Niemann: I Have NEVER Cheated Over The Board | Round 5
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have hans neiman hans seemed like a difficult position you had this interesting idea which we hadn't seen with c5 tell us a little bit about it yeah well er first of all this move of the bishop b3 is a little er it's not the main line , the main line isn't actually f1, yeah, and I had some ideas there that I thought would be a nice surprise, and uh, so that was my main point, uh, but bishop b3 is something like knight g6 , um, because then there's d4, so the point after knight on e7 is that you can't play d4 because of knight on c6 and that's a common idea, that's an idea too, there was actually a game, let's say, the pawn is on a2, the pawn was on a7 bishop is on b6 yeah this idea is a position, there was a game um i think Alexenko Caruana from the 2021 candidates so this idea is to go back and forth , a neat little trick, especially since it's too first knight played dd2.
Yes that's as if you could argue it's a bit of an imprecise order because you're kind of not able to directly penalize 97 like let's say you played until 92 rook e1 castles h3 let's say 97 now then uh d d d4 and you can kind of punish that directly um so the main idea was just kind of um avoiding that instant d4 break um what is by getting some kind of half closed position that I knew more about so ok we can go back to c5 , yes, yes, I didn't check it too much, it was kind of a spontaneous moment where I wasn't sure what opening to play, er, I could
have been better prepared in this particular game, of course, but obviously not , if I don't remember, of course you know, what I remember is that a5 is the most precise move here in this position, yes that's what I remembered and then, um, you play bishop to e6 and then me and then this A rt of strange knight move to c4 um when I saw that I thought that's a bit strange, I don't think the engine will give that, I don't know Keep in mind I'm thinking maybe Rick's eight is a move , but that looked pretty good to me, it's like a weird Mar Soll yeah and um, I think you could kinda
have, um, the bridge point a7 isn't that bad in the marshall because you kinda always stop the d4 break , which is the most important position break in these positions, it's usually d4 and it
never really works here.
So I thought he might be lacking in a direct plan somehow, which he kind of did. He went, he brought the knight two to e3, which I don't believe from what I remember about knights to g3, and then some kind of ideas with knight h2 and knight g4 and knight h1n5 were the most precise, so I didn't think that so critical but um I think my main mistake was actually after the move um was a bishop v8 um yeah so if instead of bishop a7 so after he plays with a5 of course I should understand the idea is to close bishop a4 and c4 play this is the only way he can time the closing of the position so that I don't get direct counterplay so anticipating that bishop a4 c4 idea I should of course play knight to g6 um and and bishop b 8 is in this particular one Position even more stupid because we saw in the game that the b4-piece is the bishop on b8, yes, and it basically wastes two tempos, so let's say I play knight g6 here, yes, and I prepare again d5 bishop for queen before c8 c4 er White might even be lost after the knight attacked after f4 d3 er okay so the queen isn't on c8 here seriously I just missed it yeah so queen to ca ja c4 and from four and er here with bishop h3 comes er and er maybe even if no pics come I don't really see how I'm worse here even I could play g5 to consolidate this if he had a very similar structure I'm just reminding you but of course I should knight g6 right playing to set up this whole sequence, so um, that was just bishop bait, was pretty stupid, um, because I just underestimated that and underestimated his knight move after d5, which was extremely strong I think.
It's the only move to keep control because it has a kind of long transitional advantage here, but why is the bishop on b8 like it's hitting the diagonal of d6 e5 like it's totally counterintuitive? I just underestimated it Luckily I didn't understand the seriousness of my mistake during the game, probably because visibility wasn't that bad yet, but I still felt some pressure later on. I think the next critical moment was, um, when you play netix b5, oh, all the way down there, yeah yeah, because you can go through it quickly, but before that, um, how do you feel about this position, I thought, when you played 96 i was a bit concerned right so 96 king f6 right g3 and um im kinda g3 yes you think rook f3 yes rick f3 and under g3 right or what do you mean after king seven you mean no no but why not king e5 ah no belief ah ok ok yeah and unfortunately that's kinda i see i see then oh so we can get it ok with the tempo ay yeah i was scared of some things like that um yeah so that's a nice trick so uh yeah king e7 under g3 yeah then then uh then rg3 then maybe you
have rook f6 but that's ok it's not clear to break you but you
have rook c4 i guess then the rook comes yeah that doesn't look good maybe i can 97 go but it's just so ugly right it ain't clear where the breakthrough is i don't think objectively it's already lost but it's certainly being considered where we started uh that's he definitely got everything he could
have hoped for but um yeah maybe i've got that nf8- Didn't see the trick right away but umm I could definitely sense danger because then Atom b5 is just like that, it's just there, but it's very correct considering you
have to go back quite a bit.
The point of not being on b5 was obviously to slow down the b the er the e-file, but once he was able to open the position, er, open the er you know that with the d4 break i wrong ood uh sorry miss rated uh the strength of this move and how uh bad on my knight would be out of place yes the annoyances actually say the target if you were lost uh after 96.96 good about one plus four plus four yes yes you must
have that I was very relieved to see Nike. No of course yes yes I thought it was just an easy draw after that um well yeah knight takes pawns and you weren't worried after that takes b5 um yeah if you played rook f3 which might be your life bit easier but still after rook rook f3 king king f6 um I mean sorry rook takes b5 king f6 king f2 king e3 and uh and king e5 at king three and here, um, I looked good , I could play Ricky Seven but he suggested that the most concrete thing would be to just play the rook to f4 and then just take h4 and once the h-pawn is sort of taken I just don't think you can do you can kind of break to the right because like every time you take that pawn the e is the e d d pawn kind of collapse and then the a pawn isn't really enough to promote it so this was definitely a decent defense, but yeah, I could really feel the 96 coming n would but luckily i wasn't if i knew how about i may
have hesitated to lead to er so sometimes ignorance really is bliss when it comes to evaluating positions you know for example he was wrong in our game chilling and i like to look at them like they are crazy but it's only when you are relaxed i think you can defend yourself better but sometimes when you realize that you lose it makes things worse you know right and good you didn't collapse and actually got back in full swing made an important draw here were the black pieces you feel about the game in general this top -boys are ridiculous you know cuz she's just Lenie is just such a well respected theorist it was a bit intimidating um so the opening um maybe I think I'm a bit disappointed that i I should
have been a little more familiar with that position, but I think overall he just played quite well and um, I think I stayed calm, um, because if I lost to 96 then it was very bad long before that I couldn't really do much maybe there was something I could do but very very uncomfortable for most of the game Hans we need to talk about the elephant in the room you asked for a few words so umm there was a lot of stuff you know, the social media stuff and um I just
have a lot of things to say and um, you know I've been thinking a lot about what I'm going to say and how I'm going to say it and i think i can just do it.
Maybe I'm forgetting something but let's you know let's just talk about a few things so first of all my accent you know how I'm sorry just the first thing is just the funniest thing cuz if you want i can't even say i speak like an american now but for the last two years i
have been living in a suitcase traveling around europe and not playing chess -stop i spend so much time playing chess to work that I just don't go out and meet people who speak English so fluently. That's just one thing I want to talk about.
I've spent the last two years not spending any time in America, and even when I'm in America, I don't go outside when I pick up my food. I'm just too busy with chess, so all these things say that's who I am. I fake an accent and I do it like I'm putting on a facade that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever said and when someone uses my newfound um accent to jump to any conclusions about anything chess related has this is absolutely crazy because as i live i dont spend time in america i only speak chess s players who
have bad english so maybe you think its a product of my environment ok maybe that was a bit true, okay, and then okay, first the Magnus opening, okay, now we get to that, so people said, uh, I had no idea why I checked that out so well.
First off you know people are absolute jerks because the explanation I'm going to give is going to make you all make all the top gems look like total jerks so first they said there was the position zero game there was a game look in the database there is this thing in chess called transpositions ok now if he played the move a3 i expect of course i will overdraw to three now let's say in catalan no let's show because that is fair this is just embarrassing um this is absolutely embarrassing and i'm sorry if i come across as hostile it's just a passionate thing for me um so let's go let's go to the bishop so let's say the catalans let's say the catalans with that
have three with order yes so let's assume you don't play three okay d5 g3 bishop b4 chess wait, here is a move knight c3 and then after the castles there is a move bishop g2 and after dc4 a3 L Buyer c3 bc3 c5 here we
have in chess we call it a transposition now Let's say theoretically Magnus has been playing quite a lot of Catalan lately so maybe I'll look at the Catalan and think about how Magnus will surprise me in Catalan .
There is this strange move knight c3. I remember a few instances where he was just taking those structures so that's a perfectly reasonable thing to do and at the moment I wasn't thinking about it because it was such a small part of the preparation but just the pattern that I recognized
have, and also i spent 15 minutes after train a3 the reason i spent 15 minutes after train a3 i don't know if the timestamps are there, uh, they are actually yes, so how much there was a moment, in which i spent, yes, eight minutes, four, eight, eight minutes, okay, anyway i was thinking more about my hour 30. in general it took me 15 minutes after the move a3 and now i'm playing dc4 at this point, there it's not a direct transposition, of course i should take some time to make sure the position is transposed properly here.
This move queen a4 i don't know, that's a move i've looked at again, but now there are bishops d7 , I thought in the game the queen e4 takes bishop c6, knight f3, and then I thought knight to d7, he plays castles to which I thought bishop d5 and then I play c5 and then I thought that was mine Plan, so at least I didn't quite get it, but I understood there would be nine out of three, which resulted in a transposition, so I took some time, people say I take my time and then I do that a minute after how I checked it because it's a transposition.
I spend extra time to make sure the transfer is correct because it's the world champion and he's just sprung a very