Sochi G11: In dramatic finale, Carlsen retains title

11/23/2014 – The game was all the fans could hope with dramatic play throughout. Vishy Anand played the Berlin to groans but after a critical 23...b5! the situation looked very promising. Whether due to nerves or fatigue, he followed this up with a dubious plan that gave up the exchange with no obvious counterplay. This was the death knell as Magnus Carlsen capitalized. Full report.

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FIDE World Chess Championship Carlsen-Anand 2014

The FIDE World Chess Championship match between defending champion Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Viswanathan Anand is taking place from November 7 to 27, 2014 in Olympic Media Center located in the Adler City District of Sochi, Imeretinsky Valley, on the Black Sea.

The match is over twelve games, with time controls of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. The games start at 3:00 p.m. Sochi Time, which is the same as Moscow time:

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Round Eleven

The game started with a predictable opening: a YABB (yet another boring Berlin). However things took a turn for the better for Anand, and very soon after, for the worse! A brilliant pawn push with 23...b5!! didn't quite put Carlsen against the ropes, but it signaled that Black had his own attacking chances!

A packed room with GM Negi Parimarjan, Chris Ward and Rustam Kasimdzhanov doing
commentary while Garry Kasparov shows up to see the action live on

Svidler and Nepomniachtchi commenting on the game when suddenly...

Magnus after Anand's exchange sacrifice and 29.Nh5, realizing he is now better

The problem was that Anand grossly overestimated his position. The follow-up exchange sacrifice on b4 was, to put it simply, overly optimistic and Carlsen gladly gobbled the offering. Black's position was unable to support the passed pawn, and all Carlsen needed to do was reduce material to put Anand in grave danger.

White's play after being up the exchange was precise and accurate, not afraid of calculating variations and finding 'only' moves to retain a decisive advantage. At the end, the Challenger's position could not hold together any more and Carlsen emerged as the defending World Champion!

Daniel King shows the highlights of game 11

[Event "World Chess Championship 2014"] [Site "Sochi"] [Date "2014.11.23"] [Round "11"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "*"] [WhiteElo "2863"] [BlackElo "2792"] [Annotator "Robot 8"] [PlyCount "89"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "RUS"] 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. Nc3 h6 11. b3 Kc8 12. Bb2 c5 (12... b6 13. Rad1 Ne7 14. Rfe1 c5 {was eventually a draw in Anand-Nakamura, 2010.}) 13. Rad1 b6 14. Rfe1 {Played after a ten minute think. It's possible that Carlsen was not entirely familiar with this position specifically and already started to figure out how to place his pieces.} (14. Nd5 a5 15. Nd2 Ne7 16. Ne3 { Kokarev-Leko in the Russian team championship earlier this year. The game was drawn without much happening.}) 14... Be6 15. Nd5 g5 $5 {An interesting approach. This move severely weakens f6, but Anand claims that he can live with a knight there. On the other hand, on g5 Black protects f4, essentially cutting off reinforcements to the e5 pawn in the future. Also the pawn majority has been successfully halted.} 16. c4 Kb7 17. Kh2 a5 18. a4 Ne7 19. g4 Ng6 {So far Anand has played a very nice Berlin. His position is good, but of course White's central domination and extra space allow him to be at least equal.} 20. Kg3 Be7 21. Nd2 Rhd8 22. Ne4 Bf8 23. Nef6 b5 $3 {A bomb shell! This incredibly unexpected move comes with beautiful timing. The pawn cannot be taken or White already risks standing worse.} 24. Bc3 {The strongest idea for White is to ignore the pawn, but now Black's position is quite strong.} ( 24. axb5 a4 25. bxa4 Rxa4 {allows Black to attack the weak c4 pawn and gives him control (for now) of the open a-file. Black is already better and it is not clear how White will hold his position together. For example:} 26. Rc1 Nf4 $1 27. Nxf4 $6 gxf4+ 28. Kxf4 Rd2 $1 $17) (24. cxb5 c6 $1 25. bxc6+ Kxc6 {and now it is White's b3 pawn that is a big issue. The knight on d5 is destabilized which means it must retreat, exposing the weakness on b3.} 26. Ne3 Bxb3 $19) 24... bxa4 25. bxa4 Kc6 26. Kf3 Rdb8 $6 {Played after a 22 minute think. This idea of playing Rdb8 is not bad per se, but its follow-up is not nearly as good.} 27. Ke4 Rb4 {Black sacrifices the exchange, obtaining the pair of bishops, a passed pawn, and fixing his structure on the queenside. Overall he has good chances of obtaining compensation, but not for the full exchange unfortunately.} (27... Rb3 28. Rb1 Rab8 29. Rxb3 Rxb3 30. Rc1 {is playable for both sides, though White does have some annoying pressure against a5.}) 28. Bxb4 cxb4 (28... axb4 $1 {If Black wanted to sacrifice the exchange, he absolutely had to back it up with activity. The only way of doing so was activating his rook on a8.}) 29. Nh5 {The main issue for Black is that his position is still very solid, but it does not have an active way of making progress. If White keeps trading, and trading, and trading, eventually the extra exchange will just be an extra exchange.} Kb7 30. f4 gxf4 (30... Bd7 $1 { Was an interesting resource, but White would have an ace up his sleeve.} 31. f5 Bxa4 32. fxg6 fxg6 33. Nhf6 Bc2+ 34. Kd4 Bxd1 35. Rxd1 c6 36. Nd7 $1 {And ignoring the pawn attack no d5 grants White a huge initiative and two monster passed pawns.}) 31. Nhxf4 Nxf4 $6 {This only helps White.} (31... c6 32. Nxg6 fxg6 33. Nf4 Bxc4 34. Nxg6 Bc5 {was rather bad, but better than the game continuation.}) 32. Nxf4 Bxc4 33. Rd7 $1 {The activity of the rook is starting to make itself felt. Black cannot dislodge this intruder.} Ra6 (33... Kc6 34. Rd4 $1 Ba2 35. Rc1+ Kb7 36. Rd7 {only makes things worse. For example:} Rc8 37. Nd5 b3 38. Nc3 $1 b2 39. Nxa2 bxc1=Q 40. Nxc1 {and Black's position is simply falling apart, starting by the f7 pawn.}) 34. Nd5 Rc6 35. Rxf7 Bc5 {The material difference is too big. Anand is clawing for activity, but White's next stroke ends it.} 36. Rxc7+ $1 Rxc7 37. Nxc7 Kc6 (37... b3 38. Nd5 b2 39. e6 {and the powerful pawn on b2 is not going anywhere.}) (37... Kxc7 38. Rc1 { instantly loses.} b3 39. Rxc4 b2 40. Rxc5+ {and Rb5 next, right on time.}) 38. Nb5 $1 Bxb5 39. axb5+ Kxb5 40. e6 b3 41. Kd3 Be7 42. h4 a4 43. g5 hxg5 44. hxg5 a3 45. Kc3 {The last accurate move, and now Black cannot hold his pawns together anymore.} (45. g6 a2 46. g7 $4 b2 $11) *

Anand started to realize his position was not good after sacrificing the exchange

Stockfish sees mate, as does Komodo, which has a quaint way of showing it (+250)

Game, match and title: a subdued Anand in the press conference.
When asked if he considered retiring after this loss, his answer was a firm "no".

Chief press officer Anastasiyia Karlovich,
who did an incredible job throughout the event

"I feel happy and relieved" the defending World Champion: Magnus Carlsen!

We will be bringing you a full coverage of the press conference and the player's reactions to the match in a future report.


M. Carlsen 2863
V. Anand 2792

Summary of round eleven for Indian readers by Niklesh Jain

कार्लसन जीते !! फिर बने विश्व शतरंज विजेता !!

मुझे आज समझ नहीं आ रहा की किस तरह इस मैच के बारे में आपको बताऊँ । सबसे पहले तो युवा मेगनस कार्लसन को पुनः विश्व विजेता बनने के लिए बहुत बहुत बधाई । वो शायद पहले ऐसे विश्व विजेता जो अपने खेल से सामने वाले को परास्त नहीं करते बल्कि अपने असाधारण अचूक खेल से सामने वाले को कोई मौका ही नहीं देते उन्हे परास्त करने का और फिर सामने वाला खुद ही गल्तियाँ करना शुरू करता है और कार्लसन मशीनों की तरह उसकी गलती को उसे दंड दे देते है । आनंद आज शानदार खेले और फिर अचानक समय के दवाब में गलत चालें चलते चले गए । शायद इस महान खिलाड़ी पर उम्र का प्रभाव अब दिखने लगा है । पाँच बार के विश्व चैम्पियन यकीनन अभी भी दुनिया के सबसे बेहतरीन खिलाड़ियों में से एक है पर विश्व चैम्पियन के हकदार अब मेगनस उनसे भी ज्यादा है ये अब उन्हे मानना ही होगा । क्यूंकी आनंद हर बार इस प्रतियोगिता में दवाब के क्षणो में बिखरते नजर आए है । पर हाँ आनंद की पिछले बार की हार से लेकर इस विश्व चैंपियनशिप के अंतिम मैच तक उन्होने एक बात हमेशा के लिए साबित कर दी की इंसान को कभी हार नहीं माननी चाहिए वो वाकई एक शेर की तरह लड़े । उन्हे अपने इस शानदार प्रयास के लिए और उनके इस जज्बे के लिए सलाम । खेल एक बार फिर बर्लिन ओपनिंग में खेला गया और आनंद ने आज अपनी तैयारी और शानदार चालो के मिश्रण से खेल को एक ऐसे स्थान पर ला दिया था जंहा से वो बहुत मजबूत नजर आ रहे थे और उनका हारना तो लगभग असंभव ही लग रहा था पर अचानक 23 चाल पर कार्लसन की एक थोड़ी कमजोर चाल के जबाब में आनंद ने जैसे ही b5 जैसी शानदार चाल चली अचानक खेल में एक चमक आ गयी पूरी दुनिया के बड़े दिग्गज खेल के विशेषज्ञ इसे अपने अपने हिसाब से आकलन करने लगे आनंद ने कुछ बहुत बेहतरीन चालों के मिश्रण से कुछ देर के लिए लोगो को उनकी जीत के बारे में भी सोचने का मौका भी दिया। ट्वीटर पर तो जैसे बड़े ग्रांड मास्टरों के ट्वीट की बाढ़ सी आ गयी थी और होती भी क्यूँ न बात विश्व विजेता के तय होने की जो थी । पर इसके बाद अचानक आनंद जब Be7 चल कर कार्लसन को और दवाब में ल सकते थे उन्होने अचानक बहुत सोच कर अपने हाथी को कार्लसन के ऊंट के बदले कुर्बान करने का ऐसा निर्णय लिया जो शायद किसी और के लिए तो शायद काम कर भी देता पर कार्लसन के खिलाफ ये उनकी सबसे बड़ी और आखिरी गलती साबित हुई ।मै शायद आज आनंद की जीत के बारे में लिखकर गर्व महसूस करता पर यकीन मानिए आनंद भी अपनी बादशाहत को इस नए युवा अभेद योद्धा के हाथो सौंपकर आज नहीं तो कल संतुष्ट जरूर होंगे ।आनंद को भी उनके आने वाले समय ओर कार्यो के लिए शुभकामनाए भारत को आप पर गर्व है और हमेशा रहेगा ।कार्लसन को जीत की पुनः बहुत बहुत बधाई दोनों खिलाड़ी जमकर खेले और शतरंज दुनियाँ भर में और प्रसिद्ध हुई इससे ज्यादा एक शतरंज प्रेमी को क्या चाहिए ।

उम्मीद है आपको हिन्दी के लेख पसंद आए होंगे ....

आपका निकलेश जैन

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nginX nginX 11/25/2014 08:05
Q: who will be GM Carlsen

next 2016 World Chess Championship

Opponent ?

Answer: please vote...
thlai80 thlai80 11/25/2014 03:53
cptmajormajor, Nakamura perhaps would be confident but he rarely beat Carlsen at all. Carlsen seems to be a boogie player to Nakamura. From classical games record, out of 27 games, Carlsen won 11, drew 16, Nakamura won 0!! If Carlsen would play a match with Nakamura, it is almost certain Nakamura would fair much worse than Anand. We would need Kramnik at his best to give Carlsen a run for his money.
cptmajormajor cptmajormajor 11/25/2014 03:10
Strongest player won while not playing his strongest chess I guess. If you are Fabiano Caruana or Levon or perhaps Naka... you watch this match gaining confidence I suspect. But lets not forget Anands quality in reaching this match when many suggested he withdraw from candidates. Carlsen's win shows his pedigree but at same time gives hope to the chasers. It is an exciting time for chess.
Mindhunterr Mindhunterr 11/24/2014 07:29
Really terrible strategy by Anand in Game 11. He should have held the draw and played all out with white in the final game. The way he lost this last game was, quite frankly, pathetic, going from a position of strength to a clearly lost position. Even in the press conference he said he had evaluated Rb3 as being roughly equal with no risks, so why didn't he go for that?? I will never forgive him for this unnecessary loss. The only thing more stupid yesterday was that retarded reporter asking if Anand would now retire. Spastic.
htd2013 htd2013 11/24/2014 12:23
I feel there should have been at least 16 or 20 games to decide World championship title.
Anand played better than last year. Carlsen's first win was excellent, so was Anand's.
htd2013 htd2013 11/24/2014 12:18
"Camembert 11/23/2014 07:45

Chessbase, can you let us know the name of the artist who design the WCC logo ?
This head turning is really outstanding ! "

Well, I too wanted to know who designed the logo, it is really amazing. I took the print and stuck it in my office cubicle.
mssrclever mssrclever 11/24/2014 11:58
I have no idea why Anand didn't play ...axb4, or 26...Be7, which was rather obvious. Also I was surprised at Anand's opening choice since the Berlin is rather drawish and also considering the match situation. It would have been great to see a Classical French(1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6).
Camembert Camembert 11/24/2014 11:53
I picked up this quote on "The India Times", it's funny !

"To be quite honest, Anand never was and never will be an worthy opponent for Carlen's wizardry. I love to see Carlsen's confidence, just unmatched. Anand in contrast looked quite timid. Some people describe carlsen as arrogant but his arrogance is not without a resason. May be we are so used to seeing a sub standard and frightened tendulkar wearing a gentleman mask to hide his incompetency that whosoever shows confidence and spark seems arrogant to us. Ponting was arrogant, Lehman was arrogant, warne was arrogant and the list is just endless."
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kamamura kamamura 11/24/2014 11:49
Leporello - there were heaps of spectacullar tactics, just not on the board, only in the minds of the players.

Quality of a game cannot be judged by the amount of flashy tactics.
daftarche daftarche 11/24/2014 11:00
i m tired of some people blathering what if anand had capitalized on magnus blunder in game 6. what if magnus had not made that mistake? player with less mistakes win games. magnus outplayed anand in game 6. get over it.
ashperov ashperov 11/24/2014 10:11
No Disrespect to Anand, he is a fabulous competitor and amoung the best in the world still. How easy could the situation have changed if he had won and led the game he should have? Carlsens Nerves were better, but his chess was not clean (as has been reported). But it didnt need to be. If Anand, who is ailing admittingly won the title, it would make him champ to atleast 2016. This is why i say no disrespect to Anand, but it was important for Carlsen to win. And i hope that somone can rise to the level with the appropriate nerves in the next 2 years to give us the match of a lifetime. Something reminicent of Capa Alekhine, Kasparov Karpov. that level of epicness is what we need.
Leporello Leporello 11/24/2014 09:44
Hello! Anybody out there? How weak was those games? I have not seen any with outstanding tactics. Shame on this event organised at the location that probably contributed to both players not feeling at ease. ...
jcaleb jcaleb 11/24/2014 08:49
I am a Carlsen fan, but I still think Anand can defeat Carlsen. He is a lot different now compared to last year.
wmsmitty wmsmitty 11/24/2014 06:41
Congrats to Carlsen on retaining his title; but admittedly, this was a very boring series full of blunders on each side and poor preparation.
karavamudan karavamudan 11/24/2014 05:22
While feeling sorry for Anand let us hail the World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Unlike some of his great predecessors he does not indulge in gamesmanship, petty squabbles and unnecesary criticism. He minds his chess business and is good at it. Everything else appears to bore him.

The fact that Garry this time did not put down Anand'game either means he was good or Carlsen equally bad or a bit of both.
genem genem 11/24/2014 04:32
In the long run, the most memorable thing about this match will be Carlsen's Rd2? in game 6. We will always wonder - "What if Anand had noticed the blunder, and had led the match 3.5 - 2.5?"

On ChessPub 'ReneDescartes' noted that:
Since 1900, only Kasparov and Karpov have won rematches with their most recent match opponent;
Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, and Petrosian all lost.
It's clearly not an easy thing to win a rematch, ...
jidzior jidzior 11/24/2014 02:21
With the possible exception to Euwe and Kramnik usually the best wins. So, Congratulations to Magnus!
thlai80 thlai80 11/24/2014 02:17
Unfortunately, this world championship is again defined by Anand and his errors. Carlsen had yet to either meet a worthy challenger or play an exceptional game that can be remembered for many years to come after two world championships. In past world championships, there were exceptional and surprising moves by the winner that defined the match. The last example being Anand trapping Gelfand's queen in his comeback game #8 with the move 17.Qf2. There were many more memories for example in Anand vs Kramnik, Kramnik vs Topalov, even Kramnik vs Kasparov with the re-introduction of Berlin, Kasparov vs Anand in 95 with his demolition in game #9 and so on.
Camembert Camembert 11/24/2014 12:04
As age increases, grey matter decreases (and alas also "Staying Power" too, ask any middle aged married woman...)
Congrats to both Magnus and Vishy and whish better luck to Anand next time.
MM0621 MM0621 11/23/2014 11:13
Congratulations Peter Heine Nielsen!! Maybe Anand can outprepare Carlsen but he can never outprepare you.
vietlion vietlion 11/23/2014 10:39
Today is a sad day for chess veterans like me
Omoplata Omoplata 11/23/2014 10:08
Congrats to Carlsen, and kudos to Anand for making a good fight of it this time.

It'll feel strange if the next match doesn't include Anand as world championship matches have almost become synonymous with Anand. He did a great job of completely unifying the world championship post-Kasparov by asserting his superiority over Topalov and Kramnik in matches, and I hope he has some good results in tournaments in the next couple of years.
molgate molgate 11/23/2014 10:04
Congrats to both players, at some point i really didn't know who to support. but i can say they both played really good chess and exciting match, although i always thought certain things Carlsen just has an edge that will takes Anand ages to figure out if he will still be playing at proffesional level, still on that note though i will say this to those who say maybe Anand should retire, foor what good reason should he retire? Chess is a mind game and as long as you still play good chess i don't see why you should retired even if you are 90! just because in other sporting codes people retire at certain ages or because previous chess players retired at certain ages is not reason enough according to me. I really like Carlsen style of play and it would be interesting to see him with another one whom i also like style of play like Caruana, his isnstictive chess is up a notch and my man Carlsen should really up his game.

Let me analyse game 11 in a general sense for a bit, i hink Anand stook a much better chance of winning if he had played for a d3 square, i am sure if Carlsen had black poeces he woiuld have played for eventually placing his night on d3 which seemed kind of forces especially around move 20 then head for an advantaged end game, i haven't used computer on this but that's was my feeling about the position while watching live.
darideka darideka 11/23/2014 09:02
i am sorry that the match last only 12 games.who wouldnt like a 16 games match for example?
TMM TMM 11/23/2014 08:44
"Magnus' reaction to b5!!" - In the photo there's a black pawn on b4 (rather than b5), so that position must have been after the exchange sacrifice, and certainly not just after Anand played 23... b5.
Bill Alg Bill Alg 11/23/2014 08:05
In 2004 Kramnik was trailing Leko by one point before the next-to-last game. Kramnik was Black and pressed for victory very hard, but Leko saved it miraculously. But Kramnik was white in the last game and managed to win on demand. Maybe the previous game had played a role psychologically for the result of the last game, because Leko did not play confidently there. The same could have happened here if Anand just had just made a draw from a superior endgame.
libyantiger libyantiger 11/23/2014 08:03
anand started the championship cold blooded then carlsen push him into his bad nerve

for anand chess is game for carlsen chess is a war ..anand must have considered this

it is really difficult to play a war with a cold nerve but it is the only way for him to get good results

IF BY MIRACLE ANNAD PLAY CARLSEN AGAIN i advice him to provide new plans new ideas studied lines tricky ideas
to play for the BLOOD for wins not draws

looking forward for caruana to BEAT CARLSEN

Jrcasablanca Jrcasablanca 11/23/2014 07:50
Congratulations to Anand for giving a firm NO to retiring, he can still earn good money from playing chess and maybe now he might be freer to write books or make videos. Kasparov has pleased many chess players with his Books and given chess fans like me a chance to meet him at book signings and lectures it would be great if the amiable Anand could do the same.
bronkenstein bronkenstein 11/23/2014 07:50
Congratulations to the new old champion, and also to the vice-champ. I prefer this finale to two ˝safe˝ draws in 11th and 12th, Tiger went down fighting in a game that was, until the unfortunate exchange sac, excellently conducted by black. Who knows, they might meet again? =)
shat14 shat14 11/23/2014 07:46
The picture of Carlsen saying "his reaction to b5!!" can't be correct. Judging by queenside pawns and black's passed pawns and white's remaining two pawns, it could be a moment like 28... cxb4. Showing Carlsen's relief should be a better description for it.
Camembert Camembert 11/23/2014 07:45
Chessbase, can you let us know the name of the artist who design the WCC logo ?
This head turning is really outstanding !
Eric83 Eric83 11/23/2014 06:54
Real sad for Anand but age counts to bear pressure and mentally recover from previous games. Psychologically too, I had the impression Carlsen always considered himself as the winner and Anand as the outsider. Also have to ponder how the blunder in game 6 and the missed chances in game 10 impacted on him.
In conclusion, Anand was a great player but has now decreased to a very good player. He's not the only one : look at the poor result for a genius like him Ivanchuk has in Ukraine Ch, look at Kramnik's ups and downs recently.
This match makes so obvious that at such level, energy is far more important than chess skills. After all, Carlsen came just once out of the opening with some advantage and he almost threw it away with a blunder...
We were taught that with age, the growth of wisdom compensates for the lack of energy. This match proves it wrong,

An old man, a bit older than Vishy even ... who respectfully bows before him
chess2014s chess2014s 11/23/2014 06:27
Anand did not have good strategy for today's match. He could have saved this risk for last game, in which he would have advantage of playing with white. However, this world championship match was evenly balanced. Carlsen won match not due to his brilliance but due to oversight by Anand's mistakes. Well played Anand, he remains one of the best ever produced by Game.
tacticachess tacticachess 11/23/2014 06:24
It appears that Anand played into Carlsen's Element by choosing the Berlin.

In the past the world champions like Lasker and Tal used select the openings/moves to discourage

their opponents and even got good results. The same we should have seen in this match also.

There is much truth in the word calicification in chess.

The history of the game as a process of calcification of the champion,
eventually leading to the loss of the WCC title in favor of the new champion
who brings a new way of thinking to the board.
(My Great Predecessors/Garry Kasparov).

Chess world should wait for decades to see Carlsenification !

Congratulations to the World Champion Magnus Carlsen
sad sorry to Vishy Anand : The King of Chess for ever !
chess2014s chess2014s 11/23/2014 06:22
Anand's strategy was not good. He could have taken risk in next game
luishon luishon 11/23/2014 06:20
I like Caruana to be the next challenger for the FWCC
it is just matter of wait and see
we need new blood willing to not play for draws
Bobby Fisher killed that Idea and Gary Kasparov, and Vladimir Kramnik,
now know very well that that it is a no way to win a chess world championship
VVI VVI 11/23/2014 06:06
Sad day for Anand fans. Anand blundering game 11 was totally unwarranted for.

It would have been better for Anand to lose the championship 6.5- 5.5 ( draws in the last 2 games ).

The game 11 was pretty balanced for most part and in fact black started developing an advantage. What was the need to gamble and throw it away? Poor nerves.

It was no brainer to us fans that Magnus would have severe physiological problems to play game 12. He even admitted that in the press conference.
Anand`s bunch of seconds should have advised him better on the match strategy.
joseknight joseknight 11/23/2014 05:52
Sad to see Anand gifting this game to Carlsen. May be there was no win for him today. But he could have drawn and pushed Carlsen in the next game with white.
Captain Picard Captain Picard 11/23/2014 05:41
Congrats to King Magnus! Kd2, a4, and Rb4 are moves that will live in chess legend forever. Thanks to both players for an entertaining and fighting match!
karavamudan karavamudan 11/23/2014 05:39
Well Carlsen did win emphatically by +2 in a manner befitting of the World Champion with about +70 ELO rating.

It is a clean victory wiping the earlier blunder ridden one. Most of the matches were quite exciting to watch.

Next time, I hope to see a Younger Opponent challenging Carlsen. Anand getting into time trouble and

losing is unbearable to watch.