Magnus Carlsen vs Vassily Ivanchuk : YourNextMove (Blitz Chess) (2017), Leuven BEL

Magnus Carlsen vs Vassily Ivanchuk : YourNextMove (Blitz Chess) (2017), Leuven BEL


Hi all! Let’s have a look at another
amazing blitz game from the YourNextMove Blitz in Leuve, in Belgium.
Magnus Carlsen against Vassily Ivanchuk – d4 – Ivanchuk plays Nf6 – we have now
the super solid looking Bishop f4 so this is rarer than the standard c4. c5
is an energetic play from Vassily Ivanchuk – with this move he wants to
have a more dynamic aggressive feel to the game I believe and in fact after
d5 we see b5 so very very aggressive maybe d5 can be attacked later – maybe
Bb7 for example – we have c4 so this is starting to have a feel of a Benko
gambit type style position after g6 especially – White takes – a6 – e3 – this is
solid as well not even not trying to give black too much to target here
Bg7 Nc3 Black castles Nf3 d6 and there’s a possibility of
pinning the knight – this is extinguished actually with Nd2
actually Nc4 could be useful as well say with Nc4 and b6 – we have Nbd7 e4 Ne8 a4 Nc7 – this is a pretty standard maneuver in Benko gambit style positions but here white seems particularly solid. axb5 axb5 we
have an exchange of rooks and this file actually could be useful. There could be
some useful entry points. At the moment a7 is the one entry point which is
available to the Queen to bear in mind. f5 black playing
energetically on this side boards as well. exf5 Rxf5 – so undermining d5 and
f4 is hit – that’s moved back that pawn is on this ‘diagonal of death’ – it’s too
dangerous to take that pawn here and because of Bc4 after –
just to show I think we could just take and either Bc4 or even Qa2
winning the exchange that’ll be good for white so okay so after Nb6 which
does put loads of pressure now it seems on d5 we have Queen a5 which almost
tries to – it well it does try to set up a pin on any Nxd5 here – there’s
a nasty pin on the Queen so this is very very interesting this entry point here Let’s see now if black tried to take
on d5 say this Ncxd5 Nxd5 and we have Rxd5 – we have a key move here – well
it actually yeah it looks as though this should be good but e6 might actually
be (=) – it’s not a massive advantage while there’s actually even a better way just
to exploit this pin (b6 to d8) rather than this pin (d5 to g8) With Nc4 actually yeah just go for
this pin you’d think sometimes you know the ‘absolute pins’ are the best but
here the ‘relative pin’ wins against the Queen – What does black do about that pin?! You know that piece is just dropping off so that’s crunching we just take it on
b6 soon so uh yeah that point is immune here so after Qa5 Black played Bxc3 giving up the dark squared bishop but White now – these are just
doubled pawns – Magnus plays quite an interesting decision – he doesn’t in fact
take that – it might be nice in theory to weaken the dark squares but actually
he’s more interested in keeping up this pin so he sacs a pawn – and there’s also
a loose piece now in this position to bear in mind – white castles (0-0) so he has achieved
that relative pin mentioned earlier Rf8 so freeing the Queen
to move now – we have Qa7 and this is very very difficult for black because
of b6 and b7 coming up later – now in this position Bf5 was played so
again if we ask the question here of Nxd5 – I believe in this
position with the loose piece on b2 this move is very very good – Qa2 – just winning material – we have Bishop f5 but after b6 it seems this is a very very dire state
of affairs where Nxd5 was played any way allowing Qa2 – so
hitting b2 and d5 – black can’t juggle both of these issues – thus losing a piece
and there wouldn’t be much counterplay either so black actually resigned here.
Let’s have a look at the alternative If the knight had gone back there – that is a legal move in the position so let’s have a look at it.. b7 later Nc7 white
really wants to play Rb1 here and there’s a killer move relatively
absolute killer move in this position just to play g4 to try and play Rb1
next so if the bishop goes to d7 just Rb1 gaining a tempo on that loose
piece and going to be he’s going to be queening – bishop moves back and you
might think well – Bc2 ?! – the thing is the bishops are both loose now – so
Qa2 here is picking up material so yeah
Magnus made it look easy let’s go back to the final position yeah it seems
Black’s benko gambit only led to just loose pieces in the position in this
game and pins – quite nasty celebration of pins and loose pieces really for
Magnus Carlsen in this particular blitz game – so quite instructive
for high-level blitz I believe .. Comments .. questions likes shares appreciated – thanks very much.

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