Last Sunday, Carlsen successfully defended his title against Anand, winning a €1m match in Sochi 6.5-4.5. The "old guard" (Anand, Kramnik and Gelfand ) now have little hope of beating him, but the new generation of players - Caruana (22), Giri (20) and Rapport (18) will provide plenty of challenge to the Champion. They are currently No 2, 8 and 33 on the rating list respectively. The following nice game was played last year in the European Club Championship in Rhodes:
Giri - Bartel
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 a6?!
3.Bg5 c6 4.e3 Qb6?
The idea of ...Qd8-b6xb2 is risky enough, but together with the move ...a6 it looks completely wrong.
5.Bd3! Qxb2 6.Nbd2 Qa3
7.0-0 Bg4 8.Qb1 b5 (D)
Black is way behind in development and Giri proved his advantage with a series of energetic strikes:
9.c4! Bxf3 10.Nxf3 dxc4
11.Bxc4 e6 12.e4! Be7
13.Bc1! Qa5 14.d5
Maybe this move was too hasty as the line 14.Bd2 Qc7 15.Bd3 would have left White firmly in control.
Black had to try 14...cxd5. Then 15.exd5?? bxc4 16.Qb7 Qxd5 is bad for White, so he would have to settle for 15.Bb3 Nf6 16.exd5 Nxd5 17.Bxd5 exd5 18.Re1, with unclear play.
15.exd5 Nf6 16.d6! Bxd6
17.Re1+ Kf8 18.Qf5 Nbd7
19.Bxf7! Ne5 20.Rxe5 Bxe5
Black is also doomed after 21...Bxa1 22.Qc5+ Ke8 23.Qxc6+ Ke7 24.Qb7+ Kd6 25.Bf4+ Kc5 26.Qe7+ Kc6 27.Qe6+ Kb7 28.Bd5+. 22.Be3 b4 23.Bf4! 1-0