nov 20

Carlsen,Magnus (2863) – Anand,Viswanathan (2792) [C67]
World Championship, Sochi (9), 20.11.2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.h3 Ke8 From Black’s point of view it’s a little bit safer to go with the king to the left rather than to the right in this middlegame without queens. Black normally don’t need to worry about, for the moment, failed connection betweeen the rooks. 10.Nc3 h5 11.Ne2 b6 Black plans either …Ba6 to force Re1 or simply …Bb7 followed by c6-c5. 12.Rd1 Ba6 13.Nf4

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13…Bb7 A clever manoeuvre. The bishop already did a useful job forcing the knight on e2 to declare its intentions. With the knight on f4 it’s difficult to find a useful square for the bishop on c1 and the rook on a1 also has problems to take part in the game. 14.e6 The logical move to try to make use of White’s placement of the knight on f4. If the natural 14.b3 Black has solved all his problems after 14…Be7. The further moves …g7-g5 is in the air or consolidation by the rook lift …Rh6 14…Bd6 Anand played all his moves rather quickly and there is not question Anand was better prepared than Carlsen today. 15.exf7+ 15.Re1 gives Black the opportunity to play 15…f6 For stance 16.Ng6 Rg8 followed by …c6-c5. This is even a little bit risky for White. The pawn on e6 is not as strong as it looks like. 15…Kxf7 16.Ng5+ Kf6 16…Kg8 followed by …Rh6 keeps the game alive but there is no reason for Anand to play like that when there are still three games left in the match. 17.Ne4+ Kf7 18.Ng5+ Kf6 19.Ne4+ Kf7 20.Ng5+ 1/2-1/2 The match is very tough for both players  and it’s very difficult to predict the winner of the World Championship 2014.

Standings: Carlsen-Anand 5-4

The tenth game will be played on Friday.

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