Anand-Carlsen: Game 4, a Berlin Ending, Drawn After 64 Moves

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/13/13, 7:52 AM.

The fourth match game in Chennai between Viswanathan Anand, playing white, and Magnus Carlsen ended in a draw after 64 moves. It was an amazing fight that started as a Berlin Ending, in which the World Champion was forced to sacrifice a pawn at an early stage, but he did get some long-term compensation. Still in Chennai, Garry Kasparov liked White's chances until move 31. Just when Carlsen seemed to gain the upper hand, Anand found some excellent moves and eventually he could liquidate to a drawn rook ending.

After yet another great fight between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand in Chennai, the longest game so far, nobody speaks about the two quick draws at the start anymore. The match has begun, the match is there and it's great!

On the fourth day of play, the two matadors showed a very high level of play — perhaps except for Anand's opening phase. In the most complicated positions they often played the move that was also the first stuggestion of the strongest engines.

Carlsen had the advantage for most of the game, but the experts agreed that the reigning champion defended brilliantly. "Something went horribly wrong in the opening," said Anand, who saw his 1.e4 answered by 1...e5, instead of the Caro-Kann like in game 2.

Carlsen played the infamous Berlin Ending, Vladimir Kramnik's tremendous weapon in the year 2000 which he used so successfully against Garry Kasparov. For years this opening did not have a great reputation in terms of providing exciting chess, but recently some very interesting games have been played with it, and the 4th match game in Chennai was no exception.

"I made one illogical move after the next. I missed something with 18.Ne2 and then... I'm just basically lost," said Anand. About losing the a-pawn, the Indian said that he was "already drifting" and he mostly wanted to be consistent. Funnily enough, Kasparov, who spoke with GM Ian Rogers during the game, was one of the few who actually liked the pawn "sacrifice". It was only until 31...g6 when The Boss stopped looking for wins for White! 

Except for the opening, Anand played strong chess. Carlsen: "When I won the pawn I was very optimistic but he kept finding resources. I was missing some little things; he just fought on really well. All credit to him."

Especially 35.Ne4! was a great move by Anand which made full use of all the tactical possibilities. Just before the time control he could liquidate to a rook ending which would have been an easy draw with just one rook for both players, but somehow the World Champion couldn't manage to trade a pair of rooks.

Speaking about this phase, at the press conference it was Anand's turn to compliment his opponent: "Magnus also kept finding resources. I thought I had checked everything and then he finds 56...Re6."

On top of that, Anand got into into time trouble again. "I had a minute left at this point. For Grischuk it was just another day, but for me... it's not every day that I'm down to a minute." But he survived the time trouble again, and the game.

During the game, FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos gave a press conference about the way Garry Kasparov was received (or rather, not) in Chennai. Whereas on Monday many journalists had learned that Kasparov wasn't welcomed at the airport or in the hotel, and wasn't supposed to give a press conference or join the commentary, FIDE seemed to have changed its position 180 degrees the next day. Makropoulos: "Garry is welcome here and can go wherever he wants."

One journalist confronted Makropoulos with the fact that his colleague at FIDE, Geoffrey Borg, had made sure that Kasparov would not be allowed to join the live commentators, to which "Makro" answered: "I am the only one who can give such instructions."

Meanwhile, Kasparov has left Chennai. Together with his team member Ignatius Leong he will be campaigning in Asia. First stop: Jakarta, Indonesia. Later, an interview with the 13th World Champion will be posted here.

To finish on a lighter note: For the first time Vishy Anand did not play in his trademark blue shirt (with his main sponsor NIIT clearly visible), but in a yellow shirt instead, which had another sponsor logo on it: that of Crocin, a paracetamol (acetaminophen) brand in India. If you hadn't seen the TV ad below yet, here's your chance:

Thursday is the second rest day of the match. The score is 2-2 and eight more games will be played. On Friday Carlsen has the white pieces again. The prize money, provided by the Tamil Nadu government, is about 14 crore rupees (US $2,212,210 / € 1,644,034).

The handshake before what would be a amazing game 4
Photographers and policemen on the other side of the glass...
...again observed by Carlsen
Policemen can also be found inside the press room, enjoying the commentary
5.d4, a proper Berlin Endgame!
Different shirt & jacket for Anand...
...with a different sponsor
The players were in a good mood at the press conference

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  • 3 years ago


    It was an excellent game and i like the anand advertisement

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    Thank you for the EXCELLENT coverage ! ! !

  • 3 years ago


    For the first time in the match, Carlsen's body language revealed respect for Anand.

  • 3 years ago



    It seems that Anand mis-played the opening, but he had the better of this game.

    After 30. Rc2 Anand had a strong position. Just look at it. Black's rook is languishing at a8, and Anand has threats on the c-file and through his mobile K-side pawn majority. White's Knights are better than Black's Bishop and Knight.

    Did the author of this article have the benefit of FM Mike Klein and GM Melik Khachiyan's live commentary?

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks to all the commentators and journalists who are making the World Chess Championship come alive for us chess fans.  This is definitely the greatest show on Earth.

    I hope other top level tournaments will be broadcast and have sponsorships in the same way.  Anand has more left in him than he has taken out.  Thats for sure.

  • 3 years ago


    All the time Magnus looks like he just came out of bed! lol ..And the commentator Tania is so beautiful. She is also good at analysis. However Kasparov should have been given a chance to play commentator while he was there. It would have been a lot interesting then considering his prowess in analysing games.

  • 3 years ago


    Kasparov says Anand's sacrifice of a pawn was good and had given him a tactical advantage. He was hopeful of Anand's winning chances till move 31. I want to know what was it that Kasparov saw but Anand failed to see!

  • 3 years ago


    Very interesting game.I like it very much.Draw continues...........

  • 3 years ago


    Brilliant performance by both players and a learning experiance for me.

  • 3 years ago


    LOL at that ad. I live in India, but I had seen that ad earlier. The fake Kasparov is HILARIOUS. LOL.

  • 3 years ago


    Where is the Kasparov interview you promised??

  • 3 years ago


    Where is _valentin_ with his insightful comments?

  • 3 years ago


    Maybe next game Carlsen will play d4.

  • 3 years ago


    I found the press conference very interesting, especially because of Anand; it's clear that this was a very tough game for him, and that the game took a lot out of him, both physically and emotionally. But even more important than that fact, and the thing that caught my eye the most, was that you could see how much this match really means to him. You could hear it in his voice that the thought of losing the title is almost too much for him to bear. I found the whole thing very heartfelt.

  • 3 years ago


    @Twobit lol! I think I'll grab some next time I go to the supermarket

  • 3 years ago


    It must be the Crocin!Wink

  • 3 years ago


    On a side note whats going on with ChessTV ?? No video tab anymore to view previous shows.No morning after show that I could find and no explanation of any of this.Live commentary still happening?Whats up?

  • 3 years ago


    great round, make chess fans holding breath for hours.


  • 3 years ago


    Team MC!!!!

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