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Anand-Carlsen Game 7 Drawn in 32 Moves - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 2013.11.18. 4:12.

The seventh game of the World Championship match in Chennai between Viswanathan Anand, playing the white pieces, and Magnus Carlsen ended in a draw after 32 moves. In another 4.d3 Berlin Ruy Lopez, Anand chose a quiet, positional variation and both sides castled queenside. After the h-file was opened, all rooks were traded and the resulting ending with QN vs QN was a dead draw. Anand must score a win (or rather two) in the next few games, while Carlsen needs only 2.0/5 to become the next world champion.

VIDEO

After the double blow on Friday and Saturday, World Champion Vishy Anand had a day to recover and another white game on Monday. Many chess fans expected him to go "all in" and take some risks. Maybe even change his opening to 1.d4. Anything. But Anand went for the Berlin Ruy Lopez again, and playing 5.Bxc6, he preferred a calm approach.

“I chose a line that actually both of us have played quite a bit in the past. You get a very slow, maneuvering kind of game. (...) I thought I might be able to press a little bit. It's not huge, but... somehow I was not able to make it happen.”

Anand explained at the press conference that the other big plan for white was to play for f4. Maybe he should have gone for that, because the early h2-h4-h5xg6 didn't give him much. “Swapping all the rooks gives him adequate counterplay,” said the Indian.

Carlsen was obviously satisfied with how the game went. “There are many different plans but whatever you play, it's usually quite slow. I thought I was doing more or less fine; just a little bit worse but nothing real. It's always going to be a tiny bit more pleasant for white but my pieces are well developed and I have no particular weaknesses so I don't think I should be in any major trouble.”

To many chess fans, Anand's quiet approach was a surprise. Hikaru Nakamura wrote one of the sharpest tweets of the day:

Anand admitted that he didn't get much as White: “Obviousy after the last two games it's nice to break this result but... I was hoping for, you know, to be able to press him a little bit and I didn't manage very much to be honest.”

One journalist asked about the psychological aspect of the match. Anand only wanted to admit that "they are there", while Carlsen gave a longer answer: “Of course there are some psychological aspects. For instance there was no doubt that the outcome of game 5 influenced the next game. I think that's unavoidable in a match, so that's little bit different [from tournaments]. You just try to move on as best as you can but it's not so easy, especially if you lost of course.”

A Russian grandmaster who has worked with Carlsen in the past, tweeted:

Although it's too early to state that Anand has thrown in the towel, he was surprisingly cheerful at the press conference. To the question whether his team is passing on the messages that are coming in via the social media, he replied with a smile: “In general if they think I should know something they let me know. I don't know what they're not telling me!”

Carlsen answered the same question: “I've been following it just a little bit. I'm very happy, very thankful for all of those who wish me well and for those who don't I don't read it anyway!”

The score is 4.5-2.5 in favor of the challenger, who will play with the white pieces tomorrow. It will be interesting to see whether Anand will change his opening strategy and or and start playing for a win as Black. At the same time, the question is what kind of Carlsen we will see. As the 13th World Champion tweeted on Sunday:

World Championship 2013

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11 G12 Pts Perf
Carlsen 2870 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 4.5 2877
Anand 2775 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 2.5 2768
Vishy Anand again sat down at the board first...
...while Carlsen preferred to stay in the rest area a bit longer
After shaking hands for the 7th time...
...and filling out the notation form...
...Carlsen actually left the stage, and returned at the board...
...only 18 seconds before the start. The term "zero tolerance" could be heard in the playing hall!


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  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    JustRunAway

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  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    D_Ostwald

    Honestly, both players likely satisfied and achieved their main goal in this game.  Anand stopped the bleeding, and Carlsen maintained his lead.  Conservative game for sure, but Anand really had to prevent a loss above all else today.  Tomorrow may prove more exciting, even though Anand has the black pieces.

  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    deepak64

    Good game.Tongue Out

  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    WestofHollywood

    I agree with automova, why not try a queen pawn opening?

  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    Knowledge

    MC will definitely win the title, if he stays alert, focused, and confident. Happy for Magnus. He has an amazing gift in chess.

  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    shubham_the_best

    anand should think abt his opening....evrytime he plays e4....berlin is a tough defence to beat...

  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    Iron-Grit

    I am always gonna root for India and Anand, but cant help but admire the solid defence and the do or die attitude Carlsen Plays. He is not worried about anything but to play a 100% concrete game. So much too learn from his attitude. I am sure Carlsen would not be thinking of drawing the remaining 5 games and winning WC. We would fight to win in every game. Hats Off Mate and Best of Luck Dear Anand.

  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    ghombau60

    Playing White and Draw...difficult for Anand. 23.f4 is fruitless!

  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    vinothbabu

    Anand needs to come back very strong in terms of his games to defeat this kid. He is attacking anand in terms of games as well as his pressure playing in his home country. 

  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    chesszking

    Frownconservative game

  • 12 hónap ezelőtt

    automova

    Why Anand did not choose d4 or Nd4?

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