Chess Candidates 2014 – Day 2 – The Redemption of Aronian

Chess Candidates 2014 – Day 2 – The Redemption of Aronian


Hello everybody, it’s jrobi! We have had a
HUGE huge day the Chess Candidates 2014, we are going to be taking
a look at 3 games today, we have had 3 victors coming out of day 2! And the
first game we are going to take a look at quickly here is Kramnik versus Karjakin.
And Kramnik just went to town here, played a beautiful game against
Karjakin! So let’s just dive right into it here! So Kramnik’s white, we
get into a Queen’s Gambit Accepted. And play continues, pretty standard
moves. Kramnik is going for the center, pushes the pawn up here to E5
to kick that knight around a little bit. And from here, comes in with the bishop
takes that pawn now on C4, and has built a very strong center right in the
beginning of the game. Knight peels back to B6, Kramnik pulls the Bishop
out of danger to D3. And from here now Knight develops to C6. Kramnik brings
the Bishop out to E3, and Knight comes down to B4 attacking the light-square
Bishop. Kramnik wants to preserve that Bishop, slips it into E4, and
just take a look at this position! I thought this was pretty interesting,
you do not see this crop up very often! Those two knights look a little
out of place, obviously the one on B6 is okay, it is a pretty active square
for the one on B4, it is not really defended by anything though. But Kramnik’s
center, it is looking beautiful! From here now, black tries to get
back into the center, pushes the pawn up now to F5. Instead of capturing
or retreating the Bishop, Kramnik pushes the pawn up here to A3, attacking
the Knight sitting on B4. Black captures. White captures. And now we
have doubled pawns on both sides of the board, a little bit more dangerous
for black here because the double pawns are in the center of the board along
the e-file so the D and F files are open, exposing the King which is not yet
castled. From here now black pushes the pawn up now to E6. Black has some
things it needs to accomplish obviously, namely that Bishop on F8 needs
to be brought into the game. So a little bit of development here needs to be
done. White develops the Knight now to C3. Black brings the Bishop down to
pin that Knight to the King, and white now plays the check with Queen to H5.
Check is blocked with the pawn, Queen retreats now to G4. So it is eye-balling
up this pawn on E6. And in fact you are going to see Kramnik take advantage
of these pawns in the center of the board all throughout the game, exploiting
the fact that they are very weak pawns! They can’t be protected by any
of the black pawns anymore, so full pieces have to be dedicated to protecting
them! Black takes the Knight here on C3. White recaptures, and white has
a nice little pawn island now in the center of the board to work with for the
rest of the game. Black brings the Queen up now to D5, defending this pawn
on E4. So once again we see a piece having to defend a pawn. White continues
with development, Knight to E2. Black does the same. White castles, and
instead of castling in this position, black brings the Queen down now
to C4. So the Queen here on G4 obviously it is eyeing up this pawn here on
E6. It’s also eyeing up the pawn on E4, and it’s also defending the Knight
here on E2 although there’s no immediate threat to the Knight obviously.
But with this Bishop sitting here on D7, that can be brought into the attack
at some point. But black’s always got to be careful of these pawns that don’t
have any defenders! So white brings the Knight now to G3, gets it out of
the Queen’s line of attack. Bishop comes down now to C6, defending this
pawn here on E4 giving it another defender to the pawn because white now has
two attackers on that pawn and the Queen is still eyeballing the defense of the
E6 pawn. So it is quite a lot of positional jockeying here around these
doubled up pawns here! White lifts the rook now to A5, bringing the rook into
the position. I thought this was a really great move, and you will see here
in a second why! Black castles. Look at that! Rook over to C5 attacking the
Queen, what’s that Queen doing? Well it’s defending this pawn on E6, obviously
that is lined up for check if white were to take it. So where’s the Queen
going to go to continue to do that? Well black tries moving over to B3,
from here white plays pawn up now to C4, severing the connection of that Queen
to that pawn, and now black is getting into some trouble here! Black moves
the King off to B8, white takes that pawn now on E6. Black swings the rook
over to E8, attacking the Queen. Queen peels back, and black tries to get a
little more active in the position, plays Knight over to C4, attacking
the dark square Bishop on E3. Kramnik sacks the rook in this position! Look
at that, eh! Just sacks the Rook, he is going to open up the king side,
or open up the queen side actually, and get things even more open for
him. Obviously white’s got a better center. White has, you know, just sacked
the exchange obviously but we can get a lot of attacks going on here,
plus we still have this weak pawn here on E4. Black recaptures. White now comes
in, snags up that pawn on E4, and black brings the knight back now to B6
to help with the defense of the King. White jockeys the Knight up here to
C5, a nice little active post for this Knight. This is going to be a pivotal
piece in the end of the game here. Queen comes up to D5. White swings the
rook over to C1 to give another line of attacker down on this side
of the board, as well as give some extra support to the pieces, and the Bishop’s
defending the Rook here on C1 as well. Black takes the King off, moves it
to A8. White moves the Knight now up to A6, and this is a very active position
for this Knight, obviously we are hemming the black King in a little
bit here, but look at all the opportunities that this Knight has to attack!
It’s attacking the pawn here on C7, it can do a lot in this position. From
here the King tries to kick that Knight out, the Knight does retreat now
to B4 but lines up two attackers now to the pawn sitting on C6. So once again
taking advantage of the fact that black has pawns that can’t be defended
by pawns, and full pieces have to be brought into the action to defend that.
Queen goes over now to F7. White Queen comes up to G4. Knight comes down here
for black to D5 attacking the Knight here on B4, also eyeballing up the
Bishop here on E3. White simply takes the pawn now on C6, so another pawn
has dropped. Black brings the rook down, Knight goes over with check. King tucks
into A8, and look at that move! Queen to E4, pinning that Knight down
against the King. Obviously black has to do something about that, needs
more defenders on that Knight. Black decides to bring the Rook over now to
B6, closing up the B-file, giving access to the Queen to defend the Knight.
But white’s got a nice little couple moves here. White plays pawn up first
to G4. Black pushes pawn to H5, attacking and white simply brings the
Rook up now to C5, so now we have two attackers on that Knight. The only really
good move to defend, Rook over to D8 giving that Knight another defender.
But can you guess what is coming? Take a look at the board. Knight C6, attacking
the Rook! So black has pretty much got to take this Knight with the
Rook, at which point its Rook falls, so it’s down the exchange. The material
here is pretty close to even, materialistically speaking. Kramnik’s up a
pawn, but take a look at the position. We have these awesome central pawns,
great piece coordination for white leading towards the enemy King. It’s
big trouble for black here! Black captures the pawn on G4. White does
not take back immediately, brings the Rook over now to F6, attacking the Queen.
Obviously this Knight is still pinned, can’t contribute. Queen has to peel
back, goes to H7. Dark square Bishop comes up to G5, obviously it’s going
to be eyeballing up this Rook in the future. Queen goes back to G8, defending
the Knight here on D5. White takes the pawn now on G6, attacking with dark
square Bishop on the Rook and at this point the game is over. So Kramnik
actually did a very very good job. I kind of wish I could go into it in
a lot more detail, maybe I will in one of the middlegame videos in the future.
But I thought that work with, you know, keeping the pressure on those doubled
pawns, you know they were just isolated, they had no defenders. Black
had to develop pieces, full pieces, to defend those pawns all throughout
the game! So Kramnik — crushing victory! One full point! And let’s
go on to the next game! Alright the next game we have Svidler versus
Andreikin! And Svidler was playing the white pieces here, and this is
a beautiful, beautiful game on a really good way to use your Knights! So let’s
get started here! Let me get this ready … alright so white opens up with
E4. And we get into an Old Sicilian Defense here actually which you don’t
see a terrible amount of in top level play, but apparently recently at
the top levels it has been gaining popularity. So you know, just some standard
moves here in the beginning. Obviously black is wanting to defend that
pawn on D6, we have two defenders on it. Also getting ready to develop some
more black pieces. White thrusts the pawn up now to C4, D5 obviously a nice
pivot square. Black develops, white brings the Knight up now to C3 and black
kicks the white Knight down to A3. So this Knight on A3 is looking a little
grim on the rim here. Black continues now Bishop to E6, continuing with
development, putting pieces into the center to attack towards the center of
the board. White brings the Bishop up now to E2. Black brings the dark
square bishop down now to G5, attacking the dark square Bishop on C1. White
just ignores that and focuses on improving the position of the piece here,
the Knight that was sitting on A3. Black captures. White recaptures. And
now black brings the Queen to an active square on G5. From here white just
castles, and black plays Rook now to D8. Now you might be wondering, if we go
back a move there, why not try something like Bishop to H3 here? Well it
just helps white develop its pieces quicker because after Knight to E3,
there is no threat in this position and white just has better central
position of the board. So that wasn’t played, that is why Rook D8 was played
instead. From here, white thrusts the pawn up now to D4. Black brings
the Knight up to F6. And white continues on with development now, fully developed,
Queen up to D3. Black castles, and now white brings the Rook over
to D1, so the Rook and the Queen are bearing down on the D-file. Black brings
the Rook to C8. White now jumps that Knight up now to that beautiful,
beautiful square D5! Take a look at all the access points for this Knight!
Black thrusts the pawn up to B5. White doesn’t even capture, brings the Queen
over now to G3. Black says, “Okay let’s do the Queen trade.” Queens come
off the board, but before the Queen is captured white uses that nice Knight,
takes the Knight on F6 with check! Black recaptures, and now we got doubled
pawns in the black position. Now white captures that Queen and also opens
up the H-file in the process. And from here black takes the pawn now on
C4. And interestingly enough, white does not take the pawn right away, instead
continues on with the attack, thrusts the pawn to F4. Black pushes
the pawn to F5 in response. White captures, black recaptures. Bishop comes
to F5 eyeballing the Knight here on C2. And white actually does not take
the pawn back right away either, instead swings the Knight up now to
E3, attacking the Bishop on F5. From here black makes a positional mistake,
brings the Bishop to D3. Obviously this is going to cause a lot of
problems for the black position. White happily takes that Bishop off. Black
recaptures and take a look at all the pieces that are weak here in the black
position. We have the pawn on D6 here, no defenders obviously. We have the
pawn on D3. We have this Knight on E3 ready to pounce into the action, to
a variety of great squares in the position. And that is exactly what white plays!
White Knight to f5! Take a look at all the access points for this Knight!
Just beautiful, beautiful access points! Black responds by pushing the
pawn up now to E4. And we are going to get into a very, very interesting
position here as the game progresses! White captures the pawn on D6.
Black pushes the pawn up now on E3, and take a look at this structure that
is forming here! Like I mean that’s got to be a little bit nervous but
it actually works out quite well for white. White takes the Rook now on C8.
Black continues thrusting the pawns forward. Pushes the pawn to D2 attacking
the Rook on C1. What does white do? Well, white just takes the Knight
on C6. From here black pushes the pawn up now to E2, and you know — for
amateur players like myself, this would be a moment of panic! But in this position
Mr. Svidler knew exactly what to do. He just brought the rook back
down to C1! Saying, “Go ahead, take something!” Black does! Promotes to a
Rook, white Rook recaptures. Now this pawn on D2 is blockaded obviously,
can’t progress. Black takes the Knight now on C8. And now white takes the
pawn on D2. And then from here, black brings the rook down trying to threaten
taking the pawn here on G3. Mr. Svidler found a really nice move in this
position, just Rook up now to D5 and obviously this pawn cannot be captured.
If it is captured, white just swings over, hits the check, and while white
will have doubled pawns it will have two nice beautiful connected pawns here
on this side of the board. The black king will be tied up busy over here,
and it was pretty much game over at this point. So it was a really good game!
I especially liked the Knight moves throughout the game. And I am just going
to go back to move 22 here where this mistake was made positionally.
An alternative option would have been to play the Bishop to E4, engine analysis
likes this. It’s not quite a, you know — it’s not the greatest position
for black, white obviously still has a lot of pieces coordinated in this position
attacking into the center of the board, but it’s just a better move for
black that would have probably led to something along these lines which is still
quite playable for black. Alright, that was the Svidler Andreikin game,
and let’s go on to the last one now, Aronian — you know I talked about Aronian
in yesterday’s video … The Assassin Anand took care of him yesterday,
today was a very important day for him, so let’s get to that game now! Alright,
the last game we are going to take a look at: Aronian vs Mamedyarov! And
this was a really, really entertaining game! I can only imagine what
Aronian was feeling like yesterday after day 1. To be the only player
to come out of the first day of competition without any points whatsoever
must put a lot of pressure on him. He is a favored player in this competition,
so he had to come back big today! And he did! He came up with a beautiful tactical
strike here! So he is playing white. We are getting into a kind
of interesting opening system here, we are just going to flip through the
first few moves. Black comes out, pins the Knight on C3. White replies
and pins the Knight on F6. Black continues development. White captures into
the center, taking on D5. Black recaptures, now white brings the Knight back
to D2. Black pushes the pawn up now to C6 and white pushes the pawn up to
E3, so we have a very symmetrical looking pawn structure on both sides of the
board. From here black brings the Knight to F8, kind of a strange looking
move but that Knight is going to get rerouted here to G6 which will be a better
square for it. White develops Bishop now to D3. Black brings that Knight
out, white castles, and black castles. So we are getting close to the tactical
shot here! So from here white pushes the pawn up now to F4. Black
decides to kick that Bishop out. The Bishop, instead of retreating, well actually
the Bishop couldn’t retreat there, just captures the Knight here on F6.
Black recaptures with the Queen, and white pushes the pawn up now to F5. So,
black pretty much has to move that Knight off. Moves the Knight to E7, giving
another attacker here to the pawn on F5. And this is the tactical shot
actually, right here. So go ahead and pause the video if you want. Take a look,
see what you would play in this position. Aronian found a nice little
move in this position, and it was — Knight to E4! So it is attacking the Queen,
Queen’s got to be saved obviously, and it’s basically sacrificing
the Knight for this line that results here. So pause the video again, see
if you can figure out the sequence of events that is going to take place.
But basically the pawn captures Knight. Knight recaptures, attacking
the Queen again. The Queen has very, very, very few options in this position.
The engines just like it taking the pawn on F5, but Mamedyarov tries
to save the Queen. Queen to H4. From this point now, pawn attack on the Queen,
G3 attacking the Queen. Queen retreats to H3, which is basically the only
option that it has. And from here, Knight attacks Queen on F2. And the
Queen has absolutely nowhere to go. So the Queen comes off the table. Now
this position here, obviously white is winning, it’s not super easy. In
fact Aronian said that to complete the game it took a lot of manoeuvring and
a lot of careful play still even though the opponent’s Queen was off the table.
However, Aronian, a very very strong chess player, didn’t take terribly
long to capitalize on the fact that his opponent’s Queen was gone. And he could
enjoy the rest of the game with his Queen still on the table. But there still
was a lot of moves left in the game. We are not going to go through them,
it’s just basically a very nice slow positional crush after the Queen came
off the table. And Aronian was able to REDEEM himself on day 2 of the Candidates
Chess 2014! So take care, thanks for watching the videos, and we will
see you next time!

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Fun game!  Like the d4 games vs the e4 games.  At 0:59, I initially was baffled why white brought the bishop behind the pawn exposing it to the enemy queen…but now realize it was a clever trap for the black queen which could be retaken with a check from the white bishop.

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