Anand-Carlsen Game 7 Drawn in 32 Moves - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 18-11-13 04:12.

The seventh game of the World Championship match in Chennai between Viswanathan Anand, playing the white pieces, and Magnus Carlsen ended in a draw after 32 moves. In another 4.d3 Berlin Ruy Lopez, Anand chose a quiet, positional variation and both sides castled queenside. After the h-file was opened, all rooks were traded and the resulting ending with QN vs QN was a dead draw. Anand must score a win (or rather two) in the next few games, while Carlsen needs only 2.0/5 to become the next world champion.


After the double blow on Friday and Saturday, World Champion Vishy Anand had a day to recover and another white game on Monday. Many chess fans expected him to go "all in" and take some risks. Maybe even change his opening to 1.d4. Anything. But Anand went for the Berlin Ruy Lopez again, and playing 5.Bxc6, he preferred a calm approach.

“I chose a line that actually both of us have played quite a bit in the past. You get a very slow, maneuvering kind of game. (...) I thought I might be able to press a little bit. It's not huge, but... somehow I was not able to make it happen.”

Anand explained at the press conference that the other big plan for white was to play for f4. Maybe he should have gone for that, because the early h2-h4-h5xg6 didn't give him much. “Swapping all the rooks gives him adequate counterplay,” said the Indian.

Carlsen was obviously satisfied with how the game went. “There are many different plans but whatever you play, it's usually quite slow. I thought I was doing more or less fine; just a little bit worse but nothing real. It's always going to be a tiny bit more pleasant for white but my pieces are well developed and I have no particular weaknesses so I don't think I should be in any major trouble.”

To many chess fans, Anand's quiet approach was a surprise. Hikaru Nakamura wrote one of the sharpest tweets of the day:

Anand admitted that he didn't get much as White: “Obviousy after the last two games it's nice to break this result but... I was hoping for, you know, to be able to press him a little bit and I didn't manage very much to be honest.”

One journalist asked about the psychological aspect of the match. Anand only wanted to admit that "they are there", while Carlsen gave a longer answer: “Of course there are some psychological aspects. For instance there was no doubt that the outcome of game 5 influenced the next game. I think that's unavoidable in a match, so that's little bit different [from tournaments]. You just try to move on as best as you can but it's not so easy, especially if you lost of course.”

A Russian grandmaster who has worked with Carlsen in the past, tweeted:

Although it's too early to state that Anand has thrown in the towel, he was surprisingly cheerful at the press conference. To the question whether his team is passing on the messages that are coming in via the social media, he replied with a smile: “In general if they think I should know something they let me know. I don't know what they're not telling me!”

Carlsen answered the same question: “I've been following it just a little bit. I'm very happy, very thankful for all of those who wish me well and for those who don't I don't read it anyway!”

The score is 4.5-2.5 in favor of the challenger, who will play with the white pieces tomorrow. It will be interesting to see whether Anand will change his opening strategy and or and start playing for a win as Black. At the same time, the question is what kind of Carlsen we will see. As the 13th World Champion tweeted on Sunday:

World Championship 2013

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11 G12 Pts Perf
Carlsen 2870 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 4.5 2877
Anand 2775 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 2.5 2768
Vishy Anand again sat down at the board first...
...while Carlsen preferred to stay in the rest area a bit longer
After shaking hands for the 7th time...
...and filling out the notation form...
...Carlsen actually left the stage, and returned at the board...
...only 18 seconds before the start. The term "zero tolerance" could be heard in the playing hall!

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  • 3 jaar geleden


    These comments are more entertaining than the games themselves! Delusional Anand and Fischer fans like Am1n3 have been posting complete nonsense during the entire match - please keep it up, you guys are hilarious. Laughing


    Seriously though, comparing modern players to Fischer (or any other dead GM) is like discussing Batman vs Spiderman - it's a meaningless discussion with no objective answer. 

  • 3 jaar geleden


    @ amine, I get your point. I think what you want is magnus to destroy all the competitors and win every tournament like those genius you mentioned before isnt it? remember that carlsen is facing a stronger competition with better tools. I see magnus having better understanding of chess than any other player of this era. out of their oppenings, they just cant compete with magnus specially the endgame which is for me what true talent is all about because theres no way anyone can memorize it, so pure calculation from your mind is needed and no one is better than carlsen in that aspect. his talent is for real. Sorry, caruana may beat carlsen in one game but overall carlsen stands apart from the rest or how can you explain the 70 points over the second player? it might be inflated but this apply for everybody.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Am1n3: "And right now there are no  big differences between Carlsen and Caruana or Kramnik for example, they all have won major tournaments"

    Nonsense. None of the other top 10 players have placed 1st or 2nd in every single one of their last 18 tournaments, with 1st place in 12 of the 18. None of the other top 10 players were rated number 1 by the age of 19, and none of them have ever broken the all-time record on the rating list, or so dominated chess over the last few years that most of the smart money was on the challenger in this match.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Anand seems pretty happy with this result. Maybe he is saving his energy for the upcoming candidates tournament.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    @ Amine Its ok that u dont like magnus style and you dont have to but nothing else. Just because you like bobby does not mean u have the absolute truth. The fact is that magnus is the best player and you cant refute that whether you like it or not. any comparison with those in the past is utopia.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Anand just want to escape with draws.He may be happy not to lose 3 in a row.Not a strong opponent for Carlson,after first 4 games Carlson lost his patience attacked Anand .Now again Anand testing Carlson's patience with draws,Anand can expect 2 more loses again.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Dogsofwar 420,

    Keep in mind that as a chess player, Bobby Fisher did not have the help of modern computers. He pretty much analyzed his own games when playing with the Russians.

    Carlsen, on the other hand, had the benefit of computer analysis from infancy. Logically, he should have the advantage, especially with him having an encylopedic memory.

    Too, the Elo system of chess rating was still in its infancy at the time of Bobby. Who know, his rating could have been higher.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Dogsofwar 420,

    Remember, Fisher was playing before the advent of computers; and, he was pretty much analyzing his games by himself unlike the Russians. In other words, Bobby did not have the benefit of powerful computers when he was mastering the different chess openings, analysis that is available to Magnus Carlsen as a modern chess student. Also, keep in mind that the rating system at the time was still in its infancy. Bobby might have deserved a higher rating.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    facts about fisher

    From 2000 to 2002, Fischer lived in Baguio City in the Philippines He resided in the same compound as the Filipino GM Eugenio Torre, a close friend who acted as his second during his 1992 match with Spassky.


     Torre introduced Fischer to a 22-year-old woman named Marilyn Young On May 21, 2001 Marilyn Young gave birth to a daughter named Jinky Young. Her mother claimed that Jinky was Fischer's daughter, citing as evidence Jinky's birth and baptismal certificates, photographs, a transaction record dated December 4, 2007 of a bank remittance by Fischer to Jinky, and Jinky's DNA through her blood samples. On the other hand, Magnús Skúlason, a friend of Fischer's, said that he was certain that Fischer was not the girl's father.

    On August 17, 2010 it was reported that a DNA test revealed that Jinky Young is not the daughter of Bobby Fischer


     from wiki

  • 3 jaar geleden


    unless anand would win 2 games its everybodys chessgame. carlsen would draw all his games to win, he is to smart with that % wise. he is gunning 6.5

    5 games to go baby!!!!

  • 3 jaar geleden



    Here are some stats for you.

    In 1973, there were 15 players rated 2600 or higher. They included Fischer (2780), Karpov (2660), Tal (2660), Spassky (2655), Portisch (2650), Korchnoi (2650), Petrosian (2640), Botvinnik (2630), Polugaevsky (2625), Larsen (2620), Smyslov (2610), Geller (2605), Byrne (2605), Stein (2605), and Huebner (2600). To make the top 100, you had to be 2480 or higher.

    Fischer held 120 points over his next closest rival. Not saying that Carlsen isn't capable of obtaining that distance, but he hasn't done it yet.

    Best analogy I can come up with is: For an airplane/jet to obtain a high altitude flight it needs to be able to create lift. The higher the altitude, the more thrust is needed to over come the decrease in air density.

    There are more GMs now than in 1973, so in essence the "air" is denser. Fischer single-handedly beat the entire Soviet chess program. Not just Spassky.

    Google FIDE Chess Ratings Inflation or better yet look up Chessmetrics by (Jeff Sonas) and you might possibly understand. Sonas has Fischer's highest (adjusted) rating at 2895.

  • 3 jaar geleden

    CM JamesColeman

    It seems we're seeing the same folorn acceptance of the inevitable that we saw at the end of the match in 1995, when Anand realised he was simply outgunned by Kasparov. After a promising start, even taking the lead, Kasparov came back at him with all guns blazing and the match was soon decided. The last four games were fairly timid draws with Vishy resigned to the inevitable.

    I feel very sorry for him, and have the utmost respect for him as a player and a person.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    @Dogsofwar420 that would seem neccesary to back up your argument. The two points you made below seem somewhat flimsy. Carlsen would have had far more opportunity (as well as high level coaching) early on to achieve GM status (many more tournaments, chances to play highly rated players etc.). It is also pretty obvious that ratings are inflated, better to look at ratings difference. Fischer regularly had a large gap between himself and the next player, just as Carlsen does, and dominated for a long time, just as Carlsen is currently doing.  If Carlsen can keep it up he will undoubtedly top Fischers accomplishments, but I'm not sure if he's quite there yet.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Fine ...I'll post it. This will take me a little bit of time so please be patient.

  • 3 jaar geleden



    Lets see the list

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I believe Anand is a great chess player, but playing against Carlsen he has no chance even winning a game.

    It does not matter what people say about Magnus, Still HE is the king for years to come.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Yes I know quit well who Bobby Fischer was and understand the impact he had on chess. I won't spend a lot of time trying to convince you of things you don't want to believe in the first place...I'll just state a few facts and let them speak for themselves.

          #1) Bobby Fischer became a GM at the age of 15...the youngest in the history of chess ( at that time ).

           #2) Mangus became a GM at the age of 13 ...this out performs Fischer by two years !

           #3) Bobby Fischer's highest ELO rating was 2785,the highest of anyone in the history of chess (at that time ).

            #4) Mangus Carlsen's current rating is 2872 ( unless it's climbed since I last saw a report )....This is currently the highest of anyone in the history of chess !

       Let's do the math...2872 - 2785 = a paultry 913 points. I think I see what you mean....It's really nothing to write home about.

     I acknowledge that Bobby Fischer was one of the greatest minds in chess during his time,but Carlsen's achievements have surpassed Bobby's and and I believe that's validation of his superiorty. Carlsen has out performed Bobby on many other levels as well . If you'd like a complete list I'd be happy to make you one. I mean NO disrespect to Bobby Fischer in saying this...but facts are facts and ( as previously stated they speak for themselves.

                 Respectfully Submitted : 


  • 3 jaar geleden


    Carlsen's playing style may be different from Fischer's,but his over-all performance has been better....He was a grand champion at a younger age and his rating is higher. All of this suggest that his playing style is probably equally effective if not superior. I DO believe he will have more of an imact on this game than Fischer himself had....and Bobby Fischer had a helluva impact.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I ought to second Nakamura, and other GM's (who m i to do so?:))... Anand should value and cherish every game as an opportunity to get back in fight, a real one. The way he played today looked like he was just trying to cut the losses, just as he already admited the defeat. Under the given circumstances though I don't see how Carlsen could get nervous about anything in this match, so Kasparov is most probably right - it's all over...

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I feel a great disturbance in the Chess ;) Expecting great fight tomorrow!

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