Game Analysis

1. e4 c6 – Well Anand means well…he at least hopes for a dynamic E4 game..
2. d4 d5 – Caro Kann, how adventurous of Carlsen! He should have a medal for braveness.
3. Nc3 dxe4 – sigh
4. Nxe4 Bf5 – double sigh..
5. Ng3 Bg6 – Where have I seen these moves before? Oh only in 99% of all Caro Kann games..
6. h4 h6 – These moves just confirms that openings are just burping of canned stale information..
7. Nf3 e6 – Anand on the move again with his knight. Wonder if this one has any shiny armour!
8. Ne5 Bh7 –
9. Bd3 Bxd3 – Anand with three light pieces out and Carlsen just one. Caro Kann knew his shit, though.
10. Qxd3 Nd7 –
11. f4 Bb4+ – Ok finally a move of aggression from Anand. Followed by a bishop check. Odd move. White just strengthen his pawnformation in my opinion. Queen is less mobile however after the c3 move though.

12. c3 Be7 –
13. Bd2 Ngf6 –
14. O-O-O O-O- Long Castling for white, attempting assymmetry. Where there is a will there is a way. Normally. Carlsen accepts challenge. Now we are talking!

15. Ne4 Nxe4 – Knight exchanges, yes definately wise. They could be tricky jesters in this position.
16. Qxe4 Nxe5-
17. fxe5 Qd5 – Opening up rook and bishop file towards the black kings fortress. Anand is ahead for sure. But wait Carlsen wants to get even and force draw exchanges.

18. Qxd5 cxd5 – And succeeds with that plan. Sigh.
19. h5 b5 – Is this going to be a rally towards each king? Chicken race sort of?
20. Rh3 a5 –
21. Rf1 Rac8 – Oh yes! My mouth is watering!
22. Rg3 Kh7 .
23. Rgf3 Kg8 – This could be intriguing. However Carlsen really feels safe here.
24. Rg3 Kh7 Repeated moves. A draw. Neither had the guts to call the other and play their cards.
25. Rgf3 Kg8 1/2-1/2

Game Conclusion:

They are both safe players who don’t take any unnecessary uncalculated risks. If they had continued this game it would be very unsure but very interesting for us to see who actually would win the chicken race..had they continued. As it turned out both turned chicken! Quaack! Quaack! And lost quite a bit of appreciation from their fans surely.Hope they both shape up quickly.

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