Carlsen Beats Anand Again, Leads 4-2 - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/16/13, 7:03 AM.

On Saturday Magnus Carlsen increased his lead in the World Championship match against Viswanathan Anand to 4-2. In a quiet Ruy Lopez, the 22-year-old Norwegian equalized comfortably, got a slight initiative, won a pawn, then another one but the rook ending was probably still drawn. However, Anand again failed to find the best defense and had to resign at move 67.

And he did it again. With an almost unprecedented will to win, Magnus Carlsen ground down Vishy Anand in another rook ending to take a two-point lead in the match. The cold, engine-driven evaluations were constantly saying "draw", but the practical problems Anand had to solve again proved to be too much for the 44-year old Indian GM.


Avoiding the Berlin Ending with the move 4.d3 seemed like a good practical decision by the World Champion, and his 10.Bg5 got Carlsen thinking for 25 minutes. From move 15 onwards, it was clear that Anand was going to try his luck on the kingside. Step one was to try and land a knight on f5.

However, Carlsen found a number of excellent maneuvers and when all the minor pieces were traded it was clear that Black was at least equal. In fact, after 26...c4! it suddenly became clear that it was the Norwegian who was playing for a win.

With a timely exchange, Carlsen left his opponent with a bad pawn structure but the question was how he would improve further. “I thought I got a pretty solid position out of the opening. Then at some point I was little bit better but nothing much was going on.” But then, Anand either “sacrificed or blundered” a pawn, as Carlsen put it at the press conference. Asked about his surprising 38.Qg3, Anand said: “What can I say, some days it just goes like that.”

Carlsen obviously took the pawn, and it was clear that he was going to torture his opponent for quite some time. “After that I got a very good rook ending but I am not at all sure if it is winning,” the challenger said. As he allowed h4-h5 Anand was well on his way to draw the game anyway, until Carlsen found one more miniplan. “I had one little trap, this Kf4-Ke3 etc. Fortunately he went for it.”

Both players felt that it was all over when Black got Ke3 in, but analysis shows that there was still one more chance to draw with White, missed by Anand, on move 60.

Vishy Anand was clearly upset. “I mean, today was a heavy blow. I will not pretend otherwise. Nothing to be done, you just go on.” A Norwegian journalist asked how he would deal with it, to which Anand answered: “Well you just do your best.” The same journalist wanted him to elaborate on his answer, to which Anand answered: “Doing your best means doing your best. I dont know why you don't understand English?”

Sunday is another rest day. On Monday the second half of the match starts, with Vishy Anand again playing with the white pieces. He needs a win soon.

The players in the rest area, minutes before the start of the game
Anand getting his tea, like every day
Carlsen arrives, and the players shake hands — Anand doesn't look up
Still many media are represented in Chennai
Another Berlin, but we won't see the ending this day
Vishy Anand deeply concentrated and under pressure
Carlsen obviously more relaxed, sitting on a 3-2 lead

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  • 3 years ago


    Well, I guess there is a reason that he is rated so high ... if you can't beat him in the opening; he will beat you in the ending.  Magnus Carlsen has taken chess to a new level, unlike anything I've ever seen.  Simply an amazing chess player!

  • 3 years ago


    Anand is a great person, i feel so bad about his losses i could cry.

    i hope he turns the table in the remaining games. it's too soon to think it's over, there are 6 more games remaining.

  • 3 years ago


    Team Carslen is winning this match. Carefully analyzed match against Gelfand and it's paying dividends.

    Obviously Anand is having problems in endgame - two drawn endgames (not easily drawn, but still) and two losses.

    Endgame play is Magnus greatest virtue (of many) and Team Anand needed to acknowledge that by a different opening choice. You cannot play 12 quiet openings, 12 times go into an endgame and expect to retain the title. That's just not going to happen - of 4 such 12 game matches Magnus will win all four.

    Anand needs to complicate the play and to play where he is the best - at the moment, type of positions on the board definitely suit Carlsen.

    Two games up - very hard to see Carlsen not comfortably winning this one!

  • 3 years ago


    Anand, my hero... Well, every great story has an end, just as every player has a finish.
    If he can come back from this, then Vishy really does deserve the title. But Carlsens getting more and more comfortable playing in the WC, oh and btw Vishy playing unnatural chess is his attempt to throw Carlsen off. Carlsen understands chess way too well to be beaten in a "routine" game of chess. Anand has to try these moves otherwise Carlsen won't stop. 

  • 3 years ago


    Magnus sees a stone, smells blood, and squeezes.

  • 3 years ago


    It's like an aging boxing champ fighting the 20 yr old contender (if I may be allowed to jump from the mental to the physical!);  you hope the old champ will acquit himself well while feeling he's no match for youth;  of course, he's still got "the puncher's chance"

  • 3 years ago



    Absolute, science fiction, incredible and crushing endgame play! 

  • 3 years ago


    White cannot keep checking the king and Black is only 1 move away from queening.

    Hats off to Magnus! No one in the commentary team saw the 57...Kf4 move.

  • 3 years ago


    Amazing gameCool

  • 3 years ago


    Anand is playing unnatural chess. Anand's strategies of pawn sacrifice, unnatural moves, puzzling moves, moving into unknown territory etc., are simply not working with Carlsen. He should abondon these strategies and play his natural chess. 

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    gud carlsen make improvement

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen is the true world champion now!!

  • 3 years ago


    Congratulation again Magnus! On your winning of Round 6. Well i think 60...h3 61.gxh3 Rg6 is very cool Laughing.

  • 3 years ago


    incredible pressure on vishy, from move 1 to move 67. magnus, norwegian wood, doesn't miss an opportunity and pushes, pushes, pushes all game long, playing never a weak move. now anand should take big risks to win the next. a great fight.  

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago

    FM ronbuckmire

    how does 60 b4! not lose to the same idea of ...h3 and queening the f pawn? Even if the b pawn is able to cause complications, the white king will most likely not be able to escape.

    It's pretty scary Carlsen was able to squeeze the advantage of a doubled king pawn into a pretty even rook ending which he then was able to convert into a W.

  • 3 years ago


    can someone tell instead of resigning why he cant move Rf8+?

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen is going to defeat Anand very easily and win the title, then Carlsen is going to be both the next reigning world champion for a very long period of time and the highest-rated chess player in history, which is going to make him the greatest chess player of all time.

  • 3 years ago


    congratulations carlsen.Cool

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