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.


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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  • 3 jaar geleden


    for anand to achieve the draw he had to play perfect. since he is not a computer but an old person (only for chess compared to carlsen's age) it was reasnoble that magnus would kept the pressure on him looking for mistakes as it happened. 1 more time, its easy to say dead draw with houndini in front of you.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Can't white draw with 67,Ra8??? Can some body explain this!!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Anand is a winner, except when he plays against Kasparov and Carlsen.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Some kibitzers here today are making the same arguments against Carlsen's play as those who called Lasker "lucky" before, during, and after his 27 year span at the top; (they mocked Lasker's opening play and mesmerizing tricks).

    That was 100 years ago.

    Chess is chess. And no magic formula will ever define the meaning of two humans facing one another OTB.

    Both players are awesome. One is currently more awesome than the other.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Agree with previous post - while i cheer for one, i totally repsect and appreciate the other - both of these guys are great - and are on the top of the game we all enjoy (or we would not be posting on

  • 3 jaar geleden


    please stop being a fanatic of something/someone but good play...

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Grandestmonster (peter brodie), World chess championship is a series of competition to determine a champion.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Maguns! Magnus! Magnus!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    WCC Magnus Carlsen!! 

  • 3 jaar geleden



  • 3 jaar geleden


    the problem with Mr. Anand, he seek outright revenge after his loss in game 5, he should use a peaceful variation, else brings him deeper into the pit, while i appreciate the resourcefullnes of Mr. Carlsen's playing for a win.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    After reading all the comments; Please respect both Anand and Carlsen! While it's in a way funny to read a 1700 player writing that Anand or Carlsen isn't "anything special",one really wonders if the makers of these comments actually think at all before writing?

    They are both great players even though Anand is having a hard time right now.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    For some reason, this reminds me about the 1960 match between Tal and Botvinnik. Though this time around, the champion doesn't have a return match.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    This game should be termed as "Carlsen's Three Pawn Sacrifice". First, he sacrificed a pawn on b5 in order to activate the Rook (the rook was not doing much protecting it, as it was in a very passive position). Then he sacrificed yet another pawn on c4, in order to bring his King into a super-active position. As if it was not enough, a third pawn sac on h3, activated the f-pawn for a roll down the file. Three pawns sac-ed for a long term goal. I bet he had seen it all the way through even before sac-ing the first pawn. Hats Off Carlsen. This is one of his best games.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    The players should play in different rooms to eliminate hypnosis.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    and Yes truth only Carlsen can defeat himself now.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I wept for Bhai Anand yesterday and for India, hopefully he is not feeling it too bad.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Macrokim.....quite unbelieveable that you would use such words on a site which is used by people of all ages, added to which you have a picture of a young child in your avatar??

    Respect for the game arrives soon after Respect for others......Wink

  • 3 jaar geleden


    For all Anand's fans all I can say is OUCH!!!

  • 3 jaar geleden



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