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Candidates Breakdown with GM Jacob Aagaard

Jacob is extra busy these last few days; on top of finishing some books and training people all over the world, he is going live on YouTube for a quick view on the games of the day in the ongoing Candidates tournament.

You can see here the scheduled times, here the videos, and here the analysis in replayable format. For those who prefer paper, boards, and pieces, John Hartman from uschess.org has created pdf versions.

  1. April 24th, 2021 at 08:51 | #1

    Thanks for these analysis, they are book worthy.

  2. Kallia
    April 24th, 2021 at 22:02 | #2

    For the twelfth installment of his “Candidates Game of the Day” series, GM Jacob Aagaard has analyzed GM Fabiano Caruana’s heartbreaking loss to GM Anish Giri as only he could – deeply, extensively, definitively. This is the analysis that the experts will be quoting tomorrow, and it is exclusively at Chess Life Online.

  3. April 25th, 2021 at 08:56 | #3

    Thanks again for these. For the first round game, the pgn viewer at bottom of page doesn’t work, correctly, and the pgn is corrupted when attempt to download. The analysis on other parts of the page is fine.

    • Jacob Aagaard
      April 28th, 2021 at 09:39 | #4

      I have notified John

  4. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    April 25th, 2021 at 23:52 | #5

    @John Christopher Simmons – You can fix the downloaded pgn. Right-click and open it in a plain-text editor (e.g. notepad on Windows). Delete some lines:
    (1) At the top delete the line with [pgn].
    (2) In the middle delete 18 blank lines. The pgn movetext should be continuous without any blank lines.
    (3) At the bottom delete the line with [/pgn]
    Save and close.

    The corrected pgn is 5,981 characters so if I posted it here it would take three comments and you would still have to edit the file to put it back together.

  5. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    April 26th, 2021 at 00:02 | #6

    Oh actually I was fixing the round 12 game, the round 1 game has additional problems, in certain places it is missing some spaces between moves. The pgn parsers think the joined moves are illegal. Not hard to fix but very hard to describe all the fixes accurately here.

  6. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    April 26th, 2021 at 00:49 | #7

    Giri vs Nepomniatchi from round 1, corrected pgn is here:

  7. John Christopher Simmons
    June 28th, 2022 at 16:13 | #8

    These were really nice, but guess done for other reasons than this blog, and just a nice bonus for here. Somehow the 2022 candidates seem much more low key though, the previous one was quite an event at the beginning of the covid crisis. It was almost like back in days of Fischer match.. Maybe I am going to far, and it is just my own strange impression.

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