Anand Hits The Wall

Время публикации: 07.02.2015 02:32 | Последнее обновление: 07.02.2015 02:47

Baden-Baden: Carlsen beats his long-standing rival again

The central battle of the 4th round was obviously Anand - Carlsen even though both weren't among the leaders.

Carlsen chose the Stonewall Dutch which is considered a reliable variation by some players and a third-rate one by the others. Some moves made by Anand shortly after the opening seem to be dubious, such as his refusal to take on a4 and the strange exchange 16.Nxd7?! (in case of the calm 16.Be1 White's position is slightly more pleasant). It should be noted though that, according to the commentary by Magnus for the official website, a similar idea could be seen in a game by Salo Flohr (! - CN). Perhaps Vishy hoped from afar that he would be able to open up the center in his favour, but Magnus surpassed him in foreseeing (25...Bb2!).

Yet, the culmination happened later - on move 32.


White has to play 32.Re6! (32.Rxg5? Bf6), and the position is not so clear since the capture of the f5-pawn allows the perpetual after 33.Rd7+ Kg8 34.Rg6, etc. Black's passed pawn is extremely strong, but, on the other hand, his king is exposed. The engines think Black is much better, but this isn't so apparent from the human point of view. An exemplary line goes like this: 32...Rfe8 (with the idea of 32...Rxe6 33.fxe6+ Qg6 and the king will hide on h6; the other moves are worse) 33.Red6 Kg8! (33...Bf6? 34.Rxf6! Qxf6 34.Rd7+ Kh8 35.Bd4 Qxd4 36.Rxd4 a2 37.Rd1 is probably equal) 34.Bd4 Bxd4 35.Rxd4 a2 36.Ra1, and the fight goes on.
32.Rd7? Qxd7 33.f6 Qd1+! Now the game is over. 34.Qxd1 Kxg6 35.Qd3+ Kh6 36.h4 gxh3 0-1

A curious fact is that Anand had already blundered a similar idea in the first game of his match vs Karpov in Lausanne, 1998.


The difference is that 29...Rxg2 is practically forced, as the other options are much worse. 30.Kxg2 Ne5 31.Qxg7+!! Kxg7 32.Bxf6+ Kg6 33.Bxe5 Qxe5, and the position is winning for White, although it took Karpov 75 (!) more moves to convert his advantage into the win.

Meanwhile, Arkadij Naiditsch has become the sole leader of the tournament, as he has taken with pleasure all the material sacrificed by David Baramidze who failed to prove any compensation for that.
The crosstable, pairings, all materials on the tournament, etc.


All the games of the 4th round can be replayed below.

[Event "3rd GRENKE Chess Classic"] [Site "Baden Baden GER"] [Date "2015.02.06"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A90"] [Opening "Dutch defence"] [EventDate "2015.02.02"] 1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. c4 c6 5. Nf3 d5 6. O-O Bd6 7. b3 Qe7 8. Ne5 O-O 9. Nd2 a5 10. Bb2 Nbd7 11. Qc2 a4 12. Ndf3 Ne4 13. e3 a3 14. Bc3 Nxe5 15. Nxe5 Bd7 16. Nxd7 Qxd7 17. c5 Bc7 18. b4 h5 19. Be1 e5 20. dxe5 Bxe5 21. Rd1 Qe6 22. f3 Nf6 23. Bh3 g6 24. e4 dxe4 25. fxe4 Bb2 26. exf5 Qxa2 27. Bf2 g5 28. Rfe1 Qf7 29. Re6 Ng4 30. Bxg4 hxg4 31. Rg6+ Kh7 32. Rd7 Qxd7 33. f6 Qd1+ 34. Qxd1 Kxg6 35. Qd3+ Kh6 36. h4 gxh3 0-1[Event "3rd GRENKE Chess Classic"] [Site "Baden Baden GER"] [Date "2015.02.06"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Baramidze, David"] [Black "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A30"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.02"] 1. c4 c5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. O-O d6 6. Nc3 f5 7. a3 a5 8. Rb1 Bd7 9. b3 e5 10. Nb5 Qb8 11. d4 cxd4 12. e3 Nce7 13. exd4 e4 14. Ng5 h6 15. Nh3 Bxb5 16. cxb5 Nd5 17. Nf4 Nge7 18. f3 Nc3 19. Qc2 Bxd4+ 20. Kh1 Nxb1 21. fxe4 Nc3 22. exf5 gxf5 23. Ng6 Nxg6 24. Qxf5 Ne7 25. Qf7+ Kd8 26. b6 Qc8 27. Bxh6 Ne2 0-1 [Event "3rd GRENKE Chess Classic"] [Site "Baden Baden GER"] [Date "2015.02.06"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Adams, Michael"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D11"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "3.Nf3"] [EventDate "2015.02.02"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qb3 dxc4 5. Qxc4 Bg4 6. Nbd2 e6 7. g3 Be7 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O a5 10. Ne5 Bh5 11. h3 Nbd7 12. g4 Bg6 13. e4 Qb6 14. Kh1 Qb4 15. Nxd7 Nxd7 16. f4 Qxc4 17. Nxc4 f5 18. gxf5 exf5 19. e5 Bf7 20. Ne3 g6 21. d5 cxd5 22. Nxd5 Bxd5 23. Bxd5+ Kg7 24. Bxb7 Rab8 25. Bf3 Nc5 26. b3 Rfd8 27. Ba3 Kf8 28. Rad1 Nd3 29. Bxe7+ Kxe7 30. Be2 Nc5 31. Kg2 h6 32. Bc4 Ne4 33. Rd5 Rxd5 34. Bxd5 Rd8 35. Bxe4 fxe4 36. Rc1 Rd2+ 37. Kg3 Rd3+ 38. Kf2 Rxh3 39. Rc7+ Ke6 40. Rc6+ Kf7 41. Rc7+ Ke6 42. Rc6+ Kf7 43. Rc7+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd GRENKE Chess Classic"] [Site "Baden Baden GER"] [Date "2015.02.06"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Bacrot, Etienne"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.02"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qa4+ Nc6 6. e3 O-O 7. Qc2 Bd6 8. c5 Be7 9. Bb5 Nb8 10. a3 b6 11. b4 a5 12. Rb1 c6 13. Bd3 axb4 14. axb4 Nbd7 15. O-O Qc7 16. Ne2 Ba6 17. Nf4 Rfb8 18. Bb2 bxc5 19. bxc5 Qc8 20. Bc3 Bd8 21. Rxb8 Rxb8 22. Ra1 Ra8 23. Bxa6 Rxa6 24. Rb1 Qa8 25. Nd3 h6 26. Nd2 Ra2 27. Rb2 Ra1+ 28. Rb1 Ra2 29. Rb2 Ra1+ 30. Rb1 1/2-1/2 



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