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

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


  1. Wikipedia: World Chess Championship 2013

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½162013Anand - Carlsen World Championship MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½252013Anand - Carlsen World Championship MatchB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½512013Anand - Carlsen World Championship MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½642013Anand - Carlsen World Championship MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
5. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0582013Anand - Carlsen World Championship MatchD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Anand vs Carlsen 0-1672013Anand - Carlsen World Championship MatchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½322013Anand - Carlsen World Championship MatchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½332013Anand - Carlsen World Championship MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Anand vs Carlsen 0-1282013Anand - Carlsen World Championship MatchE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
10. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½652013Anand - Carlsen World Championship MatchB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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Apr-14-14  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:

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.

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  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  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>!
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  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.!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  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).

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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.

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  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  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  Reisswolf: I like Anand a lot too.

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

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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  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  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  PhilFeeley: We need an Anand - Carlsen WCC Match 2014 page now. <>?
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  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.>


<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.>

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  spinal pat: <PhilFeeley: We need an Anand - Carlsen WCC Match 2014 page now.> I concur!
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