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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013), Chennai IND, rd 1, Nov-09
King's Indian Attack: Double Fianchetto (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand (2013)
Photograph Anastasiya Karlovich.

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Nov-09-13  Kazzak: I liked the Karpov quote from his match against Korchnoi, when explaining their draw at move 18.

"We were just testing the equipment."

Nov-09-13  smaragdus: I followed Topalov-Kramnik, Kramnik-Anand, Topalov-Anand and Gelfand-Anand matches and I haven't seen a game as dull as this one.
Nov-09-13  WiseWizard: Good game from Vishy he was able to make threats and force Magnus to calculate right from the opening. I said it months ago if he can set the tempo and dictate the style he will win. Looks like Magnus didn't do the proper work.

People aren't complaining about draws still are they? It's chess! It's part of the game!! You look immature children that need constant action.

Nov-09-13  Aficionad0: Carlsen first game in the London Candidates against Aronian was dull as well, but we all know how things turned out. I was half-expecting this to happen, players are just testing the ground, we'll see more exciting games ahead I'm pretty sure.
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  gotgat54: Carlsen and Anand had a little chat after the draw was called. Clearly they were discussing the game. A transcript of that would probably be worth far more than their public comments in the press conference. It would be priceless.

If there is a lip-reader in the CG, please! Especially if there are going to be more of these little chats.

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  Xeroxx: Instructive game.
Nov-09-13  RookFile: <MrQuinn: A dull but satisfactory result for both players. Anand gets an easy draw with black, Carlsen gets through a nervous first WC game without damage. The match starts from here on out. >

An accurate summary.

Nov-09-13  MountainMatt: This is sad.
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  optimal play: Interesting to compare 12...Nd5 with 12...Ne4

[Event "Stuttgart International Open"]
[Site "Gerlingen GER"]
[Date "2011.??.??"]
[White "Wagner,Fl"]
[Black "Aring,G"]
[Round "6.9"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2249"]
[BlackElo "2205"]
[ECO "A05"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. c4 c6 6. d4 O-O 7. b3 Bf5 8. Bb2 Nbd7 9. Nc3 dxc4 10. bxc4 Nb6 11. c5 Nc4 12. Bc1 Ne4 13. Qb3 Na5 14. Qb4 b6 15. Nxe4 Bxe4 16. Rd1 Qd5 17. cxb6 axb6 18. Bf4 c5 19. Qxb6 cxd4 20. Rac1 Rfc8 21. Rxc8+ Rxc8 22. Bh3 e6 23. Ng5 Nc4 24. Qa7 Rf8 25. Nxe4 Qxe4 26. Bg4 e5 27. Bf3 Qf5 28. Rc1 Nd6 29. Bd2 e4 30. Bg2 Nb5 31. Qe7 e3 32. fxe3 dxe3 33. Bxe3 Bd4 34. Rf1 Qc2 35. Bd5 Bxe3+ 36. Qxe3 Nc3 37. Bxf7+ Kg7 38. Qd4+ Kh6 39. Qf4+ Kg7 40. Qf6+ Kh6 41. Qf4+ Kg7 42. Qd4+ Kh6 43. Qe3+ Kg7 44. Bc4 Rxf1+ 45. Kxf1 Nd1 46. Qe7+ Kh6 47. Qf8+ Kh5 48. Qf3+ Kh6 49. Bb3 Qd2 50. Qf4+ Qxf4+ 51. gxf4 Nc3 52. Kf2 g5 53. fxg5+ Kxg5 54. Ke3 Nb5 55. Bd5 Na3 56. Kd4 1-0

I think Anandís move is better, hence Carlsenís decision to take the early draw.

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  Domdaniel: <Skakalec> -- < For instance, when Vishy didn't answer with 1...c5 after 1.Nf3, Magnus knew that Anand will not play Sicilian after 1.e4 (so 1...e5 is to be expected if Carlsen plays 1.e4).>

No, that's not the case. Anand may be quite happy to answer 1.e4 with a Sicilian (we don't know yet) -- but may feel, at the same time, that 1.Nf3 d5 offers him better chances. Players who play 1.Nf3 c5 tend to be Sicilian addicts (or maniacs), always willing to transpose to their favourite defence -- but Anand, like most champions, is more pragmatic.

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  Zeno of Citium: As I was watching the game live, after blackís 8 ÖNd7 (a move which appears 29 times in the chessgames database) , I was expecting to see 9 Nbd2 from Magnus. Keeping the a1 Ė h8 diagonal less blocked for his b2 bishop, better control of e5, eyeing c4 and e4 with the knight, and ideas like Ra-c1, and/or Ne5 and then Nd-f3.

I checked the chessgames database after the game. There, 9 Nbd2 is by far the most common move in this position, (and although white scores well, their arenít enough games for the stats to mean much.)

Just for giggles I fed the position after 8 moves to Shredder and it liked Nb-d2 as well some other moves, finally settling on 9. cxd5, but never did like Nc3.

Surely Magnus has some better opening preparations as white than 1. Nf3 and then just start playing the game. I donít think that will cut it against Anand in a world championship match as we just saw.

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  WannaBe: Caption:

Magnus: "If I turn my head this way, do I resemble Bieber?"

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  ajile: Riveting.

Absolutely riveting.

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  Domdaniel: <ajile> Yes, I confess I'm riveted. And nailed, and pinned to the spot.

Maybe as things progress there will be more freedom of movement?

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  ajile: 4:30AM is really awkward. I stay up late usually to 2AM so going to bed at 9PM to get up at 4:30 is not happening. And pushing awake to 4:30 means no sleep at all if the games go 3 hours.
Nov-09-13  dumbgai: Bad start for Magnus.
Nov-09-13  John Abraham: <ajile> On the bright side, when I woke up at 10 AM this morning, the game was already over and I could check the results/comments/analyses. On weekday mornings the games will be well under way and that's when the excitement really begins anyway, in tense and complex midgames.
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  Willber G: <<MrQuinn: A dull but satisfactory result for both players. Anand gets an easy draw with black, Carlsen gets through a nervous first WC game without damage. The match starts from here on out. >

An accurate summary.>


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  ocpman: Any comment on 12. ... Qa5?
Nov-09-13  RedShield: Which player of yesteryear referred to the double-fianchetto as 'that stupid double-hole opening'?
Nov-09-13  RedShield: Garry's Twitter take:

< First, a few brief comments on today's Carlsen-Anand game. Brief comments are fitting for such a brief game.

I imagine Anand's 2..g6 was a surprise for Magnus, and 4..c6 as well. Then White has a big choice: to play c4 & sacrifice a pawn, or not.

Sacrificing the pawn with c4 would not be a typical position for Magnus but Anand (& his second Leko) know those positions well.

But without c4 by White Black gets a very solid position, even if he plays the Nbd2 I'd prefer to Carlsen's Nc3. Little danger for Black.

I remember Anand played this in his 1994 NYC candidates match against Romanishin, who played c4 & drew one & lost one. Can be quite sharp.>

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  Infohunter: <RedShield: Which player of yesteryear referred to the double-fianchetto as 'that stupid double-hole opening'?>

I think it was Richard Teichmann.

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  Rodrigo Gutierrez: Boy, am I glad I did not wake up at 4:30 a.m. For this...
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  Richard Taylor: < Cemoblanca: <keypusher: Well, I'm glad I didn't set my alarm clock for this.>

New York wouldn't be proud of this game (04:30am)! ;) >

There's no way I would be awake then but good on you! I get up at 9 am almost regardless...

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  Richard Taylor: I think Carlsen simply overlooked 10...Nb6. Better for him was 9. Nbd2 keeping an eye on c4.
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