2016 Candidates Chess Tournament - Viswanathan Anand vs Sergey Karjakin - Round 11
This is a Round 11 game from the 2016 Candidates Chess Tournament between Viswanathan Anand and Sergey Karjakin. What is at stake in this tournament besides a big purse? Well, the winner of this lengthy 14 round event will earn a ticket to challenge the current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in November at the 2016 World Chess Championship match which will be held in New York, United States. It's another Ruy Lopez with the topical d3 system. Anand acquires an early opening position against Karjakin like that from his round 1 encounter with Veselin Topalov. Anand's 7th move against Karjakin aims to prevent any pin of his king knight right away. Karjakin takes this opportunity to strike early in the center with d5, and we soon have, by transposition, an exchange french pawn structure. Would it be Anand or Karjakin who stands the better side in a resulting opposite colored bishop endgame? How would you assess the endgame, and which color would you prefer to play, and for what reason(s)?