19 November 2013

Carlsen -- Anand 2013, Game 8

Magnus Carlsen appeared relaxed during the press conference after today's game. He was joking with reporters and laughing at his own comments. Others were laughing too.

Asked to describe the game, he noted that he played  the most solid system against the Berlin, "yada, yada, yada, let's go to the doping control." Asked about a statement Fabiano Caruana made in an interview that Carlsen is good at finding openings that are unpleasant for his opponents, Carlsen stated, "Caruana is a very good player and a clever guy; there must be something to what he says." He said that he was not in the mood to think today. He claimed there was not much to think about in the game. He said, "I was just hoping to set some traps, and if not, to shut it down."

Carlsen,Magnus (2870) -- Anand,Viswanathan (2775) [C67]
FWCM 2013 Chennai (8), 19.11.2013


Anand thought for nearly five minutes after Carlsen played this move. Many predicted that Anand would meet this move with the Sicilian. In the postgame press conference, Anand stated that he did not know his opponent's intentions, and there are dry systems against the Sicilian as well.

1...e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0–0 Nxe4 5.Re1

5.d4 see game 4 for the Berlin Wall, but Anand as White.

5...Nd6 6.Nxe5

Black to move


Every beginner should learn 6...Nxb5 7.Nxc6+ winning the queen.

7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0–0 9.d4 Bf6 10.Re1 Re8

10...Nf5 Neumann -- Anderssen 1866.

11.c3 Rxe1 12.Qxe1

Black to move


Daniel King stated in his Power Play video that 12...Nf5 had been played from this position in the first World Championship match.

Reference Game:

Steinitz,William -- Zukertort,Johannes Hermann [C67]
World Championship 01st USA (4), 18.01.1886
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0–0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Nxe5 7.Rxe5+ Be7 8.Bf1 0–0 9.d4 Bf6 10.Re1 Re8 11.c3 Rxe1 12.Qxe1 Nf5 13.Bf4 d6 14.Nd2 Be6 15.Bd3 Nh4 16.Ne4 Ng6 17.Bd2 d5 18.Nc5 Bc8 19.Qe3 b6 20.Nb3 Qd6 21.Qe8+ Nf8 22.Re1 Bb7 23.Qe3 Ne6 24.Qf3 Rd8 25.Qf5 Nf8 26.Bf4 Qc6 27.Nd2 Bc8 28.Qh5 g6 29.Qe2 Ne6 30.Bg3 Qb7 31.Nf3 c5 32.dxc5 bxc5 33.Ne5 c4 34.Bb1 Bg7 35.Rd1 Bd7 36.Qf3 Be8 37.Nxc4 dxc4 38.Rxd8 Nxd8 39.Qe2 Ne6 0–1

13.Bf4 d5 14.Bd3 g6 15.Nd2 Ng7 16.Qe2 c6

White to move


Carlsen's move appears to be a novelty. Two prior games reached the position before this move.

17.Be5 Bxe5 18.Qxe5 Bf5 19.Bxf5 Nxf5 20.Re1 Qd6 21.Nb3 Qxe5 22.Rxe5 f6 23.Re2 Kf7 24.Nc5 Nd6 25.f3 Re8 26.Rxe8 Kxe8 27.Kf2 b6 28.Nd3 Kd7 29.g4 g5 30.Ke3 h6 31.f4 ½–½ Rozentalis,E (2619)--Bruzon Batista,L (2691) Montreal 2013

17.Nb3 b6 18.Re1 Bf5 19.Bxf5 Nxf5 20.Nc1 Qd7 21.Nd3 Ng7 22.Be5 Re8 23.Qf1 Bxe5 24.Nxe5 Qd6 25.h3 f6 26.Ng4 Rxe1 27.Qxe1 h5 28.Ne3 Qe6 29.Qb1 Kf7 30.Qd3 Qd7 31.Qa6 Ne8 32.c4 dxc4 33.Qxc4+ Kg7 34.d5 cxd5 35.Nxd5 Qe6 36.Qd4 Nd6 37.Kf1 Nf5 38.Qc4 Ne7 39.Ne3 Qe5 40.Qa4 Qxb2 41.Qxa7 Qb1+ 42.Ke2 Qb5+ 43.Kd2 Qb4+ 44.Kc2 Qc5+ 45.Kd1 Qd6+ 46.Ke2 Kh6 47.Qa8 Kg7 48.Qe4 Qc5 49.Qe6 Qb4 50.g4 hxg4 51.hxg4 Qb5+ 52.Kf3 Qc5 53.a4 Nc6 54.Kg2 Ne7 55.Kh3 Qa3 56.Kh2 Qc5 57.Kg2 Qc7 58.Nc4 Qb7+ 59.Kg1 Nc8 60.g5 fxg5 61.Ne5 Qe7 62.Qxg6+ Kf8 63.Nf3 Qd7 64.Qh6+ Ke8 65.Qh5+ Kd8 66.Qxg5+ Kc7 67.Qf4+ Kb7 68.Nd2 b5 69.Qe4+ Ka6 70.axb5+ Kxb5 71.Qc4+ Kb6 72.Nb3 Qf5 73.Qg8 Kc7 74.Nd4 Qf6 75.Qc4+ Kd7 76.Qb5+ Kc7 77.Qd5 Qg6+ 78.Kf1 Qb1+ 79.Ke2 Qb2+ 80.Ke3 Qc1+ 81.Ke2 Qb2+ 82.Kd3 Qxf2 83.Qc5+ Kb7 84.Qd5+ Kc7 85.Ne6+ Kb8 86.Qe5+ Ka8 87.Qa5+ Qa7 88.Qxa7+ ½–½ Nepomniachtchi,I (2711)--Riazantsev,A (2688) Khanty-Mansiysk 2011

17...Bf5 18.Bxf5 Nxf5 19.Nf3 Ng7 20.Be5 Ne6 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 22.Ne5 Re8 23.Ng4

Black to move

Carlsen has set a little trap.


Anand avoids the trap, and everything comes off the board.

23...Qg5? 24.f4! (24.h4 is strong, but perhaps not as good as f4)

a) 24...Qh5 25.Nf6++-

b) 24...Qxf4 25.Rf1 Qb8 26.Nf6++-

c) 24...Qd8 25.Qe5 Ng7 26.Nf6+ Qxf6 27.Qxf6 Rxe1+ 28.Kf2+-

24.Qe5 Ng7 25.Qxe8+ Nxe8 26.Rxe8+ Qxe8 27.Nf6+ Kf8 28.Nxe8 Kxe8 29.f4 f5 30.Kf2 b5 31.b4 Kf7 32.h3 h6 33.h4 h5 ½–½

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