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World Championship 02: Carlsen strikes first

by Alejandro Ramirez
11/9/2014 – Today on November 9, 2014, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and fittingly the prospect of a Berlin appeared on the board. Magnus Carlsen declined the option, and a long strategic battle ensued. Threats on the kingside led Anand astray and he got into a difficult position, blundering before the time control. Carlsen leads already!
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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:

Moscow (Russia) 3:00:00 PM MSK UTC+3 hours
New York (U.S.A. - New York) 7:00:00 AM EST UTC-5 hours
Paris (France) 1:00:00 PM CET UTC+1 hour
Beijing (China - Beijing Municipality) 8:00:00 PM CST UTC+8 hours

Round Two

Things started quietly as Carlsen refused to go into the Berlin Endgame

Cross-armed and cool; Carlsen knows when he has the
advantage, he was only unsure of how big it was

Anand was under tremendous pressure the entire game. The combination of having to
defend an unpleasant position for so long and time pressure caused him to crack.

[Event "WCh 2014"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2014.11.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Carlsen, M."] [Black "Anand, V."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C65"] [WhiteElo "2863"] [BlackElo "2792"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2014.11.08"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 {The Berlin! Betting money that it would be seen this match would have had sure dividends; pretty much everyone expected this opening to be seen at some point in the match. Carlsen chooses not to go into the Berlin endgame and instead chooses one of the "quieter" d3 systems.} Bc5 {This is the "point" of Black's play. Usually he has to commit to playing the bishop to e7 and only then does White go d3, a variation that is becoming increasingly popular in the Spanish. In this particular move order, the bishop has no reason to fear going to c5.} 5. O-O d6 6. Re1 {White has tried basically everything under the sun, but this peculiar move-order has yet to be employed. Normally they start with the move c3 or Nbd2.} O-O 7. Bxc6 bxc6 {White cannot claim a real advantage. His pawn structure superiority is compensated by Black's solid position and pair of bishops. However it is a completely playable position; if anything Carlsen is making sure that the game is simply "playable" for both sides without trying to milk an advantage from the opening.} 8. h3 Re8 9. Nbd2 Nd7 10. Nc4 Bb6 11. a4 a5 12. Nxb6 cxb6 13. d4 Qc7 {In many cases the presence of opposite colored bishops means that any endgame will be drawn. This is still the case here, but White has a few resources to put some pressure. He does hold more space at the moment.} 14. Ra3 $5 {A creative rook lift. The queenside rook is trying to make its way to the kingside or even the center to put some quick pressure on that flank.} (14. Nh4 {was a serious suggestion, but after} Nf8 {Black seems to be too solid.}) 14... Nf8 (14... exd4 15. Nxd4 Nc5 16. Bf4 $14) 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. Nh4 Rd8 $6 {Had Anand seen what happened to him in the game, he might have refused to play this move altogether. There is no reason to force White's queen to the attack as the d-file holds no value.} (16... f6 {setting up defenses as quickly as possible.} 17. Rg3 Ne6 18. Nf5 g6 19. Qh5 Ng7 $1 {Exchanging the powerful knight. White's attack is not nearly as strong without it.} 20. Nxg7 (20. Nh6+ Kh8 21. Qd1 Ba6 $1 {Just leave sthe knight stranded on h6.}) 20... Qxg7 21. Qh4 Ba6 $11) 17. Qh5 f6 18. Nf5 Be6 $2 {I believe this relatively careless move is the beginning of Black's problems. Vishy underestimates how quickly he has to repeal White's pieces.} (18... Qf7 {also looked like a possible way of repealing some of White's threats.} 19. Qg4 Bxf5 20. exf5 Rd4 21. Qf3 Qd5 $11) 19. Rg3 Ng6 (19... Rd7 $1 {Was still more resilient.} 20. Bh6 g6 21. Qh4 Qd8 $1 {This is st ill slightly unpleasant, but I don't see any immediate threats for White.}) 20. h4 {Lots of pressure is piling up on the kingside! It is not obvious anymore how Black can repeal White's attack.} (20. Bh6 $5 {This interesting move leads to a long, forced variation.} Rd7 (20... gxh6 21. Rxg6+ hxg6 22. Qxg6+ Kf8 23. Qxf6+ Qf7 (23... Bf7 24. f4 $1 {And White's attack will crash through.} (24. Qh8+ Bg8 25. Re3 $18 {is also good enough.})) 24. Qxh6+ Ke8 25. Qh8+ Kd7 26. Rd1+ Kc7 27. Qxe5+ Kb7 28. Nd6+ Rxd6 29. Rxd6 {And White comes out wi th a material advantage, though Black should be able to hold by creating his own threats.} Re8 $1 $14) 21. h4 {-20.h4.}) 20... Bxf5 (20... Rd7 21. Bh6 $1 Bxf5 (21... gxh6 {allows White to recuperate the piece with devastating consequences.} 22. Qxh6 Qd8 23. h5 {and the advantage is clearly in White's court.}) 22. exf5 Nf8 23. Re4 $5 {And White's pressure is nothing to scoff at. It is quickly mounting and hard to repeal.}) 21. exf5 Nf4 22. Bxf4 exf4 23. Rc3 $1 c5 24. Re6 $1 {It is clear that W hite has tremendous pressure. The control over th e-file, the pressure on b6, the anchored rook on e6, and also importantly the complete lack of counterplay. Black is not lost yet but it is very unpleasant.} Rab8 25. Rc4 Qd7 26. Kh2 {Of course White has no interest in allowing Qd1+ with a queen trade.} Rf8 {Passive, but what else to do? There is a lack of a clear plan for Black.} (26... Qd1 $2 27. Re8+ $18) 27. Rce4 Rb7 28. Qe2 b5 $5 {A nice opportunity to get rid of the pawn on b6 and open the b-file, but Black's c and a pawns now become targets.} 29. b3 (29. Re7 $1 Qd6 (29... Qc6 30. Rxb7 Qxb7 31. axb5 {is hopeless.}) 30. f3 Rxe7 31. Rxe7 bxa4 32. Qe4 {Qb7 is a big threat.} Qb8 33. Qxa4 {it is hard to believe Black can survive with absolutely no activity.}) 29... bxa4 30. bxa4 Rb4 31. Re7 Qd6 32. Qf3 $1 {The queen wants to start looking for ways of getting into the seventh rank.} Rxe4 33. Qxe4 f3+ 34. g3 h5 $4 {A horrible blunder in a very difficult position.} (34... Qd2 {The only good way of preventing the queen from coming to b7 is by attacking f2, but this gives up the f3 pawn.} 35. Qxf3 Qxc2 36. Kg2 {and Black's is close to lost, but not there yet.}) 35. Qb7 {As once World Championship contender Nigel Short pointed out on twitter: "Blunders don't happen in a vacuum. 34...h5?? came after enormous sustained pressure.". Carlsen created something out of seemingly nothing and earned a great victory.} 1-0

Daniel King shows what happened today

Alekhine's gun! The major piece battery on the e-file tied down all of Black's camp

Anand looked disappointed during the press conference.
He will have a rest day tomorrow to figure out how to recover.

First victory! Carlsen strikes even earlier than he did last year.

Score

Game:
Rtg
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Score
Perf.
M. Carlsen 2863
½
1
                   
1.5
2982
V. Anand 2792
½
0
                   
0.5
2673

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Saturday 08.11.2014 Round 1 Daniel King, Parimarjan Negi
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Sanchito Banerje Sanchito Banerje 11/9/2014 05:58
for some reason just cant see anand getting a win in thsi match!! .. might just come too late .. who knows!
Hhorse Hhorse 11/9/2014 06:02
i am sure i am not thr only one thinking perhaps WC matches need a referee who can call this a knockout and save Anand from further damage and save audience from a lopsided match!
Balthus Balthus 11/9/2014 06:27
Hhorse it's not over till it's over. Some great games are to be expected still. And even if Carlsen should win the match smoothly, they both deserve full respect from the crowd. If Anand was not crushed by the previous 6.5 to 3.5 result, he will not be devastated this time around, either.
hpaul hpaul 11/9/2014 07:44
Did Anand play the Berlin in honor of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the original Berlin wall, challenging Magnus to tear it down? Perhaps it was not destined to hold on this day.
juanviches juanviches 11/9/2014 07:52
Take it easy guys. There are many more games left.
wowbagger wowbagger 11/9/2014 08:35
Carlsen at his best can outplay Anand (and anybody else) from an equal position. Anand will have to show more if he wants to win a game.
Najdork Najdork 11/9/2014 09:28
Lol that's a blunder you would expect a 1600 player to do. Agree with hhorse... Call out the match!
MortalWombat MortalWombat 11/9/2014 10:29
Anand has probably the weakest psyche of all world champs (him and Spassky). What a turnaround from his candidates form.
jcaleb jcaleb 11/10/2014 01:53
as long as anand is confident, he has his chances
karavamudan karavamudan 11/10/2014 03:39
Initially there is a hint of menace when playing Carlsen. It gradually gets worse as the game progresses.

e5 from Carlsenwas expected to avoid another d5/Gruenfeld, but Berlin indicated a defensive mindset from Anand.

Why not Petroff or Sicilian if not Ruy Lopez Jaenisch Schielman variation to e4?

Have to wait and see how Anand comes out of this pschological blow. He came out against Topalov and Gelfand after early loss.
digupagal digupagal 11/10/2014 04:33
This is a real Man vs. Machine match, the point is whether this is interesting?? Carlsen's behaviour even in the Press Conference seemed more machine like(I just want to play chess etc. etc). He is born to destroy his opponents. It is evident that he has been helped a great deal by "you know who" as to how to tackle Anand especially.

Funny part is do we want to see such a match(Man(Anand) vs. Machine(Carlsen)), I would rather like to see Anand play The best chess engine out there, atleast the engine would play more accurate and will never pretend that it is Human.

pantheracorbetti pantheracorbetti 11/10/2014 07:01
dismal. very very dismal from Anand. if this is what we are in to witness, then better let Caruana or Kramnik continue in place of anand. i’m sure they will show far better nerves than pussying out at the top-most level of chess. anand should note that winning the candidates doesn’t entitle him the world championship. he has to perform WHERE IT IS BLOODY REQUIRED. his ‘getting-bitten-first-to-bite-back’ strategy is a top-class nonsense. being an Indian, I’ve got hell lot of respect for Anand and for what he’s done. and at the same time, if he can’t repair (or rather find) his nerves, then he better stop playing professional chess when there is still some respect left for him – like what Kasparov did. someone said that h5 is a blunder that a 1600 rater would do. i don’t agree with that. it is a blunder that a 800 player (like myself) would do. not a 5 time world champion and a 6 time Chess Oscar winner.
ashperov ashperov 11/10/2014 07:43
Anand is a multiple world champion who has already reached the top and stayed there for a long time. He is still amoung the top recently winning a tournament with world champion hopefulls in. Whatever he does now is just bonus really. Cut him some slack, this man been around for many a moon so to be where he is, is an outstanding achievment.
Magnus is the man to beat in the chess world. He has alot going for him and i favour him in this match.. However!...
I refer Anand to that poem about not going quietly into the night. Fight the dying of the light fight it!
re4med re4med 11/10/2014 11:35
I am wondering when the PGN's will be available. Currently there is no link under the "all games in PGN".
Omoplata Omoplata 11/10/2014 12:12
Anand earned his right to the match by winning the candidates tournament convincingly. It was a legendary turn around after losing the world championship and he deserves to be there and to have his chance. He may not have great odds of winning, but he earned his match fair and square and was the strongest candidate.

This stuff about Anand blundering like a club player is nonsense; making a mistake in a very difficult position with no particularly good moves available and under continual pressure is something that happens throughout the chess world right up to the best players in the world, and Carlsen is the best in the world at putting his opponent under relentless pressure.
libyantiger libyantiger 11/10/2014 06:35
anand is not good in psychological fight...he must ignore his oppenet
and try to drive the match into highly tactical position that where i have seen carsen failing many times ..... suprisingly carlsen performance against the weaker players is not as good as he does against anand and other higher rated players ......as though this creature have developed
"a -HIGH RATED PLAYER grinding machine "
Behroozfar7 Behroozfar7 11/11/2014 03:15
Sometimes I think Carlsen has a very powerful chess chip in his brain with the ability to update its engines ...
BUT the match must be continued
Anand, my hero, YOU CAN !
libyantiger libyantiger 11/11/2014 04:41
anand did as i wish yesterday ....he drive the match into highly tactical position
carlsen is like computer ....once in a position "FULL OF CHANCES"
HE (or it ) will calculate all chances which will cost him time that is what happen today
anand wins i am happy to see human beats chip
rasool_samimi@yahoo.com rasool_samimi@yahoo.com 11/13/2014 07:27
very verey good anand
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