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Carlsen, Magnus (2870) - Anand, Viswanathan (2775) [D78]
World Chess Championship, Chennai (1) 2013

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3
The Reti Opening.
2...g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 c6 5. O-O Nf6 6. b3 O-O 7. Bb2 Bf5 8. c4
Now we see the Gruenfeld Defence.

9. Nc3
More precise is 9.cxd5.
A strong plan: Black intends the knight manoeuvre ...Nb6-c4 to weaken White's position in the centre and on the queenside.
10. bxc4 Nb6 11. c5 Nc4

12. Bc1?!
Carlsen tries to keep the dark-squared bishop. However better is 12. Qb3 Be6 13. Qc2 b6 14. Rfd1, with counterplay. After the game at the press conference Anand said: "I played 11...Nc4, to be honest I expected 12. Qb3, though anyway after 12...Be6 Black is doing fine. 12.Bc1 was a bit of a surprise because after 12...Nd5 I mean 13.Qe1 even 13...Nb4 getting very unpleasant for White and after 13.Qb3 I can force this draw". Carlsen said: "Well, of course I was happy actually to be able to play today, about the way the game went today, in general in these lines, play develops a little more slowly, but here there was an immediate crisis and I didn't see that any of my options were particularly promising, particularly as I missed as Vishy mentioned earlier, move 13 Qe1 and 13...Nb4 is very strong - from then on I had to pull emergency brakes, and had to go for draw".
Here Black has two other interesting moves: 12...Ne4 and 12...b5. 12...Ne4 leads to a tactical struggle after 12... Ne4 13. Qb3 b5!? (13...Na5 14. Qb4 b6 15. Nxe4 Bxe4 16. Rd1, with counterplay in Wagner, F - Aring, G, Gerlingen 2011) 14. cxb6 Na5 15. Qc2 Nxf2 16. Qa4 Nh3+ 17. Bxh3 Bxh3 18. Qxa5 axb6 19. Qb4 Bxf1 20. Kxf1 c5 21. dxc5 bxc5 22. Qb3 Qd7 (22...Qc8) 23. a4 Rfb8 24. Qc2, and White has counterplay. Better is 12...b5!, defending the knight, 13. Nh4 (13. Qb3 Ne4 14. Rd1 Nxc3 15. Qxc3 Be4 or 13. cxb6 axb6, with a small edge to Black) 13...Bd7 14. Nf3 Rc8 15. e4 Be6 16. e5 (16. Re1 Qa5) 16...Nd5, and Black obtains a small advantage due to the strong knights in the centre and the better pawn structure.
13. Qb3
The only move: Magnus Carlsen equalizes.

14. Qa3
More precise is 14.Qb2, with equality.
Black could try 14...b6!?, with slightly better chances.
15. Qb3 Na5 16. Qa3 Nc4
A draw by repetition.
A draw. 1/2-1/2


Carlsen, Magnus (2870) - Anand, Viswanathan (2775) [D78]
World Chess Championship/Chennai (1) 2013

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 c6 5. O-O Nf6 6. b3 O-O 7. Bb2 Bf5 8. c4 Nbd7 9. Nc3 dxc4 10. bxc4 Nb6 11. c5 Nc4 12. Bc1 Nd5 13. Qb3 Na5 14. Qa3 Nc4 15. Qb3 Na5 16. Qa3 Nc4 1/2-1/2

Game 1 Carlsen - Anand live with commentary and analysis by Boris Schipkov


© 2013 Boris Schipkov