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Carlsen Beats Anand in World Championship Game 5 - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/15/13, 7:32 AM.

With the white pieces Magnus Carlsen broke the series of draws and scored the first victory versus Viswanathan Anand in game 5 of the World Championship match in Chennai, India. The score is 3-2, with seven games to go — that is, if Anand manages to come back like he did against Veselin Topalov and Boris Gelfand in previous matches.

After two quick draws and two fighting draws, Carlsen broke the deadlock as he won game 5 with the white pieces. And it was vintage Carlsen: not too ambitious opening play, happy with the tiniest of advantages, keep on pressing and trying, and grabbing the first opportunity to profit from small inaccuracies by the opponent.

VIDEO

Saying goodbye to the unsuccessful 1.Nf3 move, the players went from 1.c4 to a Marshall Gambit of the Semi-Slav.

Carlsen avoided the sharpest lines though and castled queenside early on. With his 13th move, Anand allowed a queen trade and in the resulting ending he was slightly worse, but apparently the World Champion was confident to draw it. "Tricky, but under control," was how former World Junior Champion Abhijeet Gupta described the game after 36 moves.

For a long time the game did seem to be heading to a draw, especially when Anand found an active defense on the queenside. After the first time control Carlsen was a pawn up, but the position was still very drawish. Anand, however, played several inaccurate moves in the fifth hour and the rook ending turned out to be lost. In the "Norway lounge", right next to the press room, an applause and shouting could be heard when Anand resigned. 

“I think it was a relatively interesting opening. I think it went quite well for me, I got some advantage,” said Carlsen. “Then I think I misplayed it a little bit in the middlegame; it didn't really materialize. It turned out that it was a little bit more difficult to hold than I thought. I don't know where exactly he could hold it. This rook ending is very, very difficult.”

Clearly disappointed, Anand only used short sentences in his replies to questions at the press conference. “Somehow my counterplay didn't materialize. He took his chances well, and that's it.” About not playing 45...Ra1, Anand said: “I missed that the rook ending was so difficult. I thought that I should be able to create counterplay but it wasn't possible.”

Carlsen was clearly happy and relieved: “It feels good. It was a good fighting game, kind of messy at times. I got there in the end so I'm very happy about that.” 

The challenger was also realistic: “It's not that who wins the first game, wins the match. It's a long road ahead but it's definitely a good start. But we'll see. He will have white in his next two game, so he'll have a chance to make a move as well.”

The reason for the two whites is that, at half-time, the colors are switched so that half of the match one player has white after the rest days, and in the other half of the match the other player has white after the rest days.

The score is 3-2 in favor of Carlsen and whoever scores 6.5 points or more, wins. Anand will play with the white pieces in the next two games.

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  • 10 months ago

    Minttunator

    Chess game show: OK! Today's pop quiz question of the year. One half second on clock's, please. His last name starts with the letter (C). Can you guess who he is? Ready...set...GO! Tongue Out

     

    In all seriousness, though, this bodes well for the rest of the match - Anand has to start playing more aggressively now, so we might see several more exciting games! Smile

  • 10 months ago

    xgme

    39. ... a4? was a mistake. It had to be 39. ... g5

  • 10 months ago

    santo98rini

    AMAZING CARLSEN ........

  • 10 months ago

    gregdocot

    good game. and thanks peter for the update.

  • 10 months ago

    galajambo

    well done to carlsen

  • 10 months ago

    Nawa607

    Congrats Carlsen! He played virtually Houdini's moves in the endagame, amazing! The match will definitely heat up even more if Anand can bounce back tomorrow. Hope he will Smile

  • 10 months ago

    jvwfree

    First blood by MC!

  • 10 months ago

    Marius_Daniel_

    nice win

  • 10 months ago

    LaughingCoffin

    Nicccceee Carlsen !!! ;)

  • 10 months ago

    mcginnfourtyfour

    Congratulations Magnus!

    Now let's hope Vishy wins the next one!

  • 10 months ago

    didiz1016

    NOT A DRAWW!!!!!

  • 10 months ago

    upen2002

    thanks

  • 10 months ago

    Aaronsky72

    Congrats Magnus!

    I was concerned he had thrown away his advantage with QxQ, but he saw a way to achieve a persistent kingside pressure with his coordinated rooks.

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