you hi everyone is Jerry let's have a look at a game that was played today March 31st at Greg chess 2018 round 1 game on the white end Fabiano Caruana he's paired against Magnus Carlsen as most of you probably already know these two will be competing later this year from November in the World Chess Championship that will be a best-of 12 game match let's see what words they would have to share with one another on the board before that big event Caruana opening with d form let's see what defense we would have in this game Kings Indian defense with the knight on c6 black is preparing e5 so white interferes with this grabbing some space a new home now needs to be found b4 it is that short-lived Knight a six and ideally you know if white wants to kill off this knight entirely you'd like to construct a 3 and B 4 taking away the strong square c5 but that would leave white tactically vulnerable the B form of c3 Knight would be hanging and the bishop would be unleashed with Knight takes d5 so in the game it's Knight d4 white says you know what your knight is strong in the center I'm gonna give him a kick d5 what is white do here couple choices move the knight or capture the pawn computer likes moving the Knight to b3 maintaining the strong pawn on d5 and having an eye on Knight a5 putting pressure on the Queen side in this game there's a capture D takes c6 on pass on recapture with the pond so with this there's a change in the structure 2 to 1 majority tipping in blacks favor these guys are set back some but it's still a majority and it can get rolling and does get rolling castles e5 the night will have to move now Knight b3 in the game computer prefers keeping it in the key 16 squares Knight b3 is however watching over the c5 square the game follows with c6 this is a multi-purpose move for one control d5 and to provide a new square to a bad piece knight on a six is a bad piece but in just a few Tempe will be morphed into a best piece there's now a new square on c7 and well we'll see where he goes from there notice the quark times about 77 minutes for Caruana until move 13 deform this move took nearly a half hour this is a sign Caruana is not comfortable with his position and these past few decisions and I believe it's related to the night on b3 why am i drawing attention to the night on b3 notice the domino effect it has on White's queenside night on b3 means there will be no b4 and if there's no b4 there will be no possibility to fianchetto so what are you to do as white with the Queen Bishop God opened his eyes in some way efore it is there's an additional idea behind this move let's see what that is Knight c7 F for creating a pawn duo and white looks to step foot in blacks house 96 follows f5 Knight d4 let's pause for a moment this night has been quite the traveller and now is a best piece and unfortunately for white why can't capture the night straightaway so has to kind of work around the night or put pressure on the d4 square this is what we have Knight e3 in the game trying to take twice on d4 in this position is not a good idea because of Knight g4 capture a threat against the Queen this diagonal is vulnerable dark squares are under black's control possibilities for Queen b6 with check may be Queen to h4 this is little investment for a wonderful piece play for black and this pawn investment is probably just short-lived lack is very close to simply winning it back f5 is hit a million times short story capturing twice on d4 no good you would subject yourself to a lot of dark square pressure in the game it's Bishop e3 preparing to simply recapture on d4 with the bishop and now we have at this stage Carlsen basically and dictating play Caruana is the one who is having to react for these next several moves so we have Knight takes Bishop that is the bad bishop that the knight just took out but it is still a bishop in this position is soon to be cracked open for blacks Bishop pair – to recapture another capture on a5 white is recapturing with upon it is now past but at the same time white is capturing away from the center and black now has a central majority 2 to 0 this majority gets rolling d5 hits CD CD rook a to d1 d for continuing to push the majority there aren't many ways to get out of this fork Bishop g5 black can not take the knight just yet so first addresses the pin now two Knights are under fire white saves one with check and only then the other night a4 counterpunch black hits back though the Queen is unprotected black give some direction with Queen c7 Queens are exchanged white still has to react here there is no you know there isn't some direct threat right now but the this night is very close the night on a four is very close to being completely dead be six and where do you go night all the squares would be taken away so it has to be very timely here night a to see 5 B six follows and now Bishop takes Knight so a decision here for black how do you want to you know what kind of minor piece endgame do you want to work with do you recapture here and play with two bishops versus two knights or do you build up some more in the center build up your central pawn mass and play a Bishop versus Knight position black chooses the latter capturing on c5 so as an example if Bishop takes Bishop we'd have two Knights versus two bishops the Knights are ideal you know a knight on e4 a very good block hater and it would help support a king side pawn advance controlling g5 + f6 so be a strong piece that can be reinforced as well so in the game it's B takes e5 Bishop takes Bishop King takes Bishop and now Knight to d2 computer's preferring some pressure here trying to provoke c4 and then repositioning the knight in the game it's an immediate reposition Knight to d2 notice black has wonderful harmony structure on dark light square bishop they work well together Bishop d7 f6 check King f8 have to get a square for the night efore des rook to e8 94 miners are now gone and if we just do a piece bike piece comparison the white rooks not very well placed the black rooks on the other hand are ideally placed behind the past pawns and they certainly have the flexibility to shift some gears and we will see this shortly targeting be two rooks not the best block haters the King needs to help out soon c4 in the game G for each side trying to get the majorities rollin creating past pawns rook to b8 rook takes e5 rook takes b2 to passers for black connected14 white white still has a lot more work to do before a second pass pawn is created rook to D 5 D excuse e3 and you can't take this pawn on d4 rip to DA what's the issue with rook takes d4 well c2 how you stopping the punt Rick c1 doesn't do it rook b1 so what is tried is rook to d8 check only move and now rook h8 so there's the threat of not only winning the pawn but the rook and black now has to be very careful so for example if the King goes to e6 there would be a check and the best that black could do from there simply return to have 7 and if the black and if the black king in this position goes to g6 this would be a win for white with rook g8 King here rook g7 in King here it's a checkmate in six it's at this point why could simply forget about this little pawn race and say you know what what are you doing – stop rook age five white would be winning if the King goes here in this position so what does Carlsen do doubles up on the seventh ranked defends against the skewer gives up the h7 pawn this is what we have rook takes h7 King g6 a pair of rooks are off black is down upon but what's most important here is the quality of the pawns notice how close the black pawns are to promoting five tempi away from producing two queens white is much further off from having similar in the game we have King f – C – this is much better than capturing the pawn capturing the pawn would allow a discovered check and the king would get here which is preferable to what happens in the game let's see what this is see two forces the rook to blockade d3 King III and rook here threatening to push through the King has to now blockade on d2 not d3 so he's further back in white now has the responsibility to stop this promotion King takes pawn only at this stage material is balanced so close to promoting and these guys here are still a long ways off but given time why would like to advance them and this is what we have h4 right now King e5 rook to f1 it's very important that white be in a position to shoo the King away as soon as it as soon as the King defends this pawn otherwise there'll be a an idea to get to the e2 square so for example if white doesn't try to reposition the rook here and says you know what this guy's past let's push them and let's push them again now you're staring at these ideas in fact this is a mate on this mate on the spot threat wrote to e2 big problem for team white and it's related to this strong King position on d4 so we have rook to f1 King to d4 and now h5 you don't have to give check just yet because this rook isn't threatening anything to e2 is not a threat just yet h5 in the game this isn't one of those well I have two passers they're both on the same rank let's flip a coin and we'll move one of them no if you move the g5 pawn you're in big trouble because there's a clear idea that black would have in reply to g5 how do you know that it should be this pawn that advances well notice the promotion squares which one is going to promote and give check HD pawn is the winner this matters this difference which pawn promoting to give check this matters let's see why if in the game g5 is played the clear path to victory for Team black is to play – b7 b1 and what is white doing capture the rook I mean if you capture the rook it's just a promotion going here allows a rook capture and you're going to get mated and if you ignore this threat altogether and just push the pawn rook takes rook Queen without check and you end up getting mated the difference here with h5 the move in the game if now rook b7 h6 rook b1 here here aha you don't have time to promote and give me because you're in check this position interestingly enough would actually be a drop even though white has a queen there would be no way for white to let's say win this pawn with check or give some fork to the King and win the rook black has a threat of his own at this stage to promote so this is the pond to advance because of this promotion idea with check with rook d7 in the game we now have rook F for this is very important rook F 2 is simply not a defense here in the game it's rook f4 of rook F 2 the rook would still come in and give check and you're not stopping both pawns rook F 4 in the game King goes back notice this is the first time we have this position the rook now returns defending this promotion and threatening the pawn black King steps up rook returns to f4 check King back to d5 second instance of this exact position the rook returns to f1 King c-4 once more rook f4 and now if the King goes here that would be the third time and that would be a draw by repetition of position and this is not what we have so sending some message maybe for this later match in November I'm here to play ball King to b3 Carlson is still trying to press here and rightly so quality of the pawns this is very dangerous for team white rook b4 in the game King takes a three rook c4 King b3 and rook c8 let's just pause for a moment this is move 54 this game is over in five moves this is a very interesting endgame I'm only scratching the surface with these next couple variations I share with you but yeah this is a critical moment in the game in the game we have a 5 but the star move here surprisingly enough is the move well I'll throw it to you I haven't thrown a pop quiz your way in this video if you'd like to spot this star move on black side feel free to pause the video and work it out ok the best move here a winning move is look to h7 what does this move doing it freezes both pawns neither can now move without the H pawn dropping and in the meantime this extra pawn that black has can now get rolling riki each seven was not played in the game well let's see what would happen if it was first suppose white replies with some checks and then gets back over like this now this a pawn could run the King could take here but if the King takes there there's King b1 and there's not a good way to defend against this pawn from promoting there could be some a couple checks like this but if you ever capture the rook would soon be picked up that's one very quick variation and the other one is one that Carlsen would have needed to calculate accurately over ten moves deep let's say white moves in black moves yeah ten moves let's just say so what is this interesting line rook h7 star move you would have he would have had to spot another star move some 10 moves later suppose King takes pawn in this position white could do this but notice you know White's winning upon but at the same time that pond was sheltering they came from some checks on the D file black would be able to come over and give check and now end up winning this pawn race a v h6 a form can't go here just yet g5 a3 g6 it's at this point black would have to find another star move keep in mind white is ready to advance with what pawn which one would you like to as white advance to are advanced with at this stage the Jeep on as that would would be the one that would promote with check in this case black would have the star move there's only one winning move here for black the rook basically cannot stop the pawns from successfully getting to the seventh rank but this additional star move rook to d8 is the winning move some again 10 moves later trying to deflect the rook rook takes rook black would promote and if white just goes here now we would have a 2 because in the end this is not a threat the rook is there to stop the promotion with check black would be winning this pawn race but would need to find this star move and then in the event of a king takes pawn this later in our rook d7 in rook d8 move didn't come up with it in the game a5 instead and now this one ends in just five moves Czech King takes pawn the rook gets behind and black actually has to be a little bit careful these pawns are really moving fast and it's at this point that black goes ahead and gives multiple checks and this one ends peacefully players agreeing to a draw you can't really try to just keep running with a pawn like this just as an example there's a check could even give up the rook once these two pawns are on the sixth rank there's no stopping a successful promotion in this pawn isn't going to be fast enough to get a queen this would read this would be a drawn position but there's no reason to even go for something like that it's much easier to keep giving checks and keeping the rook around behind this past pawn so it ends peacefully here but certainly a fighting draw and if this is a preview of what's to come come November I think we're in for a wonderful World Chess Championship match anyhow as usual feel free to leave any feedback to this video in the comment section below I hope you enjoyed it and maybe even took a thing or two away from it that's all for now take care bye you

Caruana vs Carlsen | A battle before the 2018 World Chess Championship

42 thoughts on “Caruana vs Carlsen | A battle before the 2018 World Chess Championship

  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Forgive the audio issues in this video. I'm in the process of making some adjustments with my setup.
    Thank you again for your support of this channel. πŸ’—

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Wow. Many arrows in thumbnail, must be a good game.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    11:45 how did Caruana go from 45 sec to 51min??!?!?!!!!!?!?!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    4:18 u changed the bishop to a knight

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Watching this, right now, after the WC, am scratching my head like "These guys are the draw masters" That's a real preview of what it was.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    another draw lol, just watched the cha,pionships

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Carlsen denies draw β€œsome message for later this year?”

    Lmao nope
    Edit: still drew anyways xD

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    What with e2 check in the end??? Mate in 2

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    I don't like audio issues
    do not appologise
    just fix it!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    I still can't believe how Carlsen didn't take this one. I mean being in the better position 80% of the game and at the very end the win just slipped away

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    First time I’ve seen your videos. What a great analysis. Love the way you explain variations and ideas without confusing everybody. Very clear voice too. Can’t wait for your videos of the WCC

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Great Video Sir! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    This is good.. but i think magnus will still won this

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Really clear and instructive commentary…learned a lot here.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Star move rook e2

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Is Magnus a soccer player

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Would be nice if you clearly stated what player is playing what color.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Wonderful video and explanation! THANK YOU!!!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    damned draw, h.m.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Haha. This isn't one of those "Well, I have two passers. They're both on the same rank. Let's flip a coin and we'll move one of them."
    Analogies only chess players understand. xD

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    YJMJ how do you get in the world standings? I got chess masters app with 42 Crowns won. Which I tell you Ive seen the computer at level 43 make minced meat of a Ryder Gambit gone wrong ; moves down the stretch after he sacked his queen after I had queen side knight at B-5 in striking distance for the trap to work. so he clears room for his king to move I drop my Queen down to b-7 when the guns start blazing in a bizzare turn of events ; hes got bishop @ g-4 that swoops down and popped my Queen side castle. So I was all over gobbling up his queen with mine still at B-7. so I dont know how good good is before your a perennial contender in the world.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    2:14 couldnt caruana move his knight to e6 there or would it be a bad move?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Anybody know the time control?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    After 54 th move RC8 why not Re2+
    Then white king left with only c1
    Then d2+ mate

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    computer likes…computer prefers..computer….

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    i wanna be achess master insha allah

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    1:52 how did he take that pawn ?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Great game analysis sir. Keep up the good work.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    i'll remember that little promotion with check idea for the rest of my life now

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    There is a checkmate in two from move 55 for black: e7 to e2, then d3 to d2

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Great commentary. thanks for making me see what was going on. And … good luck Fabiano.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Something is wrong at 1:30, someone cheated! πŸ˜€

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Omg best game I know. Carlsen is playing with Caruana like a Great White shark with a sea lion

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    The burden of proof is on the challenger, right? It'd be unchesslike for a world champion to not use leverage to push for his strength in blitz. Caruana is going to have to do something VERY unorthodox to leave his mark on the game in november. And he has a powerhouse standing in his way…

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    COIN CRIP CITH CE

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    You certainly gave your chess engine a workout with this one.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    good job chessnetwork

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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