Sochi, Game 4: Anand Keeps His Confidence

Время публикации: 13.11.2014 02:09 | Последнее обновление: 13.11.2014 23:48

The game has been drawn without too many adventures

After 4 games, the score in the World Championship match is 2-2. The 4th game wasn't too sharp; the World Champion was aiming at long fight but hasn't been able to squeeze anything real out of the position. We have already published the comments made by the players during their press conference; below you will find the game annotated by GM Mikhail Golubev (translated by GM Andrey Deviatkin).

The Sicilian Defence
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 (the Taimanov variation is a rare guest in Anand's recent games; one can remember only his rapid mini-match against Fedorchuk in Corsica 2014) 3.g3 (Carlsen had already played this sideline) 3...Nc6 4.Bg2 d5 (the flexible 4...Nf6 also has its advantages) 5.exd5 exd5 6.0–0 Nf6 7.d4 Be7 8.Be3!? cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bg4!? The simple 9...0–0 had been played before - for example, by Fabiano Caruana (against Nigel Short and Gawain Jones).

10.Qd3. White can also opt for 10.Qd2 followed by Nc3 at some point; Magnus prefers to develop his b1-knight on d2 and then on f3.
10...Qd7 11.Nd2 0–0 (11...Ne5 would probably have been met by 12.Qb5!) 12.N2f3 Rfe8 13.Rfe1 (White doesn't have any serious winning chances after 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Ne5 Qe6 15.Nxg4 Nxg4) 13...Bd6 14.c3 h6 15.Qf1!? (preparing h2-h3) 15...Bh5 16.h3 Bg6 17.Rad1 Rad8. Both sides have completed the development. Black's pieces are a bit more active which compensates for the isolani.
18.Nxc6 bxc6 19.c4 Be4 (Anand didn't see any point in 19...Bb4!? 20.Re2) 20.Bd4.

20...Nh7?! (20...Re6! is a bit more promising) 21.cxd5 Bxd5!? Most players would prefer to recapture with the pawn. Now Black is slightly but stably worse; however, Anand was confident about his defensive resources.
22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.Qd3 (23.Qa6!?, aiming at the a7-pawn) 23...Nf8 24.Nh4 (24.Bc3!? Ng6! - Carlsen) 24...Be5! 25.Bxd5 Qxd5 26.Bxe5 Qxe5 27.b3 Ne6 28.Nf3 Qf6 29.Kg2 Rd8 30.Qe2 (30.Qc2! - Carlsen) 30...Rd5! 31.Rxd5 cxd5

32.Ne5?! 32.h4 or 32.Qe5 were the better tries; the text move leaves White with no advantage at all.
32...Qf5 33.Nd3 (here Magnus has noticed that the pre-planned 33.Nc6 would bump into 33...Nf4+! 34.gxf4 Qg6+) 33...Nd4 34.g4 Qd7. Probably the endgame after 34...Nxe2 35.gxf5 Kf8 is playable for Black, but the white king is more active, so Vishy's decision to keep the queens seems more logical.
35.Qe5 Ne6! (this is more solid than 35...Nc6 36.Qe3) 36.Kg3 Qb5 (36...d4!? 37.Qe4 is also equal) 37.Nf4 Nxf4 38.Kxf4 Qb4+!? 38...a5, as suggested by the match official commentator Peter Svidler, is more simple.
39.Kf3 d4 40.Qe8+ Kh7 41.Qxf7

41...Qd2!  An important move which Anand was happy to find, as his initial idea 41...Qc3+? 42.Ke4 d3 fails after 43.Qf3!. Now White's material advantage doesn't really matter, as it often happens in queen endgames with passed pawns.
42.Qf5+ Kh8 43.h4 (the only chance is to advance the g-pawn in order to create mating threats) 43...Qxa2 (this is much clearer than 43...d3 44.g5 Qe2+ 45.Kg3 d2 [45...h5!?] 46.g6 Qe8 47.Qd3 d1Q 48.Qxd1 Qxg6+) 44.Qe6 (44.Qd3 is more natural, but after 44...Qb2!? White can't achieve anything real) 44...Qd2! (stopping g4-g5 and intending ...d4-d3) 45.Qe8+ Kh7 46.Qe4+ Kh8 47.Qe8+ Kh7 1/2

Tomorrow is the second day-off in the match (as well as the starting day of the blitz Tal Memorial in the same venue); the game 5 will be played on November 14th.

Everything about the World Championship match in Sochi

[Event "WCh 2014"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2014.11.12"] [Round "4"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2863"] [BlackElo "2792"] [ECO "B40"] [Opening "Sicilian defence"] [EventDate "2014.11.04"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 d5 5. exd5 exd5 6. O-O Nf6 7. d4 Be7 8. Be3 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Bg4 10. Qd3 Qd7 11. Nd2 O-O 12. N2f3 Rfe8 13. Rfe1 Bd6 14. c3 h6 15. Qf1 Bh5 16. h3 Bg6 17. Rad1 Rad8 18. Nxc6 bxc6 19. c4 Be4 20. Bd4 Nh7 21. cxd5 Bxd5 22. Rxe8+ Rxe8 23. Qd3 Nf8 24. Nh4 Be5 25. Bxd5 Qxd5 26. Bxe5 Qxe5 27. b3 Ne6 28. Nf3 Qf6 29. Kg2 Rd8 30. Qe2 Rd5 31. Rxd5 cxd5 32. Ne5 Qf5 33. Nd3 Nd4 34. g4 Qd7 35. Qe5 Ne6 36. Kg3 Qb5 37. Nf4 Nxf4 38. Kxf4 Qb4+ 39. Kf3 d4 40. Qe8+ Kh7 41. Qxf7 Qd2 42. Qf5+ Kh8 43. h4 Qxa2 44. Qe6 Qd2 45. Qe8+ Kh7 46. Qe4+ Kh8 47. Qe8+ Kh7 1/2-1/2 


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