GM Chess Analysis #53 – A ‘Tal Like’ adventure – Carlsen vs Mamedyarov – Grand Chess Tour

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Magnus Carlsen vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Croatia Grand Chess Tour (2019), Zagreb, CRO, rd4, Jun-29
Reti Opening (A04)

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. h4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. h5 c5 8. Rb1 b6 9. e4 O-O 10. hxg6 hxg6 11. d4 Bb7 12. Ng5 cxd4 13. Qg4 Nd7 14. Qh3 Nf6 15. e5 Nh5 16. e6 Qd5 17. exf7+ Rxf7 18. Bd3 Qe5+ 19. Kd1 dxc3 20. Nxf7 Kxf7 21. Re1 c2+ 22. Bxc2 Rd8+ 23. Bd2 Qd6 24. Qe3 Nf4 25. Kc1 Bh6 26. Kb2 Rc8 27. Rbc1 e6 28. Kb1 Bxg2 29. Bb3 Rxc1+ 30. Bxc1 Bh3 31. Bb2 Bf5+ 32. Ka1 Bg7 33. Bxg7 Kxg7 34. Rd1 Nd3 35. Bc4 Qe5+ 36. Qxe5+ Nxe5 37. Be2 g5 38. Rc1 Kf6 39. Rc7 Bd3 40. Bxd3 Nxd3 41. Rxa7 Nxf2 42. Rb7 g4 43. Rxb6 g3 44. a4 Ne4 45. Rb1 Nc5 46. a5 Ke5 47. Kb2 Kf4 48. Kc3 g2 49. Kc4 Na6 50. Kb5 Nb8 51. Kc4 Na6 52. Kb5 Nb8 53. Kc4 Na6 54. Rg1 Kg3 55. Kd4 Kf2 56. Rxg2+ Kxg2 57. Ke5 Nc5 58. a6 Nxa6 59. Kxe6 0.5 -0.5

The 2019 Croatia Grand Chess Tour is a 12-player classical all-play-all tournament taking place from 26 June to 8 July 2019 in the Novinarski Dom in Zagreb, Croatia. Magnus Carlsen and all the regular tour players will compete for a prize fund of $325,000, with $90,000 for first place.

Players receive 130 minutes for the entire game, with a 30-second delay from move one. In case of a tie for first, rapid and, if necessary, blitz playoffs will be held on 8 July. The event is organised in partnership with Chess Club e4 from Zagreb. Official website:

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  1. Thank you for video go on Simon we waiting for more your amazing analysis..

  2. I love that Simon has been raving about early H pawn pushes for years now and its really in the forefront of top games

    Edit: basically just reiterated the point made in the video, not as creative as I thought haha

  3. Isn't the Rh8 sac a rather standard tactic in positions with an open h file? To bring in the queen with check? Maybe usually without the fiancchettoed bishop but still confused that you emphasised twice that you never saw that.

  4. Go Harry, go. Vas-y Henri, cours. The H pawn is a winning pawn (even if this game is a draw and even if Kmoch saw that the A and H square only control one square when the others control two). Go Harry.

  5. Your clips on the London and black lion were the best in the game. They raised my rating about 500 points and I’ve taught them to all my friends, improving theirs as well. Since then you’ve put out nothing like them. Please do.

  6. Couldn't black fork the white queen on e3 and the white rook on e1 with … Nxg2 at any moment?

  7. Anyone know simons email please?
    Iam in need of a help in chess because my national tournament is in a month incoming

  8. Magnus clearly has been watching the Ginger GM channel

  9. @ 11:00, is the Black queen on C4 not protecting the f7 pawn so that mating attack doesnt work?

  10. Just finished watching that round. I'm always like a day behind. I have to stay away from your Twitter for the short term for the risk of spoilers.

    One more thing, Maurice Ashley was trying to convert the masses from Harry to Hannibal! Hopefully it doesn't catch on! 🙂

  11. I bought how to win tournaments. It's pretty good

  12. I can't upvote this enough. Amazing game, and crystal clear explanation. Few people can explain chess so clearly, for people who struggle with strings of rapid fire lines ( which I am sure is great for advanced players, but Simon has focused on teaching lower level players.)

  13. More double Ginger action. That was so much fun!!!

  14. And yes, I wanted to compensate for my shiteness at chess by using swanky words lol But always love your vids! x

  15. Simon brought me back to chess after 15 years of absence. I love his dee-ve-dees!

  16. Again a brilliant analysis, great explanation, carried by the love and the excitement for the game. And Harry did the job again. Maybe Harry could even undo the Brexit? Maybe Simon could ask him for us Europeans missing our British friends already

  17. sometimes you want to play the dutch, but play 1.d4 e6 then wait for 2.c4 before playing f5. what line are you avoiding by playing 1. …. e6 first?

  18. that was an amazing game, and Simon's analysis was amazing – so helpful to maximise the enjoyment of such a brilliant game. love mamedyarov's play in this, bringing on carlsen's full attack, managing to hold on, and even creating a very dangerous looking attack. like a chess version of rocky! thanks Simon. Great video.

  19. Just played a game where my opponent played the SNAGGLEPUSS DEFENCE! lol gotta lov chess hope u r ok Simon x

  20. I made a mistake once. Well, more than once. But i was under stress. So I made a mistake. Forigive and forget, yeah? Love you big Si x

  21. I don't see the purpose of having you saying "Magnus is the strongest player of all time" maybe it's a pure commercial statement so you can get more interest from today kids, but I think it was a bad idea regarding the rest of the chess community who are far away from being fans of Carlsen. Honestly I was a big fan of you until I heard this statement, and I even stopped watching the video. Just an advice, stop comparing world champions of different era it's always unfair.

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