Grandmaster Chess Tactics #7: Can you spot the line?

Grandmaster Chess Tactics #7: Can you spot the line?


Hello everybody it is jrobi. I have another
Grandmaster Chess Tactics video that I want to do today. And it is based around a game
played by Henrik Danielsen. For those of you who don’t know who Mr Danielsen is he is
a chess Grandmaster from Iceland. And he is the only [the first] chess Grandmaster ever
to post live games on You Tube. Back in 2007 he posted around 200 videos showcasing his
live blitz skills and an opening system he was creating called the Polar Bear system
which is a new branch of the Birds Opening. He has not been active for quite a while and
I’ve been hoping that he’ll come back. I’ve been popping by his channel every once
in a while to let him know that we are definitely looking forward to more of his videos. So
definitely check out his channel. I’ll place the link in the description box below and
subscribe to him and let him know that the videos are definitely appreciated and that
we are hoping to see more. Because he did make chess history, and to see that high level
of chess being played live and the thoughts of a Grandmaster in the process is a rare
gem in the chess world. In fact he is the only one that I know that has ever done that
on You Tube at least at his level. Like there are some Grandmasters out there that have
posted some captured video from tournaments and things of that nature. But generally they
only put the ones up that they win and it makes themselves look, you know, better than
everybody else. But Danielsen actually put them up live, raw, uncut, unedited and you
can hear this whole thought process right from the beginning. So definitely check out
his channel. But let’s dive right to the video here. So today we are taking a look
at a game that he played in 2010. He was playing the white pieces against a gentleman by the
name of Tiger Person. And it is black to move in this position. I’m going to show you
how black moves. The position that you see here on the screen right now is dead equal.
But from this position here Danielsen’s opponent decides to play Queen over to G7.
So go ahead and pause the video and see if you can come up with the punishing move that
Danielsen played and see if you can come up with, you know, the rationale behind why it
is such a punishing move. So definitely go ahead and pause the video. I’m just going
to dive right into it here. So facing this position Danielsen came up with an awesome
move. And he places his Queen on the D8 square. Now this of course is threatening checkmate.
If that Queen ever gets to h4 it is game over for black. So black has to stop that from
happening. Now in the game Danielsen’s opponent played Knight to F6. And that basically blunts
that Queen’s access to H4 square for the short term. But I’m going to go back one
more move here. Let’s take a look at best play because that move unfortunately wasn’t
the best play for Danielsen’s opponent. The best move in the position would’ve been
Queen to F6. But the kicker is that it is still a lost position for black after the
Queen to D8 move. Now let’s take a look at why. So even with best play Queen to F6
does not stop the carnage from happening, because in this position white can happily
trade the Queens off because take a look at the Pawns on the A, B and C files. They’re
connected, they’re strong and the only thing in front of them is that lone Pawn sitting
all isolated there on B7. So there’s a huge Pawn storm coming from white that black is
not going to be able to handle. For example, after the Queen is captured now white can
begin the attack by pushing the Pawn up nice and subtle like to B5. And this of course
is preparing the Pawn strike on C6. From here black’s best play is Knight over to D7 but
here it comes, Pawn to C6. This is attacking the Knight and the Pawn at the same time.
Black has to take that. Black captures, white recaptures attacking the Knight in the process
and the Knight has to peel back now to B6. Now it is defending A8 and C8 but white still
has those menacing Pawns on the A and C file and there’s nothing that black has in that
area except for the Knight. So from here all white has to do is push the Pawn up now to
A5 attacking the Knight. And the Knight gets kicked off even farther now to C8. And from
here actually I’m just going to flip through the moves. But as we can see here white’s
King becomes activated and there’s nothing that black is going to be able to do that’s
going to stop one of these Pawns that white has from promoting. In fact it is just kind
of delaying the inevitable here as you can see as the pieces are moving. Because it is
coming, it is just a matter of time and there’s nothing that black can do. For example, after
the check here King moves off. The Pawn up now to C7 has to be captured and now it is
pretty much game over as you can see. That’s with best play. So Danielsen found the move
that crushed even the best response that black had to offer. So let’s go back to Queen
to D8 and take a look at what his opponent played. His opponent opted for Knight F6 to
stop that Queen’s access for the short term. But this isn’t good enough either because
Danielsen had a really nice resource. And in fact I don’t even think it is the one
that the computer came up with but Danielsen’s line is just as good. He plays Knight up now
to E6. Now of course this is attacking the Queen on G7. The Queen has to defend the Knight
on F6. So it is kind of married down to the protection of that Knight for the short term.
So Danielsen’s opponent just pushes it onto F7 now to defend that Knight. But from here
now white just plays a very nice move Knight over now to G5. This is attacking both the
Queen and the Pawn on H7. From here now Danielsen’s opponent play Queen over to G7 desperately
trying to maintain the defense of that Knight there on F6. But from here Henrik just plays
Knight up to H7 and there’s nothing that black can do in this position. For example,
if the Knight captures here, well it is just a pretty simple game over with checkmate there
on H4. If the Queen actually tries to get engaged here by taking on H7 then the Knight
falls here on F6. Of course this is threatening checkmate now on G5. So the King has to go
up now to H6 from here, check, King goes over to G7. The Queens come off the table and then
of course we have those monstrous Pawns that are just going to be able to promote. No matter
what black does it is going to be game over from this point. So it was just a very amazing
move that Danielsen came up with the position of playing Queen to D8. I’m definitely interested
to know if you came up with that from the position. So I’m just going to flip back
one move here so you can see what we started out with. If you did that’s awesome. If
you didn’t hopefully you understood, you know, why he played it and the destructive
capabilities that he had. And for those interested Danielsen’s opponent actually resigned after
the Knight captured on H7. So at this point it was game over. So take care. Hope you enjoyed
watching the video. Once again definitely check out Danielsen’s channel. The link
is in the description box below. Subscribe; ask him to post out more videos. He did make
chess history and I hope to see that continue. He did win the Icelandic Chess Tournament
last year. So he is definitely, you know, on a roll in terms of his performance and
his rating at the Grandmaster level. So I really hope that he starts to post videos
again. So take care. Hope you enjoyed the video and we will see you next time!

100 thoughts on “Grandmaster Chess Tactics #7: Can you spot the line?

  1. @AntiCitizenX Good catch Anti – I wouldn't worry about not seeing totally down the line, it was quite a few moves with best play to get the win, but if you got the first few I am sure you would have continued with the winning ideas. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  2. @yawnyda1st No, KC isn't an IM or GM yet to my knowledge – but still entertaining and very strong. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  3. @lisle12345 Click on the more info area below the video (description area) – it's in there. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  4. i love these videos.. im very much a beginner with chess .. in fact i pretty much only recently started playing on my iphone (although i learned the rules years ago as a child)

  5. @jrobichess No probs! I didn't see this move despite looking at it for a couple of minutes. I was too concerned about the attack on the knight and the black queen infiltration, not seeing the counter infiltration. Never a better example of "attack is the best form of defence."

  6. I did see the move and chose it as the best one, however didn't know what other havoc it would bring, awesome video as always

  7. hi jrobichess, I was looking at the knight sacrifice on f5, is there a line that could favour white in that position?

  8. at 3:41, wouldn't it be easier for white if he moved Nb5 then push a6, c7, a7, after black takes with knight he loses it, then finally c8 ?

  9. Thanks for the vids Jrobi! Think they're amazing.
    Can you please please please also do some middle game videos looking at strategic ideas like weak squares, a strong center, open files etc. Also one on pawn structure perhaps.
    Anyway, thanks for the vids!

  10. thanx for the vids jrobi! i really like your style of commentating and you always have some nice facts flying around… I hope you keep up the wonderfull work

  11. Hey, I was studying the
    [Round "8"]
    [White "Kasparov, Gary"]
    [Black "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam
    On your channel. And on move 9 black moves his knight to A5. I've heard the phrase a knight on the rim is grim. Would the move knight to E5 of been better? Because of the centre control? If not would you please take out the time to explain? Thanks 🙂

  12. jrobi!!! i've seen that move but I have another idea….1. Nxf5 gxf5 2. Qd8 Qb2check 3.Kh3 Nf2 Check 4. Kg2 Ne4 check…………. and it was a draw?????

  13. I just kept thinking how bad the position of his king was and how to threaten with a strong piece like the queen or the knight, so thats when I saw queen to D8

  14. How is the position dead equal? White has 3 vs 2 pawns on the queen side. White has connected pawns. White has 2 potentially past pawns, black has one. Whites king is closer to the action. Blacks B pawn is a huge weakness. And whites pawns are more advanced. The tactic works just because of imbalance. Trading down queens is great for white because the position is not equal. Maybe that's why black put his knight there instead? Because trading down is obviously lost.

  15. While this isn't the best move. The move I was thinking that would help would be to move the white pawn at C5 to C6. As this will add protection to the knight by now making the queen able to protect. IF black were to capture the piece then the white pawn can capture the black pawn if it tried to attack the knight. While this will lead to white being down a pawn, I think it wouldn't matter because of the postion of the pieces. If I had more characters to work with I could explain more.

  16. i love watching your videos! i can just about beat the computer on medium difficulty haha but these vids deffo help cheers man

  17. At first I was thinking night to f5 or e6 but that doesn't really do anything and black can advance the past pawn, I did find the move. My reasoning is to threaten checkmate and even if prevented black will be forced to be defensive.

  18. @thadinininon what's your username? thadinininon? I'm actually gonna be gone this weekend with no internet access. Maybe we can play on Monday? my username is the same as on YouTube.

  19. saw it right away, but I thought there was more to catch except playing for the pawn majority on the queens wing, so I kept on looking finding nothing else, so I gave up just to see I was right all along.

  20. It's not rare at all to see GM and so on bullet and blitz games and some standard to I'm on a site called chess.com and it's totally free and you can watch them play live so it's not rare at all, and they are always playing bullet and blitz games on there

  21. I came up with the key move while playing 3 tbls of PLO poker at the same time and eventually got impatient trying to find all the followup moves to see if it was really correct.However I did conclude that it was good for white with the big pawn advantage and if black was trying to defend and trading down pieces then white would win that way.This was about as far as I got with simultaneous poker tbls going on before I clicked vid for your solution.Great vid series, would love to see more!!!

  22. good video it looks like the GM s channel closed the link was not finding any 
    my move was c5 i dit not notice the mate treat Qd8? but is c6 not winning as well ?

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