Hello everybody it is jrobi again with another
Grandmaster Chess Tactics video that I wanted to post. And it is from a recent match actually.
It was played in 2007. Anand, the current World Chess Champion now was playing white
in this position and Morozevich was playing black. At the time of the match Anand was
rated 2779 and Morozevich was rated 2741. I selected this particular match and the line
that follows simply because it really highlights the fundamental tactical principle that’s
very important in any chess game to always be kind of on the lookout for. So we’re
going to get into it here. If you want, go ahead and pause the video and see if you can
come up with the best move for white and I am going to get into what Anand played in
this position. So what Anand came up with in this position you will probably have noticed
already that black is down a pawn. And I should say at this point that at Grandmaster level
play this usually ends being a win for the opposing player. But GM’s don’t usually
resign after going down one Pawn simply because I think that, you know, there’s always an
opportunity for tactical line, sharp tactical attacks either mating attacks or attacks that
are going to lead to a nice material gain. So Morozevich, although he was a Pawn down
in this position as black, was still fighting on trying to find that opportunity. But Anand
came up with something very nice here and it is using a basic tactical principle. And
we will get into the principle in a little bit. But Anand came up with Knight to F4.
And you will notice two things right off the bat. First of all Knight to F4 is attacking
the Rook here on E6. But also the Knight on E3 is attacking the Pawn on C4. So Morozevich
plays the most logical looking move on the surface. He swings his Rook over to C6 to
defend that Pawn. But now Anand has just a beautiful move. He can just come in now and
take that Pawn because what it is doing is it is taking away the defender of that Knight.
So if we go back a move here, you will notice that this Pawn is playing a very important
role for black right now and that is the defense of this Knight on B3. So Anand comes in and
basically removes the defender of that Knight. Morozevich captures the Knight and Anand captures
the Knight and from that line Anand gets another Pawn up on his opponent. So basically he was
able to win a Pawn by removing the defender on that Knight. And shortly thereafter Morozevich
resigned. So I thought it was a really interesting line that Anand had come up with in that position.
Now I’m going to go back a couple moves here, to where Anand first played Knight to
F4. Now you might have thought of some different options for black but as it turns out Anand’s
line there is really nothing that black can do that is going to stop it from going down
a Pawn. And we will take a look at a couple of different options here. So let’s take
a look at Rook down to E4 for example. So Rook to E4 with maybe the goal of playing
something like a Knight to C1. Attacking the Rook here on E2. Or even maybe a plan of bringing
the Rook over here to E7 to support. Well as it turns out in the position Anand can
still come in and capture the Pawn because once the Pawn is captured the defender again
is removed on the Knight on B3 and there’s really not a lot the black can do in this
position. Like, for example, if it just takes the Knight we get back to the same position
that we were at anyway from the original line. Or if we go back from this position, if Morozevich
comes in and takes the Rook delivering check, we can still capture the Rook and Anand is
still one extra Pawn ahead. So two Pawns of material ahead. And then from here Morozevich
could play something like Knight to C5 because it is being defended. But he still drops a
pawn in this position. So I thought it was a really good move that Anand came up with.
It was a subtle move but it was very strong. And think it was a really good example of
removing the defender which is a really important tactical concept to get comfortable with.
So I’m definitely looking forward to your feedback on that. I am interested to see if
you caught the line right away or if you have any different ideas that you got from the
position. So take care, hope you enjoyed the video, and we will see you next time!