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


    I can't believe anyone took what I said seriously!

  • 3 years ago


    That picture of Carlsen at the end made me laugh out loud! XD

    Soooo funny!

  • 3 years ago


    I find those comments by Am1n3 and WestofHollywood about Magnus Carlsen playing "dirty chess" extremely offensive.

  • 3 years ago


    For goodness sakes I hope you folks realize my post about Carlsen's "evil" play and lack of knowledge about openings was pure tongue-in-cheek satire.

  • 3 years ago


    Anand will win one of the next two games. If not, he's out. 

  • 3 years ago


    Finally a win for Carlsen. Lets hope he doesn't lose any game with the two black games to come. 

  • 3 years ago


    Its v.sad for me, that Anand lost the game. Well, i Have belief, that Anand will come back.. and there will be tie-breaker match.. Anand is brilliant. He knows now how to play and what to play.. Good luck Anand. I want to see you World champion again... pls play attacking again, don't bother of anythinng, just play attacking game which suits you.. :)

  • 3 years ago



    I think as is in many sports (if we consider chess a 'sport'), you play as well as your opponent allows you to sometimes.  The idea is that you give your opponent due credit.  Some of us maybe have to be reminded that Carlsen isn't some patzer from the local park.  He is the highest-ranked chess player ever.  That's no small feat.  

    And while Anand is surely a legend in the sport and deserves great respect, he is playing an up-and-comer who is already, at the tender age of 22, on the brink of legendary status in terms of major tournament achievements and rating and so on.  So it's a bit easy to suggest from the sidelines, ‘Anand must do this and that or show tougher backbone or more inspired play’.   Frankly, I'm not sure how much of his fate is in his own hands at this point.   He is playing an incredible talent in his own right.  

    And despite the emotional claims of some clearly unhinged people here, that queenside castle was not necessarily a bad idea.  It was interesting and unusual perhaps but not bad.  I don't see how Carlsen's oftentimes fresh and resourceful maneuvering can be construed as ‘dirty’ or ‘evil’.   I haven’t seen any logic in those arguments just lots of emotional innuendo that certain moves are ‘crazy’ or designed only to ‘confuse’ their opponents and therefore implying that Carlsen is some kind of devious and unsportsmanlike chess player.  This sort of thinking is absurd on its face because if a 2700+ GM can be so easily confused by some redundant (worse, tempo losing?) moves, well, let’s just say he should retire and focus on something else like writing memoirs or poetry.   Again, we’re not giving these individuals credit, especially Anand himself, by suggesting that they are so easily confused by things that some loud 1700-rated players here can spot…


  • 3 years ago


    Great notes to the game, thanks for posting!

  • 3 years ago


    Melch... Haha, nice one!

    But hey ppl, Anand is a Defending Champion, so he only needs to defend, Carlsen must attack, that's the rule. 6-6 should be win for Anand, Fide.

  • 3 years ago


    Anand respect carlsen so he will let him win again tomorrow

  • 3 years ago


    I really enjoy these games.

  • 3 years ago


    Did anyone else notice the strangeness way Anand play compare to the first 4 games? could he play that move 13th or give Carlsen that pawn on move 40?...Could really that "unbeatable" Anand of the 2011 Botvinnik Memorial Rapid Tournament who beat Carlsen, Aronian, and Kramnik with calculating mind at that speed play such a bad moves like this today with more time control?...In only 2 years time frame has his skill decline?...And same as the last championship in that game he lose to Gelfand...people were suprise by the bad moves that in no way is of Anand strength...

    May I dare to say this?..."The "unbeatable" Anand that beat Kramnik in 2008 is still there...playing in Topalov home turf so Anand go head and gave game 1 to Topalov to please the home audience...and beat him in style in the last game with black pieces...Anand know all along he can beat Topalov...and last championship due to the respect he had for Gelfand and not bore people with all the draws...he let Gelfand win one game and then come back with a record 17 moves win...and take it to tiebreak and beat him there due to his love and respect for what has Anand has in store or in his mind for Carlsen?...we'll just have to wait and see..:)) "

  • 3 years ago


    it's easy fos some people to set on comfortable chairs with Houdini infornt and start saying anand makes obvious blunders!!!  Carlsen plays without openings and Anand without endgames

  • 3 years ago


    To win the world championship you have to play with fire and not be passive. Anand is playing "not to lose". That is not the way to win a WCC...

    Have we ever seen someone win by trying to "not lose"? He has psychologically already lost this match. So a loss is actually good because now he is forced to take the initiative...The only thing is whether he can attack during the opening and middle game!

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks for the annotations, Peter. They make the game very lively. Really enjoy them.  

  • 3 years ago


    Anand has to strike again , i think he might pull the Big Guns Now ,

    may be the catalan or the spanish game or maybe Indian Game

  • 3 years ago




  • 3 years ago


    Sure, im rooting for Anand to strike back, while Carlsen still wins the match in a decisive game closing the series. C'mon Anand i want you to lose the throne now, but i want drama, and an exciting match.

    Let's put the result of this match in all first pages of the world.

  • 3 years ago


    @ fighter: "...doesn't make you right either[sic].

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