Candidates Tournament 2014
Candidates Round 7, Summary
The first interesting game: Svidler - Anand. Anand continues playing the Berlin Defense which was so kind to...Carlsen during their world championship match. He knows the moves by heart, then Svidler deviates from his recent game against Karjakin (Russian team championship, April 2013) and against a friend (European Nations Championship 2013) by choosing 8.Re1 instead of the traditional 8.d4 (the main line). It doesn't test Anand's preparation who immediately answers with the new 8...c6. Anand gets a nice time advantage and even gets a significant positional advantage after a few inaccuracies by Svidler. However, nothing is simple:
The game picks up speed and Anand chose to sacrifice his queen on the 24th move for a rook and a piece, betting that his bishop pair will be more active. However, Svidler quickly annihilated the black pressure and exchanged pieces. A final sacrifice of the quality ended the the debate and sent the players to the locker room with a beautiful draw!
Andreikin-Topalov could have let the Bulgarian shorten the gap between him and the leaders of the tournament.
It soon appeared that Black would take control of the game after a very aggressive opening that was a typical Topalov' style. (Topalov deviated from the Andreikin-Kramnik 1-0, 2013)
Kramnik against Mamedyarov is a can't miss game! Chess anyone takes a close-up look at this game, don't miss the analysis!
Finally, the Karjakin-Aronian game lets us see a second Berlin Defense. White innovates with 11.Qb3 yet after a series of simple moves, it seems that Aronian is already causing problems to White. Karjakin reacts in the center, but leaves his queenside exposed to a Black counter-attack, and little by little Black gains ground and the advantage.
See the game Kramnik - Mamedyarov annotated by the Chess Anyone's team : click here.