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


    Carlsen will win 1 or 2 more games and the WCC will end in 11 or 10 games. 

    This WCC will be remembered as "The Slaughter of the Tiger in Chennai".

  • 3 years ago


    Agree with D_Ostwald.

  • 3 years ago


    @Nycticoracs. Very well said. I have that thought also.

    @acoeus. Hello. A very good point you made :)

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen's 'nonsense' moves are what makes his play interesting, rather than boring.  By moving away from the analyzed opening lines, studied and memorized by so many of today's top players, Carlsen has returned chess to the form of matching wits over the board; i.e., 'playing' the game of chess.

    How often are we hearing things like 'all rook endings are theoretical draws' ... perhaps true for chess engines but many of them are tricky to navigate for humans.  Carlsen knows this, which is one reason he likes to play to the end.  

    Anand is a great chess player no doubt (and a fine gentleman as well).  Game 5 went Carlsen's way; now we'll see what Anand can prepare in terms of a reply.  With two games as white, Anand could quickly tip the scales the other way.

  • 3 years ago


    Magnus! Magnus! Magnus!

  • 3 years ago



    What are u talking about? Anand is not only a hero, but a sex simbol in India. A country of 1 billion inhabitants.

    People play chess for players like Kasparov, Karpov, Fischer, Tal etc... (none of them are pretty faces) and because they like competition and because they like to use their minds. This is not a beauty contest.

    Maybe in your country chess needs a boost. But chess is very popular in countries were people use their brains in other things than whether will they eat pizza or hamburgers

  • 3 years ago


    Guys who think chess beauty is only in tactical play only understand half of beauty of chess !

  • 3 years ago


    Great to see Kasparov in Indonesia, he came to Indonesia for FIDE President election on august 2014, Jakarta will be his first city to visit. Welcome Kasparov and your school also here, game 5 magnus won thats great with english opening,basiccaly english war with Indian game rimind me war between english and Indian ethnic in united state.

  • 3 years ago


    @ IndianHarry You make a few good points however you're wrong. Yes I'm a carlsen fan but thats because I only started playing chess 2 years ago and hes the player that made me attracted to grandmaster level chess. Who else is there to be the " best " in the future? Who else is there to bring chess back to the mainstream? Caruana? Caruana has the potential to be a new star but can he do it? Its too early to tell. Karjakin? Giri? I'm even more doubtful. Anything can happen though, its just my opinion. At least Magnus has links to the pop culture community and if he does win it will be the first non-russian European to become champion in many years. Perhaps this can start some new trend. His style of chess might be a tad boring as his strong suit is the endgame but still, is Anand a great face for chess?

  • 3 years ago


    Well, I had to watch this match for how many hours before this result came? Quite a few. But it's a cool payoff!

  • 3 years ago


    I lost ten IQ points from reading the comments. I am an Anand supporter, and yet I can still say that Carlsen played a great endgame; feel free to diagnose my mental illness now.

  • 3 years ago


    10. Qd3 - Carlsen Variation

  • 3 years ago


    People that think endgames are boring are simply poor endgame players and don't really understand chess.

  • 3 years ago


    They're not all draws.Like all sports, this competition is good for everybody.

  • 3 years ago


    Magnus the greatest endgame player of all time?

    Time will have to tell.

    This is an intriguing world title match.I like both players but lean to Anand.

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen is quite simply the greatest endgame player of all time!

  • 3 years ago


    We need a new champion.  Go Magnus!

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you sogcelak!  Someone with some rational thinking finally here...

    One thing I cannot stand are poseurs who think they know and understand  better than the chess GM's but are actually nobodies in real life... It's irritating.  

    Reminds me of this scene from Annie Hall:

    Yes, you know who you are, exactly like that guy in this scene...

  • 3 years ago


    Why Anand didn't castle king side at 17th?

  • 3 years ago


    Clearly, this whole thing was planned by Anand. Carlsen is now 'set-up' to face a very motivated Anand with the white pieces two games in a row. If Anand doesn't play e4 in the next game, I'll eat my hat........!

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