Amazing Chess Game: Magnus Carlsen’s beautiful Queen Sacrifice game at age of 12! (

Amazing Chess Game: Magnus Carlsen’s beautiful Queen Sacrifice game at age of 12! (

Morning all, I found a very interesting historical game of Magnus Carlsen when he was just 12 years old. It was in the Politiken cup of 2003, played
in Copenhagen and his opponents was Hans K. Harestad. Okay so Magnus kicks off with e4 and Hans
played e5 after Nf3, Nc6 we see Ruy Lopez, Magnus retreats the bishop. The most standard move rather than the exchange
variation. Off the castles b5 here. That Be7, after Re1 black plays d6. So, no Marshall gambit or anything here is
planned, just d6. So c3 now and black castles. After h3 black plays Na5. It’s all standard kind of move so far. Black is often stretching on the Queen side
with c5 off the moving this Knight and indeed that’s what happens
Here c5, d4, Qc7. Magnus proceeds with Nbd2. Black encourages now the closing of the center
with Nc6. Now often this move is a little bit controversial
sometimes. Because black later can just move that night
back and maybe use the c5 square. So sometimes players keep the tension here. Magnus chooses to play d5 here though and
now a4, Ra7 indirectly now protecting the rook so that ab, Queen is protecting the rook. Nf1, the Knight ventures may be on a journey
usually to g3 or e3 and if5. G6 weakening some dark squares, but discouraging
this journey in advance for a knight to come to f5 and also maybe g6 could be useful for
a later f5 from black. For the moment though the bishop kicks the
Rook on f8 to the 8th and now Ng3. Okay after d7, Magnus now plays Nh2. With this space advantage here, it seems easier
for white to try and play on the King side for the moment. Black buttons down the hatches with f6. Possibly against f4. So, it seems blacks preparing for the worst. Be3 takes the bishop out of the opponent’s
territory back in territory and maybe the idea now is f4 and maybe f5 potentially. Okay it also means that on the other side
of the board, b4 might also be painful for black at some point, for this diagonal here. So, it’s keeping some flexibility by doing
that retreat. Nb6, is the bishop a target for Nc4 now? Well actually axb5 is played, axb5 and Bd3
covers that c4 square and not minding exchange of rooks here. Black plays Bd7 and now Qd2. Okay Nf7, so that’s one point if the bishop
would remain on h6, it would have been a target anyway for that Knight coming to f7. White takes on a7 now and place Queen e2 targeting
b5, black protects b5. So, it’s sort of, these pieces are quite flexible
it seems. The Knights are ready to pounce on the King
side. Ng4 okay, Nh6 needs to be considered now by
black. Black covers up the h6 square with Kg7. Now we see Bc1 which protects b2, maybe prophylaxis
against the Queen invasion or Knight a4 or Nc4 that the b2 pawn is not so vulnerable. Na4 is played here attacking b2 anyway. Let me see Bc2, okay rook a8 and now Queen
e3, looks like a strange battery. You usually want your Bishop in front of the
Queen not the Queen pointing a square. Which is already protected by the Knight. So, you might think this is quite strange
to play Qe3. On the other hand, Nh6 could drive away the
defensive Knight for a moment. So that can be taken into account. So c4 is played here and that Rf1 indicating
that maybe an access route to the King will be the f pawn or maybe even f5. So, these options of using the f pawn. Black has basically released some of the tension
with that c4 pawn move. So, giving white a potentially freer hand,
but is black trying to make use of c5 in this position or reroute the bishop? Is it dangerous to reroute the bishop? Is Bishop needed defensively? Nc5 makes use of that dark square. Now Nh6 drives away the defensive Knight somewhere. It goes aggressively though into whites, near
White’s position with Ng5. Eyeing h3 as well. Now here interestingly Magnus plays f4 and
after e takes, he doesn’t play Rxf4 here, he plays Qxf4, which seems to be setting himself
up for a cheap tactic which black plays, a cheapo tactic. Bxh3 with the idea that now if g takes of
course there’ll be a knight fork, which will be very embarrassing for the 12-year-old. But the 12-year-old has something in mind
here, a beautiful conception actually, a very beautiful conception from this position. Getting a lot of new access routes open to
the black King and it starts off with the move Qh4. So, this pawn sacrifice, what is it gained? Well its gain time here to start off with. Because Queen on h4 is protecting now the
knight and Bxg5 seems to be threatening with Queen takes holding on to the Knight. So, the bishop scurries back to d7 and now
we see a kind of Penrose versus Tal situation. Where Penrose spectacular bid defeated Tal
in one of the Olympiads with a formatic break in the center and namely e5, it looks a little
bit like that. Look at these bishops down the blacks King
side. Look at g5, g6 there’s a lot of scrutiny being
placed in fact on the black King side after this move. And that scrutiny is about to increase greatly. So black clearly cannot take here unless Bxg5,
so he tries the other pawn. Okay now can you guess what Magnus plays in
this position if I give you 10 seconds starting from now. Okay you want to rip open these lines like
this diagonal. He plays on the first course is a Nh5++. So, he sacrifices his Knight, a bit like Mikhail Tal would. You might wonder what the exact purpose is
and so did black and it would seem unwise to do anything apart from take this Knight,
stepping in with a king doesn’t seem such a hot idea. Because for example and without checking this
with the engine at this point, the discovered check here seems a bit lethal with Bxg5, holding
on to f6 seems very damaging. But I will check in the second pass various
possibilities. Here black took on h5 wondering what will
be next and can you guess what Magnus played in this position? So, you might want to pause the video will
just take ten seconds to guess. So, ten seconds starting from now. Okay Magnus plays Qxg5++, Queen sacrifice. Not too many possibilities for black here
other than to accept. If Kf8 then surely Qg8 is mate. If Kh8, then surely Kf7 is mate. So, can’t really be declined here it would
seem. So black takes that and now another forcing
move with a check, Rf7++ and it doesn’t matter where the King goes now, it took on h6. If it goes to h8 there’s a similar ending
and here the game ended with Rxh7#. A beautiful game for Magnus when he was just
12 rated on the FIDA ratings scale just 2385, which is pretty high for a twelve-year-old,
2385 not bad, better than most club players FIDA ratings I think. So, his opponent Hans was 2249 and so was
blown away in the Ruy Lopez. Let’s have a look again at this game with
engine inspection just to see what was going on from an engine point of view. So standard Ruy lopez. Let’s skip this
opening book scenario. Okay now here d5, engine actually likes d5
closing up the position. It might be in this exact position the move
to play. In some circumstances d5 is not so attractive. But here maybe it is the move to play. Okay now a4, so Knight is a little bit passive
on d8 and the bishops hand in on e7. So, I think White’s here is doing well according
to engine, it’s like doing a small advantage and now after that g6 even better. Okay Nh2, Bishop coming back to e3 good move
here. Because this f6 had set up on Nf7, so Bishop
comes out of harm’s way in advance. Okay now takes on b5, no it doesn’t take on
a7, he plays Bd3 now. He’s trying to provoke black to fix the pawns
on the Queen side with c4 soon. So, to release that tension on the Queen side,
then he wouldn’t have to worry about the Queen side so much. So white is still doing okay. Now we see this Qa6 not playing c4 just yet. Covering h6 with the king. Okay, Bc2 and it looks technically as though
blacks equalized. But from a human point of view there looks
to be danger here, look at these dangerous pieces. Basically, essentially, they are looking at
the black King. They’re a bit blocked in by this pawn, this
c1. But these Knights are looking to pounce. It looks dangerous from a human perspective
I believe this position. So Qe3, now c4, so is black really making
use of that c5 square? Rf1, it’s funny the engine lights Ba4, this
is a beautiful attacking piece later. What a tragedy it would have been to be given
away that bishop here. So Rf1, Nc5, now Nh6 after Ng5. I think the engine changing its tune off to
f4. Starting to realize the dangers here. If Nd8, let’s have a quick look. Now here there’s Nhf5++, what’s going on here? If we take Qh6, Nh5, Nxf6, Q takes, exf5 crushing
position. Threat, Qg6, there’s numerous threats. Let’s carry on a bit
and it’s a Crushing position. So, this kind of blow the Knights, it is very
interesting to consider and look at that Bishop again, beautiful, beautiful bishops. An extra piece here basically in terms of
the pawn. Let’s continue this if black doesn’t sacrifice
a piece or let’s go with this. Bd1 coming in like this. I think we get the picture that it’s basically
carnage. Okay carnage. So basically, Ng5 blocking the diagonal and
you might think well hang on, what about h4? Is black really going to play Kxh6? Let’s have a quick look and h4. Was that really the cunning idea of the 2249
or black to play the cheeky Kxh6, engine likes it. What would happen here after after hxg5 –
blocked up or locked up. So h4 might not be the best. So, Magnus doesn’t bring the Knight back though. He plays Ng4 again. It’s not really accurate it seems. Qb6 on this superficial analysis. So, he just leaves that Knight there, he plays
f4 and let’s have a look at this. What is going on here? Now if Rxf4, haven’t we again got Kxh6. Cheeky, after h4 again Kg7 and again block
targets. In the wrong hands this position gets blocked
up basically. In the hands of a genius, this position it
doesn’t. So Qxf4 is the move here and you might wonder,
well hang on Kxh6 here, lets have a quick look. In this position h4 is where the difference
isn’t it? If the king scurries back isn’t that going
to hg in Qf7? So, let’s have a quick look at Kg7, hg here,
g takes and it’s some differences here. Nh5++, what is going on here? Qg5++. Queen takes, Rook takes, e5 here again opening
up that beautiful bishop and this is technically good for white. So, because perhaps a lot of calculation this
sort of game, anyway you get the picture that White’s doing very well here. So okay, so black didn’t want to take over
the King. So, we get the idea that h4 is strong there. Black took on h3, which is a source of tempo
game after Qh4 – that’s he strong move approved by Houdini as well. Bishop goes back and then we get this e5,
which at the moment it looks as though Be3 is also strong. But then e5 is checked out on a certain depth
with this Knight sack idea. So, this really tears apart from this position,
the black King side. If you look at it, these pieces, I just fell
on the wrong side of the board, aren’t I? You’ve got major attacking pieces on this
side of the board, two knights, queen and two bishops. It’s just right for just ripping blacks King
position apart. So, it’s done so with the Penrose Tal type
move e5 in the Center as a classic Benoni game, which I’d suggest you look up if you
haven’t seen it already. So dxe5, then check is one of the crushing
moves here. Okay so in this position if King takes, as
I mentioned I think check, let’s have a check there. Bxg5 is strong. If h5 here, Knight takes, Bishop takes, this
is all really strong stuff. So, blacks in real trouble. His cheapo has been taken against him for
tempo gain for this crushing combinatory finish with Qxg5, that’s the move; forced mate. I hope you enjoyed that. Comments or questions on YouTube, thanks very much. [Captions By Wonder_Designer @fiverr]

100 thoughts on “Amazing Chess Game: Magnus Carlsen’s beautiful Queen Sacrifice game at age of 12! (

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  2. My advice- great video- for beginners like me… It would be much more easier if you slow down the pace each piece is move on opposite side. I have a chessboard beside me watching this video- but I had to keep on stop start the pause button because of the pace. It would give me and hopefully others the chance to reflect and understand the development and build-up of the play much better in this sense… Many thanks

  3. The bishop can be an easily declined sacrifice, The has the king in check therefore he must move or take the queen. If he moves the king to the two squares available then it's checkmate.
    If the bishop tried to sacrifice himself then black has the chance to retreat his king.

  4. Which engine did you use for analysis? Could you suggest some websites I could play and improve. I already know about Baba Chess and

  5. you say if the king dropped back to h8 you would have a similar ending but the rook can't come to f8 because a8 would capture him, and if he takes h7 the black king could just go g8. i can't seem to figure out a forcing mate after king h8. am i missing something?

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  7. Thank you so much for showing the game before showing the variations. I love watching a straightforward game like this.

  8. couldn't black have played bxg4 at any time, shutting that aggressive knight out of the game? Seems like it would've worked alright, given that black's white square bishop did not do a lot in that game

  9. Somewhere in the world there is a 3 yr old waiting to become the next world champion. We just have to find him. Or her.

  10. Magnus Carlsen Playlist:

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  11. These kinds of games show off his attacking genius, he's such an inspirational player! It would be awesome to see him become world champion, even if not this year.

  12. magnus   has  great  mentality   and  psychology   to play the game  i saw  him playing  kasparov  wandering  from the board  watching other game as  if  he was  playing normal  person  that was  when  he was  kid  now  he is playing anand  the same  way   looks  very  comfortable  in his  seat  putting   his  legs  almost  over the board  …this is  the perfect  way to play  chess "  keep fighting   keep  your mind  with the game  and  keep  your  self   way from  what you are  doing " 

  13. 32. Bxh3? according to Houdini was a blunder as it produced an enormous shift in the game in White's favor according to the numbers (It went from +0.04 to +2.75 after that 1/2 move!!! No other move produces such a large decisive shift in the game) . It's wasn't his "beautiful" Queen sacrifice that cause white to win, rather blacks blunder. Such is life, one usually profits more from the mistakes of others than his own genius…

  14. Bxh3, your "cheap trick", is just a blunder that immediately lost the game.
     The Queen sac was obvious … that's not where Magnus showed his skill here.

  15. Thanks for the game, it's very good, but there is no queen sacrifice, so thumbs down. It's a mate in 3, not a sacrifice.

  16. Your British voice is sooooo soothing! I dare everyone to have this video in the background while you lie down in bed and NOT fall asleep! Go ahead! Try it right now!

  17. Fischer famously said that playing the Spanish Game (Ruy Lopez) is like milking a cow.  Evidently our new World Champ was an expert milker at the age of 12!

  18. the dark square bishop coming back to e3 from h6 in reply to black's move f6 is primarily to avoid g5 on which the bishop is trapped..if white plays h4 black's reply would be Nf7 w-hxg5 b- fxg5 and the dark bishop of white is gone..

  19. Of course black sees the mate after the queen sacrifce – but lets him play on until mate to let the 12 year old shine:) Like Byrne did with Fischer in his queen sac game.

  20. why do all the chess videos do the 10 seconds stuff…if i wanted to guess what he did id pause myself i want you to show me 

  21. i love when they play chess everybody gets to set up their respective stuff whatnot. then I go cool I learned something go to play anyone and then by 3rd move of the game I am 5 moves behind tempo and getting my whole line demolished screaming fuck this dumass game and all the nerds who are good at it!!! seriously haha. 

  22. well . after the forced check by the rook following the queen exchange, why did the black king capture the knight, he could have easily gone to H8 and save his day. :/

  23. I wonder how far into the strategy Carlsen saw? Surely had a plan that an attack like that was what he wanted but obviously the moves only opened up as the game progressed. I think once the pawn moved to e5 that is when he had the strat locked down

  24. this type of chess is so freaking boring. It's lost in its positional philosophy. It's not about mating the opponent's king, it's about moving pieces around and see who can build the most solid defence. After hours of boredom and torture finally somebody makes a mistake and the other one wins. Wow. 

    Long live Tal, Morphy, Fisher…they were fantastic. For real.

  25. As someone who isn't exactly a master at chess or anything: from what I understand, it's bad play to move a piece twice in the opening. Here Carlsen moves his bishop three times, and his rook twice (although that's counting the castling). Can anyone explain why he would do that? I get that he's moving his bishop out of danger, but why put it in that position in the first place?

  26. As you can see from the computer analysis, the Queen sacrifice IS a forced mated. A brilliant game, but a forced mate like that is something any 2000+ rated player could spot. So I've seen more daring queen sacrifices.

  27. If white's queen bishop is so powerful in these lines of the Lopez, why doesn't black play an early b5 and Na5 exchanging the bishop off. That would then seem to make  the whole point of playing 3.Bb5  a complete waste of time.

  28. Magnus' game is clever on several levels. His black bishop defends on B2 and attacks on H6, his white bishop defends by containing White's knight and attacks on H7. By creating a weakness on his Queen's side he invites Black to move his pieces away from his King. Such maturity of vision, great strategy and brilliant tactics.

  29. Love your videos kc, very well made, especially like how you show the different permutations of the positions, really insightful for someone who's learning how to appreciate chess. cheers

  30. Woow. I mean I don't understand much of Chess other than the one or two videos that I've watched lately but boy I can tell that's some brilliant brilliant thinking going on there.

  31. Replayable game link:
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