Magnus Carlsen vs Vishy Anand | Armageddon, 2019 Altibox Norway Chess

Featured is the Armageddon game between World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand from Round 1 of the 2019 Altibox Norway Chess tournament. We observe an English opening with Anand opting for the Kramnik-Shirov Counterattack. An imbalance of minor pieces quickly surfaces, and a critical moment is reached by move 12 where Carlsen plays a zwischenzug in Nxe5. Anand’s instinctual reply seems completely natural, but in reality it is a grave mistake which allows the World Chess Champion to both maintain an extremely powerful dark-squared bishop, and play for two results.

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. Nd5 Be7 4. d4 exd4 5. Qxd4 Nf6 6. Nxe7 Qxe7 7. Bg5 Nc6 8. Qc3 Ne5 9. Nf3 d6 10. e3 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Nxe5 dxe5 13. Bg3 Nd7 14. h4 g4 15. c5 h5 16. Rc1 c6 17. Bd3 O-O 18. O-O Re8 19. Rfd1 Nf6 20. Bb1 Nd5 21. Qc2 e4 22. Rd4 f5 23. a3 Be6 24. Rcd1 Rad8 25. Ba2 Rd7 26. b4 a6 27. a4 Red8 28. b5 axb5 29. axb5 Nf6 30. Rd6 Bxa2 31. Qxa2+ Qf7 32. Qa5 Rxd6 33. cxd6 Qd7 34. bxc6 bxc6 35. Rb1 Rf8 36. Qc7 Rf7 37. Rb8+ Kh7 38. Be5 Nd5 39. Rh8+ Kg6 40. Qb8 Nf6 41. Bxf6 Kxf6 42. Rh6+ Ke5 43. Qh8+

Image of Magnus Carlsen in thumbnail and in-video picture courtesy of Lennart Ootes
2019 Altibox Norway Chess

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