Let's talk about chess... with Peter Heine Nielsen

by ChessBase
9/30/2020 – In his most recent "Let's talk about Chess..." podcast Eric van Reem talks to Peter Heine Nielsen, who was second and trainer of Vishy Anand and now works for Magnus Carlsen. The Danish Grandmaster gives revealing insights into the work of a second and how the computer influences opening preparation. | Photo: Hartmut Metz

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Nielsen reveals how the Corona crisis affects his work as a second for Carlsen, and how working for Carlsen is different from working for Anand. He also reviews the most recent top-online tournaments, and identifies certain patterns he observed in these tournaments.

But the Danish Grandmaster also looks back and shares memories of his many encounters with Vladimir Kramnik. Nielsen met Kramnik as a young player and later as a rival, when Nielsen worked as a second for Anand at the World Championship match 2007 in Bonn.

Nielsen also worked as an opening advisor for ChessBase at the Man vs Machine match, Kramnik vs Deep Fritz, 2008 in Bonn, and gives a lot of interesting insights into his work back then.

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The Semi-Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6) can arise via various move orders, has decided World Championships, and is one of Black's most fascinating replies to 1 d4. Magnus Carlsen's second, Grandmaster Peter Heine Nielsen explains in detail what this opening is all about.

Moreover, Nielsen gives a detailed account of the growing influence of computers on chess, from the first board computers to Alpha Zero and the current neural networks.

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