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


    Congratulation Magnus! Delighted to see you outplayed him.

  • 3 years ago


    yes 39 was not goood

  • 3 years ago


    Houdini use Carlsen in his analysisTongue Out

  • 3 years ago


    Peter, thank you for posting this. I missed the game this morning. 

  • 3 years ago


    dont mess with a determined anand!! topalov and gelfand made that mistake!

  • 3 years ago


    yea, that was coming. i didn't like carlsen's Nf3 openings and the caro-kann. With the english opening, things were much better. even with carlsen starting with d4 and e4 i think anand might struggle. yesterday's game was a sign of things to come as magnus used the moves he frequents in tournament play like repsonding to anand's e4 with e5 in game 4 where anand struggled. carlsen's use of "dubious" openings gave anand a breathing space. Carlsen won't look back from now on :)

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen's endgame play reminds me of Lasker.

  • 3 years ago


    Annand will reach Magnus in the next game as he did against Topalov and Gelfand .

  • 3 years ago


    This is nothing new to the champ, last two championships he was the first one to lose and then he quickly bounce back and win.  This is one of Anand splendid attributes.  It truely test his strength and his greatness as a champion.  It's clear now Carlsen strategies is to not take Anand into familiar territories and try to beat him in endgame.  Anand will likely not play E4 in the next two games, or unless he find new ways to beat the Caro Cann and Berlin Wall.  The best is yet to come!!

  • 3 years ago


    Though I want Vishy to retain his title but I have to admit that Magnus deserved the win today. He could have scored his first full point in the previous game but Vishy heroically saved the game.

    Go Vishy!

    It's NOT over yet!

  • 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 (C). Can you guess who he is? Ready...set...GO! Tongue Out


    In all seriousness, though, this bodes well for the rest of the match - Anand has to start playing more aggressively now, so we might see several more exciting games! Smile

  • 3 years ago


    39. ... a4? was a mistake. It had to be 39. ... g5

  • 3 years ago


    AMAZING CARLSEN ........

  • 3 years ago


    good game. and thanks peter for the update.

  • 3 years ago


    well done to carlsen

  • 3 years ago


    Congrats Carlsen! He played virtually Houdini's moves in the endagame, amazing! The match will definitely heat up even more if Anand can bounce back tomorrow. Hope he will Smile

  • 3 years ago


    First blood by MC!

  • 3 years ago


    nice win

  • 3 years ago


    Nicccceee Carlsen !!! ;)

  • 3 years ago


    Congratulations Magnus!

    Now let's hope Vishy wins the next one!

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