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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 9, Dec-10
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-10-12  scormus: <boblewo: Anyone can explain to me why Anand accept the draw? He could win in time>

Oh no, he's too much of a gentleman to do that

Premium Chessgames Member Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen for his fine performance at the 2012 London Cup, as well as for achieving an Elo rating of 2861 (due to become official on January 1st, 2013).

Thanks so much for everybody participating in today's live broadcast. We hope to do this again soon!

Dec-10-12  Cemoblanca: Thanks for your "nice performance" too CG! :)
Dec-10-12  Cemoblanca: Gentleman... :D

It's time to analyze some lines! I'm 0ff! Cheers!

Dec-10-12  scormus: Thanks <CG> for the live coverage. LCC has provided great chess and a worthy winner.
Dec-10-12  Cemoblanca: I forgot to mention bro's at the end. Sorry! :D
Dec-10-12  bedzokmoves: He miss 47. Rd8? and Anand will win for time for sure then a draw? hmmm. chess games.
Dec-10-12  notyetagm: 2861 it is then.


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  LucB: <One way for White to lose is ... to have his cellphone go off>


In school during the exam period this is called an instructional offence!..

Dec-10-12  iqbalianpawn: Hello.. Had a chance to see the last 2hours of the game live.. It was fun.. Anand took like 50 minutes on his 46th move. And Magnus Carlsen had few seconds left before agreement of draw..
Dec-10-12  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Anand, 2012

Game Collection: TRAPPED PIECES: NO RETREAT! 22 ... Rd8-d7?! leaves Black c5-knight with no retreat(!), 23 b2-b4!


<Carlsen obtained some winning chances against Viswanathan Anand when the latter played <<<22...Rd7, inadvertently cutting off the knight's natural retreat.>>> His position was completely fine before that, and while it was probably objectively fine afterwards as well his knight was rather uncomfortable after 23.b4 Nd3 24.Reb1.>

Dec-10-12  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Anand, 2012

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22 ... ♖d8-d7?! <self-block: d7>

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23 b2-b4 <no retreat: c5-knight>

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Game Collection: TRAPPED PIECES: NO RETREAT! 22 ... Rd8-d7?! leaves Black c5-knight with no retreat(!), 23 b2-b4!


<Carlsen obtained some winning chances against Viswanathan Anand when the latter played <<<22...Rd7, inadvertently cutting off the knight's natural retreat.>>> His position was completely fine before that, and while it was probably objectively fine afterwards as well his knight was rather uncomfortable after 23.b4 Nd3 24.Reb1.>

Dec-10-12  pericles of athens: What was the deal with the players' times? Wasn't the draw agreed when MC was down to only a minute or two, while Anand had like 45 minutes left?

If this is correct, why would Anand agree to a draw?

Dec-10-12  edgehead1102: Anand agreed to a draw because he knew it would play out to a draw and he did not want to win on time. Anand has to much pride and respect for himself and for Magnus to win like that. it would not have proven anything and since him winning would not win the tourney there is no sense in it
Dec-10-12  Bobby Fiske: -They received increments after move 60, so Magnus would not had problem with playing on in the simplified/drawish endgame, I guess.
Dec-10-12  pericles of athens: Thank you <edge> and <bobby>.

I had no idea winning on time was bad etiquette. Does this hold true for club games/tournaments?

I only play online and in the park, where opponents are only too happy to win on time.

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  Big Pawn: It would seem a bit dishonorable for Anand to win on time and refuse a draw. But are we really justified in thinking this way? Is it not misplaced compassion? After all, time is part of the game. Winning on time is kind like winning a game that you should have lost just because your opponent made a very uncharacteristic blunder. Some people call such moves a "cheapo" and regard it with a similar type of dishonor.

However, the "cheapo" and clock are all part of the game.

At any rate, I think Magnus could have drawn this with only one minute left anyway.

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  WannaBe: The rule:

6. Rate of Play

The games will be played according to classical time control; 2 hours for 40 moves, followed by 1 hour for 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes + 30 seconds per move for the rest of the game.

Therefore, I don't think Anand would have won on time, with the 30 sec. increment. Unless (super) GMs can't come up with a move in less than 30 seconds. And the clock do expire.

Dec-10-12  pericles of athens: <wannabe> ah, now the draw decision makes much more sense. thanks guys!
Dec-10-12  Ezzy: Magnus Carlsen - Viswanathan Anand
London Chess Classic 0:00:33–0:38:33 (9), 10.12.2012

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6< Anand doesn't usually play the Berlin. He first played it in classical chess against Carlsen at the 2010 Bilbao Masters. Anand won that game. He again beat Magnus with it at the Botvinnik memorial rapid in 2011. So an obvious opening choice for Anand who doesn't play it often, BUT has never lost a Berlin game!> 4.d3 Bc5 5.Nc3 <Carlsen's played this before against Alekseev.> 5...d6 6.Na4 Bb6 7.Nxb6 axb6 8.c3 Bd7 9.Ba4 Ne7N< Aronian played 9...0–0 in his rapid match against Short in 2004.> 10.Bc2 Ng6 11.h3 0–0 12.0–0 h6 13.Re1 Re8 14.d4 Bc6 15.dxe5< 15 d5 blocking the center gives black a chance for the initiative on the kingside with 15...Bd7 16...Nh7 17...Qf6 18...Ng4 says Daniel King.> 15...dxe5 16.Qxd8 Rexd8 17.g3 Nd7 18.Be3 Nc5 19.Nd2 Nf8 20.f3 Nfe6< So 4 moves ago the black knights were on f6 an g6 and now they reside on c5 and e6. A nice redeployment from Anand.> 21.h4 Bb5< Now black has good control over d3 >22.a3 Rd7 23.b4 Nd3 24.Reb1< Carlsen's now threatening 25 a4 trapping the bishop.> 24...Ba4 25.Bxa4 Rxa4 26.Kf1 b5 27.Ke2 Ra6 28.h5 c5< Anand would obviously like to bolster his knights position with 29...c4 But this a pawn sacrifice and Anand certainly has compensation for the sacrificed pawn with play against whites isolated queenside pawns.> 29.bxc5 Ndxc5 30.Rxb5 Na4 31.Rc1 Rc7 32.Nb1 f6 33.c4 b6 34.Rd5 Nac5 35.Rc2 Rc6 36.Rb2 Kh7 37.Rb4 g6 38.hxg6+ Kxg6 39.Rd2 h5 40.Nc3 <Carlsen has to give up his a3 pawn to gain activity with 41 Nd5 >40...Rxa3 41.Nd5 Kf7 42.Nxb6 Nb3 43.Rd7+ Ke8 <Anand thought for nearly an hour on this move. Anand has to be careful where to place his king. [43...Kg8?? 44.Nd5 (Threatening 45 Nf6+ Kf8 46 Bh6+ and mates next move.) 44...Nbd4+ 45.Bxd4 Nxd4+ 46.Kf1 Ra8 47.Ne7+] 43...Ke8 also threaten's 44...Rxb6 45 Rxb6 Kxd7 winning.> 44.Rb7 Nbd4+ 45.Bxd4 Nxd4+ 46.Kd1 Kd8 47.Rd7+ Ke8 48.Rb7 Kd8 49.Nd5 Ra1+ 50.Kd2 Ra2+ 51.Rb2 <[51.Ke3? Nc2+] >51...Rxb2+ 52.Rxb2 Nxf3+ 53.Kd3 Ng5 54.Rb8+ Kd7 55.Rb7+ Kd6 56.Nxf6 Ra6 57.Ne8+ Kc5 58.Rc7+ Kb4 59.Rb7+ Kc5 60.Rc7+ Kb4 61.Rb7+ ½–½

A fair draw in a hard fought match. I quite enjoyed Anand's improvement of both his knights within 4 moves (A knight tour mini session)17...Nd7 18.Be3 Nc5 19.Nd2 Nf8 20.f3 Nfe6.

Lots of nice positioning of pieces in the middlegame, Anand giving up a pawn for activity, Carlsen giving up his a3 pawn for activity. Some tactics in the engame where players had to be on their toes, but Both players looked fairly confident today and was never going to lose.

So a fantastic tournament win for Magnificent Magnus, with a tournament performance just short of 3000! Breaking the all time Elo record, and a small donation of 50,000 pounds.

He's doing special things at the moment, and is gaining a lot of world attention. Next up is Tata Steels and THEN the most awaited Candidates for a ver long time. The whole chess world will be watching to se if Magnus can win a shot at the WORLD Title. At the moment only fools will bet against him.

Dec-11-12  LIFE Master AJ: A fantastic fighting game of chess.
Dec-11-12  Highfi: In move 57 could Carlsen have moved to h5, and won by this? (instead of e8)
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  AylerKupp: <<Highfi> In move 57 could Carlsen have moved to h5, and won by this?>

I don’t think so. After 57.Nxh5 Ra3+ 58.Kc2 Nxe4 we have the following position:

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Although a pawn down, Black's pieces are now more active and better placed than White's (the Nh5 is particularly badly placed). Black is threatening to capture either the Pg3 after 59...Nxg3 and if 60.Nxg3 Rxg3 the rook ending is drawn, or capture the Pc4 after 59...Rc3+ 60.Kb2 Rxc4. And neither 58.Kd2 or 58.Ke2 makes that much difference, Black also wins the Pe4 after 58...Nxe4 and is in a good position to capture either the Pc4 or Pg3. Anand would have had no trouble drawing this.

And, FWIW, Houdini 1.5a agrees with me (smart engine! :-) ). After 59.Rb3 Ra4 60.Rb6+ Kc5 61.Kb3 Rxc4 62.Rc6+ Kxc6 63.Kxc4 it evaluates the position at [0.00], d=27.

Dec-12-12  Highfi: Thank you AylerKupp, for the good explaining! I am a bit new in the game so it was very clarifying.
May-09-13  VaselineTopLove: End game is very similar to endgame from Norway tournament

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