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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.


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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  • 17 months ago


    Thank you sogcelak!  Someone with some rational thinking finally here...

    One thing I cannot stand are poseurs who think they know and understand  better than the chess GM's but are actually nobodies in real life... It's irritating.  

    Reminds me of this scene from Annie Hall: 


    Yes, you know who you are, exactly like that guy in this scene...

  • 17 months ago


    Why Anand didn't castle king side at 17th?

  • 17 months ago


    Clearly, this whole thing was planned by Anand. Carlsen is now 'set-up' to face a very motivated Anand with the white pieces two games in a row. If Anand doesn't play e4 in the next game, I'll eat my hat........!

  • 17 months ago


    Well..finally..match on!...Carlsen makes chess seem disgustingly easy...His moves are always bloody obvious until you try making them yourself...argh..

  • 17 months ago


    @ am1n3 "Ahh Ok now I understand, you are a big Carlsen lover. You should say that from the begining."


    Ahh, okay now I understand, you are a big Carlsen hater.  Therefore, all your opinions are worthless.   You see how an ad hominem works?  You cannot say that an argument is weak on the basis of your opponent's supposed personal affiliations or preferences.   For example, “Well, he’s Indian so of course he will say that Anand is a great chess player!” is also an ad hominem.  


    “But here you haven't said something interesting, AGAING you are talking philosophy nothing concrete.. Thousands of words to say that Carlsen is highest rated player who can beat 2700+, and that 1700+ cannot argue, bla bla bla bla.”


    I don’t know if I’ve failed to say something ‘interesting’ or ‘concrete’ or what not.  Perhaps I did fail to do that.   But you haven’t said anything that makes any rational sense whatsoever.   And I didn’t say that 1700’s cannot debate, or, for that matter, 800’s!   I was simply mocking the notion that these GM’s are so ineffective or their chess IQ’s so insufficient so as not to see the same things that a 1700’s-rated person can spot here.   If you can suppress your endless ego for more than 2 seconds, you might understand the kernel of wisdom in this implication. 


    “But you forgot something in chess history (and which is I am talking about all the day) that best players are classified by style, like: 


    - Sacrificial Style


    - Pure attacking style


    - Positional Style


    - Computer driven Style..


    source : http://www.chessworld.net/chessclubs/evolutionofstyle.asp


    If you read at least this document we can then talk about the style of your dear idole "Carlsen" ;).”


    No, contrary to your assumption, I did not forget about chess styles.   What you are forgetting, however, is that even though Carlsen may play according to some armchair chess critic’s ‘chess style’ it certainly makes no sense to call his style ‘dirty’.   That’s an emotive word that doesn’t communicate anything ‘concrete’- oh, that’s right, and ‘interesting’.  Anyway, his is a universal style with an impeccable positional sense and an intuition which I think is genius-level.  Also, I'm not sure why some people continually disparage his openings preparation and execution.  Perhaps he is no openings giant in the classical sense or even a top-10 encyclopedist of opening repertoires but he is professional and knowledgeable and innovative enough to take some of his contemporary 'openings experts' (like Kramnik) to mid and late-game beatdowns.   Sorry if that reality is causing you some grief. 




    “Unfortunatly that's true because many elegant and very strong players fall into this trap.


    Genuis player like Vitor Korchonoi was a victime. He losed many games Against Anatoly Karpov because of the "cat and mouse" play and which both Karpov and Carlsen always succeded on it.. The idea is to play no sense move hoping that their opponents will go wrong in the absence of a direct threat. The amazing thing, they usually do.


    This is exactly what happened in today's game.”


    What happened today is that some armchair poseur like you believes that he can see things that Vishy Anand cannot.  That's what really irritates me.  The overwhelming majority of Carlsen’s moves were optimal or near-optimal and so were Anand's.   I saw very little ‘cat and mouse’ or redundancy or ‘dirt’ or ‘craziness’ and frankly, I again don’t see where the ‘concrete’ or ‘interesting’ is in these illogical descriptions of yours.  

    I suppose positional maneuvers and fresh and resourceful ideas are tantamount to ‘cat and mouse’ play or 'dirt' (whatever that means) but then again only a ‘master’ of the ‘interesting and concrete’ can understand what he means even if nobody else here can decipher his confused hieroglyphics. 

    And if Capablanca felt like estimating that 20% of Alekhine’s play to be ‘a bluff’- hey, sure, whatever floated his boat or, maybe I should say, softened the blows his ego suffered at the hands of his arch-nemesis (it probably didn’t help that his nemesis was also a genius and an alcoholic and someone who actually beat him convincingly and that their relationship was very strained, to say the least).   And this is not to say that Capablanca was not fit to pass judgment on Alekhine’s style but rather it is to suggest that some of his estimates of Alekhine smacked of sour grapes (which is contextually consistent with their personal history).   His reasoning in that quote was nowhere solid or explanatory, just declaratory and almost dismissive.         

  • 17 months ago


    A great grandmaster's chess is like mathematics. Carlsen's chess is like higher mathematics - all logical and accurate, yet highly intricate, ellusive and difficult to understand. Incredible!

  • 17 months ago


    The new World Chess Champion.

  • 17 months ago


    This photo of Anand shows how low is his hope of winning the WCC, he is feeling devastated.

  • 17 months ago


    @ FM TheMagician

    Most probably you were drunk and watching the wrong game Laughing

  • 17 months ago


    Lets hope that Anand stop playing with fear and comes back with some double edge attacking chess openings (keeping his queen on the board). 

    The WCC just started Wink

  • 17 months ago


    to all those on the carlsen bandwagon...don't get too excited yet...it's a long match...let's see where they are in a couple of games

  • 17 months ago


    Kasparov awesome quote!!!

  • 17 months ago


    I think, first time we have an allrounder chessplayer in Carlsen! Diffficult to spot a weak area in his play.

    "If you have preferences, you have weaknesses!"  Magnus Carlsen

  • 17 months ago

    FM TheMagician

    Well i watched game live and thought Vishy was winning the middle ending with his black square dominance 

  • 17 months ago


    ...somting goin' behind the scene?...

  • 17 months ago


    We are fortunate to see history unfolding before our eyes Laughing

  • 17 months ago


    I hope Anand makes a comeback!

  • 17 months ago


    Anand has come back before, i hope he will do it again.

  • 17 months ago


    Good job to Carlsen, but he's going to have his hands full with his next two games. :)

  • 17 months ago


    Come on Anand! Don't let him win!!

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