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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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  • 8 months ago

    Vingore

    As there was once Fischer fear, there is now Carlsen fear.  Carlsen's opponents know that if Carlsen gains even a microscopic advantage, the game is over.That is a complete nightmare for most players, and they just crumble psychologically. 

  • 8 months ago

    maistor_tri4ko

    With this play Anand should be banned from the next candidates tournament. I do not see any point of taking part in it. Such a disrespect towards chess fans.

  • 8 months ago

    mechaking

    Anand is to scared to take chances, Tal or Fischer or Lasker nor Capablanca would have went for the kill from game 1 winning or being crushed and burned. Anand is killing chess by holding back. Carlsen is doing what a hero would do, although I am not a fan of either of them. I don't see Anand retaining this title!

  • 8 months ago

    mechaking

    Anand is to scared to take chances, Tal or Fischer or Lasker nor Capablanca would have went for the kill from game 1 winning or being crushed and burned. Anand is killing chess by holding back. Carlsen is doing what a hero would do, although I am not a fan of either of them. I don't see Anand retaining this title!

  • 8 months ago

    albatrosses

    Nakamura a loser and a troll. Totally outclassed by Carlsen.

  • 8 months ago

    opensky

    Carlsen again showed he is the man in control. Only useing short time on his moves. How long was the game? 75 minutes? Carlsen needed how many minutes to cash in 0.5 points against the world champion?

    All respect to Anand. He is still the World champ. But only for a few more games.

  • 8 months ago

    FM gauranga

    This must be the most boring WC match ever.

  • 8 months ago

    GAVissie

    A bit dissapointed in Carlsen for playing for a draw in this game

  • 8 months ago

    papapandy

    neither of both players have the category of all his predecessores from morphy...

  • 8 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    Let's not be foolish, Anand is playing his cards right. Why risk failure with daring tactics? He is giving himself a chance, by taking a chance at the next opportunity. After all, he is still in the game. His head remains on his shoulders: he is thinking...LOGIC. Cool

  • 8 months ago

    ErwinSachs

    and soon ' The Kid ' will be King and those that hate for the sake of hating will fall silent......

  • 8 months ago

    sunandthreestars

    Chess is a competitive game. If you are not going to fight and try to win, why play at all.

    Lol this guy Naka trolling the WC

  • 8 months ago

    dinkir9

    Anand tears people apart in a complex game, I don't know what hes doing, but he really needs to get his act together.

  • 8 months ago

    Derived

    I really hope Anand goes for broke and wins at least one game, even if it is too late. This championship doesn't exactly resemble a battle so far...

  • 8 months ago

    hakim2005

    lol Anand's fans still think Carsen is a kidLaughing

  • 8 months ago

    yureesystem

    Finally Carlsen play something worth while, 1.e4!!  Anand did the right thing, draw this game and regain his confidence; he will be white and can play for a win. Anand needs to play 1.d4 and avoid the Berlin Wall of the Ruy Lopez, with this Anand will score a point. I still hope Anand can tie the match and win on the blitz play that Anand is famous for. Anand is great in the opening and his endgame is incredible, one must look at the first four games to see how really good is his endgame technique is. Even his loses Anand is amazing in the endgame, one has to be blind not to see that.

  • 8 months ago

    pagan_idol

    Mr Anand sir, you gotta go for it plain and simple. Even if you get smoked in front of your people you still gotta try dude.  Saving face by not losing big is foolish when youre going for the world championship.

  • 8 months ago

    Sahasrara

    I wonder if Anand is hiding his secret opening prep for the last 2 games, and maybe we will see a shocking tie in the last game??? We can dream. ;)

  • 8 months ago

    bigbikefan

    Anand had more chances playing black in the first game, than in the 8th. Pity. The king is "dead". Long live the king!

  • 8 months ago

    savantz

    I agree it should be 16 games

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