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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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  • 12 maanden geleden

    atty1970

    carlsen all the way now...and a new deserved world champion

  • 12 maanden geleden

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    "journalists should stop asking meaningless questions"

    Well, the uncomfortable reality of the press conferences is that either player would be unwise to give really candid answers, because it could unnecessarily give the other player some insight. That journalist was effectively asking Anand whether he had any specific adjustments planned, like being more aggressive in the opening, or whatever, but it is just not in Anand's interest to answer something like this, and I think he's tired of reporters not figuring this out on their own.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    "lol perhaps two losses are getting to him. He is normally more patient and kind."

    Yes, this is sad in a way. I wonder if he is the type to regret comments like this.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    Twobit

    I really think that some journalists should stop asking meaningless questions from Anand, when he is clearly exhausted and devastated.

    Like:

    Q: (Ole Rolfsrud, NRK TV) I am still wondering if Mr Anand will elaborate by what you mean by doing your best again?

  • 12 maanden geleden

    SunWorshipper

    Carlsen is showing his master class in the endgames. Anand needs to show his genius in middle game if he intends come out of this hole. So far, Carlsen is having all the answers.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    Basrohs

    “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?”

    lol perhaps two losses are getting to him. He is normally more patient and kind.

    Knew Magnus would amaze.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    jonchess64

    till yesterday I was thinking its early for Anand to leave even after his first loss, trusting those who posted saying Anand will give a win to Carlsen just as he did with Gelfand ,then strike back and win ,  but after today's game I would say its Carlsen to the end , really age has its effects on Anand a champion that I respect for his character and acomplishments.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    Sahasrara

    Its funny to see people say Carlsen is nothing special...Carlsen drew with Kasparov as a child, achieved GM status as one of the youngest children ever, really nothing special???

  • 12 maanden geleden

    Paulzzz

    To me it is certain who will win the match. The round 6 dispelled all doubts on this account.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    albatrosses

    When Magnus stands up and walks away frequently, he has a winnable position.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    GeniusKJ

    The only way Anand can win this match is if Magnus self-destructs.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    JackL019

    The simple truth is that Anand is 42 years old and battle weary.  He is great world champion and will soon be a great former world champion.

    He looks tired, acts tired, and is tired.  I'm surprised his match preparation didn't include yoga and meditation.  Those ancient Indian disciplines might have helped him deal with the rigors of these long games.  His biggest mistakes seem to come in the latter parts of the game when he must be getting tired.

    I'm afraid it is too late for him now.  Carlsen is young, hungry, and strong.  He seems unstoppable.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    DeepLouis

    And by the way, Carlsen aint relaxed,. he's composed..

  • 12 maanden geleden

    DeepLouis

      Don't start laughing, but isn't it always funny when some non-expert asks questions or comments on stuff they're so dumb about,.I mean, like I don't even know what doing your best means,.yeah.....duh!?!

  • 12 maanden geleden

    kagid

    anand is getting nervous

  • 12 maanden geleden

    Kierkegaard

    Who spreads negativity, Sahasrara? I don't see it. What I do see are two great chessplayers from whom one is even better than the other. Like Woodrow said: "It's no coincidence that Magnus entered the match 95 points higher than Anand and that he has the highest rating ever". At this moment he is the best in the world since quite a while. I think he will stay the best for quite a while.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    P_G_M

    The ultimate truth is that Anand has played two poor endgames and now he is -2 with only six games to play and he most probably is feeling very insecured about his endgame skills, specially rook and pawns endgames which are the most frequent chess endgames.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    JoeTheV

    Congrats for Magnus's second win!

  • 12 maanden geleden

    Sahasrara

    @chessdoggblack

    why do you spread such negativity? Pushing your own ideas and views upon others, is egotistical. Please take it easy.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    rav1ndra

    They are both great chess player

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