Carlsen: "Lucky to Escape"

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Shamkir: Anand fails to convert big advantage in round 1

The game to attract the biggest attention in the first round of the Gashimov Memorial was obviously the one between the former and the reigning world champions, who had clashed in the recent two matches for the world title. Viswanathan Anand, who was White, surprised the spectators by allowing the Marshall Attack which is practically out of fashion; Magnus Carlsen, in turn, responded with a novelty on move 14. After a half-an-hour thought, the Indian chose the most reliable way, and it seemed that Magnus wouldn't have problems in reaching equality, given his technique.

Then, however, Carlsen made a mistake.


19...Qd7? Of course, Black had to take the pawn: 19...Qxd3. After 20.Re3 Qc4 21.Nd5 f6 22.b3!? Qc5 23.Bb2 he still needs to be a bit accurate but is able to hold.
20.Nd5! f6 (the only move; 20...Bxe1? loses on the spot due to 21.Nf6+! gxf6 22.Qxf6) 21.Nxb4 fxe5 22.Qd5+ Qxd5 23.Nxd5 Bxd3 24.Rxe5 Rfe8 25.Rxe8+ Rxe8. White has a healthy extra pawn in a safe endgame, and many spectators and commentators were predicting quite an easy win for Anand

26.Ne3?! According to Vishy, the correct move is 26.Nb4! Indeed, there is a nice forced line which runs: 26...Bc4 27.b3 (27.Nxa6?! Bxa2) 27...a5 28.bxc4! (28.Nc6 Bd5 29.Nxa5 is less clear due to the poor position of the knight and Black's domination) 28...axb4 29.cxb5 Rb8 30.Rb1 Rxb5 31.a3! b3 32.Rb2! The white king will be just in time to take the b3-pawn, and the rest will be easy.

After this inaccuracy, Black's defensive resources suddenly turned out to be very serious, even though he had to remain very passive. Besides, Carlsen started playing very fast. "A chess position is an extremely tough thing to crack", as Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian used to say.
Anand admitted that he hadn't seen how to break through after 40...Kg8. Yet, White still could have kept torturing his opponent, but 47.Kf5?! simplified Black's task. Magnus found 47...Rc6! followed by a couple of other precise moves, which allowed him to equalise completely.

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2015.04.17"] [Round "1"] [White "Anand,V"] [Black "Carlsen,M"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2791"] [BlackElo "2863"] [EventDate "2015.04.17"] [ECO "C89"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d3 Bd6 13. Re1 Bf5 14. Qf3 Bg6 15. Bxd5 cxd5 16. Bf4 d4 17. cxd4 Bb4 18. Nc3 Qxd4 19. Be5 Qd7 20. Nd5 f6 21. Nxb4 fxe5 22. Qd5+ Qxd5 23. Nxd5 Bxd3 24. Rxe5 Rfe8 25. Rxe8+ Rxe8 26. Ne3 Rc8 27. a3 a5 28. h4 Bg6 29. Rd1 b4 30. axb4 axb4 31. g4 b3 32. h5 Bf7 33. Kg2 Kf8 34. Kg3 Ra8 35. Rd2 h6 36. Nf5 Be6 37. Nd4 Bf7 38. f3 Rc8 39. Kf4 Rc1 40. Nf5 Kg8 41. Rd8+ Kh7 42. Rd7 Kg8 43. Rd8+ Kh7 44. Rd7 Kg8 45. Nd6 Be6 46. Re7 Bd5 47. Kf5 Rc6 48. Ke5 Bxf3 49. Nf5 g5 50. Rg7+ Kh8 51. Rg6 Kh7 52. Rg7+ Kh8 53. Rg6 Kh7 1/2-1/2

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