Carlsen – Giri, Tata Steel Tournament 2011

Here’s Magnus Carlsen’s shockingly quick loss against Anish Giri which I think provides some fascinating insights into his extraordinarily deep approach to chess and what can go wrong with it. There’s no doubt that 11.Qd2 is one weird move, but the ideas behind it are well motivated. It’s not quite clear to me what he missed tactically but White is in deep trouble after …e5-e4.

I imagine these two will be playing quite a few more games against each other. Could it become one of the great rivalries of chess history?

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.