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Dmitry Andreikin vs Viswanathan Anand
World Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 5, Mar-18
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  FSR: 3...Nf6! I see that Anand learned from Carlsen.
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  keypusher: 38.e5 was a good move! Helped get W king active.
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  keypusher: Sorry, 38.d5.
Mar-18-14  chessdgc2: FSR: Yes, Anand obviously must have learned from Carlsen, but I still don't get it! Kasparov did the same thing with Karpov's Caro-Kann against Deep Blue and it cost him the match...He also did the same thing Kramnik did, the Berlin against Judit Polgar and it cost him that Anand does it and his position ain't too cool. Play YOUR OWN game!!! LOL!
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  FSR: The pawn ending 41.Kc4 Rb7 42.Rxb4! Rxb4+ 43.Kxb4 Kxd5 44.Kc3 is just a draw, right?
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  FSR: <chessdgc2:> ... now Anand does it and his position ain't too cool.>

You think Anand stands worse here?!

Mar-18-14  chessdgc2: chancho: LOL! Don't know about Aronian's game, is he in trouble?
Mar-18-14  DcGentle: <chessdgc2>: Anand didn't play badly, but in the end the last kick was missing. White was on the ropes, his knight had no squares. And then Anand trades his bishop with this knight, instead of trying to activate his king, maybe.
Mar-18-14  DcGentle: Kramnik looks good against Aronian indeed.
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  whiteshark: <All rook endgames are drawn.> True here, me thinks.
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  FSR: <whiteshark> I second that emotion.
Mar-18-14  chessdgc2: After a couple of bad tournaments last year, Kramnik disappeared and it seems to have paid off...he has played exceptionally well in this event and if he sparks Aronian, he might take the lead for good
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  FSR: Play 41.Kc4 and shake hands already.
Mar-18-14  chessdgc2: Andreikin is using lots of time here...wonder what he's looking at....It sure better work because he's falling far behind on time
Mar-18-14  Sokrates: Or play 41.Rb3 and Rd5 42.Kc4 seems to lose the Pb4.
Mar-18-14  DcGentle: Kramnik overlooked something, unfortunately, and now he only has a surplus pawn in a rook ending, and we know what this means.
Mar-18-14  Edmontonchessclub: Draw agreed.
Mar-18-14  Marmot PFL: Missed the action here, but maybe Svidler can still win his game.
Mar-18-14  jaga1131: why anand agreed for draw !!
Mar-18-14  kia0708: According to Houdini and Stockfish Anand had a substantial advantage.

So why draw ?

Mar-18-14  donjova: The move 43.Ke4, which gives advantage to black, wasn't really played, it was just putting the king in the center once the players have agreed to a draw.
Mar-18-14  iqbalianpawn: Hi. I haven't seen the game yet, but knowing the result and the tournament status, anand should have won this game to maintain an adequate area... Anyway, nice competition going on..
Mar-18-14  Ulhumbrus: Anand said that on 26...Qxc2 (the move suggested by the commentators) 27 Qxc2 Bxc2 White had the resource of 28 d5!
Mar-20-14  Rascal Nikov: Magnus suggests a nice idea with 34...Bd5
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  cro777: Carlsen was impressed by Anand's play at the Candidates Tournament so far (after six rounds):

"I’m really impressed by what Anand has done so far...I was even impressed by his game against Andreikin, where he just played very, very good chess."

In the position after 34.Kf2

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Anand played 34...Bxf3. Would he have had better chances if he hadn’t taken on f3?

Carlsen:"I thought the most likely scenario then would be that the c and b-pawns as well as the rooks would be exchanged and then you can play for a while with your bishop on d5, which controls the whole board, and try and push on the kingside, but it’s very far-fetched.

Honestly, it’s not very typical of Anand to look for those little, little things. If there’s nothing substantial there he usually prefers a clear route."

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