Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen – 2012 London Chess Classic

Hikaru Nakamura, America’s #1 ranked chess player, plays against Magnus Carlsen, the World’s #1 ranked chess player in Round 7 of the 2012 London Chess Classic. Nakamura’s e4 is met with the Sicilian Defense by Carlsen. A strongly placed black knight on d5 makes development difficult for the white queenside, thus allowing a forcing tactical combination by Carlsen to take the game quickly from the middlegame to a very simplified and unbalanced endgame. It often occurs that the better player will win the game when an unbalanced position arises. Going into this game, Hikaru Nakamura has never beaten the owner of the highest ever fide chess rating, Magnus Carlsen.


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  1. He saced a knight for 2 pawns and you say he is not aggressive enough?!

  2. Please stream before the end of the world. Thanks.

  3. Im not trying to be a dick but is this gonna be a normal thing that you go about a week without a video? Can you at least tell us if thats the case

  4. Is Jerry still around new videos plz thanx

  5. Love the clear and concise explanation move by move!

  6. leyîstkeke pir baş bû.
    gelo ev mêrika dikarin ji xale sidêyê mistê bibin

  7. Jerry, I'm pre-ordering your new book on Amazon: "Sneaky Moves". You make it, I'll buy it

  8. There's not a picture of this Jerry guy anywhere. I've looked everywhere. Very weird.

  9. Why cant we watch a game without commentators! I dont want to hear your comments!

  10. then go look up the game urself. They are usually available, or you can copy and paste this onto an analyzer

  11. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bc4 e6 6.d4 cxd4 7.cxd4 d6 8.O-O Be7 9.Qe2 O-O 10.Rd1 Qc7 11.a3 Rd8 12.b4 a6 13.Bd3 b5 14.h4 dxe5 15.dxe5 Bb7 16.Ra2 Ndxb4 17.axb4 Nxb4 18.Rad2 Rxd3 19.Rxd3 Nxd3 20.Qxd3 Rd8 21.Qe2 Rxd1+ 22.Qxd1 Bxf3 23.gxf3 Qxe5 24.Qd7 Bf8 25.Be3 a5 26.Qe8 h6 27.Kg2 a4 28.Na3 b4 29.Nc4 Qc7 30.Nb6 Qe7 31.Qxa4 Qxh4 32.Qa8 Qe7 33.Qc8 b3 34.Nd7 b2 35.Nxf8 Qxf8 36.Qb7 e5 37.Qxb2 f6 38.Qc2 Qf7 39.Qf5

    blacks h6? equalized the postion for white. a4 should have been done

  12. thumbs up in case people who are annoyed can see

  13. Magnus is my favorite active chess player.

  14. Nice lesson.
    The theme is always the same: How do the GMs think?
    You explain it clearly and logically.

  15. Why not 24. White Ba3 ?
    Black cant take because Qd8 checkmate. To me this was game winning move.

  16. As the other commenters noted, an excellent, clear, to-the-point, move by move analysis.

  17. such BS analysis when you have time and computer while they play speed, shut up scrub

  18. they have an all golf channel
    now its time for an all chess channel

  19. Or : Ba3 Bxa3 25.Nxa3 Qd5 and then 26. Qc1 Qc4 …etc but black would be under death sentence

  20. Nice presentation with excellent explanations. I thought b4 and h4 were simply too slow and that h4, should it work, needs something like (N).Qe4 g6 (N+1).Qg4 but then probably h5 and white is too slow

  21. 6:50 what about Bh2? Can someone say something about this move ? ;d Sry if its dumb ;/

  22. ChessNetwork as I can see you are using a mac. Could you please let me know which software did you use for this chess analysis ?

    Thank you for your great analysis. You are really helpful with your comments.

  23. You are correct. I had it in my head that the Queen had the Bishop pinned on F8. Ba3 there sucks. lol

  24. Nothing wrong with a draw! Nice game 🙂

  25. Great advice on the pawn structure changes from the opening and which tension favours who… I'm just under 1700 and I honestly never considered looking at it like that before… awesome!

  26. Hey Jerry, how much money do you make from YouTube?

  27. Not possible in normal tournament time controls, 30 seconds added the clock per move.

  28. Gah, how do people not know this? Not possible in normal tournament time controls, 30 seconds added the clock per move.

  29. I don't think it was… round seven of the London Chess Classic? Also, Jerry usually tries to have the clock in the video reflect the clock in the game as closely as possible.. it shows two hours for each player at the start.

  30. I would actually prefer that sometimes you don't give extra input as to what could happen but just show what actually happened and explain that

  31. Fantastic analyzation! Just subbed, very underrated channel.

  32. A great chess player can see a draw or a loss a mile away, but Nakamura continued playing a 100% draw game for another 20 moves. 

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