Amazing Chess Game : Magnus Carlsen vs Judit Polgar – London Classic (2012) – English Opening

Amazing Chess Game : Magnus Carlsen vs Judit Polgar – London Classic (2012) – English Opening

morning all magnus carlsen was playing white against
Judit Polgar so they they have been battling out in the rapid festival in
Mexico City and there was one rapid game and one blindfold game if you remember
in the first rapid game Judit managed to win and in the blindfold Magnus Carlsen got revenge and in the playoff Magnus Carlsen won so that was a more than week ago they
played each other but now in this longer classical time control what would
happen? Magnus Carlsen playing white played c4 and with 1.c4 he’s probably wanting
to steer the game into positional waters with minimal counterplay play for Judit Polgar who up to this point hasn’t been having a great tournament
she hasn’t been given much counterplay by anyone really especially with
black pieces. It has been a very difficult time but I think that’s one of the jobs
of the top players not to let their opponents excel and play in positions
they they like and enjoy so here we see okay
Judit elects for c5 which seems sensible enough now Knight f3 as the idea that
potentially white can play for an early break in the center with d4 and in fact
this is exactly what happens now. Nc6 doesn’t really put off white from
playing d4 and I guess you can consider it as kind of a Sicilian defense it
could have come out of the Sicilian defense now the exchange of the D pawn
for the C pawn so what are the differences here after Knight takes d4
is Magnus Carlsen playing like a Maroczy bind variation against the Sicilian. After
knight f6 Knight c3 an obvious difference is that there’s no pawn on e4
just yet okay and does there need to be? Black now
plays d6 and there might be a dangerous threat of crippling the pawns here with Bb4 and Bxc3 that’s prevented with a3 preventing
that pin and any disruption which could occur. White wants to keep control of d4
quite cleanly without interruption as well Bishop c5 the knight goes back for
the moment and the bishop now drops back so what’s that bit of a waste of time
from black or is the idea really just to let this knight be on passive square? well
I think white still has a a nagging edge here and setting up the Maroczy bind now and it really does look like it could have come from the Sicilian defense this
position after castles what is blacks active plan for generating some counter
play here? Judit Polgar elects for the move b6 here after Bishop e2 b6 ok the
advantage is the Bishop can come quite quickly to b7
unlike e5 later maybe provoking way to push some pawns pressure on e4 later try
and break out with d5 maybe after moving the Queen maybe the Queen can go behind
the bishop that’s a hyper modern plan and actually that’s one of the plans
that we’re going to see in this game so that’s the plan but we’ll check in the
second pass if there was anything more perhaps more dangerous than that plan
okay but okay let’s go with it so Bishop b7 Bishop f4 as though
Bishop d6 is very interesting for white it will be a nasty blockade
against Blacks pawn structure d6 prevents it
Rc1 now seems sensible enough and actually it almost like discourages
a move like Queen c7 because there might be something like Knight d5 confronting
the Queen tactically so maybe that’s why Judit Polgar is quite careful not to immediately play a Queen move like that but there’s also of course on Qc7 Nb5 as
well just targetting d6 so actually that seems completely unplayable here to play
Queen c7 so rook c8 and then we see rook e1 Knight e5 shielding d6 which means
actually it is now becoming possible to play Queen c7 with d6 shielded from this
Bishop also of course there’s a threat on c4 here so it seems a logical enough
move and black doesn’t really mind Bishop takes e5 having that will
increase blacks control over central squares having these double pawns and
the bishops look quite good here I think Magnus Carlsen wants to avoid that because d4 is kind
of a weakness in white’s structure here with the Maroczy bind in any case so he just
plays Knight d2 improving this this Knight a little bit. It didn’t have too many
prospects on b3 but you might think d4 but it was needed to protect c4
Nfd7 okay and we see now the possibility maybe of Black interested in Bishop g5
to exchange off the dark square bishop which would weaken for example d4 later
Bishop g5 might be in black blacks interest but with this next move a crafty
little retreat f4 is now on the cards and so Bishop g5 can be answered with f4 but
also f4 be good anyway for gaining space so White is preparing to gain more space
here basically and Queen c7 we see b4 for gaining space on the
queenside preventing blacks use of c5 so these pieces are becoming a bit cramped
and the most aggressive piece can be dislodged with f4 so I’m not sure this
is such a rosy picture for black at this moment however at least Knight b5 can be
answered by queen b8 without losing material the Queen King goes b8 then go to
a8 and put more pressure on e4 and in fact Queen voluntarily goes the b8 here
and we see f4 gaining more space okay Ng6 which might imply d5 later
because the knight is usefully are putting pressure on f4 but g3 holding down
position more on both sides. All of these pawns kind of protected double protected
in some cases this pawn is protected by knight and Bishop this pawn by the
bishop here and this pawn here so there’s not really much to attack these knights
of being kept out of key squares like e5 c5
so where is black’s counter play – is it along this diagonal – big question rook F
E8 as though there’s some tactical vulnerability maybe with d5 later but
Bishop f3 looks pretty safe and that strengthens this kind of Maroczy bind
without losing any pawn because the N is protecting c4 queen a8 now Bishop f2
adding more support from e4 okay bit of a bind to get out of from blacks
point of view how was black liberate to get some counter play here – Judit
plays Knight Gf8 and then we see Queen e2 what’s the idea is it e5? Queen
b8 as though the idea might be e5 which might not be pleasant for black because
if I might strike out the dark squares and use the e4 square which with a
menace for eyeing either d6 maybe even g5 later or f6
if black weakens herself with g6 now after rook red1 Judit Polgar was concerned by
something here presumably one one of the positional ideas are something like e5
another idea might be F5 even but at the moment e5 is too strong by far so
actually this next move it looks to be quite weakening for the dark squares and
what does black actually get in return okay well one idea might be potentially
to park the Bishop on g7 another idea is to discourage f5s later even if e5
is played first – maybe it is kind of an attempt a prophylaxis here but does
suffer some dark square weaknesses can magnus carlsen exploit these dark square
weaknesses these three in particular well as the next move strikes are two of them
straight away tactically it’s holding up this pawn is holding up because if
Bishop takes Knight takes recharges support for e5 so Judit Polgar actually
didn’t take on f3 – she plays Bishop c6 inviting white to take on c6 also exd6 looks a bit fragile but
Bishop d6 black should be okay Bishop d4 looks a little bit more
dangerous now for exd6 for this diagonal rook Red8 and now Bishop takes
c6 is played rook takes c6 now on over protection as Aron Nimzovich would say -of the e5 point which is one of his favorite points to overprotect
black is not having a great time in this position it seems with dark Square
weaknesses and white overprotecting e5 here quite comfortably it seems the only
issue might be this C pawn on the moment concrete issue
Judit Polgar takes on e5 and we see f takes e5 not a piece so why take with the F pawn
I think one idea is this f file can be very dangerous for f7 in particular I’ve set
an actual target now on their F file but what about the C pawn rook dc8 and we
seen Ne4 for protecting the C pawn just even more with the rook now ok Queen c7
attacking C pawn even more and now okay we see the move Knight fd2 okay what is
going on now Why has Magnus Carlsen done this retreat here
and what about the e5 pawn is that actually able to be taken here or is it
far too dangerous we’ll check that out in the second pass of this game for the
moment Judit Polgar plays actually a6 and maybe actually that’s that’s actually
the clue to be quite honest here because a6 looks to be concerned with b5
so actually on Knight takes e5 maybe b5 just simply wins the exchange from a
clear blue sky so how is that actually possible
well what’s happens is a bit of congestion after blacks we saw Queen c7
this congestion here is costly to this setup that b5 if it wasn’t losing c4 would
be embarrassing that rook so by Magnus Carlsen protecting the pawn – he can afford to do
this because without b5 is actually a real threat in the position it seems so
a6 instead of taking on b5 to stop b5 okay but the surprising thing
now the turn of events now we’re about to witness Nf2
looks sensible enough to protect e5 again so c4 and e5 at this moment
are both protected but a tactical resource is available for black which
would seem to make both pawns into targets straight off the bat but it
comes at some cost Bishop g5 threatening to remove the defender of c4 and also
potentially the Queen away from e5 so this looks to be a dangerous
move so what has Magnus got up his sleeve in his position if you had this
position what would you play here it’s very very interesting concept to try and
get a strategic backfire on on the dark squares here – around backs camp that’s the
clue can you guess the very very calm move which Magnus Carlsen plays in this position
if I give you 10 seconds starting from now okay Magnus Carlsen just plays rook f1 he’s
welcoming the removal of this dark squared Bishop he knows logically it should
weaken some dark squares but that logic of weakening dark squares – how does that
translate into concrete tactics? Bishop takes d2 is used here as a resource but
it’s a bit controversial Queen takes D2 okay a choice of pawns both look a
little bit risky intuitively with these dark squares around the place. Judit Polgar tries
Knight takes e5 and now we see a very very good move
Judit Polgar is actually threatening the embarrassing Knight f3 check forking
queen and king something has to be done about that as well as maybe c4. You might
think well a move by Knight e4 might be tempting but I think Magnus Carlsen finds the
absolute best move I suspect anyway you might think with the dark squares weak
that the last thing you want to do the last thing you want to do is give up
your dark squared bishop because surely the exploitation of these dark squares
will be with this dark square Bishop and actually they’re not always the case doesn’t
have to be here the very forcing move Bishop takes e5 voluntarily giving up
the dark square Bishop is played because now with the Queen on e5 it’s a great
tempo gainer for a very aggressive knight move Knight g4 and it becomes clearer
now at what point of this is. That really this this is looking very
dangerous for both Nf6 and Knight h6 Nh6 check for f7 very very dangerous
indeed looks actually much more dangerous than f6 but we’ll check
these things out in the second pass I believe this is the principle threat – if
Queen x e5 Nf6 will win the Queen so Judit Polgar plays a seemingly resourceful move but is she skating on thin ice here with this next
move rook d6 She will welcome to exchange of Queens and losing f7 and maybe white isn’t totally winning there but Magnus Carlsen
doesn’t want to take on e5 and f7 he plays actually Knight h6 check
after King g7 okay what else if King h8 Knight takes f7 forking
queen and king so King g7 rook takes f7 King h8
preserves the Queens on the board for a moment longer with Queen f2 threatening rook
takes F8 crashing through brutal Judit Polgar has to defend this position with
now Queen d4 seems one of the only moves moves with that pin against the White Queen so
rook takes f8 is not no longer threatened can just take because on this
pin okay does Magnus Carlsen still have a dangerous position here
so c5 is played after bxc5 Magnus Carlsen voluntarily takes the Queen
now on d4. cxd4 is of course ruled out so rook takes and now rxc5
he’s emerged here with a very pleasant position indeed and it looks far too
dangerous to even take on c5 because of rook takes f8 then you might
think King g7 so on so that’s something we should check out as well okay in
second pass. For the moment black played rook cd8 and this gives beautiful
– two rooks on the 7th rank scenario With immediate tactical
threats for example rook g7 Rg8 to mate. This is a very dangerous threat
indeed. Judit Polgar plays check after Kg2 – another check with this rook King h3 and
now rook d5 threatening check here not giving any time really for Rg7 but
Knight g4 now threatens knight f6 and rook takes h7 mating
because if Knight takes rook takes we will have a mating let there Rh5 check
Kg2 Rd2 check Kf3 and in the light of very serious
threats there’s not much choice here now in this position with the knight hanging. The
rook has to be gotten rid of Rf5 check Magnus Carlsen creates more threats
King e3 with his own King an exchange of rooks does that help? the rook
stumbles back to protect the knight Knight f6 okay it’s not threatening mate
or anything but blacks position seems very passive the King is just unable to
move but this White King can move look at difference in mobility still equal
on pawns but qualitatively White’s pieces are much better here in fact
after rook b8 the King threatens now to help the mating that with King f4 if
the King can go to g5 and h6 that’d be really dangerous something like Nxh7 or just
even rook g7 – G8 with the king supporting g7 so this next move seems
aware of that to stop the king infiltrating too much with h6
preventing the use of g5 but king e5 is another infiltration route – very dangerous
the real killer King here against Judit Polgar’s king It seems a really menacing
attacking piece in this position because black is tied down the rook and Knight
are also just tying down blacks pieces black seems helpless. Judit Polgar undoubtedly
has a resignable position here but plays a5 – Magnus Carlsen takes
that .. after rook a8 now just a6 is possible it’s hopeless cause and Judit Polgar
resigns and with that Magnus Carlsen’s rating escalates even more – unbelievable levels
breaking new world record for the highest ever FIDE rating – no one
stopping him he’s only had one draw in this tournament so far and like five
wins is demolishing the field I’ve not seen another classic being so
dominated by anyone like this before usually Magnus has a
hiccup in the early rounds and recovers later to win but in this tournament
he’s being playing very strongly from the start with fantastic results let’s
have a look again I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for Judit Polgar – she
hasn’t been playing for a while back into chess this is certainly one huge
test this tournament to play in for someone that’s been away from the game
some while not not as active as as in her peak activity but let’s let’s look
at the game again and see can we do better for black – can we generate some
counterplay and see whether any chances missed what the key blunders
or opportunities for black so Knight takes d4 Knight f6 may be a more
aggressive approach there’s the kind of Sveshnikov e5 type move here – an aggressive approach just straight away This type of position might not be ridiculous but Black doesn’t want to commit a massive sin with the d5 square
which might offer some counterplay but on the other hand structurally it’s an
easy target potentially d5 for maneuvers so Knight f6 we see why
unfortunately though with with a nagging Maroczy bind type edge Nc3 e6 and now this move a3 which just cuts down counterplay really – maybe the engine
doesn’t like it as much but how does black generate counterplay? On Bishop c5
the Knight comes back – the Bishop goes back e4 so this Maroczy bind is
set up and black can potentially be slowly suffocated if why it’s very very
careful in managing the space making sure no weaknesses are exploitable and
that seems to be exactly what happened
b6 okay. You might think a a6 is just pointless in this position if b5 not
going to be playable at all The Maroczy bind just ties down b5
possibilities as well as d5 so it’s quite powerful – not just in the center
but on the Queen side so b6 in the light of a6 not being that effectual seems
fair enough then after castles Bishop b7 Bishop f4 and actually at this point the
engine still doesn’t really give White having much of an advantage but
we’ve seen this so many times now that the engines are not giving Magnus and
modest advantage but try and play in the position against
Magnus … it becomes increasingly difficult it’s like the advantage is on a hillside
Magnus is climbing with those small advantages up-up-up unstoppable in an
unstoppable manner so it doesn’t matter it’s a smaller advantage here … he’s going to start gaining space soon so rook c1 and it’s almost zero here we’re talking
almost zero technically though the engine doesn’t really sense the power of
the Maroczy bind ready rook e1 Knight e5 so it looks as though nothing much going on
but White is increasing a grip here Nfd7 – Now was the threat actually
Bishop g5 let’s do a threat analysis maybe not at all actually maybe that was
imagined. Let us put some more ideas. f5 as example
given another move so really I don’t know Bishop g5 I thought was interesting
but maybe isn’t that interesting as a potential idea to get rid of the dark
squared bishops. Possibly f5 as the engine is indicating might be a potential threat
here because actually that Bishop is is a bit loose on f4 it might justify more
f5 to try and break open this diagonal. It might not be totally crazy to consider
f5 so if we look at Magnus Carlsen’s move Be3 – maybe it is against f5 as well. f5 would be totally unplayable here. In this position he takes then there’s F4
now is possible and that’ll make it totally unplayable so it might have a
hint of preventing some f5 counterplay but also of course dual purpose I
mean f4 useful for gaining space for white in any case so Queen c7. Is there
an interest in Nc5 – would that be potentially annoying couldn’t it just be
kicked in any case was b4 strictly necessary? What is
black threatening now after Queen c7 let’s just check this out not
really a hint of a major threat a6 and h6 being mentioned so it’s difficult to see
where black’s counterplay is coming from but engine does like b4 or f4. Magnus Carlsen does play this choice b4 okay I guess now on a6 now f4
is on the cards in any case so Qb8 f4 is played anyway. Ng6 Is there a hint that d5 might be a threat here? possibly not it looks a little bit too
risky but in any case Magnus Carlsen invests a pawn move here to just strengthen his
position even more. In the art of war you’re meant to strengthen your
position before going on to the attack to put yourself beyond defeat so is
Magnus putting himself beyond defeat here … he’s got this Maroczy bind now he’s got
a grip on key squares to keep the Knights out
he is fond of keeping the opponent Knights out in particular if you look at his classic games from previous years
so rook fe8 Bishop f3 strengthening the position even more and the bind not much
counterplay at all here for black .. Bishop f2 ok this queen is hardly going to be a
nuisance like it was a week ago in the rapid game it’s got limited possibilities on a
a8 and E4 seems to be heavily reinforced by virtually well all of these pieces
Knight GF8 was white actually threatening something here let’s see what the main
threats are in this position Queen e2 h4 maybe as a target for h5 okay nothing majorly concrete okay so
let’s see Knight gf8 and we see Queen e2 Is e5 a real threat? Not really not
necessarily but it’s still quite a quiet position with many opportunities to do
all sorts of things but Judit Polgar plays Queen b8 which looks as though there is
interest in discouraging d5 in any case rook ed1 – a quiet moment in
the game really White has strengthened this position and you know he’s climbed that
small advantage which the engine and thing much off from his only into
something almost approaching half a pawn irresistible approaching half a pawns
advantage but this next move I would guess is a weakening move which is not
really helping black. In fact we see more than half pawn after g6 … is that a kind
of blunder positional blunder leading to a tactical disaster as we saw later the
move g6 I wouldn’t be surprised what about h6 just waiting like Hedgehog
style maybe it’s a more difficult nut to crack okay so we see g6 very committal move
and in fact the engine immediately likes the e5 idea after g6 is played that
that’s an interesting thing here if we actually if we just go back here if e5
here this is not such problem dxe5 for example it’s not such a
problem surely in fact Ba6 looks a bit odd
but Black is more solid here. The f6 and h6 squares by contrast to the game
are sealed up here they’re not really available for parties but here after g6
now this this is just really it seems shaky after E5. Ok easy to say in
retrospect … Bishop c6 and was there anything better? it seems on dangerous
ground blacks position and Bishop c6 does increase White’s advantage
okay let’s go with dxe5 as an example fxe5 Bishop takes Knight takes. Is this playable? a6 Rc2. Red8. Is White’s advantage kept at bay?
White enjoys more space and maybe some maneuvers to attack the king here and
this D file I don’t know g5 looks like a totally outrageous idea mentioned here
but in principle the advantage okay if we go for a saner move in principle the
advantage isn’t too huge if there’s nothing too concrete here okay so anyway
in the game we see Bishop c6 so Magnus Carlsen now plays Bishop d4 just simply
reinforcing position even for more strengthening and strengthening has
been a major policy of this game to avoid any counterplay and surprises
from black Red8 and then Magnus Carlsen takes on c6 and he is not interested in
the forceful exd6.He is just interested in strengthening again.
e5. Aron Nimzovich would be proud. The over protection of e5 as a basis for
launching an attack later and in fact here the F file is being cleared away
for f7 to be a target now Knight e4 and here is where it becomes very very
difficult for black even though Queen c7 looks extremely tempting there’s the
probability now of b5 being effective once c4 is protected as it is now this
is a very very powerful move it seems because what about the e5 pawn? How is able to play this leaving e5
seemingly en prise well here a6 is mentioned pardon me a6 is mentioned here but in this in this position okay let’s just check that
out technically though just make absolutely sure White is threatening
now b5 – that’s a major threat in the position so Knight takes e5
b5 – let us explore this is that anything from black here – an exchange sacrifice idea? It’s not really perhaps that convincing this exchange sacrifice so that’s that’s
some and that’s good enough to prove an advantage here for white okay so he’s
able to now threaten b5 – so a6 and now he gets time actually to protect a
e5 with Nf2 – and again the question about e5 – And c4 is asked with this
move Bishop g5 – Was Judit Polgar really happy at this point or did she suspect there’s
something very suspect about this rook f1 and what can black do if the bishop is not
going to be used for Bishop d2 okay let’s just imagine blacks not interested
in giving up the bishop. Let’s go with King h8 for example what is the threat
here. Nfe4 is now on f7 it is too much to bear this f7 problem for example
rook takes rook takes … Knight d6 actually is a better way to get to f7.
And attack the rook and queen. In fact that’s enough not even needed to take on
f7 just forking those pieces so this this is pretty nasty here
it seems the bishop has to take as f7 under fire. It’s a double attack on g5 and
f7 in fact so committal okay now two possibilities so let’s see rook
takes c4 if this is taken there but we saw it in the game.Ne5 –
what is the problem of this again Knight d6 is the problem for King forking rook and
Queen it’s no good this position so in the game we saw Knight takes e5 and it
was demonstrated okay on on Bishop takes d2 Queen takes d2 okay slightly different
position now. On Bd2 Qd2 If Rxc4 here ..
what is happening? rxc4 Qxc4 Knight e4 again is powerful with the
threat of Knight d6 so if black uses a move to get something
done about Nd6 .. again Nd6 here Rc2 – Let’s have a look at this.Qf4. This f-file looks mega dangerous. In fact what can be done about f7 is White
actually crashing through – threatening mate seems useful but let’s go with
Bf2 – looks too dangerous to play and white does seem technically
better there’s also I think there’s a threat of night e8 now to get on to g7
that’s that’s the major threat to deal with. Okay let’s let’s go back we
saw Bishop x d2 – Queen takes D2 and not rook takes c4 but in fact Knight
takes e5 and this led to the forcing Bishop takes
e5 Queen takes e5 and now some punishment on these dark squares finally
even after White has given up his own dark square bishop the other pieces can work
a little dark squares rook d6 if if the Queen moves I think it would be slaughter time. Let’s have a quick look. Qd6 check Qc3 check. In this position
this looks crushing Queen f3 let’s go with that and what is the actual threat
here? just rook d1 to undermine f8 That pressure on f8 is a major threat
in this position so say Queen d8 Rd1 Queen e8 – I think White’s just
crashing through here it looks mega dangerous threats with Knight f7 now Nd6
too much so Judit Polgar’s move seems good in the circumstances rook d6 any move
virtually – check and we see rook takes f7 and Queen f2 very powerful moves liked
by Houdini Chess Engine here c5 another move very powerful now bxc5 – maybe is there any other
alternative taking the Queen rook takes leaves black
it seems actually with a miserable position here so Judit Polgar wanted to
avoid this but of course it looks like a winning
passed pawn here so fundamentally it’s lost in this position
so if we go to the game c5 or this. This is pretty bad as well this is even worse
to be fair because now with two rooks being installed on the seventh rank. It is just too much. Ng4 threatening Knight f6 and Rh7.
these checks are not really leading anywhere that good. Black is forced
to take now and have this dreadfully passive position it’s all over really
the king is really threatening King g5 to h6 I think major threat related. So
we see the King marching in like this I think it’s pretty hopeless to do anything
else if it for example check here king d6 – the King’s marching in King would just
come here and it’s all over in fact King can afford to do this and
come back so it’s it’s pretty much all over here. Okay Judit Polgar wasn’t given much counterplay and I think it is no wonder during Anatoly Karpov’s reign after 1975 the Bobby Fischer default he dominated many tournaments and he was a great fan of the
Maroczy bind actually against the Sicilian defense and there’s some games
for example in hastings congress he tamed some very dynamic attacking
players with the Maroczy bind and it seems it’s a favorite also of Magnus Carlsen, so Magnus has kind of has elements of a Karpov style quite often in his games so really
minimized the opponent’s counter play but I think his “hat” which one of his
trainers refers refers to as Carlsen’s hats – or styles of play really depends on
the opponent trying to get the right hat for the
right opponent like the right clothes to wear for the right weather. He wants to have the most appropriate style and against Judit Polgar it seemed this was the most
appropriate style it didn’t seem to have too much counterplay at any point in this
game but oh well chess is sometimes a very cruel game.
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99 thoughts on “Amazing Chess Game : Magnus Carlsen vs Judit Polgar – London Classic (2012) – English Opening

  1. Thanks for the usual brilliant analyses. There were some nice blunders between Mike and Luke on Saturday. Any comments ?

  2. Crusher, I love you man but it might have taken even Carlsen longer than ten seconds to find Rf1…just saying, I notice you do that a lot that's all.

  3. at 2:14 instead of playing e6 why not play e5 attacking the d4 knight and still planning for the pin at b4 once the knight retreats.

  4. If you actually THINK when you play, trying to use tactics and dynamic strategies, the board becomes a battleground for you and your opponent. You get that competitive high when you best your opponents by outplaying them.

  5. the maroczy kind position was supposed to be creepy and nver used too much in higher level practice for a long time…but magnus dusted it off , refined it and used commonly now a days..recently he used it against vishy in sicilian defense which gave him a amazin victiry against the world champion. Moreover magnus knows judit very well , even kasparov does and he clearly avoided judit's pet lines makin the position fairly closed and building a gud pawn centre ,later pushin it for space advantage

  6. its a game designed for people on the far right side of the bell curve. it is what it is, not for everyone..keep at your solitaire 😉

  7. Magnus took e5 with the f pawn to clear the f file for the rook and also to prevent the exchange of his minor piece for black's knight on D7, which has no squares to go to!

  8. this video seems to be a VIDEO. Take off the photo, put a chess table grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr UNSUSCRIBE

  9. They really just need to include a Carlsen multiplier in all of the engines…this move is this strong if you're making it…but it's this much stronger if Magnus makes it…

  10. You don't need to watch the 2nd part of the video, where he analyzes engine variations. I, and I'm sure some other subscribers only watch the first half where he takes us through the game, which is usually around that 15-20 minute mark you were hoping for.

  11. Great game and analysis, I liked your analysis method it's the same as mine – analyze it yourself, give your thoughts, then a second pass with Houdini to check both their and your accuracy, really good video!

  12. It is only boring if you don't know what is going on. It is actually fun once you understand how incredibly difficult it is and how original some ideas are.

  13. That's the kind of prejudice and arrogance that puts off many people from ever learning the game. Anyway, one doesn't have to be a GM or in tournaments to enjoy chess. The game has many benefits including improving memory, problem solving skills, concentration, focus, and pattern recognition. It also fosters sportsmanship .

  14. my real elo is only about 1700 (130 ecf) but did Judit have Rb5!? instead of h6?! … that jumped out at me, but although a4 would attack forcing Rxb4, the king has a tougher job infiltrating… maybe…?

  15. I noticed Magnus goes for the Maroczy Bind a lot. Is that like his idea to the progression of chess as opposed to trying to keep your two center pawns?

  16. People who find chess boring but who watch chess videos need to find something else that they might find interesting. Noughts and crosses videos perhaps?

  17. Is Ne5 by Polgar a good move from a strategic point of view? I've been playing sicilian for many years, though I haven't played against Maroczy bind much so I'm not sure, but that plan seems just anti-positional. Couldn't black just continue with moves like a6 and possibly Qc7 with b5 secured? Maybe even e5 at some point.

  18. True. However, nowhere near the level of mental effort that chess requires.

    I'm a major NFL fan, and the strategy that goes into it is pretty amazing. Yet, for the spectator, there's not nearly as much mental participation as there is in chess. Yes, you can see how the defensive line responds to the offensive line and what not, but that's still all there is to it.

  19. This game is incredibly instructive. Its almost safe to say that this game increased my rating.

  20. Good commentary. Haven't played through that many Carlsen games but from the ones I've seen this is pretty typical – grinding away accumulating small advantages that eventually add up to a win – impressive but not inspiring. Where are his brilliancies? Searching "Carlsen brilliancy" doesn't reveal many. Chess needs a new Tal.

  21. Well as always Carlsen is playing ''white'' I think if he is the best let him play with black all the time I don't think he can win then anymore.

  22. Wow..amazing…
    but is it real match between World Rank No.# 1 Man vs World Rank No.# 1 Women ??
    I want to see the real video ….

  23. You obviously don't understand chess. Firstly, Carlsen's games are full of brilliancies, he is one of the best attacking players around.
    Secondly, today's chess rarely allows for brilliancies of the romantic era as computer analysis and a massively expanding volume of theory means exploiting small weaknesses is the means to a win.

  24. Maybe masters and above can play against a Marocksy bind, but I avoid it like the plague.  I never seem to be able to find constructive moves w/ the d5 break being so difficult to achieve. 

  25. Magnus Carlsen Playlist:

    Join me for a game:

  26. Hello and thank you very much for your comments. (I don't speak english very well, but I understand very easily your comment!) (From Laurent (FRANCE))

  27. To the chap who asserted that chess is boring.  50% of the population is below average in intelligence, by definition.  It is that 50% who find chess boring.  For them I suggest checkers, or car theft video games.

  28. just proves,that chess is a mens game.Women doesn`t have the tactical gene in them.They`re better nursing and taking care of man and children,and stuff,but there`s a reason all great generals,and chess players are men.

  29. What is the difference between the win and the loss ?

    1. Having white advantage ?
    2. Ability to see further into the game ?
    3. Emotional intimidation of your opponent through force of personality ?
    4. Wearing down of opponent through applying continual pressure ?
    5. Physical stamina and good sleep beforehand ?

  30. Ok, hear me out I realize this could backfire but what about G7-g5 at 25:18, bishop withdraws and you can follow with H7-h76? No, I do not know.

  31. This players have only their being born with special intelligence for chess. What i like to view their games are those who can play very intelligent chess but they are not born as gifted child but ordinary and later develop. Mikhail Tal is one such kind. he has a mind develop later to become the best attacking grandmaster of chess. Tal and his kind shows that even ordinary mortals can become very good in chess depending on his development for the game. 

  32.    I found polgars …Bg5 but I didn't find carlesns Rf1 response I had Nfe4 which seems good to me if Bxd2 Nxd2 and black is weak on the dark squares and obviously…Nxe5 cant be played and whites knight on e4 threatens Nd6 then Rf1 anyway but can someone tell me why after ,,,Bxd2, Qxd2 why black cant play …Rxc4 as Qh6 followed by Ng5 doesn't seem like much cause of blacks f8 knight what am I missing    

  33. Polgar is an overpowered chess player! She is way underrated. I think since all the rankings are sexist you don't see her in the top 50 let's say, and she's not going in big competitions with players like Deep Blue ( a supercomputer ) and Garry Kasparov. She can beat Deep Blue, and maybe even Garry Kasparov. She can definitely lose to Garry Kasparov 2-3, and maybe tie 3-3. Beating Kasparov 3-2 will be hard, but I believe in Polgar. She can do it! Just cause she's a woman, doesn't mean she stinks. Magnus Carlsen is WAY better than her right now, because she didn't show her full potential or enter as much competitions. She was a bit serious this round and demolished Carlsen. She shall be respected greatly. You don't see this but if you did Judit </3

  34. Kingscrusher, thanks for doing these videos, watched a ton of them already, i find them informative and you seem like an all-right chap 🙂

  35. 21 year old Magnus vs the best female player of all time. Magnus is toying with her. What does that tell us about female chess players?

  36. f this was an actual game you're recreating, just play the game through and stop doing "what ifs".  Save that for instructional videos.

  37. I remember a game , Carlsen against Polgar 
    Carlsen touched and moved the wrong piece 
    then he suddenly  removed and back off …. trying to stand against Judith …she noticed it  and directly advised Carlsen …the game was over for Magnus …he wasn t happy …he just left  the room and didn t shake judith's hand 
    I 've got a problem with carlsen since that day
    fair play please

  38. 29:40 "waiting, like hedgehog style… " kc you are so awesome man i know this is an old vid but keep up the amazing work!!!!

  39. The g5 move by Black also allows the N on f8 to get to g6, if it is needed there later. g6 is not losing but it weakens for sure. In the Hedgehog, if Black plays moves like that it can actually become as difficult for White as White also has a lot of potential weaknesses. But the Maroczy still remains a strong weapon for GMs as among others, Karov, Fischer etc utilized it from time to time. I have tried it rather than the main lines such as the W side of the Sicilian and it seems to annoy those how like the tactical fluidity of say the Najdorf or the Dragon etc….

  40. The game was a good game Judith bogar played well I don't know what everybody's making a big deal about she even played well from a crowded weaker position to come back and win an extra time I think it was a great game regardless of who won Judit Polgar is a great player one of the best so it doesn't matter

  41. Yeah this was years ago and he barely won his world title in his defense this year and he's the highest rated player in a week World chest period in history if you compare Casper off and Fisher and carpets time the players of today don't even match up nowhere near those people put him back in that day with Mikhail Tal, Anatoly karpov, Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer, Tigran Petrosian, Paul Keries Bent Larsen, Viktor korchnoi then we'll see how he would do against that great great field of players the greatest of all-time field of players when computers weren't available to figure everything out like today's Grandmasters do

  42. An excellent narrator. If you've ever wanted to read "The Art of War," you can save yourself some reading by listening to the narrator's analysis of this or any game. Well done!

  43. An engine needs more than 5 seconds to give an accurate appraisal in many positions. I put this game into an old computer running an old engine and it thinks white has a clear advantage after 11.Bf4 (hovers around 0.50) This was after about 15 seconds. Also it preferred 7…Bb6 over 7…Be7 in it's opinion white already had a significant advantage at that point.

  44. Replayable game link: – Cheers, K

  45. If women are so much smarter than men, they do better in school and whatnot. Why do women not dominate men in chess? Mens physical advantage doesn't mean anything in chess, it's a mental game so why don't women mop the floor with men?

  46. Looking back at this game in retrospect, it was a defying moment in the battle of the sexes history as it ended Judith Polgars career permanently. Very easy to be top 10 when she did not even play regularly. Great vid KC!

  47. very nice and deep analysis but I was thinking at the moment of 11:05 what if white played

    Qe3 where pawn can not be taken on c4 so g5, Nf6+, Kg7, Qxg5+, Ng6, Be3 .. Bxf6, Qh6+, Kg8, Rxd7, Bg7, Rxc7, Bxh6, Rxc8+, Rxc8, Bxh6

    if Nxf6 then Qh6+, Kg8, Ng5 .. lets say Bd8 then Rf1, Qxe5, Rxf6 and if Qxe3+ king escapes and white mates so Qxf6, Qxh7+, Kf8 and finally Rf1 where its either lost of queen or mate

  48. Fischer once declared he could beat any woman player in the world at knight odds…then quickly did a double take when the
    Russians challenged him to a match with the then woman world champion,Nona Gaprindashvili for a sizeable purse.

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