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Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen
"My Kingdom for a Norse" (game of the day Jan-22-2014)
Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013), Chennai IND, rd 6, Nov-16
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1



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Nov-24-13  Ulhumbrus: Let us assume that when Anand employed the stratagem 10 Bg5! - and why not- Anand was using Carlsen's own weapon against him.

If Anand wanted to do that, instead of 11 Nbd2, 11 Bc2! avoids exchanging White's king's bishop and preserves it as a weapon for attack in the eventuality of d4. That is how Carlsen played it.

Nov-26-13  goggi: The position after the 59th move is a draw. White must play 60.b4 h3
61.gxh3 Rg6
62.Rc7= f3
63.Re7+ Kf2
64.b5 Rg2+
65.Kh1 Rg1+
66.Kh2 Re1
67.Rxe1 Kxe1
68.b6 f2
69.b7 f1Q

After 60.Ra4?? h3
61.gxh3 Rg6
62.Ra7 f3
63.Re7+ Kf2
64.b4 Rg2+
65.Kh1 Rg1+
66.Kh2 Re1
(67.Rxe1? Kxe1 68.b5 f2 69.b6 f1Q )
67... Ke2
68.Re7+ Kf1
69.Rf7 f2

Dec-01-13  LIFE Master AJ:

My (video) analysis of this game.

Dec-02-13  john barleycorn: Here is a video on an early Carlsen brilliancy. Well spoken by an unobtrusive commentator (Mato), highlighting the keypoints and not bothering the watchers with some awful yawning:

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  keypusher: <FlashinthePan: 23. fxe3?? What did Anand stand to gain opening the f file in that position? On the other hand, the doubled pawns on the e file were obviously going to be hard to defend, and as a matter of fact eventually caused Anand's loss. What an astonishing lack of judgment at that level!>

23.fxe3 is forced.

23.Rxe3 Rxa1+

23.Rxa8 Qxf2+.

Before accusing someone of an astonishing lack of judgment, make sure you're not guilty of monumental tactical blindness.

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  paavoh: This is a great pun! Well done!
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  Richard Taylor: Anand made a number of almost inexplicable errors of positional judgement (which in turn probably have a psychological basis - the pressure was on him not so much on Carlsen, especially at this stage).

He could have played:

11. Bxe6 followed by 12. d4 which leaves him with a small but good advantage.

Also taking on b3 with a pawn - making doubled pawns - was unnecessary.

So after 13. Nxb3 he would have also kept a small advantage.

15. Nh2? was dubious. 15. b4 again followed soon by d4 was better.

Then with Nhg4 the game went to exchanges and Carlsen played like (well like any good GM and won the ending - I think Anand's nerves were shot as the game went on as he really wanted a win, but paradoxically he had to think as if that wasn't an issue.

Both players have played some great games but the standard of play in this match was not high. Botvinnik and Tal both played some really interesting and feisty games in both the 1960 and the 1961 matches.

I can sympathize with Anand as, after some bad results, I lost my confidence and lost many games due to psychological reasons. Of course these guys are light years away from me but the principle is the same. Anand it seemed to me adopted the wrong strategy for this match and was more or less lost for psychological reasons.

He may come back, Botvinnik did, but it is hard to say. Kasparov learned from such as Petrosian (he even tells how he had to play like him to beat him) and in the end it wasn't opening knowledge but his "all round" experience that meant he became number one until Kramnik got the old boy!

On the other hand it might be, more or less, the end of Anand's career as a player. I think when he was young he was possibly the most naturally talented player of those times. Perhaps the best ever (or seen for a long time in any case) in his ingenuity and strategical and combinative ability.

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  Richard Taylor: This game, played by a "normal" Anand should have been at least a draw. Allowing weak pawns or even allowing the exchanges that were unnecessary showed Anand's unfortunate demoralisation, rather than any "Rubinstein" by Carlsen.

This is not to say Carlsen cannot play like such a great player, he can, of course, as it is obvious he is one of the greatest of players: but this game didn't show that.

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  ajk68: <csmath>: I don't remember why I was thinking f3 was needed other than avoiding the undermining of e4. I'm not sure it's horrible; white still has his dark square bishop in the vicinity. Although I agree on general principles that it weakens the squares, I would be interested if someone could demonstrate a plan to capitalize on the dark square weakness.

21. Qf3 might be possible.

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  HeMateMe: Great pun.
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  HeMateMe: Great pun.
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  kevin86: A viking Champion!

The Vikings:rulers of the world when it was still flat.

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  Richard Taylor: 21. Qf3 leaves white with a small advantage.
Feb-15-14  LIFE Master AJ:

My analysis of Game Six.

Feb-23-14  LIFE Master AJ: I took a long time to do this analysis. I checked it with many engines. It was done in ChessBase, and it's saved in Adobe format.

It's free, you can save it to your PC, if you like.

Feb-23-14  LIFE Master AJ: Game Six, Anand vs Carlsen.

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The position after 47...f5; White should play 48.Kf4. (He went to h4 instead.)

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After about 10 moves, we reach this position, Carlsen just played 57...Kf4!

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The position after 59...f4.

Anand played 60.Ra4, ('?' or '??') and went on to lose the game.

[ More accurate was: >/= 60.b4! h3!; 61.gxh3▢ Rg6; 62.Rc8! f3; (Best/box.)

Nothing else will allow Black to make any real progress in this ending.

63.Re8+ Kd3; 64.b5 f2;

This looks to be Black's most logical move at this point.

<(Or 64...Rg2+!?; 65.Kh1 Rg6; 66.Rf8 Ke4; 67.c4! Ke3; 68.Re8+ Kd4; 69.Rf8 Ke3; 70.Re8+ Kd4; 71.Rf8. "="

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Analysis position ... AFTER 71.♖f8, the position is equal, neither side can make real progress.)

- D.P.A. by Fritz 13. )>

65.Rd8+ Ke3; Forced?

<(Or 65...Kxc3; 66.Rf8 Rb6; 67.Rxf2 Rxb5, "=").>

66.Re8+ Kd3; 67.Rd8+ Ke4; 68.Rf8 Ke3; 69.Re8+, "=" with a draw by repetition.

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(Analysis position, after 69.Re8+, the position is - again - equal.)

(The problem with this endgame is that the Black King cannot stray too far from his f-Pawn - or he will lose it. And there are no good hiding squares for the Black King, either. You can verify this by moving Black's Pawn at h5, and move it to the f-file, say on the f4-square. Then the endgame is a simple win for Black, especially a few moves back.) ]

Feb-23-14  john barleycorn: <<Feb-23-14 Premium Chessgames Member by courtesy of John Barleycorn><LIFE Master AJ>: I took a long time to do this analysis.>>

Do you believe that slow rockets fly??

Apr-09-14  joddon: ANAND CANT EVEN GET ONE OF HIS MONOR PIECES TO GET ENOUGH FIREPOWER ANY WEHER ON THE BOARD..... HE HAS NOT THOUGHT DEEP ENOUGH, every player has a weakness somewhere but if you don't look for it youll never find it....anands problem:hes not even looking....I mean his queen is just wandering around looking for squares... he did no preparation for his queen in the end...... you mus have some idea?? then the only good thing I mean after 13 axb3 he gets rid of a doubled pawn!!is that all he could do,then he throws his knights around to be takin easily ,those are powerful knights to take pawns in the end.....6c3 also seems like a weak effort for world championship games...looks like anand has no time to study chess cus of his family life.....we shouldn't criticize the man himself....he plays like hes jumping on sharks in the middle of the ocean, doesn't know where to land on...once his knights gone from e3 , hes got another burdened double pawn structure. this happens even once in 2014 and it will be over again.....magnus main idea is to do this cus they know anands main weakness is his doubled pawns!!like hello wake up call!!
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  gezafan: I'm probably missing something obvious but why not 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Nxe5?
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  gezafan: <gezafan: I'm probably missing something obvious but why not 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Nxe5?>

It was played in a world championship so obviously there's a reason the pawn shouldn't be taken but what is it?

It must be something obvious I'm missing.

Apr-22-14  mrbasso: No, this pawn can be taken but black gets good compensation with bxc6 and d5. Discovered by Anderssen 1864, btw:

G Neumann vs Anderssen, 1864

Aug-30-14  coldsweat: I felt that as early as 7...Re1, Magnus wrested the initiative away from his passive adversary. I loved his 10...Be6, and was interested to learn that he took 20 minutes on it, which suggests it may have been an over-board decision.

His trap of 55...Rg3, enticing Anand to go off pawn hunting, was surely a top-flight brilliancy.

It's sad to hear the trash-talking come up against Viswanathan ... already suggestions that he's a 2400 player ... it's reminiscent of the trash talk against Spassky in 1972.

What a privilege it is to see such an outstanding young player come up! And oh!, wouldn't it be a joy to somehow get history's best players at the same table!

Sep-15-15  rainingpieces: Does anyone know why Anand did not play 41.b3? If 41..cxb3 then 42.Rb4 and it looks quite drawish to me. Or if for example 41...Rc7 then 42.bxc4 Rxc4 43.Rd5
Sep-13-16  Haiderobeiss: everything is arranged in advance to let the boy look like true hero
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  keypusher: <rainingpieces: Does anyone know why Anand did not play 41.b3? If 41..cxb3 then 42.Rb4 and it looks quite drawish to me. Or if for example 41...Rc7 then 42.bxc4 Rxc4 43.Rd5>

Probably because he thought 41.Rd5 was a better move, or because he wasn't sure what would happen after 41.b3 cxb3 42.Rb4 Re5 43.Rxb3 Rc5. If Anand had seen a clear path to eliminate all the queenside pawns, I'm sure he would have gone for it.

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