Anand vs Carlsen Game 10: All the moves explained

 Anand vs Carlsen Game 10: All the moves explained

Anand vs Carlsen. PTI

Following are the moves in the tenth round of the World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen in Chennai today with analysis and quotes.

1. e4 (A King pawn opening by Carlsen. He employed this in game eight as well when Anand drew comfortably).
c5 (Anand plays what his fans had been craving for. The Sicilian defense is among the most combative opening against the King pawn).

2. Nf3 d6

3. Bb5+ (Another dry position. Carlsen does not go for regular stuff as he is not interested in highly complex varitions. This move guarantees white a minimal edge. It is interesting to note here that Anand had said in one of the earlier press conferences that white could go for slow positions in the Sicilian as well. Probably this is what the Indian had in mind then).

4. d4 cxd4

5. Qxd4 a6

6. Bxd7+ (A typical manoeuvre. White gives up the Bishop but in turn is assured of a long term positional advantage with space control).

7. c4 Nf6

8. Bg5 (Carlsen siply pushes his pieces further in black's position. An important developing move).

9. Nc3 Be7 (The players have reached a Maroczy Bind structure. These have been famous for many decades. White gets a chance to push for an advantage).

11. Qd3 (Prophylaxis. Carlsen now plans to bring the Knight to the center as the queen has done its job).

12. Nd4 Rc8

13. b3 Qc7 (Anand just wants to equalise as white is doing quite well)

14. Nxc6 Qxc6

15. Rac1 h6

16. Be3 (The position is about level but the hard work has to be done by black with a weakness on d6).

17. Bd4 Rfd8 (Anand readies himself for the defense ahead.)

18. h3 Qc7

19. Rfd1 Qa5 (Black is looking better than two moves back having made all the good moves).

20. Qd2 Kf8

21. Qb2 Kg8 (An unconditional draw offer. Anand probably thought there are no chances anyway).

22. a4 (Carlsen does not repeat moves and instead goes about executing his plans).

23. Ne2 Bf6 (Anand decides to part with one more minor piece to ease out the pressure).

24. Rc3 Bxd4

25. Rxd4 Qe5 (It's only white who has chances to play for a win in this position. Carlsen knew a draw was enough and shows exemplary courage to continue the game).

26. Qd2 Nf6

27. Re3 Rd7

28. a5 Qg5

29. e5 (A good move that forces a knight and pawns endgame by force. White continues to retain chances while black is pushed to the wall).

30. exd6 Rc6

31. f4 Qd8

32. Red3 Rcxd6 (Anand is forced to recover the pawn and goes for a liquidation. This leaves black with an unpleasant endgame).

33. Rxd6 Rxd6

34. Rxd6 Qxd6

35. Qxd6 Nxd6 (Now Carlsen's King races to the queenside).

36. Kf2 Kf8

37. Ke3 Ke7

38. Kd4 Kd7

39. Kc5 (White has the advantage with the king firmly placed on the fifth rank. Anand however continues to defend the position well).

40. Nc3 Nf5

41. Ne4 (White seizes further control with this knight move).

42. g3 f5.

43. Nd6 g5 (The best response in the given situation).

44. Ne8+ Kd7

45. Nf6+ Ke7

46. Ng8+ (Played after a long think. Carlsen is not afraid to sacrifice his knight. In return he will pick up all black pawns).

47. Nxh6 gxf4

48. gxf4 Kg7

49. Nxf5+ (And here it comes the Knight sacrifice. White is safe and solid while black still has to be a bit worried).

50. Kb6 Ng2

51. Kxb7 Nxf4

52. Kxa6 Ne6

53. Kb6 f4

54. a6 f3

55. a7 f2.

56. a8=Q f1=Q (Two new Queens on the board. Black has an extra knight but its probably not so important with no pawns on board).

57. Qd5 Qe1 (Perfect defense by Anand. The Indian ensures that white King will have enough checks to deal with).

58. Qd6 Qe3+

59. Ka6 Nc5+

60. Kb5 Nxb3

61. Qc7+ Kh6

62. Qb6+ Qxb6+

63. Kxb6 Kh5

64. h4 Kxh4

65. c5 Nxc5 (Draw agreed. Magnus Carlsen is new World Champion).

As it happened: Carlsen draws Game 10, wins world title
I was simply unable to execute my strategy: Anand
End of an era: Carlsen wrests world title from Anand



Updated Date: Nov 22, 2013 21:40:38 IST