Carlsen Extends Lead After Another Anand Blunder

rd6_2Carlsen Extends Lead After Another Anand Blunder
By Arvind Aaron

World No.1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway extended his lead to 4-2 after world champion Viswanathan Anand lost a rook ending in game six that looked drawish at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai.

The game was sailing smoothly towards a draw when Anand’s mistakes in the second time control decided the game in favour of the 1990 born Norwegian.

Anand said 57 Rc8 was a draw. His 60th move, the last in the second control was another mistake after which black won in 67 moves without much trouble. “Today is a heavy blow, I wont pretend otherwise,” said Anand after the game.

Score at the half-way mark is 4-2 and six more games remain to be played. Sunday is a free day and play resumes on Monday with the seventh game. Anand will play white yet again. Carlsen will get white in the eighth, tenth and twelfth games. The event is sponsored by the Tamil Nadu Government.

The sixth game saw Anand continuing to open 1.e4 with the white pieces. That was the move he learnt from his mother who introduced him to the game at the age of six. Anand used 1.d4 with a mere surprise value and for options sake. His bread and butter option is however 1.e4.

rd6_1Repeating the king pawn, Anand faced the Ruy Lopez again from Carlsen. Anand avoided the Berlin variation and chose one of the anti-Berlin variations. Carlsen did not find much difficulty in equalising with the black pieces.

In statistics, Anand’s best scores as white are against the Sicilian defence and the worst are against the Ruy Lopez. Both are above 50% and that is important.

After the last set of minor pieces were exchanged off, black was heading for a sweatless draw. Anand’s advantage of making the opening move had far from vanished.

On move 38, in a queen and rook ending, Anand sacrificed a pawn. The idea will be to exchange queens and enter a level rook ending.

The quiet game might have disappointed the spectators who had come in large numbers despite wet and windy day. Also, the lobby area of the hotel where the Chess Solving took place looked crowded. Yesteryear tennis star Vijay Amritraj was among the spectators.

After move 41, the players were in a rook ending with Carlsen enjoying an extra pawn. Although best play might be draw, white getting into this ending perhaps was not necessary.

The rook and pawn ending looked level for most of the game. After move 54, Carlsen had kept his one pawn advantage but being a doubled rook pawn, draw chances looked bright.

In the 57th move, Anand lost a crucial tempi that decided the game. Later, his mistake on move 60 sealed the win for black side.

Asked if yesterday’s result had a bearing on this game, Anand said, “yes probably.” Asked why he gave a pawn on move 38, Anand said, “What can I say, somedays go like that.”

Anand came in bright yellow shirt with a crocin advertisement inserted on his shirt. Carlsen came in white shirt with a double advertisement insert of Simonsen Vigt Wiig and Arctic Securities on the two sides of his shirt. Who can say chess is not commercial?

All of Saturday’s tickets had been sold online and there were no tickets available over the counter today. The ticket counters were open only to sell for game seven and beyond.

In the Chess Solving competition held at the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel on November 16, 2013, International Master Ramnath Bhuvanesh won it ahead of 67 other solvers. Grand Master Pravin Thipsay of Mumbai distributed the prizes. It is organised by International Problemist C.G.S. Narayanan.

The moves:

White: Viswanathan Anand
Black: Magnus Carlsen
Ruy Lopez, Berlin variation, C65
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O Re8 7. Re1 a6 8. Ba4 b5 9. Bb3 d6 10. Bg5 Be6 11. Nbd2 h6 12. Bh4 Bxb3 13. axb3 Nb8 14. h3 Nbd7 15. Nh2 Qe7 16. Ndf1 Bb6 17. Ne3 Qe6 18. b4 a5 19. bxa5 Bxa5 20. Nhg4 Bb6 21. Bxf6 Nxf6 22. Nxf6+ Qxf6 23. Qg4 Bxe3 24. fxe3 Qe7 25. Rf1 c5 26. Kh2 c4 27. d4 Rxa1 28. Rxa1 Qb7 29. Rd1 Qc6 30. Qf5 exd4 31. Rxd4 Re5 32. Qf3 Qc7 33. Kh1 Qe7 34. Qg4 Kh7 35. Qf4 g6 36. Kh2 Kg7 37. Qf3 Re6 38. Qg3 Rxe4 39. Qxd6 Rxe3 40. Qxe7 Rxe7 41. Rd5 Rb7 42. Rd6 f6 43. h4 Kf7 44. h5 gxh5 45. Rd5 Kg6 46. Kg3 Rb6 47. Rc5 f5 48. Kh4 Re6 49. Rxb5 Re4+ 50. Kh3 Kg5 51. Rb8 h4 52. Rg8+ Kh5 53. Rf8 Rf4 54. Rc8 Rg4 55. Rf8 Rg3+ 56. Kh2 Kg5 57. Rg8+ Kf4 58. Rc8 Ke3 59. Rxc4 f4 60. Ra4 h3 61. gxh3 Rg6 62. c4 f3 63. Ra3+ Ke2 64. b4 f2 65. Ra2+ Kf3 66. Ra3+ Kf4 67. Ra8 Rg1 0-1.

318 Players In Chief Minister’s Trophy Event

Seventy-one players are leading with two full points in the 318-player State Level Open Chess Tournament organised by the Tamil Nadu State Chess Association. It is part of the FIDE World Chess Championship festival and is played for the Chief Minister’s trophy.

The top seed is International Master V.A.V. Rajesh. This event runs from November 16-18, 2013. It has a first prize of Rs.100,000. Each of the 32 districts are allowed ten entries, eight of them will be men and two ladies. The chief arbiter is R.K. Balagunasekaran of Mannargudi.

The second and third seeds are M Kunal and V Haribalu. They have also won both their games. Seven rounds remain to be played in this three day event.