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Chess update: Carlsen takes the lead in World Championship match

by Ted Welch Fri Nov 15th, 2013 at 01:43:07 PM EST

Carlsen beats Anand in Game 5 of World Chess Championship Nov 15, 2013

CHENNAI: The worst fears for the chess fans backing defending champion Viswanathan Anand came true as the Indian blundered in a drawn endgame to go down against challenger Magnus Carlsen in the fifth game of the World Chess Championship on Friday.

The hallmark of Carlsen's play has been to mesmerize opponents from seemingly innocuous positions and to make them commit mistakes. This was exactly what happened at the Hyatt.

You can follow game 5 move by move here:


and there's detailed analysis here:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/chess/Anand-vs-Carlsen-Moves-in-the-fifth-game/articleshow /25839822.cms

But you'll have to look hard to find much about it in UK media - even the Guardian hasn't reported it yet, despite this yesterday:

Despite there being 20,000 committed club chess players in the UK, several hundred thousand casual players and a strong chess presence in schools, especially at primary level, this great event is being seriously under-reported. What coverage there has been is of Carlsen, who is portrayed as a kind of geeky Matt Damon. There is no attempt to get to grips with the actual chess.

The game has slipped off the mainstream media agenda in the UK. In India and Norway, there is of course huge excitement about the match ...

 But in the UK, one of the top chess-playing nations in the 1980s and 90s as a result of the generation of players led by Nigel Short who were inspired by Fischer's victory in Iceland, it has been marginalised. Hence my Amis-like fantasy of Premier League games being played in front of a handful of spectators at tatty grounds, while chess is shown live on TV with Alan Hansen bemoaning the inadequacies of the Sicilian Defence.


Kasparov on why he's rooting for Carlsen:

Some have suggested my rooting loyalties should lie with my fellow "old man," Anand, and not with the 22-year-old who broke my rating record and who will share my record as youngest world champion ever should he prevail in Chennai. But while I cannot say I feel joy when one of my records falls, a win for Carlsen will also be a win for the chess world. Changing of the guard, new blood, a fresh face - all these clichés are clichés for a reason. Magnus is a dynamic young man eager to promote the sport, to raise its profile along with his own, and who can inspire a new generation of chess kids (and chess sponsors!) around the world.

Anand is a fantastic chessplayer who brings honor to the sport and to his nation with his skill and his boundless good nature. If he wins this match his high place on chess Olympus is assured. I am predicting a Carlsen victory because of his talent, his results, and the tides of chess history. I am rooting for a Carlsen victory because a new generation deserves a new champion. Most of all, I am hoping for big games, a hard fight, and a great boost for chess around the world as a legend and a legend in the making do battle in Chennai.


What was the right plan for Anand in the equal endgame?  The line was largely  predicted by video comenators, and they did not see it as too problematic. Anand spent 10 min on his "wrong check" - did not look comfortable even then.

Game 4 was fun, with a similar material advantage to Carlsen.

by das monde on Sat Nov 16th, 2013 at 07:10:46 AM EST
Well, it was not really equal, for humans at any rate, after Bc7, which can be understood but actually released an important counterpressure and let Carlsen get a slight pull.

Anand had found an unexpected resource in Bb6 followed by f5, and because of that Carlsen probably should have played c5 instead of Ne4 and got really close to equal.
However it was still slightly imbalanced. Carlsen took considerable risks, and Anand defended really well but missed Ra1+, playing Rc1+ instead. The thing is, it is incredibly hard to sustain that kind of pressure, especially when you are a player, like Anand, who seeks concrete variations all the time.

Carlsen just maintains the position and does not necessarily thinks in terms of "this is a draw", "this should be a win". He plays moves that keep the game going while not worsening his position, and if possible improving it. And he'll keep playing, usually with incredible precision, for as long as there is anything left. Anand played remarkably for many moves, at times more precisely than Carlsen, but it must have drained him.
And this may have been felt in the next game too, when first he was indecisive at a couple of junctions (he had a slight pull initially), then made a few mistakes that were hard to explain practically.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sun Nov 17th, 2013 at 02:21:05 AM EST
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No background to comment, but here in 'Schland Spiegel has live moves and commentary front-paged... and an extensive video analysis after.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Nov 16th, 2013 at 08:09:54 AM EST
I am not too surprised. Something that was a bit of a surprise for me to learn was how Germany is the world center of the board gaming scene, with the biggest publishers and conventions. It's such a marginal hobby in the USA that I was shocked to discover just how big it is over there.

Chess is obviously it's own thing, both the granddaddy of the genre yet also it's own thing.  I have great respect for chess players but it's not my game.  I like random elements, I like a bit of diplomacy (though not too much, the more talking matters the more I kill the game) and I dislike the possibility for extreme thinking ahead and the memorization that comes with it.

by Zwackus on Sat Nov 16th, 2013 at 08:21:03 AM EST
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I have great respect for chess players but it's not my game.
Go is my game.

I like board, strategy and simulation games, like I enjoy Role Playing Games. For a serious strategy game, Go is unrivalled.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 16th, 2013 at 08:31:42 AM EST
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marginal hobby in the USA

It's grown dramatically over the past decade, I think in large part due to the internet. I've been playing "euro style" board games since I moved to California in 2006.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Nov 19th, 2013 at 03:01:42 AM EST
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Pushed back on the defensive third time in as many games as white, Anand fumbled, probably this might be the costliest fumble for him ever, as he allowed Carlsen to get a pawn plus rook endgame.

Theoretically the position was still drawn, but then that was the case in the previous game of the match too. Yet again, Carlsen provoked Anand to do something to solve matters quickly and the defending champion realized how hard it is to achieve it against the 'Mozart of chess'.

The endgame was drawn till move 56 according to the experts of the game. Then Anand made one mistake after another and it was all over 11 moves later.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/chess/World-Chess-Championship-Carlsen-beats-Anand-in-Game -6-to-take-4-2-lead/articleshow/25899775.cms

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sat Nov 16th, 2013 at 12:25:11 PM EST
So Cralsen is the new champ, in 10 games. After yet another win in game 9.
by das monde on Fri Nov 22nd, 2013 at 02:47:36 PM EST
CARlsen won - but through the draw in game 10 - giving him the 6.5 necessary to win

Norwegian chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen has become the world champion, beating Indian title holder Viswanathan Anand.

Carlsen, 22, secured a draw to win the World Chess Championship in 10 games, with two left to play.

Carlsen won the match in Chennai, India, with a score of 6.5-3.5. He has now achieved the highest rating of all time.

But he misses out on being the youngest player to win the title. That honour goes to the Russian Garry Kasparov.

He was younger by just a few weeks.

Speaking at a press conference after the victory, Carlsen said he was "very very happy to have won and to have completed this match.

"Let's write the history books later!" he added.

Carlsen has won 60% of the total prize fund of $2.24m (£1.4m), while Anand takes home the rest.


Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Nov 22nd, 2013 at 04:57:20 PM EST
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When I was a child the state TV would the report on the World Chess Championship showdown during prime time. Not anymore, about half of a regular news programme is Football.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Thu Nov 28th, 2013 at 08:34:58 AM EST

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