World Candidates 2014-3: Anand crushes

2014 World Championship Candidates
March 11th-April 1st, 2014 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia)
Round #3
#
Name
Flag
Rating
Result
Name
Flag
Rating
3.1 Topalov
2785
½-½
Aronian
2830
3.2 Andreikin
2709
½-½
Karjakin
2766
3.3 Svidler
2758
½-½
Kramnik
2810
3.4 Mamedyarov
2757
0-1
Anand
2773
Games

Viswanathan Anand is clearly making a statement in the early stages of the World Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Indian crushed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a game where mistakes were not obvious but white’s position collapsed rapidly.

An off-form Shakhriyar Mamedyarov did not make a good account of himself in round three. Photo by FIDE.com.

Black attacked white’s overextended center and weakened kingside to take the full point in 31 moves. Anand has surprised naysayers who thought that his competitive career was behind him. Maybe not!

Probably the most exciting game of the round was Topalov-Aronian which exploded in the middle game, but ended in a three-fold repetition. Aronian sacrificed a piece for an irresistible attack, but Topalov returned material and held on to split the point.

Peter Svidler is probably cursing himself for not snaring the full point against Vladimir Kramnik. There was a healthy post-mortem that showed white with winning chances. Kramnik was able to find tremendous resources with 45.e5! f5! 46.gxf5 and black found the saving grace with 46…Rf6!! This was to the delight of commentator GMs Peter Heine-Nielsen and Viktorija Cmiltye. Amazing!

Not really much of a conversation in Andreikin-Karjakin as pieces melted away quickly and ended in a perpetual check.

Official Site: https://candidates2014.fide.com/
Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2014/03/13/2014-world-chess-candidates-khanty-mansiysk-rus/

Video Commentary by GM Daniel King

Standings

Viswanathan Anand, 2.5/3 (+2 -0 =1), Peter Svidler, 2/3 (+1 -0 =2), Vladimir Kramnik, 2/3 (+1 -0 =2), Levon Aronian, 1.5/3 (+1 -1 =1), Veselin Topalov, 1.5/3 (+0 -0 =3), Dmitri Andreikin 1/3 (+0 -1 =2), Sergey Karjakin, 1/3 (+0 -1 =2), Shakriyar Mamedyarov, .5/3 (+0 -2 =1)

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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