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Chess (December 7): Dark Horse wins Russian Championship

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Igor Lysyj
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Igor Ilyich Lysyj, ranked seventh out of the ten grandmasters participating, won the Russian National Championship earlier today (Sunday) in Moscow with 5˝ points in ten rounds.

Igor Ilych won 4 games, lost 2 and drew 3. Grandmaster Dmitry Jakovneko, who is rated about 50 points higher than Igor Ilyich, took second place with 5 points and there was a five-way tie for third at 4˝ points, the 50% mark. The table was jammed from top to bottom with only a point and a half separating first from last place.

Igor Ilyich will turn 28 years old on January 1. His greatest successes before today were a first place finish shared with four other competitors in the 2009/10 Rilton Cup held in Stockholm and a clear first place finish in the 2012 Moscow Open.

In the women's competition, grandmaster Valentina Gunina won her second national title with 7 points out of ten, a full point ahead of another multiple winner, Alisa Galliamova. Olga Girya and 16-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina, already a two-time world girls champion, tied for third with 5˝ points apiece.

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1. Magnus Carlsen - Vishy Anand, World Championship Match, Sochi, 15 November 2014

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Magnus Carlsen - Viswanathan Anand
World Championship Match, Round 6
Sochi, 15 November 2014

Open Norman Sicilian Game: Kan Defense (Maroczy Attack)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4

[center]WHITE[/center][center]Phylum Sicilian>Open Order>Norman Class>Kan Defense>Maroczy Attack[/center][center]Position after 5.c2c4[/center]

5...Nf6 6.Nc3

[center]WHITE[/center][center]Phylum Sicilian>Open Order>Norman Class>Kan Defense>Maroczy Attack>Knight Conituation[/center][center]Position after 6.Nb1c3[/center]

  • If [font color="red"]6.Bd3[/font]

[font color="red"]
[center]WHITE[/center][center]Phylum Sicilian>Open Order>Norman Class>Kan Defense>Maroczy Attack>Bishop Conituation[/center][center]Position after 6.Bf1d3[/center]
  • [font color="red"]6...Nc6 7.Nxc6 dxc6 8.0-0 e5[/font] then:
    • If [font color="red"]9.Qe2[/font] then:
      • If [font color="red"]9...Bc5[/font] then:
        • [font color="red"]10.a3 Bg4 11.Qc2 Be6 12.Nd2 a5 13.Rb1 a4[/font] gives Black better development (Esquivel-Kamsky, IT, Cyberspace, 2006).
        • If [font color="darkred"]10.h3[/font] then:
          • [font color="darkred"]10...0-0 11.Nd2 Be6 12.Nb3 Ba7 13.Bd2 Nh5 14.Qf3[/font] gives White the advantage in space (Charochkina-Ushenina, Euro ChW, St Petersburg, 2009).
          • [font color="magenta"]10...Be6 11.Nd2 Bd4 12.Nb3 c5 13.Nxd4 cxd4 14.f4[/font] gives White a slight advantage overall (Hlacac-Langer, Op, Tatry, 2001).
      • [font color="burgundy"]9...Be7 10.Nc3 0-0 11.a3 Be6 12.h3 Bc5 13.Be3[/font] is equal (Algildah-Pourkashiyan, OlW, Dresden, 2008).
    • If [font color="darkred"]9.Nc3 Qc7 10.h3 Bc5[/font] then:
      • [font color="darkred"]11.Qf3 Be6 12.Be3 Bd4 13.Bxd4 exd4 14.Ne2 0-0-0[/font] is equal (Frick-Gnusarev, Ol, Mallorca, 2004).
      • If [font color="magenta"]11.Na4 Bd4[/font] then:
        • If [font color="magenta"]12.c5 Be6[/font] then:
          • If [font color="magenta"]13.Qc2 0-0 14.Be3 Rad8[/font] then:
            • If [font color="magenta"]15.Rad1[/font] then:
              • [font color="magenta"]15...Qe7 16.b4 Nh5 17.Be2 Bxe3 18.Bxh5 Bd4 19.Bg4 Bxg4 20.hxg4 Qg5[/font] (Lekic-A Kovacevic, Serbia/Montenegro ChT, Budva, 2003).
              • [font color="burgundy"]15...Nh5 16.Rfe1 Qe7 17.Be2 Nf4 18.Bxf4 exf4 19.Rd3[/font] is equal (Konguvel-Hegde, Indian Ch, Nagpur, 1999).
            • [font color="#C58917"]15.Bg5 Qe7 16.Kh1 h6 17.Bxf6 Qxf6 18.Bc4 Bc8[/font] is equal.
          • [font color="purple"]13.Bg5 Nd7 14.Qc2 Qa5 15.Bd2 Qd8 16.Bc4 Bxc4 17.Qxc4[/font] is equal.
        • [font color="darkorange"]12.Qc2 h6 13.c5 Be6 14.Re1 Rd8 15.Bd2 Qe7[/font] is equal.


  • If [font color="red"]6...Qc7 7.a3[/font] then:
    • If [font color="red"]7...Be7 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0 d6 10.Be3[/font] then:
      • If [font color="red"]10...Nbd7 11.Rc1 b6[/font] then:
        • If [font color="red"]12.b4 Bb7 13.f3 Rac8 14.Qe1 Qb8 15.Qf2[/font] is equal (Spielmann-Dr. Tartakover, IT, Marienbad, 1925).
        • [font color="burgundy"]12.f4 Re8 13.Bf3 Bb7 14.b4 Rac8 15.g4 Nf8[/font] remains equal (Arguelles-E Torre, Op, Manila, 1997).
      • a) If [font color="darkred"]10...Nc6 11.Rc1 Bd7 12.b4[/font] then:
        • If [font color="darkred"]12...h6 13.Nd5 Qd8 14.Nxc6 Bxc6[/font] then:
          • If [font color="darkred"]15.Bb6 Qd7 16.Nxe7+ Qxe7[/font] then:
            • If [font color="darkred"]17.e5?![/font] then:
              • [font color="darkred"]17...Ne8?! 18.Bf3! f6 19.Bxc6 bxc6 20.exd6 Nxd6 21.Bc5[/font] gives White a small advantage in space (Zambrana-Kei Keng Mak, Ol, Dresden, 2008).
              • [font color="#C58917"]17...Nd7! 18.Bc7 dxe5 19.Rc3 Rfc8 20.Bd6 Qh4[/font]
            • [font color="purple"]17.f3 Rfc8 18.Qd2 e5 19.Bd1 Bd7 20.Bf2 Be6[/font]
          • [font color="darkorange"]15.Nxe7+ Qxe7 16.e5 Ne8 17.Rc3 f5 18.Bb6[/font]
        • [font color="magenta"]12...Rfc8 13.Nb3 Be8 14.f4 Qb8 15.Bf3 Nd7 16.Qe2[/font] gives White a small advantage in space (A Kovacevic-S Bojkovic, Serbian ChT 1st L, Kragujevac, 2013).
      • b) [font color="darkred"](Hedgehog Variation)[/font] If [font color="darkred"]10...b6 11.Rc1 Bb7 12.f3 Nbd7[/font] then:
        • If [font color="darkred"]13.Qd2 Rac8 14.b4 Qb8 15.Rfd1[/font] then:
          • If [font color="darkred"]15...Rfe8 16.Nb3[/font] then:
            • If [font color="darkred"]16...Bd8[/font] then:
              • If [font color="darkred"]17.Kh1 Bc7 18.Bf4 Ne5 19.Bxe5 dxe5 20.c5[/font] then:
                • If [font color="darkred"]20...Red8 21.Qe3 b5 22.a4 bxa4 23.Nxa4[/font] then:
                  • If [font color="darkred"]23...Rd4?[/font] then after [font color="darkred"]24.Nxd4! exd4 25.Qg1 e5 26.c6 Ba8 27.Bxa6[/font] White goes on to win (Eljanov-Kudrin, World Cup, Khanty-Mansiysk, 2005).
                  • [font color="burgundy"]23...Bxe4 24.fxe4 Rxd1+ 25.Rxd1 Qxb4 26.Nb6 Rb8 27.Nd2[/font] gives White a small advantage with a piece for two pawns.
                • [font color="#ECA11A"]20...b5 21.a4 bxa4 22.Nxa4 Rcd8 23.Qe3 Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1[/font]gives White a small advantage in space (Belkhodja-González Zamora, Ol, Torino, 2006).
              • If [font color="magenta"]17.Bf1 Bc7[/font] then:
                • If [font color="magenta"]18.Bf4 Ne5[/font] then:
                  • If [font color="magenta"]19.Bxe5 dxe5 20.c5[/font] then:
                    • If [font color="magenta"]20...b5 21.a4 bxa4 22.Nxa4 Bc6 23.Nb2[/font] then:
                      • [font color="magenta"]23...a5? 24.Nxa5 Bxa5 25.bxa5 Bb5 26.Bxb5 Qxb5 27.Qc3[/font] gives White an extra pawn and two passers; he went on to win (Wojtkiewicz-Renteria, Op, Minneapolis, 2005).
                      • [font color="burgundy"]23...Qb7 24.Ra1 Rb8 25.Rxa6 Red8 26.Qc3 Rxd1 27.Nxd1[/font] gives White more space and better pawns.
                    • [font color="#ECA11A"]20...Red8 21.Qe3 bxc5 22.Rxd8+ Bxd8 23.Nxc5 Bb6 24.N3a4[/font] gives White better piwece coordination, better pawns and more space; Black has the Bishop pair and a pin at a7 (Panarin-Artemiev, Russian Ch HL, Yekaterinburg, 2013).
                  • [font color="#F64A8A"]19.Bg3 Rcd8 20.Qc2 Ng6 21.h3 h5 22.h4 d5[/font] is equal (Kacheishvili-Safarli, Op, Istanbul, 2006).
                • If [font color="darkorange"]18.g3 Ne5 19.Qf2[/font] then:
                  • [font color="darkorange"]19...d5 20.cxd5 exd5 21.Nxd5 Bxd5?! 22.exd5![/font] gives White an extra pawn (Simutowe-P Carlsson, World Jr Ch, Athens, 2001).
                  • [font color="purple"]19...Nfd7 20.Be2 f6 21.f4 Nf7 22.Bf1 Bd8 23.Qe2[/font] gives White all the space one might think he needs, but Black's defense is solid and won't let him advance.
            • If [font color="magenta"]16...Bf8 17.Bf1 h6 18.Qf2 Bc6[/font] then:
              • [font color="magenta"]19.h3 Be7 20.Rb1 Qc7 21.Rdc1 Qa7 22.a4[/font] gives White the advantage in space (Polugaevsky-Ljubojevic, IT, Bugojno, 1980).
              • [font color="darkorange"]19.Bd4 Red8 20.Kh1 Ne8 21.Rb1 Be7 22.a4 Bf6[/font] gives White the advantage in space (Jansa-Bönsch, Keres Mem, Tallinn, 1983).
          • If [font color="magenta"]15...Rfd8!? 16.Bf1! Qa8 17.Qf2[/font] then:
            • [font color="magenta"]17...Bf8 18.Nb3 d5 19.exd5 exd5 20.Bxb6 Nxb6 21.Qxb6[/font] gives White an extra pawn and aggression on the queenside (Borisek-Koskivirta, Euro ChT BU18, Balatonlelle, Hungary, 2001).
            • [font color="darkorange"]17...h6 18.Nb3 d5 19.exd5 exd5 20.Bxb6 Nxb6 21.Qxb6[/font] gives White the advantage in space.
        • If [font color="magenta"]13.b4 Rfe8 14.Nb3 Rac8 15.Kh1[/font] then:
          • If [font color="magenta"]15...Qb8 16.Na4 Bd8 17.Bg1 h5 18.Bf2[/font] then:
            • [font color="magenta"]18...Ba8 19.Nd4 Bc7 20.Bg3 Ne5 21.c5 dxc5 22.bxc5[/font] is equal (Yildiz-Le Thao Nguyen Pham, World ChTW, Mardin, 2011).
            • [font color="purple"]18...Bc7!? 19.Nd4! Ne5 20.c5 dxc5 21.bxc5 b5 22.c6[/font] leaves White slightly better (Radjabov-Kamsky, Grand Prix, Baku, 2008).
          • [font color="darkorange"]15...h6!? 16.Qd2! Red8 17.Rfd1 Ne5 18.Qe1 Nfd7 19.Qg3[/font] is equal. /* end Hedgehog */
    • If [font color="darkred"]7...b6 8.Be3 Bb7 9.f3 Nc6 10.Be2[/font] then:
      • If [font color="darkred"]10...Rb8 11.b4[/font] then:
        • If [font color="darkred"]11...Be7!?[/font] then:
          • If [font color="darkred"]12.0-0!? 0-0! 13.Rc1 Ne5 14.f4 Ng6 15.Bd3 Ba8 16.Qe2 Kh8 17.e5 Ng8[/font] then:
            • If [font color="darkred"]18.Qh5!?[/font] then:
              • If [font color="darkred"]18...a5!? 19.Ndb5 Qc6[/font] then:
                • [font color="darkred"]20.Rc2!? axb4! 21.axb4 Bxb4 22.Ne4 f5[/font] gives Black a small advantage in space (Kasparov-Vallejo Pons, IT, Linares, 2002).
                • [font color="burgundy"]20.Qe2 axb4 21.axb4 Bxb4 22.Rb1 Bc5 23.Bxc5 Qxc5+[/font] gives Black a slight advantage.
              • [font color="#ECA11A"]18...Nh6! 19.Qe2 f5 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Bxg6 hxg6 22.Na4[/font] is equal.
            • [font color="#F64A8A"]18.Nf3 Nh6 19.Na4 Ng4 20.c5 bxc5 21.Nxc5 Nxe3 22.Qxe3[/font] gives White a slight advantage.
          • [font color="#C45D56"]12.Na4! Nd8 13.Rc1 Bc6 14.c5 b5 15.Nb6 0-0 16.Bf2[/font] gives White more freedom.
        • If [font color="magenta"]11...Ne5 12.Rc1[/font] then:
          • [font color="magenta"]12...Ng6!? 13.Qd2 Be7 14.Na4 0-0 15.Nb3 Ba8 16.c5[/font] gives White a small advantage in space (Lacasa DĂ­az-Korneev, Op, Salou, 2005).
          • [font color="darkorange"]12...Be7 13.Qd2 d6 14.Nd1 h6 15.0-0 0-0 16.Nf2[/font] leaves White slightly better.
      • If [font color="magenta"]10...Ne5[/font] then:
        • If [font color="magenta"]11.Rc1 Ng6 12.Qd2 Be7[/font] then:
          • If [font color="magenta"]13.0-0 0-0 14.Kh1 Rac8[/font] then:
            • [font color="magenta"]15.Na4 d6 16.Rfd1 Nd7 17.Bf1 Qb8 18.b4[/font] is equal (Zhang Xiaowen-Le Thao Nguyen Pham, World ChTW, Ningbo, 2009).
            • [font color="#C58917"]15.Rc2 d6 16.b4 Qb8 17.Rb1 Rfd8 18.Na4 Nd7[/font] is equal (Erdogdu-Banikas, Mindsports Rpd, Beijing, 2008).
          • [font color="purple"]13.Na4 Rb8 14.b4 0-0 15.Nb3 Ba8 16.Qd4[/font] is equal (Hofni-Taimanov, IT, Copenhagen, 1965).
        • [font color="darkorange"]11.Na4 Rb8 12.Rc1 Be7 13.b4 d6 14.0-0 0-0[/font] is equal (Anand-Morozevich, Ol, Mallorca, 2004).


  • If [font color="red"]7.Bd3 Qc7 8.0-0 Nc6[/font] then:
    • If [font color="red"]9.Bc2[/font] then:
      • If [font color="red"]9...0-0 10.Kh1[/font] then:
        • If [font color="red"]10...Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Ng4 12.f4[/font] then:
          • If [font color="red"]12...Bc5[/font] then:
            • [font color="red"]13.Qd3!? Nf2+! 14.Rxf2 Bxf2 15.e5 g6 16.Ne4 Bh4[/font] gives Black a small advantage (Mestel-Miles, British Ch, Chester, 1979)
            • [font color="burgundy"]13.Qd2 Ne3 14.Rf3 Nxc4 15.Qd3 Be7 16.b3 Na5 17.Rh3[/font] remains equal.
          • [font color="#C58917"]12...b5 13.Qd1 Nf6 14.e5 Ne8 15.Ne4 Bb7 16.cxb5 axb5 17.Be3[/font] gives White a slight edge (Mestel-Portisch, IT, London, 1982)
          • If [font color="#E41B17"]10...Be7 11.f4 d6 12.Be3 Bd7 13.Rc1 Rac8 14.b3[/font] is equal (Dr Nunn-Campos LĂłpez, Ol, Malta, 1980).
        • If [font color="darkred"]9...Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Ng4 11.e5[/font] then:
          • If [font color="darkred"]11...Nxe5 12.Ne4[/font] then:
            • If [font color="darkred"]12...Ng4 13.f4[/font] then:
              • If [font color="darkred"]13...e5?! 14.fxe5 Qxe5[/font] then:
                • [font color="darkred"]15.Nf6+ gxf6 16.Qxg4 d6 17.Ba4+ b5 18.Qf3[/font] gives White a slight advantage on the kingside (Joksic-Giustolisi, Op, Catanzaro, 1972).
                • [font color="burgundy"]15.Qxe5+ Nxe5 16.c5 d5 17.cxd6 Bd7 18.Bf4[/font] give White a small advantage with an advanced passer and the initiative.
              • [font color="#C58917"]13...Bf8 14.c5 b6 15.Nd6+ Bxd6 16.cxd6 Qc5 17.Qxc5 bxc5[/font] leaves Black qith an extra pawn.
            • [font color="purple"]12...d6 13.Bf4 b6 14.a3 Bc5 15.Qc3 f5 16.Ba4+[/font] gives White a strong initiative from which he will win back her pawn (Chiburdanidze-Fischdick, ITW, Belgrade, 1979)
          • [font color="magenta"]11...f5 12.Bxf5 Bxc3 13.bxc3 exf5 14.f3 Nh6 15.e6[/font] is equal (Letelier Martiner-Pilnik, IT, Santiago, 1959).
          • [font color="darkorange"]11...h5!? 12.Bf4 Bc5 13.Qd2 g5 14.Bxg5 Qxe5 15.Bf4[/font] gives White more active pieces, the initiative and better pawn structure (Bronstein-Boleslavsky, Soviet Ch, Riga, 1958).
    • If [font color="darkred"]9.Nde2 Ng4 10.Bf4[/font] then:
      • If [font color="darkred"]10...Bd6 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Ng3[/font] then:
        • [font color="darkred"]12...h5 13.h3 Nge5 14.Be2 Qxd1 15.Rfxd1 h4 16.Nf1[/font] gives White a small advantage in space and a freer game (Mnatsakanian-Tal, Soviet ChT, Moscow, 1963)
        • [font color="darkorange"]12...Qf4 13.Be2 h5 14.Bxg4 hxg4 15.Re1 d6 16.Nce2[/font] gives White more space and the initiative (Kovacevic-Cabrilo, Yugoslav ChT, Vrnjacka Banja, 1999).
      • [font color="magenta"]10...Nge5 11.Kh1 0-0 12.Rc1 b6 13.Bb1 Bb7 14.a3[/font] gives White a slight advantage in space and the initiative (Quiñones-Portisch, ITZ, Amsterdam, 1964).

7...Nc6 8.Nxc6 dxc6 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.e5

  • If [font color="red"]10.Bd2 e5 11.f3 Be6[/font] then:
    • [font color="red"]12.Rd1 Kc8 13.Na4 Bxd2+ 14.Rxd2 Kc7 15.Nc5 Rhd8[/font] remains equal (Ruan Lufei-Khurtsidze, World ChTW, Ekaterinburg, 2007).
    • [font color="darkred"]12.a3 Bc5 13.0-0-0 Nd7 14.Kc2 b5 15.b4 Bd4[/font] remains equal.

10...Nd7 11.Bf4 Bxc3+ (N)

  • The challenger and former champion varies from a correpondence game published earlier this year.
  • [font color="red"]11...f5 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Be3 Kc7 14.f4 g5 15.fxg5 h6 16.gxh6[/font] gives White two extra pawns for the moment. but his position is cramped and it will be difficult to develop the queenside (Kuhl-Kasprzyk, Corres, 2014).

[center]BLACK: Vishy Anand[/center]
[center]WHITE: Magnus Carlsen[/center][center]Position after 11...Bb4c3+[/center]


  • White has the advantage with the Bishop pair and more space, but he also has more pawn weaknesses.

12...Kc7 13.h4 b6 14.h5

  • White moves to prevent kingside counterplay from Black before it begins.
  • [font color="red"]14.Rd1 Nc5 15.Rd4 h6 16.Rh3 Bd7 17.Rg3[/font] still gives White the advantage with the active Rooks; each side has a bad Biswhop and White's other Bishop is inactive.

14...h6 15.0-0-0

  • This is more to get the Rook to d-file than to bring into safety.

15...Bb7 16.Rd3 c5 17.Rg3 Rag8

  • Black plays his best chance, which is still counterplay on the kingside. He puts both his Rooks behind the kingside pawns in order to enforce ...g5.
  • If [font color="red"]17...Rhg8?! 18.Bd3 b5 19.f3[/font] then:
    • If [font color="red"]19...f5 20.Bxf5!! exf5 21.e6+[/font] then:
      • [font color="red"]21...Kc6 22.exd7 Kxd7 23.Rg6 Rae8 24.Rb6 Bc8 25.Rd1+[/font] wins back the piece with an impressive advantage.
      • [font color="magenta"]21...Kb6 22.exd7 Bc6 23.Rg6 Rgd8 24.Rxg7 bxc4 25.Bxh6[/font] gives White two advanced passed pawns and Black cannot defend against both.
    • [font color="darkred"]19...g6? 20.hxg6 fxg6 21.Rxh6[/font] gives White an extra pawn.

[center]BLACK: Vishy Anand[/center]
[center]WHITE: Magnus Carlsen[/center][center]Position after 17...Ra8g8[/center]

18.Bd3 Nf8 19.Be3 g6

  • [font color="red"]19...Nd7 20.Bc2 Nxe5 21.Bf4 f6 22.Rd1 Bc6 23.Rg6[/font] gives White more freedom.
  • If [font color="blue"]19...g5?![/font] then:
    • If [font color="blue"]20.f4! Nh7[/font] then:
      • [font color="blue"]21.fxg5 Nxg5 22.Bxg5 Rxg5 23.Rxg5 hxg5 24.Rh2[/font] gives White a passed pawn.
      • [font color="dodgerblue"]21.Bxh7 Rxh7 22.fxg5 Be4 23.Rhh3 Rhg7 24.a4[/font] gives White an extra pawn; Black maintains pressure on White's important g-pawn.
    • [font color="darkblue"]20.hxg6!? Nxg6! 21.Rh5 Ne7 22.Rxg8 Rxg8 23.g3[/font] gives White an attack on Black's weak h-pawn.

20.hxg6 Nxg6 21.Rh5 Bc6

  • [font color="red"]21...Ne7 22.Rxg8 Rxg8 23.g3 Rd8 24.Be2 Be4 25.Rxh6[/font] gives White an extra pawn; Black's Knight has play against White' e-pawn and the Rook has command of the d-file.

22.Bc2 Kb7

  • Black should take advantage of the fact that White cannot take command of the d-file and bring his King to where it can assist in the defense.
  • If [font color="red"]22...Ne7 23.Rxg8 Rxg8[/font] then:
    • If [font color="red"]24.g3[/font] then:
      • [font color="red"]24...Ng6 25.Rxh6 Nxe5 26.Bf4 Kd6 27.Kd2 Rf8 28.Ke3[/font] gives White more freedom.
      • [font color="magenta"]24...Rd8 25.Rxh6 Nf5 26.Bxf5 exf5 27.Rf6 Rd7 28.Rxf5[/font] gives White two extra pawns.
    • [font color="darkred"]24.Rxh6!? Rxg2! 25.Rh7 Rg1+ 26.Kb2 Be8 27.Rh8 Bd7[/font] is equal.
  • [font color="blue"]22...Kc8 23.Kd2 Ne7 24.Rxg8+ Rxg8 25.g3 Bf3 26.Rxh6[/font] give White an extra pawn, but no good entry points.

23.Rg4 a5 24.Bd1!?

[center]BLACK: Vishy Anand[/center]
[center]WHITE: Magnus Carlsen[/center][center]Position after 24.Bc2d1[/center]

  • White may be afraid of ...b5 and wants the Bishop on e2 to protect against a pawn exchange on c4.
  • If [font color="red"]24.Rg3 Ne7 25.Rxg8 Rxg8 26.g3 Ng6 27.Bd1[/font] continues to give the advantage; he will shortly capture on h6.


  • Black will sacrifice the h-pawn to double his Rooks on the d-file.


  • This is a foresighted move. White uses the Bishop to shield the d1 square from the Black Bishop.
  • If [font color="red"]25.Rg3 Rhg8[/font] then:
    • If [font color="red"]26.Bc2 Ka6[/font] then:
      • If [font color="red"]27.f3 Ne7[/font] then:
        • [font color="red"]28.Rhh3 Rxg3 29.Rxg3 Nf5 30.Bxf5 exf5 31.Rg7[/font] gives White a slight advantage with the Rook amidst Black's weak kingside pawns.
        • [font color="burgundy"]28.Rxg8 Rxg8 29.Rh2 Ng6 30.Bxg6 Rxg6[/font] is equal.
      • [font color="#ECA11A"]27.Bxh6!? Rh8 28.Bxg6 fxg6 29.Rh4 Ba4 30.Kb2 Rd1 31.Rxg6[/font] is equal.
    • If [font color="darkred"]26.Be2 Rd7[/font] then:
      • If [font color="darkred"]27.f3 Rgd8 28.Bxh6 Ba4[/font] then:
        • If [font color="darkred"]29.Be3[/font] then:
          • [font color="darkred"]29...Ka6 30.Rgh3 Bd1 31.Bf1 Ba4 32.Be2[/font] is equal.
          • [font color="purple"]29...Bd1 30.Bf1 Ba4 31.Be2 Bd1 32.Bf1 Ba4 33.Be2[/font] is equal.
        • [font color="darkorange"]29.Bg5?! Rd1+ 30.Bxd1 Rxd1+ 31.Kb2 Nxe5 32.Rh4 Nd3+[/font] is equal.
      • [font color="magenta"]27.Rxh6 Be4 28.Rh2 a4 29.f4 Rgd8 30.Rgh3 Ne7[/font] is equal.
  • [font color="blue"]25.Bd2 Ka6 26.f3 Rhg8 27.Be2 Rd7 28.Rg3 b5[/font] is equal.

25...Rdg8 26.Kd2 a4 27.Ke2 a3

  • [font color="red"]27...Ne7 28.Rf4 Be8 29.Rf6 Rg4 30.Bd3 Ng8 31.Rf4[/font] gives White a small advantage; his g-pawn is taboo for Black's Rook.

28.f3 Rd8?!

[center]BLACK: Vishy Anand[/center]
[center]WHITE: Magnus Carlsen[/center][center]Position after 28...Rg8d8[/center]

  • This plan is now doomed. Black needs to get three attackers -- both Rooks and the Bishop -- firing at d1; with the White Bishop at c2, that is not possible.
  • If [font color="red"]28...Kc7 29.Kf2[/font] then:
    • [font color="red"]29...Rd8 30.Bc1 Bd7 31.Ke2 Rdg8 32.Ke1 Bc6 33.Kf2[/font] gives White a clear advantage from his pressure against Black's kingside.
    • If [font color="darkred"]29...Kd8 30.Bc1 Kc7[/font] then:
      • If [font color="darkred"]31.Ke2 Bd7 32.Bb1 Ba4 33.Bxa3[/font] then:
        • [font color="darkred"]33...Ne7 34.Rxg8 Rxg8 35.g4 Rd8 36.Rh1 Nc6 37.Bc1[/font] gives White an extra pawn; the main center of gravity on the board is d1, a fact that helps give Black compensation for the pawn.
        • [font color="burgundy"]33...Ra8 34.Bc1 Rhd8 35.Bd2 Kc8 36.Bxg6 fxg6 37.Rxh6[/font] leaves White with two extra pawns; Black has some compensation in activity.
      • If [font color="magenta"]31.Bxa3?! Ra8![/font] then:
        • [font color="magenta"]32.Bxg6 fxg6 33.Rxg6 Be8 34.Rg7+ Kc8 35.Rh1 Rxa3[/font] leaves Black a Bishop for two pawns.
        • [font color="darkorange"]32.Bb2? Rxa2! 33.Bxg6 Rxb2+ 34.Ke3 fxg6 35.Rxg6 Bd7[/font] leaves Black a Bishop for a pawn,

29.Ke1 Rd7 30.Bc1?!
  • White removes the Bishop from covering the dark squares on the d-file, which are important, to attacking the a-pawn, which is not.
  • Better is [font color="red"]30.Rg3 Ra8 31.Ke2[/font] when:
    • [font color="red"]31...Ba4 32.Be4+ Bc6 33.Bxg6 fxg6 34.Rxg6 Re8 35.Rhxh6[/font] leaves White two pawns to the good.
    • [font color="darkred"]31...Ne7 32.Rg7 Rg8 33.Rxg8 Nxg8 34.Kf2 b5 35.Bb3[/font] leaves White taking aim at the pawns at c5 and a6.


  • Black misses the opportunity to equalize.
  • [Font color="red"]30...Rhd8! 31.Bxh6 Rh8 32.Bxg6 fxg6 33.Rxg6 Ba4[/font] leaves the game level.

31.Ke2! Ba4 32.Be4+ Bc6?

  • Black must now lose material.
  • If [font color="red"]32...Ka7 33.Bxa8 Kxa8 34.Rxh6[/font] then:
    • [font color="red"]34...Rd1 35.Bxa3 Ra1 36.Ke3 Nxe5 37.Rg7 Nxc4+ 38.Kf4[/font] leaves White an exchange up with Black pawn in danger.
    • [font color="darkred"]34...Bc2 35.Bxa3 Bd3+ 36.Ke1 Ra7 37.Bc1 Rxa2 38.f4[/font] gives White the exchange plus a pawn; Black's Bishop defends the Knight that makes mobility difficult fot the Rooks.

[center]BLACK: Vishy Anand[/center]
[center]WHITE: Magnus Carlsen[/center][center]Position after 32...Ba4c6[/center]


  • White now has a winning advantage.
  • [font color="red"]33.Bxh6? Bxe4! 34.Rxe4 Rb8 35.Bc1 Kc6 36.Rh1[/font] gives White only a small advantage.

33...fxg6 34.Rxg6 Ba4

  • [font color="red"]34...Re8 35.Rhxh6 Ba4 36.Rxe6 Rxe6 37.Rxe6[/font] leaves White with three extra pawns.


  • Although three pawns to the good, careless play can still cost White the full point.
  • If [font color="red"]35.Rhxh6?! Rd1 36.Bxa3 Ra1[/font] then:
    • [font color="red"]37.Rg7+ Ka6 38.Ke3 Rxa2 39.Bc1 Rd8 40.Rhh7[/font] White's Rook will get fat on Black's pawns, but White will have to work a little harder for his win than he needs to in the text.
    • If [font color="darkred"]37.Rh7+?! Ka6[/font] then:
      • If [font color="darkred"]38.Bxc5 Bc2 39.Rxe6 Bxh7 40.Rxb6+ Ka5 41.Rb5+[/font] then:
        • [font color="darkred"]41...Ka6 42.Rb6+ Ka5 43.Rb5+ Ka4 etc[/font] draws by repetition.
        • If [font color="magenta"]41...Ka4 42.Rb4+[/font] then:
          • If [font color="magenta"]42...Ka5 43.Rb5+[/font] then:
            • [font color="magenta"]43...Ka4 44.Rb4+ Ka5 etc[/font] draws by repetition.
            • If [font color="darkorange"]43...Ka6 44.Rb6+[/font] then:
              • [font color="darkorange"]44...Ka5 45.Rb5+ Ka6 etc[/font] draws.
              • [font color="purple"]44...Ka7??[/font] loses immediately to [font color="purple"]45.Rb1+ .[/font]
          • [font color="#CC6666"]42...Ka3??[/font] loses immediately to [font color="#CC6666"]43.Rb8+ .[/font]
      • If [font color="magenta"]38.Rxe6!? Rxa2+![/font] then:
        • [font color="magenta"]39.Ke3 Rxa3 40.Kd3 Rd8+ 41.Rd6 Rxd6+ 42.exd6 Ra1[/font] gives Black more activity; his drawing chances are excellent.
        • [font color="darkorange"]39.Kf1 Rxa3 40.Rc7 Rxc3 41.Rxc5 Rg8 42.Kf2 Rc2+[/font] wins a pawn for Black.

35...Rd1 36.Bxa3 Ra1 37.Ke3 Bc2

  • [font color="red"]37...Rxa2 38.Bc1 Re8 39.Rxe8 Bxe8 40.Rxh6[/font]gives White at least two extra pawns; this is still a position White should win, but it will be after further grinding.
  • If [font color="blue"]37...Re8[/font] then White wins after [font color="blue"]38.Rg6 Rxa2 39.Bc1 Re7 40.Rhxh6 Rc2 41.Rxb6+[/font] when he has four extra pawns.

38.Re7+! 1-0

  • If [font color="red"]38...Ka6 39.Rxh6[/font] then:
    • [font color="red"]39...Ka5 40.Rb7 Rxa2 41.Bc1 Bb3 42.Rbxb6 Bxc4 43.Bd2[/font] leaves White three pawns to the good.
    • a) If [font color="darkred"]39...Rc8 40.g4[/font] then:
      • [font color="darkred"]40...Rxa2 41.Bxc5 Rxc5 42.Rh8 Rxc4 43.Ra8+ Kb5 44.Rxa2[/font] leaves White three pawns to the good.
      • [font color="magenta"]40...Ba4 41.Ree6 Re1+ 42.Kf4 Rb1 43.g5 Rc7 44.g6[/font] leaves White no way to stop the running g-pawn without losing a Rook.
    • b) If [font color="darkred"]39...Rb1 40.Bxc5[/font] then:
      • [font color="darkred"]40...Rc8 41.Bb4 Rxc4 42.Ree6 Rcxb4 43.cxb4 Rxb4 44.Rd6[/font gives White the exchange and three pawns.
      • [font color="magenta"]40...Rb8 41.Bd4 Rb7 42.Rxb7 Kxb7 43.g4[/font] gives White five extra pawns.
  • Sri Anand resigns.

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