Carlsen Beats Anand in World Championship Game 5 - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/15/13, 7:32 AM.

With the white pieces Magnus Carlsen broke the series of draws and scored the first victory versus Viswanathan Anand in game 5 of the World Championship match in Chennai, India. The score is 3-2, with seven games to go — that is, if Anand manages to come back like he did against Veselin Topalov and Boris Gelfand in previous matches.

After two quick draws and two fighting draws, Carlsen broke the deadlock as he won game 5 with the white pieces. And it was vintage Carlsen: not too ambitious opening play, happy with the tiniest of advantages, keep on pressing and trying, and grabbing the first opportunity to profit from small inaccuracies by the opponent.


Saying goodbye to the unsuccessful 1.Nf3 move, the players went from 1.c4 to a Marshall Gambit of the Semi-Slav.

Carlsen avoided the sharpest lines though and castled queenside early on. With his 13th move, Anand allowed a queen trade and in the resulting ending he was slightly worse, but apparently the World Champion was confident to draw it. "Tricky, but under control," was how former World Junior Champion Abhijeet Gupta described the game after 36 moves.

For a long time the game did seem to be heading to a draw, especially when Anand found an active defense on the queenside. After the first time control Carlsen was a pawn up, but the position was still very drawish. Anand, however, played several inaccurate moves in the fifth hour and the rook ending turned out to be lost. In the "Norway lounge", right next to the press room, an applause and shouting could be heard when Anand resigned. 

“I think it was a relatively interesting opening. I think it went quite well for me, I got some advantage,” said Carlsen. “Then I think I misplayed it a little bit in the middlegame; it didn't really materialize. It turned out that it was a little bit more difficult to hold than I thought. I don't know where exactly he could hold it. This rook ending is very, very difficult.”

Clearly disappointed, Anand only used short sentences in his replies to questions at the press conference. “Somehow my counterplay didn't materialize. He took his chances well, and that's it.” About not playing 45...Ra1, Anand said: “I missed that the rook ending was so difficult. I thought that I should be able to create counterplay but it wasn't possible.”

Carlsen was clearly happy and relieved: “It feels good. It was a good fighting game, kind of messy at times. I got there in the end so I'm very happy about that.” 

The challenger was also realistic: “It's not that who wins the first game, wins the match. It's a long road ahead but it's definitely a good start. But we'll see. He will have white in his next two game, so he'll have a chance to make a move as well.”

The reason for the two whites is that, at half-time, the colors are switched so that half of the match one player has white after the rest days, and in the other half of the match the other player has white after the rest days.

The score is 3-2 in favor of Carlsen and whoever scores 6.5 points or more, wins. Anand will play with the white pieces in the next two games.

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  • 3 years ago

    SlayMaster_RSA a group for King Magnus Carlsen!

  • 3 years ago


    The numbers [ their ratings] did not lies..

  • 3 years ago



    Oh shut up! I'm saying chess needs a change because it decreasing in popularity. Sure, its obviously more popular in some countries but It isnt in Canada and in the states, where it should be popular. Was that snarky comment neccessary? If chess were popular in the United states, there would be more players, more competition and more MONEY. Your comment with "pizza and hamburgers" is so damn stupid and the insult just made you look stupid when youre trying to be smart. PROTIP: Don't try to end an argument with an insult on someones nationality.. The same nations that brought you this website. Chess needs a popularity boost, people don't care about it like they used to. I've even met someone who has NEVER heard of chess before.

    Also, Anand isnt such a big hit. I go to school where there are tens of thousands of Indian students coming straight from India and I've tried to speak about Anand to hundreds of them. Almost all them has never even heard of Anand except one, he THINKS he heard about him once or twice.

    So yeah, I think chess needs a new role model. It will help the game and perhaps put some more money in GM's pockets. Maybe someday I will have more than one friend to play chess with without having to travel 1 hour for a club

  • 3 years ago


    Too much excitement coupled with nervousness resulting to polyuria

  • 3 years ago


    You know why carlsen is using the rest room quite often because of too much excitement filled with nervousness which result to polyuria. Now you know!

  • 3 years ago


    Anand was reputed for his opening surprises and subte technique,but Carlsen has really turnrd the tables!

  • 3 years ago


    I believe that Magnus Carlsen will win the match, but Anand will get a win in there somewhere. We are only halfway through.

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen dazzles with Rg1! Anand resigned and with good reason. Let us not forget how marvelous both of these players are, that we can sit on the sidelines and comment on two world-class chess masters is a learning experience for all. Go Carlsen and Anand. My game improves from watching the both of you play!!

  • 3 years ago


    marvellouse staff,now Anand has to show the world that he can win the next games or its over

  • 3 years ago


    round 6, magnus win!

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen is an unbelieveable player...his ability to continually make strong moves and something from absolutely nothing is amazing.

    4-2 up with 6 to play and Anands beaten face  and his losing the plot at the post match said it all.....the man was a great champ but its time to make way for a ' new era ' of exciting chess..


    Anyone seen that chessdoggblack dude ......guy seems to be very quiet these days??

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen is in a winning postion now in game 6 , the WCC is all over 

  • 3 years ago


    Magnus draw first blood to vishy... another win by Carlsen will surely be hard for Anand. but you cannot underestimate the heart of a champion. I like Magnus chances.

  • 3 years ago


    First blood to Magnus. Youth is on his side but let's not take anything away from the master Anand.

  • 3 years ago


    Anand fighting back hard today......

  • 3 years ago


    Anand has not yet shown in this match the best of his talent, very far from it. Anyway, the intrigue remains. Maybe, he needs time to get accustomed to Carlsen's style and manners. Carlsen's chances are better, but how much nerve energy it will cost him to win the match, who knows?

  • 3 years ago


    Good start for magnus carlsen. nice win

  • 3 years ago


    92 points ahead in rating, Carlsen win games, Anand draw them. Can Anand turn this over? I doubt it.

  • 3 years ago


    Congratulations  Mr.carlson and you have not finished your job yet. Still there are many action packed scenes missing. Its the day which favoured carlson and it will not affect vishy psycologically anyway. This can be justified by watching him in the postmatch presentation and I dont how he was cool and determined even in that suituation. Then I realised the reason behind the world champion for 5 times :) Hope, Anand will strike back soon :) :) 

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you @ terima kasih. Maghi Perak Malaysia @ Wellcome to Perak Malaysia.

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