Learn from the Grandmasters: Karjakin vs. Topalov, Commented by Jan Markos (video)
Another part of our video lesson is dedicated to tactics. Tactics and strategy are two central components of every chess game. This video is focused on explaining the relationship between these two similar, but not exactly identical concepts.
The game, once again from the prestigeous Tata Steel, was played between two neighbors in the FIDE ladder. Even in the terms of score, they are just a point apart.
Sergei Karjakin, playing white, is a Ukrainian-born chess player, later obtaining Russian citizenship. He currently occupies 7th place in the FIDE ladder, with a rating of 2769. Being only 22 years old, he also holds the distinction of becoming the world’s youngest International Master, at the age of eleven years and eleven months. Moreover, he even become the youngest Grand Master, just eight months later.
At 36 years of age Veselin Topalov has a rating of 2770, placing him sixth, just a place above his opponent. Twice in his career, he was the world’s top player. He hold this title for 27 months in total. Topalev played black.
Judging from the prestige of the event, as well as players’ background, the game chosen is once again top-notch. Commentary has been provided by Slovak GM Jan Markos, who is still the highest-rated player in the country.
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