Magnus Carlsen vs The World – 2nd Gran Chess Festival

Magnus Carlsen vs The World – 2nd Gran Chess Festival

Hi everyone it’s Jerry. On November 24th, 2012
Magnus Carlsen competed in a game against the world in the 2nd Gran chess festival held
in Mexico City, Mexico. For each of the moves the world voted for one of three options that
were selected by grandmaster players. And in this game Carlsen, on the white end, kicked
off with e4. And what was voted on was the Sicilian c5. After knight f3 d6 were heading
for an open Sicilian with d4. cxd Nxd knight f6, knight c3 and now a6 indicating the Najdorf
and on move six h3. What’s also quite popular is bishop e3 and after e5 the knight will
make use of that b3 square. However with h3, white is intending on g4 bishop g2 ideas and
a rerouting of this knight to this f5 square. So that’s exactly what we have. After e5 it’s
not the knight going to b3 but rather e2. Bishop e7, g4 expanding, you’ll note that this
is a strong support point on f5. This knight is on its way there. Black castles, knight g3
black gets some development in connecting their knights and after knight f5 is now in
a position to just move this knight out of the way and it’s quite timely. This d-pawn
is now defended and there’s now pressure on this e4 point. Bishop g2 development defense
of e4. More development on the black side and now castles. After b5 we have a3. This
knight does not want to be kicked around and so rook c8 half open file very logical moves
and now f4 striking at this center and has the potential to enter the black territory.
After this knight moves this pawn could be expanding and that’s exactly what we would
have, white establishing a pawn in the black position. So what follows is knight a4 which
is a curious move to see because you do run the risk of…well a messy looking pawn structure.
But the idea here is to eliminate this knight on c3 which is better placed than this knight
on c5(c6). Okay, you could reason this knight is applying pressure to this pawn but there’s
not really a way to put additional pressure on e4 and if you recognize the weakest point
in the black position, the weakest square d5, you really want to try and get rid of
a knight that could potentially make use of it. So knight a4 addresses this idea and although
black has doubled a-pawns, it now allows black to put pressure on this b-pawn. And well we’re
not going to see this right away but the potential to put pressure on the heart of this white
queen side structure is there. And if pressure is placed on b2, it may prove to be quite
uncomfortable for white to complete their queen side development. So first things first
we have some expansion, a lot of action actually on the king side and a lot of structural changes
within these next few moves, and most of which are are all forced. After g5 knight d7 knight
takes bishop, queen recaptures, and now f5 hitting that bishop, it only has one choice.
It reacts counterattacking move hitting the rook and the rook just bumps up to f2. And
black has to be very careful right now because the main idea is to just a rip open this king
side structure by making this pawn on g7 flinch, or in other words trying to get in f6, which
is often recognized as a giant thorn in one’s position. So black does well to avoid this
by playing f6, and now we have g6. A lot of tension going on with these last couple of
moves between the pawns, and the decision here now by black is a great one. Because
there is the option of taking the pawn and after the recapture, working with this particular
structure, or just playing h6. Now what was decided on was h6 and we’ll see how this now
turns out to be a great inconvenience to black because this pawn is just priceless. Controlling
these two flight squares it will always present black a problem for as long as there is one
heavy piece on the board. There’s the potential for back rank issues, and we’ll see that highlighted
later on. But the other alternative…okay what was played was h6. The other alternative
it to actually capture on g6, and at first I thought that this would be a mistake because
what it now allows white to do, or so I thought, what it now allows white to do is play queen
h5, and then make use of this h7 square. But black, fortunately, would be in time to meet
that threat. After h takes g, what we could have or what we should have is rook f to
d8 which is vacating f8 to meet a move such as queen h5 with knight f8, and black is there
just in the nick of time to not only defend h7 but the other idea is that it’s putting
pressure on g6. And so things aren’t now as clean for white. That’s not to say that this
is the best continuation, but just to highlight how black would be defending should queen
h5 be played: the knight would make use of f8, defend against h7, and apply pressure
to this pawn which runs the risk of just falling. Not long off, we could be seeing this queen e8 move and white is having to find some accurate
moves to be defending against this, and in the meantime there could still be mounting
pressure against the white queen side. So, we didn’t have this but this is a great turning
point in the game and that will often spring about when we have structural changes. So
h6 was played. There is no potential now to get to that h7 square with the queen. So things
now transition since the king side is locked. We’re now transitioning to the queen side.
So bishop e3 is played just completing… getting more pieces involved. And the
other idea that white maybe could have gone with is b3. Taking note that all of these
squares are just taken away from that light-squared bishop. And so the bishop will be kicked off
of it after either an immediate capture, or just going back right away. Let’s say takes
takes the bishop kind of gets kicked around for a bunch of moves here. a4 bishop c6, and
after b4 white will not be denied of getting to this nice diagonal and development is really
really smooth. If let’s say king h8, in anticipation of a queen playing to b3, we just have really
smooth development. And the big thing here is that this pawn here is still a liability,
and these pawns are perfectly healthy and soon enough can be converted into a passed
pawn. So that was another route white could have gone for as soon as h6 was played…
to play b3, but we didn’t have that. Instead it was bishop e3, knight c5 repositioning.
Rook d2, it only came there to meet that bishop threat when it played to that c4 square. So
now it’s functioning very well placing pressure on d6, that rooks gets involved to defend.
Queen e1 so that these rooks can now double. Queen b7. And I was talking earlier about
the rook maybe putting pressure on b2, but sure enough we can also have that queen playing
the role. White avoids this not wanting to play a very passive move. Rook b1 is just
not the way to go. It could always be let’s say kicked away. There’s not a convenient
way to defend against b2, so the idea here is to put pressure on c6. And the big thing
here is really all about activity. Queen takes b2 was played in other words because trying
to hang on to let’s say this pawn on d6 just runs into some trouble. I mean black is on
the defensive in a great way. What do you do after something like queen to f2, putting
more pressure on the knight, with still ideas of penetrating into this back rank of black’s?
It’s very very difficult. Keep in mind that a move such as knight takes e is not available
because of queen f3. What do you do about this pin? There’s not a good solution. If
d5, you can actually just take this knight. Again, taking advantage of this back rank.
This would be the best choice for black at that point, to immediately play the queen
back e8. But after the smoke clears, white is clearly just up a minor piece. So, we wouldn’t
have knight takes e at this point. The main idea again is not to just go and resort to
a completely defensive position. I guess you could play queen c6 after queen f2, the knight
going backwards just to defend the pawn, but that’s not really the way to play the game.
So instead opting for activity, grabbing on b2, and is just a step away from grabbing
a3 and this pawn becomes passed. But there is some serious issues again, all really attributed
to this pawn being so deep in the black position, controlling these flight squares. So, rook
takes d, rook takes d, rook takes d, and now queen to a3. This pawn is passed and this
queen is indirectly observing that rook on d6. Queen d2, renewing this idea of getting to
the back rank. Knight d3, an interference move. There’s a disconnect now between the
queen and the rook. The queen is hitting the rook. And we have rook d7, probably the most
active square for that rook right now. Bishop b5 hits the rook. Rook d5, and now knight
to f4 hitting this rook. Rook c5 is a cute move just interfering. Black just a moment
ago played that knight to d3 move interfering with the queen and rook’s connection. And we
have a similar thing going on right now… the rook is getting in the way of the queen
coming back to maybe defend along this diagonal. And of course if rook takes, we’re just going
to have this mate. Once again everything is highlighted as soon as one of the pieces is
no longer around to watch over that eighth rank, white can simply exploit it. So, after
rook c5 we have rook e8. And there are alternatives here… there’s many different choices for
the rook, but with each of them white is always slightly better, if not winning There’s maybe
some more resistance that could be put up, but what was chosen on this move thirty was
rook to e8, and now this is really going to crumble very fast. What white could have played,
what Magnus could’ve played is an immediate c4, knowing that if let’s say the bishop plays
to d7, white can actually go ahead and grab it. And allow a very appealing looking queen
takes bishop with check, giving a fork to the king and rook. That can just be met with
king h2, and there’s no time to take the rook because we would just have check followed
by mate in one. So, there is just a little bit of a long winded variation here. After
king h2, there’s not much you can do about the rook being threatened. And also this idea
of bringing the rook to maybe c7 or c8. If rook f8 is tried, rook c8. What to do about
taking the rook and giving mate here or, just giving check first and then taking the rook?
There’s not much you can do. Knight g6, pawn takes knight. There’s just a couple checks
that could be thrown in here and eventually the king is going to find a safe haven on
this h5 square, and this idea of the back rank is still present. So what we do have
instead of this c4 move immediately, this is what could have been played successfully,
but there is a certain degree of calculation involved knowing that you can avoid let’s
say that perpetual check. Instead of c4, we do have rook to c7, getting back on that seventh
rank. Queen gives check, king h2, and now king to h8. There’s not much that black can
do right here. There’s the idea with king h8 is just to get off of this diagonal so
that it, you know, when the queen… if the queen does land on that diagonal, it’s not
going to come with check. If for example, instead of the king going in the corner, if
we had the pawn just trying to promote… well we snip the knight, pawn takes bishop,
queen gives check, king in the corner, queen f7. What do you do about the pressure on g7?
Not much to do. Rook g8, you just take the rook, and then you deliver mate in two. So,
one other variation might be, after this position, after king h2 excuse me, queen a2, preventing
let’s say c2 from coming about… we could have queen to d6. That’s not to say
that this is the best move in this position, but just to highlight the strength of this
pawn right here on g6. It’s not just around to provide mate on the back rank, but there
are tactics involved against the g7 point as well. If for example a3 just trying again
to promote, this is the tactic that we would have: rook takes g, king takes g, queen c7,
king back, the queen gives check. And now this bishop starts to play a role. And this
will be leading to mate in a couple. So, however you slice it, after queen a1, for sure, black
is completely busted. So, queen a1, king h2, the king gets off of this diagonal. And what
follows is c4. This bishop is killed. And, what black tries is just to advance the pawn.
There’s not much more that could be done. So Magnus grabs that bishop, queen b2, pawn
grabs on a6 and well this guy is just a couple steps away and there’s just nothing to do
for black at this point. What is tried is queen takes queen, bishop takes queen, knight
e2. And after a calm rook c4, a2 and rook to a4, this pawn is lost, this pawn remains
passed, and white is still up a piece. Black is dead. And at this point the world ends
up resigning to the world’s number one, Magnus Carlsen. So, that’s all for this video. As
always, I hope you got something out of it. Take care, bye.

100 thoughts on “Magnus Carlsen vs The World – 2nd Gran Chess Festival

  1. Hello Jerry. Thanks for the analysis. I'm just wondering, how do you know when the position is safe enough to play g4? It seems like a very committal move that would create many weaknesses.

  2. Is it just me or is Magnus Carlsen waaay better than any of the previous chess world champions? He dominates every game he plays. And he only gets better with time.

  3. αƒ£αƒ¬αƒ›αƒ˜αƒœαƒ“αƒ£αƒ αƒ˜ მამაო αƒ¦αƒαƒ αƒ›αƒ”αƒœ says:

    more and more i tend to think about al lblack gotta do in modern chess is isteblish strong dark square strategy and give up on good developement of light square bishop

  4. Very nice game from my fav player Magnus, I really think he'll be the next world champion =D Great commentary as always Jerry =D

  5. I am a fan of Magnus as well πŸ˜€ i think he is kind of like Fischer in a way. I mean both of them became grandmasters at a really young age. And both of them are at the world champion level when it comes to chess.

  6. He doesn't belong to 'The World' because otherwise this chess festival wouldn't exist. Note: Chess is played by 2, except if you're schizophrenic.

  7. Don't bother. Chess will destroy your life if you take it too seriously. Be satisfied with being able to beat 95% of all chess players, go out and find a girlfriend.

  8. "Other sixth moves have little theoretical importance. On 6 h3 Black gains easy equality with 6…e6, 6…g6 or 6…Nc6, but not 6…e5?! 7 Nde2 Be6 8 g4 += that gives some justification to 6 h3." – excerpt MCO-14 p. 261(v)

    Silly world…

  9. Hey Jerry,

    I'm proud to announce that I got placed 2nd in a local chess tournament at school. My preparation of watching your videos and following you on stream was all I had and I still managed to get the second place confetti. Thanks for all your videos and thanks for the tricky knights! It made me love chess even more. I look forward to having a match with you in the future on ChessCube.


    Hereson, from the Netherlands~

  10. I think it's safe to say that this last sentence you always say at the end of your videos is a sign of modesty on your part, which is very commendable… but seriously, people ALWAYS get something out of your vids. they are GREAT! Great job as usual!

  11. I'm in grad school currently, so I haven't had any time for chess for months. But the semester is winding up, which means I've got a lot more time coming up on the horizon, so I'm feeling the juices start to flow again. Watching this video makes me want to bust out my mouse. Jerry, thanks for the great analysis of a fun, fun game!

  12. at about 10:00, when Qxb2, why can't the white bishop capture Nxc5? If the pawn recaptures then it is checkmate in 2 moves. Winning a free minor piece from what I see.

  13. Because Black can withdraw the queen to defend just in time.
    30.Rd8+ Rxd8 31.Qxd8+ Qf8. That is exactly why Carlsen plays 30.Rc5 to block the queen's view of f8.

  14. watching your videos combined with only the first 60 pages of "my system" has made me the best chess player in my new workplace! thanks πŸ™‚

  15. Great! This is one of the videos where you can view what words are actually spoken in the video by clicking on the "Interactive" transcript icon. You can also transcribe these english words to german by clicking on the CC icon in the video player itself and select "Translate Captions". I'm happy you understood a lot. πŸ™‚

  16. I find it funny how the GM's now a days are completely breaking some of the principles, such as don't move the same piece twice in the opening… Carlsen moved his night 5 times in the first 10 moves lol…

  17. Great job Jerry πŸ˜€ I like your analysis, and when you are analising recent high level game thats even better πŸ˜€

  18. 10:47. Why not just give check on Rd8 and after Be8 played take the rook and have material advantage? Yes you let the King escape the corner, but being rook up can provide some "raping" opportunities for white in the future. Other variations seems to be beneficial for white also. I dont see A file open pawns ever making to the promotion in these scenarios… and 29.Nf4 seems like a bad move given the opportunities mentioned above. It just forces it. Hesitation move like Ra-b8 looks better IMHO.

  19. Computer ratings are entirely theoretical, based on play against one another far more than on their play against humans. Bluedasher's point is that there were obviously people running that game against engines while it was in progress. While it's true that most GMs don't perform especially well against modern engines, it's at best disingenuous to imply that a computer's rating really means something concrete in relation to top super GMs.

  20. "The world resigns to Magnus Carlsen" lol. I love how you analyse these games, I guess you have many hours before to make those alternative variations but they go like 10 moves in depth man. Do you see these patterns and combinations when you're playing yourself?

  21. Wow what an amazing game. Thank you so much for the analysis! The best thing is you make it easy for anyone to understand what is going on. This is my favorite chess channel. I also enjoy your live blitz videos. They get pretty funny at times. You have a great sense of humor. Keep up the good work and great humble personality.

  22. Seems like a cute gimmick. The world is never going to have a concise plan since no one player is developing it. The world will always just be reacting to whatever plan Carlsen has. More like a slow death than anything else. Still fun to watch though.

  23. "and at this point the world simply resigned to the world champion"

  24. The most impressive thing I have seen Carlsen do was play 10 games simultaneously while blindfolded.Β  And of course win them all.

  25. sorry if this has already been asked and answered, but Magnus’s plan seems to completely disregard the β€œdon’t move a piece more than once before full development” guideline. obviously he knows what he is doing, but why does his standing in this specific opening benefit from such focus on knight placement before moving even one of his bishops, let alone full development by rook coordination? what is so special about black’s moves that allow for multiple moves of the same knight before full development? is he just anticipating an uncoordinated game plan due to black’s moves being picked by vote?

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