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World Chess Championship 2014 Match Magnus Carlsen versus Viswanathan Anand: Game 1


Anand, Viswanathan (2792) - Carlsen, Magnus (2863) [D85]
World Chess Championship/Sochi (1) 2014

1. d4 In the game 1 Anand prefers 1.d4 to 1.e4. It is interesting. Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 The Gruenfeld Defence is a sharp opening. 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 Bg7 6. e4 Nxc3 7. Bxc3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 A rare continuation. 9. Nf3 Bg4 10. d5 Bxf3 11. Bxg7!? A novelty. Kxg7 12. gxf3 Ne5 13. O-O-O c6 14. Qc3 f6 15. Bh3! White activates the bishop to control the c8-square. cxd5 16. exd5 Nf7 17. f4 Qd6 18. Qd4! Rad8 19. Be6 Qb6 Magnus likes to play endgames. 20. Qd2?! A dubious move. Correct is 20. Qxb6! axb6, and Anand has a a slight or small advantage, because he can seize the c-file and attack the black pawns b7 and e7. Rd6! With the idea of ...Nd8 to attack the bishop. 21. Rhe1 21. h4!? Nd8 22. Bg4 is more precise, and White has counterplay on the kingside. Nd8 22. f5 Nxe6 23. Rxe6 Qc7+ 24. Kb1 Rc8 24...Rfd8!? deserves attention to pressure on the d5-pawn. 25. Rde1! Rxe6 26. Rxe6 Rd8 27. Qe3 Rd7 28. d6 The prophylactic 8. a3!? is interesting, 8...b5 29. fxg6 hxg6 30. h4=, with equality. exd6 29. Qd4 Rf7 30. fxg6 hxg6 31. Rxd6 a6 32. a3 Qa5 33. f4 Qh5 34. Qd2 Here 34. Qe3!? is interesting, if 34...Qxh2 then White attacks the black king on the back rank with 35. Rd8 Rc7 36. Qe8 Qc2+ 37. Ka2 Qc4+, a draw by perpetual check. Qc5 35. Rd5 Qc4 36. Rd7 Qc6 37. Rd6 Qe4+ 38. Ka2 Re7 39. Qc1 a5! 40. Qf1?! 40. Qc8 is better, with real counterplay. a4! The manoeuvre ...a5-a4 is very strong, and Magnus obtained a slight or small advantage, because White's pawns on the kingside are weak and also Black can attack the white king. 41. Rd1 Qc2 42. Rd4 Re2?! The powerful 42...Re3! is better, with the idea to checkmate with ...Rxa3+, followed by ...Qb3. 43. Rb4 b5 44. Qh1! The only move to draw. Re7 45. Qd5 Re1 46. Qd7+ Kh6 47. Qh3+ Kg7 48. Qd7+ A draw by perpetual check. 1/2-1/2


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