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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


  • 17 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 ;-)

  • 17 months ago


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

  • 17 months ago


    @HummingTheBlues, By your logic, Carlsen was losing game 3, and he should have lost and lost and lost. It doesn't work that way Laughing, keep smiling. Actually, today's game showed Anand is up for a long challenge.

  • 17 months ago


    Anand was losing this game.He is old.And it shows.Next game Carlsen wins and wins and wins.That saddens me.Beacause I am Anand fan.But times change.And chess at the top is crying for a more youthful change.To ensure the continued survival of the game.God bless the players

  • 17 months ago


    Yet another draw, yet fighting chess....both sides not giving an inch...let's hope we get a full point result soon...draws,of course, are common in matches, have been for decades, but it would be nice to see the players get edgy and play as if their reps and $$$$$$$ weren't on the line....Next game?...Nah....

  • 17 months ago


    It was a nice game, and better than the other ones althought it ended to a draw !! Maybe I am a little surprpised that there was 1...e5, and I hope that I will see a Sicilian in the next games !

  • 17 months ago


    also can't help but notice that as the matches progress, incrementally a lot of people have started giving anand the respect he deserves. those who were previously calling for a cakewalk for carlsen and 100+elo advantage etc are now talking about a much closer contest. Vishy is winning the crowd over ala Rocky! On the other hand I must say that a lot of people (me included) who hadn't seen much of carlsen now get to see and hear him in press conferences and he does come across as a genuinely nice guy. an introvert..but a nice guy. wonder what was all the media report about him being the bad boy of modern chess.

  • 17 months ago


    why 41. Kc3 and not Ke3? That would restrict black's play a lot more, no?

  • 17 months ago


    @ press conference it was nice of carlsen to acknowledge the fighting spirit and resourcefulness of anand. He said that he thought he was going to win even as late as when the rooks and 2 minor pieces were on board but anand kept fighting. On the other hand anand says everytime he thought he had done enough to get a draw, carlsen would come up with a good move like rook on 50..e5! great game and this sets it up nicely for 5 and 6 this week.

  • 17 months ago


    great game

  • 17 months ago


    wow!! kudos to both the chess maestros for a wonderful game!! just watching the game live for six hours straight has completely drained me. it was simply amazing to watch Anand come up with novel moves while under tremendous time pressure. can't wait for the next match. bring it on!!!

  • 17 months ago


    Today Carlsen left the game with a much higher level of respect for Anand's tenacity, calm and his knowledge of the game borne through years of experience.

  • 17 months ago



    I expect anand will win next match.

  • 17 months ago


    Seems like carlsen is not invincible at end gamesTongue Out

  • 17 months ago


  • 17 months ago


    nice game

  • 17 months ago


    Pace sure is picking up now. We can expect a result in the next match with Anand playing black. Both Anand and Carlsen have played better with black.

  • 17 months ago


    GG for the play. The fight begin now!

  • 17 months ago


    Why is Gary the Dr.Dre of the chess world now? Can't this match exist without him? :)

  • 17 months ago


    Anana is playing better, he got a draw due to his own carelessness not Magnuse's advantage on the play.

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