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


    You can do it Anand beat him

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen is unbeatable. He will not be beaten in this WC. Mark my words. Not be beaten!

  • 3 years ago


    Keep beatin' him you Big Mag ... He's old for it now and It'd be better for him to pass his crown away to a younger one. Beat him Mag! Cool

  • 3 years ago


    Wow, Carlsen the soon to be NEW CHESS WORLD CHAMPION!!!

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    weeeh ???

  • 3 years ago


    im fan of anand and im sure he will win the match! carlsen made anand angry and he will see what happens if anand become angry :-)

  • 3 years ago


    Congratulation Mr. Carlsen...... 

  • 3 years ago


    Natural Chess = Middle game + Endgame.

    This is perhaps the best for the common man to see. Who don't have much time for studying the "Opening Theories".


  • 3 years ago


    38.....e5. this is the losing move. why anand move this? i don't know. but as i watching the live game, he move quickly and fast and i said to myself, this is the downfall of anand. if anand did not move this pawn, i think he has the winning chance. he misses many oppurtunity but i will not blame him. maybe he got tired and one of the factor is his age. if he will not comeback and even the game, carlsen will definitely be the new world chess champion. i praise carlsen for his tenacity in defence and i will give credit to him for that win.

    i hope the next game will be more exciting and i'm looking forward to that.

  • 3 years ago



    Kasparov has always been an arrogant prick. You can go back to when he played a 13 yr old Carlsen to a draw after showing up late and not acknowledging Carlsen afterwards.

    Also, there's no need for personal insults at Jemorange. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. BTW, Canada's literacy rate is pretty impressive so I wouldn't be so sure on that pizza, hamburger comment. 

  • 3 years ago


    Wow! Great game ther by both players and a very intersting openning there by Carlsen and a very nice endgame too. This game shows why endgame studies are very important. Smile

  • 3 years ago


    Big Anand fan (and an Indian) but Carlsen absolutely deserved his win. Out of the 5 games so far, barring one game, Anand never had an advantage or a possible winning position in any game. 

    I can see Carlsen going from strength to strength. This win would have calmed his nerves and I see him going for the kill now. That said, Anand is no pushover. At 43 and as a five-time world champion, he's got very little to lose. I expect him to take the initiative and play attacking chess. The double white games for Anand could have come at a better time. 

    What a great game we have! I'd love Anand to win but a Carlsen win is good for the sport. The game does need a young champion. 

  • 3 years ago


    Dirty remark from Kasparov (mommy crying baby), he still resents when he lost to Anand years ago. Arrogant when won, Sore loser when lost. It seems Anand destroyed the morale of some GMs in the the past. Go Anand!!!

  • 3 years ago


    well pld calrsn..... come on vishwanath...... go india go........

  • 3 years ago


    I have a feeling that anand will come up for magnus' head after this loss. this is about to get hot

  • 3 years ago


    What a Wonderful Game between Mr. Carlsen and Mr. Anand! :D
    By the way, I want to congratulate Mr. Carlsen as a new Grandmaster after he vanquish Mr. Anand 3 times! :)

  • 3 years ago


    Anand was overly cautious with Carlsen in games 1 and 2 which let Carlsen play through his match nerves. Now Carlsen has played into top match form. 

    Carlsen is playing with a level of poise that is beyond his years.  Though many of us many may not route for Anand in this match, it is my sincere hope that he plays his best and forces Carlsen to do the same. We never know what the future holds, just look at the two tragic examples of Morphy and Fischer when they reached the pinnacle.

  • 3 years ago


    will Anand find a resourseful way to win as in his previous matches or will magnus dominate. so far i have been correct. Magnus has won. but he can't think that the WC title is pocketed, for Anand will begin to takes more risks to play for a win, that at least is my belief

  • 3 years ago


    @PGM. CoolSmile @ostwald. True Smile

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