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Carlsen Beats Anand Again, Leads 4-2 - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 2013.11.16. 7:03.

On Saturday Magnus Carlsen increased his lead in the World Championship match against Viswanathan Anand to 4-2. In a quiet Ruy Lopez, the 22-year-old Norwegian equalized comfortably, got a slight initiative, won a pawn, then another one but the rook ending was probably still drawn. However, Anand again failed to find the best defense and had to resign at move 67.

And he did it again. With an almost unprecedented will to win, Magnus Carlsen ground down Vishy Anand in another rook ending to take a two-point lead in the match. The cold, engine-driven evaluations were constantly saying "draw", but the practical problems Anand had to solve again proved to be too much for the 44-year old Indian GM.

VIDEO

Avoiding the Berlin Ending with the move 4.d3 seemed like a good practical decision by the World Champion, and his 10.Bg5 got Carlsen thinking for 25 minutes. From move 15 onwards, it was clear that Anand was going to try his luck on the kingside. Step one was to try and land a knight on f5.

However, Carlsen found a number of excellent maneuvers and when all the minor pieces were traded it was clear that Black was at least equal. In fact, after 26...c4! it suddenly became clear that it was the Norwegian who was playing for a win.

With a timely exchange, Carlsen left his opponent with a bad pawn structure but the question was how he would improve further. “I thought I got a pretty solid position out of the opening. Then at some point I was little bit better but nothing much was going on.” But then, Anand either “sacrificed or blundered” a pawn, as Carlsen put it at the press conference. Asked about his surprising 38.Qg3, Anand said: “What can I say, some days it just goes like that.”


Carlsen obviously took the pawn, and it was clear that he was going to torture his opponent for quite some time. “After that I got a very good rook ending but I am not at all sure if it is winning,” the challenger said. As he allowed h4-h5 Anand was well on his way to draw the game anyway, until Carlsen found one more miniplan. “I had one little trap, this Kf4-Ke3 etc. Fortunately he went for it.”

Both players felt that it was all over when Black got Ke3 in, but analysis shows that there was still one more chance to draw with White, missed by Anand, on move 60.


Vishy Anand was clearly upset. “I mean, today was a heavy blow. I will not pretend otherwise. Nothing to be done, you just go on.” A Norwegian journalist asked how he would deal with it, to which Anand answered: “Well you just do your best.” The same journalist wanted him to elaborate on his answer, to which Anand answered: “Doing your best means doing your best. I dont know why you don't understand English?”

Sunday is another rest day. On Monday the second half of the match starts, with Vishy Anand again playing with the white pieces. He needs a win soon.

The players in the rest area, minutes before the start of the game
Anand getting his tea, like every day
Carlsen arrives, and the players shake hands — Anand doesn't look up
Still many media are represented in Chennai
Another Berlin, but we won't see the ending this day
Vishy Anand deeply concentrated and under pressure
Carlsen obviously more relaxed, sitting on a 3-2 lead

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  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    sapientdust

    Thanks, acoeus, for pointing out what that slimy cretin should have learned for himself before making public accusations.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    cantoy

    Now I see He (magnus) is not a fluke. This will be right time to be a World Champion.He Must win.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    acoeus

    Well I'm glad you're finally managing your cowardice somewhat and stating what you really think, even if you had to fail at comprehending the grammar of your own post. But now that you've backpedaled like a pro to claim that you were simply asking farfetched philosophical 'questions' as opposed to saying what you were clearly suggesting, we can all rest easy. Poor Taylor was only being metaphysical, and everybody would understand him if only he could express himself the way he 'really' wants. Wink, wink and all that... Keep patting champ! Or should I say 'dude' and insert a couple of lulz here for good measure?

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    keithjoshua777

    Well, two wins in a row is quite sensational. Magnus is getting far down the stretch. I know he can do it to the finishing line: to be the new World Chess Champion.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    taylor1313

    acoeus

    Thanks for the attempted compliment. Now...let me speak simply and clearly.

    Do I think either of the players are cheating?...No I don't
    Did I claim that either of the players are cheating...No I didn't
    Did I accuse either of the players of cheating...No I didn't
    Is it possible that either of the players could be cheating...yes it is.
    Did I "lose an argument"...lol.>>> No I didn't...but nice try. (returned attempted compliment)

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    kamalakanta

    I don't like these 12-game matches...too short.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    EdzMendoza

    In this series, Anand always find ways for a draw while Carlsen always find ways for winning the game...I think thats the difference between the two top players.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    Twobit

    Great comment, savantz.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    acoeus

    Taylor,

    You always pat yourself on the back when you lose an argument? It's an interesting approach I must say...

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    acoeus

    No, not protesting too much... Simply don't want to see these two great and honorable players smeared with baseless, sloppy inferences about commonplace and innocent actions. Quite simply, put up or shut up as they say. If you don't have solid rationale or eyewitness testimony and evidence for such an inference, then don't make it. Because it only serves to cloud the reputation of the event.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    taylor1313

    @acoeus...lol..relax dude..take a chill pill.

    Where, which, or what event is irrelevant.

    Yes....you're right I made an insinuation....at a question. It will always remain a question unless it becomes fact.

    Did I make a "blunder"?....not in the least. There is more than enough proof of that in your 3 paragraph rant. Thanks for proving my point for me.

    If I am/was trolling...then you failed miserably and got sucked right in...lol...Don't feed the trolls dude!..lol

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    Tyeee

    Me thinks acoeus doth protest too much !

    Bill S.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    acoeus

    Also don't try to spin your blunder as a 'question'. You made an insinuation (i.e. 'it makes one wonder') in order to cast an unwarranted shadow on this event. So don't try to backpedal now and pretend like you were simply asking an innocent rhetorical question... Clearly judging by the grammar of your post you were either seeking to troll or to smear the image of the championship with your implication.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    EJM73

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  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    acoeus

    And don't try to use MC to buttress your foolish insinuations. He hasn't said anything about this event and neither has Anand. While other GMs like Susan Polgar have remarked that the players are very, very closely watched. They have also pointed out that BOTH players get up, in fact, almost all players get up during such long matches and that they usually walk around in the corridor or in a small area where there's a screen of the board and sometimes they calculate from or they just relax away from the eyes of the public. There's nothing unusual about that but you would know this if you actually watched the matches and listened to what the other GMs and commentators say, including Susan Polgar. Instead you come here and start flinging crazy insinuations without solid reasons and evidence. Spend a little more time thinking before opening your big, ignorant mouth next time...

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    acoeus

    It is neither logical nor rational. You didn't give one shred of evidence to back up your wild and irrational remarks. You simply insinuated and thought that no one would call you out on it. Now instead of digging yourself a bigger hole and embarrassing yourself further, just salvage some dignity by acknowledging your uncalled-for innuendo and walk away. Unsubstantiated claims about cheating only serve to poison the reputation of this great and clean world championship and makes you look clueless and unhinged. All GMs who have been present at this match have remarked how much care has been put into keeping a constant eye on the competition, especially in the aftermath of the Kramnik-Topalov affair. Yet you come here with no logic, no solid reasoning and not one iota of evidence to smear this event with your innuendo.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    taylor1313

    @savantz 

    Yes...great point indeed. These rook endgames are all drawn theoretically at move 40 or 50 or whatever. Basically Magnus is making his opponents play them out and saying okay...lets make sure that they ARE drawn. While they may be...it is different/difficult to play them out in there entirety for humans. Yes...great point!!!

    By far the best, relevant, meaningful comment so far!!.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    taylor1313

    @acoeus ....lol are you serioulsy calling me paranoid!?!. It is a logical and rational thought. Are you saying there has never been cheating scandals or people caught cheating on the pro circuit? I hardly doubt the thought does not enter ones mind even if for a split second when the opponent leaves the room. I guess Carlsen is paranoid as well because he has stated himself that more needs to be done about cheating in chess!!

    Bottom line...it is a logcal and rational question. It is logical and rational to question period.

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    fabelhaft

    "Anand is really like a modern-era Botvinnik. Won the title in a match tournament, then fended off the best of his contemporaries (Bronstein and Smyslov in Botvinnik's case, Kramnik, Topalov and Gelfand in Anand's), and now he's facing an up-and-coming hotshot (Tal then, Carlsen now)."

    One difference between the two would be that Botvinnik probably was the strongest player in the world with some margin for several years before winning the title. He scored amazing results in the super strong Soviet Championships in the first half of the 1940s. His +14 -0 =4 in 1945 springs to mind, in a field with lots of top players (Chessmetrics rank all 14 rated players in the World Top 50, and the remaining four are unrated only for not playing enough during the war).

  • 5 hónap ezelőtt

    acoeus

    Will you stop it with the silly innuendo please? So what if he gets up to walk around a bit or to escape from all the staring? No it doesn't make 'one' wonder because you don't speak for everyone. But it does seem to make, ahem, paranoid persons 'wonder' while I 'wonder' about these persons' mental health. My god, the length some of these armchair 'geniuses' here will go to denigrate the achievements of Magnus Carlsen is breathtaking...

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