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World Chess Championship 2014 Match Magnus Carlsen versus Viswanathan Anand: Game 2









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Carlsen, Magnus (2863) - Anand, Viswanathan (2792) [C65]
World Chess Championship/Sochi (2) 2014

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 The Spanish Game or Ruy Lopez. Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. Re1 O-O 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. h3 Re8 9. Nbd2!? A novelty. Nd7 9...h6 is possible, Adams-Kramnik, Alekhine Memorial 2013 and Bartel-Arslanov, Moscow op 2014. The same position after a transposition of moves. 10. Nc4 Bb6 10...Qf6 deserves attention. 11. a4! Magnus plans to move the rook on the kingside after Nxb6 and d4 with Ra3-g3 to attack. a5 12. Nxb6!? Magnus trades the black dark-squared bishop and has the light-squared bishop. Usually the opposite-colored bishops are good for the player who attacks. cxb6 13. d4 Qc7 14. Ra3! Nf8 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. Nh4 Rd8!? Vishy seizes the only open file. 17. Qh5 f6! The best defence. 18. Nf5 Be6? A mistake. After the game at the press conference Magnus Carlsen said: "We discussed briefly that ...Qf7 is more precise". After 18...Qf7! 19. Qe2 Ne6 20. Rg3 Kh8 Black has more or less equal play. 19. Rg3 White attacks! Ng6 20. h4!? The move 20. Bh6!? is also interesting. Bxf5?! Here 20...Rd7 and 20...Kh8 21. Rxg6 Qf7 deserve attention. 21. exf5 Nf4 22. Bxf4 exf4 23. Rc3 c5 24. Re6 Rab8?! The prophylactic 24...h6!? is better. 25. Rc4 White is better thanks to the strong rooks and Black's weaknesses on the king's wing. Qd7 26. Kh2 Rf8 27. Rce4! Rb7 28. Qe2! The beautiful and powerful formation: two rooks and a queen on white squares, controlling the open e-file. b5 29. b3 29. Re7! Qd6 30. f3 is somewhat better. bxa4 30. bxa4 Rb4 31. Re7 Qd6 32. Qf3 And here 32. f3!? deserves attention. Rxe4 33. Qxe4 f3+ 34. g3 h5? A big mistake. Black could try 34...Qd2, though White is better and can grab a pawn. 35. Qb7 Black cannot defend the g7 pawn and must give the queen. 1-0


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