Yangyi Yu vs Magnus Carlsen – Round 13 – 2014 FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship

This is a review of World Champion Magnus Carlsen’s Round 13 game from the 2014 FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship held in United Arab Emirates, Dubai. Carlsen was black against Yangyi Yu. The opening played was the Scotch Game. Carlsen, along with all other participants, played 5 rounds each day from June 16 thru June 18th. Time controls were set at 15 minutes with a 10 second increment.

Here’s the playlist of all 15 games Magnus Carlsen played to become the 2014 FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion:


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  1. Wasn't going to comment but, yea, Carlsen's wins almost always feature superior bishop play. This time he rendered Yu's poor knight Yuseless. I couldn't resist. Youtube "Chess Secrets The Value Of The Pieces"

  2. Carlsen is so damn good in the endgame.Thank you again Jerry. I'm slowly getting through all 15 games. Nearly there!

  3. 4. Qf6 was played before the most popular continuation(in my Shredder 12 book) is: 
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qf6 5. Nxc6 Bc5 
    6. Qd2 bxc6 7. Bd3 Nh6 8. O-O O-O * 

  4. Jerry, I appreciate your tempo in explaining these games.  You keep me with you and focused from beginning to end.  You are a hell of a teacher.   I especially liked your early analysis of the bishop check.  Amazing.  Btw, do you think Carlsen could defend a blitz title against "Impossible" mode?

  5. Carlsen played Grand Master Me? I'm not a GM though…

  6. Interesting detail here, Carlsen played really fast. Hardly any time spent when going into the endgame.

  7. I seem to have the same playing style as Carlsen…

  8. Hm, I'm a noob and don't have any analysis software so I'm somewhat confused by 2:59 – why not fork the king and take the pawn with the queen or the knight? I can see bishop to h8 as a retake but after g6, he's kinda made useless (that's pretty much as far as I can see haha) – what is the weakness here that I'm missing?

    edit: damn, soon as I posted the above realized that it doesn't stop f4… lol tunnel vision because I was thinking of rook blocks or queen exchanges etc etc. anyway thanks for the analysis!

  9. hi im ryan and i have a rating of 1100 and i like turtles and chess

  10. At 8:57 bxf5 is really tempting, why would carlsen not play that? Was he worried about a b pawn advancement due to the bishop no longer defending that c6 pawn?

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