Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Magnus Carlsen - 2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014

This is the 1st round game between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Magnus Carlsen from the 2nd Sinquefield Cup chess tournament of 2014. The tournament was held in the United States - Saint Louis, Missouri at the Saint Louis Chess Club & Scholastic Center (Home of the World Chess Hall of Fame). This tournament's 6 competitors (Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave) have an average rating of nearly 2802, making it the strongest tournament in chess history. In the game, Vachier-Lagrave opts for the Scotch Opening in reply to Carlsen's e5. After Carlsen's 4th, Bc5, play is sharpened with an ensuing Qe2. This queen move alone speaks volumes about what Vachier-Lagrave's intentions are. Carlsen takes these ideas into account and replies swiftly, entering a middlegame where attention to detail, king safety, move order, time and initiative all come to the forefront.


  • 2 years ago


    Good analysis! Loved the game...

  • 2 years ago


    Great analysis and comments!! I just realized that these videos can be used as a nice chess workout: first analyze the GM game yourself, then compare afterwards with Jerry's comments to see if you were able to come up with the same insights.

  • 2 years ago


    This has been the best game of the first two rounds.

  • 2 years ago


    Great comments, good tactical and positional school. Class! Beautiful and accurate choices. Everything becomes clear and significant. Thank you.

  • 2 years ago


    When commenting this game, there is a recurring phrase "One might expect [... ... ...], we don't have this however".

    Gm Ben Finegold mentioned that 23. Rac1 was a dubious move and recommended 23. Rad1 instead. [ ]

    Crazy game! Laughing

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