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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.

VIDEO

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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  • 9 maanden geleden

    P_G_M

    OUCH!!!

  • 9 maanden geleden

    P_G_M

    OUCH!!!

  • 9 maanden geleden

    P_G_M

    OUCH!!!

  • 9 maanden geleden

    ildolphino

    @jeffcedas : 67. Ra1 Re6 68. Kg2 Re1  0-1

  • 9 maanden geleden

    slvnfernando

    Kasparov said it is a win for the human element in chess!

  • 9 maanden geleden

    Marcokim

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  • 9 maanden geleden

    Marcokim

    THE MAGNUS... machine-like solidity, genius-like improvisation... what can we say, this guy is a phenom!!

  • 9 maanden geleden

    pinneese

    first anand should get rid of the feeling that carlsen is invincible.when caruana,wang hao,ivanchuk and svidler were able to beat carlsen this year why cant anand do it.heavens will not fall if anand loses his crown.anand has achieved everything in chess.indian government should honour this chess prodigy by conferring BHARATHA RATNA on him.



  • 9 maanden geleden

    ErwinSachs

    The new chess phenomenon has well and truly arrived. Carlsens ability to make every move a strong move, force his opponent to continually think and make something out of positions that look either drawn or lost is nothing short of astounding.....there is'nt a chess player on the planet who can't appreciate or respect such play, irrespective of whether they are a fan of the man or not. 

    Don't hate for the sake of hating guys.....Appreciate the fact that you are here at this moment in time to witness such an exciting chess player and maybe learn something from the guy.

  • 9 maanden geleden

    grandestmonster

    Carlsen does justice to my favourite opening...such wit and calm under pressure...Anand dithers like a schoolgirl with dodgy knickers....say hello to the new World Champ...

  • 9 maanden geleden

    jeffcedas

    Why instead of 67.Ra8 not 67.Ra1? If black's king tries to support f pawn it gets checked on a1,a2,a3 as J.polgar suggested

  • 9 maanden geleden

    DD71

    Anand could play with different's opening choice 

    d4 or Nf3 or c4

  • 9 maanden geleden

    C0ldSh0ckW1z

    Anand's had a nice run as the champ, but it had to end at some point.  Looks like it will end here.  Though I would like to see Anand win at least once, go down fighting.

  • 9 maanden geleden

    apostolis1

    Really interesting (end)game !!  I really liked the way Carlsen won it !

  • 9 maanden geleden

    Overlooseness

    Carlsen's defence mechanism is very powerful.

  • 9 maanden geleden

    Sutirtha11

    Anand is a very good player but age has taken it's toll we should get ready for a new champion

  • 9 maanden geleden

    Spektrowski

    The last time a reigning champion has come back from "-2" score and retained the title was in 1892, when Steinitz managed to draw Chigorin. And that wasn't a 12-game match.

  • 9 maanden geleden

    cybercoder

    There is Someone like Ivanchuck needs, to beat Carlsen with Dynamic shining sacrifice game!

  • 9 maanden geleden

    ghombau60

    ...its the INFERIORITY COMPLEXS that someone from some community have..."well, just discuss chess and have a good heart".

  • 9 maanden geleden

    Melchizedek10

    @ghombau...wow i'm really suprise their are those kind of people...but just glad it's just the few we're talking about here...cheers to a bright future that awaits all the loving soul :))

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