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Anand, Viswanathan (2775) - Carlsen, Magnus (2870) [B19]
World Chess Championship, Chennai (2) 2013

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 c6








   
2. d4
Surprise! The Caro-Kann Defence. Usually Magnus Carlsen prefers 1...e5.
2...d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 e6 8. Ne5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Nd7 11. f4








   
11...Bb4+
Another continuation is 11...Ngf6 12. Bd2 Bd6 13. O-O-O Qc7 14. Kb1 O-O 15. Ne2, Anand, V - Ivanchuk, V, Linares 1999.
12. c3 Be7 13. Bd2 Ngf6








   
14. O-O-O
Viswanathan Anand played 14.Qe2 in 2013 vs Ding Liren: 14. Qe2 c5 15. dxc5 Qc7 16. b4, Anand, V - Ding Liren, Alekhine Memorial, Paris 2013.
14...O-O 15. Ne4
White trades knights. The alternatives are 15. Qf3 and 15. Kb1. After the game at the press conference Anand said: "The position that was today... I had studied it in the past, that was a very complicated position. And I did not expect it, that is clear. So, I had to decide whether I wanted to play blind or allow him to catch me in to much more, into details that I would have had. I closed at something like on the solid lines thinking that, when you got there... there are alternatives. There was nothing terribly convincing for him. He went straight to the queen exchange and so on. Well, I think I have taken a prudent decision today. Yes, after the queen exchange there was nothing much happening. It was sharp. I thought he had more details than me in the line".
15...Nxe4 16. Qxe4 Nxe5 17. fxe5 Qd5!
A strong move, Black equalizes.








   
18. Qxd5
A quiet continuation. When I wrote my Live comments I thought that White could try to take the initiative on the kingside with 18. Qg4, threatening Bxh6 and Qxg7 checkmate, but my investigation shows Black has sufficient counterplay or equality in all lines. E.g. 18. Qg4 f5 19. Qg6 Qxa2 20. Bxh6 Rf7, with counterplay in Epure, C - Tikhobaev, A, W-ch34 prel01, ICCF email 2010. Therefore White could try 15. Qf3 or 15. Kb1, or 14. Qe2, or 1. d4.
18...cxd5 19. h5 b5 20. Rh3 a5 21. Rf1 Rac8








   
22. Rg3
The endgame is drawn. An easy draw with the black pieces is a result of Magnus Carlsen's excellent opening preparation.
22...Kh7 23. Rgf3 Kg8 24. Rg3 Kh7 25. Rgf3 Kg8
A draw by repetition.
A draw. 1/2-1/2










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Anand, Viswanathan (2775) - Carlsen, Magnus (2870) [B19]
World Chess Championship/Chennai (2) 2013

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 e6 8. Ne5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Nd7 11. f4 Bb4+ 12. c3 Be7 13. Bd2 Ngf6 14. O-O-O O-O 15. Ne4 Nxe4 16. Qxe4 Nxe5 17. fxe5 Qd5 18. Qxd5 cxd5 19. h5 b5 20. Rh3 a5 21. Rf1 Rac8 22. Rg3 Kh7 23. Rgf3 Kg8 24. Rg3 Kh7 25. Rgf3 Kg8 1/2-1/2


Game 2 Anand - Carlsen live with commentary and analysis by Boris Schipkov

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