Chess Olympiad 2016: Smerdon draws with Carlsen

In the 4th round of 2016 Chess Olympiad (in Baku) Australian GM David Smerdon faced World Champion Magnus Carlsen, and actually managed to get a strong attack going before deciding to force a draw! Unfortunately the Australian team didn’t quite prevail over the Norwegians, but it looks like they put in a great effort. The game is below, and also a candid post-game interview from David.

[Event “Chess Olympiad”]
[Site “Baku AZE”]
[Date “2016.09.05”]
[EventDate “2016.09.02”]
[Round “4.20”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[White “David Smerdon”]
[Black “Magnus Carlsen”]
[ECO “B22”]
[WhiteElo “2531”]
[BlackElo “2857”]
[PlyCount “51”]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Na3 Qd8
7. Nc4 Be7 8. Be3 cxd4 9. Qxd4 O-O 10. O-O-O Nd5 11. Qg4 Nxe3
12. fxe3 Qc7 13. Bd3 Nd7 14. Qf4 Qc5 15. b4 Qc6 16. Nd4 Qxg2
17. Rhg1 Qh3 18. Rg3 Qh4 19. Qxh4 Bxh4 20. Rh3 Bg5 21. Rg1 h6
22. Rxg5 hxg5 23. Bh7+ Kh8 24. Bd3+ Kg8 25. Bh7+ Kh8 26. Bd3+

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