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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.

VIDEO

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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  • 9 months ago

    Wappinschaw

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

  • 9 months ago

    huhabu

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

  • 9 months ago

    Aaronsky72

    Am1n3. Right, Carlsen's Queenside castling was a joke because the strongest chess player alive today makes basic rookie strategic mistakes that players like yourself can pick up on.

  • 9 months ago

    huhabu

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

  • 9 months ago

    kfan

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

  • 9 months ago

    GM_Joji23

    beautifull ending carlsen....

  • 9 months ago

    Jampop100

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

  • 9 months ago

    kfan

    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.

  • 9 months ago

    Jampop100

    Did 39.-,g4 hold ?

  • 9 months ago

    BlitzGame

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

  • 9 months ago

    GarryAlekhine

    mistake was at move 45.Rc1+!!!

  • 9 months ago

    svenfromntbym

    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. 

  • 9 months ago

    Twobit

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

  • 9 months ago

    hakim2005

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

    Dybvad

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

  • 9 months ago

    pinneese

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

  • 9 months ago

    vsrkmurali

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

  • 9 months ago

    jeanurg

    why ANAND plays 16...Ke7??

  • 9 months ago

    vsrkmurali

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

  • 9 months ago

    tridev1234

    Both played brilliantly.Good Chess.

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