Carlsen’s Approach

Here is a game that I would call prototypical for Carlsen’s approach to chess. He is willing to make a slight concession to obtain a playable position where he has no weaknesses and there are no forced lines. It’s like playing a gambit where he gives his opponents a slight advantage without a fight. In this case it was the bishop pair in a static rather closed position. Here is the trick: In order to preserve his bishops Rapport makes consolidating moves which gives Carlsen the freedom to grab space and to outplay him.

With the white pieces it’s a different story. Here it seems that Carlsen got inspired a lot by Leela aka AlphaZero as of late.