2013

World Chess Championship

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FIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013

Players

Viswanathan Anand (born 11 December 1969) is an Indian chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion. Anand has won the World Chess Championship five times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), and has been the undisputed World Champion since 2007. Anand was the FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion in 2003, and is widely considered the strongest rapid player of his generation. Anand became India's first grandmaster in 1988. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India's highest sporting honour. In 2007, he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian history. Anand has won the Chess Oscar six times (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008). He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002, at a time when the world title was split. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then successfully defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov and in the World Chess Championship 2012 against Boris Gelfand. As the reigning champion, he will face Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2013.

Challenger Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen (Norwegian: born 30 November 1990) is a Norwegian chess grandmaster and former chess prodigy who is the No. 1 ranked player in the world. His peak rating is 2872, the highest in history. Carlsen was the 2009 World Blitz chess champion. On 26 April 2004, Carlsen became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 148 days, making him at that time the second youngest grandmaster in history, although he has since become the third youngest. On the November 2009 FIDE rating list, Carlsen had an Elo rating of 2801, becoming the fifth player to achieve a rating over 2800. Aged 18 years, 336 days at the time, he was by far the youngest to do so. On 1 January 2010, at the age of 19 years, 32 days, he became the youngest chess player in history to be ranked world No. 1, breaking the record held by Vladimir Kramnik. On the January 2013 FIDE rating list, Carlsen reached an Elo rating of 2861, thus surpassing Garry Kasparov's rating record of 2851 set in July 1999. Based on several of his FIDE rankings, Carlsen qualified for the Candidates Tournament that took place in March–April 2013, which he won, thus earning the right to challenge World Champion Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 2013.

The 2013 match
Schedule The match will be played over a maximum of twelve games, and the winner of the match will be the first player to score 6.5 points or more. If the winner scores 6.5 points in less than 12 games then the closing ceremony will take place on the day after the World Championship has been decided or one day thereafter. 07 November 2013 – Opening Ceremony 09 November 2013 – Game 1 10 November 2013 – Game 2 11 November 2013 – Rest Day 12 November 2013 – Game 3 13 November 2013 – Game 4 14 November 2013 – Rest Day 15 November 2013 – Game 5 16 November 2013 – Game 6 17 November 2013 – Rest Day 18 November 2013 – Game 7 19 November 2013 – Game 8 20 November 2013 – Rest Day 21 November 2013 – Game 9 22 November 2013 – Game 10 23 November 2013 – Rest Day 24 November 2013 – Game 11 25 November 2013 – Rest Day 26 November 2013 – Game 12 27 November 2013 – Rest Day 28 November 2013 – Tiebreak games 28 November 2013 – Closing Ceremony

The drawing of colors will be conducted during the opening ceremony. The colors will be reversed after game six, i.e. the player getting white in game one will play game seven with black. The time control for each game will be 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting after move 61 has been made.

Tiebreak If the scores are level after the regular twelve games, after a new drawing of colors, four tie-break games will be played, at a rate of 25 minutes for each player, with an increment of 10 seconds after each move. The players will not be required to record the moves. If the scores are level after the four games then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games will be played, with a time control of five minutes plus three seconds increment after each move. In case of a level score, another two-game match will be played to determine a winner. If still there is no winner after five such matches (total ten games), one sudden-death game will be played: the player who wins the drawing of lots before this game may choose the color. The players with the white pieces receives five minutes, the player with the black pieces four minutes whereupon, and after the 60th move both players receive an increment of three seconds per move. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner. Security Only the players and stewards will be allowed in the actual playing area, except with the permission of the Chief Arbiter or his Deputy. Both players will have access to the same toilet facilities during the games, and there will be no separate rest rooms: both players must use the same rest lounge area which will be on/at the stage and visible by the Arbiter and the spectators. During the playing session, a player may leave the playing area only with the permission of the Chief Arbiter and only if he is accompanied by one of the arbiters. The players must arrive at the venue at least ten minutes before the start of each game and participate in a security check. The players are not permitted to bring into the playing area telephones, technical and other equipment extraneous to play, which may in any way disturb or upset the opponent. The Chief Arbiter shall decide what constitutes extraneous equipment liable to offend the opponent.

A player may communicate with an arbiter. The players cannot draw a game by agreement before Black’s 30th move. In the cases of perpetual check or threefold repetition before Black’s 30th move a claim for a draw is permitted only through the Chief Arbiter (or his Deputy). In the case of a draw offer after Black’s 30th move the player may communicate with his opponent as permitted by article 9.1.b of the World Championship Technical Regulations. Interviews and dress code The players are required to wear suits during the playing session. They are allowed to wear branding of their personal sponsors only if these are not in conflict with the FWCM sponsors. The players are expected to co-operate reasonably with the media. Immediately after the completion of a game both players have to take part in post-game press conferences, of not more than 20 minutes duration. General interviews with them can be arranged through the Press Officer and the team managers. History Defending champion Viswanathan Anand will start his campaign with black pieces against Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the first game of the 12round World Chess Championship on Saturday. After declaring the ‘FIDE World Championship Match-2013′ open, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa picked the photograph of Anand from the first bowl and a Black piece from the other during the draw of lots for the match to be held at Hyatt Regency hotel. Instantly, it brought loud cheers from the almost packed Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, with the spectators wishing Anand the very best. Anand will get back-to-back white games in round six and seven when the changing over would be done. As per rules, the player getting white in game one has to get black in game seven to make it even for both participants.

Anand, who has won World Championship matches in 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, is used to open with black pieces in World Championship matches. In the campaign against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in Bonn in 2008 and against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in 2010, Anand had started with black, which is known as a slightly unfavourable colour in the game, and yet won in style. In 2012 though, Anand had white in game one against Boris Gelfand of Israel. Jayalalithaa inaugurated the event at a glittering function in the presence of both the players, FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Tamil Nadu sports minister KC Veeramani, All India Chess Federation president JCD Prabhakaran and FIDE vice-president DV Sundar. Seven budding state chess players escorted Anand and Carlsen to the dais and the two contestants exchanged pleasantries with the chief minister. Both Anand and Carlsen got huge cheers from the crowd. Jayalalithaa hailed Anand as the greatest sportsman India has ever produced and Carlsen as ‘Mozart of Chess’ whose precocious talent has captured the imagination of chess lovers across the world. Jayalalithaa described Anand as the epitome of chess in India and a role model for aspiring chess players of the country. “This astoundingly modest personality from Chennai has made us all proud with his resplendent ability to deftly navigate expertly around this complex maze of 64 squares,” she said. Talking about Anand’s love and hunger for mastering his craft, Jayalalithaa said “consistency, versatility and single-minded focus have always been Anand’s forte”. “He gained national recognition at an early age when he won National Sub-Junior Chess Championship in 1983 at the age of 14. In the following year, he became the youngest Indian to be entitled to the International Master Title,” she said. The Chief Minister went on to list the achievements of Anand, including becoming of first Indian Grandmaster in 1988, winning of Rajiv Khel Ratna, Chess Oscar and then India’s most prestigious civilian awards, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan. “Anand was the only chess player to have won the World Chess Championships in all three formats — knock-out in 2000,

tournament in 2007 and classical in 2008.” Jayalalithaa said Carlsen’s precocious talent has captured the imagination of chess lovers across the world. “He was totally fascinated by chess and became deeply engrossed and involved in chess to the point of obsession from early childhood and by the age of 13, he was an International Grandmaster,” she said. “At the age of 20, he became the youngest number one of the FIDE rating list in history. On February 1 this year, he achieved 2872 points in FIDE ratings, the highest score in world chess history so far.” The chief minister said “Carlsen has experienced one of the fastest ascents to elite stratosphere of chess, the pinnacle of which we are all assembled to witness, as he challenges world champion Viswanathan Anand for world title”. “The entire atmosphere here is charged with intellectual voltage as both prepare vigorously for the epochal battle,” she said, adding that it was a proud moment for Chennai to host the historic event.

The first game of the World Chess Championship 2013 match between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and his challenger Magus Carlsen ended in a draw in only 16 moves and 90 minutes play. Carlsen playing white chose the Reti System an extremely conservative choice. Anand played quickly and confidently, and after his 10...Nb6 introducing forcing play Carlsen already thought he had no advantage, he seemed to want play to develop more slowly, it's not clear to me what he'd overlooked in preparation although Carlsen admitted he did miss that 13.Qe1 is very bad due to 13...Nb4. This was Carlsen's first world championship game and whilst his opening clearly didn't go well maybe he just wanted to get a feel for what it was like without losing the game. Once things had gone wrong Carlsen felt he had no choice but to "pull the emergency brake" and get to a draw as fast as possible. Anand could have played on with 13...b5 but he didn't see it as being worth the risk and Carlsen claimed he wouldn't have been too upset to play on either. We got the start of an insight into how the players want to play the match As Anand put it "I got to see what direction he's aiming at and he probably got a clue to mine." It's certainly a bit too early to start getting angry about short draws and saying the match will be boring. Carlsen rarely has them and there's no reason to suspect he'll be looking for them in this match. However it's to be hoped has some more critical opening lines prepared with white. (Mark Crowther)

Game # 1
K Carlsen,Magnus (2870) – k Anand,Viswanathan (2775) [A07]
WCh 2013 Chennai IND (1), 09.11.2013

[Analysis by Alex Baburin (www.chesstoday.net)]

1.¤f3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.¥g2 ¥g7 4.d4 c6 5.0–0 ¤f6 6.b3 0–0 7.¥b2 ¥f5 8.c4 ¤bd7 9.¤c3 Diagram

Although this variation has a reputation of a rather harmless one, in practice White scores well. Clearly Carlsen did not want to have a theoretical battle in game 1, trying to get a complex middle game position. However, the champion handled this position well: [9.¤bd2 is the more common move.] 9...dxc4!? 10.bxc4 ¤b6 [Rc4] 11.c5 [The line 11.£b3 ¥e6 12.d5 cxd5 13.cxd5 ¤fxd5 is good for Black.] 11...¤c4 12.¥c1 Diagram

12...¤d5 [Annotating this game at www.chesspro.ru GM Evgeny Gleizerov recommended the line 12...¤e4 13.£b3 b5 he wrote that White should be careful not to end up in a worse position. He game the line 14.¦d1 ¤xc3 15.£xc3 ¥e4 16.a4 a6 17.¤e5! ¥xg2

18.¤xc4 bxc4 19.¢xg2 £d5+ 20.£f3=] 13.£b3 ¤a5 14.£a3 ¤c4 15.£b3 ¤a5 16.£a3 ¤c4 ½–½

Game # 1 http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2013/11/9/Game182217701.html

Sunday's second game of the FIDE World Chess Championship was drawn by three-fold repetition after 25 moves and just one hour ten minutes of play. Magnus Carlsen's choice of the Caro-Kann with black came as a big surprise to defending champion Viswanathan Anand. Carlsen chose to follow the game Anand-Liren Ding from the Alekhine Memorial earlier this year. Anand apologised after the game for shutting the game down so quickly but he "decided to be a bit prudent today." It looks like Anand had options like 13.Nh5 instead of his 13.Bd2 but most post-game discussion surrounded his choice of 18.Qxd5 rather than 18.Qg4 especially as Carlsen's suggestion of 18...Kh7 doesn't seem to equalize according to the computer engine Houdini. Anand moved quickly after this to force a draw by repetition on the kingside.

(Mark Crowther) Game # 2

K Anand,Viswanathan (2775) – k Carlsen,Magnus (2870) [B18] WCh 2013 Chennai IND (2), 10.11.2013

[Analysis by Mark Crowther]
1.e4 c6 A small surprise from Carlsen as he hasn't played this move more than half a dozen times before. However the Caro-Kann is an extremely respectable opening which has featured many times in world championship matches. 2.d4 d5 3.¤c3 dxe4 4.¤xe4 ¥f5 5.¤g3 ¥g6 6.h4 h6 7.¤f3 e6 Diagram

With this move Carlsen seems to be inviting Anand to repeat his game against Liren Ding from the Alekhine Memorial. [7...¤d7 is by far and away the most popular choice here.; 7...¤f6 is the second most popular and 7...e6 only the third but all have been played by black at the highest level. It's a genuine choice.] 8.¤e5 [8.h5 is the other common move here.] 8...¥h7 9.¥d3 ¥xd3 10.£xd3 ¤d7 11.f4 ¥b4+ [11...¤gf6 is an equally popular continuation for black.; 11...c5 has also been played a few times.] 12.c3 [12.¥d2 ¥xd2+ 13.£xd2 ¤gf6 14.0–0–0 0–0 15.£e2 £c7 16.¤e4 ¤xe4 17.£xe4 ¦ad8 18.£e3 ¤xe5 19.dxe5 1/2–1/2 Jakovenko,D (2724)-Eljanov,P (2702)/Tromso NOR 2013/The Week in Chess 980] 12...¥e7 Diagram

"It was a mild surprise. The position after move 12 is a very sharp one and I hadn't really expected it, that was clear. I had to decide if I wanted to fly blind or... I chose a slightly solid line." - Anand. 13.¥d2 Not the sharpest. [13.¤h5 might well be the critical continuation. 13...¥xh4+ 14.¢d1 ¥f6 15.¢c2 £e7; 13.£f3 also may be a try. 13...¥xh4 14.0–0] 13...¤gf6 14.0–0–0 Anand has had this position before this year, here he decides to deviate from his game against Ding Liren from the Alekhine Memorial. [14.£e2 So far no-one has used this move again. 14...c5 15.dxc5 £c7 16.b4 0–0 17.0–0 a5 18.a3 ¤xe5 19.fxe5 ¤d7 20.¤e4 axb4 21.cxb4 £xe5 22.¥c3 £c7 23.¦ad1 ¦ad8 24.£g4 g6 25.¤d6 e5 26.£c4 ¤b6 27.£e4 ¤d7 28.h5 gxh5 29.£f5 ¥f6 30.£xh5 £c6 31.¦xf6 ¤xf6 32.£xe5 1–0 Anand,V (2783)-Ding Liren (2707)/Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS 2013/The Week in Chess 964; 14.£f3!? £a5 15.c4 £a6 16.0–0 £b6] 14...0–0 [14...c5 15.¥e3 0–0 16.¢b1 £c7 17.¤e4 ¤xe4 18.£xe4 ¤xe5 19.dxe5 ¦fd8 20.h5 ¦xd1+ 21.¦xd1 ¦d8 22.¦xd8+ £xd8 23.¢c2 £d7 24.b3 ¥f8 25.g4 £b5 26.¥d2 £a6 27.¢b2 £f1 28.£xb7 £e2 29.¢c2 £xg4 30.£xa7 £xh5 31.£b7 £g6+ 32.¢c1 £g1+ 33.¢c2 h5 34.a4 h4 35.£f3 c4 36.b4 £a1 37.f5 £xa4+ 38.¢c1 exf5 39.£xf5 £c6 40.£g4 ¥e7 41.¢b2 £d5 42.¥e3 £xe5 43.¥d4 £h2+ 44.¢a3 ¥f8 45.£c8 h3 46.¢a4 £c2+ 47.¢b5 h2 48.£a8 £c1 0–1 Inarkiev,E (2693) -Eljanov,P (2702)/Poikovsky RUS 2013/The Week in Chess 982] 15.¤e4 Allowing some piece exchanges. [15.c4 has been played in a couple of GM games and was a clear alternative.] 15...¤xe4 [15...¤xe5 is an alternative. 16.fxe5 (16.¤xf6+ ¥xf6 17.fxe5 ¥xh4 18.¢b1 ¦c8 19.¦h3 ¥g5 20.¦dh1 f5) 16...¤xe4 17.£xe4 £d5 18.£g4 ¢h7 19.¢b1 ¦ad8 20.¦de1 c5] 16.£xe4 ¤xe5 [16...f5?! doesn't look like a move Carlsen would ever play. 17.£e2 ¤xe5 18.dxe5 £d5?! (18...£a5 19.¢b1 ¦ad8) 19.c4 £d7 20.¥b4 £e8 21.¥d6 c5 1–0 Smeets,J

(2613) -Lauber,A (2465)/Forchheim GER 2012 (64) and white was well on top and went on to win.; 16...¤f6 is a Khalifman suggestion whose line continues: 17.£b1 already this looks very odd. (17.£e2!?) 17...c5 (17...£d5 18.g4 ¤e4 19.¦h2 ¦ad8) 18.g4 cxd4 19.g5 ¤d5 (19...dxc3!? 20.¥xc3) 20.gxh6 £c7? (20...dxc3 21.¥xc3) 21.¦dg1 g5 22.c4 ¥f6 23.£e4 ¥xe5 24.fxe5 with a crushing position for white in 1.e4 According to Anand by Khalifman but this is a strange line.; 16...a5!?] 17.fxe5 £d5 [17...£a5?! 18.£g4] 18.£xd5?! Diagram

It's Anand's turn to "pull the emergency brake" to use Carlsen's game one phrase but it doesn't seem terribly necessary here and now black is at least equal. [18.£g4 was the obvious alternative for white and it has been seen in a correspondence game. 18...f5 Carlsen thought this less accurate but was sufficient for a draw in this the only test and might very well be the best here. Perhaps he feared Carlsen was still in preparation but this seems unlikely given that Carlsen's suggestion here doesn't seem the best. Of course hardly anyone tells the full truth at press conferences and Carlsen outright refused to say where his preparation ended. a) 18...¢h7 was Carlsen's suggestion after the game but it might not be that strong. 19.¢b1 (19.¥g5!?) 19...f5 (19...¦ad8 although white seems better here too.) 20.exf6 ¦xf6 21.¥g5 ¦g6 22.c4!! Houdini and white is well on top.; b) 18...£xa2 19.¥xh6 £a1+ 20.¢c2 £a4+ 21.¢b1 is winning for white.; 19.£g6 £xa2 20.¥xh6 ¦f7 21.g4 fxg4 22.£xg4 a5 23.¦hg1 ¥f8 24.¢c2 a4 25.¦df1 £b3+ 26.¢d3 ¦xf1 27.¦xf1 £b5+ 28.c4 £b3+ 29.¢e4 1/2–1/2 Epure,C (2411)-Tikhobaev,A (2227)/ICCF 2010] 18...cxd5 19.h5 b5 20.¦h3 Black's queenside play is clear and quite fast but white is just in time with his pressure on the kingside. 20...a5 21.¦f1 ¦ac8 Inviting the draw seen in the game not that there is much to do to avoid it. 22.¦g3 White best get on with forcing the draw before black arrives with b4. [22.¢b1 ¢h7 23.¦hf3 ¢g8 24.¦g3 ¢h7 25.¦gf3 ¢g8 is another draw.] 22...¢h7 23.¦gf3 An attack on the vulnerable f7 pawn is white's main counter-play here. 23...¢g8 24.¦g3 ¢h7 25.¦gf3 ¢g8 ½–½

Game # 2: http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2013/11/10/Game260129717.html

Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand drew the third game of their title match in Chennai after 51 moves and just over 4 hours of play. Carlsen again repeated his choice of the Reti but got little or nothing from the opening and even admitted that he missed some important details. The game did produce the first real struggle of the match; Anand at least was slightly better due to a space advantage and the two bishops. Some computer analysis suggests Anand could have had chances to be substantially better and Carlsen admitted he was a bit concerned but there was nothing really clear. Anand himself suggested he always thought Carlsen had enough counter-play. Carlsen seemed to be disconcerted by 27...b5 rejecting his planned 28.Nxe6 Qxe6 29.Bh3 because he wasn't better but his 28.e3 put him at a disadvantage. Anand talked up Carlsen's counter-play after this and there was indeed some but 29.Bxb2 according to Houdini was strong but only due to a deep finesse. Later 34...Rf8 which Anand rejected because he thought Carlsen would get good counter-play with Bd3 and Qe4 could have led to a queen ending a pawn up if he had found a later Qd6! Anand offered a draw on move 40 but this was turned down by Carlsen who then didn't really try to win but merely simplified to a complete draw. With perpetual checks ending the first two games it may be Carlsen's unstated intention never to offer or agree to a draw but to play all the games out like this. This is something he has talked about in the past as being generally desirable. (Mark Crowther)

Game # 3
K Carlsen,Magnus (2870) – k Anand,Viswanathan (2775) [A07] WCh 2013 Chennai IND (3), 12.11.2013

[Analysis by Mark Crowther]

1.¤f3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.c4 Carlsen is the first to deviate. [3.¥g2 was chosen by Carlsen in game one.] 3...dxc4 White's opening is hardly critical so grabbing a pawn to slow white's development seems a good test. [3...c6; 3...d4 are both respectable and more commonly played alternatives.] 4.£a4+ [4.¤a3 is the main alternative.] 4...¤c6 5.¥g2 [5.£xc4] 5...¥g7 6.¤c3 [6.0–0 e5 7.£xc4] 6...e5 Grabbing a share of the centre. [6...¤h6 7.£xc4 ¤f5 8.0–0 0–0 9.d3 h6 10.¥d2 ¤fd4 1–0 Polugaevsky,L (2575)-Dlugy,M (2545)/ London 1986 Was perfectly fine for black and led to an interesting game settled on the run up to first time control.] 7.£xc4 [7.¤xe5 ¥xe5 8.¥xc6+ bxc6 9.£xc6+ ¥d7 10.£e4 f6 11.f4 ¤e7 12.fxe5 ¥c6! was a nice line given by Kasparov.] 7...¤ge7 8.0–0 [8.d3 0–0 9.¥g5 ¥e6 10.¥xe7 £xe7 11.£a4 ¤d4 1/2–1/2 Vukic,M (2482)-Palac,M (2565)/Neum BIH 2004] 8...0–0 9.d3 h6!? Diagram

[9...¥e6 has been played more frequently. 10.£h4 ¤f5 11.£xd8 ¦fxd8 12.¤g5 ¥d7 13.¤ge4 ¤fe7 14.¥g5 h6 15.¤f6+ ¢h8 16.¤xd7 ¦xd7 17.¥e3 ¦b8 18.¦fc1 ¤d4 19.¢f1 c5 20.¦ab1 b6 21.b4 cxb4 22.¦xb4 ¦c8 23.¦bb1 ¦dc7 24.¥d2 ¤ef5 25.e3 ¤e6 26.¤b5 ¦xc1+ 27.¦xc1 ¦xc1+ 28.¥xc1 a6 29.¤c3 ¤c5 30.¢e2 ¢g8 31.g4 ¤d6 32.¥c6 ¥f8 33.¤d5 f5 34.gxf5 gxf5 35.¤xb6 e4 36.d4 ¤d3 37.¥d2 ¤b5 38.¥b7 ¤b4 39.a4 ¤d6 40.¥a8 a5 time 1– 0 Stein,L-Averbakh,Y/Riga 1970/ URS-ch.(40...a5 41.¥xb4 axb4 42.a5+-) ] 10.¥d2 ¤d4!?N Diagram

Starting to exchange pieces and grabbing space. [10...¥e6 11.£a4 ¤d4 (11...f5!? has been very successful for black but has been only tested at a low level.) 12.¦fc1 f5 13.¤e1 c5 14.¥xb7 ¦b8 15.¥g2 ¦xb2 was a draw in Kuzubov,Y (2624) -Negi,P (2607) New Delhi 2011 (40 moves).] 11.¤xd4 "I missed some simple things when I went for this whole 11.Nxd4, 12.Ne4, 13.Bb4 operation so I think already then I misplayed something." Carlsen. [11.¦ac1 ¥e6 12.£a4 b6 seems fine for black.] 11...exd4 12.¤e4 [12.¤a4 ¥e6] 12...c6 13.¥b4 This seems to allow black complete equalization but there doesn't seem to be very much if anything for white here already. Carlsen commented that this position wasn't a disaster because if he had had this as black it would be a fairly common position from the Maroczy structure. [13.h4 ¥e6 14.£c1 ¤f5=; 13.£c1 may offer the best chances for something. 13...¢h7 14.¥b4 ¥e6 15.¤c5 ¥c8 16.¦e1] 13...¥e6 14.£c1 [14.£c5 ¤d5 15.¥a3 £c7 16.¦fc1] 14...¥d5 15.a4 b6 16.¥xe7 £xe7 17.a5 ¦ab8 18.¦e1 ¦fc8 19.axb6 axb6 20.£f4 [20.¦a6] 20...¦d8 21.h4 ¢h7 22.¤d2 White's queen is terribly short of squares. 22...¥e5 23.£g4 h5 [23...f5 was my thought when watching the game it seems black is so in control he can play on either side of the board. 24.£h3 f4!? (24...h5) 25.¥xd5 ¦xd5 26.g4 ¦b5; 23...¥e6 at first looks like it will lead to a repetition but: 24.£f3 ¥d5 25.e4!? ¥e6 (25...dxe3?! 26.£xe3 ¦e8 27.¤c4 ¥xc4 28.¥xc6 ¦ec8 29.¥g2) 26.£e2 £b4 27.f4 ¥g7 28.e5 which also looks better for white.] 24.£h3 ¥e6 25.£h1 c5 26.¤e4 ¢g7 27.¤g5 Diagram

"Here it felt like white had more or less gotten enough counter play, I'll have to check that was indeed the case. I felt if we swapped light squared bishops white was not risking anything to that rules out for me Bf5, Bg4 such moves and I didn't really see where else I could go. Bb3 is a bit ridiculous so I decided just to go for the opposite bishops." - Anand. 27...b5! Carlsen admitted he "underestimated this plan with b5 giving up the bishop". [27...¥f5 28.¥h3 ¥xh3 29.£xh3; 27...¥g4 28.¥f3 (28.¥h3 ¥xh3 29.£xh3 transposes.) 28...f6 29.¤e4 ¥d7] 28.e3?! "I really didn't have any idea what was happening next so I was happy to survive." - Carlsen. I think around here Carlsen lost the thread of the position after being surprised by b5. [28.¤xe6+ £xe6 29.¥h3 was Carlsen's initial intention but it "didn't seem to work out" nevertheless most probably he should have played it. 29...£e7 (29...f5 30.£f3 £f7) 30.£c6 c4 31.dxc4 bxc4 32.£xc4 ¦xb2 with a draw to follow.] 28...dxe3 29.¦xe3 ¥d4!? Diagram

[29...¥xb2! is the best according to Houdini but only if you see a finesse quite deep into the line. 30.¦ae1 ¦b6 31.¥d5 (31.¥h3 "I thought white had full compensation, I didn't see the point in going for that. " Anand. 31...¥d4 is the move Houdini gives against this line of Anand's with advantage to him.) 31...¥d4 32.¦xe6 fxe6 33.¦xe6 £f8!! Houdini (33...¦xe6 34.¤xe6+ ¢h6 35.¤xd8 £xd8 36.£f3 is completely equal.) 34.£g2 when black is better.] 30.¦e2 c4 "I think I have enough counter play here." Anand didn't comment at all on 28.e3 suggesting that he didn't considered it an important moment. 31.¤xe6+ fxe6 32.¥e4 cxd3 33.¦d2 £b4?! Kasparov was surprised Anand played this move so quickly. [33...¦f8!? 34.¥xd3 £d6 35.£g2 ¦xf2 36.¦xf2 ¦f8 37.¦af1 ¥xf2+ 38.¦xf2 ¦xf2 39.£xf2 £xd3] 34.¦ad1 ¥xb2 [34...¦f8 "The thing is we were getting very short of time. Even if I win the pawn on f2 if he plays Bd3 and Qe4 I don't see how I'm better. It seems to me my upside was quite limited anyway." Anand. 35.¥xd3 (35.¢h2 doesn't seem any better.) 35...¦xf2 (35...£d6!? may be the critical try that Anand missed as it stops Qe4. 36.£g2 ¦xf2 37.¦xf2 ¦f8 38.¦dd2 ¦xf2 39.¦xf2 ¥xf2+ 40.£xf2 £xd3 with a pawn up in a Queen and Pawn ending but this I think may be a long way from being won.) 36.¦xf2 ¦f8 37.£e4 ¥xf2+ 38.¢g2 £xe4+ 39.¥xe4] 35.£f3 ¥f6 [35...¥d4] 36.¦xd3 ¦xd3 37.¦xd3 ¦d8 A tacit draw offer. "The thing is that although black has an extra pawn I'm not really in danger of queening it. The problem is with these opposite colored bishop white's always going to have a backstop and the other thing is that g6. I saw I could play Bd4 and normally this is what I would have done but I simply didn't see anything anyway with

something like Qe2, I didn't see any progress. And then I was just swapping down with Rd8." Anand. [37...¥d4] 38.¦xd8 ¥xd8 39.¥d3 £d4 40.¥xb5 £f6 Accompanied by a draw offer from Anand. 41.£b7+ Carlsen turns down the draw offer but there are no chances here. The first two games were settled by three-fold repetition and perhaps this indicates Carlsen won't agree any draws but will play out the games until the end. The players quickly trade down to an absolute draw. 41...¥e7 42.¢g2 g5 43.hxg5 £xg5 44.¥c4 h4 45.£c7 hxg3 46.£xg3 e5 47.¢f3 £xg3+ 48.fxg3 ¥c5 49.¢e4 ¥d4 50.¢f5 ¥f2 51.¢xe5 ¥xg3+ Finally insufficient mating material for both sides, so draw. ½–½

Game # 3 http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2013/11/12/Game455810897.html

The match started brilliantly for Anand. With three games played, Anand had neutralized one game with Black easily, slipped in the second and allowed equality, and completely outplayed Carlsen in the third despite that game ending in a draw. Today, the pattern has changed. Magnus Carlsen shows that he is here to fight and to make Vishy pay for his mistakes. The opening preparation was definitely in favor of the Norwegian, who repeated a variation favored by his second, Jon Ludvig Hammer. The position was already close to equal when Anand made his mistake. Did Anand miss the intrepid 18...Bxa2, or did he simply underestimate it? Grabbing the pawn seems completely unnatural, but it had to be checked. Black survived with his extra pawn and he was the one that had the chances to win through most of the game. (GM Alejandro Ramirez)

Game # 4
K Anand,Viswanathan (2775) – k Carlsen,Magnus (2870) [C67] FWCM 2013 Chennai (4), 13.11.2013

[Analysis by Josh Friedel]
1.e4 e5 Despite easily diffusing Vishy with the Caro-Cann, Magnus decides to switch back to his favorite response to 1. e4. 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 ¤f6 The berlin was one of the heavily anticipated openings before the match. 4.0–0 ¤xe4 5.d4 ¤d6 6.¥xc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 ¤f5 8.£xd8+ ¢xd8 9.h3 ¥d7 10.¦d1 ¥e7 Diagram

Not the most common move, but it can't have come as a huge shock to Vishy, as the main proponent of this move is Carlsen's second Jon Ludwig Hammer. [10...¢c8 is a bit more common, but this allows the aggressive option 11.g4 ¤e7 12.¤g5 ¥e8 13.f4 and despite Black's recent success here, it is easy to see why Magnus preferred to avoid this.] 11.¤c3 [11.g4 is still possible, but now Black responds with 11...¤h4 12.¤xh4 ¥xh4 and Black's pieces aren't quite as ridiculous as in the 10... Kc8 line. Even so, this was tried in CaruanaGrischuk just yesterday.] 11...¢c8 12.¥g5 This idea was played just once, but successfully by Jakovenko against Almasi. The trade of these bishops is often favorable for White, but it also makes it a bit easier for Black to coordinate. 12...h6 13.¥xe7 ¤xe7 14.¦d2 All logical thus far, and following Jakovenko is the Berlin isn't a bad plan. It is very likely both players were still in prep. 14...c5 15.¦ad1 Diagram

Finally a novelty! Doubling rooks on the d-file in the Berlin always looks rather nice, but it is not nearly as fun as it looks. Black tends to have all the squares covered as long as he can keep is light-squared bishop. [15.¤e4 b6 16.¤g3 ¥c6 17.¤h2 ¤g6 18.¦e1 ¤f4 19.f3 ¢b7 20.¢f2 ¦ad8 21.¦xd8 ¦xd8 22.¤hf1 g6 23.¤e2 ¤e6 24.¤e3 ¥b5 25.¤c3 ¦d2+ 26.¢g3 ¥c6 27.¦d1 ¦d4 28.¢f2 ¢c8 29.¤e2 ¦xd1 30.¤xd1 ¤d4 31.c3 ¢d7 32.¤e3 ¤xe2 33.¢xe2 ¢e6 34.f4 g5 35.g3 ¥e4 36.¤g4 gxf4 37.gxf4 h5 38.¤f6 ¥g6 39.¢f3 c6 40.¤e8 f5 41.¤d6 h4 42.a4 ¥h5+ 43.¢e3 ¥d1 44.a5 bxa5 45.c4 ¥b3 46.¢d3 ¥d1 47.¢e3 ¥b3 48.¢d3 ¥d1 49.¤b7 ¥f3 50.¤xc5+ ¢e7 51.¤b3 ¥g2 52.¤d4 ¥xh3 53.¤xc6+ ¢d7 54.¤d4 ¥f1+ 55.¢e3 h3 56.¤f3 ¥xc4 57.¢f2 ¥d5 58.¢g3 h2 59.¤xh2 ¢c6 60.¤f1 ¢c5 61.¢f2 ¢d4 62.¤g3 ¥e6 63.¤h5 ¢d3 64.¤g7 ¥c8 65.e6 ¢c2 66.e7 ¥d7 67.¤xf5 ¢xb2 68.¤d6 a4 69.f5 a3 70.f6 a2 71.f7 a1£ 72.f8£ £a2 73.£f6+ ¢c1+ 74.¢g3 £b3+ 75.¢f4 £b4+ 76.¤e4 £b8+ 77.¢g5 £b5+ 78.¢h4 £b4 79.£f4+ ¢b2 80.£e5+ ¢b1 81.¢g5 a5 82.¤c3+ ¢c2 83.¤d5 £b5 84.¢h6 a4 85.£e4+ ¢b2 86.£d4+ ¢c2 87.¤e3+ ¢b3 88.£d1+ ¢c3 89.¤d5+ ¢c4 90.¤e3+ ¢c3 91.£c2+ ¢d4 92.£d2+ ¢e4 93.¤c4 £d5 94.£e3+ ¢f5 95.£g5+ ¢e4 96.£e3+ ¢f5 97.£g5+ ¢e4 98.£g6+ ¢d4 99.¤b6 £h1+ 100.¢g7 ¥c6 101.£d6+ ¢e3 102.¤d5+ 1–0 (102) Jakovenko,D (2710)-Almasi,Z (2691) Khanty Mansiysk 2007 CBM 122 [Marin,M]] 15...¥e6 [15...¥c6 is almost always incorrect, as it allows White to play 16.e6! and activate his pieces.] 16.¤e1?! I'm really not crazy about this move. It is common to move this knight in order to expand on the kingside, but the knight on d3 will just be too awkward. [16.¤e2 is a more standard move, but after 16...¤g6 it isn't easy to come up with a plan for White. (16...g5 is playable also, but you risk running into h4 ideas later.) 17.h4!? is what I wanted to try, but after (17.¤g3 ¤f4! stops White in his tracks.) 17...¥g4 18.¤h2 (18.e6 ¥xe6 19.h5 ¤e7 20.¤f4 ¥g4 also doesn't seem to do much.) 18...¥xe2 19.¦xe2 ¤xh4 20.e6 fxe6 21.¦xe6 ¦d8 and White's initiative has fizzled.; 16.¤e4 with similar play to the Jakovenko game might be White's best chance, though in my opinion the whole line needs to be rethought for White.] 16...¤g6 17.¤d3 b6 18.¤e2?! Diagram

This was probably Anand's idea when he played 16. Ne1, but most probably he underestimated Black's next move. [18.b3 was probably best, but after 18...c4 19.bxc4 ¥xc4 only Black is the one fighting for advantage.] 18...¥xa2! It takes some guts to snatch such pawns from the World Champion! Has the young man studied his classics, doesn't he know that Fischer proved you can't take a pawn like this? It turns out that the misplaced knight on d3 makes it not only possible, but quite strong. 19.b3 c4 20.¤dc1 Anand finds the best response. 20...cxb3 21.cxb3 ¥b1 22.f4 [22.¦d7 looks nice, but Black has the incredibly strong 22...¦g8!! and White's play is totally shut down. Now if 23.¦xf7 ¤xe5 24.¦e7 ¤c6 Black is up a pawn for 0 compensation.] 22...¢b7 23.¤c3 ¥f5 24.g4 ¥c8 25.¤d3 The dust has settled a bit, and while it is clear White has compensation for the pawn due to his kingside expansion and more active pieces, I don't think it is nearly enough for a clean pawn. 25...h5! A standard idea in the Berlin, activating the rook on h8 and creating pawn weaknesses. 26.f5 ¤e7 27.¤b5 [27.¦c2 I prefer this more flexible move, planning Nb5 next move.] 27...hxg4 [27...a6 looks simpler, preventing any shenanigans.] 28.hxg4 [28.¦c1 looks like a more active try, but not necessarily a better one. Play would continue 28...¤d5 29.¤c5+ bxc5 30.¦xd5 gxh3 (30...¥xf5 is not as clear after 31.¦dxc5 ¦ac8 32.¤xc7 with some serious counter play in my view. Note how 32...gxh3 would be an error due to 33.¦b5#!) 31.¦dxc5 h2+ 32.¢h1 ¢b8 33.¤d4 ¥b7+ 34.¤c6+ ¢c8 35.¦d5 ¥xc6 36.¦xc6 ¦b8 37.¦dc5 ¦b7 38.e6 fxe6 39.fxe6 and White has some drawing chances but two pawns are two pawns.] 28...¦h4 29.¤f2 ¤c6 30.¦c2 White's position is barely holding together, but it is difficult to cut the thread. 30...a5 Despite the strange nature of this position, Carlsen still follows a Berlin theme, namely that it is often best to activate your rooks by pushing your rook pawns rather than trying to bring them to the center. [30...a6 31.¦dc1 doesn't help Black in the least.] 31.¦c4 a4 is prevented, and now Black's only real option is to break apart White's kingside. 31...g6 32.¦dc1 ¥d7 33.e6 fxe6 34.fxe6 ¥e8 It looks as if Black has untangled and solved most of his problems, but Anand proves this is not the case. 35.¤e4! This move keeps White in the game. The threat is Nf6, and Nd6+ is often possible as well. 35...¦xg4+ 36.¢f2 ¦f4+ [36...¦d8 looks like a better try than the game continuation, but it still seems as if White can get enough counter play. The following variation isn't completely forced, but it gives you an idea of how Black's advantage can fizzle out. Even so, I think this was the best chance. 37.¢e3 ¦g2 38.¤f6 ¦g5 The only move, as otherwise the e-pawn was getting too dangerous. 39.¤xc7 ¦e5+ 40.¦e4 ¦xe4+

41.¢xe4 ¢xc7 42.e7 ¦a8 43.¤xe8+ ¦xe8 44.¢d5 ¦xe7 45.¦xc6+ ¢b7 46.¦xg6 with a drawn rook ending.] 37.¢e3 ¦f8 38.¤d4! and just like that, Black's advantage is completely gone! White has a powerful e-pawn and more active pieces. 38...¤xd4 39.¦xc7+ ¢a6 40.¢xd4 ¦d8+ 41.¢c3 [41.¢e3 and White shouldn't even be worse, but it is clear Anand's focus was on securing a drawn ending.] 41...¦f3+ 42.¢b2 ¦e3 Now Anand has to be careful again. 43.¦c8 ¦dd3 [43...¦xc8 44.¦xc8 ¦xe4 45.¦xe8 doesn't help Black, as White will trade e for g and draw quite easily.] 44.¦a8+ ¢b7 45.¦xe8 ¦xe4 There is a bit of fiddling now, but as long as Anand is careful about trading e for g there is nothing to fear. 46.e7 ¦g3 47.¦c3 ¦e2+ 48.¦c2 ¦ee3 49.¢a2 g5 50.¦d2 ¦e5 51.¦d7+ ¢c6 52.¦ed8 ¦ge3 53.¦d6+ ¢b7 54.¦8d7+ ¢a6 55.¦d5 ¦e2+ 56.¢a3 ¦e6 57.¦d8 g4 58.¦g5 ¦xe7 59.¦a8+ ¢b7 60.¦ag8 a4 61.¦xg4 axb3 62.¦8g7 ¢a6 63.¦xe7 ¦xe7 64.¢xb3 and today the World Champion gets to breathe a sigh of relief! It was clear he was on the ropes, but I couldn't find any clear wins for Black, and perhaps he was just never winning. Nevertheless, for the first time in the match the world #1 was pressing the action, and it'll give Vishy something to think about during the rest day. ½–½

Game # 4 http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2013/11/13/Game24641481.html

Magnus Carlsen won the fifth game of the FIDE World Chess Championships in Chennai. This was the first decisive game of the match meaning Carlsen leads defending champion Viswanthan Anand 3-2. This was not a game for the purist, with Carlsen's opening seemingly trying to skirt around anything at all like deep opening theory and get Anand to find moves on his own. Anand chose the Triangle System a variation of the Semi-Slav that can lead to sharp play, especially after Carlsen's 4.e4 but after playing that Carlsen's 6.Nc3 transposed to extremely quiet lines and I don't think there is very much doubt that Anand was objectively at least equal on move 13. Around here Anand's play started to get tentative and that set the pattern for the rest of the game. 13.Bc7 which certainly not losing allowed Carlsen to swap queens off and reach a technical ending where he could push for a long time. Anand defended quite well and again must have been quite close to equality but the point is to end the suffering at some point and not get tired having to be endlessly accurate. After the game Anand picked 34.Rd4 as being too active and the losing move but I think he was merely attending the press conference as he had to, he didn't offer up much that made much sense and this assertion is just wrong. Indeed it seemed Carlsen thought it a good move and not thinking he was better at this stage. It's hard to say what went wrong for Anand his resistance just seemed to subside. 39...a4 could have been replaced by 39.g4 but it fixes the white a3 pawn and Anand could have followed this idea up by playing 45...Ra1 winning that pawn. After that 46.Re1 may be the very last chance, certainly after 48...Kd7 Carlsen was winning. A very hard game to annotate because the win came about more from sustained pressure than any specific operation. Carlsen said about the win "It feels good. It was good fighting game. It got messy at times. I got there in the end. I am very happy about that." "Someone said it's about age, I don't think so. The game was a draw, but Magnus kept on as usual, playing his cold blooded little moves." - Miguel Illescas. (Mark Crowther)

Game # 5

K Carlsen,Magnus (2870) –
k Anand,Viswanathan (2775) [D31] WCh 2013 Chennai IND (5), 15.11.2013 [Mark Crowther] 1.c4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.¤c3 c6 4.e4 This seems a strange choice from Carlsen if he wasn't comfortable in playing the main line. This means that he saw some prospects in the coming play. [4.e3; 4.¤f3 are in fact the most played moves. I go with e3 personally.] 4...dxe4 5.¤xe4 ¥b4+ 6.¤c3!? Diagram

A surprise. I don't expect to see this again later in the match. [6.¥d2 has been seen as the true critical test in this variation, I doubt this game will change this assessment, Anand would however have prepared it extremely deeply.] 6...c5 7.a3 ¥a5 8.¤f3 [8.dxc5 when white's trebled pawns don't leave a good impression even if one is extra and he has the two bishops. 8...¥xc3+ 9.bxc3 £xd1+ 10.¢xd1 ¤f6 11.f3 ¤a6 12.¥e3 ¥d7 13.¤h3 ¥a4+ 14.¢c1 ¤d7 15.¦b1 ¤axc5 drawn in 79 moves Georgiev,K (2636)-Potkin,V (2647)/Khanty-Mansiysk RUS 2013.] 8...¤f6 9.¥e3 [9.¥e2 ¤c6 (9...cxd4 10.¤xd4 ¤e4

11.¤db5 £xd1+ 12.¥xd1 ¤xc3 13.¤xc3 ¥xc3+ 14.bxc3 ¥d7 15.a4 ¥c6 16.0–0 ¤d7 17.a5 a6 18.¥a3 1/2–1/2 Babula,V (2581)-Khenkin,I (2624)/Tegernsee GER 2003/The Week in Chess 427) 10.dxc5 £xd1+ 11.¥xd1 ¤e4 12.¥d2 ¥xc3 13.¥xc3 ¤xc3 14.bxc3 and against
draw this time in 43 moves Gurevich,M (2643)-Khenkin,I (2633)/Polanica Zdroj POL 1999.] 9...¤c6 [9...¤e4 10.£c2 ¤xc3 11.bxc3 cxd4 12.¥xd4 0–0 13.¥d3 h6?! and white went on to win in 36 moves Yermolinsky,A (2530) -Shulman,Y (2623)/Philadelphia USA 2008.] 10.£d3N Diagram

"There were lot of options for all the sides. A lot of unconventional positions. It is natural that you need to take your time." Carlsen commenting on the slow pace of the opening play. [10.d5!? exd5 11.¥xc5 ¤e4 12.£e2 ¥e6 13.0–0–0 ¤xc5 14.cxd5 £f6 15.dxe6 ¤xe6 16.¤d5 £h6+ 17.¢b1 0–0 18.£b5 ¦ab8 19.¤e7+ ¤xe7 20.£xa5 ¤c6 21.£f5 g6 22.£f6 £g7 23.£xg7+ ¢xg7 24.¥c4 ¢f6 25.¥xe6 fxe6 26.¦d7 h6 27.¦hd1 ¦bd8 28.¢c2 ¦xd7 29.¦xd7 ¦f7 30.¦xf7+ ¢xf7 31.¢d3 1/2–1/2 Kubala, M (2310)-Splosnov,S (2335)/Frydek Mistek 1998/CBM 062 ext] 10...cxd4 11.¤xd4 ¤g4 12.0–0–0 ¤xe3 13.fxe3 ¥c7?! "Probably Anand had chance to draw in endgame...But what was the point of 13...Bc7?! and to play endgame?" Pentala Harikrishna. "Not to say Anand's 13..Bc7 was objectively bad, probably it is fine & had many chances to hold draw. But fits Carlsen's style perfectly." - "After 13..Nxd4 14.exd4 the queens are still on the board & black has the bishop pair to compensate for white's central pawns. A middle game!" - Garry Kasparov. [13...0–0; 13...¤xd4 "Again Carlsen got next to nothing in the opening. Amazed Anand went into endgame. Could take on d4, keep queens on, very different game." Garry Kasparov 14.exd4 0–0] 14.¤xc6 bxc6 15.£xd8+ ¥xd8 16.¥e2 ¢e7 "Anand plays again passively for a draw, dismissing any chances to get double edged game. May still hold though, why not?" Later "I meant that 13...Bc7 and 16...Ke7 were not necessary. For example 16...Bb6!? is way sharper if you ask me! Still shocked though that Anand didn't manage to save this one." were Anish Giri's comments on twitter. [16...¥b6 a quick sample Houdini variation: 17.¥f3 ¥xe3+ 18.¢b1 ¥d7 19.¦he1 ¥b6 20.¤e4 ¢e7 21.c5 ¥c7 22.¤d6 ¦hd8 23.¤b7 ¦db8 24.¤d6 ¦d8 is a drawing line.] 17.¥f3 ¥d7 18.¤e4 ¥b6 It's not quite clear to me why Anand plays this way. [18...f5 19.¤c5 ¥e8 20.¤a6; 18...¥c7 19.c5 ¦hb8 20.¤d6 ¦b3 21.¦d2 ¦ab8 22.e4 ¥a5 23.¦c2] 19.c5 f5 20.cxb6 fxe4 21.b7 ¦ab8 22.¥xe4 ¦xb7 Now an end game where Carlsen has static weaknesses to play at. Q: At which moment did you have the advantage? A: (Magnus Carlsen) "I mean it is not huge. I have (pointing mouse after move 22) I have better bishop and better pawn structure. If I can consolidate than I can win. I did not manage to play with the right plan." 23.¦hf1 ¦b5!? 24.¦f4 g5 25.¦f3 h5!? Diagram

Actually rather a committal idea. Anand had choices. [25...¦e5; 25...¥e8] 26.¦df1 ¥e8 27.¥c2 ¦c5 28.¦f6 h4 29.e4 a5 30.¢d2 ¦b5 31.b3 ¥h5 [31...g4] 32.¢c3 ¦c5+ 33.¢b2 ¦d8 34.¦1f2 ¦d4 Anand labeled this as the decisive error but to be honest I don't think he was mentally there in the press conference. "Somehow my plan did not materialize. I had to go 34...Rg8. There are many small inaccuracies. But Rd4 was the decisive mistake." - Anand. "After ...Rd4 I thought... I was worried that I might be even worse. (after browsing the game on Chess Base says...) Probably I am not" - Carlsen [34...¦g8 35.¦h6 ¥g6] 35.¦h6 ¥d1 36.¥b1 ¦b5 37.¢c3 c5 38.¦b2 e5 39.¦g6 a4!? This isn't losing and indeed sets up a clear drawing idea so it really can't be that bad. [39...g4 "As I see others suggesting, playing 39..g4 instead of sacrificing the pawn also looks superior. Though was likely still drawn as I said." Kasparov.] 40.¦xg5 ¦xb3+ 41.¦xb3 ¥xb3 After the time control there was an important moment. I really wanted to go Bd3. 42.¦xe5+ [42.¥d3 c4 43.¦xe5+ ¢d6 44.¢xd4 cxd3!! 45.¦f5 d2 46.¦f6+ ¢e7 47.¦f1 d1£+ 48.¦xd1 ¥xd1 winning a piece.] 42...¢d6 43.¦h5 ¦d1 44.e5+ ¢d5 45.¥h7 ¦c1+? Diagram

"Truly baffled by each of Anand's moves from 39 onwards. But especially 45...Rc1??" Nakamura. [45...¦a1! "Sure its easier for us who are sitting at home without the pressure, but 45... Ra1 seemed very natural and intuitive." - Nakamura. Q: (FIDE Press Officer)

When you played 45...Rc1 did you also consider also 45...Ra1? A: (Viswanathan Anand) "It is possible. Somehow I missed in the rook ending. It is so difficult. I thought I should be able to generate counter play in the end." 46.¥g8+ ¢c6 47.¥xb3 ¦xa3 48.¢c4 axb3 49.¦h6+ ¢d7 50.¢c3 ¦a2 51.¢xb3 ¦xg2 52.h3 ¦g3+ 53.¢c4 ¦xh3 54.¢xc5] 46.¢b2 ¦g1 Without deeper analysis hard to say what "last mistake" was. Even 46..Re1 looks like it gives better drawing chances. Keep king active. [46...¦e1] 47.¥g8+ ¢c6 48.¦h6+ ¢d7 Black is just lost here. [48...¢c7] 49.¥xb3 axb3 50.¢xb3 ¦xg2 51.¦xh4 ¢e6 52.a4 "I was amazed at how quickly Magnus played 52.a4. He just *knows* these positions. It's very complex, a lesson in how to cut off king." - Kasparov. 52...¢xe5 53.a5 ¢d6 54.¦h7 ¢d5 55.a6 c4+ 56.¢c3 ¦a2 57.a7 ¢c5 58.h4 Q: How does it feel to break the deadlock? A: (Magnus Carlsen) "It feels good. It was good fighting game. It got messy at times. I got there in the end. I am very, very happy about that." 1–0

Game # 5 http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2013/11/16/Game96884405.html

The game was a solid, uninspiring Spanish that seemed to have nothing in it. The position simplified and an endgame arose with draw predictions from all sides. It was no surprise that Carlsen insisted, until Anand dropped a pawn out of the blue. After the shock subsided, a draw was again on the horizon, and Magnus played his last trap. Suddenly, it was all over. The opening was a solid, if uninspiring Spanish, that seemed to hold no magic. Ideas and plans were considered by grandmaster commentators to develop an advantage for White, or counter chances for Black, but as the number of pieces was reduced, so was the enthusiasm and a draw seemed in order. When Magnus Carlsen avoided the queen exchange with 24…Qe7 as opposed to the standard 24…Qe6, GM Daniel King laughed, saying he was crazy, not because there was something inherently wrong with the move, but because it could only indicate he still hoped to try to win. This seemed borderline Never Land, since at move 35, when asked what Black could do to promote his ambitions, both GM Daniel King and GM Alejandro Ramirez admitted they had no clue, and if the world number one had a way, it was outside their ability to even conceive it. Just when Black seemed out of ways to improve or increase the pressure, the world champion stunned the fans and pundits alike with 38.Qg3, effectively dropping a pawn, though forcing a rook endgame. As the surprise subsided, it became clear that the adage “all rook endgames are drawn” still applied here, though a new contest arose: what new ways would the challenger find to keep the game alive? It has become clear he has a fantastic talent for finding means to conjure up trouble for his opponents in even the driest and most innocuous positions. Anand chose to sacrifice his h-pawn to shatter Black’s structure and neutralize any rolling pawn front he might have feared. In return, Carlsen gave back his b-pawn to activate his rook and king, playing for his last trap. When he played 59…f4, it was a bit of a shock for Vishy, as he admitted in the press conference, believing his position to be lost. It is perhaps this lapse in judgment, coupled by frayed nerves that has failed him these last two games.

In game five, despite being with his back against the wall, he still held a theoretical draw in his hands up until move 51, and had he played 51…Re2! the entire match situation might have been different. Instead he rushed 51…Ke6? with very little thought, either believing he was already lost and nothing could change it, or wishing to end the nervous tension that had reached torturous proportions. One gets the impression a similar thing happened today, since 59…f4 is not winning yet, though it does force White to come up with an only move: 60.b4! which still holds the draw. Instead, Vishy Anand spent an unusually short amount of time, rushing out 60.Ra4? and costing him the game. There is no easy way to put it for Team Anand. This was a complete disaster. Anand came into the game with a novelty, an interesting idea in an anti-Berlin Spanish. Almost immediately he lost the opening advantage, it’s likely that to have any he should have traded the bishops on e6 as soon as possible. His maneuvers on the kingside led to nothing and the game was completely level. The commentators (including myself) were just waiting for the peace treaty to be signed. And yet, Carlsen was just Carlsen. He kept making moves that didn't allow an immediate draw but didn't make his position any worse. And Anand slowly self-destructed. For some reason he allowed a horrible pawn structure on e3/e4, then he exposed this weakness. Almost immediately after he 'sacrificed' a pawn for a drawn rook endgame, which should have been held with good play. And yet when the draw was almost there Anand made a completely incomprehensible blunder. The move 60.Ra4 made absolutely no sense: there was no point in trying to stop the pawn from the side and the only hope was to push his own pawns. The match isn't quite over, but Anand is in such a disadvantage. Psychologically he might be able to recover, but the damage done in the scoreboard and the obvious fact that his preparation isn't causing Carlsen problems should worry him greatly.

Game # 6
K Anand,Viswanathan (2775) k Carlsen,Magnus (2870) [C65] FWCM 2013 Chennai (6), 16.11.2013

[Josh Friedel]
1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 ¤f6 4.d3 Vishy decides to avoid main line Berlin this time. 4...¥c5 5.c3 0–0 6.0–0 ¦e8 This move has been popular lately, the main purpose being to discourage Bxc6 options. [6...d6 has been the main line for a while, and now for instance if 7.h3 a6 White has the option of 8.¥xc6 which leads to positions where Black relies on dynamic play with the bishops in order to compensate for his weak pawns. 8...bxc6 9.d4 ¥b6 etc.] 7.¦e1 [7.¤bd2 has been slightly more popular, with play continuing 7...a6 8.¥a4 b5 9.¥b3 d6 with normal position for such lines. Nbd2 is slightly more useful than Re1 I'd say, but now Bg5 options are cut off, one which Vishy used in the game.] 7...a6 8.¥a4 [8.¥xc6 dxc6 reveals the point of Black's 6... Re8 move order, and if White ever plays d4 then after ed cd Bb6 (or a7) Black will have excellent play against the center.] 8...b5 9.¥b3 d6 [9...h6 It was possible to be clever with this move, but now White can try 10.a4] 10.¥g5 This was clearly preparation by Anand, and Carlsen was already thinking a bit. 10...¥e6 Carlsen avoids the invitation to sharpen the game. [10...h6 11.¥h4 g5 was more ambitious, but it is a riskier way to play, especially when you consider that your opponent has prepared it and you haven't.] 11.¤bd2 [11.¥xe6 was not unreasonable, and play would likely follow 11...fxe6 (11...¦xe6 12.d4 exd4 13.cxd4 ¥b4 14.¤c3 is simply better for White.) 12.b4 ¥b6 13.a4 and I like White's prospects here, as b5 is weak and the pin on the knight is still annoying. Also note that the rook would rather be back on f8 now.] 11...h6 12.¥h4 ¥xb3 13.axb3 Taking back with the pawn is usually best, as it activates the a1 rook and neither the queen or knight really want to be on b3. 13...¤b8 Computers will likely frown on such a move, but I like it a lot. Trading the lightsquared bishops helps Black in some ways, as d4 is less effective now and there is a bit more room for Black's pieces. The drawback, however, is that the f5 square is more difficult to control. This means that playing g5 is a positional no-no, and thus Magnus finds another way to take care of this pin. 14.h3 [14.b4 ¥b6 15.¦a3 was an alternative, preparing to put pressure on the a-pawn, but Vishy had his sights set elsewhere.] 14...¤bd7 15.¤h2 [15.b4 ¥b6 16.¤f1 looks a bit more pointed, and now if 16...¤f8 17.¤e3 Black probably has to take the e3 knight, as if 17...¤g6 (17...¥xe3 18.fxe3 may not be much, but I'd still rather be White.) 18.¥xf6 (18.¤f5!? is also interesting.) 18...£xf6 19.¤d5 £d8 20.g3 and White has a small edge due to a6 and the fact that Black's knight on g6 isn't so hot now.] 15...£e7 16.¤df1 ¥b6 17.¤e3 £e6 Carlsen has achieved the ideal setup, and now the position is level. 18.b4 a5 and he eliminates his last weakness. 19.bxa5 ¥xa5 20.¤hg4 ¥b6 21.¥xf6 ¤xf6 22.¤xf6+ £xf6 Diagram

It is hard to get more level than this. The bishop really doesn't have much on the knight here, though it does look somewhat prettier. 23.£g4 I'm not super crazy about allowing the doubled e-pawns, but I doubt it is anything serious. [23.£e2=] 23...¥xe3 24.fxe3 £e7 25.¦f1 c5 The trouble with the doubled e-pawns is that in some situations e4 might be weak. Of course this shouldn't be a huge issue, but as we saw from yesterday's game, Carlsen doesn't need a lot of objective advantage to put the pressure on. 26.¢h2 c4 27.d4 ¦xa1 [27...g6 I kind of like this move, just keeping the tension on the a-file. Of course everything is pretty close to even.] 28.¦xa1 £b7 29.¦d1 [29.d5 looks like a simpler draw, since Black can't try anything on the queenside without letting White's queen in.] 29...£c6 [29...exd4 30.¦xd4 ¦e6 31.¦d5 and the e-pawns aren't super meaningful since d6 and b5 both require defense as well. Having the rook on d5 is key here.] 30.£f5 [30.d5 is still drawish.] 30...exd4 31.¦xd4 ¦e5 Diagram

Now White has to start being careful, as we have the same position has mentioned in the move 29 note, but here Black gets the rook to the 5th rank first. 32.£f3 Here White's strategy will simply be to wait, and it is only a question of whether Black can find a way to create problems. 32...£c7 33.¢h1 £e7 34.£g4 White is mostly sitting, but it doesn't hurt to make mini threats, in this case of Qc8+ followed by Qc6. 34...¢h7 Ah well, another day. 35.£f4 g6 36.¢h2 ¢g7 Black makes small improvements. You want to

make as many as possible before you initiate concrete action when your opponent is moving back and forth. Also, when your opponent is just waiting, it is usually a good psychological strategy to make them wait as long as you can. In other words, pretend you are a cable repairman. 37.£f3 ¦e6 38.£g3 An strange decision in my opinion. Vishy provokes Magnus into taking the pawn on e4. [38.¢g1 would keep the status quo, but perhaps Vishy thought sitting would be bad in the long term here. Ideas like Rf6 always have to be considered, and sometimes even queen swings like Qa7-a1. Nevertheless, it isn't obvious to me how Black will break through, and White isn't going to lose any material.] 38...¦xe4 39.£xd6 ¦xe3 [39...£xd6+ 40.¦xd6 ¦xe3 41.¦d5 b4 42.cxb4 ¦b3 43.b5 ¦xb2 44.¦c5 and the b/c pawns will be hacked off, leading to a drawn 3 vs. 2 rook ending. This is almost certainly what Vishy hoped for.] 40.£xe7 ¦xe7 41.¦d5 ¦b7 White is likely drawing here with best play due to his active rook, but at least Black keeps the queenside and can make him sweat. I can't imagine Vishy would opt for this over the position with the doubled e-pawns, so it is possible he miscalculated something. 42.¦d6 This is almost certainly the correct idea, preventing Kf6-e6. Note how if the black rook moves from guarding the b-pawn you can always play Rd5 or Rb6. 42...f6 Moving the fpawn is always a committal decision in these endings. His idea is to advance the king on the kingside rather than try to bring it to the queenside. [42...¢f8 was the main alternative, but I don't see how to make progress after 43.¢g3 ¢e7 44.¦c6 and Black can't really activate his king or rook, since if 44...¢d7 then 45.¦f6 ¢e7 46.¦c6 and if 46...¦d7 then 47.¦c5 and the rook has to go back again.; 42...h5 is similar, but Carlsen prefers to be more flexible with his g/h pawns.] 43.h4 White prepares to respond to g5 with h5. 43...¢f7 [43...h5 kills the option played in the game, and already Re7 is playable next. I almost certainly prefer this to Carlsen's move. Play could continue 44.¢g3 ¦e7 45.¢f3 ¦e5 46.g3 ¦f5+ 47.¢g2 ¢f7 and clearly Black is making some progress.] 44.h5 Once again, Vishy tries to find a concrete solution to his problems. In this case, unlike before, I really like his decision. 44...gxh5 Other moves fail to impress. [44...g5 45.¢g3 ¦e7 46.¦b6 ¦e5 47.¢f3 and Black can't make any progress.; 44...¦e7 45.¦b6 and 45...¦e5 is met by 46.¦b7+ with a draw.; 44...¢e7 45.¦c6 doesn't change anything.] 45.¦d5 Diagram

This is the main point. White's rook can't really be chased from the 5th rank now, as the f5 and h5 squares cannot be defended. This means that Black's rook will remain passive or he'll have to sacrifice b5. 45...¢g6 46.¢g3 ¦b6 47.¦c5 f5 48.¢h4 ¦e6 This is Carlsen's only idea. 49.¦xb5 ¦e4+ 50.¢h3 [50.¢g3 would have spared Anand a lot of grief, as now the king will go to f2 rather than getting stuck in the corner.] 50...¢g5 51.¦b8 h4

52.¦g8+ ¢h5 53.¦f8 ¦f4 54.¦c8 ¦g4 55.¦f8 It looks as if Black is stuck, but there are a few tricks left. 55...¦g3+ 56.¢h2 ¢g5 57.¦g8+ ¢f4 The world #1 puts his fighting spirit on display. He sacrifices his c4 in order to improve his king. This had to be extremely well calculated and he does it all for one more chance to win. 58.¦c8 ¢e3 59.¦xc4 f4 This is the key moment. The position is a strange one, as the b+c pawns actually hinder White by blocking his rook from giving checks. This means the passed f-pawn Black will obtain after h3 will be particularly nasty. Also, if there were ever an advertisement for the importance of king position in rook endings, this is it. 60.¦a4?? Diagram

[60.b4 is cold-blooded, but Black seems to have no way to win now. Here are a few variations. The basic idea is that Black will play h3 in order to free his f-pawn, and While will try to check Black's king in front of it while creating a dangerous pawn as soon as possible. 60...h3 61.gxh3 ¦g5 is a crafty idea, trying to prevent the b5 push, but White draws here as well after (61...¦g6 62.¦c7 f3 63.¦e7+ ¢d2 (63...¢f2 64.b5 is the same.) 64.¦d7+ ¢e2 65.¦e7+ ¢f1 66.b5 f2 67.c4 and White draws comfortably since there is no way to maneuver the rook around without letting White queen.) 62.¦c6 f3 63.¦e6+ ¢f2 64.¦xh6 ¢f1 65.h4 simplest. 65...¦e5 66.¦f6 f2 67.c4 it is also drawn, since after 67...¢e1 68.¢g2 ¦e2 69.¢g3 f1£ 70.¦xf1+ ¢xf1 71.c5 ¦e3+ 72.¢f4 White just has too many pawns and Black isn't in time. I'll give a sample line. 72...¢f2 73.c6 ¦c3 74.b5 ¦c5 75.h5 ¦xb5 76.c7 ¦c5 77.h6 ¦xc7 78.¢f5 ¢f3 79.¢g6 ¢g4 80.h7=] 60...h3 61.gxh3 ¦g6 Now we have a similar situation, but White's pawns are farther back, and that makes all the difference. The rook is also poorly placed on a4. 62.c4 f3 63.¦a3+ [63.¦a7 ¦g2+ 64.¢h1 ¦e2! is cleanest, and now after 65.¦e7+ ¢d2 66.¦f7 f2 67.¢g2 ¢e1 Black wins comfortably.] 63...¢e2 64.b4 f2 65.¦a2+ ¢f3 66.¦a3+ ¢f4 67.¦a8 [67.¦a1 ¦e6 followed by Ra1 also doesn't help.] 67...¦g1 and White resigned, as his rook has to sacrifice for the f-pawn and the connected passers are too far back. Once again, Magnus kept applying pressure with a small edge and it paid off, and all it required was one late game blunder from Vishy. This will be a brutal pill to swallow for the World Champ, but let's see if he'll find a way to fight back in the second half of the match. 0–1

Game # 6 http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2013/11/16/Game115603963.html

Magnus Carlsen requires just two points from the last five games of his World Chess Championship match against defending champion Viswanathan Anand to claim the title after an uneventful 32 move game 7 draw. Carlsen leads 4.5-2.5 in the 12 game match and only needs to score 2 out of 5 to take the title. After two consecutive losses there was obvious speculation as to what Anand would do as this was one of his three remaining games with white. Whilst players such as Hikaru Nakamura and Teimour Radjabov advocated going "all-in" with aggressive play Anand instead chose a "very slow, maneuvering kind of game" where he "might be able to press a little bit". Anand admitted that "somehow I was not able to make it happen". Key moments such as they were: Anand's 5.Bxc6 goes for a small advantage by doubling pawns, Carlsen's 7...Bh5 was new at the elite level and probably avoided any preparation Anand actually had, 17...fxe3 was probably the only move white could play to try for an advantage, 19...a5 was a quality waiting move after 25...Qxe5 a draw was going to be the only result. No doubt Anand hoped for more from the opening today but the match has probably passed the point where he can get back into it without Carlsen starting to playing considerably worse than he is now. Carlsen hasn't shown much signs of weakening but if it does happen then most likely it will be as he approaches the finish line. A loss for Anand today would have all but ended the match. Has Anand more or less given up as some believe? I don't know, it is possible. It may be Anand had in mind the old Soviet dictum that if you lose two in a row your only job is to draw to stop the rot. Then you can move on. Anand at least looked in a reasonably good mood at the press conference today. Anand needs to win at least one in the next three games and to hope that Carlsen's nerves will get him a second in the final two. This already feels like a long shot. The inability of Anand to put Carlsen under any real pressure with white in the match so far has been the biggest surprise to me. The closest Carlsen came to a loss today was before it started when he left the board with less than a minute to go before the start and only returned

with less than 16 seconds to go. In watching the footage I was able for the first time to see that there is a count-down on a video screen so Carlsen probably wasn't in much danger of being defaulted for not being at the board at the time the clocks were started. Nevertheless I was getting slightly alarmed.

Game # 7

K Anand,Viswanathan (2775) –
k Carlsen,Magnus (2870) [C65] WCh 2013 Chennai IND (7), 18.11.2013

[Mark Crowther]
1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 ¤f6 4.d3 ¥c5 5.¥xc6 [Definitely third choice in terms of frequency in this position. The trouble with this is that it starts a simplification process that seems likely to play to Carlsen's strengths.] [5.c3; 5.0–0] 5...dxc6 6.¤bd2 ¥g4 7.h3 ¥h5!? Diagram

Practically a novelty as it has only been played by a couple of lower rated players before. One of Carlsen's real abilities is to be able to play such positions without knowing theory as he's confident of finding better continuations for himself.] [7...¥xf3 Is presumably what Anand was hoping for. 8.£xf3 ¤d7 9.£g3 £f6 10.¤c4 0–0 11.0–0 ¦fe8 12.a4 ¤f8 13.¥g5 £e6 14.¥d2 ¤g6 15.b4 ¥f8 16.£g4 b6 17.g3 f6 18.¥c3 ¥d6 19.¤e3 ¢h8 20.¢g2 a6 21.£f3 ¤e7 22.h4 b5 23.¦fb1 £d7 24.h5 h6 25.£g4 £xg4 26.¤xg4 ¤c8 27.¥d2 ¤b6 28.a5 ¤d7 29.c4 c5 30.cxb5 axb5 31.bxc5 ¤xc5 32.¦xb5 ¤xd3 33.¦a4 ¦a6 34.¦c4 c5 35.¤e3 ¦ea8 36.¦c3 ¤b4 37.¤c4 ¥e7 38.¦b3 ¤c6 39.¦b6 ¤b4 40.¢f3 ¦6a7 41.¥e3 ¢g8 42.¦b2 ¦c7 43.¢g4 ¢f7 44.¦b1 ¤c6 45.¦1b5 ¤d4 46.¦b1 ¤c6 47.¦6b5 ¤d4 48.¦b7 ¦xb7 49.¦xb7 ¢e6 50.¥d2 ¦a6 51.¥c3 ¥f8 52.f4 exf4 53.gxf4 f5+ 54.exf5+ ¢d5 55.¤e5 ¤e2 56.¥e1 ¥d6 57.¦xg7 ¤xf4 58.¤f7 ¤d3 59.¤xd6 ¤xe1 60.¤e8 ¦xa5

61.¦d7+ ¢c6 62.¦d6+ ¢b5 63.f6 ¦a7 64.¦e6 ¤d3 65.f7 ¦a4+ 66.¢g3 1–0 Adams,M (2733) -Fressinet,L (2696)/Germany 2012/CBM 148] 8.¤f1 ¤d7 9.¤g3 [9.g4] 9...¥xf3 10.£xf3 g6 [Limiting the squares white's knight can go to.] 11.¥e3 £e7 12.0–0–0 0–0–0 13.¤e2 ¦he8 14.¢b1 b6 15.h4 ¢b7 16.h5 ¥xe3 17.£xe3 [17.fxe3 Is Houdini's suggestion here but it's not going to amount to much anyway.] 17...¤c5 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.g3 a5 [A waiting move. Carlsen doesn't want to allow f4.] [19...¦h8 20.f4] 20.¦h7 ¦h8 21.¦dh1 ¦xh7 22.¦xh7 £f6 23.f4 ¦h8 24.¦xh8 £xh8 25.fxe5 £xe5 [Black has at least equality.] 26.£f3 f5 27.exf5 gxf5 28.c3 ¤e6 29.¢c2 ¤g5 30.£f2 ¤e6 31.£f3 ¤g5 32.£f2 ¤e6 [Drawn by repetition.] ½–½

Game # 7 http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2013/11/18/Game92712798.html

Magnus Carlsen edged half a point closer to the World Chess Championship title with a 33 move draw in game 8. Carlsen leads 5-3 against defending champion Viswanathan Anand and only needs 1.5 points from the final 4 games to win the match. Carlsen chose 1.e4 for the first time in the match and after a short thought Anand chose to defend with 1...e5 and then the Berlin Defence to the Ruy Lopez a very solid choice. With a two point lead Carlsen chose the dullest variation available and the game traded quickly to a draw. This result pretty much guarantees Anand will have to win or go down fighting in Thursday's game 9. After the game the press conference was delayed whilst the players were informed they must undertake a doping control. (Mark Crowther)

Game # 8

K Carlsen,Magnus (2870) –
k Anand,Viswanathan (2775) [C67] WCh 2013 Chennai IND (8), 19.11.2013

[Mark Crowther]
1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 ¤f6 4.0–0 ¤xe4 5.¦e1 With a two point lead it isn't up to Carlsen to win a game. [5.d4 is the move with real interest.] 5...¤d6 6.¤xe5 ¥e7 7.¥f1 ¤xe5 8.¦xe5 Diagram

One of the most drawish variations in elite level chess. White very occasionally wins one, black pretty much never. 8...0–0 9.d4 ¥f6 10.¦e1 ¦e8 11.c3 ¦xe1 12.£xe1 ¤e8 [12...¤f5 13.¥f4 d6 14.¤d2 ¥e6 15.¥d3 ¤h4 16.¤e4 ¤g6 17.¥d2 d5 18.¤c5 ¥c8 19.£e3 b6 20.¤b3 £d6 21.£e8+ ¤f8 22.¦e1 ¥b7 23.£e3 ¤e6 24.£f3 ¦d8 25.£f5 ¤f8 26.¥f4 £c6 27.¤d2 ¥c8 28.£h5 g6 29.£e2 ¤e6 30.¥g3 £b7 31.¤f3 c5 32.dxc5 bxc5 33.¤e5 c4 34.¥b1 ¥g7 35.¦d1 ¥d7 36.£f3 ¥e8 37.¤xc4 dxc4 38.¦xd8 ¤xd8 39.£e2 ¤e6 0–1

Steinitz,W-Zukertort,J/USA 1886/] 13.¥f4 d5 14.¥d3 g6 15.¤d2 ¤g7 16.£e2 [16.¤f3 c6 17.£d2 ¥f5 18.¦e1 ¥xd3 19.£xd3 £d7 20.¥e5 ¥xe5 21.¤xe5 £f5 22.£xf5 ¤xf5 23.¤d3 ¢f8 24.¤c5 ¤d6 25.¤d7+ ¢g7 26.¤c5 ¢f8 27.¤d7+ ¢g7 28.¤c5 ¢f8 29.¤d7+ ¢g7 30.¤c5 ¢f8 1/2–1/2 Salgado Lopez,I (2621)-Bruzon Batista,L (2694)/Quito ECU 2012/The Week in Chess 911] 16...c6 17.¦e1N Diagram

The first new move not that it matters all that much. [17.¤b3 b6 18.¦e1 ¥f5 19.¥xf5 ¤xf5 20.¤c1 £d7 21.¤d3 ¤g7 22.¥e5 ¦e8 23.£f1 ¥xe5 24.¤xe5 £d6 1/2–1/2 Nepomniachtchi,I (2711)-Riazantsev,A (2688)/Khanty-Mansiysk RUS 2011/ The Week in Chess 878 (88); 17.¥e5 ¥xe5 18.£xe5 ¥f5 19.¥xf5 ¤xf5 20.¦e1 £d6 21.¤b3 £xe5 22.¦xe5 f6 23.¦e2 ¢f7 24.¤c5 ¤d6 25.f3 ¦e8 26.¦xe8 ¢xe8 27.¢f2 b6 28.¤d3 ¢d7 29.g4 g5 30.¢e3 h6 31.f4 1/2–1/2 Rozentalis,E (2619) -Bruzon Batista,L (2691)/Montreal CAN 2013/The Week in Chess 981] 17...¥f5 18.¥xf5 ¤xf5 19.¤f3 ¤g7 20.¥e5 ¤e6 21.¥xf6 £xf6 22.¤e5 ¦e8 23.¤g4 £d8 The position is dead equal, the players force the pieces off to show this. [23...£g5? 24.f4! wins (24.h4 is not quite as good 24...£xh4 25.g3 £d8 26.£e5 ¤g7 27.¤f6+ £xf6 28.£xf6 ¦xe1+) 24...£xf4 25.¦f1 £b8 26.£f2 f5 27.¤f6+ ¢f7 28.¤xe8] 24.£e5 ¤g7 25.£xe8+ ¤xe8 26.¦xe8+ £xe8 27.¤f6+ ¢f8 28.¤xe8 ¢xe8 29.f4 f5 30.¢f2 b5 31.b4 ¢f7 32.h3 h6 33.h4 h5 ½–½

Game 8: http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2013/11/19/Game158572723.html

Today was one of the most exciting games of chess seen in recent years. The World Champion pawn stormed his opponent without caring about Carlsen's b pawn... which was queening! However an unfortunate and horrifying blunder ended the attack and Anand had to resign. Anand must win the next three games in a row, two of them with black. Round 9 grandmaster impressions. Magnus Carlsen is just one draw away from become World Chess Champion after surviving a very difficult position against defending champion Viswanathan Anand in game nine before even going on to win after a blunder by the champion. Carlsen now leads 6-3 with potentially three games to go although the most likely result will be that the match will finish after a quiet draw in Friday's game 10 (no-one seemed to believe Anand will go all out to win with black in such a dire match situation when I floated the idea but it could happen). The ninth game was pretty much Anand's last chance to get back into the match and he switched to 1.d4 and played the sharp 4.f3 against Carlsen's Nimzo-Indian. Carlsen's 7...exd5 avoided the main line 7...Nxd5 and 8...c4 was really quite rare. 10...0-0 was a principled choice asking Anand if he could checkmate him. 16...Nxc1 may have been an error (16...Nc7) because by move 20 most experts believe Anand may be close to winning with best play. The suggestion is that 20.a4 and the direct 20.f5 both win although it will take considerably more time and detailed analysis to prove this for sure as the wins aren't easy. Anand's 20.axb4 did not seem to be right especially after Carlsen's cold-blooded 22...b3. Anand fell into a 45 minute thought before playing 23.Qf4, this move should have led to a forced draw but Anand didn't check his calculations too much and he played 28.Nf1 losing immediately (he realized immediately what he had done), 28.Bf1 would have led to a draw. Very long thinks such as Anand's are rarely good news for the player concerned and must have been in part responsible for the error. Anand had calculated 28...Qd1 wins for him. This I believe was the most interesting and difficult game of the match but again finished drastically.

A consideration of the match as a whole and the future should wait until the match finishes.

Game # 9

K Anand,Viswanathan (2775) –
k Carlsen,Magnus (2870) [E25] FWCM 2013 Chennai (9), 21.11.2013

[Josh Friedel]
1.d4 No Berlin this time, and the entire world claps. 1...¤f6 2.c4 e6 3.¤c3 ¥b4 4.f3 The f3 Nimzo is known for its sharpness, and now it was clear Anand was ready to fight. 4...d5 5.a3 ¥xc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 Diagram

[7...¤xd5 8.dxc5 £a5 is the main line, and I remember Anand winning a wonderful game against Wang Hao here. Alright, might as well show it. 9.e4 ¤e7 10.¥e3 0–0 11.£b3 £c7 12.¥b5 ¤ec6 13.¤e2 ¤a5 14.£b4 e5 15.0–0 ¥e6 16.¤d4! exd4 17.cxd4 ¤bc6 18.£c3 ¤e7 19.¦fd1 ¦ad8 20.¥f2 a6 21.¥g3 £c8 22.¥f1 b6 23.¦ab1 ¤b3 24.¦xb3 ¥xb3 25.£xb3 bxc5 26.d5 ¤g6 27.£b6 f5 28.¥xa6 £d7 29.¥b5 £f7 30.exf5 £xf5 31.£xc5 ¦c8 32.£d4 ¦fd8 33.a4 1–0 (33) Anand,V (2810)-Wang Hao (2731) Wijk aan Zee 2011 CBM 141 [Anand]] 8.e3 c4 This has been a trend lately, trying to mess with White's development scheme of Bd3-Ne2. The main drawback to this is that e4 is potentially much stronger with the pawn on c4. It was a surprise for me to see this line, as it certainly isn't the safest, but perhaps it is simply what Carlsen prepared before the match. [8...0–0 9.¥d3 b6 10.¤e2 ¥a6 is by far the most popular, and seems to be much more in Carlsen's style to me.] 9.¤e2 ¤c6 10.g4 White prepares Bg2 and prevents Black from playing Bf5. It is clear we will have a fight! 10...0–0! 11.¥g2 ¤a5 12.0–0! ¤b3 13.¦a2 b5 this is one of Black's major ideas in this c4 system. Put a knight on b3, shove the queenside, and hope not to get checkmated. The knight on b3 is actually not all that strong, but it helps to always have the option of taking White's bishop. 14.¤g3 a5 15.g5 [15.e4 dxe4 16.fxe4 ¥xg4 17.£e1 was another approach, but Anand possibly felt there was no need to sac a pawn.] 15...¤e8 16.e4 ¤xc1 Magnus didn't want to allow Be3 and the knight on b3 might find itself to be a spectator. 17.£xc1 ¦a6 Magnus might not be afraid here, but I would be. White's pawns look menacing. 18.e5 Vishy closes off the center and prepares to shove his f-pawn.

[18.¦b2 I might prefer a bit, retaining some kingside flexibility and discouraging Black's b4 counter play.] 18...¤c7 19.f4 [19.¦b2 I still like for White, as once b4 happens Black's counter play is quite annoying. I find when you are in a must-win situation; it is easy to forget prophylactic moves.] 19...b4 20.axb4 axb4 21.¦xa6 ¤xa6 22.f5 [22.cxb4 was "safer" but this is no way to play for the win, as now he'll always be tied down to defending d4.] 22...b3 Both sides go all in. Black entrenches a protected passer on b3, but takes away all the pressure on White's center. In order for him to use this pawn, however, he needs to survive White's attack. 23.£f4 [23.h4 ¤c7 24.h5 was another plan of attack. It looks incredibly scary for Black, but it isn't so clear how White will break through.] 23...¤c7 24.f6 Once again, Vishy opts for the most committal continuation. I also don't think this move should be rushed. [24.£h4 was a more flexible possibility. Now if 24...¤e8 25.¤h5 There are some real threats. 25...b2 26.f6 g6 27.¤f4 and White has more chances than in the game.] 24...g6 25.£h4 ¤e8 26.£h6 Diagram

Anand goes for the most direct attacking plan, which involves letting Black queen! [26.¤e2 was the other option, trying to bring the knight into the fray. A possible variation could go 26...¥e6 27.¤f4 £a5 28.¥h3 ¥xh3 29.£xh3 b2 It looks like Black will be faster, but White has the resource 30.¤e6! £a1 Black has to continue his queenside play. (30...fxe6 31.£xe6+ ¢h8 32.£e7 is crushing.) 31.¤xf8 ¢xf8 32.e6 ¤d6 Another only move, as Qh6exf7+ was a mating threat. 33.£h6+ (33.exf7 h5! wins for Black.) 33...¢e8 34.exf7+ ¤xf7 35.£h3 and now the game will end in perpetual after 35...¢d8 36.£g2 b1£ 37.£xd5+ ¢c8 38.£c6+ ¢d8 39.£d5+ with a draw.] 26...b2 27.¦f4! This is truly throwing all your chips into the middle of the table. 27...b1£+ And here, unfortunately, Vishy has a mental blank. I'm not sure if he missed Black's response or if he simply thought he was lost anyway. 28.¤f1?? Diagram

[28.¥f1 was necessary, and now 28...£d1 is forced, planning to pitch the queen on h5. 29.¦h4 £h5 30.¤xh5 gxh5 31.¦xh5 ¥f5 and at first White looks busted, but he has the move 32.g6! ¥xg6 33.¦g5 with the plan of h4-h5. Black is paralyzed, so he has nothing better than 33...¤xf6 34.exf6 £xf6 35.¦xd5 and the game will most likely be drawn after something like 35...£f3 36.¦c5 £xc3 37.£f4 and White takes on c4 next move. The dpawn could be strong, but the king on g1 is too exposed to do much with it. Even so, I'm sure Vishy would have taken the extra 1/2 point.] 28...£e1 The only move, but now it is over, as Rh4 is met by Qxh4 and Black is up a clean rook. It was really ashamed to see Vishy's fighting spirit meet with such an end. It must be said, however, that Magnus kept his cool throughout the game despite the scary-looking attack and it seems like he was never really in any trouble. Despite this, Vishy really had everything he wanted out of the opening, and I'm sure he'd like that one back. 0–1

Game 9: http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2013/11/21/Game343591968.html

Norway's Magnus Carlsen Is New Chess World Champion 2013

Magnus Carlsen has just won the World Chess Championship by drawing Viswanathan Anand in Game 10 of the best-of-12 match. Carlsen finishes the historic victory with a 6.5 to 3.5 score, having won twice as black and once as white. Magnus Carlsen is only 22, so because of his youth there's a lot of talk about "the passing the torch" to a new generation of players. At 43, Anand is from of the era of Kasparov (50) and other greats from the '90s. But to just focus on the age of the players misses the even bigger symbolism, which is that we're entering a totally new post-modern era of human chess. In the old days, high-level chess was a swashbuckling game filled with daring piece sacrifices and head-spinning multi-move combinations where the winner would pull off wins seemingly out of nowhere. Here's a beautiful game from 1857, where the American player Paul Morphy (playing as black) sacrificed his queen on his way to a crushing victory. You can quickly click the arrow buttons below to play through the game fast, and see how Morphy dominated his opponent despite his lack of a queen.

Paulsen,Louis - Morphy,Paul [C48] USA–01.Kongress New York (4.6), 1857 1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¤c3 ¤f6 4.¥b5 ¥c5 5.0–0 0–0 6.¤xe5 ¦e8 7.¤xc6 dxc6 8.¥c4 b5 9.¥e2 ¤xe4 10.¤xe4 ¦xe4 11.¥f3 ¦e6 12.c3 £d3 13.b4 ¥b6 14.a4 bxa4 15.£xa4 ¥d7 16.¦a2 ¦ae8 17.£a6 £xf3 18.gxf3 ¦g6+ 19.¢h1 ¥h3 20.¦d1 ¥g2+ 21.¢g1 ¥xf3+ 22.¢f1 ¥g2+ 23.¢g1 ¥h3+ 24.¢h1 ¥xf2 25.£f1 ¥xf1 26.¦xf1 ¦e2 27.¦a1 ¦h6 28.d4 ¥e3 0–1 This era of chess is also known as the “romantic era” Between the daringness and drama of this; it's not hard to see why. As the study of chess became more rigorous, these wild games became more and rarer at the highest level, as daring (but theoretically weak) combinations became easier to repel. That doesn't mean chess players stopped winning games via jaw-dropping combinations. This 1956 match between Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer is sometimes called The Game of the Century. Fischer was just 13 (!!) when he won by sacrificing his queen on move 17, only to win 24 moves later. Byrne,Donald - Fischer,Robert James [D97] New York Rosenwald New York, 1956 1.¤f3 ¤f6 2.c4 g6 3.¤c3 ¥g7 4.d4 0–0 5.¥f4 d5 6.£b3 dxc4 7.£xc4 c6 8.e4 ¤bd7 9.¦d1 ¤b6 10.£c5 ¥g4 11.¥g5 ¤a4 12.£a3 ¤xc3 13.bxc3 ¤xe4 14.¥xe7 £b6 15.¥c4 ¤xc3 16.¥c5 ¦fe8+ 17.¢f1 ¥e6 18.¥xb6 ¥xc4+ 19.¢g1 ¤e2+ 20.¢f1 ¤xd4+ 21.¢g1 ¤e2+ 22.¢f1 ¤c3+ 23.¢g1 axb6 24.£b4 ¦a4 25.£xb6 ¤xd1 26.h3 ¦xa2 27.¢h2 ¤xf2 28.¦e1 ¦xe1 29.£d8+ ¥f8 30.¤xe1 ¥d5 31.¤f3 ¤e4 32.£b8 b5 33.h4 h5 34.¤e5 ¢g7 35.¢g1 ¥c5+ 36.¢f1 ¤g3+ 37.¢e1 ¥b4+ 38.¢d1 ¥b3+ 39.¢c1 ¤e2+ 40.¢b1 ¤c3+ 41.¢c1 ¦c2# 0–1

Sadly (for fans) these kind of ridiculous-looking games have gotten rarer. Modern chess champions have won by building crushing, airtight, positional superiorities against their opponents, grinding them down and forcing a resignation. The chess is amazing, although frequently less of a high-wire act. This brings us to the current match between Carlsen and Anand. After the first two games of the best-of-12 series, we lamented that the tournament was off to a disastrous start. The first two games were totally boring draws, with neither player comfortable going off "book." In other words, the players spend so much time studying positions (and their opponents' play) with computers that by the time the players get to the table, much of the gamesmanship is already finished. There's a lot of hesitation to uncork a novelty on the board if it isn't something that's been backed up by hours of analysis by software programs (which at this point are better at chess than actual humans). Since those first two games, things have gotten more exciting, which is obvious as Carlsen has won three games. But the manner of the victories is interesting and tells us something important. In each game, Anand had decent chances to draw, but made some late-game blunder that gave Carlsen the victory. In today's match, actually, Anand playing as white had the initiative with a strong pawn position bearing down on Carlsen's castled king. But Anand blundered at the end, allowing Carlsen to gain an extra queen, without a clear chance to mate. Anand definitely had winning chances and probably could have drawn, but he screwed up. This is, essentially how all the decisive games have gone. There's a chance for a draw, and Anand cracks under the pressure, while Magnus plays flawfree chess. Magnus is just crushing Anand on the psychological game. And he does it in multiple ways. For one thing, if you've been watching the

game you see that Magnus frequently just gets up and walks away from the table after he moves, which has to be unnerving. Also this is fascinating, from Tyler Cowen (via Kottke): Second, Carlsen is demonstrating one of his most feared qualities, namely his “nettlesomeness,” to use a term coined for this purpose by Ken Regan. Using computer analysis, you can measure which players do the most to cause their opponents to make mistakes. Carlsen has the highest nettlesomeness score by this metric, because his creative moves pressure the other player and open up a lot of room for mistakes. In contrast, a player such as Kramnik plays a high percentage of very accurate moves, and of course he is very strong, but those moves are in some way calmer and they are less likely to induce mistakes in response. This is our new era of post-modern chess. It's not about uncorking crazy, romantic brilliancies. And it's not about achieving crushing, positional victories. It's about being as cool as a computer while your opponent does things that are, well, human. (Joe Weisenthal. Business Insider)

Game # 10

K Carlsen,Magnus (2870) –
k Anand,Viswanathan (2775) [B51] FWCM 2013 Chennai (10), 22.11.2013

[Ramirez Alvarez, Alejandro]
1.e4 c5 Anand had mentioned in a previous press conference that if White wanted to keep it dry in the Sicilian it was also possible to do it. However he gives it a try in hopes of creating counter play. 2.¤f3 d6 3.¥b5+ Magnus refuses to go for the sharp main lines of what probably would have been a Najdorf. The Bb5+ lines are less prone to becoming double edged. 3...¤d7 If you must play for a win, this is the move of choice. Bd7 is a little more solid. 4.d4 cxd4 5.£xd4 a6 6.¥xd7+ ¥xd7 7.c4 ¤f6 8.¥g5 e6 9.¤c3 ¥e7 10.0–0 Diagram

[10.¦d1 ¥c6 11.0–0 0–0 12.£d3 £c7 13.a4 ¦fd8 14.¦fe1 ¦ac8 15.¤d4 ¥e8 16.b3 £c5 17.¥e3 £a5 18.¥d2 £c5 19.h3 Was the game between Fressinet-Ponomariov from September earlier this year. Fressinet is (strongly) rumored to be one of Carlsen's seconds.] 10...¥c6 11.£d3 0–0 12.¤d4 ¦c8 13.b3 £c7 14.¤xc6 £xc6 Black doesn't have many serious difficulties, but it isn't clear what exactly he can achieve. On the other hand White is still quite solid. 15.¦ac1 h6 16.¥e3 ¤d7 This regrouping is quite normal. Black has an advantage on the dark-squares and he needs to exploit this and combine it wit ha break, either d5 or b5, to create counter play. 17.¥d4 ¦fd8 18.h3 £c7 19.¦fd1 £a5 20.£d2 ¢f8 21.£b2 ¢g8 These last two moves may not make too much sense, but it's hard to suggest something active for Black. He is just waiting for the correct time to counterattack. The question would be what happens if White doesn't do anything. 22.a4 £h5 23.¤e2 ¥f6 24.¦c3 ¥xd4 25.¦xd4 £e5 26.£d2 ¤f6 27.¦e3 ¦d7 28.a5 White's even managed to put a little squeeze on Black and holds a slight edge. 28...£g5? A difficult to explain blunder. 29.e5 ¤e8 30.exd6? Diagram

And a difficult to explain blunder back. Basically any move that kept the tension won: [30.¤c3 with the dual idea of Na4 forking everything and Ne4 forking the queen and the

pawn on d6. 30...£f5 31.¤a4 ¦c6 32.¤b6 ¦d8 33.¦e1 And Black is so tied down it is hard to believe he will survive.; 30.b4 preparing an eventual c5 after taking on d6. 30...£d8 (30...¦c6 31.c5 d5 32.¦g4 £e7 33.¦eg3 is going to get Black mated.) 31.¤c3 and again the intrusion to b6 is lethal.; 30.¤g3 makes very little sense to me compared to Nc3 but is also winning. 30...¦c6 31.b4! also looks hopeless.] 30...¦c6 Now Black will regain the pawn on d6 without issues and he will be close to equality, though White's pawn majority on the queenside still gives him a pull. 31.f4 £d8 32.¦ed3 ¦cxd6 33.¦xd6 ¦xd6 34.¦xd6 £xd6 35.£xd6 ¤xd6 36.¢f2 Only White can win this endgame. Maybe with perfect play it is a draw though. 36...¢f8 37.¢e3 ¢e7?! Diagram

[37...¤f5+! I believe this move was superior. 38.¢e4 ¢e7 39.g4 ¤d6+ 40.¢d4 f5 The point is that Black is considerably closer to creating counter play in this line.] 38.¢d4 ¢d7 39.¢c5 ¢c7 The king is just in time to keep White out of b6, but now he is kind of zugzwanged. [39...¤e4+ 40.¢b6 ¢c8 41.c5! is not pleasant.] 40.¤c3 ¤f5 41.¤e4 ¤e3 42.g3 f5 Forced basically. [42...¤f1 does not make for a happy knight, but it was pretty much the only alternative to the text.] 43.¤d6 Diagram

[43.¤d2! Albert Silver has pointed to this move as being winning. Black's chances lie entirely on counter play with the knight, but I cannot find a refutation. 43...¤d1! (43...g5

44.fxg5 hxg5 45.¢d4 ¤c2+ 46.¢e5 should be winning for White as he will have a passed h-pawn very soon.) 44.¢d4 ¤f2 45.h4 ¤g4 (45...¤h1! 46.¤f1 ¤f2 47.b4 ¤e4 48.g4! This is key. 48...¤d6! Black must force g5. (48...¢d6 49.gxf5 (49.c5+ ¢d7 50.¤e3 might be easier and stronger though.) 49...exf5 50.¤e3 ¢e6 51.h5 ¤f6 52.b5 and it looks like White should
win this position since h5 is poisoned.) 49.g5 ¤e4 50.gxh6 gxh6 51.¤h2 ¤d2 52.¢d3 ¤b3 53.¤f3 ¤c1+ 54.¢d4 ¢d6 55.¤e5 ¤b3+ 56.¢c3 ¤c1 57.¢d2 ¤b3+ 58.¢c2! ¤d4+ 59.¢d3 ¤b3 60.h5 ¤c1+ 61.¢e3 ¢c7 62.¤f7 ¢d7 63.¤xh6 ¢e7 64.¢d4+-) 46.b4 ¢d6 47.b5+White has too many threats in the queenside and Black's knight is completely out of play.] 43...g5 44.¤e8+ ¢d7 45.¤f6+ ¢e7 46.¤g8+ ¢f8 47.¤xh6 gxf4 48.gxf4 ¢g7 White's knight is trapped, but he has enough counter play on the other side of the board to guarantee a draw. 49.¤xf5+ exf5 50.¢b6 ¤g2 51.¢xb7 ¤xf4 The rest is straightforward. 52.¢xa6 ¤e6 53.¢b6 f4 54.a6 f3 55.a7 f2 56.a8£ f1£ The queen can draw against the queen and knight duo as long as the stronger side doesn't have any pawns left. The draw here is trivial for both sides. 57.£d5 £e1 58.£d6 £e3+ 59.¢a6 ¤c5+ 60.¢b5 ¤xb3 61.£c7+ ¢h6 62.£b6+ £xb6+ 63.¢xb6 ¢h5 64.h4 ¢xh4 65.c5 ¤xc5 Diagram

And Magnus Carlsen is the new World Chess Champion ½–½

Game # 10: http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2013/11/22/Game430585707.html

WCh Chennai Carlsen, Magnus Anand, Viswanathan Carlsen, Magnus Anand, Viswanathan Carlsen, Magnus Anand, Viswanathan Anand, Viswanathan Carlsen, Magnus Anand, Viswanathan Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus - Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 16 A07 Barcza System ½-½ 25 B18 Caro Kann ½-½ 51 A07 Barcza System ½-½ 64 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin 1-0 0-1 58 D31 Semi-Slav Defence 67 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

½-½ 32 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin ½-½ 33 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin 0-1 28 E25 Nimzo Indian Saemisch

½-½ 65 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo

WCh Chennai (IND), 9-28 xi - 31 v 2013 Name Carlsen, Magnus Anand, Viswanathan Ti NAT g g Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Perf . . 6½ 3½ 2885 2760

NOR 2870 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ . IND 2775 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ .