The Immortal “not so smooth” Chess game: Magnus Carlsen vs Bacrot : Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017

The Immortal “not so smooth” Chess game: Magnus Carlsen vs  Bacrot : Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017


Hi all! Let’s look at another amazing game
from the Grand Chess Tour in Paris the rapid section of the event magnus
carlsen was playing white against Étienne Bacrot so one the top French players
e4 e5 from Bacrot Nf3 Knight c6 we have Giuoco Piano territory. White
castles Nf6 looks pretty standard so far. c3 a6 giving the bishop a
retreat square a4 to stop any b5 later black castles.Rook e1. h6 stopping with
what could be an annoying pin and so does white mirrors that Bishop e6 from
Bacrot so sometimes black wants to just play with that F file and in fact
Magnus encouraged it why would he do this
Bxa6 – maybe a lot of Club players would steer away from this move
because it potentially generates some counter place black along that F file.
we’ve already got this bishop already menacingly on f2 so why would White be
interested in doing this?! we can see a few things though that might be pros for
white in doing this – the doubled pawns clearly but how to actually exploit
those doubled pawns?! maybe actually first white would want to undouble them and then
weaken e5 then we’d have this pawn island an island of two there so you can
see we could have three pawn Islands there if white plays – to undouble the pawns
later but otherwise it looks pretty scary and you’d have to sort of make
sure you can neutralize the f-file pressure here so let’s see how the game evolves …
b4 Ba7 Nbd2 Ne7 and this Knight looks to be heading for
that key attacking square as well so it looks very logical Knight f1 Ng6 Ra2 and this is the first sign that white is kind of creating a
defensive posture but I think while he’s doing this he wants to inflict
fundamentally further structural damage on black but he has to neutralized
the dynamic player of black and it does seem to be coordinated pressure here and
pretty scary but here Bishop e3 the knight is also well-equipped to
neutralize this bishop so the sting is kind of being taken out
gradually of blacks pressure as long as there is no Nxh3 – the rook is
supporting f3 now so d4 finally it seems paradoxical to
want to undoubled the pawns but it’s trying to create I think in my view a more
exploitable type of weakness so actually by .. well in fact if black doesn’t take
yeah then there’s still doubled pawns after d takes potentially but black has
the option of either taking or allowing d5 and this becomes even more subtle
actually if it’s not about the structural change I mentioned about then
what what is it actually about ?! and we see after Queen f6 the move King h2
is played and in fact black doesn’t hang about here for the possibility of d
takes it seems he does actually play e takes so he’s undoubling the pawns. It
seems as though blacks getting all he wants he’s not only got this kind of F
file Semi-open F file to play with and the outpost square – hes undoubling his pawns
so what is the method in White’s apparent slight madness here after C
takes ?! well white does a more aggressive set of pawns here – these two
pawns are more aggressive than blacks right now and in fact there is something
very specific about this position revealed here. First of all if black does
d5 then e5 might be good and that’s a nice kind of bind potentially but also
maybe even e-takes. Let’s have a quick look at d5 just just to be sure
from a more technical respective yeah I would of thought e5 looks quite nice to
play e5 here and technically yeah it seems an advantage here so if d5 is out
of the question we have then e5 and you might feel this this is the kind of
thing where why would White allow this?! Isn’t he passive but the thing is now after d5
that the knight is actually stranded on f4 – near stranded it’s only got h5 this
knight with the space advantage does two things: first of all tactically that
knight is a bit more vulnerable and second of all if you look at what’s
happened on the C file here now there is a target on c7 so yeah by black you know
taking he’s actually unveiled the C file pressure so that’s interesting black tries
to sort of get rid of the target now on that C file immediately but then we’re
left with this issue and in fact Magnus taps into that with g3 and it’s
interesting here that this knight is kind of stranded because if the knight goes
back then there’s Ne1 here which is playable because the rooks holding f2
the Queen’s on h5 and how does black hold the knight?! You might say Queen g5
yes d-takes and Queen takes though yeah that’s at a cost and look at these pawns
yeah – White is just better here just to show example so that there are some
issues to handle – this knight is kind of a little bit stranded it’s funny because
you wouldn’t really think of playing this way with Bishop takes e6 so that’s
why I find the whole game kind of fascinating that an issue is actually
made of the knight on f4 in these variations at least. Black did something
incredibly radical here actually he just sacked the light on its square with
with C takes d5 so we have here a very exciting
continuation. Now d4 – these pawns look a bit menacing has black really got
enough?! this looks like a key defensive move though
so both the second and the third ranks are more solid in a way with these
rooks kind of defending them but also now after Ne1 there’s the possibility of
rook to g3 swinging in for some attacking potential but in fact now
after d5 yeah blacks trying to liberate his pawn
Center to get them really aggressive but we have the g3 square is actually used by
the knight here okay rook a-c2 and the other knight joins
it so we’ve got two knights joining each other here and two rooks joining
each other here it’s in a way yeah it’s aesthetically amusing position if you look
at this – it’s strange and blacks trying to liberate his center and both his
rooks are actually quite aggressive in fact all of blacks pieces are quite
aggressive here but he is a piece down so King h8 Queen g4 and now further
aggression in the center – d3 but are these pawns slightly vulnerable?!
We have Knight takes f4 e-takes – now Knight h5 Queen g5 black is content to
be playing a piece down here but in this position white is grabbing that pawn D
takes now perhaps the most scientifically correct move is Rd7
so this might not be as smooth as Maurice Ashley might have said to Magnus Carlsen based on this game.Rd6 might not be as accurate as Rd7
I’ll give you an example Rd7 yeah it’s going for g7. If Queen takes here g6
Ng7 yeah you’d have to factor in this idea is it’s looking a little bit
computer-generated now because it’s it’s some weird moves you can have difficulty
finding in blitz but white can end up being much better for sure so yeah maybe
from a scientific perspective rook d7 is the way to go here but we have Magnus playing Rd6 which is great as well actually Queen takes because the rook is
simply going behind that pawn.The Tarrasch Rule is kind of invoked – that pawn is kind
of loose here. Black last chance reallyto put up resistance maybe was Rc4 and here this continuation is still a a clear advantage for white though – he is a piece up so yeah- Magnus’s continuation is fairly clear and logical really so
we have Rcf8 Rd2 and now the rooks actually prevent now with the
doubling they prevent actually any g5 from black later so we have e3 and also
support Knight f6 of course here so if black plays g6 with Knight f6 as
well to consider we have F takes f3 and a point here now Knight f4 blunting
the pawn to the King can handle this pawn and any g5 is punished by rook takes
h6 then so in other words this pawn is about to go and black resigned here. I will give you an example continuation : f2 King G2 and say black tries to support the
pawn – then we have the punishment rook takes h6
rook hg6 and rook takes g5 simply eliminating those two as well and the
pawn is doomed or blockaded here with King f1 if rook takes yeah we can just do
anything here – we can just blockade so yeah the game ended on Nf4.
It seems you know to me that Magnus had control of the game – there wasn’t too
many issues – he was always a little bit better in this game and
played very logically – that’s really you know in rapid chess – yeah what does one
they expect?! So I hope you enjoyed this got something out of it. I found it
slightly fascinating allowing the f-file counterplay so if I thought I would go over this
particular game there are some really subtle downsides being picked on – you
know allowing Black’s potentially aggressive knight that the
knight itself could you know – that duality it could actually be a tactical
liability – but also this c-file. There’s some subtle stuff going on. It’s
not as clear-cut as black just having a fantastic fun game as it seems. Comments,
questions, likes, shares appreciated Thanks very much

11 thoughts on “The Immortal “not so smooth” Chess game: Magnus Carlsen vs Bacrot : Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017

  1. This game may have been the subject initially of this interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_hBrSmuRBA – Cheers, K

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