The Weekly Show: Magnus Carlsen vs Anish Giri

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7/14/2020 – In his weekly show IM Lawrence Trent takes a look Magnus Carlsen's convincing win of the Chessable Masters. The focus will be on Carlsen's win with White against Giri in the Semi-Tarrasch, a spectacular game which, to quote Lawrence, "might be the best game ever seen in such a tournament at these time controls". | Lawrence' show is available at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST, 13:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Lennart Ootes (Archive)

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Carlsen vs Giri: An entertaining rivalry

Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri are rivals, and they both seem to enjoy this rivalry which they take care to regularly fuel on Twitter. Which, however, their rivalry on the chess board and on Twitter did not stop them to work together in a campaign for racial equality.

Moreover, this rivalry made the final of the Chessable Masters 2020, where Carlsen and Giri met, even more exciting. Carlsen won in two straight sets after deciding the second set 2½ : 1½ in his favour though Giri missed  a couple of good chances in games 2, 3 and 4.

But the highlight of the second set and arguably the match was Carlsen's win in the first game of the second set, a game that according to live-commentator Yasser Seirawan would have good chances to make it into a collection of best games – and Carlsen has played a number of very fine games in his career.

In his Weekly Show Lawrence Trent takes a close look at the match and this remarkable game.

But first a little warm-up: Carlsen just played the move 14...Be6, hoping to dilute the White initiative. Was this a good idea?


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