Nov 24

Carlsen,Magnus (2963) – Anand,Viswanathan (2792) [C67]
World Championship, Sochi (11), 23.11.2014

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 Bd7 In this important game Black plans to walk with the king to the queenside instead of the kingside. 10.Nc3 h6 11.b3 Kc8 12.Bb2 c5 13.Rad1 b6 14.Rfe1 Be6 15.Nd5 g5 16.c4 Kb7 17.Kh2 a5 18.a4 Ne7 19.g4 Ng6 20.Kg3 Be7 21.Nd2 Rhd8 22.Ne4 Bf8 23.Nef6

Can you find a spectacular continuation for Black?

23…b5! A beautiful ”impossible” break by Anand. 24.Bc3 24.axb5 a4 25.bxa4 Rxa4 would give Black enough compensation for the pawn. 24.cxb5? was bad due to 24…c6 and the b3-pawn will fall. 24…bxa4 25.bxa4 Kc6 26.Kf3 Rdb8 Anand looked at the interesting 26…Bg7 27.Ke4 Bxf6 28.exf6 which he regarded as equal. However after 28…Bxd5+ 29.cxd5+ Kd6 Black’s position is to be preferred and Anand should have given preference to this variation. 27.Ke4

How should Black continue?

27…Rb4? Anand chose the wrong moment for this highly risky move. At the press conference Anand said ”It was a bad gamble and I was punished.” Anand looked at the normal move 27…Rb3 with the continuation 28.Rb1 Rab8 29.Rxb3 Rxb3 30.Bxa5 Ra3 31.Bxc7 Rxa4 and this position he thought was equal. If we continue this variation with the plausible moves 32.Rc1 Bg7 33.Bd6 Bxf6 34.Nxf6 Bxc4 35.Ke3 Nf4 Black is even slightly better. 28.Bxb4 cxb4 28…axb4 was objectively better. 29.Nh5 Kb7 30.f4 The decisive break. 30…gxf4 31.Nhxf4 Nxf4 32.Nxf4 Bxc4 33.Rd7 Now the game is definitely decided in White’s favour. 33…Ra6 34.Nd5 Rc6 35.Rxf7 Bc5 36.Rxc7+ Rxc7 37.Nxc7 Kc6 37…Kxc7 wins easily after 38.Rc1 b3 39.Rxc4 b2 40.Rxc5+ Kd7 41.Rb5 38.Nb5 Bxb5 39.axb5+ Kxb5 40.e6 b3 41.Kd3 Be7 42.h4 a4 43.g5 hxg5 44.hxg5 a3 45.Kc3 1-0 Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen who again proved he’s the best player in the world. He even managed to secure the World Championship title before the twelfth game. With this win he got the stipulated 6,5 points. He won the match because of his more steady play combined with stronger nerves at the crucial moments.  Anand put up a really good fight and it was exciting from the beginning to the end. Now we are looking forward to new games between these giants in the world of chess.
Standings: Carlsen – Anand 6,5-4,5
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