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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.

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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 #6     Anand vs Carlsen, 2013     0-1
    · Game #5     Carlsen vs Anand, 2013     1-0

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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Mar-23-14  Everett: Who knows.. Anand just might pull a Botvinnik.
Mar-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Everett> His chances just improved by one rather large leap today.
Mar-23-14  Everett: <perfidious> that fact that the next match is only a year after his loss is a huge help. I don't think he would perform this way three years on, and I imagine Botvinnik would not have been so successful if he also had to wait an entire cycle without the immediate rematch.
Mar-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Everett> To succeed as Botvinnik did requires a person with iron self-discipline; there are very few in any discipline who can, whatever one makes of the rules which allowed him automatic rematches, display the type of fortitude to come out swinging at the man who had only recently defeated him in a set match.

Anand's weakness at top level seems to have been of a psychological nature. If he goes forward, it might be difficult for him due to this, plus he would be facing one tough customer who will not be cowed.

As for what might happen, I wish Anand well, whatever the future holds--he has been nothing but a credit to the game.

Mar-23-14  Hiarcs: There you go aronian, pay the consequences of accepting the draw against anand.
Mar-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Carlsen must be laughing into his rakfisk at the thought of a replay of this match.
Mar-24-14  Rascal Nikov: who will have a last laugh will be decided in November very soon. so wait a little.
Apr-03-14  goommba88: hopefully anand dumps e4 for the upcoming match. his score, with white mind you after e4.. 2 draws 1 loss. later
goommba88
Apr-14-14  Chessinfinite: Carlsen can laugh now, he became WC after only 10 games- he will see what it is to play the same opponent again, this time probably with a difference.

I don't think he will laugh, the only laugh someone might have had was Kasparov before the 1993 match when he had to face a No 10 player Short in 1993 - and even harder after the match !!

Apr-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: <Chessinfinite: I don't think he will laugh, the only laugh someone might have had was Kasparov before the 1993 match when he had to face a No 10 player Short in 1993 - and even harder after the match !!>

Anand was #8 when he played Carlsen last november.

Apr-14-14  polarmis: Vladimir Kramnik gives his thoughts on the Carlsen-Anand rematch:

https://chess24.com/en/read/news/kr...

Apr-14-14  Petrosianic: <Anand was #8 when he played Carlsen last november.>

He was also defending champion, proving that he had the ability to reach the top, regardless of what his recent results had been like. Short, Bogo, Janowski, et al never did.

Apr-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Kramnik does not rule out working as an Anand second. He says Vishy will have to ask first, then he can consider it.
Apr-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: <Petrosianic: <Anand was #8 when he played Carlsen last november.>

He was also defending champion, proving that he had the ability to reach the top, regardless of what his recent results had been like. Short, Bogo, Janowski, et al never did.>

Sure. That wasn't in question, though. With the benefit of hindsight we know that Short didn't make it, but one couldn't be sure at the time. If Kasparov was entitled to laugh at Short - something I doubt he did, by the way - then I don't see why other players couldn't do the same under similar circumstances.

Apr-14-14  Petrosianic: I suppose a challenger could laugh at the champion. It would ring kind of hollow, and probably establish the guy as kind of a boor, but there's no law against it. I can't really think of any time it happened.

It ALMOST happened in 1963. In Fischer's famous Sports Illustrated article, he did a hit job on Botvinnik as an old man who only kept his title due to (unspecified) rules (we know what he's talking about, but he didn't explain it to the SI audience). But of course, Fischer wasn't the challenger that year. He failed to earn that spot. Had he succeeded, he might have been the first to diss the champion openly. On the other hand, if he'd succeeded, he wouldn't have had any sour grapes to vent.

Otherwise, the only challengers I can think of that were dissed by the champion were Short, and Bogo (the second time; the first time Alekhine was trying to promote him as more deserving than Capablanca).

Apr-14-14  Everett: Thank you <Polarmis>!
Apr-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Lasker is supposed to have written about Tarrasch "He lacks the passion that whips the blood when great stakes can be gained by resolute and self-confident daring,"

But even so thorough an investigator as Taylor Kingston has been unable to establish a source for that remark. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!t...

Apr-14-14  Petrosianic: Yeah, I meant to mention that, and forgot. Personally, I see the Lasker/Tarrasch badinage as the chess version of the Jack Benny/Fred Allen Feud. They trashed each other because they were feuding, and they were feuding because they were such hot rivals. Mileage may vary, though. If it happened, you might reasonably consider that to be a champion laughing at a challenger. I don't see it that way, but some might.
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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