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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.

VIDEO

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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  • 8 months ago

    Enthusiast14

    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.

  • 8 months ago

    Protomelas

    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.

  • 8 months ago

    JustRunAway

    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.

  • 8 months ago

    Wappinschaw

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

  • 8 months ago

    Arham86

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

  • 8 months ago

    ThaVinci

    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..

  • 8 months ago

    qixel

    Gurd almighty !!  

  • 8 months ago

    Dare-Dare

    Amazing win for Carlsen. Anand has to do something at like 2900 level to win the match. Carlsen will win.

  • 8 months ago

    chess_uncertain

    Brilliant play by Carlsen after a mostly equal game. I dont think we will need all twelve games to officially declare Carlsen as the new WC! Thus begins the chapter (and possibly a very long one at the top) of arguably the greatest chess player of the new millennium.

  • 8 months ago

    shotdown

    Carlsen makes no mistakes ! Why ? Because he was not shaken ! Anand would have to bring him at the edge of unknown and beyond so Carlsen will show his human face ;)

  • 8 months ago

    kiter303

    I think in the first few games Magnus tried some socondary weapons just to see how prepared his opponent is and to put an element of surprised and then he had to switch to his primary weapons which he can manage very well. This means he is in full control of what is going on and he knows exactly how to deal with his opponents. Yes Anand missed some chances and walked in danger zones but all in all Magnus is a much better player. I think. He deserves to be the world champion. 

  • 8 months ago

    Ironknight777

    Carlsen--- New era..  the wolverine of the chess world

  • 8 months ago

    D_Ostwald

    Well, I guess there is a reason that he is rated so high ... if you can't beat him in the opening; he will beat you in the ending.  Magnus Carlsen has taken chess to a new level, unlike anything I've ever seen.  Simply an amazing chess player!

  • 8 months ago

    theKingSwings

    Anand is a great person, i feel so bad about his losses i could cry.

    i hope he turns the table in the remaining games. it's too soon to think it's over, there are 6 more games remaining.

  • 8 months ago

    LeeCooper78

    Team Carslen is winning this match. Carefully analyzed match against Gelfand and it's paying dividends.

    Obviously Anand is having problems in endgame - two drawn endgames (not easily drawn, but still) and two losses.

    Endgame play is Magnus greatest virtue (of many) and Team Anand needed to acknowledge that by a different opening choice. You cannot play 12 quiet openings, 12 times go into an endgame and expect to retain the title. That's just not going to happen - of 4 such 12 game matches Magnus will win all four.

    Anand needs to complicate the play and to play where he is the best - at the moment, type of positions on the board definitely suit Carlsen.

    Two games up - very hard to see Carlsen not comfortably winning this one!

  • 8 months ago

    dinkir9

    Anand, my hero... Well, every great story has an end, just as every player has a finish.
    If he can come back from this, then Vishy really does deserve the title. But Carlsens getting more and more comfortable playing in the WC, oh and btw Vishy playing unnatural chess is his attempt to throw Carlsen off. Carlsen understands chess way too well to be beaten in a "routine" game of chess. Anand has to try these moves otherwise Carlsen won't stop. 

  • 8 months ago

    drumdaddy

    Magnus sees a stone, smells blood, and squeezes.

  • 8 months ago

    HPocket

    It's like an aging boxing champ fighting the 20 yr old contender (if I may be allowed to jump from the mental to the physical!);  you hope the old champ will acquit himself well while feeling he's no match for youth;  of course, he's still got "the puncher's chance"

  • 8 months ago

    Vingore

    Carlsen=Warrior!  

    Absolute, science fiction, incredible and crushing endgame play! 

  • 8 months ago

    bbb1

    White cannot keep checking the king and Black is only 1 move away from queening.

    Hats off to Magnus! No one in the commentary team saw the 57...Kf4 move.

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