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Magnus Carlsen is a Dragonslayer

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An accelerated edition

Featured is the round 5 blitz game between Magnus Carlsen and Kirill Shevchenko from the 2023 Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland (2/5). The opening is a Sicilian Defense, Accelerated Dragon, with Carlsen opting for 7. Nb3 instead of the more popular Bc4. White's strategy for defeating the Sicilian Dragon is maybe best understood by Bobby Fischer's quote: “Pry open the h-file, sac, sac ... mate!”. Whether facing the Sicilian Dragon or playing it, you will find useful notes for both colors in this 25-move model game, where Carlsen did not need to sacrifice anything substantial on his path to victory.

Magnus Carlsen vs Kirill Shevchenko, 2023 Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland

Below the video I have highlighted 2 positions

Question 1 of 2: How should black reply to h5?

Question 2 of 2: How would you react to f4?

Closing words

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