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Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen
Zurich Chess Challenge (2014), Zurich SUI, rd 5, Feb-03
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Feb-03-14  john barleycorn: would they have to play the rapid immediately after this one if drawn?
Feb-03-14  Ulhumbrus: Black's c5 pawn is a potential target. 29 b3 begins the plan of c4 followed by Kc3 and b4
Feb-03-14  MarkFinan: You would have thought that with having the white pieces he'd want to make a dent in Carlsens elo as a little bit of revenge for the WCC games, but he's a bottler in my opinion! I hate to see great players just going through the motions.
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  offramp: Now I know why they're called rapids and not slopids. Ned Flanders.
Feb-03-14  Ulhumbrus: If we assume that on a5 and a5 Black can't play ...bxa5 this suggests that White can play a6.
Feb-03-14  DcGentle: Position after move <38. Bg3>

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They will drag it beyond move 40 and call it a draw.

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  cro777: Draw. They have completed 40 moves. No rapid game.
Feb-03-14  DcGentle: *hmmm* Too quick, somehow, but maybe both players were exhausted.
Feb-03-14  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps Carlsen knows too well not only how to win such endings but also how to avoid losing them
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  cro777: Anand: "Difficult to come up with something substantial."
Feb-03-14  MarkFinan: I haven't looked with an engine nor will I be, but id be shocked if the eval ever wentaabove +0.40. Dissapointed but I guess it was expected. No difference between this and those sisters who refuse to beat each other in games of tournament chess, they may have well just agreed a draw before the game started.
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  keypusher: They were certainly playing rapid after the rooks came off.
Feb-03-14  mrbasso: <You would have thought that with having the white pieces he'd want to make a dent in Carlsens elo> That's exactly what he did. He can't beat him anymore anyway.
Feb-03-14  Chris321: And a draW it was!...Anand dont wanne lose another game an Carlsen dont need a full point at this time,thats sorta what i think.Carlsen didnt make too much effort to stop the exchanges so that the opposite colour bishops and the semetrical pawns resulted,sums sorta up this game those exchanges!,i think.
Feb-03-14  Marmot PFL: I said yesterday that if black castles kingside he has few worries in this line and today Carlsen demonstrates that. Just a bland form of the exchange variation (the tempo black saves by omitting 3...a6 is returned by Bf8-c5-d6).
Feb-03-14  Ulhumbrus: If Anand will not gain sufficient winning chances against Carlsen in a Ruy Lopez by exchanging his king's bishop he may try keeping the king's bishop.
Feb-03-14  optimal play: This game's not finished!

The ending is 41.c4 h5 42.Kc3 =

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There ... exactly symmetrical!

The perfect ending ;)

Feb-03-14  rickycota: boring Anand once again, he's got to recover or retire.
Feb-04-14  RookFile: Anand wisely didn't try too hard. If he gets enjoyment out of what he's doing, it really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.
Feb-04-14  RookFile: I keep waiting for someone to try 4. Nc3. The 4 knight's game has a little bite to it.
Feb-04-14  mrbasso: <RookFile> Replace enjoyment with money! I highly doubt the former undisputed rapid world champion enjoys being ridiculed by Nakamura (1.b3) and to finish last in a rapid tournament.
Feb-04-14  RookFile: Like it says in one of the later Rocky movies, he would rather do something he loves not as well than not do it at all.
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  chessguru1: If one of your coaches/seconds is Leko, this is what you get...boring draws and some losses.
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  parmetd: rookfile 4. nc3 is one of the most toothless openings in all of chess.
Feb-18-14  Ulhumbrus: <RookFile: Anand wisely didn't try too hard. If he gets enjoyment out of what he's doing, it really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.> You may be right. It is for Anand to decide what is advisable. Perhaps he considers that this is the way to condition himself to face Carlsen in good form.
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