11 Nov 2009


Carlsen has White against Anand today.

They are playing a QGD Ragozin Defence,
which according to some has a touch of the
Moscow variation at the minute.

We are now 90 minutes into the game, and the life seems to have drained from it already. I feel another draw coming on. I suppose Carlsen is doing a bit of damage limitation. Not surprising, under the circumstances.


Looks pretty, if not exactly winning for White.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.Bg5 Bb4 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.e3 b5 10.a4 c6 11.Ne5 a6 12.g4 Bb7 13.Bg2 Qe7 Qe7 14.O-O O-O 15.f4 Nd7 16.Nxc6 Qd6 17.Ne7+ Qxe7 18.Bxb7 Ra7 19.Bg2 Nb6 20.axb5 axb5 21.Rxa7 Qxa7 22.Qa1 Qe7 23.e4 Ra8 24.Qb2 Ra5 25.e5 Qh4 26.Qe2 Ra3 27.f5 Rxc3 28.fxe6 fxe6 29.Qe4 Qd8 30.Qg6 Qxd4+ 31.Kh1 Re3 32.Qxe6+ Kh7 33.Qf5+ Kh8 34.Qf8+ Kh7 35.Qf5+ Kh8 36.Qf8

There was a bit of excitement at move 26.Qe2, when it seems that 26.f5 might have a little bit of a kick for White. However, after a closer look, this would have been a dead end, with many pitfalls for either side along the way. So it was better to stay clear of it.

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