Grandmaster Chess Tactics #6: Can you spot the line?

Grandmaster Chess Tactics #6: Can you spot the line?


Hello everybody it is jrobi again with another
Grandmaster Chess Tactics video I would like to do today. And this position took place
in a game between Anatoly Karpov who is playing white and Istvan Csom was playing black. And
the game took place in a location called Bad Lauterberg, Germany. That’s a pretty cool
name by itself. But in this position Karpov was behind a substantial amount of material.
In fact he is down four points worth of material. He is down a minor piece and a Pawn. And,
you know, Karpov by himself is one of the greatest chess players to ever live. He was
the reigning World Chess Champion for 10 years. And he had 161 first place finishes. So it
is just amazing that, you know, the amount of things that he accomplished in his chess
career. But in this particular game he was behind a lot of material. But he came up with
a very beautiful tactical shot in this position to secure the win. So if you want to definitely
go ahead and pause the video, take as much time as you need and see if you can come up
with the white’s best move in this position. Now before we get into the solution I want
to talk a little bit about some of the dynamics in the position that I noticed straight off
the bat. First of all of course we have the Queen and we have the Rook working together
very nicely on the seventh rank. That stands out almost immediately. Now of course we have
the Knight attacking the Rook here on D7 but the question is is that important. We’ll
get to that shortly. Another thing that I noticed of course is that white has a nice
Pawn island here through the A through C files and is basically preventing these black Pawns
from coming down. But black on the other hand has some past connected Pawns on the E and
F file, which under normal circumstances would be very worrisome. But let’s get into the
solution here. So I’m just going to clear off the board. Now from this position Karpov
came up with a beautiful move in this position. And I hope you got it. Don’t feel too bad
if you didn’t though because it is not something that really jumps out right off the bat. But
Karpov came up with Knight to F5. And the ramifications of this for black is just astounding.
Like, I mean, there’s nothing that black can do in this position that’s going to
stop the game from being lost. So it was just a very beautiful move that Karpov came up
with. But let’s take a look at some possibilities here. Let’s say that black ignores the Knight
move to F5 and instead plays Knight takes Rook here on D7. Well unfortunately for black,
white has a very nice move Queen to H2 check. And when the King moves over to G8, check
again. And when the King moves over to F7 it is checkmate and game over in that position.
So it is just a beautiful possibility that Karpov saw. In fact if we go back to Knight
takes Rook on D7 by moving his Knight to F5 Karpov accomplished a couple of very important
things. First of all he gave his Queen access here to the H2 square to check. So that diagonal
had been blocked by his own Knight there on G3. But also now the Knight is playing a much
more important role here by covering the G7 square which is going to be very instrumental
in the checkmate line with the Queen. So let’s flip though to the initial move Knight to
F5. And let’s say black tries something a little bit different and plays Queen over
to C8. Basically saying, okay, I have a material advantage. I want to trade off. I want to
get down to the end game. Unfortunately for black in this position white has a beautiful
move as well, which is simply Rook over to H7 hitting the check on the King. Now the
best move for black here in this position is just to take with the Knight, but unfortunately
from here it is checkmate now with Queen to G7. So trying to, you know, get the material
off the board definitely won’t work for black in that position. So let’s flip back
to Knight F5. And let’s say the black tries to do something like simply taking that Knight
on F5. What is white going to play in this position? Well once again this beautiful diagonal
opens up access here to H2. And white can hit that check on the King. And when the King
goes over to G8 white hits the check again and the King goes to its only available square
on H8 and it is checkmate. So it is just a beautiful move that Karpov came up with in
the position to play Knight to F5. And it is definitely a testament to his strong chess
abilities. So if you came up with the move Knight to F5 that’s awesome. It definitely
wasn’t a tactical shot that was easy to see. But if you did come up with it right
away that’s great. But, you know, if you saw it over time after you thought about it
for a little bit that’s awesome as well. So take care. Hope you enjoyed the video and
we will see you next time!

100 thoughts on “Grandmaster Chess Tactics #6: Can you spot the line?

  1. Thanks =]

    I've been a long time subscriber but I don't comment much. I just want to say I appreciate your videos and keep up the great work. Chess is brilliant I think it should be more popular in schools

  2. beautiful tactic got it right. I first thought about 1.Rh7+
    but that doesnt work because Nxh7 Nh5 Rg8
    then I thought maybe Nh5 but that doesnt work because of Nxd7 Qxd7 Rg8 then I saw the right combintion.
    good theme of focal points (g7) and Control of the 7th rank thanks for posting

  3. Couldn't black play Qa7 or Qb7? When the white queen takes the black queen, black can take the knight/rook, since the white queen won't have that diagonal open. Black would be down in material, but at least they wouldn't lose.

  4. Another beautiful chess match, Jrobi. I felt so enlightened after watching this video. Keep up the good work.

  5. Umm, h5 not f5, but it's a moot point anyway. I see now that the rook could just come over to g8 now with Black threatening all sorts of nasties. Thanks for replying!

  6. Amazing move by Karpov. Really when your in a situation like this, the only way out is usually something crazy like this.

    I love how it avoids an endgame too(Kings and pawns), heh, my endgame sucks.

    Masterful move, sacc'ing MORE pieces at this point. I mean there really is no way out for black here is there? I looked and looked and can't see any. Amazing.

    Thanks again for the vid JRobi.

  7. I got it, too, but it's a heck of a lot easier when you know to look for something. If only there was a little beep during the game to alert you to the possibilities 😉 In this particular case it seems like Karpov must have has seen this line earlier before arriving at this position. I doubt that he got into this position and only then found the winning line. Thanks for sharing this great video jrobi – it was a nice tactic and good practice for calculation.

  8. the overiding lesson is not to give your opponent counterplay. Giving an opponent the a rook on the 7th rank without pawn cover is dangerous.

    if you are winning, limit the opponent's counterplay and exchange off. These Gms and strong players are very resourceful when they are down. They play desparado. remember when you are up you have to anakyse the opponents threats seriously.

  9. I have to tell you….everytime I watch these videos I become more and more impressed with the way they are done. Not to mention, Karpov and his style is one of my favorites.

  10. Agreed – leave it to Karpov to offer up more material when he's behind so much already, knowing full well that it's game over! He was most likely grinning on the inside when he played that move. =)

  11. Good advice on limiting the counterplay even when ahead chrysos101 – thanks for checking out the vid!

  12. This may have been asked already but which move did white actually respond with? Or was it a resignation after the knight moved…(maybe in the annotations in the end)

    I spent a few minutes and did not come up with that knight move myself, deadly stuff.

  13. great work man,i , who i'm total rookie, never tried solve problem but then it's about your explanation skills, which are simply amazing. and one question. If i want to improve in chess fast then simple training will help me or i need to clock my tactical mind work like: 2 – 3… moves ahead, thinking style, speed, subconcisnes. ect?

  14. looking at Rook h7+
    This seems to me to be a more direct line to mate.
    rh8+ NxR(forced) Nh5…
    Mate on g6 can not be stopped!! anyone agree?

  15. no… it stops the queen from going on that line, and he will just take with the knight… + that will block the king from enemy queen.

  16. I disagree, if Rh7+ Nxh7, Nh5 then black can play Rg8 stopping the threat of mate and threatening a discovered check with something like Ng2-f4.

  17. no u miss the point… if the knight takes the rook, then he moves Nh5 that Qxc7. and its over. speaking of that, he cant even move the queen because its pinning it to the king.

  18. You guys need to think it out more… Qb8. pinning the queen to the knight, i think you can figure out the lines, he loses either the knight or the rook.

  19. If Nf5 takes Nh4 Queen wont give check on h2 anymore + rook would be taken with knight, so it wouldnt be mate…

  20. Thanks for checking out the vid lothrazar – Karpov's opponent resigned immediately after Nf5 – definitely a deadly move!

  21. I have some recommendations that I have found from various grandmasters in my studies on my personal page. Those should help get you started, and tactics practice (either online or on a real board) will show immediate improvements. Keep me posted on how things go and thanks for checking out the vid!

  22. Black could just snag up the knight in that position and unfortunately white will be down loads of material with nothing to support the queen for a mating attack.

  23. Agreed – he definitely came up with an amazing move even though he was quite a bit behind in material.

  24. I got the move and saw all the variations. It came to me right away.

    The big difference, of course, is that you told me it was there in the first place. Even a woodpusher like me has a chance. Karpov was brilliant to spot it in the game.

    Great video. Keep it up.

    (BTW, you remain my only YouTube subscription)

  25. Thanks Mr Jrobi for your excellent videos…….

    1.Can you suggest me some way to improve my end game…..some book or a program maybe……
    better still which openings lead to good endgame practise….

    2.Which openings are good to develop the instincts of a developing chess player…..

    Please reply without regard to the soundness of the opening……

    thanks

  26. i got the move but i had no idea why it was good or what the next subsequent moves would be (besides bringing the queen down to check)

  27. Great video, thank you very much for these explanations !! It was very interesting. By the way, I didn't see the move … I'm not a grandmaster yet I think 😉

  28. Hi all,
    Thankd for the video, it is really nice.
    There is another possibility as follows:
    1. Nf5 Re7
    2. Rxe7 exf5
    3. Qh2+ Nh4
    4. Qxh4+ Kh8
    5. Qg3+ Ng6
    6. Qxg6+ and mate in the next move.
    I hope this helps,
    Cheers,
    GK

  29. If you do not move the Knight at all and move
    Qf4
    and then if takes the bait and takes the Rook with Nxd7
    then it is checkmate with Qh6++
    but if he moves the Knight back to Nh7 to prevent your Queen from putting the King in check(mate), then it becomes more of a stalemate. Probably still possible to win, but I not analyze.

  30. one of the best moves i have ever seen in every game i watched in my life :O . !
    ps : am only 20 and been playing chess for 1 year xD , but i did watch alot of games 😛

  31. simply a beautiful resourceful move there…It took me about a minute to see it :/

    I love your channel jrobi, you're doing an awesome job.

  32. Sweet, finally figured out the GM move at video #6. I knew it always has to do with a sacrifice and saw if the horse moved up then the queen would have room to check. 🙂

  33. @wildDuces234 WHAT!? Mate on g6??? after Nh5 black can respond with Rg8 defending g7 and putting white in discovered check position, forcing white to swing back to g3

  34. I haven't seen the game, but it feels as if this is actually a trap that was set before this position. Perhaps when he sacrificed that minor piece? It would have been more difficult and more fun to see if we could see that sacrifice. This was too easy.

  35. Would Nh5 work just as well but with a different line. Eg. …Nxd7, Qxd7 and if queen or rook blocks it just delays the inevitable. No other move from what i see could stop it.

  36. @jrobichess….if black replies with Qe4, then whiteQh2+, BlackNh4, for example if white continue with
    Nf5xh4 then black will play Qe1+, Kg2, Qe2+(pinning "problematic" queen at h2) Kg8,Qe4xh2+,Kxh2 then Nf8xd7;……. 🙂 or white continue with Qxh4,Qe4xh4,Nxh4 then Nf8xd7…….surely White will RESIGN!! after Qe4. 🙂

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