Magnus Carlsen vs. Vishy Anand – 2012 Chess Masters Final – Bilbao

Magnus Carlsen vs. Vishy Anand – 2012 Chess Masters Final – Bilbao

Hi everyone, it’s Jerry. This is a game from
the Chess Masters Final in Bilbao. Round 9 between the World’s #1 player, Magnus
Carlsen, and the current World Chess Champion, Vishy Anand. Carlsen on the white end kicking
off with e4. Anand choosing the Sicilian. After knight f3, d6 and bishop b5, bishop
d7 we have the Canal-Sokolsky Attack. And with the elimination of that light squared
bishop, white will now do well to coordinate their remaining bishop and their pawns. And
that’s done by having pawns on light, and this guy of course will be around to guard
dark. Knight f6, knight c3. And one thing to point out, playing the black side… what
black would like to get in pawn break wise is either d5 or b5, but with the insertion
of c4 on white’s fifth move d5 becomes that much more difficult of course to get in. Two
pawns now contributing to the control of d5. So more development black going with the king
side fianchetto, and white pressing forward with d4 because really the d-pawn is a liability…
for as long as it’s around it’s just a liability… it’s backwards at this point right here. So
d4 looks to eliminate an unhealthy pawn for a perfectly healthy black c5 pawn. And that’s
exactly what we have c takes d, knight takes d, bishop g7. f3 reinforces e4, it also rules
out any maybe potential knight g4 ideas assuming that white would maybe develop the bishop
to e3. This is a common idea to rule out knight g4. Queen c7, the start of… putting okay
first directly putting pressure on c4, and potential for both b6 and a5 ideas. This is
a weakened diagonal since f3 has been played, and the queen can maybe do well on that b6
square. Well the other way to view it is really… the only reason she was on d7 was just to
recapture. We didn’t have the knight recapturing. His main square is going to be on c6. So she’s
just repositioning at this point on c7, hitting at c4, and with b3 okay now we have actually
a couple diagonals weakened. We could see the queen playing to either one of those squares.
a5 is made use of right away hitting at c3. White defends and develops. Knight c6 development,
development on the white end and the black end… both sides now castled. One thing that’s
very important to take note of is that if white does not have this knight to a4 move
in response to black’s queen b6… for example instead of castle right here if black played
queen b6, this is a must move. White is needing to play knight to a4 to kick this queen off
of the diagonal because we have an instance here with queen b6 that this knight is now
not only in a pin but also unprotected. It is hit twice and defended once… in my eyes
it’s unprotected and this is often a very difficult pin to get out of but there is this
resource of knight a4. If it wasn’t there… if it was the case that just knight to e2
was the only move played, well white is simply lost after e5. But we don’t have that but
something again certainly to be aware of. You need to know how to be responding… you
need to have knight a4 available. So black castles, knight c to e2 getting in a position
to recapture with maybe the bishop if knight takes, or even the queen and then there would
be a more direct view of that g7 square. If instead of let’s say knight to e2… if we
did have let’s say something like rook to c1… after knight takes queen takes okay
now maybe there’s some tricky stuff that can happen. The knight is able to move and okay
the queen is getting hit directly she has to react. It’s just to sidestep that type
of possibility that black would have to unleash a direct attack against that queen. You’ll
note that after knight here if we did have this capture and the queen recaptures, well
the knight of course can’t be making use of d7 unless they want to fall for a mate in
one. So we don’t have that. After knight on c to e2, we have rook on f to d8. Bishop c3
kicking the queen away to b6. White gets out of that pin immediately, and now we have the
surprising d5. This certainly caught me off guard. I thought if d5 was going to be played,
well you have to prep that first with e6, and then do d5. But it’s available… this
d5 move is available tactically. If white is to capture with either pawn… let’s just
say the c-pawn, there is knight takes d5. And after let’s say the recapture we have
rook takes and now this knight is hit how many times? One, two, three… it’s hit four
times. It’s only defended three and you can’t add a fourth defender. And even if you could,
you’re getting hit a fifth time, or even a sixth time. This knight, however you slice
it, is going down. So how it might follow if this was the situation, if this was the
continuation… the queen maybe would get out of the pin and at the end of the day after
the smoke clears on this d4 square and the material has been restored black is still
of course the side that stands better because all their pieces are working. Dominance of
the d-file and already in this heavy piece… this strictly heavy piece endgame black has
already a flight square for the king, and white will be needing to expend a move to
do that for their side. So black would be clearly better in that endgame. I don’t know
if it will be enough to win but white has something much better than to just go ahead
and grab on d5. And what’s tried is knight takes c6 knowing that if queen takes now you
take on d5 because there is not the liability. The reason that that tactic worked was because
white had a piece on d4 that was vulnerable… that was caught in a pin. But it’s no longer
there, so there is no longer a tactic. So we wouldn’t have queen takes… that is not
the move that was played. Instead b takes knight, and now white gets out of the pin
and threatens a skewer, bishop a5. Black meets that with rook d to c8. Now we have a structural
change with e5, kicking the knight away to e8. And I believe that is the better of the
two squares. You come to the edge, you’re getting killed with g4… the knight is out
of squares. So e8 I believe is the better of these two squares because if you go here
e6 is the continuation however you slice it. It is the move that is played in the game,
and now with e6 black has less options since it’s coming with tempo on the knight. Knight
e8 was played and after e6, okay now at least there’s some choice. Maybe black can be playing
f5. It’s not the move that was played. I’m not sure how much resistance can really be
put up after f5 because with this pawn still around… one thing that’s popping up in my
mind is the potential for maybe a rook getting to d7, and really being able to rely upon
that square for a good amount of time. For if it’s ever captured, well we’re probably
just going to be having the pawn recapturing, and okay just a single step away from queening.
That’s very critical… very very dangerous for black to be in this type of situation
to have a white pawn with such depth on that e6 square. So Anand just grabs it, is up a
pawn but clearly this guy is a liability and so to is his friend right here on the e-file
as well on e7. Both of these guys on the e-file are vulnerable. Additionally now there is
tension between these bishops. There are two things going on with that pawn advance. It’s
weakening the king side for one, and welcoming the dark squared bishop exchange which white
will be looking to exploit very soon. And it seems like it might be a difficult thing
to get in… some sort of an attack against the black king with so limited pieces but
it’s pretty impressive to see just how effective a queen and knight tandem can be. Knight f4
pressure on e6 twice, and bishop takes, queen takes, d4. This is a passed pawn. This should
have some of your attention right now… just a few steps away but he’s not really going
to pose any serious threat. Right now okay hitting the queen, she bumps back to d2. I
thought queen e1 just to be assured that this pawn is going to be taken but Carlsen is thinking
about something much different. With queen d2 her focus is on h6, and the knight’s focus
is going to be on g5. And this is going to cause black a serious problem. If the queen
can get on h6, and the knight can get on g5, black is going to be placed in a giant knot
and constricted in a really really great way. So let’s see how that happens… first things
first after queen d2, Anand takes the time out to play c5 having now a connected passed
pawn and providing lateral support to e6. Rook on a to e1, the pawn is hit for a second
time. It’s defended for a second time, and now g4. What is this doing? Primary reason:
box out the knight. I guess more long-term okay there’s a potential for a flight square.
This might strike many as being a very committal move but there’s really not a way to exploit
the now more weakened nature of let’s say the white king position… and I don’t even
know if you would really go as far as saying it’s more weakened… maybe it’s just better
off… it’s just going to be a flight square. We see this maybe most commonly… this idea
of a pawn constricting a knight when let’s say a white pawn plays to c3, and a knight
is on its classical c6 square. That similar thing occurs in that position. Let’s say okay
in this situation, in this game, we have what? We have the knight on g7, and a pawn on g4.
There is exactly two squares separating them and often times that pawn will be doing a
good job in restricting the knight. There is one famous game… I believe it was 1994…
Kasparov versus Shirov where it was a Sveshnikov Sicilian, and there was actually an exchange
sacrifice. And at the time we had, for those of you that remember that game, there was
a knight…Shirov’s knight was on b7, and after there was that exchange sacrifice, we
had the follow-up of b4. Again doing a similar thing… having a pawn restricting that knight.
So we see this pop about in this game as well. It’s just projected on the king side of the
board, and maybe one might reason the more critical side of the board since that’s where
the kings are both residing. But okay we just see some… instead of the queen side in that
Kasparov-Shirov game we have it being on now the king side. Anyhow, the knight is boxed
out. Maybe that’s the better way to state it. [laughs] Okay rook c6… okay some defense
to that e6 square, and ok now we have that coordination going on. Okay the idea is queen
h6, and then the knight wants to get to g5. Knight e8, queen h6, knight f6. The knight
is making this journey so that he can be in a position to watch over h7. He’s really going
to be the most convenient piece to meet the eventual pressure against h7… devoting a
three-point piece, the piece that’s of least value to defend that h7 square. Knight f6,
knight g5, and okay he definitely can’t move. If he moves, it’s a mate in two. Take and
then f7 game over. With d3 Anand is trying to stir up some trouble with the rook coordination.
Because if something is not done quickly, white’s plan is very very clear. Pile up on
the weak link, and the weak link is e6. For example let’s say after a5 we could just be
having rook e5 with two ideas here. Not only to double on the e-file, but there is a slick
little tactic that is available after the rook pivots on e5 which I’ll point out in
a second. But assuming that black does not do something with this d-pawn right away,
white’s plan is very clear… pile up on e6 and it’s very difficult to defend. So a5 is
not played, instead it is d3. White still plays rook e5, and here is the tactical shot:
if let’s say a5 is played here… knight takes h7 is the tactical idea, knowing now that
if knight takes knight, you grab the pawn with check. If the king goes in the corner,
it’s mate in two. Rook h5, mate next on h7, pick your favorite way to do it. So that’s
the threat, and it’s met immediately, after rook e5, it’s met with king h8 so now if knight
takes, the knight can recapture, and if the queen takes the pawn it’s no longer coming
with check. What this means is that black now has time to get the rook involved to help
out with the defense of the knight. So we don’t have knight takes h7 after king h8.
Instead rook d1 looking to just pick up this pawn, and there is not a way to defend it.
This rook is really not the greatest piece in the world. It’s on a closed file, it’s
having to just babysit a pawn, and neither black rook can even make progress on the d-file.
Neither one could be in a position to watch over d3 because of knight f7 stuff with a
check and the knight would be hitting at both d8 and d6. So what do you do in this position?
Queen a6 is tried, in order to meet rook takes d of course with maybe queen takes a. But
there is no rush, and that’s important to recognize in this position. There is absolutely
no rush with taking d3. First, just a very common idea in a chess game, react to your
opponent’s threats first, and your threats will still be persistent. a4, what do you
do now? Well in this game Anand resigned. There is absolutely nothing to do. Black is
in a giant knot. And if you look at all the black pawns that black has, none of them can
move okay except for this guy. But however you slice it he’s going to be taken on the
next turn. What can you even do in this position? Rook b8 might be a try, but okay you just
grab on d3. Well one thing to also point out looking at how restricted black is… this
knight can’t move, there are no black pawns that can move, this rook is constrained to
this back rank, the queen and rook are constrained to the defense of e6, and soon enough we are
just going to be having a third piece hitting at e6 and white is ready to take with maybe
the knight or even the rook. And there is going to be absolutely no defense. One thing
that I was thinking about was why not let’s say play rook here…rook to b8, and after
rook takes d to play queen c8? And the idea behind that is to now meet let’s say rook
on d to e3 with rook to b6. White would still have something in this position in the form
of something like a5, and now these rooks are in a giant giant knot. Keep in mind again
that there is no rook d6 shuffling. The rooks are basically immobile at this point. But
it’s something much worse than that. Really the idea here is that the queen can’t even
come back to this c8 square to defend against e6 because we would have the tactical shot
rook d8 again with this idea of a knight fork. And after the smoke clears, okay black has
for the queen a knight and a rook. But really don’t even view it like this knight is on
the board. He’s really just a spectator and is restricted just like those rooks were.
Every advancing square is ruled out, the knight is boxed out, and there is no potential whatsoever
for a fortress in this type of an endgame. So as it stood in this game, after the calm…
the very patient a4 recognizing that black has nothing better to do… black has just
absolutely nothing to do, and white will be picking up this pawn on the next turn, black
just ends up resigning. 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. Vishy Anand – 2012 Chess Masters Final – Bilbao

  1. Well the uploader is obviously taking into account that putting the faces of actual players would make the thumbnail more interesting thus garnering more views. If he would just flat out put a digital chessboard as a thumbnail, I doubt he would be getting 184,211 views. If you enjoyed the video why feel the need to report it?

  2. i learnt a lot combining jerry's analysis with this guys' –>watch?v=b3yFPtSDlRc
    it's sobering how deep chess can be >.<

  3. How much of a FUCKING looser are you seriously?The guy delivers your ass a great analysis and you are posting this shit?

  4. Well, now that I taught you how to spell "loser", you can return the favor and translate that to English for me 😀

  5. I wouldn't ask that if I were you. Let me say that it's something along the lines of "Are you in the mood of continuing this conversation in Greek since you don't like my spelling?"
    but more rude:D

  6. Well, we can try, but you're going to have to correct me a hell of a lot since I didn't even recognize that that was Greek. And correcting me is exactly what I would want you to do since that is what would help me learn the language better (which is why I like it when people correct my English).

  7. at 4:30 your move Qxd4 would be a big blunder because instead of Nd7?? black can play Ne8 (or h5) winning a piece

  8. It's like that with all sports, rankings reflect the most consistent winner or the one who wins the most. Not necessarily the "big tournament" winner

  9. you don't realize how smart these guys are until you watch a 20 minute video discovering their thinking that took place in 3 minutes

  10. It's incredible how quickly they can make these assessments and make the right moves. Great video, you really spelled everything out perfectly!

  11. Jerry, I was in a similar position to this game, and my opponent played Nxe4 unleashing the bishop on my two unprotected knights, how should I properly defend this tactic? (from 1:54 in the video)

  12. Ummm you just take the knight since the queen on d1 protects d4?? Also notice the protection of the knight on d4 is critical in the opening. After 9. … Qc7 10. b3 because 10. Qe2 might open up some tactics (potentially) on d4 (although 10. … Nxe4 11. Qxe4)… just food for thought

  13. He has a Knight on c6. The move order of my game went. 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Nf3 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Rc8 9. f3 g6 10. b2 Bg7 11. O-O Nxe4

  14. I'm sorry I can't follow the game, I think there's a mistake in 5. … Nf3 since black can't place a knight on f3, I thought Nf6, but then black plays Nf6 on move 6 again, I'm not following. If the move you meant was Nc6 then you have 2 moves on 11 instead of 0-0. Namely 11. Be3 (fine) and 11. Bb2 (probably best) and meets 12. Nxe4 with Nxe4 opening the defense by the bishop.

  15. It really doesn't make it more "fun at all, it just misleads people who think they are going to get different content than they are.

  16. What a thoroughly thought out and executed attack.
    How can you possibly play so well…. All Carlsen's pieces were doing something, and mostly atleast two things.

  17. Jerry, I notice you're really good at figuring out ways to checkmate the king in the corner with a knight and queen. You should make more videos showing how players can quickly understand and find solutions to these common problems. A lot of people struggle with this even though it may look easy.

  18. Respond to your opponents threats first! 🙂 Great quote.
    Thanks for an awesome vid and analysis! Amazing thought went into it 😀

  19. Anyone care to answer the criticism that Chess today has become played out, and is nothing but rote memorization, and lacks true creativity?

  20. I mean the analysis…Black stands better??? Even without a computer it is easy to see that white is ok…Im elo 2101 and I can see it easily…

  21. 8 days until Game 1 of the 2013 World Chess Championship
    Anand or Carlsen?


    Magnus Carlsen vs. Vishy Anand – 2012 Chess Masters Final – Bilbao

  22. Great channel of chess, I have a pretty trivial question hehe but I ask, what is the date of the match for the title of World Chess Champion. Thanks for possible help. best regards from Poland ツ

  23. @ 4:33 you mention .,..Nd7 and white mates at g7. Instead, why not ….Ne8. That discovers an attack on Qd4 while protecting the mate at g7. Once the white queen moves, the Bishop at b2 falls. 

  24. ChessNetwork was there any strategy that Anand could have used to turn the tide before he had chosen to do rook to E6?

  25. @icegood1980 Stockfish strongly disagrees with many things about your analysis, both the overall outcome as well as several of the moves.  In particular, it considers 19. … Kf8 an unforgivable blunder.  

    I'd say that long tactical lines are not Jerry's strong suit, and (imo) not the reason most people watch his videos.  People like the lucid positional play and explanation.  

    If you're looking for deep tactical analysis, I'd suggest downloading a chess engine or looking at any of the other chess pros on the YouTube.

  26. If g4 hadn't been played; in that endgame rb3 would work because of queen takes a4, and if pawn takes it would be mate. 

  27. Can anyone provide the name of a good chess program?  Not like an engine, but an actual, easy to use, intuitive program?  I've tried Lucas, and Chessmaster will not run on Windows 8.  THanks.

  28. Glad to see I'm not insane. Magnus on that thumbnail is really strange looking. But it's obviously being used as a form of click-bait by chessnetwork. Props to him for finding such an odd pose though, it worked on me lol.

  29. At move 24 after g4, perhaps e5 could have been played in order to get rid of that doubled pawn. Yes, you lose a pawn, but it would have helped black maneuver his pieces a bit better. The rooks would be much more active in defending the king if that annoying pawn wasn't in the way.

  30. What are the "times" on the side counting down from 1:30? are the players limited to that much time for their moves?

  31. @ChessNetwork: Love your channel and I'm learning a lot! Thank you!
    I'm a newbie to online chess and all this and wondering what software you're using for the analysis of these games. I think ti could really help people learning to be able to do what you're doing in this video but in their own time.
    I hunted through the different software I could find to see what if I could find the one it looks like you're using. Looks like you're using Jin as the software and I'm guessing you have a PGN file with the moves from this match, right? I don't see in Jin (Windows), though, how to load up a PGN file.
    I would love to walk through the steps of the game and try different moves along the way and play it out, then figure out why they didn't do the moves I'm thinking and then go back to where they went and do the same for the next move. Kind of like you do when you go on tangents in here. In any case, any help/direction you can give would be great.



    PS maybe you could set up a video for newbies that talks about the different resources out there (software, services, pros and cons of each, where to find good PGNs of grandmaster games, etc.). All the stuff you've figured out and do all the time. A sort of a Getting Started for Dummies guide 😉

  32. 18. e5 was the breakthrough. After ..Ne8, 19. e6, Black's Queen and Rooks are blocked from helping the King by black Pawns, while all White's pieces can attack.

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