Viswanathan Anand vs. Magnus Carlsen at World Chess Championship 2013


Round 6 – November 16 – Carslen wins

After a quiet start, it became clear that Carlsen plays for the win, and although the game seemed like a draw for a long time, again in the end Carlsen outmaneuvered Anand, forcing him to resign.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O Re8 7. Re1 a6 8. Ba4
b5 9. Bb3 d6 10. Bg5 $146

{[pgndiagram]Anand comes up with a new, if not especially
surprising new move. Again Carlsen had been following a recent Anand game.
This is why players often hide their intended repertoire in events before the
world championship. Anand however had to play a lot of chess this year in
order to get some form back. Perhaps however he gave away some of his intended

(10. Nbd2 Bb6 11. Nf1 Ne7 12. Ng3 Ng6 13. h3 h6 14. d4 c5 15. dxe5
dxe5 16. Qxd8 Bxd8 17. a4 c4 18. Bc2 Ba5 19. axb5 axb5 20. Be3 Bb7 21. Ra2 Bc7
22. Rea1 Rxa2 23. Rxa2 Ra8 24. Rxa8+ Bxa8 25. Kf1 Ne7 26. Nd2 Kf8 27. Bc5 Nd7
28. Ba3 g6 29. f3 Ke8 30. b3 cxb3 31. Nxb3 Nc8 32. Bd3 Bc6 33. c4 bxc4 34. Bxc4
Ba4 35. Nc5 Nxc5 36. Bxc5 Nb6 37. Bxb6 Bxb6 38. Ne2 Ba5 39. Nc1 Ke7 40. Nd3 Bc3
41. g4 {1/2-1/2 Anand,V (2783)-Aronian,L (2809)/Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS
2013/The Week in Chess 964})

10… Be6 11. Nbd2 h6 12. Bh4 Bxb3 13. axb3 Nb8
14. h3 Nbd7 {“I thought I got a solid position out of the opening.” – Carlsen}
15. Nh2 Qe7 16. Ndf1 Bb6 17. Ne3 Qe6 18. b4 a5 19. bxa5 Bxa5 20. Nhg4 Bb6 21.

{[pgndiagram]Anand trades minor pieces hoping his remaining ones would stand well
already an indication things have gone slightly wrong. “Magnus’ manoeuvre with
the knight was quite good. Then I started wondering what to do. Then I thought
with Qg4 with the major pieces I could get a solid position. Then I dont know .
.. one mistake after the other.” – Anand}

Nxf6 22. Nxf6+ Qxf6 23. Qg4 Bxe3 24.
fxe3 Qe7

{[pgndiagram]”Then at some point I was little bit better. But nothing much going
on.” Carlsen.}

25. Rf1 c5 26. Kh2 c4 27. d4 Rxa1 28. Rxa1 Qb7 29. Rd1

(29. d5 {
attempting to close things up was a possible alternative although white’s
position is a very static target.})

29… Qc6 30. Qf5 exd4 31. Rxd4 Re5 32. Qf3
Qc7 $1 {Just a nice manoever.} 33. Kh1 Qe7 34. Qg4 Kh7 35. Qf4 g6 36. Kh2 Kg7
37. Qf3 Re6 38. Qg3 $6

{[pgndiagram]”He sacrificed or blundered a pawn. After that I got a
good rook ending. I am not at all sure if it is winning.” – Carlsen. I presume
Anand thought simplification at the expense of a pawn was the best idea. I
wasn’t sure what Anand meant by his explanation “Well, what can I say. Some
days goes like that.”}

(38. Qf4 Kh7 39. Qf3)

38… Rxe4 39. Qxd6 Rxe3 40. Qxe7
Rxe7 41. Rd5 Rb7 42. Rd6 f6 $1 {The best idea for making progress.} 43. h4 Kf7

(43… h5 {and “press for a win eventually with Re7-e5″ according to

44. h5 $1

{[pgndiagram]”At this point I missed the whole h5 idea. I didnt think
you can really give up a pawn like that. Now, it was a draw.” – Carlsen.}

44… gxh5 45. Rd5 Kg6 46. Kg3 Rb6 47. Rc5 f5 48. Kh4 Re6 49. Rxb5 Re4+ 50. Kh3 Kg5 51.
Rb8 h4 52. Rg8+ Kh5 53. Rf8 Rf4 54. Rc8 Rg4 55. Rf8 Rg3+ 56. Kh2 Kg5 57. Rg8+

{[pgndiagram]Not losing but now the game continues and black’s task quickly turns out
to be very hard. “I had one little trap. Which was my Kf4-Ke3 etc. Fortunately
he went for it. It is very difficult. May be impossible to hold after that.” –

(57. Rc8 {Seems to be an easy draw as black has no way to progress.}
Rg4 58. Rg8+ Kf6 59. Rh8 Kg7 60. Rc8)

57… Kf4 58. Rc8 Ke3 59. Rxc4 f4

{[pgndiagram]Carlsen only said “Maybe” when asked if he thought this position was winning.
“Without these pawns (b2, c3) it would be a dead draw but these pawns
seriously inhibit the rook and h3, f3 is coming very fast.” – Carlsen. “Here
it’s lost” according to Anand but computers suggest this simply isn’t the case.}

(59… Rg4 {“I thought he was going to go for Rg4 and a similar idea and
then I’m OK.” Anand.})

60. Ra4 $2

(60. b4 {Both players thought this idea way
too slow but it seems to draw.} h3 61. gxh3 Rg6 62. Rc7 f3 63. Re7+ Kd3 64. b5
f2 65. Rf7 Ke2 66. Re7+ Kf1 67. c4 Rg2+ 68. Kh1 Rg6 69. Kh2)

60… h3 61. gxh3
Rg6 62. c4 f3 63. Ra3+

{Loses immediately but the position is gone anyhow.}

Ke2 64. b4 f2 65. Ra2+ Kf3 66. Ra3+ Kf4 67. Ra8 Rg1