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Carlsen, Magnus (2870) - Anand, Viswanathan (2775) [D31]
World Chess Championship, Chennai (5) 2013

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. c4 e6 2. d4 d5
The Queen's Gambit Declined.
3. Nc3 c6
The Semi-Slav Defence.
4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bb4+








   
6. Nc3
White can sacrifice the d4-pawn with the main 6.Bd2 - this is the Marshall Gambit. After 6.Nc3 Black usually has sufficient counterplay or an equal game.
6...c5 7. a3 Ba5 8. Nf3 Nf6 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Qd3 cxd4 11. Nxd4








   
11...Ng4
A novelty. After 11...Ne5 12. Qc2 (12. Qd2!?) 12...Neg4 (12...Nfg4!?) 13. Qc1? (13. Rd1!?) 13...Nxe3 14. fxe3 O-O 15. b4 Bc7 Black obtained an advantage in Martins, S - Quintiliano Pinto, R, Maringa 2013.
12. O-O-O Nxe3 13. fxe3 Bc7
Interesting is the simple and good 13...0-0!?.
14. Nxc6!
White goes to the endgame, this move is in the style of Magnus Carlsen.
14...bxc6 15. Qxd8+ Bxd8








   
16. Be2
Also possible is 16. g3 Bb6 17. Bg2 (17. Rd3 Ba6 18. b3 Ke7 19. Na4 Rhd8=) 17...Bxe3+ 18. Kc2 Bd7 19. Ne4 Ke7 20. Rd3 Bb6 21. Rhd1 Rhd8 22. Nd6 Be8 23. Nxe8 Rxd3 24. Rxd3 Rxe8 25. Bxc6 Rd8, with equality.
16...Ke7?!
Black can play more aggressive and attack the e3-pawn at once: 16...Bb6 17. Rd3 Ba6 18. b3 Ke7 19. Bf3 Rad8 20. Rhd1 Rxd3 21. Rxd3 Bc5, with equality.
17. Bf3 Bd7 18. Ne4 Bb6 19. c5 f5! 20. cxb6 fxe4 21. b7 Rab8 22. Bxe4 Rxb7








   
23. Rhf1
After the game at the press conference Magnus Carlsen said about the position: "I have better bishop and better pawn structure. If I can consolidate, then I can win".
23...Rb5 24. Rf4
Here 24. Rd4!? and 24. Rd2 deserve attention.
24...g5 25. Rf3 h5
Interesting are 25...Be8!? and 25...Rc5+!?.
26. Rdf1 Be8 27. Bc2 Rc5








   
28. Rf6
Black threatened ...Bg6. White has a tiny advantage.
28...h4 29. e4 a5 30. Kd2 Rb5 31. b3 Bh5 32. Kc3 Rc5+ 33. Kb2 Rd8 34. R1f2 Rd4 35. Rh6 Bd1 36. Bb1 Rb5 37. Kc3 c5 38. Rb2 e5 39. Rg6








   
39...a4?!
Somewhat better is 39...g4 40. Bd3 Rxb3+ 41. Rxb3 Bxb3 42. Rxg4 c4 43. Be2 Kd6 44. Rxh4 Kc5, with equality.
40. Rxg5
Or 40. bxa4 Rxb2 41. Kxb2 Bxa4 42. Rxg5 Kf6 43. Rg4 c4 44. Rxh4 Bb3, with counterplay.
40...Rxb3+ 41. Rxb3 Bxb3 42. Rxe5+ Kd6 43. Rh5 Rd1!
The only move. Viswanathan Anand equalizes.
44. e5+ Kd5 45. Bh7








   
45...Rc1+?!
A dubious move. Better is 45...Ra1 to grab the a3-pawn, 46. Bg8+ Kc6 47. Bxb3 Rxa3 48. Rxh4 Rxb3+ 49. Kc2 Re3 50. Kd2 (50.Rxa4 Re2+ 51. Kd3 Rxg2=) 50...Rb3 51. e6 Kd6, a draw.
46. Kb2 Rg1?
Probably the decisive mistake. Correct is 46...Re1! 47. Bg8+ Kd4 48. Rxh4+ Kd3! Black activates his king, 49. Rh3+ (49. Rg4 Re2+=) 49...Kd4 50. Bxb3 axb3 51. Rxb3 (51. Rh4+ Kd3=) 51...Re2+ 52. Kc1 Rxg2 53. Rh3 c4 54. e6 Re2, and the endgame is drawn.
47. Bg8+ Kc6
47...Kd4 is met by 48. Rxh4+ Kd3 49. Rg4! Rf1 50. Bh7+ Kd2 51. Rg6.








   
48. Rh6+!
The important check: White forces the black king back from the centre.
48...Kd7
Or 48...Kb5 49. Bxb3 axb3 50. Kxb3 c4+ 51. Kc3 Ra1 (51...Rxg2 52. Rxh4 Re2 53. Rxc4 Rxe5 54. a4+) 52. Kb2 Rg1 53. Rxh4 Rxg2+ 54. Kc3, winning.
49. Bxb3 axb3 50. Kxb3 Rxg2 51. Rxh4








   
51...Ke6
Also hopeless is 51...Kc6 52. a4 Re2 53. Rh6+ Kd5 54. a5 Rxe5 55. a6.
52. a4!
The best move: White wins.
52...Kxe5 53. a5 Kd6 54. Rh7! Kd5 55. a6 c4+ 56. Kc3 Ra2 57. a7 Kc5 58. h4
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Carlsen, Magnus (2870) - Anand, Viswanathan (2775) [D31]
World Chess Championship/Chennai (5) 2013

1. c4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 c6 4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 c5 7. a3 Ba5 8. Nf3 Nf6 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Qd3 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Ng4 12. O-O-O Nxe3 13. fxe3 Bc7 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. Qxd8+ Bxd8 16. Be2 Ke7 17. Bf3 Bd7 18. Ne4 Bb6 19. c5 f5 20. cxb6 fxe4 21. b7 Rab8 22. Bxe4 Rxb7 23. Rhf1 Rb5 24. Rf4 g5 25. Rf3 h5 26. Rdf1 Be8 27. Bc2 Rc5 28. Rf6 h4 29. e4 a5 30. Kd2 Rb5 31. b3 Bh5 32. Kc3 Rc5+ 33. Kb2 Rd8 34. R1f2 Rd4 35. Rh6 Bd1 36. Bb1 Rb5 37. Kc3 c5 38. Rb2 e5 39. Rg6 a4 40. Rxg5 Rxb3+ 41. Rxb3 Bxb3 42. Rxe5+ Kd6 43. Rh5 Rd1 44. e5+ Kd5 45. Bh7 Rc1+ 46. Kb2 Rg1 47. Bg8+ Kc6 48. Rh6+ Kd7 49. Bxb3 axb3 50. Kxb3 Rxg2 51. Rxh4 Ke6 52. a4 Kxe5 53. a5 Kd6 54. Rh7 Kd5 55. a6 c4+ 56. Kc3 Ra2 57. a7 Kc5 58. h4 1-0


Game 5 Carlsen - Anand live with commentary and analysis by Boris Schipkov

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