5/6 is almost a Fischer-like tournerment performance. Granted the average rating was 2640, but still that's pretty impressive.

    He basically wiped the floor with these guys, only Milos got a chance to draw. But I think its great for chess for this young champion do be doing that. Its awesome for the sport.

  • 3 years ago


    It is an absurd that a World Champion is in our country right now and we know about it in a foreign website. Indeed, the second division of Carnaval seems more relevant to the news... :(

  • 3 years ago


    Fantastic, timely article. More like this would be great!

  • 3 years ago


    What was final tally in the Carlsen simul?

  • 3 years ago


    Great article. Thanks. There´s nothing in brazilian press showing this.

  • 3 years ago


    The traitor Nielsen??

    On Saturday and Sunday Carlsen participates in a 9-round Swiss rapid event where his biggest rivals are his good friend and travel companion Peter Heine Nielsen (Denmark), 

  • 3 years ago


    He beats them playing irregular openings. :) He is really strong, probably years from now people will say he was the best ever.

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  • 3 years ago


    Lol, ...MrUlekleiv ;')

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