nov 18

Anand,Viswanathan (2792) – Carlsen,Magnus (2863) [D37]
World Championship, Sochi (8), 18.11.2014

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Playable is also 6.a3 c5 7.dxc5 Ne4 8.Qc2 with a slight advantage as in the game Vachier-Lagrave-Giri, Hoogeveen, Unive Crown 15th 2011. 6…c5 Understandably Carlsen wants to avoid the ”Steinitz’s grip” after 6…Nbd7 7.c5 which resulted in a loss earlier in the first half of the match. 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.a3 Nc6 9.Qc2 Re8 10.Bg5 After the sharper 10.0-0-0 e5 11.Bg5 d4 12.Nd5 Forintos’s recommendation 12…Be7 is the best. 10…Be7 A new move in this position. Before 10…d4 has been played. 11.Rd1 Qa5 12.Bd3 h6 13.Bh4 dxc4 14.Bxc4 a6 15.0-0 b5 16.Ba2 Bb7 17.Bb1

Is the possibility of Bxf6, removing the defending knight of the kingside, to be considered a threat in this kind of position?
















The pressure on the b1-h7 diagonal has only symbolic meaning and Bxf6 is not really a threat. Black’s king is safe on the Black squares f8 and e7. This idea actually reminds about the famous fourth game Andersson-Morphy from the match 1858 where Anderssen managed to play the queen to h7 with a check but there was no mate and Morphy had an easily won game. 17…Rad8 18.Bxf6 Bxf6 19.Ne4 Be7 20.Nc5 If instead 20.Ng3 g6 21.h4 White must give up the pressure on the White diagonal b1-h7 after the annoying 21…Rc8 x-raying the White queen. 20…Bxc5 21.Qxc5 b4 It’s apparent both players head for a draw after the exhausting game from yesterday. 22.Rc1 bxa3 23.bxa3 Qxc5 24.Rxc5 Ne7 25.Rfc1 Rc8 26.Bd3 Red8 27.Rxc8 Rxc8 28.Rxc8+ Nxc8 29.Nd2 Nb6 30.Nb3 Nd7 31.Na5 Bc8 32.Kf1 Kf8 33.Ke1 Ke7 34.Kd2 Kd6 35.Kc3 Ne5 36.Be2 Kc5 37.f4 37.a4 Nc6 38.Nxc6 Kxc6 39.Kb4 Kb6 is another draw. 37…Nc6 38.Nxc6 Kxc6 39.Kd4 f6 40.e4 Kd6 41.e5+ 1/2-1/2 Four crucial games are left.

Standings: Carlsen-Anand 4,5-3,5

The ninth game will be played on Thursday.

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