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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.

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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

    Qwwq_Wq

    In my opinion, Anand's mistake was to drag Carlsen to the endgame (The move Ke7 after the queens are exchanged, shows that Anand is preparing for endgame). That’s Carlsen's territory. Endgame superiority is by far the biggest of the many reasons why Carlsen had found his way to the top. That’s not to say he is invincible in the endgame, but from his track records, it seems that he can squeeze out a win from the slightest of advantages in endgames. His opponent has to make perfect moves to restrain him. One sub-optimal move and he would materialize on that fairly quickly. In the previous game Anand perfected his move by long thinking, to the point where he had one minute on the clock. But this time, 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.” This shows that he did not calculate all possible lines and instead relied on his instincts, which is a characteristic of players of his age.

     

    To win one of the next few games, I think Anand not only have to create something in the opening itself but also hit him hard and materialize on that till the end (like the Anand-Gelfand match in the previous WCC which Anand won). 

  • 10 months ago

    AleSGCHESS

    Finally!! GO CARLSEN!!!!

  • 10 months ago

    hand_in_hand

    losers

  • 10 months ago

    peacefulblue

    Like the annotated game says, I found that after 52 ... Kxe5, bringing down pieces to seven, Lomonosov table base gives White mate in 33. Neat to have the Lomonosov bases while watching endgames 

  • 10 months ago

    P_G_M

    For all those followers of Anand who say that Carlsen is evil, which is next best move against Carlsen?

    Watch out Carlsen, food poison on its way to your room.

  • 10 months ago

    P_G_M

    Anand played a bunch of small weak strategical, positional and tactical moves starting with the strategical weak move 16...Ke7 instead of 0-0 connecting the rooks so he could fight for the open files.

    Then the weak positional move 19...f5 leaves him with permanent weak pawn structure which on the end was incredible difficult to defend which resulted in the weak tactical move 39...a4 instead of g4.  

    At last the losing tactical move 45...Rc1+ instead of Ra1.

    Carlsen match strategy of trading queens early and move the games into long endgames is proving to be the right choice to beat Anand. Capablanca's chess style by Carlsen.

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

  • 10 months ago

    WestofHollywood

    I can't believe anyone took what I said seriously!

  • 10 months ago

    Addicted-to-Chess97

    That picture of Carlsen at the end made me laugh out loud! XD

    Soooo funny!

  • 10 months ago

    Vertmouron

    I find those comments by Am1n3 and WestofHollywood about Magnus Carlsen playing "dirty chess" extremely offensive.

  • 10 months ago

    WestofHollywood

    For goodness sakes I hope you folks realize my post about Carlsen's "evil" play and lack of knowledge about openings was pure tongue-in-cheek satire.

  • 10 months ago

    PAMetalBoss

    Anand will win one of the next two games. If not, he's out. 

  • 10 months ago

    Pohjanpoika

    Finally a win for Carlsen. Lets hope he doesn't lose any game with the two black games to come. 

  • 10 months ago

    Ish_lotus

    Its v.sad for me, that Anand lost the game. Well, i Have belief, that Anand will come back.. and there will be tie-breaker match.. Anand is brilliant. He knows now how to play and what to play.. Good luck Anand. I want to see you World champion again... pls play attacking again, don't bother of anythinng, just play attacking game which suits you.. :)

  • 10 months ago

    acoeus

    @pbansal7

    I think as is in many sports (if we consider chess a 'sport'), you play as well as your opponent allows you to sometimes.  The idea is that you give your opponent due credit.  Some of us maybe have to be reminded that Carlsen isn't some patzer from the local park.  He is the highest-ranked chess player ever.  That's no small feat.  

    And while Anand is surely a legend in the sport and deserves great respect, he is playing an up-and-comer who is already, at the tender age of 22, on the brink of legendary status in terms of major tournament achievements and rating and so on.  So it's a bit easy to suggest from the sidelines, ‘Anand must do this and that or show tougher backbone or more inspired play’.   Frankly, I'm not sure how much of his fate is in his own hands at this point.   He is playing an incredible talent in his own right.  

    And despite the emotional claims of some clearly unhinged people here, that queenside castle was not necessarily a bad idea.  It was interesting and unusual perhaps but not bad.  I don't see how Carlsen's oftentimes fresh and resourceful maneuvering can be construed as ‘dirty’ or ‘evil’.   I haven’t seen any logic in those arguments just lots of emotional innuendo that certain moves are ‘crazy’ or designed only to ‘confuse’ their opponents and therefore implying that Carlsen is some kind of devious and unsportsmanlike chess player.  This sort of thinking is absurd on its face because if a 2700+ GM can be so easily confused by some redundant (worse, tempo losing?) moves, well, let’s just say he should retire and focus on something else like writing memoirs or poetry.   Again, we’re not giving these individuals credit, especially Anand himself, by suggesting that they are so easily confused by things that some loud 1700-rated players here can spot…

     

  • 10 months ago

    Krames

    Great notes to the game, thanks for posting!

  • 10 months ago

    MSC157

    Melch... Haha, nice one!

    But hey ppl, Anand is a Defending Champion, so he only needs to defend, Carlsen must attack, that's the rule. 6-6 should be win for Anand, Fide.

  • 10 months ago

    hakim2005

    Anand respect carlsen so he will let him win again tomorrow

  • 10 months ago

    simple100

    I really enjoy these games.

  • 10 months ago

    Melchizedek10

    Did anyone else notice the strangeness way Anand play compare to the first 4 games?...how could he play that move 13th or give Carlsen that pawn on move 40?...Could really that "unbeatable" Anand of the 2011 Botvinnik Memorial Rapid Tournament who beat Carlsen, Aronian, and Kramnik with calculating mind at that speed play such a bad moves like this today with more time control?...In only 2 years time frame has his skill decline?...And same as the last championship in that game he lose to Gelfand...people were suprise by the bad moves that in no way is of Anand strength...

    May I dare to say this?..."The "unbeatable" Anand that beat Kramnik in 2008 is still there...playing in Topalov home turf so Anand go head and gave game 1 to Topalov to please the home audience...and beat him in style in the last game with black pieces...Anand know all along he can beat Topalov...and last championship due to the respect he had for Gelfand and not bore people with all the draws...he let Gelfand win one game and then come back with a record 17 moves win...and take it to tiebreak and beat him there due to his love and respect for Gelfand...so what has Anand has in store or in his mind for Carlsen?...we'll just have to wait and see..:)) "

  • 10 months ago

    hakim2005

    it's easy fos some people to set on comfortable chairs with Houdini infornt and start saying anand makes obvious blunders!!!  Carlsen plays without openings and Anand without endgames

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