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Carlsen Beats Anand Again, Leads 4-2 - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 16.11.2013, 07:03.

On Saturday Magnus Carlsen increased his lead in the World Championship match against Viswanathan Anand to 4-2. In a quiet Ruy Lopez, the 22-year-old Norwegian equalized comfortably, got a slight initiative, won a pawn, then another one but the rook ending was probably still drawn. However, Anand again failed to find the best defense and had to resign at move 67.

And he did it again. With an almost unprecedented will to win, Magnus Carlsen ground down Vishy Anand in another rook ending to take a two-point lead in the match. The cold, engine-driven evaluations were constantly saying "draw", but the practical problems Anand had to solve again proved to be too much for the 44-year old Indian GM.


Avoiding the Berlin Ending with the move 4.d3 seemed like a good practical decision by the World Champion, and his 10.Bg5 got Carlsen thinking for 25 minutes. From move 15 onwards, it was clear that Anand was going to try his luck on the kingside. Step one was to try and land a knight on f5.

However, Carlsen found a number of excellent maneuvers and when all the minor pieces were traded it was clear that Black was at least equal. In fact, after 26...c4! it suddenly became clear that it was the Norwegian who was playing for a win.

With a timely exchange, Carlsen left his opponent with a bad pawn structure but the question was how he would improve further. “I thought I got a pretty solid position out of the opening. Then at some point I was little bit better but nothing much was going on.” But then, Anand either “sacrificed or blundered” a pawn, as Carlsen put it at the press conference. Asked about his surprising 38.Qg3, Anand said: “What can I say, some days it just goes like that.”

Carlsen obviously took the pawn, and it was clear that he was going to torture his opponent for quite some time. “After that I got a very good rook ending but I am not at all sure if it is winning,” the challenger said. As he allowed h4-h5 Anand was well on his way to draw the game anyway, until Carlsen found one more miniplan. “I had one little trap, this Kf4-Ke3 etc. Fortunately he went for it.”

Both players felt that it was all over when Black got Ke3 in, but analysis shows that there was still one more chance to draw with White, missed by Anand, on move 60.

Vishy Anand was clearly upset. “I mean, today was a heavy blow. I will not pretend otherwise. Nothing to be done, you just go on.” A Norwegian journalist asked how he would deal with it, to which Anand answered: “Well you just do your best.” The same journalist wanted him to elaborate on his answer, to which Anand answered: “Doing your best means doing your best. I dont know why you don't understand English?”

Sunday is another rest day. On Monday the second half of the match starts, with Vishy Anand again playing with the white pieces. He needs a win soon.

The players in the rest area, minutes before the start of the game
Anand getting his tea, like every day
Carlsen arrives, and the players shake hands — Anand doesn't look up
Still many media are represented in Chennai
Another Berlin, but we won't see the ending this day
Vishy Anand deeply concentrated and under pressure
Carlsen obviously more relaxed, sitting on a 3-2 lead

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  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Tough loss for Anand.  I'm excited for Carlsen to be the new great champion, he certainly deserves it.  However, I feel both coming into this WC and in terms of a stellar career, Anand is underrated.  He's defeated all of his generation's greatest players to hold onto his title this long, and has been one of the greatest sportsmen and embassadors of chess to the world.  Though by many metrics, Vishy's career could warrant his presence in "greatest player ever" discussions, the circumstances leading to his rise to world champion (Kasparov's fallout with FIDE) give many the idea he never deserved it.  Now he's in the unenviable position of having to pull off an improbable victory over a younger, stronger player just to give justification to a career that should speak for itself.  I don't think that's fair, but that's just how it goes sometimes. 

    That being said, though I doubt he can win, I hope he can take back 1 or 2 from Magnus and get the respect he deserves. 

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    @straycat, I think you may have hit an important explanation of Anand's relatively poor performance in this last game

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Anand looked very uncharacteristically nervous and overestimating his opponents move strength based on his rating strength , the evidence is in the games !! he`s failing to see when he has a slight advantage and when he has not!! therefore relying on his nervous intuition which is telling him: 

    " i can`t possibly have a winning attack against this guy who seems to have an answer for anything i do , i will just stay tight and wait for some mistake from him then i might attack"

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Again best comment by D_Ostwald

    The secret of Carlsen success is that as he mentioned he never plays against computers because he mentioned that a computer is an idiot that beats you but most important he understand that humans play completely different to computers because humans get tired and feel the pressure (specially under time pressure at the end of the time controls) and humans tend to play sub-optimal (weak) moves or complete losing blunders or they miss the optimal move to punish a weak move or blunder of the opponent and computers do not.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


  • 17 miesięcy temu


    In games 5 and 6, Carlsen has clearly exposed Anand's weakness (relative to the rest of his game) in the end-game (which is one of Carlsen's strengths).  I can't help but wonder if this 'weakness' has resulted from GM's not playing out 'drawn' postions?  Many of these 'drawn' postions require very accurate play to realize the draw; one small misstep and you can quickly find yourself in a losing position.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Carlsen will win 1 or 2 more games and the WCC will end in 10 or 9 games. 


    This WCC will go down in history as "The Slaughter of the Tiger in Chennai".

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    The new World Chess Champion.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Kasparov ran away because he forsaw this new era of computer assisted  youngters . This new species that is no longer call human-sapiens but human-android. The like of Micke Adams, Gelfand,Kramnik,Kamsky, ivanchuk,of course , Anand should retire en masse. This era belongs to Caruana,Giri,Nakamura,Wang So. Imagine there it is a chinese prodigie (i think he is still botte feed) whose a super GM  call Wang yi. Beware in three years Carlsen will be swep over by this horde of human-android which by the way he is the leader.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Anand is making sub-1800 level mistakes. :(

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    This photo of Anand shows how low is his hope of winning the WCC, he is feeling devastated.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    i just hope anand does not wait till he loses 4 out of 5 games (like he did against kasparov) and resigns before that, with his dignity intact. 

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    shame its only a 12 game match.if it was 24 Anand might have a chance to comeback but now  with so few games left, he;ll have to press and might well lose more games.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    @AZI Re: "Anand should take with the rook on move 24" 24. Rxe3?? Rxa1+ I don't think Anand's pawn structure would save him there.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    I am very content that Magnus won these last two games. It sort of comes as a punishment for Anand who takes so early draws (like in games 1 and 2 where he had a slight advantage) because he is afraid to play on. Magnus, on the other hand, is very brave, and I respect that a lot. Even in slightly worse position he very often manages to turn the tables.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Someone explain to me why b4 was not played in move 17. 

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Estimate a chess player in his prime days. Viewed like that Anand also is a genius

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    I feel bad for Anand. It almost seems more like he's losing the games than Carlsen's winning them. But Magnus is a great player, and I think his wins just look simple sometimes.

    It was foolish of that reporter to ask the same question twice. I don't think he meant to antagonize Anand, but it was obvious from Vishy's terse reply the first time that he didn't want to talk about the subject.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Anand should have played on in Game 1 and 2. He was slightly better but he is so used to ask/accept draws.

    It is nice that Carlsen try to squeeze out all opportunities from a game - isnt that the sign of a good sportsman: endurance.

    He also likes other sports and was in a "sportschool". Maybe that really shaped his mindset.

  • 17 miesięcy temu



    Yes, I do think Vishy Anand qualifies as a chess genius.  I respect Anand a great deal, and never would say that I don't, least of all for nationalistic or tribal 'reasons'.  

    On the other hand, I cannot speak for the Western media.  I do not know what their supposed ulterior motives might be - assuming any such. If you mean to say that we can get ugly nationalists who 'ignore' someone simply because they're not a member of their 'tribe' - I agree that is a very stupid human trait.  Although it's not just "Western media".  You can get bias and manipulation from Al Jazeera or Chinese media or Brazilian media or wherever.  The "West" isn't the only place capable of villainy in this world.  But I digress...

    So personally speaking, I despise nationalism of any stripe, whether it's American, German, Indian or Chinese or whatever.   For example, I am not a 'fan' of Carlsen or Morphy or Fischer because I am Norwegian or American (I just like how these individuals play chess, that's simply it for me). 

    And if you look at Anand objectively and tabulate his lifetime achievements, he should be, in my opinion, a Hall of Famer and a legend of the sport.  Based on some of the other metrics I mentioned too, he should easily qualify as a chess genius as well.  He definitely belongs in that pantheon of chess geniuses.  

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