Magnus Carlsen punishes materialism beautifully vs Karjakin to paralyse Alphazero & Kasparov style

Hi all. I have another absolutely
fascinating magnus carlsen game show you this is in the Gashimov Memorial round 8
so Sergei Karjakin was playing white against Magnus Carlsen 1.e4 Magnus
plays the Sicilian defense Knight f3 knight c6 we go into the Sicilian Sveshnikov variation so Knight f6 encourages Knight c3 and now black plays
e5 this is one of my favorite openings I was much younger I used to love this
opening I had printouts all over my walls on this opening I just thought it
sounded really cool Sveshnikov – anyway so here Knight d5 this isn’t
historically the main move the main move historically is Bishop g5 and there’s a
huge junction point here either Knight d5 or Bishop takes f6 so for example you
know White’s getting a small edge here but black has
the bishop pair here and that G file – I’ve had a lot of fun myself in these
positions with this variation Nd5 not going for the double pawns is also kind
of annoying for black sometimes White reroutes the knight into e3 later with c3
and plays things like a4 A different plan there but this is now in
vogue because of the World Chess Championship Nd5 so those games against
Fabiano Caruana – Knight takes d5 exd5 Ne7 c4 and this sets a trap a well-known
trap that Queen a4 is actually a very big threat in this position black cannot
fall for example g6 because queen a4 is too quick here for black to handle if
Bishop d7 then Nxd6 checkmate so black has to be very
careful the way this King side is organized in light of Queen a4 – the
knight gets out of the way protecting d6 here with Bishop so
there are more options now on Queen a forum there’s Bishop d7 is now possible
without dropping d6 on Queen d7 by the way then the pin can be exploited Knight
c7 check and then taking here and winning the rook. So Bishop d7 Queen b4
hitting d6. Bf5 The Queen goes back … Bishop d7 again as though
Magnus doesn’t really mind a draw here but White varies now with h4 so it’s
interesting h4 to try and maybe some time to kick
the knight so this is actually stops h5. And you could argue at some cost isn’t this
pawn a fixed target on h5 we see Bishop g5 Queen b8 Bishop e2 a6 the knight goes
back Queen c7 g3 this does weaken these light squares there’s the light square
bishop here the guardian of these light squares interestingly if white castles
Bishop e7 the H pawn is kind of a target here as well though and if white has to
play something like g3 here – tactically there’s something like Knight f4 this is
really quite interesting for the variations of this opening G takes rook
h6 and blacks whipping up quite a dangerous position here quite dangerous
attack indeed could be very very good for black as the example yeah it’s it’s
pretty dangerous actually yes if white castles are too quickly in this scenario
so Bishop e7 yeah g3 is running into Knight f4 here if Nd1 instead Nxh4 so
it’s White’s pawn that can be a target as well so White kind of protects with g3
now Bishop e7 and the bishop actually drops back taking on e7 here Knight
takes rook c1 this position should be about even there are some interesting
there’s an interesting tactical idea while the rooks are not connected here
Knight takes d5 exploiting the pinned knight and it should be about even in
that position so anyway in the game Bishop e3 e4 this kind of prepares
potentially a pulled sac to get the knight into the center and you can also
see that the light squares in general over here as well as d3 they’re all
pretty interesting to this Knight actually white castles. Na4
immediately you might think is interesting to consider with that b6.
If black ignores it White might actually be okay this is a plausible
continuation to play Na4 and at least poke into the dark squares
of black sometimes as a general rule of thumb if if you feel you’re weak on on a
certain color you should maybe you could have opportunities on the other color
it’s logical here with the bishop on that diagonal so anyway white just
castled and Magnus Carlsen just castled offering the h5 pawn and it’s actually
taken here and some people have been saying as though Magnus has been
influenced by Alpha |ero or maybe the Leela Neural network project – we’ve seen hundreds of
examples recently of Leela favoring control versus material the notion of
materialism is also to me a form of occupation when you win material you’re
also occupying with the extra material so this pawn sacrifice is really it is
it is pretty deep there are two things going for it in this position as I say
that the light squares are all pretty weak here – this
knight bouncing to e5 if if black could then exchange off the light square
bishops– this could be really dangerous for you know things like
Qc8 going into h3 later after the bishops come off also a knight
on d3 is like not the famous “octopus Knight” one of my favorites Karpov
Kasparov games where Garry Kasparov got this central knight and it kind of
dislocated Karpov’s position so anyway there are some light square consequences
to be aware of in taking this pawn this this notion of materialism versus
controlling the position is is really interesting to consider perhaps with
with our previous generations of chess engines maybe we have been a bit too
interested in materialism and you could say it’s a kind of new hypermodern era
because the hypermoderns were more concerned with controlling the center
for example rather than occupying it literally this so this form of
materialism does it actually lose white a lot of control ? An alternative here well actually okay so Bishop takes
h5. If rook fd1 just leaving the pawn Knight e5 Bishop d4 trying to fight
on the dark squares which seems a logical thing to do if if you’re weak on
the light squares say black did get this thorn pawn here – it might actually be okay
this this position – at least White’s got the e file and a certain amount of
control in this position it’s not too dangerous it seems so that’s another way
of playing it so Bishop takes h5 accepting this challenge you know what
what is the dynamic compensation Knight e5 so it looks as though c4 is
immediately a concern for white and the bishop drops back if Rfd1 knight
d3 is actually it is a very nice central Knight and c4 can be hit
here and this kind of position looks as though it should be about equal yeah
no one’s really doing that well here are some casualties on both sides so okay
Bishop e2 we have Queen d7 so the queen is aligning itself to the light square
issues that potentially exist in position Queen a4 offering an
exchange of Queens the Queen drops back still aligning to White’s light squares
and if Bg4 – there’s no point yeah the Queen’s come
off Nxe4 is a big advantage – there is no point – the Queen’s have got to stay on … Queen c4 .. e4 is weak here as well and it’s actually targeted with
this move c5 unveiling it seems in some sense logical to take out a center pawn
for a kind of more flank pawn in principle that seems if you said it
abstractly it seemed like a reasonable thing to do it does increase the scope
of the Bishop a bit this pawn exchange this virtual pawn exchange though and
also it gives black a pawn majority on the Queen side a 3-2 pawn
majority gives White potential you know Center pawn but is that strong or is it
weak so this big structural change occurs with c5 if instead Queen d1 then
Knight takes e4 this position is also it’s it’s a really kind of interesting
counter pawn sack to consider trying to get control back of the position and it
looks as though it should offer white equal chances so yeah Queen d1 is an
interesting counter pawn sacrifice indeed so c5 Nxe4 c4 – this creates an interruption here tactic
against that knight so threatening Bishop takes e4 interrupting that protection of
the night the knight drops back and now we get b5 and it seems when you have a
pawn majority and get a tempo gain move as well that does seem like a great thing the other thing though about this
White’s center porn doesn’t seem to be that handy if there’s a big blockade on
D3 here but even before that happens there’s now b4 which is reminiscent of
this famous Karpov vs Kasparov game now where Karpov had stumbling knights
against a central knight the threat immediately which might you know
tactically and in some way justify is Knight b6 forking queen and rook but
this is bypassed by providing an even bigger threat for white to handle which
is Bishop e4 with the threat of Queen H3 so what was the alternative just
for a moment tonight to Na4 ? Nb1 stumbling around rook d8 this doesn’t
look too great for White that pawn is vulnerable for example this position
with the knight going into d3 it seems as though there’s no big issue for black
and blacks getting that nice center pawn so that’s just horrible it seems
for white. So blacks getting a big advantage there
so Knight a4 stumbling knight – this doesn’t bode very well Bishop e4
especially after Be4 now threatening Qh3 here Queen d4
was played – on Nb6 just to put that on the board Queen H3 and here
this is just crushing Knight g4 threatening checkmate – it will be absolutely crushing and let’s put a checkmate on the board as an
example. But were there any options here after Bishop b4 if we’re
going to be forensic about this game okay so Nb6 clearly it wasn’t played
Queen d4 was played there’s an interesting move to consider which is f3
trying to create some tactical liabilities for black but queen H3 here just ignoring that
and this position e3 is loose here that’s crushing absolutely crushing
that’s actually unplayable here so I’m thinking of that slightly
later actually so Queen d4 is a sensible move considering the options Queen f5
it’s here now that f3 is interesting to consider f4 was played
but we have this kind of alignment rook and queen f3 is really quite
interesting and maybe a missed opportunity for white to try and
complicate things so the self pin in general is a liability you don’t really
want. Let us imagine Bishop takes f3 for a moment this position it’s
it’s kind of tricky tactically and after Queen f4 this might actually be
roughly even chances perhaps this was the way that white should have played
and a knight might bounce back in the game with a vengeance hitting c4 later.
This possibly was a very important move to consider. On Knight takes F3 then
Bishop takes Bishop takes d6 here Queen takes c4 Bishop b6 here Qh5 d7 it looks as
though actually it’s complicated this is a complicated
scenario but black might have a small edge here but at least you know white is
in the game here with with some interesting possibilities okay so this
this move that was played f4 is very committal these pawns on the dark
squares the corresponding light squares are vulnerable and in fact the threat to
the knight is totally ignored with queen g6 just threatening Queen takes g3 so
Bishop f2 just to put that on the board f takes there’s Queen takes g3 is
checkmate so Bishop f2 defending g3
now Nd3 so what is going on here on also by the way
possible Nf3 check this position is pretty dangerous for White.
this would have been pretty dangerous as well this is really plausible this kind
of attack scheme is a big advantage to black as an example
so anyway Nd3 though is also very good
we have h5 if bishop takes d3 cxd3 this position is pretty solid for
black especially things like bishop takes f4 – if taking queen g2 to mate
blacks getting a big advantage there as well so h5 is an interesting trying to
try and take away the Queen from protecting the bishop the Queen sticks around to
protect the Bishop .. Bishop g4 now trying to forcibly take the Queen away
from the the bishop again here as an alternative Rad1 this position is
very nice for black and on move 33 King h2 this position is also very nice for
black you can see this pin bishop in this variation is pretty nasty Black is
getting a big advantage there so there’s not too much for white to consider here
so yeah Bishop g4 a sharp move Queen takes g4 Queen takes e4 so black
strategically has met the dream outcome of taking off the light square
bishops with these light square weaknesses the bishop moves out of the
attack and there’s things like Knight takes f4 with that pinned g3 pawn
on the cards so what does white want to do? white unpins g3 with Queen g2 so terrible is absolutely terrible is
Queen takes e4 Knight takes f4 where the Queen’s also a liability to Nh3+
picking up the Queen so for example King h2 that just gets mated
or Rac1 there’s actually Rac8 here because the Queen’s also
protecting c8 so this position is diabolical
for Ne2+ check winning the rook on c1 Bishop e3 at move 36 … Queen
takes Queen g2 so yeah there’s not too many good moves. Queen g2 seems sensible
in the circumstance but here after Rae8 it is kind of reminiscent of Kasparov
paralysis game against Anatoly Karpov this domination of the e file with the kind
of octopus night hitting in all directions
it was absolutely one of my favorite games the octopus knight game and check
it out on Channel so this octopus knight here which was
coined by the way by Raymond Keene in the preface of Batsford chess openings I
think the game got a lot more interest because it was mentioned in the in the
preface of that classic openings book where you know Kasparov
gambit because it was said that Grand masters pounded the table in outrage that
Kasparov repeated his so-called gambit but it got this huge knight on d3. Anyway
here this is reminiscent of that and the thing is black can conveniently double
on the e-file and basically take on f2 and play rook e1 it will be devastating
this Bishop is also going to be dangerous on this diagonal potentially
we see Bishop d4 so let’s let’s say a3 is an alternative just to see some
something concrete with what was just said. Here black can get ready to use
this diagonal prepare the grounds for this bishop to use this diagonal so here
bang then Bishop c5 it’s just it could be absolutely
crushing like this and even an attraction tactic that’s when the Queen
and then mating. Okay so that’s that sort of thing is on the cards on Knight
b6 as alternative Knight takes Bishop c5 is very nice after deflecting the Queen
away from g3 then Re2 is is mating or winning the Queen so very unpleasant
stuff Bishop d4 we have Queen takes h5 Re2 to was also plausible at this
point just to show the strength of black’s position. Blacks really dominating
the position but Queen takes h5 and I think I’ve overrun the game haven’t I? No I haven’t overrun the game … a bit
cautious about overrunning the game Bishop d4 Queen takes h5 Queen f3
on Queen h2 Queen g6 and and here Re4 Re4. This buildup is possible and
then getting that nasty pin again Black is getting a huge advantage there so Queen f3
Queen g6 King h1 there’s no point in nudging the Queen with f5 the Queen just
goes to the dark square g5 and this is just .. there are ways of attacking the King
here for example like this it’s all getting pretty nasty. So King h1 Re4 for Bf2 Rfe8
and the game ended here actually yes with the doubling of the rooks – yeah quite
amazing so Sergei Karjakin doesn’t usually get clobbered like this with the
white pieces. White is in the kind of state of paralysis and you might think
well okay prove it let’s prove it again I think you know the basic idea in
this position Queen g2 it’s basically to knock out
f2 and then use the bishop to exploit those dark squares so this is just a
fictional variation now .. Qg2 Re2 then queen g4
that pawn is also dangerous just imagine this happens knocking out that dark
square bishop there’s things like this in fact g3 is very weak here and could
be winning the Queen another scenario instead of Queen g2 let’s say be b3
then Knight takes f2 Re3 Rook takes and that the rooks doubling like
this on the 6th rank for Re3 this fails to Qe4 check and Rh3
.. with the rook on g2 pinned there’s nothing for White to do. White is just
losing the Queen there. Rad1 is another example then Knight takes f2
Re2 check here and then mating there. So yeah it is pretty hopeless
here after rook fe8 so a pretty classic game it was mentioned that I should check
this out. Thanks whoever mentioned that that was great game choice. Magnus Carlsen has
been winning lots of games recently the Vugar Gashimov memorial really has shown his
amazing dominance and kind of stylistic change. It’s sometimes felt as though
Magnus was playing very long-winded games before and there have been some
really sparkling games he’s been playing in this Vugar Gashimov memorial as I though its
like a more tactical kind of dynamic style has emerged so maybe there has been some
influence of all the neural networks in games of Super Grandmasters but this entire philosophy .. I
think the one that’s really important to me which Demis Hassabis (CEO of Google Deepmind) I saw this
video recently he was saying that the the conventional engines favored
materialism over control and if you think about it because the engines have
been the professionals first choice of analytical assistant maybe that has
pervaded into human thinking we kind of evolve with the technology may be
ourselves a little bit in our thinking and maybe the neural network approaches
have kind of proven with a huge amount of evidence that
there is a lot of dynamic potential in the game and materialism is a form of
occupation and so in a way to me this is a kind of new hyper modernistic era
where it’s sort of trying to occupy with extra material, you just try and dominate the
position and here that there was an extreme domination of the position so
really this is a perhaps the sign that there’s a dynamic change of climate
which could be occurring soon this new influence of dynamic control versus
materialism or occupation a new human hyper modernistic era perhaps okay if
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