|Carlsen made it all look absurdly simple|
|Grischuk beat himself|
True, Grischuk is a marvellous blitz player and he pulled out some pretty useful moves under extreme time pressure which might have frightened the pants off a player below his level, but trying such a hackneyed psychological trick against Carlsen is simply bonkers.
The game started with a sideline of the Berlin Ruy Lopez which Grischuk had defended unsuccessfully against Karjakin in a Moscow rapidplay game last month, but Carlsen (who would be fully aware of that) diverged first. He nursed a slight edge whilst Grischuk agonised over his moves and dug a big hole for himself. It was a good game for knights rather than bishops as Carlsen set his horses on the black a-pawn and locked the black clerics up in a rather unsuccessful back rank conclave.
If you are looking for where Black went wrong, the excellent official press release has a big clue: "An important moment was 17…f5, a move disliked by Carlsen. 'I missed a lot of things with this move. I completely overestimated my position. I still think Black is fine but [during the game] I thought Black was better,' said Grischuk.
Grischuk eventually conjured up some tactics which might well have felled a lesser man but Carlsen defused all the tricks and won some material, making it all look absurdly easy. But, as I said at the top, this one was more about Grischuk's bad tactics than anything Magnus did.