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Carlsen Beats Anand Again, Leads 4-2 - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/16/13, 7:03 AM.

On Saturday Magnus Carlsen increased his lead in the World Championship match against Viswanathan Anand to 4-2. In a quiet Ruy Lopez, the 22-year-old Norwegian equalized comfortably, got a slight initiative, won a pawn, then another one but the rook ending was probably still drawn. However, Anand again failed to find the best defense and had to resign at move 67.

And he did it again. With an almost unprecedented will to win, Magnus Carlsen ground down Vishy Anand in another rook ending to take a two-point lead in the match. The cold, engine-driven evaluations were constantly saying "draw", but the practical problems Anand had to solve again proved to be too much for the 44-year old Indian GM.


Avoiding the Berlin Ending with the move 4.d3 seemed like a good practical decision by the World Champion, and his 10.Bg5 got Carlsen thinking for 25 minutes. From move 15 onwards, it was clear that Anand was going to try his luck on the kingside. Step one was to try and land a knight on f5.

However, Carlsen found a number of excellent maneuvers and when all the minor pieces were traded it was clear that Black was at least equal. In fact, after 26...c4! it suddenly became clear that it was the Norwegian who was playing for a win.

With a timely exchange, Carlsen left his opponent with a bad pawn structure but the question was how he would improve further. “I thought I got a pretty solid position out of the opening. Then at some point I was little bit better but nothing much was going on.” But then, Anand either “sacrificed or blundered” a pawn, as Carlsen put it at the press conference. Asked about his surprising 38.Qg3, Anand said: “What can I say, some days it just goes like that.”

Carlsen obviously took the pawn, and it was clear that he was going to torture his opponent for quite some time. “After that I got a very good rook ending but I am not at all sure if it is winning,” the challenger said. As he allowed h4-h5 Anand was well on his way to draw the game anyway, until Carlsen found one more miniplan. “I had one little trap, this Kf4-Ke3 etc. Fortunately he went for it.”

Both players felt that it was all over when Black got Ke3 in, but analysis shows that there was still one more chance to draw with White, missed by Anand, on move 60.

Vishy Anand was clearly upset. “I mean, today was a heavy blow. I will not pretend otherwise. Nothing to be done, you just go on.” A Norwegian journalist asked how he would deal with it, to which Anand answered: “Well you just do your best.” The same journalist wanted him to elaborate on his answer, to which Anand answered: “Doing your best means doing your best. I dont know why you don't understand English?”

Sunday is another rest day. On Monday the second half of the match starts, with Vishy Anand again playing with the white pieces. He needs a win soon.

The players in the rest area, minutes before the start of the game
Anand getting his tea, like every day
Carlsen arrives, and the players shake hands — Anand doesn't look up
Still many media are represented in Chennai
Another Berlin, but we won't see the ending this day
Vishy Anand deeply concentrated and under pressure
Carlsen obviously more relaxed, sitting on a 3-2 lead

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27 votes


  • 22 months ago


    There is nothing genius about Magnus...just that he is very exceptional in endgames because he spend alot of more times than other trying to master the techniques...and he is young he use his energy advantage over older or weaker opponents and wait for them to make mistakes.  If you want to talk genius, I think Anand fit more when he was in his prime, cuz he is the GREATEST at rapid speed, his mind is just superior than others at that speed!

  • 22 months ago


    this game was a draw...i can´t see why anand removed his defense of the double e-pawn by plying his queen to g3...

  • 22 months ago


    There is no place for Anand in the World Championship! His strenght consists in memorizing by heart computer analyzed positions and hopes that his oponents step on the landmines prepared by the computer. This is now he beated mostly his oponents in the past. Also, his mimic is despicable during the play. He constanly munches and touches his hair. His after game interviews are unbelievable. Be a man, Anand and acknowledge when someone is on a different league and play better! Carlsen, on the other hand, plays true chess. Regardless of the position, he excel in his tactics and builds winning positions by looking for small advantages he can exploit. Anand will not win even one match during this championship. His era is over!

  • 22 months ago


    Noth that I didn't expect such games from the Chess genius Carsen. But, I am sad lookinng at Anand loosing this game.

    Worried this is becoming an one sided affair.

  • 22 months ago


    among mistaken were Move # 14 and move # 24....... Anand should take with knight and Rook respectively. This disturbed pawn structure was loss at the end game.

  • 22 months ago


    now its very difficult for anand...but i hope he can do it..i m crying for anand!!

  • 22 months ago


    Anand is no match for Carlsen after four hours of play and in endgames.  Carlsen must has spend many hours on computers to master the endgame techniques.  It would be incredible or near a miracle if somehow Anand can tie the score.  But if there is one that can do it, it's him.  Tomorrow game is crucial and he need to win tomorrow or else I believe it's over.

  • 22 months ago


    With all due respect to Anand, it seems like once he has determined that in the current position it is a draw, he seems to enter a shell where he thinks whatever happens he will not loose from this position. While this may be true against most players, clearly it is not true against the best in the world. After this match, if Anand still wishes to continue playing, I wish he goes back to the younger Vishy days when he was always hungry for a win and avoid draws as far as possible! 

  • 22 months ago


    23.Qg4 this is an OLD trick by Anand to move Nf5. Magnus replied by taking the knight. So it end up in Rook game which favour Magnus. And 37...Re6 38.Qg3 Rxe4 39.Qxd6 Rxe3 makes matter worst for Anand. Cool play Magnus Wink 

  • 22 months ago


    No! No! No!

    Anand you are better than this!!!!!

    Don't let him beat you!!!!!

    Come on and win, just do it!

  • 22 months ago


    If Anand loses this match then...

    hope Anand gets secelected in the candidates

  • 22 months ago


    This match is over. Anand isn't coming back from this.

  • 22 months ago


    Really, "More later."

  • 22 months ago


    In last two games one thing is clear Carlsen achieved to force anand to have isolated pawns and this became the reason why Anand lost, in my opinion.Also Don't know why Anand forgets the necessity of passed pawn!,  that's why his h pawn became isolated and black rook took advantage.

  • 22 months ago


    I still don't understand why Anand exchanged all the minor pieces in game six?! If he continue to play this way he has no chance at all.

  • 22 months ago


    The idea of 60.b4!  is pushing two connected pawns as soon as possible. A quick draw was possible.

    Everything was tied until this move, we can not say Anand was the loser all the time in the game.

  • 22 months ago


    Alien 2, "Game over man;Game over!!"

  • 22 months ago


    Anand's 60. Ra4 wasn't strong enough.

  • 22 months ago


    I't amazing how Carlsen is able to keep the pressure. He is forcing Anand to defend at his very best. However I still feel a GM of his level should be able to draw these endings, perhaps he has problems with the pressure of being the world champion..

  • 22 months ago


    Gurd almighty !!  

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