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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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  • 5 months ago

    Melchizedek10

    When Kramnik, Topalov, and Gelfand lose...did you see that much negative comments toward them??...or from Anand fans?....So then to those who have such negatives about Anand...are you an intelligent human being??..Why so different?

  • 5 months ago

    Melchizedek10

    If Carlsen fans trying to make their point and portray him as someone who deserve everyone love and praise...why then on the other hand have such negative comments and hate toward Anand who is if not worthy of the same love and praise as Carlsen?...what kind of rational human are you?...some kind of hypocricy two face here as it seem!

  • 5 months ago

    GeniusKJ

    @ P_G_M

    Stop spamming...

  • 5 months ago

    thickskin

    Now Anand is under tremendous pressure and bound to make mistakes in the remaining games. World has a new Chess Champion 

  • 5 months ago

    Mulaton

    @Am1n3 I understand that u want to learn new ideas but I completely disagree with you. 1st of all, magnus is playing for the win which is the ultimate goal of every single game. I am just loving how GMs and strong players are suggesting draws before magnus scoring wins. Remember that we are humans and not computers so we make mistakes, it is easy to say "Draw" with houndini in front of you. A much different thing is to play like houndini with no computer aid.

    Instead, you should be loving magnus willing for the win, endgame skills and the way he put pressure to their opponent. I actually love the fact that he is avoiding all preps from anand to avoid draws.

    Im just loving it. today's game was a beauty. Im sorry

  • 5 months ago

    Caballistico

    A new king is about to be crown...no way Anand can come back....

  • 5 months ago

    bigbikefan

    Anand perfectly realises he can't match Carlsen's tenacity in playing such positions, and on phsycological level that causes him making mistakes he wouldn't have made otherwise played he someone else. Hopefully, he didn't completely crack, or there would be less than 12 regulation games.

  • 5 months ago

    menukadevinda

    I think Anand should be deffensive than he is now when he play with Carlsen!

  • 5 months ago

    sapientdust

    Chess is not dead, except for people who think it must only be played in the same old ways, and that any change of the old is akin to death.

    For the rest of us though, it is very much alive. I think Carlsen shows us a way forward to a new style of chess that is much less about striving for perfect openings that rely on computer-assisted novelties and pre-planning as much of the game as possible deep into the middlegame and even endgame, and much more about reaching not-so-perfect middlegames that are nevertheless playable and where both players must battle it out from early on in the game without being able to rely on 20+ moves of home preparation and the better player will win.

  • 5 months ago

    atty1970

    Am1n3 you talking nonsense

  • 5 months ago

    henryx_landan

    congrats magnus for winning 2 straight win, the only thing vishy back to the game .concentrate and focus is the main weapon to survived .one factor is the end game in which magnus play best n focus to win..

  • 5 months ago

    P_G_M

    For all Anand's fans all I can say is OUCH!!!

  • 5 months ago

    P_G_M

    OUCH!!!

  • 5 months ago

    P_G_M

    OUCH!!!

  • 5 months ago

    P_G_M

    For all Anand's fans all I can say is OUCH!!!

  • 5 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Funny moment in the press conference where the lady asks about 60.b4! instead of 60.b4, and Magnus is totally dismissive, waving his hands to emphasize how "too slow" it is. Anand says nothing different. Haven't these guys clued in to the fact that most of the moves she asks about are recommended as superior by computer analysis at the turning points of the game? Smile

  • 5 months ago

    pkkushwaha

    Anand has got trapped into psychological trap of his critics - "Anand doesn't go for win". As such he has been unnecesarily trying to force win from Carlsen. He should have waited to see Carlsen go for Win. It has been just reverse till now - Anand is trying to win while Carlsen has been simply defending in all these games.

  • 5 months ago

    Melchizedek10

    There is a promising future for China with Wei Yi.  Only 14 and already pass 2600 mark.  This kid one day will dethrone Carlsen in my opinion.  Now he just need a great helps of teachers or recipes to help him continue the rise in chess.  Go China! :)

  • 5 months ago

    AshrafAmir

    Anand should be thinking of conceding the match..

    reversal of role... twas Carlsen essaying endgame mastery!

    although there's several instances in the previous games of the match where Anand is pressing.. but somehow Carlsen still finds a way and escapes with a draw...

    if the remaining games of the match reaches endgames such like

    in games 5 and 6, definetly Carlsen will be the new Champ..

  • 5 months ago

    ramyasugan

    Who can blame Annand trying to win a drawn game. He needed one to come back but he lacked patience trying to gain the advantage and it backfired. Now he is in a deeper hole.

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