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Anand-Carlsen Game 7 Drawn in 32 Moves - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 18.11.2013, 04:12.

The seventh game of the World Championship match in Chennai between Viswanathan Anand, playing the white pieces, and Magnus Carlsen ended in a draw after 32 moves. In another 4.d3 Berlin Ruy Lopez, Anand chose a quiet, positional variation and both sides castled queenside. After the h-file was opened, all rooks were traded and the resulting ending with QN vs QN was a dead draw. Anand must score a win (or rather two) in the next few games, while Carlsen needs only 2.0/5 to become the next world champion.

VIDEO

After the double blow on Friday and Saturday, World Champion Vishy Anand had a day to recover and another white game on Monday. Many chess fans expected him to go "all in" and take some risks. Maybe even change his opening to 1.d4. Anything. But Anand went for the Berlin Ruy Lopez again, and playing 5.Bxc6, he preferred a calm approach.

“I chose a line that actually both of us have played quite a bit in the past. You get a very slow, maneuvering kind of game. (...) I thought I might be able to press a little bit. It's not huge, but... somehow I was not able to make it happen.”

Anand explained at the press conference that the other big plan for white was to play for f4. Maybe he should have gone for that, because the early h2-h4-h5xg6 didn't give him much. “Swapping all the rooks gives him adequate counterplay,” said the Indian.

Carlsen was obviously satisfied with how the game went. “There are many different plans but whatever you play, it's usually quite slow. I thought I was doing more or less fine; just a little bit worse but nothing real. It's always going to be a tiny bit more pleasant for white but my pieces are well developed and I have no particular weaknesses so I don't think I should be in any major trouble.”

To many chess fans, Anand's quiet approach was a surprise. Hikaru Nakamura wrote one of the sharpest tweets of the day:

Anand admitted that he didn't get much as White: “Obviousy after the last two games it's nice to break this result but... I was hoping for, you know, to be able to press him a little bit and I didn't manage very much to be honest.”

One journalist asked about the psychological aspect of the match. Anand only wanted to admit that "they are there", while Carlsen gave a longer answer: “Of course there are some psychological aspects. For instance there was no doubt that the outcome of game 5 influenced the next game. I think that's unavoidable in a match, so that's little bit different [from tournaments]. You just try to move on as best as you can but it's not so easy, especially if you lost of course.”

A Russian grandmaster who has worked with Carlsen in the past, tweeted:

Although it's too early to state that Anand has thrown in the towel, he was surprisingly cheerful at the press conference. To the question whether his team is passing on the messages that are coming in via the social media, he replied with a smile: “In general if they think I should know something they let me know. I don't know what they're not telling me!”

Carlsen answered the same question: “I've been following it just a little bit. I'm very happy, very thankful for all of those who wish me well and for those who don't I don't read it anyway!”

The score is 4.5-2.5 in favor of the challenger, who will play with the white pieces tomorrow. It will be interesting to see whether Anand will change his opening strategy and or and start playing for a win as Black. At the same time, the question is what kind of Carlsen we will see. As the 13th World Champion tweeted on Sunday:

World Championship 2013

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11 G12 Pts Perf
Carlsen 2870 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 4.5 2877
Anand 2775 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 2.5 2768
Vishy Anand again sat down at the board first...
...while Carlsen preferred to stay in the rest area a bit longer
After shaking hands for the 7th time...
...and filling out the notation form...
...Carlsen actually left the stage, and returned at the board...
...only 18 seconds before the start. The term "zero tolerance" could be heard in the playing hall!


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  • 11 miesięcy temu

    BolesniUm

    Vishy fears to lose a game more than he wants to win,it is easy to say but now its the time for all in,altough i think it is bit to late for Anand.The best he can do now it is to die like a man even if that means losing few more games.

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    shotdown

    I just noticed that watching game of two best players in the world having computer evalutaion somewhere nearby is somehow pointless. I dont look for any unsound sacrifices or some new ideas - just "the best computer moves" which are leading to draw ;) Do i really want that ? 

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    Aaronsky72

    This not a boxing match where one can hear Rocky music and rally back swinging at any time. This is chess where the dynamics of the position dictate the approach, either the tactics are there or they're not.
    If they're not, it's much better to play it safe rather than over reach and create a disaster. as a non loss after the last 2 games it could be worse for Anand.

    Well done Magnus! I'm still rooting for Magnus but I hope the next games are sharp and exciting and that Anand can create some fireworks for his home town fans.



  • 11 miesięcy temu

    hotwax

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  • 11 miesięcy temu

    mistermax

    @SolomeoParado: perhaps after 28.d4 then 28...Qe4.

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    Barracuda7018

    Anand just does not have, " The Eye of the Tiger", Anand just does not have, " The Eye of the Tiger",      Mate , only Fischer had the eye of the  tiger,the killer instict, the second best  was Kasparov...

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    Zinsch

    I wonder, whether Anand will quit professional chess after the next Candidates Tournament (assuming he won't make it back to the world championship match).

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    ClavierCavalier

    Is this a Berlin themed match?

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    Barracuda7018

    its over  folks  I told you weeks ago  that ANAND is  no match for this young bulldozer  from  Norway he is above Anands league ..Its over,  no chance for Anand...

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    aravindanand

    ANAND G you win or lose we all with you

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    Protomelas

    I had expected Anand to switch to 1.d4 to complicate the game or maybe switch to scotch opening. Noooo...

    Solomeo 28.d4 Qe4 The players of course calculated this position and found d4 harmless

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    SolomeoParado

    On move 28, why not d4 forking Queen and Knight instead of c3?

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    novin1365

    Annad seems to be afraid of Carlsen abjectly.

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    drumdaddy

    I wonder how Vishy will do in the next Candidates matches.

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    rahulmurdeshwar

    it's looking very bleak for anand:( magnus has to just exchange pieces and seems to be assured of a draw at least, win maybe!

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    nihal_1

    missed match.good luck carl.:)

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    AllogenicMan

    Now all Carlsen has to do is turn on his 'drawing machine'.  'Great' going for some superficially-played games, Anand - I was rooting for ya! ... [Now] good 'luck[?]' for the remaining games ...

    And that's the way 'I' see it! ...

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    JustRunAway

    Anand was able to wait for black's castling side and then decide to castle in the opposide side or not. Anyway he has to play critical and risky games to make it more complicated. He needs a win.

    Carlsen on the other side is managing this match. As same as Anand he didn't play for win yet but he was more accurate (and a little lucky) in his two past wins.

    I believe that recent chess championships are not exciting as previous matches.

    Assisting computer engines made super grand masters as same sa machines. No complicated positions, no outstanding sacrifices, just a short draw! That's all.

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    Robert1811

    Anand needs to use another opening so Carlsen is not prepared.

  • 11 miesięcy temu

    farzamforoughi

    goodbye dear ANAND

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