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World Championship 2013 - Critical Move #3

This move from game 5 was more crucial, since it led to the first decisive game of the match. Carlsen had a slight advantage in the endgame and in his typical style, he kept putting pressure and taking advantage of small inaccuracies by Anand until he got the full point.

Among a set of inaacurate moves, this is likely the most critical, as Anand with black played 45. ... Rc1+ and lost. Instead,  45. ... Ra1 capturing the a-pawn should be good for a draw.



  • 12 months ago


    Yes, I am planning to go over game 6, which has a lot of critical moves Smile

    b4 is simply better, because it gives Anand a chance to push his pawns much further before having to sacrifice the his rook for the f-pawn. Ra4 was just a waste of time.

  • 13 months ago


    yeah this is a lot more serious, since anand lost. by the way deepkimo could you go over game 6 when anand played Ra4 instead of B4 what is so good about b4? thanks 

  • 13 months ago


    indeed, completely forgot that far away bishop! Thx guys.

  • 13 months ago


    @syreo13  The bishop protects c2, that's why black couldn't give a check.

  • 13 months ago


    Maybe, but why? after the check, the rook can go to c2 and grab the g pawn  as well no?

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