The Magnus Effect

MAGNUS CARLSEN vs SIPKE ERNST – Corus Group C (2004), Wijk aan Zee, rd 12, 2004

2004 is the year when the world of chess discovered Magnus Carlsen as one of the greatest talents of all time and future World Champion.

Today we present you the game between Carlsen and Ernst played at Wijk aan Zee in 2004.

The opening is the Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. 

In this game, Carlsen starts a ferocious attack to destroy Black king’s defense.

The attack features a brilliant knight sacrifice on move 18 by Carlsen to open the files on the kingside for his rooks. Ernst is forced to resign on move 29 as there is no counterplay under the brilliant Magnus effect!

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