11/16/2013 – The match isn't quite over, but Anand is in such a disadvantage. Psychologically he might be able to recover, but the damage done in the scoreboard and the obvious fact that his preparation isn't causing Carlsen problems should worry him greatly. Tomorrow is as rest day, a much needed one for himself and his team as they try to conjure some ideas. Analysis of today's major mistake.
11/16/2013 – The game was a solid, uninspiring Spanish that seemed to have nothing in it. The position simplified and an endgame arose with draw predictions from all sides. It was no surprise that Carlsen insisted, until Anand dropped a pawn out of the blue. After the surprise subsided, a draw was again on the horizon, and Magnus played his last trap. Suddenly, it was all over. Illustrated report.
11/16/2013 – In a wild match France tied with Azerbaijan and keeps the lead. Despite the fact that that was possibly the most important match in terms of standings, certainly many eyes were focused on the Russia-Armenia match. Sargissian took out Tomashevsky while everyone else drew giving Armenia the win. Ukraine relied on Muzychuk's win to take out Poland in the women's and leads comfortably. Round 7.
11/15/2013 – Carlsen won, he has proven that he can obtain the kind of positions that he is strong in, and that even Anand cannot always hold positions which can technically be held b ut are very uncomfortable. The World Champion has been in this situation before but he will need to conjure up all his tricks tomorrow to be able to put on the pressure on the Challenger. Full analysis of today's round.
11/15/2013 – In game five, Magnus Carlsen finally eschewed the Reti, and after 1.c4 it was a Semi-Slav. It did not seem promising as he went for simplifications, but it was exactly the type he thrives on, and exactly what Carlsen has been hoping for since game one. Vishy Anand seemed up for the challenge, but each time he regained his footing, he slipped. Ultimately he failed to hold and Carlsen takes the lead. Illustrated report.
11/15/2013 – France and Ukraine were stopped at the draws in the Open and Women's section respectively, but they still keep their lead. Both are trailed closely by a pack of teams, but Ukraine has a full match point over the nearest competitors while France only has a half point over Azerbaijan. We bring you the report of round 6 while Alina l'Ami shows us what they did during the free day.
11/14/2013 – Draws in chess are inevitable when two players exhaust all possible winning chances, and neither blundered nor made mistakes that were that easily exploitable. Draws come in all shapes and forms, some to secure the paycheck at the end of a tournament, and some the just result of an all-out battle that neither player managed to win. Here is a look at the nature of draws with video analysis by Tryfon Gavriel.
11/14/2013 – France has kept the lead as they drew an important match against Hungary. The immediate suitors are now Azerbaijan, Greece and Georgia. In the women's section a solo leader has finally emerged. Muzychuk, Lagno and Ushenina are having a spectacular event and they helped the Ukrainian team annihilate Poland. Although there are many rounds left, it seems hard to stop them. Round five report.
11/14/2013 – The World Chess Championship is a winner-take-all format which very often does not pit the world's best players against each other. It is, according to Matt Gaffney, writing in Slate Magazine, an unsatisfactory benchmark of chess skill and should be replaced by four big Grand Slam tournaments every year, just like in tennis. And Magnus Carlsen is the man to do it. Food for thought.
11/13/2013 – With everything going right for the defending World Champion, it seemed that it was up to Carlsen to create something and prove that his game was up to par. And today he did exactly that. A slip from Anand allowed Carlsen to snatch a "poisoned pawn", but precise calculation allowed him to keep it and put the pressure on. Anand survived, through cunning and perseverance.
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