Carlsen-Anand 1-0 in Game Five

Finally we are tingling with some excitement in this match that got started off so terribly.

Here is the fatal mistake that cost Anand the first loss in the match.

At the after game press conference Anand pointed at 34…Rd4 as losing the game. Yet, looks like it wasn’t so. Here is the analysis from Russian sources (

Anand-Carlsen 2013-11-15

Position after 45.Bh7


Strange, unexplainable check. Position was held easily after 45…Ra1. For example, 46.Bg8+ Kc6 47.Bxb3 Rxa3 48.Rxh4 Rxb3+ 49.Kc2 Rb4.


Now White has a significant advantage that may already be decisive, or close to it.

46…Rg1 47.Bg8+ Kc6?

And this is now a complete capitulation. Some practical chances retained with 47…Kd4!, and White has still chances to slip: 48.Bxb3? axb3 49.Rxh4+ Kd3!! and draw with the king activation Anand brilliantly demonstrated yesterday. 50.Kxb3 Rb1+! Another necessary move. 51.Ka4 c4.

But instead of immediately trading bishops, White, of course, could play stronger: 48.Rxh4+! Kd3 49.Rg4 Bxg8 50.Rxg8, and Black is in difficulties. For example, 48…Re1 51.Rd8+ Ke4 52.e6 Kf5 53.Rf8+ Kg6 54.Kc3 Rxe6 55.Kc4 Rb6 56.Rg8+ Kh6 57.Kxc5 Rb3 58.Rg3.


Carlsen doesn’t leave any more chances.

48…Kd7 49.Bxb3 axb3 50.Kxb3 Rxg2 51.Rxh4 Ke6 52.a4 Kxe5 53.a5 Kd6 54.Rh7 Kd5 55.a6 c4+ 56.Kc3 Ra2 57.a7 Kc5 58.h4 1-0

With seven games to go in the 12 games match, Carlsen now leads 3-2.