WORLD CHAMPION’S NARROW ESCAPE

GM Swapnil Dhopade

GM Swapnil Dhopade

Headcoach - Chess Pathshala

  1. August 17, 2020

WORLD CHAMPION’S NARROW ESCAPE

Svidler Peter vs. Carlsen Magnus, Legends of Chess 2020

Hello Dear Readers,

Even the current world champion Magnus Carlsen sometimes commit mistakes! In this game against Svidler, Carlsen commenced the game solidly but his Russian counterpart induced complexities in the position by sacrificing a pawn to gain the initiative. 

While Carlsen did fall prey to his king-side attack, the latter failed to seize advantage. Eventually then, as always, the Mozart of chess converted the game.


Find the best plan for black!


Find best continuation for white!


Black to play!


I hope you enjoyed the game! The game was relatively short but filled with intricacies. 

Stay tuned for the next article. But before you leave, down below are the solutions for yesterday’s puzzles.

Dubov Daniil vs. Nakamura Hikaru, Carlsen Tour Final

14. Qh5!! Bf8 (14… Nd5 15. Qxh6 f5 16. Be5 Kf7 17. Rxc8 +-) 15. Rxc3 e5 16. Bc4 Qc7 17. Bxe5 1-0

Suren j vs. Muffang Andre, Strasbourg 1919

18… Bc5 19. Bxf4 ?

(19. dxc5 gets mated after Qd4+ 20. Be3 Qxe3+ 21. Kf1 g3! 22. Qg1 Bd3+! 1 23. cxd3 Qxd3+ 24. Ne2 Qxe2#)

(19. Ne2-+ 19 g3+ 20. Kf3 Rxe2 Removing Defender 21. Kxe2 Qxd4 22. Bd2 Bg4+ 23. Bf3 Qf2+ 24. Kd1 Bxf3+ 25. Kc1 (25. gxf3? 2 g2-+) 25… Bxg2 26. Qe1 Qxe1+ 27. Bxe1) 19… Qxd4+ Double Attack. Black mates 20. Kg3 Qf2+ Double Attack

21. Kh2 Qxh4# 0-1

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