This is a position from the game Carlsen – Aronian, Bilbao, 2008. Black has played 26. …e5. Magnus Carlsen was just about 100 points less than his current strength at that time. How do you think White won? Replay the full game in the Chess King applet below.


Carlsen Magnus (NOR) (2786) – Aronian Levon (ARM) (2757)

Result: 1-0
Site: Bilbao (Spain)
Date: 2008.09.08
[…] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.♘f3 ♘f6 4.♘c3 e6 5.e3 ♘bd7 6.♗d3 dxc4 7.♗xc4 b5 8.♗d3 ♗b7 9.a3 b4 10.♘e4 ♘xe4 11.♗xe4 bxa3 12.O-O ♘f6 13.♗d3 axb2 14.♗xb2 a5 15.d5 ♘xd5 16.♘e5 ♘f6 17.♕a4 ♗b4 18.♘xc6 ♗xc6 19.♕xc6+ ♔e7 20.♖fd1 ♖c8 21.♕f3 ♕b6 22.♗d4 ♕b8 23.♗a6 ♖cd8 24.♗b7 h5 25.h3 h4 26.♖ab1 e5 27.♖xb4!27…axb4? (27…exd4 28.♖bxd4) (27…♖xd4 28.♖bxd4 exd4 Giving White the edge in both cases) 28.♗c5+ ♔e6 29.♖a1 black has to deal with the threats of both Ra1 and Ra6+ 29…♖d6 30.♗xd6 ♔xd6 31.♕c6+ ♔e7 32.♖a8 ♕d6 33.♕xd6+ ♔xd6 34.♖xh8 b3 35.♗a6 ♘d7 36.♖xh4 ♘c5