"It Was Important to Remind Anand That I Can Outplay Him"

Время публикации: 19.06.2013 13:25 | Последнее обновление: 19.06.2013 13:49

Magnus Carlsen wins and comments...

The game between Carlsen and Anand had to take place only in round four of the Tal Memorial, but it was clear upfront why this fight was of special interest for all of the spectators. No one, however, could have predicted that it will end in favor of White within only two hours after the start.


One of the Nimzo-Indian variations has been played.
11...Bb7 11...Nf6 can be found in some games, one of which is Ponomariov - Kramnik, Wijk aan Zee 2003.
12.Bb4 Some castled prior to this.
Carlsen (here and later): "Since I've placed all of my pawn on the black squares, it is important to exchange the black-squared bishops on time. After
12.0-0 Black can play 12...а5. 
12...Nf6 Of course, possible was 12...с5, but after 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.Bc3 White retains some of the advantage because of the weekness of the hanging pawns. The black pieces are not active enough to react in the center.
13.0-0 Re8 14.Rc1 c6 15.Bxe7 Rxe7 16.Re1 Qd6 Another plan consisted in placing the knight on d6, and in that case, I wouldn't be able to move the pawns on the queenside because of the weekness of the c4 square. However, after 16...Ne8 17.Nf4 Nd6 I could have moved my rook over е2 to с2, exerting pressure on the week pawn on c6. Both sides could have played for a result then, which would have been an accomplishment for White.
17.Nf4 Bc8 Black is trying to move the bishop to f5, and if he manages to do so, his problems would be much reduced. But the idea does not work...
18.Qa4 Rc7 After 18...Bd7 I would have played 19.Qb4, and exchanging the queens is advantageous for White. But here, White changed his plan: 

19.f3! I've been thinking and thinking, but I could not find a way of protection for my opponent. That's when I've decided that it was time to act.
19...Be6 If the white pawn comes to е5, White will have serious positional difficulties. By preventing this (the d5 square has been prepared for the knight), I think that my opponent simply blundered the breakthrough of an other pawn...
20.e4 dxe4 21.fxe4 Qd7 22.d5 cxd5 23.Qxd7 Rxd7

24.Nxe6 I guess Anand was expecting 24.exd5. Now the 24...Nxd5 25.Nxd5 Bxd5 26.Red1 does not work, and Black loses because of the weekness of the eighth file. But there is another option: 24...Bf5 25.Re5 Bg6. White still retains the advantage, but not a too impressive one though. It is clear that Black can continue fighting.
24... fxe6 25.Bh3 Now it's over. No matter what Black does now, he will have problems everywhere."

25...Kh8 26.e5 Ng8 27.Bxe6 Rdd8 28.Rc7 d4 29.Bd7 1-0

"It was important to remind Anand that I can outplay him, since we have played many draws in the last time. - Carlsen forced himself from smiling, but he did not always succeed. - However, I'm very conscient that I will not get such gifts from my opponent at the World Championship match". 

[Event "8th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2013.06.18"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2864"] [BlackElo "2786"] [ECO "E46"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "Reshevsky variation"] [EventDate "2013.06.13"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Ne2 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

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