Black to play
Carlsen - Anand, World Championship (6) 2014
It’s not going to be the thing that most people remember about game 6 from Sochi, I admit, but along with all the drama, there was an ISE possibility late on Saturday afternoon. Talking of which, the exchange of blunders on move 26 inspired one of the best bits of chess commentary that I’ve ever seen.
Look at this video from Chess24’s coverage of game 6. Yes, it’s in Spanish. That’s kind of the point. It doesn’t matter if you speak the language. It doesn’t even matter if you understand chess Watch this clip and you know that something monumental has happened. Just look at his face, as Barry Davies would say.
Black to play
I watched game 6 with Angus in Streatham's Cafe Barcelona. A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, that. Watching World Championship chess, slurping tea and scoffing a nata or two.
When we got to this point I actually laughed at the suggestion that Black could do an ISE. It just seemed rather preposterous. As it happens the exchange sac was later suggested as Anand’s best chance by both Gustafsson and Anand.
It was my erstwhile Chess180 opponent Matt Fletcher who suggested the term A Desperate Sacrifice of the Exchange. That was certainly Gusti’s motivation to give up material here. 32 ... Bc6 is going to lose to 33 Bxg6 so why not punt an ISE? Not exactly interesting ... very interesting (to borrow another Barry Davies-ism), but if nothing else it would mix things up a bit.
Well, it didn’t happen and Vishy went meekly to his doom. Which is not particularly surprising. Watch that video again and just look at their faces when ... a4 comes in response to Kd2. If that’s the reaction just watching, imagine what it must have been like to realise you missed ... Nxe5 whilst you were actually playing.
2014 ISE Count: 71