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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


  • 21 months ago


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

  • 21 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 !!! 

  • 21 months ago


    In my opinion, Anand is playing better than Carlsen... the rookie is playing at 50%, and, if Carlsen don't wake up right now he could to lose the championship in the next 2 games... he seems stunned, it's not a great challenger by the moment, he's defending his position with a pawn more and he's very happy with the draw

  • 21 months ago


    @hakim2005 not by a long shot. Carlsen held a slight advantage, but computers rated it at around -.45 or so. not a winning advantage. plus, rooks? 2 pawns vs. 3? drawn

  • 21 months ago


    Nice Game! both players are just warm:)

  • 21 months ago


    Why has Peter removed his CM ?

  • 21 months ago


    @linrek: I knew Carlsen used to play the Dragon when he was younger.

    In fact, he has played at least 159 Sicilians with black: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?yearcomp=exactly&year=&playercomp=black&pid=52948&player=&pid2=&player2=&movescomp=exactly&moves=&opening=B20-B99&eco=&result=

  • 21 months ago


    I was sneakily following the game during work on mobile phone today and was delighted with the fighting spirit of both players!!! 

  • 21 months ago


    Each of Anand and Carlsen is a legend and is setting an example in sportsmanship, which the most important, elegant feature in any championship. Therefore, I am really enjoying watching this epic match and wish each of them good luck. 

  • 21 months ago


    Has Carlsen ever played a sicilian?

  • 21 months ago


    As we used to say when playing soccer as kids: First to score wins

  • 21 months ago


    its just what all fans like me needed despite the rating difference and form in recent month both opponent r looking of equal strength yesterday anand has the advantage today magnus has 5 game must be interesting

  • 21 months ago


    Don't really agree Anand will get tired of some "easy" endgame theory. However, yeah, really strange that we don't see comments like "Carlsen should easily win this game, he doesn't deserve to be a future World Champion" or something like that...

    Yes, another draw, fighting spirit, or maybe more defending spirit. Very well play by Anand today. And also Bxa2, reminded me of Spassky-Fischer, but with better calculation by black. 

  • 21 months ago




    i agree with you

  • 21 months ago


    The reason why Carlsen pushes these games until the very end is because he wants Anand to get tired. It will be interesting who has the stamina at the end, my intuition tells me the last 3-4 games will be decisive, no need for tie breaks. 

  • 21 months ago


    Anand was very lucky today to secure a draw, carlsen has a winning position but he was very nervous today

  • 21 months ago


    Now there are some fighting games!

  • 21 months ago


    YES!! Amazing defensive Play from both Players!! Even GM commentators had no easy solution:

    But in my humble opinion, Carlsen played against chess principles in this game He had to defend until the end of the game for 1 Pawn!!Laughing Not a sign of great players like Tal, Fischer and Kasparov, masters of Positional sacrifices to win games!

  • 21 months ago


    Great play by Anand..I though he had lost at one point. Carlsen finally got to smile about a draw and three tough games. Predictions: Anand will win game 5. Carlsen will iron his shirt for game 5 ;-)

  • 21 months ago


    both guys are amazing. At levels I'll never see.

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