Carlsen Crushes Guseinov In Speed Chess, Wants To ‘Do Better’

Carlsen Crushes Guseinov In Speed Chess, Wants To 'Do Better'

On Wednesday Magnus Carlsen defeated Gadir Guseinov 20.5-5.5 in what was the last match of the Chess.com Speed Chess Championship's first round. The next opponent for Carlsen, in the quarter finals, will be Wesley So on 21 November. The 15-point difference left no doubt. Carlsen was much, much better than Guseinov, and the winning margin was similar to that of last year's victory against Tigran Petrosian in the GM Blitz Battle. But Carlsen wasn't satisfied—on the contrary. "To be honest I didn't think I played well at any point today. I'll have to do better next time." This comment came as a surprise to commentators GM Eric Hansen and IM Danny Rensch, and probably most of the fans. However, a closer look at the game does reveal that the world champion had a number of bad positions, also in the games he ended up winning.

[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.10.04"] [Round "?"] [White "GGuseinov"] [Black "MagnusCarlsen"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2677"] [BlackElo "3002"] [PlyCount "142"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "300+2"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "1r3k2/2b2p1p/1r1P2p1/1p6/2p5/2P5/1RK1BPPP/1R6 b - - 0 29"] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Be2 Nf6 5.Nc3 O-O 6.O-O Nc6 7.Be3 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qxd8 Rxd8 10.Rfd1 Bg4 11.Kf1 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Nd4 13.Rac1 a6 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Rd7 16.Bxd4 exd4 17.Re1 Kf8 18.Ke2 Rad8 19.Kd3 Rd6 20.c4 dxc3 21.bxc3 c5 22.a4 b5 23.axb5 axb5 24.Rb1 c4+ 25.Kc2 Rb8 26.Rb2 Rdb6 27.Reb1 Be5 28.Be2 Bc7 29.d6 Bxd6 30.Bxc4 Rc8 31.Bxb5 Be5 32.Rb3 Rf6 33.f3 Bxh2 34.Rh1 Bf4 35.Rxh7 Rc5 36.Rh8+ Kg7 37.Re8 Be5 38.Bd3 Rd6 39.c4 Ra5 40.Rb5 Ra2+ 41.Kb1 Rxg2 42.Rexe5 Rxd3 43.Re1 Rxf3 44.Rc1 Rf6 45.c5 Rc6 46.Rb6 Rc8 47.c6 Re2 48.c7 Re7 49.Rbc6 g5 50.Kb2 g4 51.Kb3 ( 51.R1c5 ) 51...g3 52.R1c3 Kf8 53.Rxg3 Rexc7 54.Rb6 Rc6 55.Rb4 Rg6 56.Rf3 Rc7 57.Kb2 Kg7 58.Kb3 Rg5 59.Rc4 Rgc5 60.Rg4+ Kf8 61.Rb4 f5 62.Rbf4 Rb5+ 63.Ka4 Rcc5 64.Rh3 Kg7 65.Rfh4 Rb1 66.Rh7+ Kf6 67.R7h6+ Ke5 68.Re3+ Kf4 69.Rhh3 Rc8 70.Ref3+ Ke5 71.Re3+ Kf6 { MagnusCarlsen won on time } 0-1
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.10.04"] [Round "?"] [White "MagnusCarlsen"] [Black "GGuseinov"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "3011"] [BlackElo "2671"] [PlyCount "123"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "300+2"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "r4rk1/pR3pb1/3p2p1/3P2Bp/3p3P/q2P1Q2/2P2PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 19"] 1.e4 c5 2.a3 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.d3 d6 6.h4 Nf6 7.Nge2 h5 8.Bg5 Nd4 9.Nxd4 cxd4 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.Bxd5 Qb6 12.O-O O-O 13.Bxe7 Re8 14.Bg5 Qxb2 15.Rb1 Qxa3 16.Qf3 Be6 17.Rxb7 Bxd5 18.exd5 Rf8 19.Be7?! ( 19.Rfb1 ) 19...Rab8! 20.Rd7 Qa4 21.Rxd6 Rfe8 22.Bf6 Bf8 ( 22...Qxc2 ) 23.Rc6 Rbc8 24.g3 a5 ( 24...Rxc6 25.dxc6 Rc8 ) 25.c4 dxc3 26.Bxc3 Bg7 27.Bxg7 Kxg7 28.Qf6+ Kg8 29.Rfc1 Rb8 30.d6 Qg4 31.Rc7 Rf8 32.d7 Rbd8 33.Qe7?! ( 33.Qd6 Qe6 34.Qd4 ) 33...Qe6 34.Qxe6 fxe6 35.R1c6 Kf7 36.Ra6 Ke7 37.Rxa5 Rxd7 38.Rxd7+ Kxd7 39.Ra7+ Kd6 40.Rg7 Rf6 41.Kg2 e5 42.f3 Kd5 43.Kf2 Ra6 44.Ke3 Rb6 45.g4 hxg4 46.fxg4 Ra6 47.Rg8 Rb6 48.h5 gxh5 49.gxh5 Rh6 50.Rg5 Ra6 51.Rg1 Rh6 52.Rh1 Kd6 53.Ke4 Ke6 54.Rh4 Kf6 55.Rh2 Ke6 56.Rh1 Kf6 57.Kd5 Rh8 58.h6 Rd8+ 59.Ke4 Rd4+ 60.Ke3 Rd8 61.h7 Kg7 62.h8=Q+ { MagnusCarlsen won by resignation } 1-0
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.10.04"] [Round "?"] [White "GGuseinov"] [Black "MagnusCarlsen"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2676"] [BlackElo "3005"] [PlyCount "123"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "300+2"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "6k1/5p2/7p/4R1p1/P3b3/4B2P/5Pr1/7K b - - 3 36"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.g3 Nc6 7.Bg2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.Re1 Be6 11.e5 dxe5 12.Qxd8 Rexd8 13.Bxb7 Rab8 14.Bg2 Bb4 15.Be3 a5 16.Ba7 Bxc3 17.bxc3 Rb2 18.a4 e4 19.Bd4 Rxc2 20.h3 h6 21.g4 Rb8 22.Bxe4 Nxe4 23.Rxe4 Bd5 24.Re7 c5 25.Bxc5 Rxc3 26.Be3 Rcb3 27.Kh2 Rb1 28.Rxb1 Rxb1 29.Ra7 g5 30.Rxa5 Rh1+ 31.Kg3 Rg1+ 32.Kh2 Rg2+ 33.Kh1 Be4 34.Re5 Rxg4+ 35.Kh2 Rg2+ 36.Kh1 { The rook attacks the bishop, which needs to keep on protecting the rook on g2. An immediate draw right? Carlsen finds something to play on. } 36...Bf3 37.Rf5 Rxf2+ 38.Kg1 Rg2+ 39.Kf1 Be4 40.Re5 Bc6 41.Rc5 Bf3 42.Rf5 Rg3 43.Kf2 Be4! { It's still a draw, but Black can try. } 44.Kxg3 Bxf5 45.h4 f6 46.Bb6 Kf7 47.Bd8! Bc8 48.a5 Kg6 49.Be7! { This technique of attacking the pawns from the rear is critical in this type of ending. } 49...f5 50.hxg5 hxg5 51.Bd6! { Preventing f5-f4 check. You just take the pawns. } 51...Kf7 52.Bc7 Ba6 53.Bd8 Kg6 ( 53...f4+ 54.Kg4 ) 54.Bc7 Bc4 55.Bd6 Be2 56.Bc7 Kf7 57.Bd8 Kg6 58.Bc7 Bc4 59.Bd6 Kf6 60.Bc7 Ke6 61.Bd8 f4+ 62.Kg4 { Game drawn by agreement } 1/2-1/2
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.10.04"] [Round "?"] [White "MagnusCarlsen"] [Black "GGuseinov"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "3013"] [BlackElo "2670"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "300+2"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "2kr3r/ppp2p2/2bp1Np1/3R3p/4Pq1P/1PQ2P2/PKP2P2/7R b - - 2 20"] 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 d6 3.e3 g6 4.d4 Bg7 5.dxe5 Nd7 6.h4 h5 7.Nf3 Nxe5 8.Nc3 Bg4 9.Be2 Nxf3+ 10.gxf3 Be6 11.Qd2 Ne7 12.O-O-O Nc6 13.Ne4 Bxb2+ 14.Kxb2 Qe7 15.Bb5 Bd7 16.Qc3 O-O-O 17.Nf6 Qe5 18.Bxc6 Bxc6 19.e4 Qf4 20.Rd5?? { A nice but incorrect idea. Strangely, Carlsen misses a pin that was already on the board before. } 20...Bxd5 21.Nxd5 Qe5! { In a classical game Guseinov would probably have beaten Carlsen from this position. } 22.Nf6 c6 23.Rg1 Kb8 24.a4 Qh2 25.Rg5 Qxh4 26.Qe3 d5?! ( 26...Qh3 ) 27.exd5 cxd5? { Two terrible moves in a row. } 28.Qe5+ Ka8 29.Nxd5 { Now it's at least a draw for White. } 29...a6 30.Nc7+ Ka7 31.Qc5+ Kb8? { And this even loses. } ( 31...b6 { forces } 32.Nb5+ axb5 33.Qc7+ { with a perpetual. } ) 32.Nxa6+! Ka8 ( 32...bxa6 33.Qb6+ Kc8 34.Rc5+ Kd7 35.Qc7+ Ke8 36.Qe5+ ) 33.Nc7+ Kb8 34.Nb5 Qf4 35.Re5 { MagnusCarlsen won on time } 1-0
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.10.04"] [Round "?"] [White "MagnusCarlsen"] [Black "GGuseinov"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "3002"] [BlackElo "2679"] [PlyCount "79"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "300+2"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "r1b2rk1/5pbp/2R1nqp1/p1P1p3/4Pn2/2N1BN2/P1Q2PP1/R4B1K b - - 0 20"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Be3 c6 7.Nf3 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.O-O Qe7 10.h3 Na6 11.Qc2 Nh5 12.Rfd1 Nf4 13.Bf1 Nc5 14.b4 Nce6 15.c5 a5 16.b5 Qf6 17.bxc6 bxc6 18.Rd6?! ( 18.h4 ) 18...Nxh3+ 19.Kh1 Nhf4 20.Rxc6? Nd4! 21.Nxd4 Qh4+ 22.Kg1 exd4? ( { Missing } 22...Nh3+! 23.gxh3 exd4 { and Black is clearly better. } ) 23.Bxf4 Qxf4 24.Nd5 Qh4 25.g3 Qg5 26.Qc1 Qe5 27.Qf4 Rb8 28.Rc1 Be6 29.Rb6 Rxb6 30.cxb6 Qxf4 31.Nxf4 Bxa2 32.b7 Be5 33.Ra1 Bb3 34.Rxa5 Bb8 35.Rc5 Kg7 36.Rc8 Ba4 37.Nd5 Bd7 38.Nb6 Bg4 39.Bc4 Ba7 40.Kg2 { MagnusCarlsen won on time } 1-0
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.10.04"] [Round "?"] [White "GGuseinov"] [Black "MagnusCarlsen"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2700"] [BlackElo "2976"] [PlyCount "101"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "180+2"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "1k1q1b1r/p1p1np2/1pP1p2p/1P2P1p1/8/P1NrB1Q1/5PPP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 27"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 b6 5.Nf3 Bb7 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.Qe2 Ngf6 8.Neg5 Qe7 9.Ne5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd5 11.c4 Nb4 12.Be4 O-O-O 13.O-O Rd7 14.a3 Nc6 15.Qf3 Nd8 16.Bxb7+ Nxb7 17.b4 Kb8 18.c5 Nd8 19.Be3 h6 20.Ne4 Nc6 21.Qg3 Rd5 22.Nc3 Rd3 23.Rac1 Qd7 24.Rfd1 g5 25.b5 Ne7 26.c6 Qd8 27.Bxb6! Rxd1+ 28.Rxd1 Nd5 29.Nxd5 axb6 30.Qf3 { A strange decision. } ( 30.Nc3 { wins rather easily. } ) 30...exd5 31.Rxd5 Qe8 32.Qd1 Bc5 33.g3 Qc8 34.a4 Re8 35.a5 Qf5 36.Rd8+ Rxd8 37.Qxd8+ Qc8 38.Qd5 ( 38.Qxc8+ Kxc8 39.a6 Kb8 40.Kg2 { is probably winning for White. } ) 38...Ka7 39.Qd7 Qxd7 40.cxd7 Be7 41.a6 c6? { This actually loses. } ( 41...g4 42.f4 gxf3 43.Kf2 c6 44.bxc6 Bd8 45.g4 b5 46.Kxf3 b4 47.Ke3 Kxa6 48.h4 Kb6 49.g5 hxg5 50.h5 b3 51.Kd2 g4 52.h6 b2 53.Kc2 b1=Q+ 54.Kxb1 g3 55.h7 g2 56.h8=Q g1=Q+ ) 42.bxc6 Bd8 43.f4 gxf4 44.gxf4 Kxa6 45.f5 Kb5 46.e6 fxe6 47.f6 Kxc6 48.f7 Kxd7 49.f8=Q Bg5 50.Kf1 Kc6 51.Ke2 { GGuseinov won by resignation } 1-0
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.10.04"] [Round "?"] [White "MagnusCarlsen"] [Black "GGuseinov"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2983"] [BlackElo "2694"] [PlyCount "101"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "180+2"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "8/6kp/1pR3p1/1Pnp4/1p6/5P2/6PP/rBK5 b - - 5 39"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 d6 8.f3 Bg7 9.Be3 O-O 10.Qd2 Qa5 11.Rc1 Be6 12.Nd5 Qxa2 13.Nxe7+ Kh8 14.Bd4 Rae8 15.Qc3 Nh5 16.Bxg7+ Nxg7 17.b4 Qa4 18.b5 a5 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.cxd5 f5 21.Ra1 Qb4 22.Qxb4 axb4 23.Bd3 Nh5 24.Kd2 fxe4 25.Bxe4 Nf6 26.Rhe1 Re5 27.Ra7 Rf7 28.Bd3 Rxe1 29.Kxe1 Nxd5 30.Kd2 Nf4 31.Bf1 Ne6 32.Bc4 d5 33.Bd3 Nc5 34.Ra8+ Kg7 35.Rd8 Rd7 36.Rc8 b6 37.Rc6 Ra7 38.Bb1 Ra1 39.Kc1 Nd3+?! ( 39...Na4! 40.Kc2 Nc3 41.Rxb6 d4 ) 40.Kc2 b3+?! 41.Kxd3 Rxb1 42.Kc3 Kf7 43.Rxb6 d4+ 44.Kb4 Ke7 45.Rc6 d3 46.b6? { A blunder. } ( 46.Rc7+ ) 46...d2? ( 46...b2 { wins on the spot. } ) 47.b7 d1=Q 48.b8=Q Qd4+ 49.Kb5 Qd3+ 50.Kb6 Qd4+ 51.Kb7 { MagnusCarlsen won on time } ( 51.Kb7 { After } 51...Qb4+ 52.Rb6 Qd4 { White has nothing better than } 53.Rc6 ) 1-0
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.10.04"] [Round "?"] [White "MagnusCarlsen"] [Black "GGuseinov"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "3209"] [BlackElo "2427"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "60+1"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "rn1q3k/p4Qbp/2p1b1p1/2p1p3/4Nn2/3PB2P/P3PRB1/R5K1 w - - 1 23"] 1.Nf3 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 d6 4.O-O e5 5.c4 f5 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.d3 O-O 8.b4 Nh5 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.Nd5 Rf7 11.b5 f4 12.h3 fxg3 13.Be3 gxf2+ 14.Rxf2 c6 15.bxc6 bxc6 16.Nc3 Nf4 17.Ne4 Qd8 18.c5 dxc5 19.Nfg5 Rf8 20.Qb3+ Kh8 21.Nf7+ Rxf7 22.Qxf7 Be6 23.Ng5? { Quickly played, but not good. } ( 23.Nd6! Qxd6 24.Qb7 ) 23...Qxg5 24.Qe8+ Bg8 25.Bxf4 exf4 26.Rb1 Bd4 27.Kf1 Qg3! 28.Rf3 Qh2 29.e3 fxe3 30.Rf8 e2+! 31.Ke1 ( 31.Kxe2 Qxg2+ ) 31...Bc3+?? ( 31...Qg1+ 32.Kd2 e1=Q+ 33.Rxe1 ( 33.Qxe1 Qxg2+ 34.Qe2 Qxe2+ 35.Kxe2 Kg7 ) 33...Qxg2+ 34.Re2 Qd5 { wins easily. } ) 32.Kf2 Bd4+ 33.Kf3 Kg7 34.Qe7+ Kh8 35.Qf7 { MagnusCarlsen won on time } 1-0
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.10.04"] [Round "?"] [White "MagnusCarlsen"] [Black "GGuseinov"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "3063"] [BlackElo "2845"] [PlyCount "76"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "60+1"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "r2qk2r/pp1bp1b1/3p1pp1/2p1n2p/2BnPN1P/P1NPBP2/1PPQ2P1/R3K2R w KQkq - 4 14"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.h4 h5 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Ng5 Nh6 7.a3 d6 8.d3 Bg4 9.f3 Bd7 10.Be3 Nd4 11.Qd2 f6 12.Nh3 Nf7 13.Nf4 Ne5 14.Ba2? Bh6? 15.Nce2? Nexf3+ 16.gxf3 Nxf3+ 17.Kd1 Nxd2 18.Kxd2 Qa5+ 19.c3 O-O-O 20.Nxg6 Bxe3+ 21.Kxe3 e6 22.Nxh8 Rxh8 23.Nf4 Qb6 24.Rh2 d5 25.exd5 exd5 26.Nxd5 Qd6 27.Rg2 Bc6 28.c4 Qe5+ 29.Kf3 Re8 30.Rf2 Qe3+ 31.Kg2 Rg8+ 32.Kf1 Qxd3+ 33.Re2 Qf3+ 34.Rf2 Qd3+ 35.Re2 Bxd5 36.cxd5 Qf3+ 37.Rf2 Qh1+ 38.Ke2 Qxa1 { GGuseinov won by resignation } 0-1
PGN      
Player Fed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Final
Magnus Carlsen 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 6
Gadir Guseinov 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 0 3
  The updated bracket shows the quarterfinal matches: Carlsen-So, Grischuk-MVL, Nakamura-Caruana and Nepomniachtchi-Karjakin. In the post-match interview Guseinov praised his opponent. "Magnus played very well. Almost all endgames I lost to him." (...) "He won some really fantastic endgames." (His heart probably sank when Carlsen said he wasn't happy with this play.) "Everbody knows that Magnus is the big favorite to win the whole tournament. For me it was exciting to play this match." This author knows about Guseinov's talent in blitz, after seeing the Azeri successfully playing the likes of Carlsen, Nakamura and MVL in the hotel lobby after the 2015 Shamkir tournament. But online everything is different, and apparently he was rusty too. "Last time I played blitz was one year ago. I don't play too much. Only after some games I started to play better and better." PeterDoggers Oct 5, 2017, 3:30 AM chess.com/ Carlsen will face Wesley So in the next round, on 21 November. Chess.com Speed Chess Championship 2017
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