solskytz: Beautifully played. I was present.
Before the game starts, Anand comes first into the playing hall, and a series of quick photos take place.
The moment Ivanchuk enters, he sits down, bows his head at the board and holds it with two hands - a position into which he will return many times during the game.
He plays ...d4, a pawn not to be taken, and it's possible to smell the danger from this fierce attacker.
Then Anand manages to liberate himself through a surprise 'ambush' against the white king with R and N lined on the same file. He blows the entire Ivanchuk set-up to pieces.
An amazing game indeed.
I didn't expect Carlsen to lose pawn after pawn in that ending, and then the ending...
and it was interesting to see the coach of one of the losers in today's games (but I won't tell whom, as I wasn't really supposed to be present at that moment) berate him for about 10 minutes for not having chosen a certain setup, which the coach believed was drawing easily, and which the player (who is it?) quietly and calmly said would still 'lose slowly' - but to no avail... the heart-felt tirade went on and on - but no concrete analysis with variations was ever made. The discussion was to remain abstract... I decided that it was time to leave, which I promptly did.