Chess Candidates 2014 – Day 3 – Symphony of Errors

Chess Candidates 2014 – Day 3 – Symphony of Errors

Hello everybody, it’s jrobi! On day 3 of Chess
Candidates 2014 we had a spectacular collapse in the day’s only win. Let’s take a look now
at at Mamedyarov versus “The Assassin” Anand! Anand is playing black, Mamedyarov is playing
white. White opens up with Queen’s pawn to D4, and we get into basically a Slav defense
structure here when Anand plays pawn up now to C6, protecting the pawn on D5. So it’s
Queen’s Gambit Declined. White now develops the Knight now to F3, and Anand brings the
Knight to F6. From here now Queen comes to C2. Anand takes the pawn now on C4. White
recaptures. And Anand develops the Bishop now to G4, attacking the Knight. From here
now white develops the Knight to D2, and Anand brings the Knight up now to D7. So very equal
position in this setup here. From here now G3 is played, getting ready to fianchetto
that light-square Bishop. Anand responds now by pushing the pawn up to E6, getting ready
to develop his Bishop on F8. White does fianchetto. Black now develops the Bishop to E7. And white
now brings the Knight down aggressively now to E5, attacking the Bishop there on G4 and
also the Knight on D7. Anand just retreats the Bishop to H5, doesn’t want to mess up
his structure here close to the King. White now takes that Knight. Black recaptures with
the Knight and now white castles and black castles. So in this setup here we are extremely
equal, it is going to be a good fighting game for both players moving forward. Play continues
now, white brings the Knight up to B3. Anand now pushes his pawn up to A5 saying he doesn’t
want anything to do with any action on the A-file, so he has opened up access for that
Rook to defend those squares. From here now white pushes the pawn up to A4, and we have
got a virtually locked down A-file now. From here now Anand plays the Bishop up now to
B4. Very nice square for the Bishop. And there is no pawns on the C-file or the A-file to
kick that Bishop, so if white wants to take that Bishop, it is going to have to either
trade off the Bishops or it is going to have to use a Knight to get that Bishop off of
the perch there on B4. From here now white thrusts the pawn forward to E4, grabbing a
lot of central squares. Basically proclaiming that it wants the center! From here now Anand
says “I don’t think so!” Pushes the pawn up to E5, attacking the pawn there on D4. White
does not capture immediately. Instead develops the Bishop to E3. At which point Anand now
captures into the center of the board, taking on D4. White recaptures with the Bishop. And
we have a very nice setup here for both players. We have connected pawn islands on both sides
of the board. There is no isolated pawns. There is no doubled pawns. This position is
pretty much dead equal. It is going to be a good fighting game from this point forward.
From here now, Anand puts the King there onto H8. And white now brings that pawn down closer
towards promotion there, by pushing to E5. Anand now swings the Rook over to E8, so we
have got two attackers on the pawn. White needs to do something about that. White’s
decision is to push that pawn up now to F4, giving the pawn another defender. Also in
the process though, it should be noted that this type of move creates a weakness here
on F2! From this position now Anand pushes the pawn up to F6, so he is trying to chip
away at that pawn island of white’s. White takes, Anand recaptures with the Knight on
F6. And from here now white brings the Bishop up now to F3, offering up a light-square Bishop
trade. Anand obliges, takes the Bishop. White recaptures with the Rook. And now Anand swings
the Rook up now to E4 pinning that Bishop down temporarily to the Queen on C4. White’s
response to this is to swing the Rook over now to E3 attacking that Rook. Anand trades
the Rooks off the board, and from here now attacks the Bishop on E3. From this position,
white brings the Bishop down now to B6, a nice little square for the Bishop. It is also
attacking the pawn on A5. From here now Anand swings the Queen up to a more active square
on H5, giving the Queen access along this light-square diagonal. Also bearing the Queen’s
influence down on the H-file. From here now, white brings the Bishop back now to D4, attacking
the Knight there on F6. And Anand swings the rook over now to E8. And from here we have
a big positional mistake from white! White plays Rook over now to F1 and let’s just take
a look at the board for a minute. Go ahead and pause the video. See if you can find a
very, very strong move in this position. And think back to what we talked about on the
pawn island here for white. Well, Anand finds Knight to G4! And this is obviously a very
strong move because it is threatening checkmate here on H2 first of all, but now that white’s
brought that Rook over to F1, it can’t lift that Rook up to help defend the pawn on H2!
Otherwise the Knight just captures the Rook! So this was a very, very bad move in this
position because now white has to slide the Queen back to C2 to defend the checkmate and
also to give basically another defender here on the F2 square. From this position though,
black has some really good moves. Black pushes the pawn up now to C5, attacking the dark-square
Bishop on D4. White captures. Black now swings the Rook over to C8. So nothing has changed
on this side of the board. This Knight and Queen are still threatening checkmate here.
This Queen has to protect against that. This Rook can’t do anything. So it is a very, very
uncomfortable position for white here! Anyway play continues now, Rook slides over to D1.
Black does take the Knight here on C5. White recaptures. And now black gives its King an
escape square, playing pawn up to H6. From here now, another mistake is made unfortunately.
Mamedyarov puts the King onto H1, obviously there’s a forking square here. But there is
another risk in this position. Take a moment. Go ahead and pause the video. See if you can
find it. I am going to remove this little marker here on this square. But basically,
unfortunately this opens up this beautiful move! Knight over to E3, forking the Rook
and the Queen! There’s no good options here. For example, if Bishop takes, well the Queen
just drops, so that is not a good one. And the best move here is Queen to D2, at which
point now though Queen just takes the Rook with check on D1. Queen recaptures, and then
the Queen drops off the board and white is hopelessly lost in this position. However,
these guys are top level players. We didn’t let it get to that point. So simply after
King to H1, that is when the game ended. So definitely a couple big mistakes from Mamedyarov
today. And you can’t do that with Anand. Anand, well he will just assassinate you on the board
if you give him any kind of tactical opportunities, or any openings, and he is all over it! So
anyway, that’s about the only big news here for Day 3. Looking forward to covering Day
4. I believe they have a day off tomorrow. So we will see you next video!

15 thoughts on “Chess Candidates 2014 – Day 3 – Symphony of Errors

  1. NICE!! Your making videos again! I used to love your videos!!! They got me into chess to begin with. I am a huge fan! so keep it up!

  2. The re-emergence of Anand is spectacular ….he's leading now I think? Note though that both his wins have been a result of bad play by opponents, but he's certainly playing the best he has for four or five years.

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