Amazing Game: World Chess Ch. 2013 – Game 9: Vishy Anand vs Magnus Carlsen : Nimzo-Indian Defense

Amazing Game: World Chess Ch. 2013 – Game 9: Vishy Anand vs Magnus Carlsen : Nimzo-Indian Defense

Hi all, I am very pleased to say that today’s
game was enormously exciting and interesting. Fantastic dynamics of chess pass pawns, King
safety, attack and counter-attack. It had everything, this game. Vishy Anand playing white against Magnus. Kicked off with d4. I had my good friends Paul Georghiou and Alex Ethelontis for live commentary. There’s a very extended detailed three hour
version of this video for the live commentary. So I’m just going to try and summarize some
of the key ideas and findings and let’s see. So Nf6 was chosen by Magnus and we saw c4,
e6. I was expecting maybe Queens engine is very
very popular at GM. They’re wanting more pop than just playing
them Nc3. It’s actually the more mainline move now is
the Queen’s engine of winning the pin, which Nc3 implies. So we seen Nc3. So we are into the nimzo-indian defense. Named after Aron Nimzowitsch. One of the leading hyper modernist . It seems
the hyper modernist actually have a lot to do with this match. Because in the earlier games we saw the Reti,
after Richard Reti, another hyper modernist But Nimzowitsch is pet line here. Bb4. First thing to double whites pawns. Giving up the bishop pair voluntarily and
there’s Rubenstein’s movies is e3 and thats actually I think the most played for our history
is e3. It’s very solid move. Qc2 is one of Kasparov’s favorite moves. Nf3 is another popular choice. But we saw f3, which is also very very interesting
move and the idea is usually to try and construct the sensor and kick the bishop, not you know
play another pawn move to get this Center strengthens with the doubling of pawns, so
it can be seen as an advantage if the pawn here is supporting d4. Magnus chooses the main line move, which is
d5 and we see a3 and there is a minor option for Be7, which is sometimes being played. But this is the main, we’ll just take on c3. Bxc3 and our c5 mainline we’re following,
here it gets a little bit interesting after cxd5 that are usually its Nxd5. We had also anticipating Nxd5. In my live book it’s over 800 games with that
and ed which was played is actually about quarter 211. Just a quarter. So exd was played. If we have a quick look just to show you,
Nxd5 and usually it’s dxc5 now and this sort of game could occur usually where White’s
slightly better overall. That supposed to be White’s got a slight edge
in this variation. But in fact we saw Magnus plane exd5 and it’s
got a really really radical idea to keep blacks pawn chain together. We’re about to see after e3 that usually players
don’t like to release the tension here. The most common move is actually just to castle,
keeping this kind of central tension you know when will black play cxd4. You know what will be the most appropriate
time. So that tension is kept and white doesn’t
really want to play dxc5 here, use these fragmenting as pawns even more and so the most usual move
is castling. For example like Bd3, b6 you see that the
central tension here is kept. But what we see is a rather, it took myself
and Paul, i’ve coming to all of us back basically to see this move, which is in my life but
is anything played 30 times, c4, it’s releasing the tension. Okay to depriving the bishop of d3. But even more popular again is Qc7, just keeping
the tension. I think it castles or Qc7. But c4, bit of a surprise. Only 30 games talking about in Live Book compared
to like 136 of casteling. It just looks like, at one level it looks
as though a move which maybe Club players that not that experienced sometimes release
the tension Center and they get roles later with this e4, e5 in principle. If that’s prepared it is like either to go to e5 Or just to smash the pawn chain, but
there’s some very interesting ideas behind it now. It marks the b3 square. That’s one thing it does it also creates this
kind of pull majority on the queenside. Which can be potentially rolling later. So there’s various implications of that and
part of that is you know this rook could be used long as sixth rank. White’s got that a2 square for his rook sometimes
to go to f2. That’s quite a common attacking idea in this
strong position though as well to consider. So the move, the main move in this position
is Ne2 and it looks as though we were discussing you know Ng3 potentially with evil might be
through the interruptive h5 and that’s where I think I predict in advance, but would happen
now after Nc6 if we go for Ng3 straight away, let’s put on Kabitz here. We’re kind of out most of the book. So if we went for Ng3 here, it might not be
out of the question to play h5. In fact he likes h5 here, pardon me. H5 just trying to chase this Knight away. So white white will never easily get this
part of e4. I’m not entirely sure how white would proceed
in this position in fact. So Vishys’ move, it looks a bit crazy I think
to a lot of people. But in the circumstances with the sensual
tension released like this, this is a lot more justified. Factoring White’s got the bishop pair as well,
he plays actually g4 and I kind of anticipated this. Because now any h5 can be responded to with
g5 and we still trying to get this Ng3. So we want our cake and eat it. We want to support e4 without this hassle
of h5 h4. It looks a bit strange to be creating weaknesses
in principle though and from an engine point of view this position is actually, it seems
to, engine seem to like black. But in terms of you know play and possibilities,
I think most humans would generally prefer white coming up. Because it’s sometimes unpleasant to have
to have this fear that you’re going to get mate at any time and it was kind of clear
actually Magnus Carlson himself said he did fear in this game possibility of getting mated. This is a very very sharp position indeed. You know the pawns of the soul of chess are
choice of openings helps determine the pawn structure. We’ve got other imbalances going on. It’s not just the pawn structure here. We’ve got other imbalances the bishop pair
and this central tension release. We’ve got different space attributions here,
blacks got more space on the Queen side. Pawn majority here vs the two pawns. There’s a ton of imbalances to try and work
around here. So it’s kind of really really a murky position
to try to assess correctly and the tiniest nuances might change you know who’s actually
better here. So we see black just castling into it. Magnus just castles into it, he just castles
here. So he doesn’t seem to mind these possibilities
of you know Ng3 and g5 later. He has the king there with white having the
bishop pair. But if white plays Ng3, this might not be,
it’s probably going to transpose into what happened anyway. White played Bg2 a viable just option. He wants to try and castle Kings side. So Bishop g2 gets on with now technically
can castle if he wants and in fact after Na5, white just immediately castles. He’s got Ng3 and he has one set now. Now the knight comes to b3 and we see this
Ra2 move. So white doesn’t mind losing actually the
dark squared bishop here. Is it good to take? Well let’s give an example. If this is taken, that’s a kind of tension
release as well. Instead of continually asking the question,
is the bishop going to take, when’s the most effective time take. It’s a kind of tension release in its own
right and white is still going to end up playing for e4 after some preparation like h3. So for example or maybe even like this just
to go with g5 and then maybe even consider okay, e4 here and then we’ve got Ng3. This looks comfortable for white to get this
seemingly you know thematic break in the center here. But unless there’s any like concrete mating
method you know blacks position care can be seen at all. Well I think that’s that’s pot a lot of what
Magnus Carlson was saying. He’s trying to just calculate well with black
here and make sure you know he wasn’t going into a dire state of king safety. So let’s see in the game we see after this
Ra2, the tension is maintained here of you know take the bishop at the right time. Magnus plays b5 and I did actually predict
this kind of plan believe it or not in advance that a5 would be useful for Ra6. It’s very rare to get this kind of operation
on the sixth rank. It comes out something like things like the
Budapest gambit. Now sometimes the whole third rank is clear. But here we’ve got Knight on f6. But here with this space gained, it’s another
idea, two ideas also b4 trying to, either undermine the pawn structure. But even a more quiet plan just try to generate
a pass pawn on the Queen side is actually a really viable plan. You know even just b3. So let’s see what happens. Ng3 now is played. There’s a enormous number of attacking possibilities
to consider here. Let’s just briefly look at g5. It would sing for example Nh5 might be a nuisance
just to stop white using the f4 square. E4, a5 and now the whole third rank is clear
and this kind of position is going to be a hard map nut to crack. How do we get actually concretely at blacks
King? But blacks also got to worry about the d4
if pawn. But it seems that if there’s no clear way
through, then black seems solid enough here. So okay in the game though, okay after b5
we see Knight, instead of g5 we see Ng3. So g5 has been kept in reserve here. There’s also by having the pawn on g4, there’s
a possibility of N f5 even or h3 and next then e4, e5. A lot of dangerous possibilities. In fact after a5, we see g5. So the knight on g3 prevents that night h5
possibility in advance. So chasing light back, where does it want
to go? It actually goes to e8 and it looks as though,
it looked for a while as if a defensive idea in this position is trying to blockade potentially
one day on f5 with an idea of like g6, Fincham seemed like just to control that f5 square. It’s interesting to consider. If for example f4 and how does this actually
work here? Maybe it’s unnecessarily weakening dark squares
to play g6. Engines actually suggests f5 here. So black has to be kind of careful, if g6
this might actually give away a very strong initiative with e4. So black has to be playing very precise defensive
moves. I think that’s one of the things Magnus emphasize,
that he had to play, like Trump play only moves a lot of the time. But anyway so Ne8, we see at e4 instead of
f4 and now the bishop might be threatening in some lines to come to f4. Which could be quite dangerous. There’s actually Bf4 is actually a very nice
move its own right. Just to make that Knight kind of spectator
piece dare I say. Dare I say the term ‘spectator piece’. But it would be a bit of spectator if the
bishop was on f4, that could be useful for attacking on the dark squares later. So it’s at this moment before the bishop has
a chance to make an appearance there that it’s actually snapped off. Now Nxc1 is played by Magnus. Qxc1 and we see this defensive rook move which
has been afforded by b5 and a5. So the rooks seeing through across that six
rank here defensively. Very interesting position indeed. There’s tons of analysis of possible attacking
scenarios in the live commentary video, if You’ve got three hours or some time or more
to go through that. It’s quite fascinating. But let’s see what was was chosen on move
18 it was now e5 was chosen. So this pawn could also be a target though
to this fianchettoed bishop at any time. That’s another thing to bear in mind. That d5 is also like a target. It’s reinforced a little bit with Magnus’s
next move, which not only reinforces it, but also there’s a possibility of using either
e6 or e8 if there’s some trouble ahead on g7 and after f4 now, okay pressure being put
on d5 and also this idea that f5 and potentially f6 is dangerous or like this like Nh5, all
of these are like storm clouds brewing and Magnus is soon to describe these pawns as
menacing. That’s the adjective being used for these
pawns. Once they are together there, e5, f5, g5,
this set of free menacing pawns is about to appear. So what does Magnus do? He has to create count play in this position. Otherwise he is just going to roll over on
the King side. What’s the nature of the counter play. It is exceptionally interesting and also surprising
and shocking in a way. Because it seems exceptionally humble to be
honest, the way he played this position. If you follow nimzowitsch my system, there’s
a school of thoughts, which is about pawn chain undermining and it would seem one obvious,
fairly obvious plan for black. Especially the Knight on c7, is this idea
of unwinding the pawn chain at it’s exploitable base and that could be followed by Nb5, if
the bishop is there to for a Rook exchange and we could carry on trying to undermine
this pawn chain and maybe even play things like Qb6. It looks like a kind of French defense classic
strategy. But what we get is a very surprising twist
indeed coming up. We get b4 here, sure it looks as though it
might be that plan. White takes on b4 here. There’s various other possibilities of course. Perhaps interesting is just to play f5 and
get along with your attack and try to allow bxc3 to happen, sorry f5 here. Sorry f4, b4, if f5 had been played here just
trying to ignore blacks undermining, you know we’re getting really an exceptionally dangerous
looking attack on the dark squares around the King here, especially that g7 target. It’s fascinating to consider the scenarios
here. So this is officailly didn’t take on b4. For example here if bxc3, f6, g6 this is really
testing this g7. It just looks quite dangerous. But if there’s nothing concrete, if the Knights
ready to defend g7 and the King might move if neither at some point, is it as dangerous
as it actually looks? So anyway in the game we actually saw axb4,
axb4 and pair of rooks come off. Rxa6 and here is kind of a surprising move. I think we were really expecting Bxa6 and
because we wanted the knight to be like playing a potentially defensive role for e6 to be
able to protect g7. But what we saw in the game was a little bit
of a surprise, Nxa6. So it looks as though the Knights a little
bit further from the King here. But it does this Bishop all the time, it hasn’t
moved. But it’s doing a useful job on this diagonal. But now here is the time and move 20 to where
we get this set of free absolutely menacing looking pawns. So f5, it just looks as though Magnus is facing
his king is facing the firing squad. If you look at this rooks extending in scope,
the Queen’s got some aggressive squares to jump round, the pawns are threatening f6,
the Knights a little bit further from the defense. So it looks as though is Magnus really, is
he really playing like this? This is unbelievable and what’s really the
humbling strategic choice, I think a lot of Club players would be think, would have been
thinking about undermining pawn chain. But clearly because of the Nxa6 not, you know
there’s no possibility of Nb5 immediately to press on these pawns, this pawn chain undermining
strategy is totally being bypassed in favor of something which is seemingly not as significant
and maybe give away a lot of attacking prospects. Black instead bypasses this opportunity to
bite on the chain and plays what engines really like here. Which is just b3. Of course Magnus in a couple of earlier games
has won games with pass pawns. But here is his King safety is at stake here
to generate this pass pawn here. It’s an outside pass pawn. But what is it actually doing? There is a very very famous nimzowitsch quotation,
a profound one. The threat is stronger than the execution. So even though it might not actually be fretting
at the moment to Queen, its potential to threaten to Queen could actually tie down valuable
resources of white. If white tries to start to blockade away from
the attack, as soon as he pays attention to this potential Queen, Queen and pawn, you
know you can say goodbye to his attack. So this is the point where I think a lot of
thought was spent maybe about thirty minutes here on this next move and it kind of ignores
the potential danger of the passport for a moment. Qf4 is played. Of course it’s very very tempting to consider
other moves, like f6 as an attacking try. Nh5 as an attacking try. Do these work? I mean only I think extensive analysis on
this position will determine is whites attack actually winning here potentially on King’s
side. Certain depth with the limited engine power
at the moment. Depth 20 talking Houdini, it’s not really
finding anything concrete here after Nh5. Let’s see Nc7, what concrete attack is there? If we try and you know go for a hack attack,
take rudimentary attack like this, it can just be taken a black and always sites that
now with Kh8 and Rg8. That’s part of the story of blacks you know
defensive resources and the other thing is the knight is really only two squares away
and we considered that this move Qf4 had a certain cleverness to it that if the knight
really wants to come here by keeping the pawn there for a moment longer instead of committing
to f6, then it’s stopping that sort of defensive reaction, Nc7 to e6. But of course there’s always
This square. But we to be honest didn’t consider e8 as
a defensive method. Is it, intuitively it’s like imprisoning one’s
own rook on f8. But on the other hand weight has to be given
to this pawn, it’s kind of tying down an entire rook. Whites only with one rook down or two. So this rook is the one keeping eye on the
pawn if needed. As the Queen’s kind of gone away from the
pawn, the pawns potential threat to Queen, the threat is strongly execution. The pawn is there as a real major concern
in the background of all these attacking variations, the shadow of this b pawn and in fact the
knight kind of did its job in getting that pawn there and now makes a defensive retreat
to c7. Which gives it the opportunity of either e8
or e6 to be able to try and defend g7, which was looking extremely critical in many of
the variations and in fact now we see a slight test of this, f6 is played and I’m pretty
sure we’re reaching an only move scenario it would seem with very few moves available. If gxf6 in a position just to show, Nh5, it
just looks exceptionally dangerous. But I mean for example fg, it just looks incredibly
dangerous, but does black have actually defensive resources. I mean these sort of variations were looked
at, this is Rg8 here, it doesn’t mind about losing the exchange. He has got this huge pass pawn here, so he
can afford things like this. If Qh6, Rg7, if he just wins, if white just
wins the exchange that’s kind of the end of the attack. Blacks actually going to be hugely better
here with the possibility of b2 and Bf5 at some point or even just Nb3 as a pawn chain
attack as well. So what is black actually threatening? Well things like Bishop moving in a Nd5. So this kind of attack doesn’t seem to work
here, even gxf6 might actually be pliable. It’s incredible to consider. But g6 looks like an idea and Ne8 needs to
be considered as a defensive resource. But g6 was played and here okay we’ve got
this potentially losing square to be mating the King. But we’ve also got this h-file. If white can arrange something like this,
the problem with these scenarios of trying to double on the H file against h7, okay prevents,
if we’ve got Queen on h6 we’re preventing h5 comeback. But this pawn, the shadow of the pawn is always
there. We’re gonna have to do something spectacular
like allow the pawn to Queen to give this a little bit more time potentially. It all about time, a lot of attacking plants
can be seen to be too slow if put under the scrutiny of full resources that black has
at his disposal. We see vishy trying in this play Qh4, it’s
kind of going all in this attack. Now if he kind of plays Ne2, that might signal
the end of his attack really. But it does keep some flexibility you know
maybe later the Knight, if the queen moves and put pressure on d5. But black might just you know play Ne6 and
if we’re going like this, this is a kind of lovely blockade now and black starts to be
more than okay with moves like Qa5 or Qb6. Apparently this is absolutely, well the queen
is just not coordinating with the Rook to do something on h7. We’ve got a blockade on e6. Where’s the attack so it’s difficult to imagine
this can be anything but much better for black so white has to really try something he goes
all-in with Queen h4 and it seemed like a crude plan of attack Queen h6 rook f4 rook
h6 has vichy been seeing too many of my free minute videos let’s find out so the first
surprise here though is that the rook is voluntarily in prisons with Knight e8 let’s let’s imagine
96 was played for moment ancients don’t really like my e6 in fact this is funny imprisoning
the rook would seem like a paradoxical idea you don’t like to usually as a general rule
in prison your own pieces but it turns out that 96 the engine evaluation is like plus
13 it looks as though bat black is had it after my e6 but often it8 it should black
should be okay so what why is there this big disparity between 96 and 98 let’s have a look
so Queen h6 be to try to tie down the rook why it doesn’t care about that rook have four
so if the knight takes we just mate on g7 we Queen here Bishop f1 and how does black
actually stop rock h4 and we saw some of these variations convinced is Magnus going to lose
today is going to get mated today how does black actually stop this sort of thing you
know if if King h8 this doesn’t help we just play rook h4 here how does how is h7 defended
there’s no nuisance moves On the back row here Queen e1 we just play
rule page 4 there’s a token check either King h1 or King g2 King h1 the checks just run
out here because Bishop g2 Queen d1 might have one face very much even though black
screen up he’s helpless here it’s actually a forced mate in five queen h5 doesn’t help
takes take Bishop h3 where we’re now for ending Bishop f5 mating on h7 again I know this is
absolutely crazy stuff but let’s say Bishop d7 there’s not just the Fred Bishop f5 Bishop
f5 or Bishop tasty six is actually both they’re both mate in freeze if Bishop f5 you know
we’re just getting this mate like this so all the difference in the world is within
believe it or not it seems on on brief inspection here with engines some of the strongest engine
in the world it seems Magnus’s move here Knight EA might be B only move in the position to
avoid getting crushed on the H file to avoid being Kings crushed can I say on the H file
98 a spectacular defense and how many pieces have been used by black being moving this
game this Bishop seems to have not moved in this game I’m not sure if the Queen’s moved
at all in this game so these two have just been standing still this one’s been imprisoned
and all for an hour just sitting on the back row maybe just expecting a miracle from the
past torn here is the passport the guy in the matrix that goes to the computer place
is everything banked on the passport where is whites attack no the passport is tying
down a whole rook so what what’s the key difference here in this position well let’s find out
because Queen h6 now so it looks as though Brooke f4 to h4 b 2 we’re going in for this
h-file attack now this was the last transparently to be equal technically from an engine point
view of night e – believe it or not night e – and what what is white potentially doing
you know maybe you know d5 is a target as well with Knight f4 so that’s let’s imagine
Bishop f5 right f4 Bishop f4 defense here and apparently this this is going to be about
equal Incredible complexity or positions butter
white goes all-in with Brooke f4 and we have this queening so black has an extra queen
and we were just looking at Bishop f1 we didn’t actually consider Knight f1 we’re looking
at Bishop f1 and unfortunately V she played Knight f1 and we’re going to have to have
a look at Bishop f1 extensively so does it move 28 Knight f1 was played unfortunately
why it’s fret of rook h4 can be parried in this position can you spot if I gave you 10
seconds what would you play here with black to try and parry the fret of rook h4 remember
you’re a queen up so what would you play here and this is the final move of the game but
I want to quickly go after Bishop f1 after this
okay unfortunately Queen e1 and the Queen can just sacrifice itself to stop this attack
so this she had to resign here it’s it’s a shocker it’s a shocking finish it was a very
abrupt finish for what seems to be at one point enormous complexity of a multitude of
different you know attacking plans but let’s have a look at Bishop f1 this was the focus
of our most of our attention on Bishop f1 get trying to get this this attack working
on the edge file how does black actually defend here well I think Magnuson and Vichy both
were looking at Queen d1 for a long time and they’re spectacular variations that can result
here so rook h4 and blacks only move is now to stop the mate Queen h5 unbelievable stuff
Knight takes h5 we want the brook to work with the Queen on h7 g chase now here there’s
an attacking possibility which I think both players had analyzed first of all we rule
out well there’s two possibilities here which are fascinating if rook takes h5 Bishop f5
now Bishop h3 this is a Magnus line Bishop g6e six Magnus is calculated all this and
calculated here you thought you’d be okay with Knight takes f6 he’s right the engines
at least a big deck fed 2021 they think blacks okay with this counter Knight sacrifice in
this line blacks okay here amazing stuff but um yeah Black is actually a pawn up and doing okay
here more than okay black slightly better we’re talking about that’s not half porn so
a fantastic try though but this she have been looking at Bishop h3 and what he discovered
in this line was that off the bishop takes 83 rotates hv eyes it looks a bit slow piece
down but why it’s resting the lethal rook takes h5 but unfortunately black in this position
either has Queen b6 or queen b8 and that will guarantee perpetual checks again the back
row has been exposed wise King safety he’s just one move away from delivering a match
equalizing blow here with rook to h5 but unless it’s too slow Queen B 1 check there’s a big
vacuum here for perpetual checks to be ripe there’s just no way of escaping the checks
you’re the queen of five or queen d3 and it’s it’s it’s a perpetual check if nothing else
or queen g6 just is actually um actually it’s actually better for packets it’s more than
two porn advantage to black the Queen’s are going to come off and that’s sir that’s not
very nice nice c7 lights going to go to e six and black a bit Bella if nothing else
but there’s even just ninety seven and if White has to play Queen takes then it’s even
better the rooks kind of stranded for a moment if it has to get out with h5 we lose g5 so
is it just nasty and it all stems from this some it’s just incredible that this Queen
b6 or queen be a queen they’ve been doing nothing up to this point uh but this this
line it’s a it’s amazing the two variation is which both of these fine superfine GM’s
that pointed out here that um so either you know the rook takes h5 line Magnus’s line
this is just incredible stuff this ISA call this vision that this is safe safe enough
for black bees of blank takes f6 and vicious line money it doesn’t work that this Queen
b6 or queen b8 so it just didn’t seem to work what engines think it was there any way of
getting this working this Bishop f-1 engines Fink of the Queen d1 rock h4 Queen h5 takes
takes rug tanks the ng movies is just taken h5 not mess around with bitch page free so
we have this Bishop f5 and to equalize with white white has to now play g6 apparently
after Bishop Takes g6 rook g5 and what’s the threat here
well h4 is the threat but there’s a bit of a slow threat but what does black actually
do Queen b6 I think he has to is it hunting down a perpetual is it going to just take
on f6 if we go for h4 we just take on f6 apparently and this position should be in the realms
of Perpetual check now like this Queen f3 actually even though White’s a piece up his
King safety is compromised to the extent we’re going to get our perpetual check scenario
so unbelievable unbelievable that these variations there’s ton tons of these attacking plans
are analyzed in live commentary video hasn’t really been just it being doing justice this
brief overview from the wealth of attacking our resources and counter assault counter-attacks
that were available but in the game we just saw a very tragic abrupt ending that kind
of weakness of the last move that all these other lines being analyzed but there’s a kind
of basic weakness of this that it’s actually weakened this diagonal slightly making Queen
e1 quite a powerful defensive resource as we saw here there’s really nothing on what
I can do now he’s if he’s without that rook there’s no there’s no attack hair he resigned
here so this puts Magnus free points up formidable lead there’s a theoretical faint chance of
Vichy winning three games in a row but I don’t remember the last time to release Magnus Coulson’s
lost three times in a row in his career over the last ten years I think that’ll be unbelievable
I don’t think it happens I mean in in strong tournament play then he lost three games in
a row maybe someone can correct me on that but um let’s see tomorrow what happens if
if fish you can win tomorrow then match is extended if it’s a draw to more than max match
ends immediately because it’s just the best of 12 games fantastically interesting game
today I hope you enjoyed the pro for the live commentary in this very brief overview and
summary of this game comments or questions on youtube and see some of you tomorrow on
the live tomorrow for what might be the last game thanks very much

76 thoughts on “Amazing Game: World Chess Ch. 2013 – Game 9: Vishy Anand vs Magnus Carlsen : Nimzo-Indian Defense

  1. Everyone knows that Carlsen`s weakness is the opening; he`s admitted so himself.  So why has it taken 9 games for Anand to try and exploit it?  No question he had Carlsen in more trouble today than any other.  All in all, a very sour and limp wristed way to lose your title.

  2. GREAT video! I'm at work during the games and as soon as I get home I'm straight here to your channel to see what happened! Thanks for your great coverage and commentary.  

  3. Complete opposite than Vishy, Magnus made rather weak pawn moves and strong piece moves. I think Vishy rushed his game with pawns and did he not utilize his piece mobility correctly. He also ignored the queen-side attack which surprises me for a player at that level. It  demonstrates that he is disparate for a win, and he is already psychologically defeated.

  4. what a fantastic game …i thought anand could win that game or even secure a draw…maybe severe pressure  to  win started gripping on anand…kc is worthy to officially cover this wcc  games because of his great insights..

  5. Fritz-Position Setup.  Forgot to Put Rook on F8.  Black was STILL up 2 pawns after b1=Q.  The rook actually a liability for black in this position in the short run.

  6. Post Game conference, stupid bitch reporter asks Anand about his thinking process… "Did you calculate these variations to the end, was that even possible?"… Anand's reply "No, I was thinking what to eat tonight"

  7. This is one of the most exciting games I've ever followed with the most gutting ending to boot. I actually wanted Anand to at least draw (certainly win) with some smoke drifting off in the distance — a good fight to signal some more clashing ahead — but now Anand is faced with the insane task of beating Carlsen 3 times in a row. A good run for the tiger, but Carlsen is clearly too damn good for him. 

  8. I gained a lot of respect for anand after this game, even though he lost. I felt most of the games this championship he has been playing too unambitiously. This game I felt he wanted that win..

  9. What a game. Great winning spirit from Anand, but even more impressive is the wonderfull counterplay from Carlsen. Genius!

  10. Wow, what a game. At least Vishy went for the win. Even though he go beat, he went out fighting. That's the spirit, and what I like to see. I think if he had played this desperate a bit earlier, after Magnus' first win, Vishy could have at least gotten a win. But I think now we will end up seeing three draws, or even another win for Magnus. Man is he good. that knight move just seemed so wrong to imprison the rook. It looked to me so much better placed on e6. But this is why I'm the ametuer and magnus is world champ. Great commentary KC, thnx so much for the upload.

  11. Congratulations to all of you who believe in this round. Would this be football, there would be protests (remember maradona?). How is it that a world champion makes a so-evident mistake in a title?? The average income is 150 rupees in india …. I do not think a GM makes such a mistake, what do you think? I am ashamed and I hope there will be a rebellion

  12. the sad thing in this championship is that Anand is aware he'll lose and that crushed his game.Probably he was thinking to loose with a minor defeat,than  loosing  hard,but that's what has happened exactly.If he played free of expectations,he might have given some trouble to Magnus,but anyway…the championship is over.Congratulations to the new CHAMPION MAGNUS CARLSEN!!!

  13. Move of the day was when Magnus moved his night to e8 to defend g7:

    When Magnus moved his Ne8 in move 25 (thus blocking in his rook…) he did this instead of the seemingly more logical Ne6 (not blocking the rook but still defending g7) to allow his bishop to come up to f6 in the theoretical move 31 to defend Anand's attack! In fact, as mentioned in the video here, computers show that Magnus would have lost the game in move 25 with Ne6 if Anand had played accurately! This means that Magnus had done all his calculations already here and felt confident that the queening of his pawn would be able to nullify Anands attack. Simply an astonishing level of calculations behind this move 25 which really shows what an amazing player Magnus is. Not just a worthy world champion, but perhaps the best chess player of all time!

  14. This was the immortal game we had all been waiting for. Amazing chess from both players! Anand was aggressive and very close to winning, yet Carlsen defeated him in the end.

  15. Analysis on other sites show that the earlier taking of the pawn on B4 was possibly a mistake. Leading to an exchange of rooks. Breaking the laws of chess that you don't allow exchanges of pieces when you have the attacking position. The extra rook could have dealt with the passed pawn and with best play Anand could of had a forced mate with a very similar position to the actual game on the H file with queen and rook.

  16. Magnificent game! I suspect in the history of championship chess there has never been a game where Q and QB never leave their squares, yet Black wins with the power of a new Q infiltrating the white position like this. Thank you KC for the fascinating analysis.

  17. At 4:30, couldn't Vishy have punished releasing the tension with 8…c4 with a positional sacrifice:  9…Bxc4?  Then 9…dxc4, Qa4+, Bd7, and then Qxc4?  In effect, getting two central pawns for the bishop and setting up a central pawn storm à la that one Marshall game with the crushing space invader pawns in the center?

  18. Watch this entire game, a game Magnus looked like he'd be lucky to draw and then won, and then realize he never moved his d8 Queen the entire game. MIND BLOWN. 

  19. In the final position it almost looks like white can play h3, kh2, ng3 to renew the threat that would of happened if he had of played bf1 initially. But then black can play qa5 and qxc3, which just in time stops the knight getting to g3.

  20. The truth is that Magnus had the bishop (Bf1) line variation figured out, Anand (to his horror) found out too late that it didn't work, and threw in the suicidal variation Nf1 as a last gasp. But the simpler Nf1 variation had been dismissed by Anand earlier, it wasn't a blunder as such, but it allowed him to "save face" and not look too bad. A "blunder" is always better than getting utterly out-played.

  21. Anand had a lot of time to go h4 h5 that could have made a difference. I think Anand must have seen the h-pawn move, but his pawn of patience gave in. Let us bask in the glory of the new king.Thank you Carlson.

  22. Getting the past pawn is not that hard of a choice versus contemplating taking whites pawn on C3. Great analysis and great video. My only thought is that anyone over 1900 rating would certainly understand the importance of having pass that pawn versus taking whites pawn then backing your own pawn up with the queen or whatever. Still great video and commentary.

  23. great video, always enjoy your commentary. Now I've said it before I'll say it again. Anand has now choked in his two most important matches. The most overrated player of all time. I also seriously doubt just how great today's players actually are(Carlson the exception). Get them away from their computer preprogramed games and they would have trouble with the greats of yesteryear.

  24. Kingscrusher you are the best chess commentator on YouTube . I look forward to your videos every single day . Keep up the great work you do !

  25. This game is covered by many other analysts but I share your video to everyone and they all developed considerable interest in chess and subscribed to your channel

  26. If it's true that Vishy was considering the defensive capabilities of Bishop F1 at the end, why would he play the much more inferior move, Knight F1?

  27. i find magnus games very boring but this is pretty amazing that he won without ever moving his queen or bishop

  28.  nice commentary, also, whose showing  the 2014 I'm glad you guys comment on these games, the interviews don't do much but talk about the games highlights.

  29. That seemingly strange passed pawn creation, as well as the time and piece (knight) invested in creating it, seems absolutely genius by the end of the game, doesn't it? I really think Carlsen is just on another level

  30. After c5, White should simply take on c5, if Black takes on c4 the Queens are exchanged and Black loses coastline rights, and advancing to d4 doesn't work either …why so complicated? White ends up with a completely cramped position.

  31. Incredible game and surprising turnaround. Seeming to be losing all the way until threatening mate at the end. Were the engines showing things not to be as dire as they seemed?

  32. Replayable game link: – Cheers, K

  33. At 31:31 instead of taking with the knight what about Rxh5 ? Then gxh5, Nxh5, Bb7, Ng7, Kh8, Nxe8, Rg8, Nd6, Qc7, Bh3 threatening Bf5 and if Rg6 then Qf8+, Rg8, Nxf7+ ..

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