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Anand-Carlsen: Game 4, a Berlin Ending, Drawn After 64 Moves

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/13/13, 7:52 AM.

The fourth match game in Chennai between Viswanathan Anand, playing white, and Magnus Carlsen ended in a draw after 64 moves. It was an amazing fight that started as a Berlin Ending, in which the World Champion was forced to sacrifice a pawn at an early stage, but he did get some long-term compensation. Still in Chennai, Garry Kasparov liked White's chances until move 31. Just when Carlsen seemed to gain the upper hand, Anand found some excellent moves and eventually he could liquidate to a drawn rook ending.

After yet another great fight between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand in Chennai, the longest game so far, nobody speaks about the two quick draws at the start anymore. The match has begun, the match is there and it's great!

On the fourth day of play, the two matadors showed a very high level of play — perhaps except for Anand's opening phase. In the most complicated positions they often played the move that was also the first stuggestion of the strongest engines.

Carlsen had the advantage for most of the game, but the experts agreed that the reigning champion defended brilliantly. "Something went horribly wrong in the opening," said Anand, who saw his 1.e4 answered by 1...e5, instead of the Caro-Kann like in game 2.

Carlsen played the infamous Berlin Ending, Vladimir Kramnik's tremendous weapon in the year 2000 which he used so successfully against Garry Kasparov. For years this opening did not have a great reputation in terms of providing exciting chess, but recently some very interesting games have been played with it, and the 4th match game in Chennai was no exception.

"I made one illogical move after the next. I missed something with 18.Ne2 and then... I'm just basically lost," said Anand. About losing the a-pawn, the Indian said that he was "already drifting" and he mostly wanted to be consistent. Funnily enough, Kasparov, who spoke with GM Ian Rogers during the game, was one of the few who actually liked the pawn "sacrifice". It was only until 31...g6 when The Boss stopped looking for wins for White! 

Except for the opening, Anand played strong chess. Carlsen: "When I won the pawn I was very optimistic but he kept finding resources. I was missing some little things; he just fought on really well. All credit to him."

Especially 35.Ne4! was a great move by Anand which made full use of all the tactical possibilities. Just before the time control he could liquidate to a rook ending which would have been an easy draw with just one rook for both players, but somehow the World Champion couldn't manage to trade a pair of rooks.

Speaking about this phase, at the press conference it was Anand's turn to compliment his opponent: "Magnus also kept finding resources. I thought I had checked everything and then he finds 56...Re6."

On top of that, Anand got into into time trouble again. "I had a minute left at this point. For Grischuk it was just another day, but for me... it's not every day that I'm down to a minute." But he survived the time trouble again, and the game.

During the game, FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos gave a press conference about the way Garry Kasparov was received (or rather, not) in Chennai. Whereas on Monday many journalists had learned that Kasparov wasn't welcomed at the airport or in the hotel, and wasn't supposed to give a press conference or join the commentary, FIDE seemed to have changed its position 180 degrees the next day. Makropoulos: "Garry is welcome here and can go wherever he wants."

One journalist confronted Makropoulos with the fact that his colleague at FIDE, Geoffrey Borg, had made sure that Kasparov would not be allowed to join the live commentators, to which "Makro" answered: "I am the only one who can give such instructions."

Meanwhile, Kasparov has left Chennai. Together with his team member Ignatius Leong he will be campaigning in Asia. First stop: Jakarta, Indonesia. Later, an interview with the 13th World Champion will be posted here.

To finish on a lighter note: For the first time Vishy Anand did not play in his trademark blue shirt (with his main sponsor NIIT clearly visible), but in a yellow shirt instead, which had another sponsor logo on it: that of Crocin, a paracetamol (acetaminophen) brand in India. If you hadn't seen the TV ad below yet, here's your chance:

Thursday is the second rest day of the match. The score is 2-2 and eight more games will be played. On Friday Carlsen has the white pieces again. The prize money, provided by the Tamil Nadu government, is about 14 crore rupees (US $2,212,210 / € 1,644,034).

The handshake before what would be a amazing game 4
Photographers and policemen on the other side of the glass...
...again observed by Carlsen
Policemen can also be found inside the press room, enjoying the commentary
5.d4, a proper Berlin Endgame!
Different shirt & jacket for Anand...
...with a different sponsor
The players were in a good mood at the press conference

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16 votes


  • 23 months ago


    Do people really call it the "Berlin Ending"?  Isn't it the "Berlin Defense"?

  • 23 months ago


    Does anybody have a viable link to these post-match analysis conferences?

  • 23 months ago


    Wonderful annotation of the game, thanks for all the insights.  I especially liked how on move 28, Anand was quickly able to refute the presented potential mate with a quick drawing line.  It shows just how deeply players at this level can analyze complicated and critical positions in just a matter of minutes!

    Who will draw first blood? 

  • 23 months ago


    as for Kasparov - i dont knwo how the tamil nadu chess association or chennai can take such liberties and make kasparov unwelcome. It is a tournament organised by FIDE, not by chennai/TN. They dont have the right to make a FIDE V.V.I.P. feel unwelcome. 

  • 23 months ago


    iki oyuncuyada teşekkürler.Harika bir oyun.

  • 23 months ago


    I gotta try that cold medicine!   

  • 23 months ago


    I think Magnus has a good chance of winning the next game

  • 23 months ago


    I am expecting 2 draws again....the things should be getting startled

  • 23 months ago


    "For Grischuk it was just another day, but for me..."

    Haha, nice one!

  • 23 months ago


    Obviousely, Anand could have won games 3 and 4 if he had not made those boners.

  • 23 months ago


    lmFao@the ad

  • 23 months ago


    I think that Magnus should have played 

    53... Kc6

    instead of 

    53... Kb7

    This gives the white pawn and secures the black pawn at the same time...

    Anybody agrees ?

  • 23 months ago


    yes this Bxa2 nice show - and Anand also has very nice fighting spirit - the first uninteristing 2 games are far hopefullyMoney Mouth

  • 23 months ago


    @vipinzamvar.....I follow the games live using android mobile with the offical 'chennai 2013' app ..

  • 23 months ago


    Im impressed of the fighting spirit of both players.

    Keep it on.  No cheap draws here!

  • 23 months ago




    you mean the endgame, i mean after 18...Ba2 

  • 23 months ago


    How can you follow the games on mobile?

  • 23 months ago


    btw where can we hear the live commentary?

  • 23 months ago


    an indian website says anand survived today by the skin of his teeth - does anyone agree

  • 23 months ago


    Even though I support Anand being an Indian, I just love the fighting spirit of Carlsen. In the previous matches and even today when draw seemed the only possibility, Carlsen just kept on digging. Loved that attitude, however wonder whether he would have done the same if he was a pawn dawn. 

    I am newbie at chess but spent 4 hours plus watching it live on TV. Love the commentary by Susan. Falling in love with chess, so wish I cd have got into it as a Kid. 


    May the best fighter win !!! 

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