Carlsen Wins, Defends World Championship Title In 11th Game

World chess championship 2014 – Carlsen vs Anand

2014. november 23. vasárnap – 17:00 Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Champion!

Congratulations to Viswanathan Anand !

A norvég Magnus Carlsen maradt a sakkozás világbajnoka, miután a szocsi világbajnoki döntő 11. játszmájában legyőzte az indiai Viswanathan Anandot, s ezzel elérte a végső győzelemhez szükséges 6.5 pontot.

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Norway's Carlsen gestures next to his trophy after clinching the FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai

Moscow (AFP) – Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen retained his title as World Chess Champion on Sunday, vanquishing rival Viswanathan Anand for the second year in a row.

The 23-year-old world number one beat India’s Viswanathan, who had held on to the championship from 2007 to 2013 until being dethroned by Carlsen, in the 11th game of the competition.

“Overall, throughout the match, Carlsen played better than I did,” Viswanathan was quoted as saying by Russian news agency TASS.

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“I tried, but the risk didn’t work out. Carlsen didn’t make a mistake. I had nothing left to do but take risks.”

Carlsen had been playing since November 8 against Viswanathan, who is nearly 20 years his senior, in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

The victory will mean one million euros ($1.2 million) in prize money for Carlsen just a week before his 24th birthday.

Before he captured the championship title in 2013, the last Westerner to hold the world champion title was American legend Bobby Fischer who relinquished it in 1975.

Introduced to chess by his father, Carlsen showed off his genius as a toddler.

His breakthrough in chess came in 2004, when the 13-year-old defeated Russian former world champion Anatoly Karpov, forced Garry Kasparov to a draw and became a grandmaster.

At the age of two, Carlsen knew by heart all the major car brands and later memorised the long list of Norway’s municipalities, with their flags and administrative centres.

A fashion model in his spare time, he made it to the Time magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013.

Carlsen has been hailed by Russian legend Kasparov as a Harry Potter-type “super-talent”.

 

Carlsen Wins, Defends World Championship Title In 11th Game

In the fourth Ruy Lopez, Berlin Variation of the 2014 FIDE World Championship, GM Magnus Carlsen finally broke through the Berlin Wall against former title holder GM Viswanathan Anand.

A mistimed exchange sacrifice was the Indian’s demise and allowed the champion to successfully defend his title 6.5-4.5 in the 11th game.

“In general I’m a believer in material, so I like to grab it instead of giving it up,” Carlsen said about accepting the offer. “I was pretty happy when he made that move. I thought that he wouldn’t have enough compensation.”

Anand admitted that his nerves did not hold up as well as other times in the match. “My nerves were the first to crack,” he said. “I think [Carlsen] is more stable overall.”

Earlier on, Anand had an advantage after blowing open the b-file.

“This day was a real struggle,” Carlsen said afterward.

GM Magnus Carlsen after defending his title

GM Magnus Carlsen after defending his title

Carlsen said that he has been fighting an illness and was relieved to end the match today. He also admitted that the gravity of the game, and the final moments, disturbed his calm: “I got really excited and had to control myself then.”

According to Chess.com Director of Content Peter Doggers, the win was the first over the Berlin Wall in a world championship match. The opening gained prominence as a resource for Black in the 2000 Kasparov-Kramnik encounter.

The final moments, where Carlsen said he struggled to keep his composure.

The final moments, where Carlsen said he struggled to keep his composure.

“Today was one of the toughest days of all,” Carlsen said. “I didn’t particularly want to come back for a 12th game.”

He criticized his own play from moves 18-23, which allowed Black to coordinate a scary pawn break on the queenside: “I’m very happy with the way I pulled myself together after that.”

The game was much more complicated that the last iteration with the same colors. The two drew rather quickly in round nine, also a Berlin.

“It was a very tense position. When I got this …b5 break, I understood that if he doesn’t take, the position remains very tight,” Anand said.

Instead of occupying the b-file, another way to play the position was to exchange his bishops for White’s knights.

Since computers criticize the move 27…Rb4, what else did Anand consider? He also looked going one square farther with 27…Rb3.

He then analyzed 28. Rb1 Rab8 29. Rxb3 Rxb3 30. Bxa5 Ra3 31. Bc7 Rxa4, “and I evaluated this as equal…I can’t say why I suddenly decided to go for this exchange sac…It was a bad gamble and I was punished.”

After that unexpected gambit, Team Carlsen began getting excited. Everyone, that is, except for Carlsen’s father and manager.

Henrik Carlsen (left) and FM Espen Agdestein look at the +2 evaluation but don't quite believe it yet.

Henrik Carlsen (left) and FM Espen Agdestein look at the +2 evaluation but don’t quite believe it yet.

The throng of Norwegian journalists, now numbering about 30, began losing their impartiality. Multiple television crews went live, never wavering their lenses away from these two men

Some winners of Norway's Noble Prizes don't get this much attention.

Some winners of Norway’s Noble Prizes don’t get this much attention.

Carlsen's manager is the last in the room to smile.

Carlsen’s manager is the last in the room to smile.

Anand played ...Rb4!? Actually this moment came well after the errant rook move.

Anand played …Rb4!? Actually this moment came well after the errant rook move.

The two players had a brief discussion on stage following the game. They mostly talked variations such as the ones above. Carlsen said without 27…Rb4 that Black is “doing fine.”

He also quite liked his idea of the retreat 29. Nh5, followed by advancing the f-pawn since the bishop on e6 cemented Black’s defense. Carlsen said evicting Black’s best piece was key.

“Eventually I handled the complications better than him and gained an edge,” Carlsen said. At times during the press conference he seemed to have a dry mouth and struggled to get the words out.

Anand added that it was not his original intent to play risky chess. He called his 27th move a "nervous decision."

Anand added that it was not his original intent to play risky chess. He called his 27th move a “nervous decision.”

Later he unveiled himself more than at any time in the more than two-week match. “I wasn’t thinking very clear at this point,” he said about some of the moves at this point in the game.

The former champion liked how he played with White compared to Chennai, 2013. He said this match was tougher and he played better, but “I had more weak moments than him, and this tended to decide the match.”

For the only time in the match, the players answered questions separately.

For the only time in the match, the players answered questions separately.

“In the end, I have to admit he was superior. His nerves held up better…All things taken into account, he just played better.”

Carlsen agreed this time around was more difficult overall. He compared today’s game to round nine in Chennai, “but I was in greater peril in that game.” He said his play in the match was “inconsistent, but good enough.”

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

He also didn’t foist hyperbolic attention on the “ridiculous blunders” of game six, since he was better for most of that contest anyway.

The most pressing and touchy topic is often near the end of an interview, but the press corps wasted no time asking Anand about his future plans.

The first question centered on any possible plans to leave top-level chess, but we save it for the end.

Anand thought for two seconds, leaned into the microphone and said "no," whereupon those in attendance clapped for his answer.

Anand thought for two seconds, leaned into the microphone and said “no,” whereupon those in attendance clapped for his answer.

As for the "youngster," well, he's not going anywhere of course. His post-match tweet resembles a certain basketball player:

As for the “youngster,” well, he’s not going anywhere of course. His post-match tweet resembles a certain basketball player:

Magnus Carlsen @MagnusCarlsen Follow A big thanks to everyone who supported me on this interesting journey. Two down, five to go.  7:44 PM - 23 Nov 2014

Magnus Carlsen @MagnusCarlsen Follow A big thanks to everyone who supported me on this interesting journey. Two down, five to go. 7:44 PM – 23 Nov 2014

Garry Kasparov ✔ @Kasparov63

Magnus said “2 down, 5 to go,” referring to my 7 successful world championship matches. (6.5 really.) I wish him the best of luck! 8:33 PM – 23 Nov 2014

Kasparov also tweeted congratulations to his former student.

Contrary to some expectations and reports, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev did not arrive for a ceremonial first move. According to AGON Owner Ilya Merenzon, he was held up in Moscow and unable to make it to the match in time.

Kasparov also tweeted congratulations to his former student.

Contrary to some expectations and reports, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev did not arrive for a ceremonial first move. According to AGON Owner Ilya Merenzon, he was held up in Moscow and unable to make it to the match in time.

Anastasiya Karlovich @NastiaKarlovich Follow Before the final press conference @MagnusCarlsen @leontxogarcia #CarlsenAnand  7:59 PM - 23 Nov 2014

Anastasiya Karlovich @NastiaKarlovich Follow Before the final press conference @MagnusCarlsen @leontxogarcia #CarlsenAnand 7:59 PM – 23 Nov 2014

Ben Finegold @BenFinegold That’s the least explosive c4 I’ve ever seen. #anandcarlsen2014 #jokeoveryourhead 1:49 PM – 23 Nov 2014

Nigel Short @nigelshortchess Slightly better for White. Strong knight in the centre of the board. Black has no development. Easy stuff #CarlsenAnand

MVL @Vachier_Lagrave @nigelshortchess I’m not sure white is better at all. If he wants to win position could easily become double-edged #CarlsenAnand 1:53 PM – 23 Nov 2014

Kaja Marie Snare @kajasnare

I have touched more levels on my emotional specter to day than I did my entire hicg school career #CarlsenAnand

Jon Ludvig Hammer @gmjlh Don’t let the opening’s name fool you – this position is extremely sharp. Give white four free moves, and he’s killing black on kingside! 2:27 PM – 23 Nov 2014

Tarjei J. Svensen @TarjeiJS GM Agdestein: “This is a critical position for Anand. b5 is the most spectacular move!” #CarlsenAnand #vgsjakk #nrksjakk 3:22 PM – 23 Nov 2014

Eric Hansen @hansenchess pretty exciting. Anand pushing for a goal in the 85th minute #CarlsenAnand 3:45 PM – 23 Nov 2014