Saturday, November 9, 2013

World Championship 2013: Anand - Carlsen, round 1

Ack! A short draw for the first game. I got up early! Anand can chalk this one up to his excellent preparation.

The official site is having problems with their streaming commentary, but has an alternate feed. also has live video coverage of the games with different commentators. has a live board with computer analysis of the current position. The coverage seems to be more about the chess, but the official site coverage changed commentators at the one hour mark. I expect in future games, there will be less discussion of the scene in Chennai and India.

The opening is a very interesting one for me. Carlsen chose 1.Nf3 and delayed a central pawn thrust till 4.d2-d4. Anand chose a Grunfeld like setup, while Carlsen chose a double fianchetto Reti like setup.

Anand heads into rare territory with 9...d5xc4. This simplifying move gives white a pawn center, but those pawns can be weak, and Anand grabs the initiative and begins to attack Carlsen's c&d pawns.  My move order to this kind of position would end up in a neo-Grunfeld, as I play c2-c4 before committing to the kingside fianchetto.

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 c6 5. O-O Nf6 6. b3 O-O 7. Bb2 Bf5 8.
c4 Nbd7 9. Nc3 dxc4 10. bxc4 Nb6 11. c5 Nc4 12. Bc1 Nd5 13. Qb3 Na5 14. Qa3
Nc4 15. Qb3 Na5 1/2-1/2

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