World Chess Championship 2013

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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:40 am

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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:49 pm

Game 4, Anand-Carlsen, 1/2-1/2

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Bd7 10. Rd1 Be7 11. Nc3 Kc8 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bxe7 Nxe7 14. Rd2 c5 15. Rad1 Be6 16. Ne1 Ng6 17. Nd3 b6 18. Ne2 Bxa2 19. b3 c4 20. Ndc1 cxb3 21. cxb3 Bb1 22. f4 Kb7 23. Nc3 Bf5 24. g4 Bc8 25. Nd3 h5 26. f5 Ne7 27. Nb5 hxg4 28. hxg4 Rh4 29. Nf2 Nc6 30. Rc2 a5 31. Rc4 g6 32. Rdc1 Bd7 33. e6 fxe6 34. fxe6 Be8 35. Ne4 Rxg4+ 36. Kf2 Rf4+ 37. Ke3 Rf8 38. Nd4 Nxd4 39. Rxc7+ Ka6 40. Kxd4 Rd8+ 41. Kc3 Rf3+ 42. Kb2 Re3 43. Rc8 Rdd3 44. Ra8+ Kb7 45. Rxe8 Rxe4 46. e7 Rg3 47. Rc3 Re2+ 48. Rc2 Ree3 49. Ka2 g5 50. Rd2 Re5 51. Rd7+ Kc6 52. Red8 Rge3 53. Rd6+ Kb7 54. R8d7+ Ka6 55. Rd5 Re2+ 56. Ka3 Re6 57. Rd8 g4 58. Rg5 Rxe7 59. Ra8+ Kb7 60. Rag8 a4 61. Rxg4 axb3 62. R8g7 Ka6 63. Rxe7 Rxe7 64. Kxb3 ½-½

Almost 5.5 hours! An almost victory for Carlsen. He had a pawn up from the middle game. Now both players have just narrowly missed a victory.

Match score: 2-2 (4 games, 4 draws)
Last edited by David N. Snyder on Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:26 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: posted game 3 moves by mistake; game 4 now showing
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby reflection » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:22 pm

Interesting game - too deep for me to follow sometimes even the basic ideas, even if I wouldn't have been doing other stuff in the meantime.

(I think the moves you posted are not right, though. It's yesterdays game.)
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:27 pm

Oops; thanks for letting me know. I posted the correct moves now for game 4.
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:06 pm

Game 5

Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Slav, Marshall Gambit

1. c4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 c6 4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 c5 7. a3 Ba5 8. Nf3 Nf6 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Qd3 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Ng4 12. O-O-O Nxe3 13. fxe3 Bc7 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. Qxd8+ Bxd8 16. Be2 Ke7 17. Bf3 Bd7 18. Ne4 Bb6 19. c5 f5 20. cxb6 fxe4 21. b7 Rab8 22. Bxe4 Rxb7 23. Rhf1 Rb5 24. Rf4 g5 25. Rf3 h5 26. Rdf1 Be8 27. Bc2 Rc5 28. Rf6 h4 29. e4 a5 30. Kd2 Rb5 31. b3 Bh5 32. Kc3 Rc5+ 33. Kb2 Rd8 34. R1f2 Rd4 35. Rh6 Bd1 36. Bb1 Rb5 37. Kc3 c5 38. Rb2 e5 39. Rg6 a4 40. Rxg5 Rxb3+ 41. Rxb3 Bxb3 42. Rxe5+ Kd6 43. Rh5 Rd1 44. e5+ Kd5 45. Bh7 Rc1+ 46. Kb2 Rg1 47. Bg8+ Kc6 48. Rh6+ Kd7 49. Bxb3 axb3 50. Kxb3 Rxg2 51. Rxh4 Ke6 52. a4 Kxe5 53. a5 Kd6 54. Rh7 Kd5 55. a6 c4+ 56. Kc3 Ra2 57. a7 Kc5 58. h4 Kd5 1-0

Carlsen wins game 5 ! ! !

Match score: 3-2

FInally after 4 draws there is a victory for one of the players. The game was very even all the way to about move 40. Many top players probably would have offered or accepted a draw up to around 40 or further, but Carlsen pushed on and attained victory.
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:56 pm

The following current & former "undisputed" world chess champions were also at the top of the chess ratings list:

Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, and Anand

That is the complete list of champions who at the time were also at the top according to the elo chess ratings too. Carlsen will join this illustrious list if he wins this match. Carlsen's current elo rating is 2870 which is nearly 100 points higher than Anand.
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:29 pm

I found this truly amazing!

And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:10 pm

Yes, he is amazing! I was always pulling for Anand in past tournaments, but now I really wouldn't mind seeing Carlsen win. Anand has been champion for enough years and Carlsen might do well for the sport.
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby reflection » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:36 am

Today Carlsen played like a computer. Move after move he followed the computer's advise in a game with many deep lines, amazing. Anand was doing well, but at a certain point he started making some small mistakes which accumulated into a loss.
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:27 pm

Game 6

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O Re8 7. Re1 a6 8. Ba4 b5 9. Bb3 d6 10. Bg5 Be6 11. Nbd2 h6 12. Bh4 Bxb3 13. axb3 Nb8 14. h3 Nbd7 15. Nh2 Qe7 16. Ndf1 Bb6 17. Ne3 Qe6 18. b4 a5 19. bxa5 Bxa5 20. Nhg4 Bb6 21. Bxf6 Nxf6 22. Nxf6+ Qxf6 23. Qg4 Bxe3 24. fxe3 Qe7 25. Rf1 c5 26. Kh2 c4 27. d4 Rxa1 28. Rxa1 Qb7 29. Rd1 Qc6 30. Qf5 exd4 31. Rxd4 Re5 32. Qf3 Qc7 33. Kh1 Qe7 34. Qg4 Kh7 35. Qf4 g6 36. Kh2 Kg7 37. Qf3 Re6 38. Qg3 Rxe4 39. Qxd6 Rxe3 40. Qxe7 Rxe7 41. Rd5 Rb7 42. Rd6 f6 43. h4 Kf7 44. h5 gxh5 45. Rd5 Kg6 46. Kg3 Rb6 47. Rc5 f5 48. Kh4 Re6 49. Rxb5 Re4+ 50. Kh3 Kg5 51. Rb8 h4 52. Rg8+ Kh5 53. Rf8 Rf4 54. Rc8 Rg4 55. Rf8 Rg3+ 56. Kh2 Kg5 57. Rg8+ Kf4 58. Rc8 Ke3 59. Rxc4 f4 60. Ra4 h3 61. gxh3 Rg6 62. c4 f3 63. Ra3+ Ke2 64. b4 f2 65. Ra2+ Kf3 66. Ra3+ Kf4 67. Ra8 Rg1 0-1

Carlsen wins game 6 !!!

Match score: 4-2

Back to back victories for Carlsen; rare at this level and Carlsen was playing black.

There are only 6 games left in the match. Carlsen only needs 2.5 more points to win the match, which he could do with simply 5 draws. Or he could even lose one game and draw the rest and still win the match. It looks like we will be seeing a new champion soon.
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby chownah » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:07 pm

"Yes, he is amazing! I was always pulling for Anand in past tournaments, but now I really wouldn't mind seeing Carlsen win. Anand has been champion for enough years and Carlsen might do well for the sport."


Is chess a sport? I always thought it was a game.
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:15 pm

That is debatable, of course, but in my opinion it is a sport. See this article I wrote:

The Zen of Chess

especially this section:
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... t_of_Chess

See also the video posted by MP. Carlsen does soccer (football), tennis, runs on a treadmill and works out in a gym.
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby dagon » Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:44 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:That is debatable, of course, but in my opinion it is a sport. See this article I wrote:

The Zen of Chess

especially this section:
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... t_of_Chess

See also the video posted by MP. Carlsen does soccer (football), tennis, runs on a treadmill and works out in a gym.


David it is not debatable, a friend of mind argued that it was a sport so that the local chess club could sucessful apply for sports grants. When have you ever see government give grants for games - well sport is a different matter. :thumbsup:

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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:59 pm

dagon wrote:When have you ever see government give grants for games - well sport is a different matter. :thumbsup:


Okay, so that is one government's opinion. I don't place that much confidence in government and politicians to decide what is or is not a sport. Chess has many characteristics of sport besides what I mentioned in the article. It can also have big paydays for the top players, just like in other sports. I believe the winner of this current tournament will get something like $2.2 million USD.

I remember hearing (back in the Cold War days) that then champion Anatoly Karpov was funded and given a million + salary by the Soviet Union and a penthouse apartment to live in.

There are also coaches, seconds, endorsements and other characteristics that you find in other sports that they have in chess too.

See also:
http://www.chess.com/article/view/making-money-in-chess
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:24 pm

Game 7

Draw

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. Nf1 Nd7 9. Ng3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 g6 11. Be3 Qe7 12. O-O-O O-O-O 13. Ne2 Rhe8 14. Kb1 b6 15. h4 Kb7 16. h5 Bxe3 17. Qxe3 Nc5 18. hxg6 hxg6 19. g3 a5 20. Rh7 Rh8 21. Rdh1 Rxh7 22. Rxh7 Qf6 23. f4 Rh8 24. Rxh8 Qxh8 25. fxe5 Qxe5 26. Qf3 f5 27. exf5 gxf5 28. c3 Ne6 29. Kc2 Ng5 30. Qf2 Ne6 31. Qf3 Ng5 32. Qf2 Ne6

Match score: 4.5-2.5

No more than 5 games left (Carlsen only needs 2 more points, which can be 2 wins or 4 draws, to win the Match)
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:14 pm

Game 8, Carlsen–Anand, ½–½

Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. 0-0 Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 0-0 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. c3 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. Bf4 d5 14. Bd3 g6 15. Nd2 Ng7 16. Qe2 c6 17. Re1 Bf5 18. Bxf5 Nxf5 19. Nf3 Ng7 20. Be5 Ne6 21. Bxf6 Qxf6 22. Ne5 Re8 23. Ng4 Qd8 24. Qe5 Ng7 25. Qxe8+ Nxe8 26. Rxe8+ Qxe8 27. Nf6+ Kf8 28. Nxe8 Kxe8 29. f4 f5 30. Kf2 b5 31. b4 Kf7 32. h3 h6 33. h4 h5 ½–½

Match score: 5-3 for Carlsen in a best of 12 series

Carlsen needs 1.5 more points to take the World Championship match which could happen with either 3 draws, 1 win + 1 draw, or even 1 loss + 3 draws
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:02 pm

Game 9

Carlsen wins in 28 moves!

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. cxd5 exd5 8. e3 c4 9. Ne2 Nc6 10. g4 O-O 11. Bg2 Na5 12. O-O Nb3 13. Ra2 b5 14. Ng3 a5 15. g5 Ne8 16. e4 Nxc1 17. Qxc1 Ra6 18. e5 Nc7 19. f4 b4 20. axb4 axb4 21. Rxa6 Nxa6 22. f5 b3 23. Qf4 Nc7 24. f6 g6 25. Qh4 Ne8 26. Qh6 b2 27. Rf4 b1=Q+ 28. Nf1 Qe1

Anand was threatening check mate along the h file and came so close. He went for the win, but Carlsen had a passed pawn that could not be stopped.

Match score: 6-3

Now Carlsen only needs a draw in one more game, perhaps tomorrow to win the Match. He will be the new World Champion.
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:21 pm

Game 10

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. c4 Nf6 8. Bg5 e6 9. Nc3 Be7 10. O-O Bc6 11. Qd3 O-O 12. Nd4 Rc8 13. b3 Qc7 14. Nxc6 Qxc6 15. Rac1 h6 16. Be3 Nd7 17. Bd4 Rfd8 18. h3 Qc7 19. Rfd1 Qa5 20. Qd2 Kf8 21. Qb2 Kg8 22. a4 Qh5 23. Ne2 Bf6 24. Rc3 Bxd4 25. Rxd4 Qe5 26. Qd2 Nf6 27. Re3 Rd7 28. a5 Qg5 29. e5 Ne8 30. exd6 Rc6 31. f4 Qd8 32. Red3 Rcxd6 33. Rxd6 Rxd6 34. Rxd6 Qxd6 35. Qxd6 Nxd6 36. Kf2 Kf8 37. Ke3 Ke7 38. Kd4 Kd7 39. Kc5 Kc7 40. Nc3 Nf5 41. Ne4 Ne3 42. g3 f5 43. Nd6 g5 44. Ne8+ Kd7 45. Nf6+ Ke7 46. Ng8+ Kf8 47. Nxh6 gxf4 48. gxf4 Kg7 49. Nxf5+ exf5 50. Kb6 Ng2 51. Kxb7 Nxf4 52. Kxa6 Ne6 53. Kb6 f4 54. a6 f3 55. a7 f2 56. a8=Q f1=Q 57. Qd5 Qe1 58. Qd6 Qe3+ 59. Ka6 Nc5+ 60. Kb5 Nxb3 61. Qc7+ Kh6 62. Qb6+ Qxb6+ 63. Kxb6 Kh5 64. h4 Kxh4 65. c5 Nxc5 ½-½

Draw

Final Match score: 6.5-3.5

3 Wins for Carlsen
0 Wins for Anand
7 draws

Magnus Carlsen wins the match!!! No need for the final 2 games since it is a best of 12 series.

Congratulations to Norway and all Carlsen fans!!


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At 22 years and 11 months old he is the second youngest to win the world championship (Kasparov was 22 years and 6 months old when he won)

He joins this list of other world champion contenders who won the championship match with no losses (not counting the matches during the split era when there wasn't an undisputed champion):

Emanuel Lasker
Jose Raul Capablanca

And Carlsen is at the top of the ratings chart, which further puts him in a class nearly on his own. Time will tell with how many times he can now defend this title to see where he will place among the all-time greats.
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby Kare » Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:40 pm

Thanks. Of course we are proud of him, and it is almost impossible to find a chess board in the shops these days. They are all sold out. A pity, though, that Anand(a) should lose ...
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Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:41 am

Kare wrote:A pity, though, that Anand(a) should lose ...


You must have been the only person in Norway rooting for A-Nand(a)? :tongue:
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