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Anand vs Carlsen, 2014
Sochi, Russia

This match was a reprise of the Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) the year before. To the disappointment of Anand's fans, he had decisively lost that match and thus his world title: Carlsen had won with three wins, seven draws, and no losses. But just four months later, the 44-year-old Anand confounded his critics by winning World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) by a point, thereby qualifying for the title rematch.

 Anand Carlsen 2014
  Deep in thought during the first game.

The second time around had considerably more drama than the first. Carlsen drew first blood in Game 2 by beating Anand's Berlin Defense to the Ruy Lopez (which had served Carlsen so well in the previous match). But Anand bounced back by routing Carlsen's Queen's Gambit Declined in Game 3. This ensured that, at a minimum, Anand would not go winless in this match.

Carlsen again took the lead in Game 6, grinding Anand down in an endgame arising from a Kan Sicilian. But Carlsen committed a potentially decisive error with 26.Kd2?, which luckily for him Anand failed to exploit with 26...Nxe5! This double blunder was a critical moment in the match.

As the match was scheduled for only 12 standard games, Anand needed to win soon in order to win the match or force it into rapid-game tiebreakers. After four draws, Anand secured an advantage as Black in Game 11, a "Berlin Wall" Ruy Lopez endgame. However, he erred with an impetuous exchange sacrifice. Carlsen showed it to be insufficient, forced Anand's resignation on move 45, and thereby won the match 6.5 to 4.5.

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Carlsen½10½½1½½½½1
Anand½01½½0½½½½0

FINAL SCORE:  Carlsen 6½;  Anand 4½
Reference: game collection Carlsen Anand WCC 2014

NOTABLE GAMES   [what is this?]
    · Game #3     Anand vs Carlsen, 2014     1-0
    · Game #2     Carlsen vs Anand, 2014     1-0
    · Game #11     Carlsen vs Anand, 2014     1-0

FOOTNOTES

  1. Wikipedia: World Chess Championship 2014

 page 1 of 1; 11 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½482014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
2. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0352014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Anand vs Carlsen 1-0342014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½472014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½392014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
6. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0382014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
7. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½1222014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½412014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½202014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
10. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½322014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
11. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0452014Carlsen - Anand World ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-29-15  boz: The Anand match was like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gq...

The Short match was like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJU...

Jan-29-15  Conrad93: <The Short match was like this: > Well, Kasparov did say it would be Short. :)

At least we got some really great games out of it, unlike this boring Championship.

Jan-29-15
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  keypusher: <boz The Anand match was like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gq...

The Short match was like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJU...

OK, that's funny, but if that's how you represent those matches, what's left for the likes of Lasker-Janowski? A mushroom cloud?

Jan-29-15  1d410: I'm in for another Vishy match. He'll lose again but who won't?
Jan-29-15  boz: <KP> heh heh
Feb-21-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <1d410: I'm in for another Vishy match. He'll lose again but who won't?>

Anand's had two chances. Give Caruana or Grischuk or Aronian a shot.

Feb-21-15  schweigzwang: We'll see which one earns it!
Feb-21-15
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  chancho: Wouldn't it be funny if the organizer's nominee is Sergey Karjakin, and he ends up winning the candidates tournament?

Oh, the hilarity....

Feb-28-15  1d410: <chancho> I think the nominee will be Kramnik not Karjakin.
Mar-01-15
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  RookFile: Carlsen doesn't rest on his laurels. The scary thing about him is he is already champ, yet is working to become a better player.
Mar-01-15
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  Lambda: If two players of equal strength play a match, say that every game has a 50% chance of being a draw, and a 25% chance for either player to win, then simple random fluctuation will lead to one player being 2 up after 11 reasonably frequently.
Mar-01-15
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  keypusher: <Mar-01-15 Lambda: If two players of equal strength play a match, say that every game has a 50% chance of being a draw, and a 25% chance for either player to win, then simple random fluctuation will lead to one player being 2 up after 11 reasonably frequently.>

How about if they play two matches, 21 games total. How often will random fluctuation lead to one player being up five?

Suppose you throw in their tournament results from 2012. How often will random fluctuation lead to one player being up 8?

Mar-02-15
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  RookFile: You see the wisdom of a guy like Rocky Marciano. 49-0. He retires. The guy knew when it was time to get out. He thought that Joe Louis was the greatest fighter ever, but Joe had hung around too long. He wasn't going to make the same mistake.
Jun-01-15  keithbc: Aronian has clearly demonstrated that, a very strong and talented GM, is not now going to be world champ. Let Anand retire. Naka, even if he is 2/3 in the world, is not consistant and just cannot beat Carlsen anyway. If Caruana is not the next challenger then I sense another WC match outcome a bit of a formality for Carlsen
Jun-01-15
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  keypusher: < keithbc: Aronian has clearly demonstrated that, a very strong and talented GM, is not now going to be world champ. Let Anand retire.>

Nobody's stopping him. But maybe he doesn't want to retire. Do you have to have a really high chance of becoming world champion to justify continuing to play if you're over 40? Logan's run for chess? Sounds stupid to me.

<RookFile> Anand, unlike Joe Louis, is not getting punched in the head.

Jul-08-15  SpiritedReposte: When asked if he could beat Ali, Rocky Marciano replied like a boss.

"I'd be conceited if I said I could, but would be lying if I said I couldn't." Great answer lol

Jul-08-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: I liked Ty Cobb's answer. He was asked what he would hit against today's pitchers, he said .300. When asked why the number was so low, he said, "You've got to remember, I'm 73 now". Lol.
Sep-08-15  Everett: From 1995-2014, 19 years between WC match appearances for Anand. Greatest length of time since Lasker, yes?
Oct-06-15  Hawkman: Anand, Topalov, or Kramnik will win the World Chess Championship 2016.
Jun-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: < Hawkman: Anand, Topalov, or Kramnik will win the World Chess Championship 2016.>

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.

Jun-26-16  Absentee: The photo in games #2 and #3 is the same. Which game is it actually from?
Jun-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <Absentee: The photo in games #2 and #3 is the same. Which game is it actually from?>

Difficult to say, since we cannot see who is playing which color. But the poses of the players could be from any game and every game they play.

Jun-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Absentee: The photo in games #2 and #3 is the same. Which game is it actually from?>

The black queen and rook are visible, thus presumably closer to Anand. So probably #2.

Jun-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <keypusher: <Absentee: The photo in games #2 and #3 is the same. Which game is it actually from?>

The black queen and rook are visible, thus presumably closer to Anand. So probably #2.>

Not necessarily - the 2-D nature of photos makes judging distance inherently error-prone. If there were some White pieces in the photo, to give perspective, this line of reasoning would be more convincing. Not to mention the fact that the pieces in the photo could be closer to Anand and still be Carlsen's pieces!

That said, you might be right, but I would base that more on the <position> in game #2, move 32:

Carlsen vs Anand, 2014

If so, then there are no White heavy pieces in the photo because they were on the king side of the board (blocked from being in the picture by Carlsen's body).

In game 3 the White heavy pieces remained on the queen side.

Aug-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: <<1d410: I'm in for another Vishy match. He'll lose again but who won't?> Anand's had two chances. Give Caruana or Grischuk or Aronian a shot.>

Agree the sentiment, but WCC matches are earned and If Anand had earned it again, there is no question he would have been more qualified than anyone else. Three years later, Caruana / Grischuk / Aronian have not earned their chances to challenge yet. Only Aronian looks closer to doing that or even ready for such a match. Meanwhile, Karjakin was a worthy successor to Vishy for challenger title last year.

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