Chess Candidates 2014 – Day 5 – A Tale of Rooks and Bishops

Chess Candidates 2014 – Day 5 – A Tale of Rooks and Bishops


Hello everybody, it’s jrobi! We are going
to be taking a look at Candidates Chess 2014,
day 5. The day was a series of draws for the most
part, and some of them were pretty interesting to look at, so I recommend that you check
the official tournament site and play through
the games to check them out. In this video we
will be covering today’s only win in which Mr.
Svidler playing the white pieces took on Mr. Topalov playing the black pieces. Once again
we had some interesting moves played by both players, but even with some questionable moves
it was an exciting game leading up to an unfortunate blunder that settled the matter
over the board. I want to look at this game from the black perspective today to cover
some interesting points, so let’s get started here.
The game opens up with pawn to E4, and we actually get into a Ruy Lopez opening here
which is awesome! I am going to flip through the first few moves here until the action
starts. Right to about here — yes there we go. And I wanted to stop and talk about the
question of “should I take” or “should I look for something better”. And quite often, even
in my own chess learning, the instinct when I
first started and even well into my 1400 1500’s is just to take what your opponent
offers up. This unfortunately is not a good way to play, because if you take what they
offer all the time, you are always playing to
their plan. So if there’s a big point in this video today, always look for something better!
That can be taking if necessary of course, sometimes you don’t have a choice, or it can
be counter-attacking and making your opponent make a decision instead based off of something
that you have come up with, the plan you have devised! So let’s see how the action takes
place here, and how that relates to this question, with Mr. Svidler and Mr. Topalov!
So Mr. Svidler has just thrust his D pawn up
to D4, attacking the dark square Bishop. Now, a lot of new chess players and people learning
the game might be like, “Oh my gosh, my piece is getting attacked I better do something!
Maybe I should take that pawn!” Well, look what happens here. That’s not good, right?
We are just giving white a really strong center in the process so obviously white would
love for us to do something like that! So that is not a good idea. So how about this?
Mr. Topalov just takes now on E4, says “Okay you are attacking my dark square Bishop, I
am going to attack your Knight! What are you
going to do about that?!” From here the game progresses now white captures now on E5. So
if we just go back a move — I know I have a
lot of pictures there — here is the pawn here, takes the pawn. So now he is saying
“Well okay, I am attacking your Knight too!” So we have a pawn attacking Svidler’s Knight,
we have a pawn attacking Topalov’s Knight. We
also have an open Queen file here. Well the first move Topalov plays is, instead of
worrying about any of these Knights, he just takes the Queen now. Once the Queen is
recaptured, now Topalov comes in and takes the
Knight on F3. And Mr. Svidler takes the Knight now on F6. And interestingly enough,
there was a — I am just going to flip through the next few moves here. This is what it
ended up looking like after this series of exchanges here. And you know black’s got
doubled pawns, it is — oops I went one too far — it is not going to be a huge liability
as the game progresses. Obviously you want to
try and avoid doubled pawns if you can. But if it is not going to seriously hurt your
position it is okay. But this didn’t actually have to happen. If we go back, let’s see here
now — if I go back too — after the capture here — right here — yeah, so Mr. Topalov
also had an opportunity to do something a little bit different here. He could have
played — where did it go here — no sorry, before the Knight capture. Sorry I am just
working with my notes here. So, after the Rook takes Queen, Mr. Topalov also had an
option of playing Bishop takes on F2 with check! Now if that doesn’t totally mess
everything up here for planning, I don’t know what would! The positional strength that
results from this, if we just flip through a
couple of logical looking moves, is we get into a position – there’s a nice fork of the
King and the Rook, where the positional strength is relatively the same of what
resulted in the game, but we do not have doubled up pawns here. So it was an
interesting line that I saw when I was analyzing the game that I thought looked —
you know, it was something worth mentioning because it tied into the whole point that
I am talking about. You know, should you
immediately take looking for the captures that
are the most obvious or should you look for something a little bit different? Now even
if, after Bishop takes, let’s say the King does not go to F1, and instead takes the dark
square Bishop, well it just results in a position like this. So once again, we have
a white King exposed, we have our pawns on the
H, G, and F totally together, totally fine. And it is a decent position. I think actually
black’s even up a pawn in this position. So a
move like Bishop takes, if you analyze it in
your games while you are playing, it might work out actually pretty interestingly for
you! And it might help you push towards your plan! But nonetheless, that wasn’t played
in the game. It’s fine, what was played in the
game worked out well also. Another thing I found interesting from this position here
is that Mr. Svidler found the strongest move,
Bishop to E4. And did not take that pawn on F3. Now if we go back a move, one of the
first instincts of beginning chess players, even myself when I started, and maybe even
now, like I don’t know I have to continue my
rated game library here and get to showing you
guys my progression and things that I am learning, but might have been just — you
know — on instinct to just take here. Well
unfortunately, that basic instinct leads to a
world of hurt as black just seizes the momentum here and look at that position that
results from there! So, just taking the pawn obviously wasn’t a good move! However, Mr.
Svidler found the strongest move, which was Bishop to E4. And, you know this pawn here
on F3 is going to be there for quite awhile.
Black is still up a pawn in this position, but
it is not going to be a huge liability for Mr.
Svidler as the game progresses. So let’s continue on here. I am just going to flip
through the next few moves. I want to keep the video relatively short here. So we have
some jockeying around. You know, Mr. Svidler is playing quite well. So is Mr. Topalov
here. And we get to this position, and Bishop captures Knight on A3. Now in the game Mr.
Svidler recaptured the Bishop on A3 with his pawn. Let’s go back a move though. Go ahead
and pause the video, and look for something better! Try to find something better in this
position that you can do before you take that Bishop on A3. Okay, so I am just going to
show you what it is now, hopefully you have paused the video by now. But take a look at
this. Bishop takes pawn on H7. You know, what are we doing? Well, we are telling black
basically that “Yeah you have just taken my Knight but I can take your Rook!” So you know
black obviously does not want to lose a Rook in this position, so you could see a move
like Rook over to H8 attacking the light square
Bishop. But what do we have here? Well we just have a nice little check! So the King
has to move, and now we take the Bishop on A3!
And we have got that pawn back! So it was an
interesting option. Now Mr. Svidler didn’t play that, Mr. Svidler decided to take the
Bishop first. So you know, it could have been a little bit of an inaccuracy on his part,
maybe he just didn’t see that on the board at
the time, but I thought it was definitely worth mentioning considering what we have
been talking about. So anyway play continued now.
Just going to continue flipping through some moves. You know, positional jockeying around
here by the players. And we get to this point here. Now we just had a Bishop check here
on E4. And this was unfortunately Topalov’s
first of a few mistakes here. Mr. Topalov elected to play King to A6. And, in the
process, he lit that Rook up on D4 like you wouldn’t believe! Now that Rook can come
down, it can get behind that King, it can contribute to an attack on that King! We have
got these beautiful Bishops here on E3 and E4,
and this is just not going to work out very well for black in the position. And we will
see that as the game progresses. But if we go
back a move, this move would have stopped all
of that. King to C8. Now this Rook, not as scary. So play could have followed check
here. King goes back to B7. The Rook does try to come down in this position but now
we have a pawn capture here on G4. Recapture,
and now the light square Bishop gets into the
action, comes down now to C4. And you know, black is going to be able to hold its own
from this point. Unfortunately, however, that
wasn’t played by Mr. Topalov, he did elect to
play King to A6, and now we get into a series of moves and you are going to see this Rook
come down like a champ and it’s just going to
start tearing into the position. These Bishops are going to be working and
coordinating with the Rook to launch an attack against the black position. And it’s just
not pretty. Material starts to drop off the
board, and we have a series of moves here with
the Rooks. And I am just flipping through these moves because we are going to get to
the last major blunder of Mr. Topalov here when
we get to this position right here. so what
happened was Mr. Svidler brought the Rook back
to D4, offering up the Rook trade. In this position, the best move for black is just
to take that Rook and deal with this. Which
could result in a position where you get to something like this. And it’s not super clear
what is going to go on here, obviously white’s probably going to win the game with the huge
pawn majority. You know, it wasn’t really a
good move either way I guess from what can be
said, but Mr. Topalov decided to take the pawn
here on C3 instead. And unfortunately this was an even worse mistake, because after here
this pawn that just got pushed to H6 is going to be monstrous! And there is a reason why
the title of this video is titled the way it
is because a lot of times in this game we see
beautiful coordination of Rooks and Bishops. And we are going to see a very, very nice
little move here coming up from Mr. Svidler. So we get to this position here. Mr. Topalov
tries to play King up to F7 to stop this pawn, but watch this move right here. Beautiful.
Look at that! Bishop to D8, completely cutting that Rook off of any type of hopes
of protecting the H8 square for promotion. And,
the coordination of Rooks and Bishops in this game were beautiful! So this is actually
where the game ended. From here there are no
good moves for black. For example if tries King to G6, well we just promote and it’s
not pretty there. If he tries something like Rook
to C4, it’s still not pretty. There is no —
pretty positions for black here at all. And if the game were to progress, well what
happens is we still get a promotion and black just has to delay the inevitable checkmate.
So it was a really interesting game. I really enjoyed going over it and I hope that you
found some use from what I was talking about for, you know, not just taking right away
but actually looking for something else, something
better in the position before you go ahead and
take that capture. So take care! I hope you enjoyed the video, and we will see you next
time!

7 thoughts on “Chess Candidates 2014 – Day 5 – A Tale of Rooks and Bishops

  1. Aronian – Kramnik was best game today, I thought: rollercoaster draw.

    Really nice to see you are making regular chess videos again Mr Robi.

    This candidates' tournament is warming up nicely. Anand in an unlikely lead; Svidler – who didn't qualify for the tournament, he got a wildcard cause he is the local top Russian not to qualify – is having a good time, Kramnik, as usual, is solid. The question is: is Aronian playing well enough to justify his world no. 2 spot? I am hoping he will pull through as I think he is the only player who can give Carlsen a really hard time, but he is not firing on all cylinders yet. Still a a long way to go so stamina will come into it at later stages. Anything could happen – even Anand winning it. Who would have thought?

  2. It´s very nice to see you making regular clips again 🙂
    It improves my chess knowledge and my language 😉

    Greetings from Germany 🙂

  3. Your videos, Sir, are extremely educational and fun to watch! It has reignited my interest in the game of chess!! Thank you and keep them coming!!

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