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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


    To win the world championship you have to play with fire and not be passive. Anand is playing "not to lose". That is not the way to win a WCC...

    Have we ever seen someone win by trying to "not lose"? He has psychologically already lost this match. So a loss is actually good because now he is forced to take the initiative...The only thing is whether he can attack during the opening and middle game!

  • 17 months ago


    Thanks for the annotations, Peter. They make the game very lively. Really enjoy them.  

  • 17 months ago


    Anand has to strike again , i think he might pull the Big Guns Now ,

    may be the catalan or the spanish game or maybe Indian Game

  • 17 months ago




  • 17 months ago


    Sure, im rooting for Anand to strike back, while Carlsen still wins the match in a decisive game closing the series. C'mon Anand i want you to lose the throne now, but i want drama, and an exciting match.

    Let's put the result of this match in all first pages of the world.

  • 17 months ago


    @ fighter: "...doesn't make you right either[sic].

  • 17 months ago


    rather petrosian-spassky in '66 rkoelbach. then spassky, deperatelly, was trying to have some fight, taking chances, and petrosian was just waiting in his shell. unfortunatelly for chess carlsen was winning the first and now we are going to watch shells, rock defences and ... waiting

  • 17 months ago


    start of a downfall we need a new champ....

  • 17 months ago


    ... Rc1 made me cringe, and im only uscf 1800.  champion see's check, champion takes check! :)

  • 17 months ago


    Annand will come back the campaign, wait and see.

  • 17 months ago


    why Anand is playing and not Aronian (#2) in the world?

  • 17 months ago


    "having little or no knowledge of opening theory(In the opening Carlsen puts all his pieces on the wrong squares"

    Lol?! I must disagree with you. No knowledge or the knowledge I have (and it's above the average) would bring Carlsen nowhere. Just saying.

  • 17 months ago


    So far this WC reminds me of Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963. Petrossan grinded Botvinnik down, using his age advantage to kill Botvinnik in the 5th hour. Same here in game 5: Anand played well till a certain point and then blew the endgame. 23 years are a lot. Karpov was only 12 years older than Kasparov and this became a problem for him.  

  • 17 months ago


    I hope Magnus wins! :3 Anand has to be dethroned!!!

  • 17 months ago


    Though I am rooting for Carlsen, I do predict a strong bounce back from Anand. World Champions are pros at recovering psychologically very quickly. They have to.

  • 17 months ago


    Great game and great WCC-match !

    Now Anand is forced to fight back, looking forward to more exciting games.

    From my (modest-1600-rated) perspective Carlsen does seem to have a unique style. Not winning games in opening preparation but outplaying the opponents at the board. Looking for maneuvering middlegames and endgames and playing with extreme accuracy and skill.

    Also a delight to see the good sportsmanship of the contestants.

  • 17 months ago


    "You are just another big troller with 1 reply in one minute :)"

    ??  Did mommy and daddy leave you alone again in the wine cellar?  You know, overdoing it is not good for the brain and the liver from what I hear.  But in your case, it seems to be the brain that is most affected. 


    "What a stupid arguments (far away from chess) to judge people."

    *argument btw.   The projecting is strong in this one.  Psychologists will have a field day with something like you. 

  • 17 months ago

    NM ozzie_c_cobblepot

    Magnus needs to keep playing as though the match is tied. This is the best way to put pressure on Vishy.

  • 17 months ago


    Carlsen will go down in history as the evil disciple of Karpov who started the dirty school of chess. As Amln3 correctly states it basically involves making random moves like hopping forward and backwards with the same knight,having little or no knowledge of opening theory(In the opening Carlsen puts all his pieces on the wrong squares. In the middle game he moves them to better squares which in an evil and dirty manner confuses the opponent), and prophilexis. Chess players please unite and stop this blasphemy!

  • 17 months ago


    45....Rc1+ was clearly a mistake. 45...Ra1 46.Bg8 Kc6 47.Bxb3 Rxa3 =

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