Carlsen Uses Our Dirty Opening TRICK to Demolish a GM in 11 Moves!
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Magnus Carlsen Demolishes a GM Using Portsmouth Gambit

Magnus Carlsen Demolishes a GM Using Portsmouth Gambit

Today I’d like to show you a game played by the world champion Magnus Carlsen in which he used our dirty chess opening trick to defeat a strong grandmaster in nearly 10 moves!

Magnus Carlsen was playing White againstΒ Sergei Zhigalko, and he played theΒ Portsmouth Gambit (we call it the Smirnov Gambit) against the Sicilian Defense, which happens after the opening moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4. It is a variant of the Wing Gambit. White sacrifices the b4-pawn for a semi-open b-file and, sometimes, an open c-file, along with control of the center and quick development.

Let’s have a look. Carlsen was playing White against a fairly strong Grandmaster and really good Blitz player (Sergei Zhigalko), who was playing Black.

Carlsen vs Sergei Zhigalko

Carlsen opens up with the move 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6, the Sicilian defense, so far so good.

Here, if you think about this position and you ask somebody what the worst move to play is, there could be a couple of candidates and one of them is probably the 3.b4 move, which looks completely ridiculous.

You’re giving out the pawn for no reason and Black even has a choice of capture it whether with a pawn or a knight.

So, that looks like completely dumb. But, of course, it’s not when Carlsen plays it.

And the trick here is that although this gambit is known for some years, around 10 years ago, there were only a handful of games played with this gambit, and pretty much nobody knew that it even exists. I recorded a three-part video series about this at the time. Here is the first part.

Now we see that Magnus Carlsen is using it. Maybe he’s secretly watching and learning our dirty opening tricks. Of course, it could be a coincidence, but I hope so.

Let’s see how Carlsen beat a Grandmaster in just 11 moves.

Do you think Carlsen secretly watches our dirty opening traps? I’m curious to know.

Magnus Carlsen continues to amaze us with his chess prowess and it’s exciting to see him use a dirty opening trick that we’ve discussed before to defeat a strong grandmaster in such a short amount of time.

Who knows, maybe Carlsen is secretly watching and learning from us, or maybe it’s just a coincidence.

Either way, it’s always fun to explore different opening strategies and see how they can be used to gain an advantage over your opponent.

So, keep on playing, keep on exploring and, who knows, maybe you’ll discover the next great chess opening trick!

If you’ve enjoyed reading this article and want to see the concepts discussed in action, you’re in luck! We have created a video lesson that covers the same material in a more visual and interactive way.

Do you think Magnus Carlsen would have watched our videos and played this? Share your thoughts in the comments below. πŸ‘‡

You can find the PGN of this game below:

I hope you enjoy reading this blog post.

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