The battle of generations between Magnus Carlsen and Alireza Firouzja favoured the older star. Firouzja came from an undefeated run in classical chess in the tournament, while Carlsen had lost his 125-game undefeated streak against Jan-Krzysztof Duda in round 5. It seemed like a good time for Firouzja to leave a strong mark by beating the world champion, but it was not meant to be. The youngster will surely get more chances in the future!
Endgames of the World Champions from Fischer to Carlsen
Let endgame expert Dr Karsten Mller show and explain the finesses of the world champions. Although they had different styles each and every one of them played the endgame exceptionally well, so take the opportunity to enjoy and learn from some of the best endgames in the history of chess.
The ever-competitive Carlsen knows that this win was not only relevant for thetournament standings:
Its always pleasant to clinch a tournament. Also, Alireza is going to be around for a long time, so giving him a bit of an unpleasant memory, thats not a bad thing for me (smiles).
Carlsen had an amazing string of strong results online in the last few months, and now confirmed he is still the strongest over the board. Or, as he calls it, the wooden screen.
Meanwhile, Firouzja, who has climbed to 18th place in the live ratings list, proved that he can battle on equal terms with the best in the world. The one thing that failed him in his key matchup against Carlsen was his ability to control his nerves twice in the game he made mistakes he would almost certainly not make under different circumstances, especially his blunder in a rather elementary endgame.
The penultimate round also saw Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian winning in Armageddon. Thus, both top-10 stars still have chances to get second place on Friday.
Alireza Firouzja is having an amazing tournament nonetheless | Photo: Lennart Ootes
Firouzja seemed to have everything under control well into the middlegame, with Carlsen going to the confessional and mentioning that he was not happy with his opening choice. At some point, however, the youngster was too eager to exchange pieces and, instead of keeping the tension, exchangedhis dark-squared bishop for Blacks knight. Carlsen went back to the confessional and said he had a minuscule chance to fight for a win.
On move 33, Firouzja tooka wrong turn and quickly found himself in a tough spot:
White needed to keep the status quo with 33.Rd2 or 33.Bd5, while the forcing 33.Rc3 can be responded by 33...Rxc3 34.bxc3 Nb3 when Black has good chances in the endgame with minor pieces and pawns. The game continued 35.Ke1 Bc5 36.Nc2:
After getting an unlikely opportunity to get a win, Carlsen played 36...Nc1, a move thathe described as almost criminal White can neutralize his rivals initiative with 37.Bd5 Nd3 38.Ke2 Nxf2 and 39.Bc6. In the diagrammed position, 36...f5 is the human way to make progress, increasing the pressure, while the computer also shows 36...g5 as a good continuation for White.
The position was once again balanced, withcommentators and fans alike ready to see a draw agreement and an Armageddon. And then came the shock:
Power Play 15 - Practical Pawn Endgames
Based on his own playing experience, Grandmaster Daniel King reveals what is essential knowledge, saving you time in your studies. In the first section of the DVD he takes you through typical motifs and themes. In the second section he tests your knowledge with typical scenarios from actual games.Video: 4 hours.
Carlsen explained that he continued to play here because he noticed his opponent was really nervous besides the fact that Firouzja was down to less than 5 seconds on his clock. Here the youngster erred horribly with 69.Kc3, allowing Black to gain the opposition and the game with 69...Kc5. Keeping the distant opposition with 69.Kd2 would have led to a draw.
The world champion explained:
At the end, he didnt give the appearance of somebody who was sure about everything, so I had some minor hopes offooling him somehow by moving the king around.
Right after 69.Kc3?? | Photo: Lennart Ootes
Tari was very close to winning his first classical game of the event, as Aronian played speculatively in the opening, going for g7-g5 with black on move 10, a move that Tari described as just horrible. Unfortunately for the Norwegian, Aronian is also a stubborn defender and managed to take the matchup to Armageddon in the end.
Perhaps Tari would have won the classical game had he exchanged rooks on move 28:
Avoiding to exchange material from the attacking side, White played 28.Rf1 and had trouble finding a way to break through lateron. Instead, 28.Rxd8+ Kxd8 29.h4 would have given him great chances to win, as Blacks pieces and pawns are very uncoordinated.
In the tiebreaker, it was Tari who went for the kill early on. His more experienced opponent, however, managed to stave off the attack and converted his material advantaged into a 34-move win.
Aryan Tari could not finish off the ever-creative Levon Aronian in their classical encounter | Photo: Lennart Ootes
A tense classical game was dynamically balanced throughout, although Caruana later confessed that he felt his opponent was better prepared than him in the Sicilian Taimanov, as his preparation (Caruanas) is still not all-encompassing. Near the end, however, it was the American who hadthe initiative:
Navigating the Ruy Lopez Vol.1-3
The Ruy Lopez is one of the oldest openings which continues to enjoy high popularity from club level to the absolute world top. In this video series, American super GM Fabiano Caruana, talking to IM Oliver Reeh, presents a complete repertoire for White.
Caruana went for 37...Rxe4 here, and was the one infiltrating the opposite camp with his queen after 38.fxe4 Qxe4 White cannot save the rook on a8 as it would allow Black to create a deadly attack. However, Caruana thought that 37...Qxg3 would have given him better practical chances, as the ensuing positions are more dangerous for white.
The game was finally drawn and the contenders went to Armageddon. Caruana later mentioned that he does not like to play these tiebreakers with black. Luckily for him, this time around Duda misplayed the opening and allowed the American to get a smooth 30-move victory.
Fabiano Caruana with top aide Rustam Kasimdzhanov| Photo: Lennart Ootes
1. Carlsen 19.52. Firouzja 15.53. Aronian 14.54. Caruana 145. Duda 9.56. Tari 2.5
Magnus Carlsen Levon AronianFabiano Caruana Aryan TariAlireza Firouzja Jan-Krzysztof Duda
Read more here:
- Canadian chess master Ross Siemms pleased with new interest in the game - Toronto Sun - January 13th, 2021
- CES 2021: check out the world's craziest new gaming and consumer tech - Happy Mag - January 13th, 2021
- A Black Repertoire versus the Anti-Sicilians - Chessbase News - January 13th, 2021
- 'The Last of Us' prologue easter egg discovered after seven years - NME - January 13th, 2021
- Trolling the Great Outdoors - The New Yorker - January 13th, 2021
- Good, bad, and ugly 2020 - The New Indian Express - December 29th, 2020
- DeepMind's New AI Is Able To Learn The Rules Of A Game As It Plays - Unite.AI - December 27th, 2020
- Chess captures new fans thanks to the pandemic and 'The Queen's Gambit' - CBC.ca - December 27th, 2020
- Bridgewater Man And Woman Arrested In Connection To Stabbing On Christmas Eve - Yahoo News - December 27th, 2020
- Off Their Game Week 16 - Robby Anderson - Yahoo News - December 27th, 2020
- Five Tips To Become A World Chess Champion: Vasily Smyslov's Story - Chess.com - December 27th, 2020
- 20 top TV moments of 2020: From 'Jeopardy!' to 'Tiger King' and that wild election - USA TODAY - December 26th, 2020
- The Westbridge Anand Chess Academy will train five of India's biggest talents - Chessbase News - December 23rd, 2020
- Chess sets are in-demand on LI right now - Newsday - December 23rd, 2020
- Elliot Page Was Supposed to Star in The Queens Gambit - Rare.us - December 22nd, 2020
- Are computers killing the mystery of chess? video - The Guardian - December 20th, 2020
- From Bake Off woes to Zoom fiascos: 2020 in lists - The Guardian - December 20th, 2020
- KCF University Cup to be played online in February - Chessbase News - December 20th, 2020
- 2020 smartphone mega shootout: The best camera phones tested - Android Authority - December 20th, 2020
- The best websites to play chess after watching 'Queen's Gambit' | Tech | December 17, 2020 - Explica - December 17th, 2020
- Barbara Kay: The glaring flaw of 'The Queens Gambit' that no one wants to mention - National Post - December 12th, 2020
- Best of 2020: How The Queen's Gambit made its chess look real - Entertainment Weekly - December 11th, 2020
- 5 Easy Steps That You Need to Follow To Become A Micro Influencer - Vizaca.com - December 11th, 2020
- Omena, Miguna and onions most googled in 2020 - The Standard - December 11th, 2020
- Pegasystems' Trefler on leadership and strategy - learned from chess - Financial Post - December 8th, 2020
- Inuit-designed board game Nunami hits the shelves - Nunatsiaq News - December 8th, 2020
- How to play chess like Beth from The Queen's Gambit - The Spectator US - December 5th, 2020
- INTERVIEW: Video creation app Firework insists it is more than a TikTok rival as it woos publishers in India - Business Insider India - December 3rd, 2020
- Meghan and Harry are in hot water over The Crown and their Netflix deal - NEWS.com.au - December 3rd, 2020
- The Cord's Best of 2020 The Cord - The Cord - December 3rd, 2020
- Madonna Shared a Rare, Festive Family Portrait Ahead of the Holidays - HarpersBAZAAR.com - December 1st, 2020
- 'The Queen's Gambit' got you feeling chess? The best websites to play on - Film Daily - December 1st, 2020
- Mr Beast teases chess match with grandmaster Hikaru - Dexerto - December 1st, 2020
- The 42 Best Black Friday Smart Home and Kitchen Deals (2020) - WIRED - November 29th, 2020
- Black Friday 2020 Live Update: A later Black Friday boost; hot holiday gifts: Legos and chess sets - CNBC - November 27th, 2020
- Chess championship: A 10-year-old Filipino takes over global stage - Yahoo News - November 27th, 2020
- Netflix, HBO Max Battle Over 'Godzilla' Rights, Disney Plus Performs 'On Pointe' - The Streamable - November 27th, 2020
- A game-changing moment for chess - CNN Video - November 26th, 2020
- Carlsen on The Queen's Gambit: A little too unrealistic - Chessbase News - November 26th, 2020
- Understanding before Moving 2: How to improve the activity of my pieces - Chessbase News - November 24th, 2020
- Gurgaon girl to represent India in World Youth Chess Championship - Times of India - November 24th, 2020
- ChessBase 16 - The new features (Part 5) - Chessbase News - November 20th, 2020
- The Queen's Gambit: How a Netflix show is increasing the popularity of chess - CNN - November 20th, 2020
- Cybercrimes can cost companies money, customers, and employees. Here's what types of cybersecurity protocols e - Business Insider India - November 18th, 2020
- Politicians are conquering the world of video games - Metro US - November 18th, 2020
- ChessBase 16 - The new features (Part 4) - Chessbase News - November 16th, 2020
- How "The Queen's Gambit" is inspiring a wave of new chess fans, especially women - Salon - November 16th, 2020
- 5 great shows to watch on Netflix this weekend - Netflix Life - November 8th, 2020
- Chess and scientific research - Chessbase News - November 6th, 2020
- Harry Melling on 'Queen's Gambit' and His Haunting Liam Neeson Team-Up - Hollywood Reporter - November 5th, 2020
- Darrell Hammond on Sean Connery Impression: "The Single Most Successful Thing I Ever Did As a Performer" - Hollywood Reporter - November 5th, 2020
- Win or lose, with Trump, prepare for the unimaginable after the election - CNN - November 1st, 2020
- VIDEOS - Play Chess with Friends - October 31st, 2020
- Play Chess Online - Free Online Chess on GameKnot - October 31st, 2020
- Chess videos | chess24.com - October 31st, 2020
- Gillian Jacobs Talks Improvising for the First Time on Dont Think Twice - Yahoo Lifestyle - October 31st, 2020
- TikToker Abby Roberts reacts to bizarre theory shes not really British - Dexerto - October 31st, 2020
- New Movies + Shows to Watch this Weekend: 'Borat 2' on Amazon Prime Video+ More - Decider - October 24th, 2020
- Premiere: Sweet Crude Reaches Their "Ultimatum" - Popdust - October 23rd, 2020
- Gordon Ramsay Sipped Ocean Spray In His Latest TikTok Tirade, Referencing The Viral 'Dreams' Video - Delish.com - October 23rd, 2020
- 'Roger Federer is always out-thinking you and ready to embarrass you," says former US Open opponent - Tennishead - October 21st, 2020
- 'The Queen's Gambit' Cast on How the Netflix Drama Goes Beyond the Chess Board (VIDEO) - TV Insider - October 17th, 2020
- Norway Chess: Carlsen beats Caruana to take the lead - Chessbase News - October 11th, 2020
- Connected pawns on the move - Chessbase News - October 11th, 2020
- New: Sergei Tiviakov - How to play the Ruy Lopez with Qe2 - Chessbase News - October 7th, 2020
- AdvanceClub Launches to Inspire and Advance Esports Gamers of All Skill Levels - StreetInsider.com - October 7th, 2020
- Woman Can't Stump Her Husband With Riddles No Matter How Hard She Tries - Distractify - October 3rd, 2020
- Unearthing Every NFL Team's Early Hidden Gem - Bleacher Report - September 30th, 2020
- The Queens Gambit Teaser: Anya Taylor-Joy Is Addicted to Chess, Drugs, and More Chess - Vulture - September 28th, 2020
- 'Console Wars' Review: A Fascinating, Fundamental Chronicle of the Innovative Battle Between SEGA and Nintendo - /FILM - September 24th, 2020
- WATCH: Why Nurse-Stevens was the best chess match in NBA history - Celtics Wire - September 24th, 2020
- The shifting chessboard of international influence operations - Brookings Institution - September 24th, 2020
- Yuzvendra Chahals Dance Videos That Went Viral! - IWMBuzz - September 22nd, 2020
- The 7 best chess and checkers games for Android - Explica - September 12th, 2020
- FIDE announces that the Candidates Tournament will resume on November 1st - Chessbase News - September 11th, 2020
- George Conway Shows What's Going On In Trump's Head In Exclusive 'Unfit' Clip - HuffPost - September 11th, 2020
- Pokelawls signed as streamer to TSM - Daily Esports - September 9th, 2020
- 30 fun ways to stay connected through video calls - Bryan-College Station Eagle - September 7th, 2020
- TikTok: Everything To Know About Tech's Biggest Soap Opera - Inventiva - September 5th, 2020
- Putin critic: Inaction against him is a license to kill - CNN - September 5th, 2020