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

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 16/11/13 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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  • hace 17 meses


    Anand neden maceracı oynuyor.Gereksiz piyon fedası yüzünden yenildi!

  • hace 17 meses


    I think Anand has been playing for draw so he made many mistakes against Carlesn who came to be the champion .On the other hand Anand  is looking to coming 6 rounds

  • hace 17 meses


    Annand can not cope with Carlsen. He is doing his own play but Magnus is showing a spatial play.

  • hace 17 meses


    losing stars to anand fans again. eh?

  • hace 17 meses


    I used to take a look at carlsens expressions during the middlegam, he was way too cool & never doubted the outcome from then on, just get the feeling he's forcing Anand to play to the best of his ability, its all over for Anand anyways. Carlsen simply is the next level, he has given a new dimension to the game, and beating him at this level is a daydream for Anand!

  • hace 17 meses


    You know, games like this make me wonder whether the majority of chess players have just got a little too comfortable. I'm sure there are many who would have simply agreed to a draw with Anand in this game. Perhaps you get so used to that that when someone tries to play for a win in a completely drawn position, you don't actually know what to do. You make blunders and errors, as Anand has done yesterday and today.

    Just because the position is technically drawn doesn't mean it isn't still worth playing. I think Carlsen is proving that in this match.

  • hace 17 meses


    how i see 2900 point

  • hace 17 meses



    If that is your argument...then would Anand fit the category of Genius then?...Why don't I heard western media mention it more often?...Just envy or simply ignorance?

  • hace 17 meses


    Stupid norwegian journalist !   -Of course I'm rooting for Magnus -but the main thing for us spectators are exciting games. Hope Anand -The tiger of Madras -can still build up some resistance...

  • hace 17 meses


    The crushing machine has finally warmed up ! 

    Go go Carlsen !!!

  • hace 17 meses


    i am v.sad for anand. why he is playing such a games!! he never played like this by giving easy pawn, and not attacking at all from the beginning. at other hand, carlsen played really v.good chess... impressed by carlsen and feeling more sad, because anand is loosing... Frown

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  • hace 17 meses


    A very nice article, well written and entertaining, with Carlsen's win making it all the more fantastic. Sorry, but I'm already looking forward to the next WC. There, we will see real fighting chess on all phases of the game (opening, middlegame, etc), probably with Kramnic, Aronian, etc. It will be dazling!

  • hace 17 meses


    magnus basgaaan

  • hace 17 meses


    This kid is a monster in his play. I see another Capablanca in endgames and a warrior in the chess board like Salo Flor. Give the Challenger "the respect he deserves!!" He came here to fight and the results speak for themselves. This aint a fluke. Its brains at work...

  • hace 17 meses



    (Facepalm)   Genius *is* defined as an exceptional intellectual ability or talent.  His intuitive ability alone is second to none.  He usually 'knows' what move he should play in seconds or in single-digit minute time frames and spends the rest of the time ‘just checking' the continuation.  This ability to see deeply into a position and do so very quickly (for a human) is exceptional.  Yes, his opponents make mistakes (what human doesn’t?) but his ability to push them, consistently, into such corners where the mistakes can happen and do happen while maintaining one’s own seamless play *is* extreme ability and talent. 

    If we accept the premise that there is such a thing as 'genius' to begin with (which can be debated), then Magnus Carlsen satisfies the definition's prerequisites. For example:

    1)      Extreme talent at chess at a very early age.

    2)      GM status at the age of 13. 

    3)      Intuitive feel for the game without the need for calculation and memorization. 

    4)      Exceptional spatial intelligence. 

    5)      Exceptional memory. 

    6)      Also, exceptional at blitz (blitz champion).

    7)      Exceptional at blindfold simultaneous and simultaneous chess. 

    8)      Exceptional statistical achievement in his field (Elo rating/major tournaments and so forth versus age). 

    I think I am beginning to understand that the (hint Freudian) “ ----- “ envy is strong here in this forum with some people but it would be nice if these people actually started giving Carlsen due credit instead of looking for ever more creative excuses for Anand (age, tired, etc)- or inventive ways in which to denigrate Carlsen (crazy, dirty, evil, tricky, non-classical, computer-assisted, lulz!, etc).    Take good care.    

  • hace 17 meses


    i aready told on yester day magnus got the confidence to convert draw games to win.this is bad luck for anand .after seeing all the games upto now anand is sacrificing pawns to get good attack or position .magnus is taking those pawns and defing the attack and position and get in to win or drawn. i think after 4 draws anand goes little bit agressive on giving pawns and tring for win .but anand have to come back in the series with his lot of experience.i hope so

  • hace 17 meses


    its game over

  • hace 17 meses


    Its really surprising Anand and his Team have not prepared any novelties against the Berlin now! or the Caro  Kann which he may repeat!

  • hace 17 meses


    i told you we have our new champion....Laughing

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