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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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  • 23 months ago


    it's the worse situation I can imagine for Vichy. He has to attack Magnus. he feels like Spassky against Petrosian, the first match in 1966

  • 23 months ago


    @am: Why do you think that queenside castiling was a mistake? The commentators thought that it was a novelty (the Qd3, 0-0-0 thing). 

  • 23 months ago


    Mmmm "school of dirty chess"...I guess, you can trace it back to Tal.

  • 23 months ago


    Can someone explain Anand's idea with 45 Rc1+?

  • 23 months ago


    Is mobile phone allowed to participant ?

  • 23 months ago


    I'am one of Anand biggest fans. I know in my heart, Carlsen is stronger. It's his time to shine. New guard in. Old guard out.

  • 23 months ago


    The match is still on. Anand has two whites. If Carlsen can survive those, he has good chances of winning this. 


    Its far from over. GAME ON!!!!!

  • 23 months ago



    I disagree with you entirely. I saw Anand same as in all others interviews. Anand is an Athlete of chess. 45 years old and still at the peak. Your glases may distort the reality you see.

  • 23 months ago


    anand went to attack for win by underestimating magnus after series of draws .we have to see is anand is come back with win in rest of 7 games.series is not end with this win .and also it can't give any physcological edge to magnus.this game is lesson to anand .but ahead in the series is may give some confidence to magnus to convert the draw games to result.

  • 23 months ago


    feeling heartbroken....bdw...well done magnus

  • 23 months ago


    Now Anand should change his strategy...PLAY TO WIN...and DON'T ATTEMPT TO DRAW.

  • 23 months ago


    45.. Ra1 was as good as draw and also 40..Ke6 was also draw. Or 39.. c4 too was draw.

    I didn't understand why Anand gave away those pawns. There was nothing in this game.

  • 23 months ago


    thing with Carlsen is that every move he makes is a strong move & his ability to make something out of nothing is astonishing.

  • 23 months ago


    Magnus 14. Nxc6 is brilliant...it breaks Anand pawn structure. One of his other precise thinking.

  • 23 months ago


    anand could have gone for draw before attacking white's king... he over -stretched his attack and forgot about his long pushed kingside pawns which led carlsen to counter ... moreover carlsen's well placed white bishop did the trick ... held anand from doing any harm to his king

  • 23 months ago


    All Carlsens fans will say he will walk it now he's crashed through in this game!,and they'd be right.

  • 23 months ago


    I feel this news article will lose stars due to Anand fans.

  • 23 months ago


    Why do Anand's fans never allow themselves believe Carlsen is stronger? He clearly has a much higher rating.

  • 23 months ago


    @Jampop, if white plays 39, b4, then black can play 39. Bb3, which should be fine.

  • 23 months ago


    beautifull ending carlsen....

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