26.Kd2 OMG

When disaster struck for Viswanathan Anand at the World Chess Championship in Sochi during Game 6, no one was watching… at least not the English commentary fans. There was a commercial break for a crucial 26th move by Black. World Champion Magnus Carlsen played 26.Kd2 which was a blunder and would have given Vishy Anand not only two pawns, but an edge in the match and possibly the title itself because of the psychological pressure the win would have exerted on Carlsen. It was not to be. Anand, within a span of 60 seconds, played a pre-planned move and eventually crumbled to a loss. Read a game summary at Chess Blog. You can replay the game with Chess King below.

Carlsen,M (2863) – Anand,V (2792)

Result: 1-0
Site: Sochi RUS
Date: 2014.11.15
[…] 1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 a6 the sicilian kan (paulsen) 5.c4 ♘f6 6.♘c3 ♗b4 7.♕d3 ♘c6 8.♘xc6 dxc6 9.♕xd8+ ♔xd8 10.e5 Ne4 would have been just fine for Black as well for example 10…♘d7 (10…♘e4 11.a3 ♗xc3+ 12.bxc3 ♘xc3 13.a4 ♘e4 14.♗d3) 11.♗f4 ♗xc3+ 12.bxc3 ♔c7 all in the book, but GMs in commentary felt maybe not the line to choose against Carlsen in the World Championship 13.h4 already planning to create a g7 weakness 13…b6 14.h5 h6 15.O-O-O ♗b7 16.♖d3 c5 17.♖g3 ♖ag8 18.♗d3 ♘f8 19.♗e3 g6 20.hxg6 ♘xg6 21.♖h5 ♗c6 22.♗c2 ♔b7 23.♖g4 a5 24.♗d1 ♖d8 25.♗c2 ♖dg8 26.♔d2 “Oh gosh what… ” 26…a4
26…♘xe5 27.♖xg8 ♘xc4+ 28.♔d3 ♘b2+ 29.♔e2 ♗b5+ 30.♔f3 ♖xg8 31.♖xh6 ♗c6+ 32.♔e2 this could eventually crack for White as Black would build pressure… 32…♖xg2
27.♔e2 a3 28.f3 ♖d8 29.♔e1 ♖d7 30.♗c1 ♖a8 31.♔e2 ♗a4 32.♗e4+ ♗c6 (32…♔a7 33.♗xa8 ♔xa8 34.♗xa3 ♖d1 35.♔f2 ♗c2 36.♖xh6 ♘xe5) 33.♗xg6 fxg6 34.♖xg6 ♗a4 35.♖xe6 ♖d1 36.♗xa3 ♖a1 37.♔e3 ♗c2 38.♖e7+ ♔c8 39.♖xh6 ♖d1
39…♔d8 40.♖f7 (40.♖g7 ♗a4 41.♖h8+ ♗e8 42.♖xe8+ ♔xe8 43.♖g8+) 40…♔e8 41.♖b7 checkmate Rh8
40.♖e8+ ♖d8 41.♖xd8+ ♔xd8 42.♖h8+ ♔c7 43.♖xa8