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Caruana vs Carlsen | A battle before the 2018 World Chess Championship
March 31, 2018 10:42 PM PDT

Featured in this video is the Round 1 game of the 2018 Grenke Chess Classic between Fabiano Caruana (white), and Magnus Carlsen (black). This is Caruana and Carlsen's first tournament encounter since learning they will both be competing in the 2018 World Chess Championship Match come November of 2018. Fabiano Caruana will play challenger to the defending World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen. In this game Caruana opens with a non-confrontational setup that doesn't acheive any advantage as white, but rather some playable/normal position. Carlsen opts for a King's Indian Defense setup, with play beginning to sharp as early as move 12. We witness multiple structural imbalances, each side obtaining a majority, and an all important minor piece imbalance as well. Once the endgame arrives, and only one rook remains for each player, the quality of the pawns would be king.

Google's self-learning AI AlphaZero masters chess in 4 hours
December 13, 2017 09:40 PM PST

Google's AI AlphaZero has shocked the chess world. Leaning on its deep neural networks, and general reinforcement learning algorithm, DeepMind's AI Alpha Zero learned to play chess well beyond the skill level of master, besting the 2016 top chess engine Stockfish 8 in a 100-game match. Alpha Zero had 28 wins, 72 draws, and 0 losses. Impressive right? And it took just 4 hours of self-play to reach such a proficiency. What the chess world has witnessed from this historic event is, simply put, mind-blowing! AlphaZero vs Magnus Carlsen anyone?

A Short King Walk
March 29, 2017 01:59 AM PDT

One of the most famous king walk games in chess came from the encounter between Nigel Short and Jan Timman in 1991. How would Short reply when Timman opts for the atypical Alekhine's Defense? Could an enemy queen scare the king off his path? What conditions would be necessary for the king walk to be a success during an atypical phase of the game?

Youngest International Chess Master in History (Praggnanandhaa)
October 15, 2016 03:37 PM PDT

Showcased is the most recent game by the youngest International Chess Master in history, R Praggnanandhaa. Praggnanandhaa, from Chennai, India, played as black in the final round of the 2016 Isle of Man Chess Tournament against Axel Bachmann of Paraguay who is a 2645 rated Grandmaster. Praggnanandhaa has a resume that shines bright, winning already two world youth titles and achieving the International Master title at 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days. He is, without doubt, a player who will challenge the feat of Sergey Karjakin, who holds the "youngest chess grandmaster in history" title, doing so at 12 years and 7 months. Observe Praggnanandhaa's 18-move miniature against Paraguay's finest, Axel Bachmann.

Beginner to Chess Master #1 - How to Checkmate with King and Queen
February 17, 2016 08:19 PM PST

This is video #1 from the "Beginner to Chess Master" playlist. Illustrated is how to checkmate with the king and queen versus the lone king. This is the most basic of checkmates in chess, and in order to be successful it takes a coordinated effort by both king and queen. I'm a self-taught National Master in chess out of Pennsylvania, USA who learned how to play from my father in 1988 at the age of 8. The purpose of this channel is to share my knowledge of chess to help others improve their game. I enjoy continuing to improve my understanding of this great game, albeit slowly. Consider subscribing here on YouTube for frequent content, and/or connecting via any or all of the below social medias. Your support is greatly appreciated. Take care, bye. big smile

Judit Polgár vs Garry Kasparov - Russia vs Rest of the World - 2002
January 05, 2016 08:11 PM PST

Judit Polgár, the world's strongest female chess player ever, is paired against Garry Kasparov, arguably the best chess player ever, in a game from the Russia vs Rest of the World match in 2002. At the time of this round 5 meeting, Judit Polgár was rated 2681, and Garry Kasparov was rated 2838. This battle between two legends of the game saw the Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense on board where a queenless middlegame position is reached. A positional struggle ensues where each side tries to put to better use their trump. It's a game between long term advantages, namely Polgár's healthy kingside pawn majority, and Kasparov's bishop pair. This match from Moscow, Russia in 2002 was pegged "Match of the New Century", or "Match of the 21st Century".

Magnus Carlsen vs Hou Yifan - World Chess Champion vs Women's World Chess Champion
January 30, 2015 07:16 AM PST

A classical game played between two current World Chess Champions is extremely rare. This happened however in the 7th round of the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015. The current World Chess Champion and world #1 Magnus Carlsen was paired with the current Women's World Chess Champion and world #70 Hou Yifan. What happens when Carlsen and Hou enter a great positional struggle in the Kalashnikov variation of the Sicilian Defense?

World Chess Championship 2014 Live - Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
November 01, 2014 12:53 PM PDT

★ LIVESTREAM http://twitch.tv/ChessNetwork Defending World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway competes against challenger Viswanathan Anand of India in the 2014 World Chess Championship match held in Sochi, Russia. Carlsen is currently ranked #1 in the world, while Anand is ranked #6. Will Magnus Carlsen defend his title, or will Anand get his revenge? This rematch is historic. It will mark the first time that the same two opponents have met in consecutive World Championship matches since Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov from the 1980's. So, where to watch the World Chess Championship 2014 live? The match will be livestreamed at http://twitch.tv/ChessNetwork with Round 1 beginning November 8th at 7:00AM EST (12:00PM GMT)

Mikhail Tal vs Vasily Smyslov - 1959 Candidates Chess Tournament
July 30, 2014 08:01 PM PDT

Mikhail Tal employs the Closed Breyer variation against Vasily Smyslov's Caro-Kann Defense. Do not however be detracted by the word 'closed', as the position by move 7 is anything but. A tactical and dynamic position quickly arises where an emphasis on time/development, move order details, and precise calculation are paramount. The 1959 Candidates Tournament was held in three cities of Yugoslavia. The first 14 rounds were played in Bled, rounds 15-21 in Zagreb, and rounds 22-28 in Belgrade. This was game 30 from round 8 between Tal and Smyslov.

Norway + Houdini vs Magnus Carlsen
May 10, 2014 08:44 AM PDT

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen competes against a mystery man in a red morph suit. Could it be Houdini? Well not quite. The mystery man was later (after the game) revealed to be cross-country skiing legend Oddvar Brå who simply relayed the chess moves on the board. Who Magnus Carlsen was really competing against was a combination of 3 grandmasters, Simen Agdestein, Leif Erlend Johannessen, and Jon Ludvig Hammer. Each grandmaster would suggest a move for team "Norway" that would then be voted on online. Team Norway had 5 minutes for each of their moves, while Magnus Carlsen had only 1 minute. Moreover, an interesting twist to this vote-style type chess game was that each grandmaster was allowed to consult with the Houdini chess engine three times, of their choosing, during the game. This game between Carlsen and "Norway" took place at the Oslo City shopping center (kjøpesenter). Could Magnus Carlsen, having only 1 minute to decide on each move, defeat 3 grandmasters aided by the Houdini chess engine?

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