Carlsen-Anand, Game 8, Drawn In 33 Moves - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/19/13, 3:44 AM.

The eighth match game between Magnus Carlsen, playing white, and Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw after 33 moves. The Norwegian challenger switched to 1.e4 and the World Champion defended with the same line that his opponent has been using: the Berlin variation of the Ruy Lopez. Not much happened in this game and the players even played a few more moves after a dead drawn pawn ending had been reached. The score in the World Championship match in Chennai is 5-3 in favor of Carlsen.

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More and more journalists have arrived in Chennai — several chess media as well as Norwegian mainstream media had apparently decided to cover the second half of the match. Unfortunately for them, that second half might not be all too exciting. Both games 7 and 8 were drawn without any fireworks, today's game being the most insipid so far. Carlsen's two-point lead is still there. The gap with the desired 6.5 points, however, is getting smaller and smaller.

On Tuesday the game did start with a surprise: after trying 1.Nf3 (twice) and 1.c4 (once), Carlsen switched to a third opening move: 1.e4. Taken aback, Anand spent 1.5 minutes pondering his reply. “In general in the match you shouldn't be surprised... well, I had not prioritized 1.e4,” said the World Champion at the press conference.

The Indian chose 1...e5, and before we knew it yet another Berlin variation of the Ruy Lopez had appeared on the board, but this time with the challenger behind the white pieces. Less of a surprise was Carlsen's 5.Re1, which suited him perfectly in this match situation: White has a tiny edge and can try increasing it without running any risk.

From a historical perspective this was interesting because the last time the position after 5.Re1 had appeared on the board in a World Championship was during the very first: it was played in six games between Wilhelm Steinitz and Johannes Zukertort, in the USA back in 1886. From a chess perpective, today's game wasn't very interesting though.

Anand played what is known as the theoretically most solid way to play for Black; a setup with which many grandmasters managed to draw without much effort. On move 25 Carlsen liquidated to a pawn ending and there the players played five more insignificant moves, before they agreed to a draw.



After the game ended, the journalists and photographers needed to wait for almost twenty minutes for the press conference to start, because the players first had to attend a doping control.

Based on Carlsen's casual remarks at the press conference (e.g. summarizing the game as  “He played the Berlin, I played the most solid line, yadayadayada, let's go to the doping control”) some journalists were speculating that the Norwegian might have needed a drink to perform the test.

Commentators Lawrence Trent and Tania Sachdev saw a conspiracy by the organizers: Anand could still keep his title after Carlsen would be prosecuted for underage drinking! However, this wouldn't work as the legal drinking age in Tamil Nadu is 21.

About thinking for a while on his first move, Anand said: “I didn't really know what his intentions were. I mean, even the Sicilian, if you want to play a dry system, they're available. It's not like there were clear options there. I thought a little bit and I decided to go for this. Of course the match situation speaks for itself and it's my job to liven it up. I guess I'll try in the next game.”
Whereas many of his colleague grandmasters criticised his opening today on Twitter, Anand said: “I'm quite happy with my opening preparation.” What is clear is that he'll need to give whatever it takes to try and play for a win on Thursday. “I get a kind of a bonus evening before the rest day so I'll try and prepare something for the next one.”

Carlsen had no reason to complain. “I didn't particularly mind a draw, as was evident from my play. I was just hoping to set him one or two traps and if not then just to shut it down.” And that's what he did.

World Championship 2013

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11 G12 Pts Perf
Carlsen 2870 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 5.0 2864
Anand 2775 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 3.0 2781

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  • 3 years ago

    albatrosses

    Yeah, Anand is a great player. But Carlsen is greater.

  • 3 years ago

    Melchizedek10

    @IndianHarry...It's either this Idiots are prejudice or they just jealous and afraid to accept the superior greatness that is India..and Anand.

  • 3 years ago

    D_Ostwald

    Couple of comments:

    1. Let's face it; the match (and crown) is in Carlsen's hands unless Vishy does something to change it.  It is Carlsen's responsibility to his team (and himself)to WIN the match; and he is doing so (apparantly without too much difficulty at the moment).  It is Anand who much 'push' if he wants to retain his crown; and so far, it just has not happened (and time is running out).

    2. For those who claim Carlsen is 'not all that good' ... I really have no idea of how you can support such a claim?  He has beaten the best and continues to do so.  He may not drive for 'dynamic' positions; but, he doesn't have to.  He is simply the best there is right now.  If Magnus was really not that good; he would not be here, and would not be leading 5-3.

  • 3 years ago

    Pohjanpoika

    IndianHarry People are blaming Anand and not Carlsen becuase Carlsen is doing what he is supposed to do. He is in the lead and his aim should be to protect that lead.

    Anand is behind and needs to change something if he wants to win. It's quite obvious why people blame him for the boring games. 

  • 3 years ago

    Stanya

    Come on Anand!! Go Go Go GO GO Win!!!

  • 3 years ago

    johnnyz

    Carlsen's play reminds one of Capablanca's, ..an almost pure positional player, sometimes shaky opening prep, both strive for a reasonable middlegame and then, begin to play..slowly putting pressure untill their opponents make a mistake, even if microscopic and when in an endgame, turn "drawn positions" into wins.However, Capa was more fluid,his depth  and coordination of his pieces was unparalled.Anand unfortunately will have no answers, as i believe the 6th game completely unerved him.

  • 3 years ago

    Pohjanpoika

    I have heard this extremely stupid argument a few times now (lastly from Am1n3that Carlsen is not that great because he got coached by Kasparov and other good players as young.

    I guess the argument is that anyone could become great if they only had Kasparov as a coach. 

    Kasparov is one of the greatest players of all time but I never heard that he is one of the greatest coaches of all time. Carlsen was a pretty good player before he started to work with Kasparov, maybe even better than Kasparov himself at that point.  

    Are someone's skills less worthy of respect because he has had good teachers?

  • 3 years ago

    albatrosses

    Nope, Anand Gelfand is worse. Even Kramnik Anand is worse.

  • 3 years ago

    LilJerseyFlowerCAT

    If you think playing for draws or a lot of draws are unbecoming of a world championship match, you are blissfully unaware of the norm in most world championship games historically...

    Mosquito King, you are crazy saying Capablanca would've gone for broke! The man was famous for going for a draw when the situation got too hairy. None of the men you named went all out, all the time!

    EDIT: Just wanted to add, there is a lot of money on the line, you must remember as well.

  • 3 years ago

    PandaPete

    It seems like both players were working for a draw in this game. Not a championship caliber game??

  • 3 years ago

    albatrosses

    Yup, nakamura will give us fighting chess, although losing chess to Carlsen. Then world championship will be done in game 7.

  • 3 years ago

    maistor_tri4ko

    Yeah, with Caruana, Nakamura or even Ivanchuk we will see some fighting chess. Right now (and at most for the next seven days) the World chess champion title does not make sense.

  • 3 years ago

    DaoudLS

    Neither of these two are playing for the fans, nor should they be. And for those comparing Anand unfavourably to Fisher or Kasparov, Fisher didn't (have the guts to?) defend his title, and Kasparov as challenger produced 17 consecutive draws in his first match with Karpov. In comparison to either of these achievements I think Anand comes out rather well!

  • 3 years ago

    Vingore

    As there was once Fischer fear, there is now Carlsen fear.  Carlsen's opponents know that if Carlsen gains even a microscopic advantage, the game is over.That is a complete nightmare for most players, and they just crumble psychologically. 

  • 3 years ago

    maistor_tri4ko

    With this play Anand should be banned from the next candidates tournament. I do not see any point of taking part in it. Such a disrespect towards chess fans.

  • 3 years ago

    mechaking

    Anand is to scared to take chances, Tal or Fischer or Lasker nor Capablanca would have went for the kill from game 1 winning or being crushed and burned. Anand is killing chess by holding back. Carlsen is doing what a hero would do, although I am not a fan of either of them. I don't see Anand retaining this title!

  • 3 years ago

    mechaking

    Anand is to scared to take chances, Tal or Fischer or Lasker nor Capablanca would have went for the kill from game 1 winning or being crushed and burned. Anand is killing chess by holding back. Carlsen is doing what a hero would do, although I am not a fan of either of them. I don't see Anand retaining this title!

  • 3 years ago

    albatrosses

    Nakamura a loser and a troll. Totally outclassed by Carlsen.

  • 3 years ago

    opensky

    Carlsen again showed he is the man in control. Only useing short time on his moves. How long was the game? 75 minutes? Carlsen needed how many minutes to cash in 0.5 points against the world champion?

    All respect to Anand. He is still the World champ. But only for a few more games.

  • 3 years ago

    FM gauranga

    This must be the most boring WC match ever.

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