Sochi G5: A few palpitations, but no heart attack

11/14/2014 – Today we saw a very well-prepared Carlsen, in contrast to the round three rout, and he rattled off his Queen's Indian at lightning speed. Vishy Anand was unfazed with White and never backed down from the sharp decisions. It seemed like a sedate draw until Magnus took a risky pawn on b2, providing chances for Anand, but in the end it petered out. Report of a short and sweet game.

FIDE World Chess Championship Carlsen-Anand 2014

The FIDE World Chess Championship match between defending champion Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Viswanathan Anand is taking place from November 7 to 27, 2014 in Olympic Media Center located in the Adler City District of Sochi, Imeretinsky Valley, on the Black Sea.

The match is over twelve games, with time controls of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. The games start at 3:00 p.m. Sochi Time, which is the same as Moscow time:

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Round five

Round five saw something of a role-reversal. Anand, who is known for his deep preparation, was somewhat surprised in the opening as Carlsen blitzed out his moves. However, it was Anand who obtained the slightly superior position! Carlsen saw himself getting under pressure as White's bishop and rooks dominated the position, though he was temporarily a pawn up. Maybe with a little more finesse Anand could have made life harder for the World Champion, but as it was, the Norwegian had few problems to make a draw.

Carlsen thought a full 14 seconds on his sixteenth move

Carlsen's first big decision of the game was whether to take the b2 pawn and when to do it. When he did, he had some problems, but after Anand hastily took a black pawn on a7, the World Champion was safe again.

That bishop on d5 is a nuisance! From a practical perspective the move 23...Qf6
was very good.

Daniel King analysed the critical moments in his video report

[Event "WCh 2014"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2014.11.14"] [Round "5"] [White "Anand, V."] [Black "Carlsen, M."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E15"] [WhiteElo "2792"] [BlackElo "2863"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2014.11.08"] [SourceDate "2014.01.04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 {Carlsen switches out of the Orthodox lines of the QGD and chooses to go for the Queen's Indian Defense, a system that has stood the test of time.} 4. g3 Bb4+ {This finesse is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the normal 4...Ba6 and 4...Bb7.} 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Nc3 Bb7 7. Bg2 c6 (7... O-O {this move order is more common, and more often than not Black plays the knight to a6, but one could argue it is an older and less flexible setup.}) 8. e4 {Anand took six minutes for his first think of the game, probably trying to remember the crucial lines in this off-beat position.} d5 9. exd5 cxd5 10. Ne5 O-O 11. O-O Nc6 12. cxd5 Nxe5 13. d6 Nc6 14. dxe7 Qxe7 15. Bg5 h6 16. d5 Na5 17. Bxf6 (17. d6 Qd8 18. Bxf6 Qxf6 { and the pawn on d6 looks weak, not strong.}) 17... Qxf6 18. dxe6 Qxe6 {This was Carlsen's first think, but it took only four minutes and a half. Up to this point he had confidently blitzed out all of his moves.} (18... Bxg2 19. exf7+ Qxf7 20. Kxg2 Nc4 {seems to give compensation in form of pressure on the f-file and well placed pieces, but I dont' see the need to give up a pawn.}) 19. Re1 Qf6 20. Nd5 $1 {Carlsen must have been unfamiliar with this move, which practically speaking is an interesting attempt to mix up things. White only has a few moves to play before the game is completely drawn due to the symmetrical pawn structure.} Bxd5 $1 (20... Qxb2 21. Re2 $1 {Surprisingly, the queen is in some trouble:} Qa3 22. Re3 Qb2 23. Rb1 Qxa2 24. Ra1 $1 Qc4 25. Rxa5 bxa5 26. Ne7+ {and White emerges with two pieces for a rook and two pawns - but with Black's shattered structure on the queenside and the lack of targets for Black's rooks White seems to be better.}) 21. Bxd5 Rad8 22. Qf3 $1 {The only way to keep pressure. Anand's play is very strong, and Carlsen has to decide if he wants to take the pawn on b2 or to play an inferior endgame.} Qxb2 (22... Qxf3 23. Bxf3 Nc4 24. b3 Nd6 25. Re7 {is without a doubt better for White. How much better is something that can be argued, but it is not a pleasant position to defend.}) 23. Rad1 Qf6 {A good practical decision! Carlsen sees that the pressure is mounting and decides to ruin his pawn structure in order to simplify matters on the queenside.} 24. Qxf6 gxf6 25. Re7 Kg7 26. Rxa7 {Natural, but perhaps with more patience Anand could have set up more problems.} (26. Rc7 $5 $14 {The point is that Black has no really useful move while the a-pawn will fall sooner or later. This will keep the White's a- and Black's b-pawn on the board.}) 26... Nc6 27. Rb7 Nb4 {The point. Now that the bishop must move and the rooks will be swapped, a2 is undefended.} 28. Bb3 Rxd1+ 29. Bxd1 Nxa2 30. Rxb6 Nc3 31. Bf3 {Black's pawn structure is ugly, but he has very little to worry about. The bishop is too clumsy to create real threats and although the knight is stranded for now, it won't be stranded forever.} f5 $1 {Anchoring the knight on e4. Even if Carlsen loses a pawn on e4 when minor pieces are traded the endgame will be easily drawn.} 32. Kg2 Rd8 33. Rc6 Ne4 34. Bxe4 {In this scenario White doesn't even get a pawn and the game is trivially drawn, but there wasn't much else to do anyway.} fxe4 35. Rc4 f5 36. g4 Rd2 37. gxf5 e3 38. Re4 Rxf2+ 39. Kg3 Rxf5 1/2-1/2

 

The press conference was short and sweet, much like the game:

Score

Game:
Rtg
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Score
M. Carlsen 2863
½
1
0
½
½
             
2.5
V. Anand 2792
½
0
1
½
½
             
2.5

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Decade Decade 11/14/2014 04:15
Probably should stop using the term heart attack and use some other words like surprises because it is starting to be really sad after what has happened in Tromso. It is a bit sensitive these days.
KevinC KevinC 11/14/2014 04:30
@Decade, your suggestion for political correctness is one of the things wrong with this world today.
Bostonian Bostonian 11/14/2014 04:45
Anand lost his chance to score with White. I expected him to be more aggressive than settle for draw. Offense is the best defense in this case. It helps to go one up against Carlsen who will now be starting with two white games. Oh well... I hope Anand does not sit on the ropes for the next two games trying just salvage draws.
Najdork Najdork 11/14/2014 05:08
Can I say I don't like the attitude of the players in the press conferences? For instance at the end when Nastia thanks them for attending the press conference they rush off without even replying.
Ujjwal Pradhan Ujjwal Pradhan 11/14/2014 05:36
If you think from the perspective of both players fan ..then it is right ..but in larger view it is may be a hard word. Any way we like it ,all of my frnd like it . We need some aggressive article like this , however from that two men we want some aggressive game too.
ChessOwl ChessOwl 11/14/2014 09:27
@Najdork They do seem pretty stiff, but they *are* playing for a handful of hours for the world championship, and THEN they're asked to stay and answer questions for a press conference. Some of those questions were fairly poor as well; they already know how Carlsen wants to perform with White and that Vishy doesn't loathe his opponent just because they're competing against each other. I bet it's a lot like having to dodge complications and watching the strength of your lines in a chess game: Saying the wrong thing will invite unwanted attention and stress during a time where you're already pushing yourself to the limit.
cptmajormajor cptmajormajor 11/14/2014 09:47
I find it hard to believe how bad some of the questions they get asked lol Not as bad as the Gashimov memorial press questions
They should really stop trying to ask the players what they are going to do to beat their opponent when their opponent is sitting next to them lol
So, Anand, what is your secret plan to beat Magnus. You can tell us , Magnus will not use this information to counter your plan... :)
karavamudan karavamudan 11/15/2014 04:11
The important question is which of the two players benefits most from the two recent short draws.

Anand should have tried more even at the risk of losing.
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