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Endgame Mastery: Carlsen-Anand Game 5

What a game!! Classic Carlsen: a weird opening that doesn't do anything, moving around in circles in a visually equal endgame, and then eventually a fascinating and intricate endgame is played that reveals a bunch of cool ideas I didn't know.

Here's my video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jgW73vb8eY

And here's a pgn viewer for the game and variations discussed in the video. There are no evaluations in these notes, they are all in the video.


I'll be analyzing this further on my own for fun!

Tomorrow Anand has white in game 6. If you have any feedback on the format, content, style or pace of these videos,please let me know. :-) 

Comments


  • 11 months ago

    IM dpruess

    Yeah, apparently Ra1 instead of Rc1 was a draw-- but it was not a super obvious thing to see. Any time Carlsen wins a drawn endgame, there are going to be moves that his opponents missed along the way that would have help the draw. But Carlsen creates interesting problems for the opponent, and extends the game a long time, so that they have to find these resources a dozen times in a game. And to find the right move, you have to consider the wrong moves as well, and realize that the other option puts you in danger.

    Very often in equal endgames, you feel that you have 3 candidate moves, one of them feels a little bad, the other two looks reasonable, you analyze them for a while, and conclude "either should be good enough for a draw." So the point is, even if you analyze the drawing move correctly, if you don't see what's wrong with another plausible candidate move, you may play that one. Then some unusual endgame trick that Carlsen has in mind, forces you to change your evaluation of that move, but now it's too late: your position has gotten a little bit worse. And repeat, and repeat. Till finally you're looking at a lot of candidate moves that all seem pretty bad.

    It's tough to fight against! As we saw again today.

  • 11 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    haha, [my in-analysis board comment] was my way of saying hello and i thought david was finished with his analysis at the time.  didn't mean for my comment to be a distraction.  enjoyed the analysis.  something to add, i expected ...e5 instead of ...c5 and ...Ra1 instead of ...Rc1 during the game, and this was discussed a bit in other commentaries, especially the latter resource, when missed, lead to a difficult rook ending.  it's unfortunate for anand to lose when all he had to do was to a find a simple idea at a few points to equalize the positions especially in a few cases after playing some complex and accurate defensive manuevers for so long.  seemed to me that anand felt that he missed some details inducing him to underestimate his positions and miss more details later.

     and i still don't understand the point of ... Bc7 at all.  but the rook ending was/is very instructive!

    just saw your livingrevolutions blog.  it's great that u can access a community of such pleasant people.  my initial thought to your dream job blog was from facts we can distill truths but from rhetoric we can access emotions. once having established the facts, and mutual philosophical differences understood, can there be reconciliation, and even then, only when outcomes are not excessively divergent (and mutually acceptable to the interests of all parties).

  • 11 months ago

    ksbalan04

    I have watched the full game through TV. Anand missed to see lot of draw chances instead of Loss. Brave Carlson made it success through Anand's mis calculations. Very strong END GAME Show by Magnes.

  • 11 months ago

    pdela

    well, both Gelfand and Topalov won first last two times. Also true Anand evened the score just the day after that, anyway if Magnus is a point ahead it will not be over till the last match

  • 11 months ago

    MomirRadovic

    Just an endgame lost?
    or closing to an end for Anand?
    art Sebastiano Paulesu, Sardinia, Italy
     
  • 11 months ago

    MomirRadovic

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  • 11 months ago

    pdela

    ha!, Petrosianic... "David is my hero XD"

  • 11 months ago

    pdela

    wow, man, this one is very long... do you know we have to be watching and listening to you for 1 hour 47 minutes? I prefer Jessica Chastain, no offence.

  • 11 months ago

    pdela

    I have feedback, but not of the videos, I don't like the titles :(

  • 11 months ago

    Intermezzo

    Thanks for all your hard work!

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