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


    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!”             This shows that Carlsen has a good sense of humor, that is now starting to surface!


  • 3 jaar geleden


    Beating Carlsen is very difficult, because he plays almost the best line (the one that computer suggests).

  • 3 jaar geleden


    @JustRunAway: That's simply Carlsen's style. He is #1 of the world, because he is good in the late middle game and endgame phase. That's his strategy. And it works. Not just against Anand.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    not over until it s over

  • 3 jaar geleden


    this was took from live chess rating "Game 6 was Anand’s 1st WC loss with White since 2005. He lost none as White vs Gelfand 2012, Topalov 2010, Kramnik 2008, or at Mexico 2007"

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Am I not right that there is no good play in chess but only bad tactics or moves that allow the other player to triumph?

  • 3 jaar geleden


    "You know all there is to know about fighting, so there's no sense us going down that same old road again. To beat this guy, you need speed - you don't have it. And your knees can't take the pounding, so hard running is out. And you got arthritis in your neck, and you've got calcium deposits on most of your joints, so sparring is out...So, what we'll be calling on is good ol' fashion blunt force trauma. Horsepower. Heavy-duty, cast-iron, piledriving punches that will have to hurt so much they'll rattle his ancestors." (Duke from "Rocky Balboa")

  • 3 jaar geleden


    carlsens not gonna play e4 tomorrow. hell go c4. no sicilian for u anand ;)

  • 3 jaar geleden


    The amount of stupidity by some people is just ridiculous...that why there is an old saying "know thyself!"...and only by realization of life and oneself and can come to know oneself!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Nakamura is annoying.If he was 2 Nil down in this match yes he would have gone on the attack today and yes he would have imploded as per usual.Vichy has been around and absolutley had to stop the bleeding.Thats strategy Hikaru you could learn a thing or two in fact.POMPOSITY of the highest order and no silverware to speak of!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    in any sport or in business, the main option to lower down your opponent's fighting attitude is "don't let him see the goal".

    magnus seems so solid a wall that vishy can't find a break.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I like this kid Carlsen.

    But... I didn't see a hungry chanllenger in his games. He doesn't play to win, even in his two victoryes. He just plays to not lose the games and some inaccuracy in Anand's moves made him the winner. Why we just criticize to Anand ?!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    There are 5 more games and even if they are all draws it would still say a lot.  Hope Anand surprises all of us and shows us his 90s 00s game.  Though admittedly at 43 that's probably asking for too much.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I don't know why I don't like Garry Kasparov's tweets. 

  • 3 jaar geleden


    go Carlsen go !! <3

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I'm hoping for a Sicilian tomorrow.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Couldn't agree more with whats been said will be no mean feat by any player to overtake Kasparovs mantle as the ' greatest chess player ' the world has seen.

    For sure we are now seeing a player in Carlsen as someone who could do this...someone said here the other day 2900 rating is only a matter of time with this guy.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    UGH! No pieces are displayed - again!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    A new era, passing the torch.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    GM Anand, how about some Sicilian tomorrow?

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