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Magnus Carlsen wins a very important game against Anish Giri

  • Grand Master Igor Smirnov, Chess Coach, Author and Publisher.
  • My good friend and experienced chess coach Aggelos Kesaris (from Greece) has prepared a nice article for you. This is a review of the great victory by Magnus Carlsen in the recent super tournament in Bilbao (Spain).
    Magnus Carlsen vs Anish GiriEven the strongest players in the world have an Achilles heel – a weak point. It can be a player whom they find difficult to beat. Carlsen’s Achilles heel was Giri. There was always some tension between the two players since they have played 15 games in classic time control and all ended in a draw apart from the first one, which Giri won with the Black pieces. Thus, Giri had an important psychological advantage.

     

    On another occasion, the World Champion won a super-tournament. His loss in the first round, against Hikaru Nakamura, motivated him to play fantastic chess. He managed to beat the rest of his opponents and won the tournament afterwards.
    Bilbao Chess 2016

     

    Carlsen, M (2855) – Giri, A (2785)

    Bilbao ESP Bilbao ESP, 22.07.2016

     

    Carlsen vs Giri

    White to play

     

    Can you find the strongest move for White?

     

    21.c4!

     

    Carlsen is happy to sacrifice back the pawn in order to place his knight on the solid d4. He can transfer it there via f3.

     

    21…Nxe5 22.Qg3 Bd6 23.cxd5 exd5 24.Nb3 Qxc2
    Carlsen vs Giri

    White to play

     

    25.Nd4 Qc8 26.h5

     

    White gains additional space and is cramping Black’s kingside more and more. Black is a pawn up but should pay the price for a lot of weaknesses – on b6, d5, f5 and g7. Please note that the White rook cannot abandon the 1st rank because of Qc1+ and Ng4+.

     

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    26…Qd7 27.Rb1 Bc7 28.f3!
    Carlsen vs Giri

    Black to play

     

    How many moves ahead do you think one top grandmaster can see? Do you have a clear answer to that question? No one, even the super-grandmasters themselves, can reply clearly to this question.

     

    Prophylaxis is an action, a technique, that strong players use in order to prevent something bad. We use prophylaxis when we clean our teeth. There is no need to wait until they start to rot before going to the dentist, am I right?

     

    Carlsen can see Black’s next moves. Black queen would like to go on f7 and then capture the pawn on h5. Meanwhile, White would like to activate his rook. Perhaps he would like to place it back on a rank and go to a6. After this brilliant f3 move, the Black queen on h5 cannot give check on d1. Please note that the knight on e5 doesn’t have access to the g4-square.

     

    28…Qf7 29.Ra1 Bd6 30.Ra6 Qxh5 31.Rxb6! Nc4
    Carlsen vs Giri

    White to play

     

    Suddenly, all Black pieces are misplaced. Observe how Black’s queen and knight are restricted. White is threatening the bishop on d6. It cannot go to c7 because the rook can continue to threaten it.

     

    32.Rxd6 Nxd6 33.Bxd6 Rxe3 34.Be5 Qg6 35.Qf4 Re1+ 36.Kf2 Ra1 37.Qd2!
    Carlsen vs Giri

    Black to play

     

    Note: you can see this position on the board in the starting picture of Carlsen and Giri

     

    This is another cool, multi-purpose move by White. First things first, White is preventing Ra2+. At the same time, the rook cannot retreat to a5. White’s next moves are Ne2 and Nf4. White would like to regroup, reorganize his pieces and start attacking the weak center pawn on d5. Black has material superiority but White has more active pieces and potential targets on d5, f7 and g7.

     

    Suggested: You may like to learn about the piece coordination and maneuvering from our lesson here.

     

    37…Ra8?

     

    Black is in time trouble and in difficult positional choices. Yes, even the strongest players in the world can crack under heavy pressure.

     

    38.Nxf5! Qe6 [38...Qxf5 39.Qxd5+ Kf8 40.Qxa8++-]

     

    39.Qg5!

     

    White has total domination in the center and more active pieces, so he can start the direct attack. Right now, White is threatening checkmate. The Black pieces are not well placed, so tactics help White. The bishop is taboo because of the discovered attack.

     

    39…g6 40.Nh6+ Kf8 41.Ng4 Ke8
    Carlsen vs Giri

    White to play

     

    42.Nf6+ Kf7 43.Nxh7 Ra4 44.Qd8!

     

    This is the final, killing blow by White. White is threatening checkmate on f8. Again, Black cannot capture the bishop on e5 because White will play queen f8; and after Ke6, he can create a double threat on e8, winning the rook on a4.

     

    44…Ra2+ 45.Kg1
    Carlsen vs Giri 1–0

     

    The checks are over. Black cannot give check on a1 because the bishop controls this square. Black cannot capture the bishop because White can win the queen after a long and forcing continuation. Can you find it? :)

     

    Please think actively about the last diagram (if Black plays 45…Qxe5). When you are ready, you may like to check the answer by downloading the game with detailed comments from here.
    designFinally, if you don’t know about the author of this lesson, Aggelos Kesaris, you can find his photo below:
    Aggelos KesarisCurrently, he is preparing some cool chess lessons for you as he is the Academy Manager of RCA. :) He is from Greece and he has helped me a lot in creating our upcoming course “Winning the Middlegame”. Feel free to write in the comments below about this article and share your views.

     

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    • ayush

      dear sir video lesson would be of great help of this article.hard to understand the moves why they played reason for everymove.??thankyou.dear igor please help mei in engaging a private coach please.???

      • RCA_moderator

        Hi Ayush,
        We are glad that the article was helpful. To understand every move from a GM you try following chess events for example “Grand Chess Tour in Saint Louis” where you can follow the commentaries of GMs.
        Make notes and check with your ideas and moves.

        As discussed earlier private coaches are costly. You may want to use the chess forum, chess clubs to talk to the chess community.

        Prasaadh | Support Officer

        • ayush

          okk sir thanks but in online commentarary isn’t very clear everyone is not igor smirnov or gm rb ramesh.dear igor what about gm boris alterman ??valeri lilov as coach??

          • RCA_moderator

            Hello,
            I am not aware coaching by GM Boris Alterman. IM Valeri Lilov has done some webinars for us as well us some videos and blog posts. You can check them out in our YouTube channel and our website.

            Their coaching charges since they are titled player will be high.

            Prasaadh | Support Officer

            • ayush

              okk sir thankyou so much.for this response.dear igor if i pay you 6000rs per month could you give mei coaching privately.since i am indian it is impossible that i can give you 10000rs per hour.

            • RCA_moderator

              Hi Ayush,
              Unfortunately, GM Igor does not take any more students due to his schedule.
              You can see this related FAQ.
              http://chess-teacher.com/la_4.16.29.2/871646-Do-you-offer-private-lessons-on-line

              Prasaadh | Support Officer

            • ayush

              okk sir thankyou for this info.

    • http://chess-teacher.com Igor Smirnov

      Interestingly enough, in this tournament Carlsen finally managed to beat Giri, while Naka got his first victory over Carlsen (after many terrible losses).
      Bilbao seems to be a nice place for revenge :)

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