Sochi, Game 3: Opening Trap for Carlsen

Время публикации: 12.11.2014 10:42 | Последнее обновление: 12.11.2014 12:39

Anand has fought back convincingly with White

Viswanathan Anand has crushed his opponent in the 3rd game of the World Championship match, once again reminding all the sceptics that Carlsen isn't the only great player of the match. The outcome was determined by the much superior Anand's preparation for a very sharp line of the Queen's Gambit Declined: he got a big advantage already in the opening which doesn't happen too often these days at the highest level. In turn, Magnus Carlsen and him team had obviously been a bit careless in their pre-match work.

Having faced with severe difficulties from the start, Magnus failed to put up real resistance. This is the first Anand's victory over Carlsen in classical chess since 2010.

Photo report by Evgeny Surov and Mikhail Sheludko

Queen's Gambit Declined
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0–0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.c5. This ambitious line of the QGD had been seen in a few Carlsen's old games, while Anand, it seems, has chosen it for the first time ever.

7...c6. An important crossroads. The alternative line is 7...Nh5 which could be seen thrice in the Petrosian Memorial just a few days ago, twice in the Kramnik's games. Both went 8. Bd3 Nxf4 9. exf4 b6 10. b4 a5 11. a3 c6 12. O-O, and now: 12...Qc7 13.g3 Ba6 14. Bxa6 Rxa6 15. Qe2 Rfa8 with rough equality (Leko - Kramnik, Moscow 2014); 12... Ba6 13. Na4 Bf6 14. Ne5 Bxe5 15. fxe5 Bxd3 16. Qxd3 axb4 17. axb4 bxc5 18. Nxc5 Nxc5 19. bxc5 with some pressure for White (Aronian - Kramnik, Moscow 2014).
(In fact, eliminating the important f4-bishop at once looks more promising for Black than allowing the c7-nail supported by that bishop. After all, cramped positions aren't something unusual for the QGD where Black usually wants just to equalise gradually, so 7...Nh5 seems to be more in the spirit of the opening. Of course, my conclusion might be a bit too emotional, having resulted from this crush - A.D.)

8.Bd3 Note that a position similar to the one in the game also occurs after 8.h3 (another line) 8...b6 9.b4 a5 10.a3 Ba6 11.Bxa6 Rxa6 12.b5. The only small difference is that the white pawn is already on h3, which, paradoxically, can be in Black's favour: 12...cxb5 13.c6 Qc8 14.c7 b4 15.Nb5 a4 16.Rc1 Ne4. If now 17.Ng5 (the main move is 17.Nd2) then 17...Bxg5 18.Bxg5 b3!,

and the game recipe 19.f3 Ra5 20.Qe2? is not working due to 20...Ng3.
8...b6 9.b4 a5 10.a3 (the relatively rare 10.b5 Bb7! had been played in Gelfand - Carlsen, Bazna Kings 2010) 10...Ba6 11.Bxa6. This is much sharper than the usual 11.0–0; the whole line, up to the key 14th move, has been invented by Karpov against Kir. Georgiev in Dubai, 2002.
11...Rxa6 12.b5 cxb5 13.c6 Qc8 14.c7! b4 15.Nb5 a4 16.Rc1 Ne4

17.Ng5!? (this has been tried last year by Aronian against Adams, with the game having ended in a draw) 17...Ndf6!? The position is really complex, with many alternatives for Black, such as 17...Bxg5 18.Bxg5 Ra5 (18...Nxg5? is bad due to 19.Nd6, while if 18...b3 then White can play the aforementioned 19.f3 Ra5 20.Qe2!) 19.Qe2 Rxb5 20.Qxb5 Nxg5 (which looks quite dangerous for Black); or 17...Nc3!? 18.Nxc3 bxc3.

18...Nxe4. Maybe 18...dxe4!? is a better way: 19.Nd6 Bxd6 20.Bxd6 b3 21.Bxf8 Kxf8 22.Qd2 Nd5. The evaluation depends on the consequences of 23.f3 exf3 24.gxf3.
19.f3 Ra5?! It seems that Carlsen had to choose between 19...Qd7 20.fxe4 Rc8 21.exd5 exd5 22.0–0 Qxb5 23.Qg4! Qe8 and 19...Nc3 20.Nxc3 bxc3 21.Rxc3, although White keeps the initiative in both lines.
20.fxe4! A serious improvement over Aronian - Adams (Bilbao 2013) which went 20.Qe2? Qd7 21.fxe4 Rc8!, and Black regained the piece and solved his problems.
20...Rxb5 21.Qxa4 Ra5 22.Qc6 bxa3 (or 22...dxe4 23.a4! with serious advantage) 23.exd5 Rxd5 (if 23...exd5!? then 24.0–0!, but not 24.Qxb6?! Ra6!) 24.Qxb6! Elimination the possibility of ...b5. According to Anand himself, that was the end of his home preparation.

White has the upper hand: not only is his c7-pawn closer to being promoted, it's also much better supported than the a3-pawn. At the same time, the position remains complicated and Black is still able to resist.
24...Qd7 25.0–0. 25.Qa6!? might be even better: 25...Qc8 (25...Rc8?! 26.Rb1!) 26.Qc4 (or 26.Qc6 considered by Anand during the game).
25...Rc8 26.Rc6! (depriving Black of ...Bd6) 26...g5 (26...Bb4!?) 27.Bg3 (27.Be5!? was interesting too, with the idea of 27...Bb4 28.Qxb4 Qxc6 29.Qe7 Rxe5 30.Qxf7+ Kh8 31.Qf6+) 27...Bb4 28.Ra1! A useful move. White can't win at once so he just improves his position.

28...Ba5? This attempt to destroy the main enemy doesn't work because Black is ending up under a deadly pin. Curiously enough, the most persistent defence was the policy of wait-and-see: 28...h6 (or 28...h5), and 29.Qa6 could be met by 29...Ra5. Anand was planning to improve his position furthermore by Qb7 at some point, but it's not the clear win yet.
29.Qa6. Now the fight is over. Black doesn't have time to return the bishop to b4 because of 30.Rb6!
29...Bxc7 (giving up the exchange by 29...Rxc7 30.Bxc7 Bxc7 was also hopeless) 30.Qc4 (Carlsen could resign already here) 30...e5 31.Bxe5 Rxe5 32.dxe5 Qe7 33.e6 Kf8 34.Rc1 1–0 (Annotated by GM Mikhail Golubev, translated by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

Everything about the Carlsen - Anand match in Sochi

[Event "WCh 2014"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2014.11.11"] [Round "3"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2792"] [BlackElo "2863"] [ECO "D37"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "classical variation (5.Bf4)"] [EventDate "2014.11.04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 c6 8. Bd3 b6 9. b4 a5 10. a3 Ba6 11. Bxa6 Rxa6 12. b5 cxb5 13. c6 Qc8 14. c7 b4 15. Nb5 a4 16. Rc1 Ne4 17. Ng5 Ndf6 18. Nxe4 Nxe4 19. f3 Ra5 20. fxe4 Rxb5 21. Qxa4 Ra5 22. Qc6 bxa3 23. exd5 Rxd5 24. Qxb6 Qd7 25. O-O Rc8 26. Rc6 g5 27. Bg3 Bb4 28. Ra1 Ba5 29. Qa6 Bxc7 30. Qc4 e5 31. Bxe5 Rxe5 32. dxe5 Qe7 33. e6 Kf8 34. Rc1 1-0 


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