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. I think b4 is better than exchanging the bishop. And maybe the sacrifice is not the best option.

  2. theoneguywithaverylongusernamewhonobodylikedbecausehisnamewassolong says:

    a player must achieve three or more grandmaster norms in events covering a minimum of 27 games. Norms can only be gained in tournaments that fulfill FIDEs strict criteria for instance, an International Arbiter must be officiating and the entry must include at least three GM titled players from different countries playing over a minimum of nine rounds, with no less than 120 minutes thinking time per round.

    The 'norm' seeker must achieve a tournament performance rating of at least 2600 to qualify

  3. GM King and the other commentaters were very against Nakamura's b4, as it was hemming in the N on b1. They also wondered if he was trying to attack on both sides of the board with h4.
    Magnus after the game was very disappointed with his BxNf3 (Should have spent more time on that, he said). Kramnik and Aronian also meant he should have pushed pawns instead.
    Well; Now he can relax one day and study Anand, and maybe win on Monday 😉

  4. I really thought black was to win. One wrong move and it would have been over for white. Very nice draw, indeed =D

  5. I love your videos Jerry! They have really helped me become a better player! Thank YOU!!!!

  6. How many people do work for ChessNetwork? Is it a one-man "business" or do apparently more people help?

  7. 7:20 : The knight can`t fork there becouse of Bh7+ getting away and winning a pawn!

  8. I has to be great being able to say "I'm worlds number 1" 🙂

  9. 11:49 :D! Specialized version of bishopmovement. =)

  10. I don't think that works. If 1 …Nf4 2. Bxh7+ Kxh7 3. Qe4+ Ng6 W is now down a minor piece for a pawn.

  11. push the pawn on H and you win the knight. You cant push the pawn F pawn becouse the E pawn can take… MISTAKE! NxE5 works after that;] Loving answer my questions… but Jerry could make it sure, becouse it will be his mistake if i am right

  12. but why white didn(t refuse the draw and just win on time ?? cause it's,not accepted for a grandmasters ?

  13. Thanks very much great video jerry … you're the best hh !!

  14. White had just over seven minutes remaining, while black had 44 minutes left. Even if the times were switched, it would be easy enough for Carlsen to play the necessary defending moves quick enough for the fifty move rule to come first (if fifty moves pass without a pawn advance or piece being taken, then either player can declare a draw).

  15. These high level analysis are your best videos!

  16. A back rank checkmate by the White Queen would occur on the next move.

  17. I believe 11.36 means 11 minutes and 36 seconds, while 0:45 means 45 minutes. Carlsen (black) had much more time.

  18. to become a gm you have to achieve norms in events where there are 3 other gms

    wait a min but then how did the first 3 gms become gms!?
    its impossibru

  19. 1 black had 45 mins white had 11
    2 intresting question my answer would be because they arent gaint cockheads but i do wonder in theory could someone win on time hmm

  20. Pretty amazing to think that Carlsen is almost 100 rating points higher than Fischer's was at his peak. Let the comparison's begin!

  21. They play with an increment so that there is always enough time for the endgame.

  22. I like the approach – you look at what-ifs and give reasons why this or that does or doesn't work, but the information income is so quick lol, I have to watch each of your game analysis for like 6 times and replay a certain position alot to understand finally what you mean 😀 But hey, you re doing a great job, I love your videos.

  23. also I keep hearing this expression you make "all of this is forced" – for example at 8:24 ish or so – you say they are forced moves, but I don't understand what makes it forced – does it mean it is the only way of leaving the position the same in terms of quality? Or is it something that the computer agrees on or what is the deal ?

  24. Hey Jerry, any chance you wanna do an analysis of this game?
    1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Bc4 f5 4. Qh5+ g6 5. Qh3 Nf6 6. f3 Qxd4 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Ne2 Qb4+ 9. Nec3 Bxb5 10. Bd2 Nc6 11. fxe4 O-O-O 12. exf5 Qxb2 13. fxg6+ Kb8 14. Nxb5 Qe5+ 15. Qe3 Qxa1 16. O-O Qxa2 17. gxh7 Rxh7 18. Qf4 Rd7 19. Nb1c3 Qxc2 20. Be3 a6 21. Rc1 Qg6 22. Nxc7 e5 23. Nxa6+ Ka8 24. Qa4 Na7 25. Bxa7 Kxa7 26. Nc5+ Kb8 27. Nxd7+ Rxd7 28. Nb5 Bc5+ 29. Rxc5 Qb1+ 30. Kf2 Rd2+ 31. Ke3 Qe1+ 32. Kf3 Qf2# 0-1
    PM me if you want more info

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  26. Hey Jerry! Go_fishing here.

    At 6:46 why not Bd2?

    Allowing for Nc3 and not messing up with the development.

  27. A forced move is a move where the other opponent only gives you one good move, and if your don't doing it you will end up with a bad position or lose material.

    So in this case Carlsen only give Nakamura one viable option, every other move is consider a blunder, or a mistake.

  28. Or win a World Championship … such as IM Jens Kristiansen did last month winning WC for Seniors (age 60+), and will gain a GM title next congress

  29. When talking about which pawns Carlsen could have taken, regarding the D pawn specifically, why not after 1…cxd4 2. cxd4 (cutting off the Queen like Jerry said), why not play 2. Nxd4. That way, you can do 3. Nxc6 and then maybe 4. Bxd4 exd4 5. Qxd4.

    This is how I saw it going.
    1…cxd4 2. Nxd4 b6 3. Nxc6 dxc6 4. Bxd4 Qxd4 5. exd4

  30. Extreme n00b question, but why didn't black just run out the clock for the win?

  31. at 13:40. move 24….Bf8. Why didn't Nakamura just play 25. Ba3!!

  32. Hey jerry, I really have a problem… But I need you to post more videos 🙂 thanks buddy

  33. 24.-"Ba3",Bxa3;25.-Nxa3,Qa1+ winning Black

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