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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov analyzes the second game of the FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2021 between the champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi.
Carlsen once again deviated from the mainstream lines in the opening stage as he played the sharp Catalan opening. Nepo got a strong outpost for his knight on d3 and also got his other knight to fork Carlsen’s rook and the bishop.
Later, Carlsen gave up the exchange for enough compensation as it was him who got a monstrous knight on d6. Eventually, Nepo gave up his rook for the knight and the game was drawn in a rook endgame with 3 vs 2 pawns on the kingside.
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00:00 World Chess Championship 2021 Game-2
01:31 Carlsen keeping up the pressure
02:26 Pronunciation & meaning of Nepomniachtchi
03:07 Tip: Push your opponent’s piece backwards
04:28 Great outpost for Nepo’s knight
05:25 Prioritize piece activity over material
07:43 Carlsen’s great positional understanding
10:35 Nepo’s creative pawn sacrifice
11:39 Do NOT trade queens unnecessarily
13:08 Nepo simplifies the position
14:23 Carlsen’s final attempt to win
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