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Anand vs Carlsen, 2013
Chennai, India

The World Chess Championship 2013 was a match between the defending world champion Viswanathan Anand of India and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway, winner of the 2013 World Championship Candidates Tournament.

 Anand Carlsen 2013
  Carlsen opening with 1.c4 in critical round five.

The match gathered record-setting TV audiences in Anand's home country of India, and huge interest around the world. It took place from November 7-22 at the Hyatt Regency Chennai. Carlsen won the match 6.5 to 3.5, after ten of the twelve scheduled games.

The match started on a timid tone, with both players employing extremely solid opening strategies, perhaps to conceal the bulk of their opening preparation. Carlsen opened games 1 and 3 with 1.Nf3, a move that he had historically seldom employed.

Carlsen was the first to draw blood in game 5 as he turned a tiny advantage from a Queen's Gambit into a powerful ending. The pressure continued in game 6 when Anand's Ruy Lopez failed him and Carlsen again achieved a win. In game 9 Anand finally found what he was seeking: a complex position with good winning chances, but his attack went wrong after 28.Nf1? which lost immediately.

Three games down coming into round 10, the match was all but over for Anand, and a hard fought draw in game 10 finished the match at only 10 games, making Magnus Carlsen the 16th undisputed World Chess Champion.

click on a game number to replay game 12345678910
Anand½½½½00½½0½
Carlsen½½½½11½½1½

FINAL SCORE:  Carlsen 6½;  Anand 3½
Reference: game collection Anand-Carlsen WCC 2013

NOTABLE GAMES   [what is this?]
    · Game #9     Anand vs Carlsen, 2013     0-1
    · Game #5     Carlsen vs Anand, 2013     1-0
    · Game #6     Anand vs Carlsen, 2013     0-1

FOOTNOTES

  1. Wikipedia: World Chess Championship 2013

 page 1 of 1; 10 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½16 2013 Anand - Carlsen World ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½25 2013 Anand - Carlsen World ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½51 2013 Anand - Carlsen World ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½64 2013 Anand - Carlsen World ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
5. Carlsen vs Anand 1-058 2013 Anand - Carlsen World ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Anand vs Carlsen 0-167 2013 Anand - Carlsen World ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½32 2013 Anand - Carlsen World ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½33 2013 Anand - Carlsen World ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Anand vs Carlsen 0-128 2013 Anand - Carlsen World ChampionshipE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
10. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½65 2013 Anand - Carlsen World ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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Apr-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: <<Petrosianic> I suppose a challenger could laugh at the champion. [...] I can't really think of any time it happened.>

The "lend him the title" remark comes in awfully close (but still doesn't fully qualify, in my opinion).

Apr-14-14
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  tamar: Janowski was the only one who could laugh at the champion while acknowledging he had no idea how to play against him.

I don't think I will win a game in this match. Lasker plays too stupidly for me to look at the board with any interest. - David Janowski

Apr-14-14  Petrosianic: <The "lend him the title" remark comes in awfully close (but still doesn't fully qualify, in my opinion).>

Y......eah, I had forgotten that one, but that very nearly qualifies. I don't know if he meant it to come out as badly as it did, but it's not good.

I wasn't thinking of that one because I thought of it as half Kramnik making excuses for himself. I was really critical of him at Mexico City for not making any efforts to win with Black. I was especially critical of the Grischuk-Kramnik game where, in a Must Win situation, Kramnik played the Petroff Defense, drew in like 14 moves, then tried to claim at the press conference that he WAS playing to win because the Petroff is a very sharp opening, you see. As for why he took the draw so quickly, well, it's because Grischuk offered it!

I thought that was one of Kramnik's worst moments, so when he said that bit about lending Anand the title, my first thought was that he was making excuses for not hussling more at Mexico City.

May-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Anyone else frequently getting an ad when they click a youtube link promoting THIS World Championship as the up-and-coming event to look out for?

It's so yesterday. Someone in India needs to hire a new PR person.

May-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: Too funny: From New In Chess 2013#8

<The Norwegians were so fascinated by the match that during the games the streets often looked deserted. At some point, the biggest bank in the country, DNB, had to block their employees' Internet access to the match, as they were unacceptably slowing down the network.>

Jun-24-14  dumbgai: Wow I just noticed my own quote from November 21, 2014:

<dumbgai: What if Anand wins the next candidates?

Haha, just kidding.>

Jun-24-14  dumbgai: Err, that should be 2013, not 2014.
Sep-12-14  Everett: Like both players, rooting for Anand. No predictions.
Sep-12-14
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  Reisswolf: I like Anand a lot too.

Unfortunately for him, Carlsen is much too strong an opponent, for him or anyone else.

Sep-12-14
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  HeMateMe: I predict that Anand will win a game this match. Carlsen's focus will waver just a bit this match, relaxed because he is champion. Vishy will pick up one game, but lose the match.

Challengers dissed? I think Shirov belongs in that category. Kaspy never played a match with him, or gave him the promised $200,000 compensation for not getting the loser's share of the prize fund.

Sep-24-14
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  Ke2: Here's a theory, I think this is going to be a bloody match. Anand's typical approach of "bore them to death and play the semi slav" i.e. Gelfand will doom him against Carlsen. We may see things from Anand's early days, this could really be a great match.
Sep-24-14
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  Ke2: But he'll have to survive positional torture. Like in Aronian vs Anand, 2014. And he may have to deal with that Berlin Wall.
Sep-24-14
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  PhilFeeley: We need an Anand - Carlsen WCC Match 2014 page now. <CG.com>?
Sep-27-14  MissScarlett: <Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will inaugurate the FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2013 on Thursday at a grand function at Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai.>

http://www.worldchesschampionship20...

<One of India's most colourful and controversial politicians, Jayaram Jayalalitha, has been sentenced to jail for four years on corruption charges in a case that has lasted for 18 years.

The chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu was found guilty of amassing wealth of more than $10m (6.1m) which was unaccounted for.>

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi...

Oct-16-14  vkk: Anand did try to get the semi slav positions that he is most comfortable with in 2013, but carlsen played some gambit which unsettled him.

also semi slav positions are very complicated, aggressive lines for black.

check out kramnik anand Wch games where anand wins with semi slav.

Oct-16-14
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  spinal pat: <PhilFeeley: We need an Anand - Carlsen WCC Match 2014 page now. CG.com?> I concur!
Oct-16-14  Arihant: Things have not been hyped yet...there is perceptible lack of excitement in the air.....if its really the World Chess Championship we used to follow so earnestly..or have things changed?
Nov-07-14  chessvcr: My heart says yes he can do it. Then I go through game 3 and 6, mind says, no he can't do it against magnus. He is a champion of those endgame.
Nov-12-14  dumbgai: <HeMateMe: I predict that Anand will win a game this match. Carlsen's focus will waver just a bit this match, relaxed because he is champion.>

Good prediction.

Nov-25-14
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  visayanbraindoctor: This World Championship match may turn out to be a defining moment in a long reign of a dominant champion. Magnus Carlsen.

There isn't any younger player who seems to play chess at his level.

There are similarities between the conditions today and in 1975. Young toothpick thin Anatoly Karpov had just become the world champion. He was a positional juggernaut, employing a novel brand of chess that looked puzzlingly peaceful yet profoundly unbeatable, mowing down very strong Candidates (Polugaevesky, Spassky, Korchnoi) in hectic nerve wracking matches. There was nobody else in the horizon who could play chess near his level at all. In any tournament that he entered, it was an almost forgone conclusion that the real fight would be for second place. It could be safely assumed that he would win, barring exceptional circumstances.

Karpov was an exceptional champion, a chess anomaly. He was dethroned by another exceptional champion, another chess anomaly, the Titan of Tactics Garry Kasparov. But in 1975, few people knew about Kasparov at all. He was just a 12 year old kid.

Many kibitzers who grew up in the Karpov era may still vaguely remember the aura of invincibility that Karpov carried around with him. It was as though he would reign forever. And what if Kasparov never was born? Karpov may well have ruled the chess world until the year 2000.

Is that possible for Carlsen? A 25 year reign?

Way back in 1894, another exceptional chess world champion grabbed the Title from Steinitz. Emanuel Lasker. No one today was alive then, but to the chess world, he must have carried the same essence of invincibility that Karpov later and Carlsen now possesses.

One major difference is that no one did rise up to Lasker's level for a long long time. It took another chess anomaly, Capablanca, to end his reign in 1921, 27 years later. And if Capa was never born, Lasker may well have reigned until 1925.

Carlsen may just keep on ruling the chess world a long long time if no other chess anomaly arrives over rainbow's end. Food for thought.

Nov-25-14  Xenon Oxide: Actually, I think Carlsen already has his Kasparov -- Caruana. Yes I may be jumping the gun a bit, but I think all signs point to an epic rivalry across their careers. If so, it might even surpass Karpov-Kasparov -- after all, Karpov and Kasparov had a few years of age difference, while Carlsen and Caruana are exactly the same age, meaning that their peaks would coincide exactly. It promises to be an epic rivalry.
Nov-25-14
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  chancho: Unless someone steps up big in the next candidates, Anand could potentially win it again.

Carlsen Anand III is not out of the realm of possibility.

Nov-25-14  Petrosianic: The World of Possibility is a pretty big world.
Nov-25-14  Petrosianic: <Way back in 1894, another exceptional chess world champion grabbed the Title from Steinitz. Emanuel Lasker. No one today was alive then, but to the chess world, he must have carried the same essence of invincibility that Karpov later and Carlsen now possesses.>

Eventually, yes. At the time there was considerable discussion about whether Lasker was really good enough, or whether he had just won the title from an aging champion ahead of more deserving candidates, like Tchigorin or Tarrasch.

Nov-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <visayan: Many kibitzers who grew up in the Karpov era may still vaguely remember the aura of invincibility that Karpov carried around with him.>

More than vaguely--it was an upset when he failed to carry off first prize in an event.

<It was as though he would reign forever. And what if Kasparov never was born? Karpov may well have ruled the chess world until the year 2000.>

None of the young guns of his generation ever looked anything like taking away the crown; as you say, only the extraordinary Kasparov and the ageless Korchnoi were serious threats to the Karpov hegemony.

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