"I Don't Regret"

Время публикации: 21.11.2013 20:21 | Последнее обновление: 21.11.2013 22:06

Chennai: Anand tried to win, but failed

Game 9 of the world title match was commented live on Chess-News by GM Alexey Dreev. 

Vishy Anand decided to go for fighting chess as his match situation wasn't any encouraging. He got an advantage and after the opening and started the attack which forced Carlsen to make a mistaken knight exchange 16...Nxc1?!.
Indian was nextto make a mistake: 20.axb4? This move made defence for Carlsen appreciably easier. 

Anand played faster than Carlsen and had more than 20 minutes advantage, but before 23rd move he perhaps made the biggest mistake in the match: he spent half an hour on thinking. Eventually he chose, seemingly, not the strongest continuation: 23.Qf4. Better could be 23.h4! with an idea of moving pawns on h5 and f6. 

Then Anand miscalculated in a time trouble:


27.Rf4? Now white already had to go on with positional play rather than continue playing ont he mate. 27.Ne2! Objectively the position is approximately equal; the fight was still ahead.
27...b1Q+ 28.Nf1? Pure capitulation. At the press conference Anand noted he was considering line with 28.Bf1, but then he noticed it was leading to: 28...Qd1 29.Rh4 Qh5 30.Nxh5 gxh5 31.Rxh5 (нельзя 31.Bh3 Bxh3 32.Rxh3 Qb6 33.Rxh5 Qb1+ 34.Kf2 Qg6) 31...Bf5 32.Bh3 Bg6 33.e6 Nxf6 34.gxf6 Qxf6.
But in fact there was 32.g6! instead of 32.Bh3 with equality.

Anand decided to use knight to defend from check, he expected 28...Qd1 29.Rh4 Qh5 30.Rxh5 gxh5 31.Ne3! The knight speeds to е7. 31...Be6 32.Bxd5 Qxd5 33.Nxd5 Bxd5 34.Qxh5.
But an "unexpected" 28...Qe1 ruined everything. 0-1

At the press conference Anand was asked if he regrets his opening choice, "I think it was a correct choice," Anand said. "I don't regret it."

[Event "WCh 2013"] [Site "Chennai IND"] [Date "2013.11.21"] [Round "9"] [White "Anand,V"] [Black "Carlsen,M"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2775"] [BlackElo "2870"] [EventDate "2013.11.09"] [ECO "E25"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. cxd5 exd5 8. e3 c4 9. Ne2 Nc6 10. g4 O-O 11. Bg2 Na5 12. O-O Nb3 13. Ra2 b5 14. Ng3 a5 15. g5 Ne8 16. e4 Nxc1 17. Qxc1 Ra6 18. e5 Nc7 19. f4 b4 20. axb4 axb4 21. Rxa6 Nxa6 22. f5 b3 23. Qf4 Nc7 24. f6 g6 25. Qh4 Ne8 26. Qh6 b2 27. Rf4 b1=Q+ 28. Nf1 Qe1 0-1 

Carlsen leads 6-3. The next game may become the last one in the match. 
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