Sochi G3: Anand strikes back – with a vengeance!

by Alejandro Ramirez
11/11/2014 – The match has exploded and is now wide open! Last year's match finished with not a single win for Viswanathan Anand, and today this has changed! The Indian struck back immediately after his loss in the previous round and used a combination of precise play and opening preparation to vanquish the World Champion. The match is now tied 1.5-1.5 The tiger is back!

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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 Three

What a turn of events! When Magnus Carlsen won the first decisive game of the match in the previous round, many gave the challenger, Viswanathan Anand, no hope of recovering. After all, last year he was unable to put any pressure on the then-Challenger Carlsen and he won not a single game. But this all changed.

A fantastic preparation by team Anand left the Indian in a commanding position. The players repeated the game Aronian-Adams from 2013, but Vishy had a nasty surprise in store. The precise sequence of moves allowed White a strong advantage and a powerful passed c-pawn. Anand took the advantage and with surgical precision he won the game.

Carlsen seemed very unfamiliar with the position, taking a long time for his moves

Anand was also taking his time, but somehow it felt as if he was very familiar with the whole variation. He revealed in the press conference that there are so many variations in this complicated line that he did not want to reveal when his preparation ended. However, he did let know that the move 24.Qxb6 was still preparation, while 27...Bb4 was not considered by Anand.

Daniel King analyses the key moments of the game

[Event "WCh 2014"]
[Site "Sochi RUS"]
[Date "2014.11.11"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Anand, V."]
[Black "Carlsen, M."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D37"]
[WhiteElo "2792"]
[BlackElo "2863"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventDate "2014.11.08"]
[SourceDate "2014.01.04"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 {This
style of the "Aronian Queen's Gambit" has become popular in recent years. In
the super-tournament in Moscow, Tashir, we have seen this position
several times.} c6 (7... Nh5 {was Black's favorite in the Tashir tournament.}) 8. Bd3 b6 9. b4 a5 10. a3 {White's expansion on the queenside looks
scary, but if Black can neutralize it, open the a-file and trade
off his light-squared bishop (which is often useless), then he can
hold comfortably. Of course, doing this takes a long time.} Ba6 11. Bxa6 Rxa6
12. b5 $1 {All of
this is well-known theory.} cxb5 13. c6 Qc8 14. c7 b4 15. Nb5 a4 16. Rc1 Ne4
17. Ng5 {Taking twice on g5 is impossible, but taking once might be
necessary.} Ndf6 (17... Bxg5 18. Bxg5 Ra5 (18... Nxg5 $4 19. Nd6 $18 {rips
apart the blockade and wins the queen.}) 19. Be7 $5 Re8 (19... Rxb5 20. Bxf8
Kxf8 21. Qxa4 Ra5 22. Qxb4+ {is unclear. The passed pawn on c7 does
compensate for Black's material advantage of having two knights against a rook.} Ke8 $1 $13) 20. Bxb4 Rxb5
21. Qxa4 $14 {and the rook on b5 is trapped. This must favor White as Black's
rook on e8 is very passive.}) 18. Nxe4 Nxe4 19. f3 Ra5 20. fxe4 {Even though
both players took a long time to get here (about an hour and a half to get to
this position between the both of them) only 20.fxe4! is a novelty.} (20. Qe2
Qd7 21. fxe4 Rc8 $1 $15 {Aronian-Adams, 2013. Vishy must have taken a fresh
look at this game.}) 20... Rxb5 21. Qxa4 Ra5 22. Qc6 bxa3 23. exd5 Rxd5 24.
Qxb6 {A fascinating position. Material is equal, but White's position is
clearly preferable. The a-pawn is not as dangerous as
the c-pawn, which needs to be blockaded immediately.} Qd7 25. O-O (25. Qa6 {
The computers again and again were screaming for this move but it's consequences are not always clear.}) 25... Rc8 (25... g5 26. Qb8 $1 Rc8 27. Qxc8+
Qxc8 28. Rb1 $16) 26. Rc6 {Interestingly, this exact position was seen in the
game Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Riazantsev, Alexander from the 2008 Russian Super
Final. However, in that game White's pawn was on h3, and not on h2! 
Tomashevsky won cleanly.} g5 {Black is running out of
resources. He has to devote too much time to stopping the c-pawn and this means his a-pawn is not playing.} 27. Bg3 Bb4 28. Ra1 $1 {An excellent move.
There is no way to rip through the blockade immediately, so Anand adds
pressure on the a-pawn.} Ba5 29. Qa6 $1 {Keeping an eye on the a-pawn and
especially the bishop on a5.} Bxc7 30. Qc4 $1 {The pressure on the bishop is
huge. This will cost Carlsen a piece. At this point he also had very little time left on
the clock.} (30. Rxa3 {was also strong as the bishop is pinned.})
30... e5 31. Bxe5 Rxe5 32. dxe5 {As Svidler pointed out, Black has excellent
chances to draw this game if he can break the pin and put pressure on White's
weak pawns. But that, simply put, is not going to happen!} Qe7 33. e6 $1 {The
easiest. Now Black's king is also a factor. There is no way to dismantle the
pin and Black's position is simply resignable.} Kf8 34. Rc1 {And it is over!
Anand does it! Excellent preparation by the Indian player, followed by precise and surgical play leading to a clear and convincing win.} 1-0

Carlsen: "It was a poor choice of opening, and he played very well... I could have done better."

Carlsen: "I was trying to hold on... I had seen this position from afar, this stuff with Qb6, I thought I would be a little worse but I would be able to neutralize it, but he got in Rc6... after that all this stuff with g6 and Bb4 just did not work. I probably had to do something else earlier on."

Anand claims that he only prepared three hours on the rest day. He said that he was aware of the Tomashevsky-Riazantsev game mentioned in the notes, but also claimed that the little detail of the pawn being on h3 instead of h2 changed things.

The face of despair

It's over! Carlsen resigns the game after Anand's 34th move...

The first Anand victory over Carlsen in classical chess in quite some time

"When something goes wrong it is always my fault" – Carlsen answering
the question how much influence his seconds had in choosing this opening.


M. Carlsen 2863
V. Anand 2792

Tournament details

Schedule: the match will be played over a maximum of twelve games, and the winner of the match will be the first player to score 6.5 points or more. If the winner scores 6.5 points in less than 12 games then the closing ceremony will take place on the day after the World Championship has been decided or one day thereafter.

Report in Hindi by Niklesh Jain

राउंड 3 – आनंद की शानदार जीत के साथ बेहतरीन वापसी

भारत के लिए आज का दिन बहुत ही शानदार और अच्छी खबर ले कर आया हाँ जी हमारा टाइगर वापस आ गया है फिर वैसे ही । मद्रास टाइगर के नाम से प्रसिद्ध पाँच बार के विश्व विजेता भारत के विश्वनाथन आनंद ने वो कर दिखाया जो लगभग पूरी दुनिया ने सोचना ही बंद कर दिया था क्या शानदार समय था इस जीत का । जब उनके आलोचक उनका मज़ाक उड़ाने या उन्हे चुका हुआ घोषित करने में व्यस्त थे उन्होने मौजूदा विश्व विजेता कार्लसन को अपनी शानदार ओपेनिंग तैयारी और फिर उसके बेहतरीन नियंत्रण से बुरी तरह पराजित कर दुनिया को बता दिया की उनके पास शतरंज को देने को अभी बहुत  कुछ बाकी है । आज के मैच की जंहा तक बात है खेल क्वीन गेंबिट डिकलाइन मे खेला गया जिसमे आज आनंद ने देखने लायक  पैदल ब्रेक ,पासर पैदल के शानदार उपयोग साथ ही साथ मेजर मोहरो के जबरजस्त खेल से कार्लसन को आज कोई मौका नहीं दिया वापसी का । एक बात अब बिलकुल साफ है आनंद की ये जीत अब इस विश्व चैंपियनशिप मैच को बहुत ही रोमांचक मोड पर ले आई है अब कार्लसन पहली बार दबाव मे है और ये देखना रोचक होगा की वो इस दबाव का सामना कितनी मुस्तैदी से करते है साथ ही साथ आनंद का आत्मविश्वास उनके खेल के स्तर को जरूर उपर ले आएगा

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