Naiditsch vs Carlsen – Najdorf | Grenke Chess Classic 2018 | Round 7 |

Daniel King analyses Naiditsch vs Carlsen – Najdorf from Round 7 of the Grenke Chess Classic 2018 in Karlsruhe.
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[Event “5th GRENKE Chess Classic 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.04.07”]
[Round “7”]
[White “Naiditsch, Arkadij”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B91”]
[WhiteElo “2701”]
[BlackElo “2843”]
[PlyCount “70”]
[EventDate “2018.??.??”]
[SourceTitle “Baden-Baden”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Bg2
O-O 9. O-O Be6 10. Re1 Nbd7 11. Nd2 b5 12. Nf1 Bg4 13. f3 Be6 14. Ne3 Rc8 15.
a3 Nb6 16. f4 Re8 17. Kh1 Bf8 18. f5 Bd7 19. Qd3 h6 20. b3 Bc6 21. Bd2 Qc7 22.
Rac1 Qb7 23. Ned5 Bxd5 24. exd5 Nbd7 25. Nd1 e4 26. Qd4 Ne5 27. Nf2 Nf3 28.
Bxf3 exf3 29. c4 bxc4 30. bxc4 Re5 31. Re3 Qb2 32. Nd3 Qxa3 33. Bc3 Rxc4 34.
Ra1 Qb3 35. Rd1 h5 0-1


  1. Can Carlsen still win the tournament? Let me know in the comments…

  2. Here’s where Carlsen discusses the game with Peter Leko & Jan Gustafsson: It's really an interesting example of how self-critical Carlsen is – he sounds genuinely disgusted with the way he played (avoiding exf4 when he had the chance on move 16 or 17, not playing the thematic d5 break on move 22, playing 25…e4 too rashly, giving White a chance to more-or-less equalize with 27.Nc3! instead of Nf2?). I suppose this kind of severe self-criticism is one of the things that helps Carlsen be so good, constantly pushing him to play better rather than get complacent.

  3. Interesting game and analysis. Caruana seems to be doing better but he does have a tougher last round match compared to Carlsen (in theory at least)

  4. Daniel, you really seem to like the Najdorf huh? Maybe you should make a dvd about it or something …. ;D

  5. I feel like Daniel could tell me that a completely horrible position is a good one and I would believe it. Great insight on the position, very instructive!

  6. I love to look at those books behind you!, I wonder if we have someone in common!!!(I suppouse they are chess books😄) nice video btw!!!!

  7. Nice to see your love for the Naidorv. Also one of my favorites and standard reportoire against e4. Key phrase here is "the backwards pawn doesn't matter".

  8. Very entertaining analysis – Thanks for making this awesome chess content!

  9. Please keep saying "At all" in all your videos, because your ultra British accent is accentuated. It's great

  10. I believe part of the opening preparation from Magnus was, tongue-in-cheek, to play the Najd.orf vs Najd.itsch. More seriously, however, I did not understand Arkadij`s choice of 6.g3, maybe suitable to e.g. Karpov or Adams, at all, which plays fully into Magnus`s hands, while a positional struggle is exactly not his own forte: He is a gifted tactician, and absolutely brilliant when it comes to find wow- solutions in messy situations, where he even is en par with the top seed; while his strategic play, tbh, partly looks a bit lumberjack-like. – And, it is not directly that the Sicilian, and the Najdorf, lack of possibilities that fit more to his style. 😉

  11. I like the way Carlsen still remains self-critical… reminds me of Bobby Fischer in 'My 60 Memorable Games'. If Carlsen can stay 'honest', he could rule for decades…

  12. What about 29. Bxh6? (Possibly preceded by Rxe8 to save c2)

  13. Thank so much for all your hard work. Always great instructions and insight.

  14. This is the first time I heard Black has a good pawn structure in the Najdorf.

  15. As a GM who is no slouch in the Naijdorf King was in his element. Excellent analysis. Erudite, pleasant and edifying. King at his best@

  16. is 33. Nd1 better than 33. Nd3? At least it chases the black queen away and holds the 'a' pawn.

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