14 November 2013

Anand - Carlsen, Missed Opportunity?

Magnus Carlsen pushes out his chest and bites his lip just seconds before stealing a Pawn with 18...Bxa2!, against Vishy Anand. The move reminded informed observers of Bobby Fischer's famous blunder in the first game of his 1972 match against Boris Spassky. Many chess fans were already comparing 1972 Fischer - Spassky with 2013 Anand - Carlsen.

Game 4 - Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen [Youtube.com]

Athough the Bishop move gave the advantage to Carlsen, the game was eventually drawn. For the full game, see Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen; Anand-Carlsen World Championship (2013; g.4) on Chessgames.com. For more of Carlsen's games behind the Berlin Wall, see Player: Magnus Carlsen; Opening: Ruy Lopez (C67), also on Chessgames.com.

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