Who will win the match?

11/13/2014 – The match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand is getting exciting. Four of twelve games are played, in the first two Carlsen dominated, but in game three Anand inflicted the first loss in a World Championship match on Carlsen. The fourth game was an unspectacular, hard-fought draw. Today's a rest day. A good opportunity to predict who will win the match.

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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:

Moscow (Russia)   3:00:00 PM MSK UTC+3 hours
New York (U.S.A. - New York)   7:00:00 AM EST UTC-5 hours
Paris (France)   1:00:00 PM CET UTC+1 hour
Beijing (China - Beijing Municipality)   8:00:00 PM CST UTC+8 hours


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Our team of commentators will analyse and comment the games of the match live on the playchess.com server. In four languages: English, German, French, and Spanish.


Saturday 08.11.2014 Round 1 Daniel King, Parimarjan Negi
Sunday 09.11.2014 Round 2 Simon Williams, Nicholas Pert
Monday 10.11.2014 Rest day  
Tuesday 11.11.2014 Round 3 Daniel King, Loek van Wely
Wednesday 12.11.2014 Round 4 Daniel King, Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Thursday 13.11.2014 Rest day  
Friday 14.11.2014 Round 5 Simon Williams, Irina Krush
Saturday 15.11.2014 Round 6 Daniel King, Yannick Pelletier
Sunday 16.11.2014 Rest day  
Monday 17.11.2014 Round 7 Simon Williams, Loek van Wely
Tuesday 18.11.2014 Round 8 Daniel King, Loek van Wely
Wednesday 19.11.2014 Rest day  
Thursday 20.11.2014 Round 9 Simon Williams, Irina Krush
Friday 21.11.2014 Round 10 Daniel King, Simon Williams
Saturday 22.11.2014 Rest day  
Sunday 23.11.2014 Round 11 Chris Ward, Parimarjan Negi
Monday 24.11.201 4 Rest day  
Tuesday 25.11.2014 Round 12 Simon Williams, Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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Our team of World Championship commentators (English)

Irina Krush: The female in the commentator team, several times US Women's Champion.
Daniel King: Well known, popular, experienced, and very good. Author of many Fritztrainer DVDs

Simon Williams: Englisher grandmaster, author of two popular ChessBase King's Gambit DVDs.
Chris Ward: Dragon expert and chess commentator at the London Chess Classic.

Nicholas Pert: Grandmaster, trainer, and author of a number of excellent Fritztrainer DVDs.
Loek van Wely: Several times Dutch champion and quick-witted chess commentator.

Parimarjan Negi: Once the world's youngest grandmaster, author of books and DVDs.
Rustam Kasimdzhanov: The FIDE-World Champion 2004, former second for Vishy Anand

Live commentary on Playchess is also available in other languages:


  • Klaus Bischoff: German Champion and Anchor of the German chess commentary on Playchess
  • Oliver Reeh: Also known as "Tactics Reeh" for his regular column in the ChessBase magazine and the ChessBase website
  • Dr. Karsten Müller: Graduated mathematician and chess grandmaster. His works on the endgame changed endgame training completely.
  • Thomas Luther: Several times German champion. Active in the FIDE commission for the handicapped.
  • Merijn van Delft: From the Dutch dynasty of the van Delfts. Lives in Hambug and in Holland.
  • Yannick Pelletier: Several times Swiss champion. With a linguistic gift he can provide commentary in a number of languages.
  • Markus Ragger: Grandmaster and Austria's number one.
  • Harald Schneider-Zinner: Chess trainer and moderator of ChessBase TV Austria.


  • Christian Bauer: Grandmaster, several time French Champion and member of the French national team.
  • Fabien Libiszewski: International Master and member of the French national team.
  • Romain Edouard: Grandmaster, European Junior Champion and Vice-World Junior Champion, member of the French national team.
  • Sebastien Mazé: Grandmaster and French national coaach


  • Ana Matnadze, Marc Narcisco, Sergio Estremera


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The Bear The Bear 11/14/2014 11:29
Worth mentioning, We've got a brand new Anand this time around!
Carlsen can only win if he stop complicating the position in a way that result the position to be complicated to himself.
zedsdeadbaby zedsdeadbaby 11/14/2014 09:15
I was expecting articles when I clicked on the link, instead it was a poll. Looks like I think Vishy is going to win - I did not know this :)
pantheracorbetti pantheracorbetti 11/14/2014 07:54
@ Camembert

Fischer was right. The first quality to be good at chess is memory. Also,

• “A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will is required to become a great Chess player” (Bobby Fischer)
• “Chess is the art of analysis” (Mikhail Botvinnik)
• “Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation” (Max Euwe)
• “I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves” (Bobby Fischer)
• “Could we look into the head of a Chess player, we should see there a whole world of feelings, images, ideas, emotion and passion” (Alfred Binet)
• “During a Chess competition a Chessmaster should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk” (Alexander Alekhine)
• “Chess is as much a mystery as women” (Purdy)
• “Chess is everything: art, science and sport” (Anatoly Karpov)
• “Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic” (Mikhail Botvinnik)
• “Not all artists are Chess players, but all Chess players are artists” (Marcel Duchamp)

And finally…

• “Those who say they understand Chess, understand nothing” (Robert Hubner)

As you can see, chess is not just about memory and grandmasters are not just parrots. There is much more to it than having a strong memory. Chess is mathematics, analytics, logic, art, science, psychology, exercise, emotion, imagination and many other things (I’m not saying it, but the ones who are qualified to say so). If it was just a game of parroting with the help of computers, then any individual with a good memory would be replacing Anand or Carlsen at Sochi, isn’t’ it? Do you think that Kramnik, Caruana, Topalov, Aronian, Karjakin and such players don’t have good memory or don’t use computers that they couldn’t make it to Sochi? Chess is not just a game of parroting my friend. And top players are not just parrots. Let’s give them the respect they deserve. And let's enjoy their games coz that's the best we can do!
bronkenstein bronkenstein 11/14/2014 07:01
Vishy will win the match even before the tiebreak, in fact the match might even last only 9 or 10 games if he continues to play brilliantly as he did in his crushing victory over the young champ - at least that is what I hope for. I will be patiently waiting for Kasparov´s tweets in that case =)

PS just a little remark on Carlsen´s supposed ˝domination˝ in game 1 - for whatever reason people (including journalists and, strangely, even GMs) like to put an accent on the final phase of that game, forgetting that Vishy had promising position in the beginning.
Had he not misplayed his advantage (and it seems that he wanted more than just a microplus) he could even comfortably push for victory, and with reasonable winning chances according to GM Pavel Maletin, who took few days (!) to do quite extensive analysis of that game (available on the site of Russian chess federation, only on Russian thou).

Shortly, IMO the word ˝domination˝ is quite inappropriate and misleading (even somewhat populistic), or - at best - onesided, if used to describe the content of the first game.
Rinzou Wilkerson Rinzou Wilkerson 11/14/2014 04:53
Carlsen the Magnusifent!
thlai80 thlai80 11/14/2014 03:46
Anand made the mistake by taking Carlsen as his junior and revealed everything about his team of seconds during the 1st match, while Carlsen then choosed to keep it secret.

Anand major trump this time around is his secretive seconds. Remember when Kramnik, Kasparov and Carlsen himself helped Anand during his match vs Topalov ... I believe at least Kramnik is behind helping. Especially interesting is Anand managed to obtain good fighting position right after the opening rather than the dry games during the 1st edition.
samvils samvils 11/14/2014 03:40
i like this match no one can tell who will win,,,this is more exciting than the previous match,,,
cptmajormajor cptmajormajor 11/13/2014 11:25
Computers being the death of chess. Laughable.
Its a very exciting time to be a chess fan.
Only thing changed now is that everyone is an expert during the game about who is winning and what the players should have done because they sitting with a 3300 + computer telling them so. Before this, very few other than the champions at the board ,knew the story of the battle.
I'm hoping for a Magnus win.
Balthus Balthus 11/13/2014 11:21
Bostonian, who are you? Some sort of an Oracle? If you just look at 2-2, surely, it seems very similar to the previous match, where Carlsen drew first blood after this stage. But this time around, two very important psychological factors benefit Anand: (1) he has come back from -1 to level, which is emotionally central; (2) he has beaten Carlsen for the first time in so many years, and the first ever time in World Championship matches. That sure qualifies as a significant breakthrough. On Monday, I had no fears for Carlsen. Now I see a match that has opened up wide. I would estimate chances at 50-50% now. Friday will answer many questions.
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 11/13/2014 10:38
Lovers of good chess will emerge victorious!....hopefully
Camembert Camembert 11/13/2014 06:44
Lol !
Who will win ? the Tiger or the Python/Boa ?
None of both, but the Parrot !

With all these home-prep, computer prep, it's just a question how good a parrot you can be.
Fischer said it in a famous interview, first quality to be good at chess is MEMORY.
Fischer said also " With the coming of computers, Chess is dead and it's only about books".

The game won by Anand was just a remake of the game Aronian-Adams Bilbao, 9/10/2013, where
Carlsen forgot at the 23rd move, that he should take back the pawn with the pawn and not the rook as any engines underlines it.
(I heard also it was a replica of the game Tomachevsky-Riazantsev, but couldn't find it, anyone has any info ?)

May the best Parrot win !
Felixtiza Felixtiza 11/13/2014 06:37
The one who scores the best... or not?
H B H B 11/13/2014 06:18
Anand will win!
hpaul hpaul 11/13/2014 06:08
Hm... The poll results so far seem to suggest that there are more Indians than Norwegians. I suspected that all along.
karavamudan karavamudan 11/13/2014 04:42
Simple - Carlsen will win. But it will be closer this time. Anand should avoid time trouble, Berlin, passive

play and loss of self confidence
begamot begamot 11/13/2014 03:48
Carlsen seems agitated and tired. It could be a personal or physical issue, or, it could be his dislike for the Sochi site. He did not want to play there and it shows. Of course, he is still the favorite, as he is 20yrs younger and the match will become an endurance contest. He will drag every game out to wear down his opponent, just as he does in all his games, no surprise here. And I believe he will triumph. But, my heart is with Anand.
Bostonian Bostonian 11/13/2014 03:34
Pointless article. All the predictions have been done already before the match started. The match is still evenly tied after 4 games so predictions don't change much. The statistical favorite remains the favorite and the challenger remains the dark horse. The tide is still even.
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 11/13/2014 03:07
one who displays steely nerves/determination ; makes less mistakes and has a bit of champion's luck is going to become the world champion! it can be both the MAGNIFICENT CHAMPION OR THE VICTORIOUS ACE!!!!
Anandkumar Anandkumar 11/13/2014 01:44
Expected an article with opinions of some experts. Instead, its a poll. I think Chessbase can improve its coverage of the WC match