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Magnus Carlsen’s Endgame vs. Hikaru Nakamura’s Speed

The greatest speed chess players in history play each other in World Blitz Championship! Join @Daniel Naroditsky for this episode featuring @GMHikaru and @Magnus Carlsen playing a Scotch Game in 2014!

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This is Grandmaster Daniel narditski we Are watching two Titans of the game Magnus Carlson Hikaru Nakamura facing Off at the 2014 World Blitz championship And Magnus essaying the scotch defense The scotch opening which is not Necessarily the most common at the Highest level is showing the Rue Lopez And the Italian in favor of a slightly More rare line and Hikaru responding With a bishop C5 variation which is uh One of the most reputable along with Knight F6 and both sides developing Their pieces Magnus developing the Bishop out to G5 pinning the Knight on F6 and Hikaru looks up in a little bit Of consternation trying to remember his Analysis as he fiddles with the pawn and Hikaru taking the first significant Think of the game as he tries to decide How to deal with that Bishop on G5 and He decides not to deal with it for the Time being as he continues to develop And he castles King's side of the big Question for Magnus is which way is he Going to Castle he can move his Queen up To D2 and he can Castle queenside or he Can develop his light squared bishop and Castle kingside and he does develop his Queen he puts it on F3 pressuring Hikaru's Knight on E5 and Knight D4 is Nakamura's aggressive response staking a Claim in the center and offering a trade Of knights in the event of that trade

Hikaru lands a very powerful Bishop on D4 which is going to be threatening in Some cases to take the Knight on C3 and If the queen recaptures on C3 there are Tactics with Knight F6 takes E4 even Though the queen on d8 is hanging the Queen on C3 potentially will also hang So Magnus has that problem to deal with As now he falls behind by 30 seconds Hikaru has played very confidently in The opening and Magnus now taking a Piece of his own to fidget with as he Gives the position a sizable think and There's the answer he castles Queen side And once again Hikaru looks off to the Side maybe he's still in his analysis Will he take the Knight on C3 that's the Big question and if he does how is Magnus Carlson going to recapture with The queen or with the pawn if he has to Recapture with a pawn then his entire Queen side is going to be significantly Damaged and Hikaru will have attacking Chances and Hikaru very enticed by that Possibility Magnus not even thinking About taking back with a queen because Of Knight takes E4 and he takes back With a pawn and now the big threat is E4 E5 winning the Knight on F6 Hikaru must Deal with that immediately and he does He moves The Rook out to E8 and Magnus Completing his development by bringing His light squared Bishop out to C4 now Notice that the pawn on e4 is

Untouchable it cannot be captured with The Rook because if Queen takes E4 and The Queen on d8 is going to be captured By White's Bishop so the pawn isn't the Problem for white the problem for white As Magnus takes a sip of caffeinated Coca-Cola they're giving himself some Energy to think about this complicated Position the problem for white is that Damaged Queen side he cannot let Black's Queen get to A3 or The Rook to get to The a file all of that is a very Dangerous possibility but for the time Being white has some very active Development but a big move there by Magnus is he trades his dark Square Bishop for the Knight on F6 and he Essentially forces an end game where Both sides now have very damaged Pawn Structures black has that damage on the King side and white respectively has the Damage structure on the Queen's head Hikaru taking active steps to fix his Structure as he pushes the pawn up to F5 And he contests magnus's control of the Center the idea is to undouble his pawns And in the event of a train on F5 black Gets his light squared Bishop out and in That situation I think black is the one Who can argue that he's slightly better So Magnus has to tread very carefully Here as he falls now to a minute 20 on The clock he's a full 40 seconds down And we know how dangerous Hikaru is in

His opponent's time pressure and Magnus Says no I'm not trading unless it's on My terms and he drives the bishop up to D5 he is provoking the move C6 which Looks very tempting but then the bishop Will drop back to B3 and hikara will Have problems with his Pawn on D6 so I Don't think he's automatically going to Play C6 another sip for a Magnus he Seems pretty happy with the way that the End game is going in a big decision here To be made by Hikaru and he finally Takes on e4 Magnus recaptures with his Bishop and rookie five by Hikaru Preparing to lift The Rook up to the Queen side but also putting the Rook on A defended Square the threat was Bishop Takes H7 check with a discovered attack Against that Rook but now that the Rook Is on a defended Square Hikaru doesn't Have to worry about that anymore and Magnus for the second time moves his Bishop up to D5 knifing into Black's Position a trade on E1 and King f8 by Hikaru to prevent white truck from Infiltrating to E7 the end game looks Pretty balanced to me but there is still Plenty of Chess left to be played this Is not a dead draw this is very far from A dead draw because there's a lot of Pawn structure imbalance with both sides Having weaknesses on the respective Flanks C6 now played by Hikaru driving The bishop away from the center and will

Hikaru play D5 not just yet he develops His Bishop to F5 and and moves it back To G6 in order to reinforce that weak Pawn on F7 and Magnus says I'm not Letting you sleep peacefully on G6 H4 And Hikaru immediately responds with H5 The idea for Magnus was to play G4 and Then H5 himself that was not something Hikaru could have allowed Magnus brings Up his King into the center and Hikaru Pushes his Rook down to d8 reinforcing The pawn on D6 Bishop C4 by Magnus is he Preparing to offer a bishop trade yes he Is and now Hikaru is the one who says I'm fine to trade but if you want to Take on G6 you're gonna have to help my Pawn structure improve Bishop takes G6 F Takes G6 and Black's kingside Pawn Structure is fully rectified I don't Think Magnus is going to trade no he Does not instead he pushes the a pawn up To A4 grabbing space on the queen side And Hikaru does the same with B6 it does Look like black has the more comfortable Side of this end game but the likeliest Outcome is definitely still a drop both Of these players are legendary in the End game and Magnus drops the bishop Back to E2 thank taking better of that Bishop trade and deciding to keep the Bishops on the board as he pushes the Pawn up to A5 what a bold move there and If Hikaru takes on A5 the idea for white Is Rook to A4 when white not only

Recovers the pawn on A5 but then puts Tremendous pressure on the A7 and C5 Pawn so I don't think Hikaru is going to Capture that pawn on A5 in fact I'm Confident that he won't so he keeps the Tension Rook to F6 offering a trade of Rooks does Hikaru Nakamura and in the Event of that trade I don't know who Benefits for the time being Magnus Trades on P6 and he falls now to 30 Seconds on the clock he's got to make a Decision fast but he basically has to Trade because if he moves The Rook away From F4 he loses that critical Pawn on F2 so he plays Bishop F3 and he agrees To a trade of Rooks but once again for The third time he does it on his own Terms and he puts pressure on that D5 Pawn and if he can force Hikaru to push That pawn up to D4 and that D4 Pawn is Going to be a pretty massive liability For blacks so a big decision here to be Made for Hikaru he can play Rook D6 and Keeps the Rooks on the board and he does Just that I think he's influenced by the Fact that Magnus now with 15 seconds on The clock and the more pieces on the Board the more complicated the position Magnus making a waiting move dropping The bishop back to G2 and keeping his Eyes on the D5 pawn and Hikaru does have A hard time bringing the king in toward The center that Rook on F4 is an Absolute beast that's keeping Black's

Entire King side at Bay and Hikaru Hesitating a couple of times there Rook To d8 Bishop F3 decides repeating moves Magnus is obviously fine with a draw is Hikaru final the draw as well no Magnus Is not fine with the draw what a bold Decision by the world champion he brings The Rook up to A4 but he immediately Puts it back on F4 thinking better of His bold decision because Hikaru he's Got all of his pawns well defended by That Rook on D6 and now it's nakamura's Turn to play for a win as he pushes B5 And supports the pawn of the rook and Bishop drops back to G2 Magnus harassing Black's Queen side pawns with his bishop And now the pawn on default 5 is Untouchable because of Rook D6 what a Vicious Trap by Hikaru in his opponent's Time pressure Magnus now with 10 seconds On the clock and hesitation there as he Moves the bishop back to F1 for the Umpteenth time Rook a two by Hikaru Attacking C2 and now a bishop trade and Who benefits from this bishop trade it's Hard to tell now white is threatening Rook F4 up to F5 forking the pawns on D5 And H5 Hikaru has to prevent that and he Does by moving his King up to G6 and now It's madness's turn to expand on the King side G4 leading to some frustration By Nakamura and The Rook is it gonna Move up to G5 checking the king and Forcing it back to E6 and now Magnus

With a passed Pawn on H4 is he going to Push that pass Pawn not just yet he Plays Rook G1 preventing black stroke From traveling to the king side via A1 Now Hikaru the one who looks a little Bit frustrated white wants to put that Rook behind the pawn on H4 and the pawn Is going to rumble up the board up the Runway Rook A3 by Hikaru pinning the Pawn on C3 and Magnus brings the king Back to D2 Hikaru desperately generating Counter player Queen side fiddling and Twirling that pawn Rook up to G3 by Magnus offering a rook trade who Benefits in the event of that Rook trip I think it was white Now The Rook Gets Behind the pawn but Hikaru is in time to Stop the pawn with his King he is just In time tempo for Tempo and now the pawn On H6 is immobilized and I think the Game is very likely to fizzle out into a Draw Rook to A6 winning the pawn on H6 Magnus wins The Pawn on B4 and now the Sides only have two pawns left and They're about to have one Pawn left King To E2 rookie six check back and forth go The Rooks Rook takes D5 Rook takes F2 This is a dead draw even though Black's King is further away from White's Pawn Than White's King from black spawn Because Black's Rook is more than Capable of holding that pawn back in the Sides repeating moves looking at each Other and shaking hands what a amazing

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