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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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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


  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 Championship MatchD85 Grunfeld
2. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0352014Carlsen - Anand World Championship MatchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Anand vs Carlsen 1-0342014Carlsen - Anand World Championship MatchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½472014Carlsen - Anand World Championship MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½392014Carlsen - Anand World Championship MatchE15 Queen's Indian
6. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0382014Carlsen - Anand World Championship MatchB41 Sicilian, Kan
7. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½1222014Carlsen - Anand World Championship MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½412014Carlsen - Anand World Championship MatchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½202014Carlsen - Anand World Championship MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
10. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½322014Carlsen - Anand World Championship MatchD97 Grunfeld, Russian
11. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0452014Carlsen - Anand World Championship MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
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Nov-06-14  call14: In my view Anands loss to Aronian in his recent game shows is weakness in end game area, where Carlsen generally excels or try to push hard playing to end. Unless Anand handle this weakness, he will be in trouble i think.
Nov-06-14  anandrulez: A funny tweet at #CarlsenAnand Olimpiu G. Urcan ‏@OlimpiuUrcan 4m4 minutes ago Anand is remarking on Twitter how much he loves "watching wildlife." The (re)awakening of the Madras tiger within?
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  chancho: Could the Tiger of Madras snuff the T√łnsberg Crocodile in Sochi?

Nov-06-14  nok: <Anand is after all the most experienced World championship player in the world> I'd say Karpov.
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  keypusher: <Overall the match against Gelfand was a little more interesting.>

Yes, all those 25-moves-of-theory draws left plenty of time for football.

Nov-06-14  cbpatzer: Many photos of Carlsen playing basketball in Sochi this morning
Nov-06-14  dangerhump: So is the first game Saturday? On CG is says Nov. 7th which is Friday. Does anyone know what time Eastern the first piece gets pushed? Have they drawn for colors?


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  Sally Simpson: Hi Richard,

I too am very aware of the Alekhine - Bogoljubov '34. games. If Bogoljubov had won and potted a few of missed chances would it be classed as an 'unnecessary' match.

At that time Alekhine was a train wreck waiting to happen. Euwe's sponsors sensed this and went for it. Alekhine was smart enough to include a re-match clause.

It's just the misuse or the term 'unnecessary' I am really objecting against.

If theses matches were unnecessary then the money would have exchanged hands without a game being played.

"Thank you for the challenge, but let us not bother playing any games as they are unnecessary. I win and take my share of the pot - Thank You."

Hi Domdaniel,

You spotted a couple of typo's - well done.

Nov-06-14  karban: <So is the first game Saturday? On CG is says Nov. 7th which is Friday. Does anyone know what time Eastern the first piece gets pushed? Have they drawn for colors?>

For now, we don't have even a playing area ready, so no need to hurry!

Poor players, they thought everything would be ready on yesterday... They don't know Slavic mentality:) Everything prepared on 'five to twelve' that's our motto...

Nov-06-14  rogge: <You spotted a couple of typo's - well done.>

Spotted another!

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  WannaBe: There are plenty of empty buildings in Sochi, previously used for Olympics, I am sure they can find one that is 'acceptable'.
Nov-06-14  john barleycorn: There is a reason for the well-known design

Nov-06-14  fisayo123: <John barleycorn> That was an internet sensation a couple of years ago.

The "too close for comfort latrine".

Nov-06-14  jphamlore: Those immediately behind Magnus Carlsen in rating and counting on that to get into next Candidates 2016 might take pause: Grischuk at the moment is SCORCHING the Petrosian Memorial.
Nov-06-14  mkrk17: Hope to see a good fighting match. Hopefully this time Anand will play 1.d4 and would have strengthened his endgame play (if at all it is possible to play at carlsen's level).
Nov-06-14  vkk: Actually almost all carlsens interview responses start with

Umm I dont know

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  WannaBe: Nuthin' wrong with dat. Keep your opponent guessin'!!
Nov-06-14  twinlark: <nok: <Anand is after all the most experienced World championship player in the world> I'd say Karpov.>

True, but he's not playing anymore apart from a token league game to keep his rating active.

Nov-06-14  jphamlore: <mkrk17: Hope to see a good fighting match. Hopefully this time Anand will play 1.d4 and would have strengthened his endgame play (if at all it is possible to play at carlsen's level).>

But this just shows how Carlsen in my opinion specifically targets positions where Anand is not at his very best. Consider the following same opening variation, Nimzo-Indian Saemisch:

Anand vs Wang Hao, 2011

Anand vs Carlsen, 2013

Contrast what Wang Hao did versus what Carlsen did a few years later: Wang Hao allowed a position where the Anand's queenside pawn structure was smashed. Anand loves that sort of position because it opens up tactics for his pieces. With Anand retaining the two bishops and the Queen, Wang Hao went into a tactics slugfest bringing a knife to a gunfight versus Anand's tactical genius.

On the other hand in his game Carlsen locks Anand's queenside pawns early and exchanges off a bishop. Carlsen restricted Anand's attack to one front on the kingside in a relatively closed position. That is not to Anand's strengths, and it is not surprising that a desperate attack would fail against Carlsen.

Nov-06-14  Bobwhoosta: My thoughts on the WC match:

1) Anand is a different Anand. I posted a few times on the woe I felt over Anand's reaction to obtaining the title. Actually, it wasn't until his match with Topalov and the resulting preparation that his style became passive and dull- compared to his glory years that is.

So I expect far more fighting chess, and Anand to take advantage of pluses in the position and play on instead of his willingness to take draws. He knows that Carlsen will not fail to press, and he will change his game to suit this.

2) Carlsen is still Carlsen. Lately his results haven't impressed as much as they have in recent years, however I think this is a factor of wanting Carlsen to "be Carlsen" all the time more than a series of lackluster performances on his part. I still see him as the favorite, but in my mind( perhaps too hopefully) this will be quite a different match than before.

3) Carlsen will still seek positions that theory hasn't touched upon recently, and will play naturally, while I'm hoping and do expect Anand to seek out positions where concrete calculation is necessary, hoping to bog Carlsen down in calculation and keep him from his natural strengths.

4) I expect Carlsen to win by 2 points, but Anand will take at least one game, and I'm hoping he takes 2, making it an exciting match.

All in all, I'm really looking forward to the upcoming match, and I hope to be thrown to the edge of my seat on numerous occasions.

Nov-06-14  jphamlore: My pick for the surprise opening of the match, and this is from someone who needles Gruenfeld disasters, is that if Anand opens 1. d4 early, Carlsen may play a Gruenfeld, especially if Nielsen is his trainer for this match. Carlsen played the Gruenfeld twice in the then most important event of his career, Candidates 2013, including against Grischuk. Furthermore an early Gruenfeld has the match advantage of getting under Anand's skin, hopefully from Carlsen's perspective forcing Anand to waste time in further opening preparation against the Gruenfeld when Carlsen can simply switch back to his Nimzo-Indian.

The reason Carlsen can play the Gruenfeld safely and others can't is that Carlsen understands the limitations of this defense and is always careful to avoid getting killed by the passed pawn in the center, even if it leads to drawish positions.

Nov-06-14  john barleycorn: I think, Anand will play openings where "also good" moves from Carlsen will lead to troubles (for Carlsen) and not to endgames. So the brave (like me) predict gambits of all sorts as Anand's choice.
Nov-06-14  mkrk17: <jphamlore:> Anand vs carlsen 2013 was Anand preparation all the way. Except he shd have played Bf1 instead of Nf1.
Nov-06-14  ajile: My formula for one of these guys.

Pick a solid opening but deviate early with a new or obscure move that is still good.

Then analyze this opening for weeks and months until you perfect all the variations.

Don't ever use these lines or show them before the match.

Pick two for White and for when playing Black pick one for each likely White first move.

The earlier the deviation the better since they want to be the first to alter the lines.

Nov-06-14  john barleycorn: I remember Karpov saying about a dubious line: "Well, you can play it. Just once or twice in a match."

Look at Kasparov's sensational game:

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985

Where is Garry's gambit today? In a moth crate.

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