Carlsen-Anand 2014 – Game 3
A first win in classical chess for Anand since 2010 and repeating the feat from his match with Gelfand when he stroke back immediately after a loss – these two factors cannot be overestimated. Anand was glowing at the press conference, barely managing to conceal his smile, Carlsen looked dejected.
In fact the game was pretty one-sided and simple to explain. Anand was better prepared and Carlsen didn’t manage to find a way out of his troubles. What surprises me is that the line he chose is rather forced and it is a must to check it thoroughly before playing it, something Anand did and Carlsen didn’t. Now, why he didn’t I can only guess. After his choice of 7…c6 white is forced to go in for this line if he’s to achieve anything, so it’s really unclear to me why Carlsen wasn’t prepared. Additionally, this line was played in the recent game Aronian-Adams from Bilbao last year and Anand’s improvement was simply the first line of the engine – nothing too difficult there. A baffing opening disaster for Carlsen.
But sometimes losing a game without a chance after a bad opening is a good thing. You realise that you didn’t play, you weren’t given a chance to play, so you can just dismiss it as an odd occurrence and this can help focus on the games ahead. I’m sure Carlsen will do that.
And as for Anand, he’s riding high now, but he mustn’t forget who he’s playing against.
Here is the game with detailed notes:
The Petrosian Memorial finished today and it was a glorious triumph for Grischuk. Kramnik was solid second with a very good performance, Gelfand managed to come back to +1 with a last round win against Leko (a heroic feat, both beating Leko and achieving a great result with a last-round win after playing non-stop for a whole month) and sharing 3rd with Aronian, who continues to be overshadowed by other players’ incredible performances. As for the others, they are very likely to forget this event as soon as possible and Inarkiev will most probably sack his team.