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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  • 2 years ago


    Without 38.-,e5 and if 38.-,a4, White can push b4

  • 2 years ago


    I think, in move 38, e5 was mistake, instead a4 would have saved game for Anand. When he played e5 in move 38 followed by a4 in move 39, Carlsen was able to grab all the pawns (g and e file) in the kingside.

  • 2 years ago


    Did 39.-,g4 hold ?

  • 2 years ago


    Congratulations Magnus! What a fantastic accuracy! It is amazing that he played an entire game virtually without any mistakes.

  • 2 years ago


    mistake was at move 45.Rc1+!!!

  • 2 years ago


    Finally Carlsen gets one. I expected him to pretty much sweep Anand, but the WC has actually been putting up a pretty good fight. Hopefully they keep playing fighting chess like they have the last couple games. 

  • 2 years ago


    Wow, I never saw Anand so frazzled like at the post game interview.

  • 2 years ago


    1. yeah Anand's fans will never believe that Carlsen is much stronger than anand
  • 2 years ago


    Sad. Just sad. Hope Anand will come back tomorrow or some other time. 

  • 2 years ago


    congratulations to carlsen .i am sure anand will bounce back and keep his chances of defending the title alive.

  • 2 years ago


    Anand played  very hard game...hard luck..better luck on next  game

  • 2 years ago


    why ANAND plays 16...Ke7??

  • 2 years ago


    Anand  became  a  cyclone  on tomorrow...just  like that  revenge..please

  • 2 years ago


    Both played brilliantly.Good Chess.

  • 2 years ago


    I have to say something:

    I said before that teh broadcast was a bit low comparing with other events but watching more games, altho ChessCasting would be nice, i see some positive insights for this coverage being the first of all the comments ! they are really down to earth comments with a lot of human thoughts instead of just analysing engine lines, wich is very nice for all the club players to see the "real" picture of the game.

    other thing nice is that you can assist the game just by watching one screen (the expanded window) and, because of the comments and constant focus on actual position make it possible and anjoyable.

    my oppinion of the match so far, Mr Carlesn is a unique player player is endurance style making always very strong moves is unbelivable. Anand is Anand, his game is really full of surprises and tactics nuances, many many traps and very good defence. But Carlesen is superiorm as his rating and ranking sugest.

    i Would say 85% Carlsen.

    Kind regards for all the chess fans Innocent

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  • 2 years ago


    A good game and classical show of Magnes.

  • 2 years ago


    Wow!!.....from start to finish, what an excellent game of chess to watch.

    Both players should be commended for a great game.


    LOL.....notice that chessdoggblack dude has gone very quiet these days..Foot in Mouth

  • 2 years ago


    time pressure is the key in this match, both players have very little time to make the 40th move, magnus is playing flawless in the middle and edgame..

  • 2 years ago


    @ Fabiogaucho PGNs can be exported from game boards. Click the circled button below the board (see screenshot) for a menu of options e.g.

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