Breaking news … Anand defeats Carlsen in Tuesday’s Game 3 in 34 moves to even the match at 1 1/2-1 1/2. It’s the first lost for Carlsen in two title matches with the Indian challenger.
Using the same blueprint which won him the title a year ago, Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen pressured challenger Viswanathan Anand of India into a critical mistake to win the second game of their scheduled 12-round match in Sochi, Russia Sunday.
Following Saturday’s tense draw, Carlsen now holds a 11/2-1/2 lead with Game 3 to be played on Tuesday.
Employing a new line against Anand’s staunch Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense, Carlsen built up steady pressure, trading down to a major-piece battle in which Black’s queen and rooks occupied passive positions.
As he did repeatedly in dethroning Anand a year ago, the Norwegian simply kept applying the pressure until his opponent cracked. In time pressure, Black had to play 34…Qd2 (threatening to capture White’s f-pawn), though after 35. Qxf3 Qxc2 36. Kg2 White still enjoys heavy pressure.
Instead, after 34…h5? 35. Qb7, Black has no good defense to the threat of 36. Rxg7+ Kh8 37. Rh7+ Kg8 38. Qg7 mate. Anand resigned.
Here are the moves to Game 2:
Carlsen - Anand, World Championship Match, Sochi, Russia
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. Re1 O-O 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. h3 Re8 9. Nbd2 Nd7 10. Nc4 Bb6 11. a4 a5 12. Nxb6 cxb6 13. d4 Qc7 14.Ra3 Nf8 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. Nh4 Rd8 17. Qh5 f6 18. Nf5 Be6 19. Rg3 Ng6 20. h4 Bxf5 21. exf5 Nf4 22. Bxf4 exf4 23. Rc3 c5 24. Re6 Rab8 25. Rc4 Qd7 26. Kh2 Rf8 27. Rce4 Rb7 28. Qe2 b5 29. b3 bxa4 30. bxa4 Rb4 31. Re7 Qd6 32. Qf3 Rxe4 33. Qxe4 f3+ 34. g3 h5 35. Qb7 Black resigns