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.


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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  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Likewise Grandestmonster....well said ! I don't feel that any of us has a right to attack Anand on any kind of personal or proffessional level. None of are his equal or we'd be holding world titles of our own and playing the proffessional circut instead of playing somewhere in cyber space. Untill we ourselves can play on Anand's level, we're simply not qualified to pass judgement. I am a Carlsen supporter, however Anand is losing with dignity and I respect that.

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    I agree. Like you I don't think it means he's just giving up, but he's realized its not a big deal if he does indeed lose to Carlsen. Ironically, its when you are kind of relaxed instead of nervous and tense, you play better chess.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    @grandestmonster: well said...

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    I hope tomorrow Carlsen will play e4 and see if Anand has the courage of playing an open Sicilian defence.

    But most probably Carlsen will stick to his plan and take no risks and repeat c4.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    It was obvious that Carlsen was bored during today's game (me too).

    He does not see any real challenge from Anand's style of play.

    Anand is playing with fear, he is happy with no losing more games and go down in history as the biggest massacre in a WCC.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    We have a winner for the most hilarious comment of the day.

    Twobit wrote:

    "If Carlsen would be more laid back, he would need a defibrillator."


  • 3 év ezelőtt


    absurd comment man, Carlsen is an amazing player, one of the best of history, he's proving it. Caruana did't get to challenge Anand, and the other you mention are getting old. Magnus is the new star and will be for a long time, get used to it!

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    The match is not over. Anand needed time to recover and there are still 5 games. I don't think Anand is going to let his opponent cruise to victory without a fight. And Carlsen seems sometimes fragile at the end of events like at the Candidates.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    I've a feeling Anand is going to turn things around tomorrow. A win with black will certainly startle Magnus.

    But of course, come this January, Nakamura wins Tata Steel, gets into the Candidates tournament for 2015 and faces Topalov, who'll win 2014's candidates and go on to beat Magnus ;)

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    If Carlsen would be more laid back, he would need a defibrillator.

    He is simply not an overly emotional guy.

    @JustRunAway: (from this article you can see exactly why he is so elusive and confounds so many)

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Anad is in rush to gaine a victory but with the simplest ways not seem to work against carlsen. If it goes like this, we should wait for an even worse goodbuy to the championship for him. 

    But above all, personally I expected much more exiciting matches ... 

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    @JustRunAway: "I like this kid Carlsen. But... I didn't see a hungry chanllenger in his games. He doesn't play to win, even in his two victoryes. He just plays to not lose the games and some inaccuracy in Anand's moves made him the winner. Why we just criticize to Anand ?!"


  • 3 év ezelőtt


    "anand was surprisingly cheerful at the press-conference"... 

    you're kidding right?

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    There is something magical in that kid's play... He has created his own style of play... We use to say "positional like Capablanca or Rubinstein", " tactical like Alekhine", " offensive like Tal" , "defensive like Petrosian", "creative like Fischer" , " guru like Gligoric", "human computer like Kasparov".... Magnus is a brand new species on his own... The new Homo sapiens sapiens of chess mankind... KUDOS!

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Carlsen is like a super version of Karpov but unfortunately Anand is no Kasparov.

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    If sacrificing 2 pawns in a rook endgame, going from a pawn up to a pawn down and allowing the opponent 2 connected passers on the queenside is not an attempt to win in your book, I don't know what is...Surprised

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Carlsen is playing like Capablanca!! Anand needs to study Alekhine if he expects to win. IMO

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Nakamura said "It is a bit sad to see the great blitzer, calculator and awesome tactical machine that Anand was in the 90s and 00s playing this style."

    Is nakamura carlsen's biggest hater? if he thinks he can do it better then he should stand up and stop talking, losing most of his game against magnus is not gonna take him to become a world champion ever

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Magnus will prefer d4 for today's match. Two remaining wins for the Norwegian will secure him to be the next World Chess Champion. I'm pretty sure he will be crowned this week. Go Carlsen!

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Its funny Nakamura comments, after all he always get destroyed by Carlsen. Is a different story to suggest what others should do, when you are incapable to do it yourself and make a point, meaning not losing the game.

    Everybody complain that Carlsen was too afraid to play e5 and have to resort to Caro-Kann, but in fact it was his strategy all along to delay playing e5… as now you see Anand main weapon Ruy Lopez which he has mastered over so many damn years is rendered useless, is like Carlsen openly saying I will play the berlin, what you gonna do!? >)…

    Now people complain why Anand doesn’t play d4, you don’t change a repertoire & preparation from day to night, it takes time, besides what good will do that vs a positional god player like Carlsen which by the way has tactical mastery and even so doesn’t even bother to complicate the game at all, just exchange go to the endgame and destroy your opponent bit by bit, is not the current game that get you, if the after that does the job…

    Then suggest now Anand should play the Sicilian and win, Carlsen from now on will play c4 as white, Nf3 and whatever opening besides c4 was just a distraction that get him some free half and easy points while he got relax. Rarely will you see him playing e4 at all, no need anymore.

    Next game Carlsen will aim for an easy draw, and if he see blood, he will aim for the kill, but as you see he doesn’t need to risk anything, he is leading the match. Anand got himself into a trap and the only person to blame is himself for not playing to win from day 1!

    Now about winning on endgame, just because “some innacuraces from Anand”, every time there is a winner is because the other person made the last blunder, whatever this happen in the opening, middle game or endgame.

    And another thing, first it was Anand have more experience on Match, those years are a benefit, now everybody backpedal themselves and claim, well Anand is too old, he is not the 90’s 00’s tactical wizard anymore, that wizard will get destroyed by Carlsen.

    Btw I feel the match is even, so even that little mistakes have make the difference, but overall the greatest mistake was not those inaccuracies, but the fact if you play a game, play it like your life is in the table, if you start doubting yourself and give yourself a break, that’s the path to fail, and if it’s a draw prove it! Otherwise you don’t deserve such draw.

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