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


    "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.

  • 3 jaar geleden


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


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

  • 3 jaar geleden


    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.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    “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.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    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.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    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???

  • 3 jaar geleden


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

  • 3 jaar geleden


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

  • 3 jaar geleden


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

  • 3 jaar geleden


    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.

  • 3 jaar geleden


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

  • 3 jaar geleden


      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!?!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    anand is getting nervous

  • 3 jaar geleden


    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.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Congrats for Magnus's second win!

  • 3 jaar geleden



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

  • 3 jaar geleden


    They are both great chess player

  • 3 jaar geleden


    We are witnessing a new and truly great Champion. It now seems quite possible that this 22 year old challenger can play 12 games against the World Chess Champion and not suffer a single loss. When has that happened ? Ever? On Anand's own home turf !  We will see if he can do it, but so far, I'm impressed. 

  • 3 jaar geleden


    We are commentating on 2 of the best chess players in the world.  Lesser GM analysis sometimes fails to understand what is truely going on at times and they are surprized by the moves played, that's why they aren't in this match.  Do the players make innacuracies?  Yes.  Unlike some comments I hope they play all the games possible.  I think Annand is more composed with his own ability to play than with negotiating the interogations by the simple Press.  Good games.  Learn.  Enjoy.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    That was a great game by Carlsen and a very typical game from him.

    For a long time the position was just a draw. Carlsen was a pawn up but the pawns were doubled. If you show this position to some GM or IM and tell him you're trying to win he would just laugh at you.

    And then  Carlsen came up with this idea of sacrificing his c and one of the h pawns. That was the only way to make progress and it was almost working.


    But the position was still a draw because Anand had JUST enough time to get counterplay by pushing his pawns. So all he had to do was to start pushing as soon as he got the chance.

    And then came this incredible blunder : 60.Ra4 ??

    I suppose he wanted to unblock his c-pawn, but this was a refinement too many. It was an emergency situation, it was a race, and there was no time for comfort and refinements. Ra4 lost a crucial tempo and that was it.

    Now is Anand lost ? there are still 6 games, and now it is Carlsen who will be under some pressure. The question is : does he have the will, the determination to equalize ? Can he do it ?

    The next game will probably provide the answer.

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