Carlsen vs Caruana (Game 12 Analysis) | World Chess Championship 2018

How good was the final position in game twelve of the 2018 world world chess championship for Magnus Carlsen? 🤔 GM Alex Yermolinsky breaks down the game and the final position in his post-game analysis.

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25 Comments

  1. You don't know how to analysis a game

  2. Geesh! What kind of Classical Opening transition to some kind of Hyper-Modern yielding a ton of space, pawns before pieces stick to strategy draw and go into tiebreakers save the rest for some later game was that?

    Somebody doesn't have anything better to do with their time than to play chess.

  3. Really have enjoyed your analysis, sir. I share your disappointment; they seemed tired and tired of it. Perhaps magnus looked forward to his advantage going in to rapid, and Fabi was happy to escape a losing position. Definitely no fight left in them.

  4. Greatly enjoyed your insights and perspective. Best wishes over the board of life.

  5. It would be interesting to see AlphaZero take either side at the time of the draw.

  6. Fabi's comment hit the nail on the head, to paraphrase "we (the players) deal with the situation we are given". Magnus played to get to the tiebreaks. Fabiano was happy to escape a losing position. If the players are both so strong as to battle to twelve draws, then expand the number of games. Then the mind/body athletics can start to come to the fore. Crown the "rapid chess world champion" in another tournament. The world wants to see a decisive game.

  7. "Maybe it’s not the format, maybe it’s the people. With all due respect to Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, they’re prodigies, whose whole life was basically sheltered from whatever vagaries of life. I’m not saying that one has to go through wars or revolutions, or I don’t know what—personal turmoil, but I just don’t see them understanding what they are playing for. The reason we don’t see the maximum effort is because they simply do not understand what they are involved with. Now, maybe the abundance of tournaments…they kind of desensitized them, dulled the sense of urgency that a player must feel when the finalist gets to the final stage. What’s the difference now, they’ve played these twelve draws, and they may…(gesturing to the runoff match) whatever comes the day after tomorrow. What difference does it make, both of them will likely show up for a series of grand chess tour events, playing in low pressure conditions… Their lives will go on exactly the way that they were, so why can we expect them to view this as a life changing events. Not for Carlsen, not for Caruana. Sorry for the harsh words for but this is the only way I see it now."

    Bravo! This was brilliant and poetic. Thank you Grand Master Yermolinsky for speaking so openly.

  8. Harsh I think because: 1) yes, there were twelve draws but as Peter Svidler pointed out many of them were 3-3 draws, not 0-0. There has been a lot of exciting, fighting chess. 2) the players are extremely closely matched. A high number of draws was inevitable if they both played well, and they did. 3) Twelve draws – great! Now we have rapid. And I'm glad that Zachary Dempster gave us a transcript of Yermolinsky's criticism. I thought it didn't make much sense the first time I heard it and now I'm sure. Absurd to suggest that the players don't view the match as a life-changing event and patronising to say they're sheltered and don't understand what they're playing for.

  9. Please review the upcoming matches, it really helps!

  10. good time of day Alex! thank you very much for your analysis which has helped us follow the super games…

  11. feel the shade coming down from this guy ahahah this is hilarious

  12. Last 2 minutes of the video are absolutely brilliant!!! Respect, Mr. Yermo.

  13. 12 draws or 112, I don't really care as long as the draw was earned. This game should go down in infamy. Now more than ever I hope Carlsen crashes and burns on Wednesday.

  14. The draw offer was simply disgusting. Caruana had to make 8 moves in 9 minutes and was under serious pressure. How can one offer a draw in such a situation? If the Arrogant One honestly thought that the draw is an objective assessment of the position he should have offered it after time control, IF Caruana would survive with equal position to the move 40. What we witnessed here was a world champion taking a piss on the entire match. A little something died in chess yesterday. Also, I am amazed by the audience in London. I expected to see a press conference in which the player, Magnjus especially, would be barraged with difficult questions, but no, it was as if everything was normal, people were even laughing at champions arrogant and rude 'jokes'. Somehow I feel that such unsporting and cynical behaviour would not be taken lightly if the match would be held in Russia, or in fact in any country where the culture of chess actually exist. EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTING to say the least.

  15. Mr. Yermolinsky, thank You for the knowledgeable and truthful cover of this abomination of a match. Everything You have said in the last part of this video is so painfully true.

  16. CARUANA/CARLSEN 2018.

    Fabiano Caruana shut the door of the cabin. He was breathing deeply and sweat ran off his brow. Today's jog through the woods felt good. His water bottle was drained, and he headed to the kitchen to get a refill. The old wooden boards creaked gently, welcoming each of his footsteps, one after another. It reminded him of the time he danced with Magnus Carlsen like two knights, silly and wistful.

    After refreshing himself with more water, he wiped his brow on a FIDE-branded towel, and headed to the shower. In the privacy of the ceramic walls, the warm water felt relaxing, opening diagonal paths across his face.

    As he finished, he heard the front door slam. Surprised at the sudden sound, he turned off the water and reached for a towel and his glasses. As he peeked out of the bathroom, he saw Magnus Carlsen. It was far too soon to expect him to meet in their private cabin. Magnus looked frustrated, and Fabiano winced when he saw the bandage above that precious brow.

    "Maggie," he called out as he approached, "You're hurt! What happened?"

    Magnus stood still and looked down as Fabiano wrapped his arms around Magnus's sturdy frame while also looking down.

    "It's just a scratch," Magnus protested.

    "Just a scratch! You were out playing those rough sports again!" accused Fabiano, with worry in his voice.

    Magnus turned away and snorted. "I'll be fine. I don't need your help." He reached for his Simonsen Vogt Wiig leisure suit, put it on, and headed to the parlor.

    In front of a rustic fireplace was half of a large sturdy barrel, no taller than a coffee table, upon which a granite slab supported a prepares chess board. Two chaises were on opposite sides, each with it's own rook shaped pillow to designate which side was which color. Magnus lit the fire, then sat next to the white rook pillow and stared at the board.

    "Please," said Fabiano as he followed, sitting oppoaite Magnus. "Can we not talk about work while we're here? This is supposed to be our private retreat. Just you and me, no cameras, nobody watching."

    "I have to study my lines," grunted Magnus, "And put some clothes on."

    The tension in the room was hot, and thr fire wasn't helping Magnus think. He scooted to the left, moving the pillow in front of the fire. Fabiano followed his movement, except to get closer to the fire. He hadnt fully dried off yet, and the warmth of the fire was more welcome than the warmth of Magnus's hands.

    With that move, Magnus looked up at Fabiano and thought deeply. He hadn't expected this move from his partner to hit him to his emotional core.

    "So," mused Magnus, "I heard you had a good time with Leela last night."

    "W-what?" Fabiano gasped. "How did you…? We only talked, okay?"

    "You don't have to lie," Magnus said, sighing as he stood up and walked over to Fabiano. "I can tell by the way you're acting. Look, I've been emotionally distant. And I recognize that. And I'm sorry."

    Magnus stumbled through his words and blundered his plan by accidentally kicking the chaise as he approached, falling right on top of Fabiano. Fabiano didn't push him off, and Magnus didn't get up. Magnus didn't believe Fabiano would intentionally trap himself in the corner, but despite Fabiano's cold demeanor, Magnus felt his welcoming embrace.

    "Fabi," said Magnus softly, "I'm here for you. I promise."

    Fabiano took a deep breath and kissed Magnus on the neck, hugging him tightly. "I'm sorry."

    "No apologies," Magnus hushed. "You're beautiful."

    Fabiano blushed, and as they made out, Fabiano relaxed, having finally taken Magnus's attention from the game, and onto more intimate matters. Fabiano's.hips thrust upward as they kissed passionately, never making eye contact.

    "I have a plan," said Magnus after breaking a kiss. He stood up, took off his suit, and laid back on top of Fabiano, but this time with his feet to the fire.

    Both Magnus and Fabiano were looking to push their passed pawns. One after another they opened their mouths and pressed forward with warm lips and tongue, then pulling back, shivering with pleasure. Bobbing their heads in a long deep motion, their moans mingling with the snapping of the fire. Magnus and Fabiano worked their mouths deep once more, and pulled up again.

    It was in this position that the players agreed to a draw by repetition.

    The End

  17. thank you GM Yermolinsky for the videos. Awesome stuff! I enjoyed your analyses and perspective.

  18. Respect to you, Mr. Yermolinsky, that was really well spoken.

  19. People are salty over this? It's a competition between those 2, not a show. This is about those 2 players and their decisions, only. In the end he won the championship and he did it his way.

  20. Classical chess has been dead since the rating of Chess Engines went above 3000 ELO. Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen for offering draw in game 12 so the chess world can finally watch some real chess, the type of chess that does not involve only the science aspect of it (home preparation with chess engines) but also the type of chess that involves Art (over the board creativity) and Sport (mistakes and time control).

  21. anyone do some deep analysis on the final FEN of game 12? from my findings, stockfish 10 couldn't make real good progress with black even with perfect play.

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