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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  • vor 2 Jahre


    That was a great game by Carlsen and a very typical game from him.

    For a long time the position was just a draw. Carlsen was a pawn up but the pawns were doubled. If you show this position to some GM or IM and tell him you're trying to win he would just laugh at you.

    And then  Carlsen came up with this idea of sacrificing his c and one of the h pawns. That was the only way to make progress and it was almost working.


    But the position was still a draw because Anand had JUST enough time to get counterplay by pushing his pawns. So all he had to do was to start pushing as soon as he got the chance.

    And then came this incredible blunder : 60.Ra4 ??

    I suppose he wanted to unblock his c-pawn, but this was a refinement too many. It was an emergency situation, it was a race, and there was no time for comfort and refinements. Ra4 lost a crucial tempo and that was it.

    Now is Anand lost ? there are still 6 games, and now it is Carlsen who will be under some pressure. The question is : does he have the will, the determination to equalize ? Can he do it ?

    The next game will probably provide the answer.

  • vor 2 Jahre


    I would like to see a full analysis of 60. b4 because both Carlsen and Anand agreed that the b-c pawns were way too slow, but I think the b-pawn is just on time after, for example, 60... h3 61. gxh3 Rg6 62. Rc8 f3 63. Re8+ Kf2 64. b5 Rg2+ 65. Kh1 Rg1+ 66. Kh2 Re1 

  • vor 2 Jahre


    Yea, Red Bull lol Smile

  • vor 2 Jahre


    We have a winner for the best hilarious comment of the WCC.

    The winner is Twobit with the following comment:

    "May be that Anand should switch from tea to Red Bull..."


  • vor 2 Jahre


    May be that Anand should switch from tea to Red Bull...

  • vor 2 Jahre


    Great comments by sapientdust and mariodv1.


    Finally we can have some great comments by the members. Because all of Anand's fans are completely shock after having been slapped in the face by Carlsen’s wins and wake up to see the reality that Carlsen is the best player in the world both in tournament and match play. 

  • vor 2 Jahre


    Anand will probably retire either way. If he wins, he'll end on a high. If he loses, he'll end on a low. Either way, his legacy is not at stake.

  • vor 2 Jahre


    magnusficient carlsen!! you will be a new world chess champion, congratulation

  • vor 2 Jahre


    I think if Anand loses this match he's gonna retire. no need to participate in the candidates tournament to try to win it back

  • vor 2 Jahre


    i thought the reporter was indian listening to the press conference, now I hear it was actually a norwegian reporter. That is really a stupid arrogant question to ask "what do you mean with doing your best"

    But like someone said the problem is that their is more "ordinary" journalists than actual chess journalists.

  • vor 2 Jahre


    I agree that Carlsen's approach is refreshing. It's not so much whether the position is objectively drawn or not, because the initially position probably is drawn, but whether one can still present plenty of difficult problems for the opponent and punish their inaccuracies. This is the idea of chess as a mental battle between two players, not a quest for the objective truth of a position.

  • vor 2 Jahre


    This remind me Kasparov in a interview after loosing a game against a computer program, he was so mad and he was saying that the game was in a draw position, means the computer was not that good. But that is chess all about, there is not draw positions and we are not computers we are humans and we make mistakes. That's what carlsen knows very well, when every body is agree to a draw he says (SHOW ME). This is very good for chess, I think we are going to start seeing some changing on the game and less draws in the middle of the game. And also remind me Kasparov again, saying "the winner in a chess game is the one with less mistakes"

  • vor 2 Jahre


    Anand's legacy is already assured. Losing this WC match won't change that. His record speaks for itself.

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  • vor 2 Jahre



    Sorry for basic question. Can someone explain annotations next to some of the moves please eg 23. Qg4C0:59

    It shows the time remaining on the Clock for that player. After this move the clock was showing :59 minutes for the White Player.

  • vor 2 Jahre


    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. 

  • vor 2 Jahre


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

  • vor 2 Jahre


    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"

  • vor 2 Jahre


    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.

  • vor 2 Jahre


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