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Carlsen, Magnus (2864) - Anand, Viswanathan (2786) [E46]
8th Tal Memorial, Moscow (5) 2013

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4
The Nimzo-Indian Defence.
4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. cxd5

Frequently Black plays 7...exd5.
8. Bd2 Nd7 9. g3 b6
Also possible is 9...N5f6, Malakhov, V - Nielsen, P [E46] EIMCC 2003.
10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Bg2

In the game Ponomariov,R - Kramnik,V, Wijk aan Zee 2003, Black continued 11...Nf6 12. O-O Ne4 13. Rc1 (13. Bb4!?) 13...Bb7 14. Qc2 Rc8 15. Rfd1 Bd6?! (15...a5!?), and White traded bishops with 16. Bb4! and gained a small advantage. Interesting is 12...Bf5 13. Bb4 a5 (13...c6=) 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. Rc1 h6 (15...Qd7!?=) 16. Nc3 (16. Nf4!?) 16...Qd7 (16...c6!?) 17. Re1 Rfe8 18. Qb3 Rad8= 19. Qb5 Qd6 20. Qb3 Qd7 21. Qb5 Qd6 22. Qe2 Qd7 23. Qb5 1/2, a draw in Martinovic, S - Papp, G, Chur 2010.
12. Bb4!
A novelty. Magnus trades his bad dark-squared bishop and obtains a slight or small edge. After 12. O-O Re8 (12...a5) 13. Qc2 (13. Bb4) 13...Bd6 (13...a5) 14. Rac1 (14. Bb4!) 14...Qe7 ( 14...a5) 15. Nc3 Nf6 16. Nb5 c6 17. Nxd6 Qxd6 18. f3 Nd7 19. Rfe1 White also had some advantage, Milov, V - Cheparinov, I, Dos Hermanas 2004, but Black could play the simple 12...a5 with counterplay, because White cannot exchange his dark-squared bishop.
Or 12...c5 13. dxc5 bxc5 14. Bc3, after the game Magnus Carlsen said: "I think this position is in general still a little bit better for White since his hanging pawns in the centre are more likely to be weak than a dynamic strength, because his pieces are not particularly active and mine are well positioned to meet whatever he's going to do in the centre".
13. O-O Re8 14. Rc1 c6 15. Bxe7 Rxe7 16. Re1
16. Nf4!? is playable.

17. Nf4
White has preferable chances thanks to the better pawn structure and more active pieces, a harmonious position.
Slow. Black could try 17...h6 or 17...g6.
18. Qa4! Rc7
Or 18...Bd7 19. Qb4! Qxb4 20. axb4, and Black has a nice endgame.
19. f3! Be6

20. e4!
A typical and good move in such positions.
20...Ne8 is stronger.
21. fxe4 Qd7
Or 21...b5 22. Qb4 Qxb4 23. axb4, and White is better.

22. d5!
White attacks in the centre.
22...cxd5 23. Qxd7 Rxd7 24. Nxe6! fxe6

25. Bh3!
Winning central pawns.
After 25...Re8 26. exd5 Rdd8 27. Bxe6+ Kh8 28. Re5 White has a clear edge due to an extra pawn on d5.
26. e5
Also possible is 26. Bxe6 Rd6 27. exd5 Re8 28. Re5.
26...Ng8 27. Bxe6

A mistake. Correct is 27...Re7 28. Bxd5 Rd8 29. Ba2, though, of course, White is better due to his extra pawn.
28. Rc7! d4 29. Bd7
White grabs the d4-pawn and pushes his pawn forward, e6-e7, winning.
Black resigned. 1-0


Carlsen, Magnus (2864) - Anand, Viswanathan (2786) [E46]
8th Tal Memorial/Moscow (5) 2013

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Bd2 Nd7 9. g3 b6 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Bg2 Bb7 12. Bb4 Nf6 13. O-O Re8 14. Rc1 c6 15. Bxe7 Rxe7 16. Re1 Qd6 17. Nf4 Bc8 18. Qa4 Rc7 19. f3 Be6 20. e4 dxe4 21. fxe4 Qd7 22. d5 cxd5 23. Qxd7 Rxd7 24. Nxe6 fxe6 25. Bh3 Kh8 26. e5 Ng8 27. Bxe6 Rdd8 28. Rc7 d4 29. Bd7 1-0


© 2013 Boris Schipkov