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


    @SolomeoParado: perhaps after 28.d4 then 28...Qe4.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Anand just does not have, " The Eye of the Tiger", Anand just does not have, " The Eye of the Tiger",      Mate , only Fischer had the eye of the  tiger,the killer instict, the second best  was Kasparov...

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I wonder, whether Anand will quit professional chess after the next Candidates Tournament (assuming he won't make it back to the world championship match).

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Is this a Berlin themed match?

  • 3 jaar geleden


    its over  folks  I told you weeks ago  that ANAND is  no match for this young bulldozer  from  Norway he is above Anands league ..Its over,  no chance for Anand...

  • 3 jaar geleden


    ANAND G you win or lose we all with you

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I had expected Anand to switch to 1.d4 to complicate the game or maybe switch to scotch opening. Noooo...

    Solomeo 28.d4 Qe4 The players of course calculated this position and found d4 harmless

  • 3 jaar geleden


    On move 28, why not d4 forking Queen and Knight instead of c3?

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Annad seems to be afraid of Carlsen abjectly.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I wonder how Vishy will do in the next Candidates matches.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    it's looking very bleak for anand:( magnus has to just exchange pieces and seems to be assured of a draw at least, win maybe!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    missed match.good luck carl.:)

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Now all Carlsen has to do is turn on his 'drawing machine'.  'Great' going for some superficially-played games, Anand - I was rooting for ya! ... [Now] good 'luck[?]' for the remaining games ...

    And that's the way 'I' see it! ...

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Anand was able to wait for black's castling side and then decide to castle in the opposide side or not. Anyway he has to play critical and risky games to make it more complicated. He needs a win.

    Carlsen on the other side is managing this match. As same as Anand he didn't play for win yet but he was more accurate (and a little lucky) in his two past wins.

    I believe that recent chess championships are not exciting as previous matches.

    Assisting computer engines made super grand masters as same sa machines. No complicated positions, no outstanding sacrifices, just a short draw! That's all.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Anand needs to use another opening so Carlsen is not prepared.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    goodbye dear ANAND

  • 3 jaar geleden


  • 3 jaar geleden


    Honestly, both players likely satisfied and achieved their main goal in this game.  Anand stopped the bleeding, and Carlsen maintained his lead.  Conservative game for sure, but Anand really had to prevent a loss above all else today.  Tomorrow may prove more exciting, even though Anand has the black pieces.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Good game.Tongue Out

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I agree with automova, why not try a queen pawn opening?

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