Sochi, Game 4. Carlsen: 'I played terribly, but it was a draw, so that's okay'

Время публикации: 12.11.2014 21:39 | Последнее обновление: 13.11.2014 03:16

Game 4 of the Carlsen - Anand World Championship match has ended in a draw in 47 moves. The play was mostly positional and even; the game might seem calm, but was in fact quite tense; note that both players (especially the World Champion) were very close to time trouble near the 1st time control. The comments by the participants from the press conference are given below.

'I didn't think I had too much, perhaps was a little bit better. I thought I sort of missed 24...Be5, could perhaps try 24.Bc3 instead. Then, if 24...Ne6 then 25.Nh4. But if 25...Ng6 then it's very hard to achieve anything... After that, I started to drift a bit. 30.Qe2 was very lazy, I should have played 30.Qc2 instead, forcing to exchange rooks, after which it's obviously a draw, but I can claim this to be symbolically better. Then I've missed the idea of 33...Nf4+! and 34...Qg6+, in case of 33.Nc6. After 34...Qd7 I was a little bit worried, but at least after my 36.Kg3 and 37.Nf4 White is not losing. If 36...d4 then 37.Qe4.
I thought I played terribly, but it was a draw, so that's okay. I guess, at some point I'll have to start playing a bit faster... My last 2 games have been pretty bad, so I have to improve. I mean, there were no clear blunders, but the games in general weren't of very high quality. '

Having been asked what's the biggest difference from the Chennai match, Magnus answered:
'In Chennai, the score was 2-2 after 4 games. Here it's also 2-2, so I don't see any difference'.

'The opening was typical: Black uses the squares and activity to compensate for the isolani. I also had the feeling he had missed 33...Nf4+! when he went 32.Ne5. For some reason, after 36...Qb5 I thought I could still do something, but 36...d4 was better because it stops his knight. Still, after 37.Qe4 he is so centralised that there can't really got to be something, but it's easier to blunder with White probably, because of his king, the f4-square...
Then, I simply missed that after 41...Qc3+ 42.Ke4 d3 he has Qf3! and I'm at least much worse. But my 41...Qd2!, I think, is saving the game: if 42.Ke4 d3 43.Qf5+ Kh8 44.Kd4, then I can just take on a2, and he can't protect both pawns. Anyway, his 43.h4 and 44.Qe6 was a very nice try because White is trying to play g5 and mate. But 44...Qd2, I thought, was very precise, stopping g4-g5 and threatening ...d4-d3.
It was a difficult game, because there was a lot going on based on this d5-pawn. But there wasn't any moment I wasn't really worried about my position, except this moment. After the time control, I had the chance to check everything'.

The players have also commented briefly on the Grischuk's performance in the Petrosian Memorial:

Carlsen: 'It was an impressive win. He played very interesting chess. Something to be remembered'.
Anand: 'What has stood out for me was his performance. Vladi also played well, but Grischuk won very convincingly'.

Tomorrow is the second day-off in the match. Game 5 will be played after tomorrow, on November 14th.

 [Event "WCh 2014"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2014.11.12"] [Round "4"] [White "Carlsen, M."] [Black "Anand, V."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B40"] [WhiteElo "2863"] [BlackElo "2792"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2014.11.08"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 d5 5. exd5 exd5 6. O-O Nf6 7. d4 Be7 8. Be3 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Bg4 10. Qd3 Qd7 11. Nd2 O-O 12. N2f3 Rfe8 13. Rfe1 Bd6 14. c3 h6 15. Qf1 Bh5 16. h3 Bg6 17. Rad1 Rad8 18. Nxc6 bxc6 19. c4 Be4 20. Bd4 Nh7 21. cxd5 Bxd5 22. Rxe8+ Rxe8 23. Qd3 Nf8 24. Nh4 Be5 25. Bxd5 Qxd5 26. Bxe5 Qxe5 27. b3 Ne6 28. Nf3 Qf6 29. Kg2 Rd8 30. Qe2 Rd5 31. Rxd5 cxd5 32. Ne5 Qf5 33. Nd3 Nd4 34. g4 Qd7 35. Qe5 Ne6 36. Kg3 Qb5 37. Nf4 Nxf4 38. Kxf4 Qb4+ 39. Kf3 d4 40. Qe8+ Kh7 41. Qxf7 Qd2 42. Qf5+ Kh8 43. h4 Qxa2 44. Qe6 Qd2 45. Qe8+ Kh7 46. Qe4+ Kh8 47. Qe8+ Kh7 1/2-1/2


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