[Event "FIDE World Championship 2016"] [Site "New York"] [Date "2016.11.12"] [Round "2"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C84"] [WhiteElo "2772"] [BlackElo "2853"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2016.11.11"] [EventType "match"] [EventRounds "12"] [EventCountry "USA"] {This was another extremely tight game where both sides were playing for the accumulation of small advantages. I would not have advised Magnus to choose that opening, as he played a system almost invented by the Russians, the Berlin System which Sergey obviously knew well but the position soon transposed away from a Berlin in a manner reminiscent of many games played recently-It was a closed Ruy Lopez with d3 played. It was still a poor choice by Magnus and though he developed well and Sergey barely develops his pieces, Magnus finds himself under the cosh in the game and is put through the mire.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a3 $5 {an interesting alternative to the more common 8.c3.} O-O (8... Bg4 9. c3 O-O 10. h3 Bh5 11. Nbd2 Na5 12. Ba2 c5 $11 {following a game played by two amatuers in the year 2000.}) 9. Nc3 Na5 10. Ba2 Be6 $1 {I often play this move myself in similar positions. If the Sergey Bishop takes on e6 then Black has an extra central pawn and an open f-file to attack the opponents King.} 11. d4 (11. Bxe6 fxe6 $11) 11... Bxa2 12. Rxa2 Re8 13. Ra1 $6 {really come off it...} (13. dxe5 dxe5 14. Nxe5 Bd6 15. Nf3 Nxe4 16. Nxe4 Rxe4 $11) 13... Nc4 $6 { The Knight is repositioning to the b6 square.} 14. Re1 Rc8 {it is dangerous to vacate the a-file as this can easily be openned by Sergey.} 15. h3 {ultra cautious play by Sergey here in that he is preventing any Ng4 threats} h6 16. b3 $1 Nb6 17. Bb2 Bf8 18. dxe5 dxe5 19. a4 $1 c6 $6 {a cautious if slightly dubious alternative.} (19... Qxd1 20. Rexd1 b4 21. Nd5 $2 Nfxd5 22. exd5 e4 23. a5 Nxd5 24. Rxd5 exf3 25. gxf3 $17) 20. Qxd8 $1 Rcxd8 21. axb5 axb5 {now only White has realistic winning chances due to his more active major pieces in attack and minor pieces in defence.} (21... cxb5 $4 22. Rxa6 $18) 22. Ne2 $6 ( 22. Ra6 $14) 22... Bb4 23. Bc3 $3 (23. c3 Bf8 $11) 23... Bxc3 24. Nxc3 { it looks like a nearly symmetrical position but their are key advantages to Sergey here that give him the initiative.} Nbd7 25. Ra6 Rc8 26. b4 Re6 27. Rb1 c5 $3 {this is a conscession to doubling pawns- this time the double of the pawns is a weakness as they are issolated double pawns and the centre matters less in the endgame than in the opening.} (27... Ne8 $6 28. Rd1 Nc7 $2 29. Ra7 (29. Rxd7 $4 Nxa6 $19) 29... Nf6 30. Ne1 Nfe8 31. Nd3 Ra8 32. Rxa8 Nxa8 33. Nc5 Rd6 34. Rxd6 Nxd6 35. Nd7 f6 36. Nb8 Nc7 37. Nxc6 $16) 28. Rxe6 fxe6 29. Nxb5 cxb4 30. Rxb4 Rxc2 31. Nd6 Rc1+ 32. Kh2 Rc2 {Magnus has found an important weakness in Sergeys position namely the f-pawn other than play 33.Rb5 and target the e5 pawn losing the f2 pawn there is nothing Sergey can do to play for a win. So Sergey and Magnus repeat the position for a draw.} 33. Kg1 { Magnus exchanged one of his pieces so he could develop the rest better which is a well known ploy when you are struggling for space but Sergey didnt develop hardly any of his pieces and played really slowly, and still had Magnus in trouble.} 1/2-1/2