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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16 votes


  • 3 years ago


    Anand all the way for me.

  • 3 years ago


    I have noticed that in many games Anand makes powerful use of his knights -

    almost as if they have magic properties!

  • 3 years ago


    Anand have  more than  ten computors  in built  head...

  • 3 years ago


    Anand  creat a new dictionary of chess  on  very  earliest

  • 3 years ago


    Carlson win postponed!!

  • 3 years ago


    wow!! very instructive ending!

  • 3 years ago


    Anand has been impressive. Its not going to be a walk over for Magnus and at 5/2 Anand was a good bet.

  • 3 years ago


    A little bit Berlin Wall in thr beginning, this game so complicated. Anand didnt take a pawn back from moved rookie to E1, he just did p to D4 this is blunder i think cause the opponent is MAGNUS and Magnus change his tactic to Berlin wall, this game very tough.Awesome game,though from both of them.

  • 3 years ago


    Wow bro, that's an Aeron office chair, I think it goes for $7,000.00 bucks a piece. Good job hyatt , India!!

  • 3 years ago


    In the side notes, can you please say who won the other games?

  • 3 years ago


    Could it please be remembered how in 1998, after losing a game to Anand, Kasparov started slamming the door whenever he had to go to the bathroom. You will not see such beahviour here. Anand is a giant of a chess player, and a giant of a man. This is not meant to be rude, only factually true, and is germane given how much Kasparov seems to want the attention. Anand is a gentleman and does not go tit for tat, but that is no reason why those of who admire Anand have to respect Kasparov.

  • 3 years ago


    GG Anand!

  • 3 years ago


    I think Magnus has come into this match with a better plan, but Anand is just playing superb chess!! All credit to Anand, showing any critics left why he is still a champion!

    Perhaps the first win will come from playing black? - Anand plays black next!

    This match has been great and I am really enjoying it!! Laughing

  • 3 years ago


    Good game by both sides

  • 3 years ago


    NewHampshireBoy : You bet !! I am gonna keep playing a bit of chess all my life. First target is to cross 1500 and then 1700 and maybe towards end of my life 2000. I am 33, so I guess I can reach 2000 in 10 - 20 years. 

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks for good annotations! I especially like the explanation of traps like 56...Re6 followed by the dubious (but to me otherwise logical) 57.Rxg5 loses because of 57...b5!

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  • 3 years ago


    Iron-Grit-keep loving chess until you permantly leave Earth for your next assignment! I'm a 64 year old patzer but keeping at it!!

  • 3 years ago


    Chess game show: OK! Today's pop quiz question of the year. One half second on clock's, please. His last name starts with the letter (A). Can you guess who he is? Ready...set...GO! Cool

  • 3 years ago


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