[Event "FIDE World Championship 2016"] [Site "New York, USA"] [Date "2016.11.20"] [Round "7"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D10"] [WhiteElo "2772"] [BlackElo "2853"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "66"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] {Both players took a day of work so to speak with this game because it was such a drawish classical oldfashioned line where little could go wrong for Magnus in particular, although we did see a spetacular swap off of pieces.} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 5. Bd3 dxc4 6. Bxc4 e6 {It starts off a Slav Defence in terms of opening but quickly transposes into the Queens Gambit Accepted:classical Main line.} 7. Nf3 c5 8. O-O b5 9. Be2 (9. Bb3 $14 {this is slightly more common.}) 9... Bb7 10. dxc5 Nc6 11. Nd2 {apparently this is a novelty but its hardly revoloutionary.} Bxc5 12. Nde4 Nxe4 13. Nxe4 Be7 14. b3 Nb4 $1 15. Bf3 O-O 16. Ba3 {this signals a massive swap off which it is hard to see the outcome from here. The point is that if the Magnus dark squared Bishop is lured away from the f8 to a3 diagonal then the Knight on b4 is enprie (ie undefended and attacked).} (16. Bb2 $6 Qd3 17. Qxd3 Nxd3 18. Nf6+ $4 {this doesnt work here.} gxf6 $1 19. Bxb7 Ra7 20. Bxa6 Rxa6 $19) 16... Rc8 17. Nf6+ $1 Bxf6 18. Bxb7 Bxa1 19. Bxb4 (19. Bxc8 Qxd1 20. Rxd1 Rxc8 21. Bxb4 $11) 19... Bf6 20. Bxf8 Qxd1 21. Rxd1 Rxf8 22. Bxa6 {Sergey has won a pawn but as quite often in these lines of classical Queens Gambits it means little after Magnuses next move...} b4 $3 {now how does Sergey advance the won pawn- answer-there is no way without Ra1 being available. The Bishop keeps a watchfull eye on a1. The alternative is to play Rd7 and Ra7 for White but that plan is easily scuppered.} 23. Rc1 g6 24. Rc2 Ra8 25. Bd3 Rd8 26. Be2 ({ The back row checkmate is an illusion.} 26. Bc4 $1 Rd1+ 27. Bf1 Rb1 28. g3 Kf8 29. Kg2 Rb2 30. Rxb2 Bxb2 $11) 26... Kf8 27. Kf1 Ra8 28. Bc4 Rc8 29. Ke2 Ke7 30. f4 h6 31. Kf3 (31. Bd3 Rxc2+ 32. Bxc2 g5 33. Kd3 Bb2 34. Kc4 Ba3 $11) 31... Rc7 32. g4 g5 33. Ke4 Rc8 {as long as Magnus doesnt put his King on a silly square like maybe f7 its completely drawn if he does say move his King eventually to f7 then Bxe6+ creates a discovered attack on the Rook at c8 from the Rook at c2, because it would be check then Rxc8 would be on the cards- but that is something I am entirely sure Magnus was aware of. Sergey too was probably aware of it but knew Magnus would fall for it so an early bath and yet another draw.} 1/2-1/2