Carlsen - Anand [C65]

WCC2014/Sochi (2) 2014


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. Re1 if Black now castles he allows Nd4 for White, 6. c3 will transpose to the basic line 6... O-O 7. Bxc6 but White is in no hurry to do so.bxc6 8. h3 Black's two Bishops could be an advantage for him 8... Re8 9. Nbd2 planning to get onto -c4- at some point 9... Nd7 on its way to -e6-? It would be a good position for the Knight 9... h6 preventative waiting move, not yet giving White something to react to. 10. c3 Bb6 11. d4 c5 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Nc4 Qxd1 14. Rxd1 Ba6 15. Ncxe5 10. Nc4 Bb6 11. a4 a5 12. Nxb6 cxb6 Black happy to undouble his c-pawns 13. d4 Qc7 14. Ra3 this move seemed positively Fisherian! The Rook on -a3- now poised to zoom over to the kingside and take part in the proceedings there. Nf8 This move was lambasted by some as being weak and indecisive and leading nowhere fast. I only saw it as a means to open the path for the LSB and possible a way to get the Knight to arrive back at -e6- or go to -g6- when the situation required. 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. Nh4 An unexpected but rather dastardly move from White Rd8 17. Qh5 building up an attack f6 18. Nf5 Be6 it might have been better if Black had now exchanged on-f5- 19. Rg3 Rook shooting to the queenside, as expected Ng6 20. h4 All it needs now is White's DSB to go up there as well ...but Black puts a stop to that by doing the exchange now Bxf5 21. exf5 Nf4 22. Bxf4 exf4 23. Rc3 That Rook's work is done now on the queenside and can be prepared for a central attack. White seems to have the e-file all to himself. c5 24. Re6 Rab8 Now, this DOES seem feeble to me. Surely the centre needs more attention at the minute. 25. Rc4 Qd7 26. Kh2 Rf8 27. Rce4 Rb7 28. Qe2 b5 29. b3 bxa4 30. bxa4 Rb4 . 31. Re7 Qd6 32. Qf3 Rxe4 32... Kh8 33. Re8 Rb8 34. Rxf8+ Rxf8 35. Qxf4 Qxf4+ 36. Rxf4 Rd8 37. Kg3 Rd1 38. Re4 33. Qxe4 Both players have invested a lot of time and eneregy in their Rooks, but it has paid off for White, with the white Queen ending up exactly where it was wanted. f3+ 34. g3 h5 The gaffe from Anand, in severe time trouble gives Carlsen the immediate win. . 34... Qd2 35. Qc4+ Kh8 36. Qxc5 h5 37. Qa7 Rg8 38. Qe3 Qxe3 39. Rxe3 Rc8 40. Rxf3 Rxc2 41. Rf4 Ra2 42. Kg2 Rxa4 35. Qb7 . 35. Qb7 Qxe7 36. Qxe7 c4 37. Qc5 Rb8 38. Qxc4+ Kh7 39. Qf7 Rb2 40. Qg6+ Kg8 41. Qe8+ Kh7 42. Qxh5+ 1-0 [jo ]