Anand Can Do Like Carlsen

Время публикации: 15.12.2014 02:20 | Последнее обновление: 15.12.2014 22:29

"Plus one": enough to win London Chess Classic

By a weird coincidence Viswanathan Anand won his first tournament after the Sochi match the same way as Magnus won the match against him – winning with Black in a notorious Berlin endgame.

A rare situation occurred one round before the end of the London Chess Classic main tournament: five participants out of six still had chances to become a champion. “I assumed that you can win a tournament even if you have no victories, if you use a football points system, - smiled Anand after everything was over, – but I didn’t forget that such a result can as well put you at the bottom of the crosstable as well. I was quite aware of being the last one before the game with Adams…”

Anand said that he hadn't thought to play for a win for a very long time and started evaluating his position as “slightly better” after Adams’s move 26.Ne4?!. It is evident that at this moment the Englishman started to panic otherwise he wouldn’t have agreed to perform such a doubtful operation:

ADAMS - ANAND

28.e6? After 28.f4 Nxa5 29.Nxc5 White should be able to have equality.
28...fxe6 29.Nxc5 Ke7 30.Nb3 Kd6 31.Kf3 Kd5 32.Kf4? 32.Ke3 would have kept more practical chances, but it’s hard for White to play anyway.
32...Kc4 33.Nc1 Nxa5 34.Kg5 Nb3 35.Ne2 b4 36.Kxh5 a5 0-1

Giri – Kramnik and Caruana – Nakamura games were intensive as well but the players turned out to be even. Thus, Viswanathan Anand was pronounced the winner of the tournament as his only victory game was played with black pieces.

Fabiano Caruana was the only player in London who didn’t enjoy the victory delight. “Do you want me to explain this bad result? It’s very simple. If the tournament is short and you lose in round 1, it’s very hard to catch up afterwards. I didn't deserve a right to fight for the first place in none of the games that followed” – said the Italian grandmaster to summarize his tournament performance.
All the information concerning the tournament

[Event "6th London Classic 2014"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2014.12.14"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2745"] [BlackElo "2793"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [WhiteFideId "400041"] [BlackFideId "5000017"] [EventDate "2014.12.10"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Rd1 Be7 12. g3 b6 13. a4 Bb7 14. a5 c5 15. Nd5 Bd8 16. Bg5 Rf8 17. c4 Bxd5 18. Rxd5 Bxg5 19. Nxg5 Ke7 20. Kg2 Nd4 21. Rd1 Rad8 22. Nf3 c6 23. Rxd8 Rxd8 24. Ng5 b5 25. cxb5 cxb5 26. Ne4 Nc6 27. Rxd8 Kxd8 28. e6 fxe6 29. Nxc5 Ke7 30. Nb3 Kd6 31. Kf3 Kd5 32. Kf4 Kc4 33. Nc1 Nxa5 34. Kg5 Nb3 35. Ne2 b4 36. Kxh5 a5 0-1[Event "6th London Classic 2014"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2014.12.14"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2769"] [ECO "E06"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"] [WhiteFideId "24116068"] [BlackFideId "4101588"] [EventDate "2014.12.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Be4 11. Qc1 c6 12. a4 Nbd7 13. Nc3 Bg6 14. Ne5 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Nd5 16. axb5 axb5 17. Nxd5 cxd5 18. Rxa8 Qxa8 19. Qc7 Re8 20. Rc1 b4 21. Bf3 h6 22. Kg2 b3 23. Qd7 Bc2 24. Ra1 Qc8 25. Qa4 Qb8 26. e4 d4 27. Qxd4 Rd8 28. Qc3 Qb7 29. Be1 Rc8 30. Ra7 Qxa7 31. Qxc8+ Kh7 32. Qc4 Bc5 33. Be2 Bd4 34. Bd3 Qa1 35. Qxd4 Qxe1 36. Bc4 Bxe4+ 37. f3 Bc2 38. Bd3+ g6 39. Bc4 g5 40. g4 h5 41. gxh5 Kh6 42. Qd8 Qxe5 43. Qf8+ Qg7 44. Qxg7+ Kxg7 45. h4 Kh6 46. hxg5+ Kxh5 47. Kf2 Kxg5 48. Ke3 Kf5 49. f4 Kg4 50. Bb5 Kf5 51. Bc4 Kg6 52. Kf2 Kf6 53. Kf3 Kg6 54. Kf2 Bd1 55. Ke3 Kf5 56. Bb5 Kg4 57. Be8 f6 58. Bd7 Kf5 59. Bb5 Bc2 60. Bd7 Bb1 61. Ba4 Bc2 62. Bd7 Bb1 63. Ba4 Bc2 1/2-1/2 [Event "6th London Classic 2014"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2014.12.14"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2829"] [BlackElo "2775"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [WhiteFideId "2020009"] [BlackFideId "2016192"] [EventDate "2014.12.10"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 Be6 11. g4 Ne7 12. Nd4 Bd7 13. Re1 h5 14. e6 fxe6 15. Nxe6 Bxe6 16. Rxe6 Kd7 17. Re2 hxg4 18. hxg4 Ng6 19. Bg5 Bd6 20. Ne4 Rh7 21. Nxd6 cxd6 22. f4 Rah8 23. Rae1 c5 24. a4 a6 25. Rg2 Rh3 26. Re4 b5 27. axb5 axb5 28. f5 Ne5 29. Bf4 Nf3+ 30. Kf1 g5 31. fxg6 Rg8 32. Rge2 Nd4 33. Re7+ Kc6 34. Kg2 Rh4 35. Kg3 Rh1 36. R2e6 Nxe6 37. Rxe6 Kd5 38. Rxd6+ Ke4 39. Re6+ Kd5 40. Re5+ Kd4 41. Rg5 Ke4 42. Re5+ Kd4 43. c3+ Kc4 44. Be3 Rxg6 45. Rxc5+ Kd3 46. Bf2 Rgh6 47. g5 R6h3+ 48. Kg4 R3h2 49. Rd5+ Kc2 50. Bd4 Kxb2 51. Rxb5+ Kc2 52. Kf5 Rg2 53. Kf6 Rh3 54. Rc5 Rhg3 55. Kg6 Kd3 56. Bf6 Rg1 57. Rc8 R3g2 58. Kf5 Rf1+ 59. Ke6 Rfg1 60. Rc5 Re2+ 61. Kf7 Reg2 62. Kg6 Rg3 63. Bd4 R1g2 64. Bf6 Rg1 65. Rc7 R3g2 66. Rc8 Rg3 67. c4 Rg4 68. c5 Kc4 69. Be7 Re4 70. Bf6 Kd5 71. c6 Kd6 72. Kf7 Rf4 73. Kg7 Rc4 74. Kf7 Rxc6 75. Rd8+ Kc7 76. Rf8 Rf1 77. Kg7 Kd7 78. Rf7+ Ke6 79. Re7+ Kf5 80. Re5+ Kg4 81. Kg6 Rc4 1/2-1/2 


  


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