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WCC Day 6

  • NM HowToTameADragon
  • | Nov 16, 2013

Hey Guys,

Sorry about the late post - was busy 

Well.. it seems as though Carlsen is simply outlasting Anand and it looks as though Carlsen is runnning away with the WCC


However, Anand still has 6 games to prove his point and he needs to do this FAST


A loss with the white pieces is devastating - but how it occured was just as bad

Here we go...


Anand - Bad 2 games as he was unable to convert equal games - Hopefully he can bounce back and show us how he can retain his title

Carlsen- Very nice 2 games as he was able to completely outplay Anand in both games from seemingly equal positions

Fans - All because a position looks like a draw - doesn't mean it is one; we can all learn from Carlsen's play

Predictions Below Please




  • 13 months ago



    by Chubs123546

    "...in many ways the game as played by humans had already decided a few moves before.  Both Carlsen and Anand (far better players than anyone writting about the match) evaluated that position (at move 60) as lost. Many people (and certainly Carlsen and Anand) are capable of calculating the b4 drawing line once it is on the board but chess doesn't really work that way. In order to proceed to that position with confidence you must have calculated that line as drawing before ever having reached the position. For all practical purposes the game was already decided on move 57 when Anand missed Carlsen's idea to sacrifice his C pawn to move his King up and jam his f pawn home.  If Anand had seen this idea, he would have had to either calculate the line to its conclusion seeing that he could run his b pawn and escape by the skin of his teeth (possible...but very difficult after playing for 5+ hours) or prevent the whole plan with 57. Rc8! which is much more sane and pragmatic from a human perspective. Chess, when played by humans, is about ideas as much as it is about calculation. Telling the story from the perspective of Houdini misses much of story. It is an interesting footnote to know that there was still a draw to be found when both players had assumed the game had already been decided (which makes for a good moral tale about never giving up) and it speaks to the physical and psychological exhaustion of playing such a high stakes match. But in human terms, Anand lost the game on move 57, not move 60.

  • 13 months ago


    next game incoming

  • 13 months ago


    Would 67. Ra1 have been a better try?

  • 13 months ago


    Draw!!......still Anand in with a shout but the mountain gets higher....

  • 13 months ago


    Anand is an example to show that Chess can get frustrating, even for grandmasters!!

  • 13 months ago


    From appearances, Carlsen's time to be World Champion is upon us.

  • 13 months ago


    Regarding FIDEMASTER1's comments: I must say that I never believe someone saying that they would not have done this or that blunder for the simple reason that it is a not-known situation. Only when you actually play a game you would know what you play. But I agree that the match is not over yet.

    Both Carlsen and Anand are extreemly strong players. I look forward to the next round with great excitement.

  • 13 months ago


    I am "only" a Greek FIDE Master but my actual strength has been estimated by many Grandmasters as "at least 2500+ FIDE" (I have played internationally since the 1970s in twelve European countries plus Greece, Canada and the United States and I have won and drawn almost one thousand games against GMs and IMs).

    I could have EASILY drawn this game in at least FOUR different stages (before trading Queens and giving up a pawn, before giving up the h4-h5 pawn, after giving upthe h4-h5 pawn, and even after Carlsen "broke through" with Kf4).

    Please do NOT tell me CRAP about Carlsen being "dominant" or "great".

    Just admit the fact! Carlsen is LUCKY that in getting drawing positions Anand blundered two games in a row!

    (Anand committed BLUNDERS in game 5 and 6, that I would not have committed in the 1970s!)

    Enough with the CHEAP Carlsen "propaganda".

    The match is NOT over yet!


  • 13 months ago


    Good point by chubs, it's easy to claim "it's a draw" because the computers say so, it's something else entirely to sit there and play it out when you are challenged again and again and again to make the ONE correct move. 

    I enjoy Carlsen's play not ONLY because he is Norwegian, he is in a way proving computers wrong. Keep playing until the position is completely clear, seems to be his motto in most cases. It is fantastic chess!

  • 13 months ago


    He has already peaked.

  • 13 months ago


    I think the match is solved. Carlsen is the new champion

  • 13 months ago



  • 13 months ago


    cshuenss wrote:


    Carlsen trades off a pair of rooks but chooses not to take on e4



    Well, it is actually the e4 pawn he can win:
    28... exd4
    29. exd4 kind of settles the position on the queens wing.
    29. cxd4 gives white 2 center pawns against 1 but also gives black 2 pawns against 1 on the queens wing.
    In either case black wins the e4 pawn 29... Qxe4
    Seems as if white made a pawn sacrifice that wasn't accepted.


    White would win the pawn back: 
    28... exd4 29. exd4 Qxe4 30. Qxe4 Rxe4 31. Ra8+ Kh7 32. Rb8 and white gets the pawn on b5 (check out this video: http://www.chess.com/blog/ChessNetwork/game-6---2013-world-chess-championship---anand-vs-carlsen ).

  • 13 months ago


    I am a really big fan of Anand.. I wish he would come back strong again.. I agree with epiclightning... I think Anand loses his nerve as time goes by.. he must be more patient in his next 6 games.. 

  • 13 months ago


    @faraz69 see my_chezz comment right after yours... good synopsis. unfortunately or fortunately there can only be one champion and now it may or may not be less likely to come to tie-breaks, if carlsen wins 2 more of the next 3 then it is over

  • 13 months ago


    I've noticed that Anand "loses his nerve" by or during the 6th hour. He doesn't seem to be able to manage time/play well as the game goes on. What do you think?

  • 13 months ago


    From a losing position to a draw and from a drawish position to a winning one --- only Carlsen can have that kind of magic or style.When everybody thought that it will be a draw, Carlsen was confident enough, giving up pawn in c4 for his king to march till e2 guarding the f pawn... What a game !!! Anyway, Im a big fan of both players, CHEERS --- I really enjoyed the game.

  • 13 months ago


    It's hard to see 28)b4! (the only move to draw)

    All the other moves lead to a pure loss.

  • 13 months ago


    60.Ra4 was very bad mistake I cant belive why anand didnt move b4

  • 13 months ago


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