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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

    polimorpho

    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

  • 9 months ago

    twidey

    zowie

  • 9 months ago

    ksbalan04

    A good game and classical show of Magnes.

  • 9 months ago

    ErwinSachs

    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

  • 9 months ago

    GregCachin

    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..

  • 9 months ago

    SonofPearl

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

  • 9 months ago

    davidknight

    Determined game.

  • 9 months ago

    friday

    congrats to both players!

  • 9 months ago

    Fabiogaucho

    Neverming, I found it.

  • 9 months ago

    chess_uncertain

    Well done Magnus! My previous prediction is coming true... Anand is getting into time trouble and Magnus is just ruthless!

  • 9 months ago

    buri

    I think 45...Rc1+ was bad. 45...Ra1 seemed better. I don't think 39...a4 was losing..

  • 9 months ago

    Dogsofwar420

    Carlsen is going to have more of an impact on how chess is played than the great Bobby Fischer....Carlsen might just be Fischer risen from the grave ! Go Carlsen go / Get 'em Tiger !  Grrrreat game !

  • 9 months ago

    prasos

    at move 45 computer shows anand had option for a draw, with Ra1 

  • 9 months ago

    pulpfriction

    Anand played well and did not play for a draw.  He tried to keep his pieces active though he was a pawn down and had 4 pawn islands to deal with. It was entertaining chess.  Carlsen converted a game that lesser players would have drawn.  Congrats Carlsen.

  • 9 months ago

    Fabiogaucho

    Hi. How can I get the PGN of the game?

  • 9 months ago

    plexinico

    Carlsen deserves to be world champ!

    His endgame skills are beyond amazing!  He converts wins from such minute advantage that it is truly incredible!

  • 9 months ago

    nisarg7

    oh! i am shocked!i am afraid by carlsen's win.let's see what happen tomorrow.

  • 9 months ago

    Karsten40

    Yes  g5 looks better then a4 

  • 9 months ago

    pkkushwaha

    39...a4? a very careless move by Anand. This cost the game.

  • 9 months ago

    Smalam

    Dont write of Anand. For sure he will bounce back. He isnt the world champion for so many years by just being lucky

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