Using Carsten Hansen’s book ‘The Carlsen Variatian’ Grandmaster Sune Berg Hansen will show one way to approach the study of the opening phase.

(6) Firouzja,Alireza (2726) – Dominguez Perez,L (2758) [B23]
PRO League Group Stage chess.com INT (5), 03.02.2020

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qd2 g6 6.b3 Bh6 7.f4 Nf6 8.Bb2 e5 9.g3 0–0 10.0–0–0 exf4 11.gxf4 Nh5 12.Nge2 [12.Nd5 Be6 13.Kb1 Bxd5 14.exd5 Ne7 (14…Ne5 15.Be2 Nxf4 16.h4 f6 17.h5 g5 18.Nf3 Nxe2 19.Qxe2 Nxf3 20.Qxf3 Qd7 21.Rde1 Rae8 22.Rxe8 Qxe8 23.a4) 15.Be2 Bxf4 16.Qb4 a5 17.Qe4]

12…Qh4 13.Nd5 Be6 14.Kb1 Bxd5 15.exd5 Ne7 16.Bg2 Bg7 17.Bxg7 Nxg7 18.Ng3 Rfe8 19.Be4 Qf6 20.Qb4 a5 21.Qxb7 Reb8 22.Qc7 a4 23.Ne2 Rc8 24.Qb6 Ngf5 25.Qb4 axb3 26.cxb3 Rxa2 27.Kxa2 Ra8+ 28.Kb1 Ra1+ 29.Kc2 Ne3+ 30.Kd2 Nxd1 31.Rxd1 Ra2+ 32.Ke3 Qh4 33.Rd2 Ra1 34.Qxd6 Re1 35.Qb8+ Kg7 36.Qe5+ Kg8 37.Qg5 Qh3+ 38.Qg3 Qc8 39.Qxe1 1–0

(5) Gukesh,D (2563) – Sarana,A (2640) [B23]
Titled Tuesday 22nd Dec chess.com INT (9), 22.12.2020
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qd2 g6 6.b3 Bh6 7.f4 Nf6 8.Bb2 e5 9.g3 0–0 10.0–0–0 Re8 11.Kb1 Nd4 12.Bg2 Bg4 13.Re1 Rc8 14.h3 Be6 15.Nf3 Nxf3 16.Bxf3 Qa5 17.Rh2 exf4 18.Nd5 Qxd2 19.Nxf6+ Kf8 20.Rxd2 fxg3 21.Rg2 Bf4 22.Nxe8 Rxe8 23.Bc1 Be5 24.Bg4 h5 25.Bxe6 Rxe6 26.Rf1 Kg7 27.Bf4 h4 28.Bg5 Bf6 29.Rxf6 Rxf6 30.Bxh4 Rf4 31.Bxg3 Rxe4 32.Bxd6 f5 33.c4 Kf6 34.c5 g5 35.Kc2 f4 36.Rf2 Kf5 37.a3 a5 38.Rf3 Rd4 39.Kc3 Ke4 40.Rf1 Rd3+ 41.Kc4 Rxh3 42.b4 Rxa3 43.Re1+ Re3 44.Rxe3+ fxe3 45.bxa5 g4 46.c6 bxc6 47.a6 e2 48.Bg3 Kf3 49.Kd3 c5 50.a7 c4+ 51.Kd2 c3+ 52.Ke1 c2 53.a8Q+ Kxg3 54.Qc6 Kh2 55.Qxc2 g3 56.Qxe2+ g2 57.Qh5+ Kg1 58.Qg4 Kh2 59.Kf2 g1Q+ 60.Qxg1+ Kh3 61.Qg3#
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