A Brutal Berlin | Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik | 2018 Candidates Chess Tournament

Featured in this video is the Round 3 game of the 2018 Candidates Chess Tournament between Levon Aronian (white), and Vladimir Kramnik (black). We do not see the famous Berlin Endgame in this game, but rather a brutal attack straight out of the opening. The game is over by move 27! This event consists of 8 participants, namely Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2809), Vladimir Kramnik (2800), Wesley So (2799), Levon Aronian (2794), Fabiano Caruana (2784), Ding Liren (2769), Alexander Grischuk (2767), and Sergey Karjakin (2763). This tournament is being held in Berlin, Germany. The winner becomes the challenger for the World Chess Championship title against Magnus Carlsen in November of 2018. Note: The clock times featured in the video act as a rough estimate of time spent on each move.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 { C65 Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defense #2 } 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. O-O Qe7 7. h3 Rg8 8. Kh1 Nh5 9. c3 g5 10. Nxe5 g4 11. d4 Bd6 12. g3 Bxe5 13. dxe5 Qxe5 14. Qd4 Qe7 15. h4 c5 16. Qc4 Be6 17. Qb5+ c6 18. Qa4 f5 19. Bg5 Rxg5 20. hxg5 f4 21. Qd1 Rd8 22. Qc1 fxg3 23. Na3 Rd3 24. Rd1 Bd5 25. f3 gxf3 26. exd5 Qe2 27. Re1 g2+

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Software: Blitzin


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  1. That is just amazing. Being able to recognise that a brute-force attack like that, in that position, is eventually able to crash through. Astonishing.

  2. This game got me feeling sick for white.

  3. At 7:11 you say "check" but that was the Queen. Part of the LGBLT community .

  4. Jerry, could you please explain to me what is an "average centipawn loss"?!

  5. he failed to utilize resources in time…. why isn't white's knight being utilized pre circa 15. it would of been a better game if queenside knight took f3

  6. Definitely trying this defense next time the op comes.

  7. Seeing how kramnik played sveshnikov a lot previously, maybe he realized how venomous rg8 was for black after using his super gm analysis. Great game that changed my opinion of Berlin, thanks jerbear

  8. "Followed by a discovered check………..mate."

  9. Torre y caballo de ensime dio el blanco

  10. A true masterpiece by Kramnik! I can't believe the attack kept on going against someone like Aronian! Mind blown 😀

  11. Aronian’s mistake is to not develop the knight classically after exchanging bishops, he reacted with pawn moves and got destroyed

  12. Cannot emphasized how brutal this game was

  13. Aronian's favourite pastime seems to be stumbling onto world chess championship preparation. It happened Vs Anand in Wijk Aan Zee 2013 and it happened here. Both games are arguably in the top 10 miniatures of the 2010s. Poor Levon

  14. I love this game, a spectacular display of Kramnik's pure natural prowess for the sport. After seeing this game I felt inspired to research his other games and he is one of my personal favorite GMs now

  15. amazing thanks Jerry. btw guess you've stopped streaming on Twitch?

  16. Forgive the few audio hiccups in this video. Unfortunately there was an issue with the rendering process.

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