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.

Score

Game:
Rtg
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
Score
Perf.
M. Carlsen 2863
½
1
0
                 
1.5
2792
V. Anand 2792
½
0
1
                 
1.5
2863

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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johnmk johnmk 11/12/2014 02:01
King was tripping over himself too, clearly from a rushed effort. He mentions Black's option of 23...exd5 and comments that Black would like to keep his rook behind his passed pawn but gives only the bland reasoning that Black would have an 'isolated pawn' (another analysis at Chessdom opines that 23...exd5 is "much worse"). In fact the engines do consider exd5 and I think the variations show that it may even be stronger than the game choice.
johnmk johnmk 11/12/2014 01:32
Would not say it was a great game. It was a great bit of opening preparation. Lots of encomiums about Vishy's play by Ramirez but light on analysis. There does not appear to be any clear blunder by Magnus of the variety that is instantly detected by Houdini. But that's exactly where GM analysis should help out!
firestorm firestorm 11/12/2014 12:23
Being able to leave comments like this was a fairly recent thing, so thanks to Chessbase for introducing. Some of the discussions are interesting (and no, that's not meant as a backhanded compliment, just a personal preference of what I find interesting). Being able to read other people's views on the match is good. With regards to this article, apart from being able to replay the game with comments, another nice feature is the photos. Couldn't watch the game today, but the photos capture the moments. Again, thanks.

Regarding the game, whilst the line is known theory, I'm still surprised that Carlsen played this line in a world ch match- its not the giving the opponent a pawn on c7 that concerns me, so much as the risk attached that Anand has the preparation to back it up. If you think back to the Kramnik - Anand match, Anand twice used a sac in the Slav with 2/2 based on preparation.

In the end you have to play what you think is best (and there's no-one better at that than Carlsen currently), and can't be afraid of ghosts, but I'll be very surpised if we see the position after 12.b5 on the board again during this match. However, whatever else, Anand has now beaten Carlsen in a world ch match, so should play with a lot more confidence. Think back to Spassky - Fischer or Karpov Kasparov for examples of first wins in world ch matches, for example. The fact that those were the first wins ever for Fischer and Kasparov respectively (compared to Anand beating Carlsen in the past) doesn't reduce the significance of this result.

Last year's match was interesting, but too one-sided. This games in this are much better already.
G Mohan G Mohan 11/12/2014 11:59
Carlsen to play a4 to avoid theory and home prep!!
G Mohan G Mohan 11/12/2014 11:59
Carlsen to play a4 to avoid theory and home prep!!
srivara srivara 11/12/2014 11:48
Relentless aggression coupled with application of the established lines of played games is the route to crack MC who seems to be invincible otherwise.
Camembert Camembert 11/12/2014 10:53
@ pantheracorbetti
Lol !
It's not a question of Tiger or Python but of a Parrot.
With all these home-prep, computer prep, it's just a question how good a parrot you can be.
Fischer said it in a famous interview, first quality to be good at chess is MEMORY.
Fischer said also " With the coming of computers, Chess is dead".
Anyway in the last game, allowing with 10...Ba6 the coming of a passed pawn is an elementary mistake that you can learn even in a club for Blind.

May the best Parrot win !
abhirami abhirami 11/12/2014 10:31
Vishy we wish you all the best!
ashperov ashperov 11/12/2014 10:25
Gut feeling says Carslen will heed the warning signs and steer away from Vishys prep. However this will boost vishy and we will hopefully get a fist fight to the end.
pantheracorbetti pantheracorbetti 11/12/2014 06:25
This, this exactly is what expected out of Anand from his and chess fans! When you’re a tiger, fight like a tiger. It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose. You just have to believe in yourself. If they compare Carlsen to a python who slowly chokes his prey until the end(game), then Anand is a tiger who can inflict a swift end in the beginning itself! Brilliant game! Expecting more! Hope Anand will win this time coz when it comes to tooth and nail fighting; it is the tiger who’ll have an upper hand over a python!
karavamudan karavamudan 11/12/2014 05:39
for once magnus has been shaken from his smug, bored, nonchalant and everything is beneath me

attitude. Even an elephant can slip its footing.

How the two handles the rest of the match is literally a million $ question.
keyn keyn 11/12/2014 05:19
Sorry but the truth is, either NO ONE on this planet has ever played 'pure' chess (...I guess we all have to wait for future quantum computers to address the issue of chess 'purity' ) or EVERY ONE has played purely enough, according to the individual perspective and preferance of course. However, if you blame your loss for others playing less 'pure' chess than you, then you're a true loser.
johnmk johnmk 11/12/2014 05:11
It's good that Anand can get a victory, but, he can't always count on a home preparation advantage.
keyn keyn 11/12/2014 05:05
I can not honestly say that I'm a fan of Anand, and I really appreciate some of Carlson's play style, with that being said, I have found all this saying that Anand won because he 'just' outprepared his opponent laughable!

Give me any name in the top 10 range who never bothers preparations before any IMPORTANT event, I mean this is chess, it's not like open up the latest Subway Surf or Temple Run, jump in, and hope you may have some better shot today.

And anyone who naively believes that Carlson(backed up by his technical/media/marketing team )hasn't done his huge homework on openning preparation is obviously a fool to buy into this Carlson-just-plays-pure-chess propaganda.

And it is equally laughable that nowadays some people conveniently invented a new term called 'pure chess', implying that any chess with 'preparation' involved is all but 'dirty'.

Bravo!!
slickfish slickfish 11/12/2014 03:33
Some of you make it sound like only Vishy prepares openings, while Carlsen just "plays chess". Ridiculous! Magnus has Vishy's former lead second, Peter Heine Nielsen, on his team. You think they haven't worked up a lot of ways to prevent Vishy from getting the types of positions that he prefers? Players at this level don't just get booked up, they write the "book"! Vishy was able to apply new ideas to a known topical position, and Magnus couldn't counter it over the board. Let the match continue!
KevinC KevinC 11/12/2014 01:37
@Bostonian, You are a total douche and loser (note the spelling moron). You don't have to agree with my analysis, but with the exception of ONE game, Anand has had a lot of trouble beating Carlsen so keep your insults to yourself. Maybe YOU should read the rules for posting, or don't they apply to you?
H B H B 11/12/2014 01:00
Superb game won by Anand - the strongest chess player in the world!
jcaleb jcaleb 11/11/2014 11:59
Now Carlsen will always worry that Anand can outprepare him in any of the succeeding games
tom_70 tom_70 11/11/2014 10:52
Today was an important reminder that at the very highest level, very little separates these players. One small mistake is all it takes to lose. Anand played beautifully. He made one or two suboptimal move throughout the entire game. Carlsen had already made quite a few subotimal moves and was already losing when he made his first red move. Then Anand struck with technical precision. In short, Carlsen simply got outplayed today, from start to finish. I still think he's the better player, but he got his butt handed to him today. He really should be more careful with his opening repertoire. I don't think he minds playing ANY opening if it strikes his mood at the time.
Daniel Quigley Daniel Quigley 11/11/2014 10:28
I've seen no mention of it, but in my opinion the losing move was 22...bxa3? It did nothing to improve Black's position. Once Anand played 23.exd5 and loosened Black's entire pawn exoskeleton, it was curtains for Carlsen. Had Carlsen played 22...dxe4 instead, his position is nothing to write home about, but how does Anand break through with no pawn levers? I think Carlsen could have held after 22...dxe4.
ptr3 ptr3 11/11/2014 09:55
Looks like the only difference between chess fans and soccer fans is that there aren't enough chess fans to cause a riot in the streets after every game.
sinder sinder 11/11/2014 09:29
Bostonian, I think you need to read hpaul's post more carefully - he said "in the last 93 years". So it was only the 2000 Kramnik-Kasparov match that he forgot. Also, it's ironic that you tell people to read the "rules for reader comments", given that you are in violation of them with your offensive language.
jhoravi jhoravi 11/11/2014 09:18
Don't you guys get this article? Anand won because Carlsen fell into his home prepared line.
Bostonian Bostonian 11/11/2014 09:12
@Hpaul - You are still wrong - there are many - Think before you post garbage next time okay ?
1) Frank Marshall who lost the match against Emanuel Lasker with a score of 3.5-8.5 in 1907.
2) David Janowski who lost to Emanuel Lasker with a score of 9.5-1.5 in 1910.
3) Emanuel Lasker did not let two opponents win even a single game but it was now his turn to lose in similar fashion against the great Cuban Capablanca with a score of 5-9 in 1921.
4) And lastly, very surprisingly it was Garry Kasparov who lost his 2000 match against Vladimir Kramnik without a win and with a score of 6.5-8.5 in 2000.

@Oldy, Be a man and give credit where its due. Go brush up your knowledge on world championships and to understand what "preparation" means. "Carlson infatuation played him a trick and made him lose " - What bullcrap is this ? next you will say - And Anand looses because he is old, weak, from India and a looser ? you loose because you either made mistake/s somewhere or because your opponent outplayed you. Stop being an engine supported armchair ahole! Carlsen manned up and accepted his loss but looks like cant accept it.

@KevinC, time will tell. Both Carlsen and Anand's wins were well deserved and they have accepted their losses - Your opinion and moronic analysis does not matter. Stop being biased, giving excuses to defend your favorite players (when none are required) and enjoy the wonderful games. Only loosers give excuses and try to defend loses. Real men take it move on and come back to fight another day.
If you are here to fight with other posters rather than post something readworthy, then don't bother!

I hope everyone uses these discussion boards the right way - read and UNDERSTAND the "Rules for reader comments" before you post nonsense. IF you are here to slander the players or just fight amongst yourselves, then go some place else. It is very easy to be a engine enabled armchair critic and spew venom against Anand and Carlsen because either of them are not your favorite players or because you have certain inherent (racial/Age/regional etc ) bias against them. let's just say if your knowledge, understanding and intelligence at playing chess was anywhere near them you wouldn't likely be posting on these forums!
KevinC KevinC 11/11/2014 08:29
To the Anand fanatics, I think this is a red herring of a game. Yes, Anand won, but I am not sure that it will mean much in the long run. He won by out preparing Carlsen in ONE game, and nursing that advantage throughout.

If the last match, and the first two games of this match showed us anything, it is that Anand will face a lot of pressure, and often crack under it. I don't think that we can expect Anand to get an advantage out of the opening too often, and if not, he will be fighting for his chess life in every game.
iComeInPeace iComeInPeace 11/11/2014 08:16
thats it, code cracked and now its all down hill for the temporary champion.

the C pawn is now called 'The Stake'!
bronkenstein bronkenstein 11/11/2014 07:59
Wonderful game by Tiger. Very good prep, high accuracy in the finish, a true model!

Additional weight, especially psychologically, is his remarkable bounce-back after his very weak play in that awful 2nd game, in which he played series of weak moves crowned by rather rough, that is inexplicable, blunder! Today he crushed his opponent as if nothing has happened - not many would be able to do so!

Honestly, I expected Vishy to ˝waste˝ his whites on another draw, in order to recover after his weak performance in the previous one. I am surprised and shocked, but pleasantly! If Vishy continues to play strongly like this, match can easily end around 9th or 10th game. And World Champion will, as expected, take part in the London Chess Classic =)
chr_king chr_king 11/11/2014 07:58
Anand likes knr words
chr_king chr_king 11/11/2014 07:56
Anand punched today
hpaul hpaul 11/11/2014 07:44
ewenardus: Thanks for the correction - I must have repressed the 2000 Kramnik-Kasparov result.
But it's very good to see that this will (hopefully) be a fighting match.
Balthus Balthus 11/11/2014 07:37
Hhorse, respect for that! :)
ewenardus ewenardus 11/11/2014 07:37
hpaul actually kasparov failed to win a match against kramnik in 2000... sad memory...
Oldy Oldy 11/11/2014 07:34
I dont believe that Anand played anything special. This was all about memorizing an opening. Carlson could've made the simple 23....a2 move instead and everything could turn out the other way, or at least a draw. But Carlson infatuation played him a trick and made him lose. A live and learn experience for Carlson. Never under estimate your adversaries.
juanviches juanviches 11/11/2014 07:22
Wow! Match is turning on. I like seeing these great champions fighting like lions!
chr_king chr_king 11/11/2014 07:06
anand pounced carlsen like lion today. wonderful
hpaul hpaul 11/11/2014 07:03
He strikes back Vishysly!
Even though (part) Norwegian, I'm glad to see Vishy fight back. It means this may be a normal W.Ch. match, where both players win their share of games. The 2013 match was a disappointing anomaly, the first W.Ch. match in 93 years (I believe) where one player has failed to win a game.

(In 1921 Lasker at age 52 resigned his match against Capablanca after 14 of 24 scheduled games, with the score standing at 4 wins for Capa, 0 for Lasker. Lasker had not wanted to play the match, and had in fact offered to resign his championship to Capa without a match, but Capa wouldn't accept that.)
libyantiger libyantiger 11/11/2014 06:29
i love anand i hope he wins the title back.....but it is not easy carsen is still too strong and he fights till the very end
Reshuaggarwal Reshuaggarwal 11/11/2014 06:15
Anand strikes back sensationaly... This the right phrase.. It has created a sensation in India.. Atleast you can witness that in the Twitter world.
daftarche daftarche 11/11/2014 06:07
i don't like these hasty commentaries. where did black go wrong? give some truth Mr. Ramierez.
tacticachess tacticachess 11/11/2014 05:54
Why to allow the contenders to use the engines/seconds help
during the world championship match ?

Is it fair to avail such facilities during the match period ?

Neutralizing the Novelties/coming up with a Novelty with the help of engines/seconds during the match period
will never make the champion a real champion. let them fight on their own !

Once the colours are drawn for the first round, access to the engines/seconds help should
be denied to the contestants till the championship is decided.

After all the chess world is willing to see a real CONTEST and a TRUE World Chess Champion !

We need a battle of wits and nerves not a battle of bits and bytes .