Monday, February 03, 2014

Anand-Carlsen : Round 5 Zurich - The Berlin Wall....again....

Anand (2773) - Carslen (2872)
Zurich Chess Challange, Round 5, 3.2.2014

Analyzed by Centaur (Hairulov+Fritz 13) 

This will be the first classical encounter between Anand and Carlsen after their last  World Championship battle last year.

1.   e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6   Berlin Variation of the Ruy Lopez which has gain popularity after Kramnik used effectively against former World Champ - Kasparov in their World Championship  battle in 2001.   Carlsen as black succesfully choose the Berlin 4 times agaisnt Anand in 2013 World Championship Final with the score of 2.5-1.5 in his favor. 

4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. h3 of course 6.Nxe5?? lost to 6...Qd4! At Chennai, Anand choose 6.Nbd2 in Game 7 and the game ended in a draw. 

6...Nd7 7. Be3 Bd6 8.Nbd2 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Nc4 Nf8 So far Carlsen has play quite fast. He probably want to show that  he don't afraid of any Anand preparation in the Berlin. So far till move 10th,  Carlsen has only took 1 minutes and 19 seconds compare to Anand 4 minutes 39 seconds.  


Not sure whether this is a novelty by Anand but its not in Fritz opening book. Interestingly Fritz gave +0.77 evaluation for this move but Carlsen took only 16 seconds to reply with  ...

11...exd4 12. Qxd4 c5 13. Qd3 b6 14. Qxd6 Qxd6 Carlsen kept The Berlin Wall  a7-b6-c7-c5 intact . Alternatively 14...cxd6 while undouble the c-pawns but the d6 will be a serious  target for white.  

15.Qxd6 Anand choose to exchange the queen and now there is no more "The Berlin Wall" 15...cxd6 16. Rfd1 Bb7 17. Rxd6 Bxe4 18. Ne1 Rad8 19. Rad1 Ne6 20. Rxd8 Rxd8
21. Rxd8+ Nxd8 22. f3 Bd5 23. a3 Nc6 24. Kf2 f6 25. Nd3 Kf8 26. Ke2 Ke7 27. Kd2 Kd7 28. Nf4 Bf7 29. b3 Ne7 30. h4 Nd5 31. Nxd5 Bxd5 

 The different color bishop  position has arrive and the game surely will headed to a draw - how boring :(

32. Bf4 Kc6 33. Bg3 Bf7 34.Bf4 Bg6 35. Bg3 Bf7 36. Bb8 a6 37. Bf4 Bg6 38. Bg3 Bh5 39. Bf2 Bf7 40. Bg3 Bg6 1/2-1/2 The players reach the 40th move and agree to draw.

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