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Carlsen-Anand, Game 8, Drawn In 33 Moves - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/19/13, 3:44 AM.

The eighth match game between Magnus Carlsen, playing white, and Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw after 33 moves. The Norwegian challenger switched to 1.e4 and the World Champion defended with the same line that his opponent has been using: the Berlin variation of the Ruy Lopez. Not much happened in this game and the players even played a few more moves after a dead drawn pawn ending had been reached. The score in the World Championship match in Chennai is 5-3 in favor of Carlsen.

VIDEO

More and more journalists have arrived in Chennai — several chess media as well as Norwegian mainstream media had apparently decided to cover the second half of the match. Unfortunately for them, that second half might not be all too exciting. Both games 7 and 8 were drawn without any fireworks, today's game being the most insipid so far. Carlsen's two-point lead is still there. The gap with the desired 6.5 points, however, is getting smaller and smaller.

On Tuesday the game did start with a surprise: after trying 1.Nf3 (twice) and 1.c4 (once), Carlsen switched to a third opening move: 1.e4. Taken aback, Anand spent 1.5 minutes pondering his reply. “In general in the match you shouldn't be surprised... well, I had not prioritized 1.e4,” said the World Champion at the press conference.

The Indian chose 1...e5, and before we knew it yet another Berlin variation of the Ruy Lopez had appeared on the board, but this time with the challenger behind the white pieces. Less of a surprise was Carlsen's 5.Re1, which suited him perfectly in this match situation: White has a tiny edge and can try increasing it without running any risk.

From a historical perspective this was interesting because the last time the position after 5.Re1 had appeared on the board in a World Championship was during the very first: it was played in six games between Wilhelm Steinitz and Johannes Zukertort, in the USA back in 1886. From a chess perpective, today's game wasn't very interesting though.

Anand played what is known as the theoretically most solid way to play for Black; a setup with which many grandmasters managed to draw without much effort. On move 25 Carlsen liquidated to a pawn ending and there the players played five more insignificant moves, before they agreed to a draw.



After the game ended, the journalists and photographers needed to wait for almost twenty minutes for the press conference to start, because the players first had to attend a doping control.

Based on Carlsen's casual remarks at the press conference (e.g. summarizing the game as  “He played the Berlin, I played the most solid line, yadayadayada, let's go to the doping control”) some journalists were speculating that the Norwegian might have needed a drink to perform the test.

Commentators Lawrence Trent and Tania Sachdev saw a conspiracy by the organizers: Anand could still keep his title after Carlsen would be prosecuted for underage drinking! However, this wouldn't work as the legal drinking age in Tamil Nadu is 21.

About thinking for a while on his first move, Anand said: “I didn't really know what his intentions were. I mean, even the Sicilian, if you want to play a dry system, they're available. It's not like there were clear options there. I thought a little bit and I decided to go for this. Of course the match situation speaks for itself and it's my job to liven it up. I guess I'll try in the next game.”
Whereas many of his colleague grandmasters criticised his opening today on Twitter, Anand said: “I'm quite happy with my opening preparation.” What is clear is that he'll need to give whatever it takes to try and play for a win on Thursday. “I get a kind of a bonus evening before the rest day so I'll try and prepare something for the next one.”

Carlsen had no reason to complain. “I didn't particularly mind a draw, as was evident from my play. I was just hoping to set him one or two traps and if not then just to shut it down.” And that's what he did.

World Championship 2013

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11 G12 Pts Perf
Carlsen 2870 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 5.0 2864
Anand 2775 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 3.0 2781

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  • 13 months ago

    PTLF

    wait until i grow.  i can't be noticed yet at this moment.  but my idol is Mikhail Tal. 

  • 13 months ago

    ROYALCHESS1

         Knowing that Magnus beat Anand when he was younger, this has obviously left a considerable dent in Anand's psyche, full well knowing that Magnus has grown considerably in strength.  Anand (and his team) should have, at this point, followed Magnus' progress.

         Undoubtedly, Magnus has done his homework.  This, in comparison, is similar to the Fischer/Spassky championship ('72) in comparison (the much younger challenger Vs. the older champion), EXCEPT now it doesn't look like Anand is even giving Magnus much of a fight.

         MAYBE, Magnus shifted his game to overdrive to get his current lead, then backed off slightly, waiting to see if Anand would get serious.  Why should Magnus work hard if he doesn't have to?!!  If this possibility is even somewhat close, I would like to see Magnus take off the kid gloves and destroy Anand because he can...Maybe then, this will become a better match.  It looks like Anand is simply going through the (legal) motions to hand over his title.  

  • 13 months ago

    Vjbhakuni1

    Why anand didnt move 6...kxb5 ?

  • 13 months ago

    anin1985

    it took a thousand years to have a player like fischer..it will take a thousand years to have a player like kasparov

  • 13 months ago

    Somebodysson

    @PAMetalBoss  Interesting comment. I guess history would never be the same if major historical figures (and nobody would argue that Fischer was not a major chess historical figure) were not there to help make it. But weren't there others, tho not comparable to Fischer, there were other figures inside and outside of the Soviet system who were pushing chess in interesting directions. I'm thinking of Tal, Larsen, Petrosian, Karpov...there's certainly some of Petrosian, Karpov and Larsen in Carlsen, would you agree? ...not sure about Tal tho'. I don't see Tal in Carlsen. Tal was in a league of his own. 

  • 13 months ago

    kavanam

    What is the FIDE rule about playing the game under the influence of Alcohol?

  • 13 months ago

    Sahasrara

    Gelfand vs Anand was probably the worst WC match in history. If Carlsen continues at this rate, he may win the title undefeated! This may be one of the best results in a WC match.

  • 13 months ago

    carlsen_01

    I wish someone would propose to ban @Am1n3 user. Or at least block his comments. He is posting rubbish comments and ruining discussion with his uncivilized and downright rude manner of comments and opinions. Such people who think they know everything simply disgust me. 

  • 13 months ago

    0rr3n1

    Am I the only one who feels these games have been devoid of creativity and filled with boring moves reminiscent of what one would see in a blitz game rather than what one would see from 2 grand masters. At least with Bobby Fischer and Kasparov, these were games worth watching and spectacles of human calculation.

  • 13 months ago

    Qwwq_Wq

    In the press conference, Anand said that if he had played 23...Qg5, then 24. h4 would have been strong. But Carlsen disagreed and said 24. f4 would have been the move. Then Anand looked at him and said "Probably equal, eh".

    Having done the computer analysis now, engines unanimously agree that indeed f4 is way stronger than h4 and definitely winning for white. This just shows how Anand lost the ability to calculate the 'best' variations.

  • 13 months ago

    mobidi

    Grand- Master are playing like Grand- Mother EmbarassedEmbarassedEmbarassed !!!

  • 13 months ago

    mobidi

    @ IndianHarry- You know my grandmother? Embarassed . Anand is weak in this match- he are playing at 2100 elo level .I understand ,that he is " big boss" for You , but -not for me ( and my granmotherEmbarassed ).The last game- where are grandmaster's moves by Anand?- show me- i DON'T SEE. Carlsen ,of course ,needs only draw (17. Re1 ), but after 17. g4!! ( simple , very simple)- result 3 - 0, but Carlsen don't need any complications -he is just professional FIDE player.Thanks for reading and GOOD LUCK !

  • 13 months ago

    IndianHarry

    Am1n3: Understand this I am not against computer analysis or against you. Just understand the pressure in that match . Every game Anand trying to complicate the position but it back fired, since the challenger is so young and energetic. Carlsen only started to play Passively. Carlsen able to find a good move instantly which no one can do it. His play is very simple just he is playing the move what position demands. Just note my word Anand won't give up easily since his attitude is like that.

  • 13 months ago

    IndianHarry

    Mobidi: Anand playing like your grandmother? So your grandmother play well good, Think about yourself when your commenting about others.

  • 13 months ago

    mobidi

    Anand are playing like my grandmotherWink.Carlsen?- he are playing in 2200- 2400 level (good understanding of rook endings)- he needs only 2400 - not all his 2870.Where is the CHESS GAME ? (question to Anand).

  • 13 months ago

    IndianHarry

    Am1n3 so you understand the positions very well then Anand. I don't know how your able find move which Anand made a blunder. If your able see the blunder of Anand move then you should be challenger to Anand. Don't make us fool by seeing Houdini evaluation and tell us Anand made a blunder. They know how to play in the WCC match we don't want teach them. I am so surprised how your commenting about a world champion that he made a blunder. First analysis your game and find blunder and mistake in that games which you played after that you can comment on others games.

  • 13 months ago

    Melchizedek10

    I'm not upset...no times to waste on fake fools like you...I know a true morroccan dont talk like that...that's not how Arabic culture and their parents raise them...learn some respect kid before people show it to you!

  • 13 months ago

    Melchizedek10

    Hahahha who is the real idiots?....bahahahaha...need to get some more realization about life before speak to your enlighten master!

  • 13 months ago

    Melchizedek10

    Remember Indianharry there are alot of fake account user in here..;)..and those idiots just waste time posting negatives toward one who deserve much love and respects..:))

  • 13 months ago

    Pohjanpoika

    IndianHarry  "Anand also fighting against the people who doesn't like India" 

    What does any of this WCC have to do with people disliking India?

    Who doesn't like India that Anand have to fight against? Is it Carlsen who doesn't like India  because he wants to win against Anand?

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