Tuesday, November 19, 2013

World Championship 2013: Anand - Carlsen, round 8

Game 8 - very boring draw, but it was quick.

I will not be getting up for the next two games, as I have to play Friday evening, and I need to shift my sleep schedule. I will make a post on the games, but they will be later in the day.

Carlsen plays the Ruy, and Anand replys with the Berlin. Carlsen does not chose the Berlin wall, but a variation with symmetric pawn structure, balanced pieces, and one open file.

1.e4 e5 I would have expected something with more chances for a dynamic game. It is very easy as white in the open game to get very quiet positions with no winning chances for black. Anand is down two games, and needs two wins to get to the tiebreaks. He only has two games as white left. 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe5 5.Re1 recovers the pawn directly, and produces fewer imbalances than the Berlin Wall. 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 O-O 9.d4 Bf6 10.Re1 Re8 11.c3 Rxe1 12.Qxe1 Ne8 13.Bf4 d5 14.Bd3 g6 15.Nd2 Ng7 16.Qe2 c6 17.Re1 Bf5 18.Bxf5 Nxe5 19.Nf3 Ng7 20.Be5 Ne6 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 22.Ne5 Re8 23.Ng4 adds some tactical tricks. The black queen must stay on the d8-h4 diagonal, or white will invade the weak dark squares around black's king. 23...Qd8 which Anand parrys, by placing his queen on a square that cannot be diverted. 24.Qe5 Ng7 Anand allows Carlsen a combination to trade all the pieces, which he takes. 25.Qxe8+ Nxe8 26.Rxe8+ Qxe8 27.Nf6+ Kf8 28.Nxe8 Kxe8 29.f4 f5 20.Kf2 b5 31.b4 Kf7 32.h3 h6 33.h4 h5

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