Viswanathan Anand vs. Magnus Carlsen at World Chess Championship 2013

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Round 8 – November 19 – Draw

A drawish game from the start, relatively uneventful.

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1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1

{[pgndiagram]With a two point lead it
isn’t up to Carlsen to win a game.}

(5. d4 {is the move with real interest.})
5… Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5

{[pgndiagram]One of the most drawish variations
in elite level chess. White very occasionally wins one, black pretty much
never.}

O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. c3 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8

(12… Nf5 13. Bf4
d6 14. Nd2 Be6 15. Bd3 Nh4 16. Ne4 Ng6 17. Bd2 d5 18. Nc5 Bc8 19. Qe3 b6 20.
Nb3 Qd6 21. Qe8+ Nf8 22. Re1 Bb7 23. Qe3 Ne6 24. Qf3 Rd8 25. Qf5 Nf8 26. Bf4
Qc6 27. Nd2 Bc8 28. Qh5 g6 29. Qe2 Ne6 30. Bg3 Qb7 31. Nf3 c5 32. dxc5 bxc5 33.
Ne5 c4 34. Bb1 Bg7 35. Rd1 Bd7 36. Qf3 Be8 37. Nxc4 dxc4 38. Rxd8 Nxd8 39. Qe2
Ne6 {0-1 Steinitz,W-Zukertort,J/USA 1886/})

13. Bf4 d5 14. Bd3 g6 15. Nd2 Ng7
16. Qe2

(16. Nf3 c6 17. Qd2 Bf5 18. Re1 Bxd3 19. Qxd3 Qd7 20. Be5 Bxe5 21. Nxe5
Qf5 22. Qxf5 Nxf5 23. Nd3 Kf8 24. Nc5 Nd6 25. Nd7+ Kg7 26. Nc5 Kf8 27. Nd7+ Kg7
28. Nc5 Kf8 29. Nd7+ Kg7 30. Nc5 Kf8 {1/2-1/2 Salgado Lopez,I (2621)-Bruzon
Batista,L (2694)/Quito ECU 2012/The Week in Chess 911})

16… c6 17. Re1 $146

{[pgndiagram]The first new move not that it matters all that much.}

(17. Nb3 b6 18. Re1 Bf5
19. Bxf5 Nxf5 20. Nc1 Qd7 21. Nd3 Ng7 22. Be5 Re8 23. Qf1 Bxe5 24. Nxe5 Qd6 {
1/2-1/2 Nepomniachtchi,I (2711)-Riazantsev,A (2688)/Khanty-Mansiysk RUS 2011/
The Week in Chess 878 (88)})

(17. Be5 Bxe5 18. Qxe5 Bf5 19. Bxf5 Nxf5 20. Re1
Qd6 21. Nb3 Qxe5 22. Rxe5 f6 23. Re2 Kf7 24. Nc5 Nd6 25. f3 Re8 26. Rxe8 Kxe8
27. Kf2 b6 28. Nd3 Kd7 29. g4 g5 30. Ke3 h6 31. f4 {1/2-1/2 Rozentalis,E (2619)
-Bruzon Batista,L (2691)/Montreal CAN 2013/The Week in Chess 981})

17… Bf5
18. Bxf5 Nxf5 19. Nf3 Ng7 20. Be5 Ne6 21. Bxf6 Qxf6 22. Ne5 Re8 23. Ng4 Qd8

{[pgndiagram]The position is dead equal, the players force the pieces off to show this.}

(23… Qg5 $2 24. f4 $1 {wins} (24. h4 {is not quite as good} Qxh4 25. g3 Qd8
26. Qe5 Ng7 27. Nf6+ Qxf6 28. Qxf6 Rxe1+) 24… Qxf4 25. Rf1 Qb8 26. Qf2 f5 27.
Nf6+ Kf7 28. Nxe8)

24. Qe5 Ng7 25. Qxe8+ Nxe8 26. Rxe8+ Qxe8 27. Nf6+ Kf8 28.
Nxe8 Kxe8 29. f4 f5 30. Kf2 b5 31. b4 Kf7 32. h3 h6 33. h4 h5 {[pgndiagram]}
1/2-1/2
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