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Viswanathan Anand qualifies for 2014 FIDE World Championship Match

Viswanathan Anand will have another shot at the World Chess Championship title after winning the Candidates Tournament 2014 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

In round 13 Anand held a draw against Sergey Karjakin to take his score to 8 points and secure clear first place with one round to go.

Anand is set to play a match with World Champion Magnus Carlsen in November. The hosting city should be announced soon.

In the other games Dmitry Andreikin defeated Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik won against Veselin Topalov. Peter Svidler and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov split the point.

Anand is first with 8 points, point and a half ahead of the large group of players on shared second place – Andreikin, Kramnik, Aronian, Mamedyarov and Karjakin. Svidler is 7th with 6 points, while Topalov is last with 5,5 points.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov remained consistent and chose once again the Sicilian Naidorf. Peter Svidler answered with 6.Be3, the line in which he has huge practical experience.

The first critical junction was on move 16 when black played Nd4 instead of Grischuk’s Nce5. Next he offered exchange of the queens.

More pieces were traded soon and a rook endgame was reached around move 25. Black had the doubled f-pawns.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen tuned into live commentary with GM Peter Heine Nielsen and said that white can keep pressing for a long time without any risk.

Svidler tried for something more until the time control, but then he agreed to a draw.

Levon Aronian played another very original opening, defending against the Trompowski employed by Dmitry Andreikin.

After only ten moves of play black’s pawn structure looked awful, but he still tried to stir trouble on white’s long castle and advanced pawns.

White decided to trade the queens and go into a roughly equal endgame. He offered an exchange for advanced passed pawn, but black snubbed the offer because the eventual result was likely to be a draw. Aronian needed a win to stay in contention for the first place.

Andreikin skillfully took advantage of the poor placement of black bishop to win a pawn and proceed to the double rook ending. He converted into full point on move 44.

Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov tested the Semi-Slav Moscow variation. Again Topalov was first to insert a new move, by playing the speculative 10…c5.

Kramnik cemented the development advantage with an excellent 14.Bb5, which prevents black knight from coming into play.  Magnus Carlsen also praised this move in his live commentary.

Black somehow untangled his pieces but white already had the action going on the kingside. However, after a couple of inaccurate moves, white lost all of his advantage and even started looking suspicious because black had the pair of bishops.

The resulting endgame was sharp and unclear. It was extremely difficult to find the most precise moves – only deeper analysis can tell.

Topalov was the last to make a mistake, when he allowed white rook to reach the back rank and claim a bishop. Kramnik quickly wrapped up the game.

Sergey Karjakin was fully charged to fight in the game versus Viswanathan Anand, having in mind that only a victory would have given him the chance to win the first place and match against the World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

White played a modest yet flexible setup with fianchetto on b2. Black replied with the principled strike in the center c5, but was soon left with a backward c6-pawn.

Karjakin won this pawn but the queens got exchanged and it looked like black had a good compensation for the material. Anand’s idea to trade the light-squared bishops with 17…Bd7 was criticized by Magnus Carlsen.

The reigning World Champion had a good hunch, as black soon came under pressure on the queenside.

Anand made a huge decision to give two pieces for a rook and pawn. The material favored white, but all pawns were on one side of the board and white pieces were poorly coordinated.

The Grandmasters who commented the game on Twitter believed that black had better chance to draw than white to win.

Anand succeeded in setting a fortress, and despite the huge effort Karjakin simply couldn’t find a way through.

54 thoughts on “Viswanathan Anand qualifies for 2014 FIDE World Championship Match

  1. Congrats Vishy for your great effort in winning the Candidates Tournment. I wish you all the best in world championship match.

    1. East vs. West again. This will be very exciting. Eyes of the world will be watching in November!

      NM Ken Chieu

  2. No doubt Anand should be awarded maximum respect for his resurrection, after his very poor end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 (Zurich Chess Challenge). He climbed a high and tough mountain. I think that against Carlsen he will experiment a second disaster, but at least he showed he has the guts to take the chance.

  3. Congrats, Anand! What an effort! Many people including myself thought Anand might retire after losing the title to Carlsen. This was an inspiring performance from the Indian veteran. Now he gets the shot at world title in less than 6 months after losing it. While many fade away, Anand finds a way!

    Best wishes to Anand for the title match.

  4. amazing viswa !! Congratulations !
    Time to continue the series 2010 -2012 – 2014 ..all the best !
    this time its yours.

  5. Vishy will prove to be giant killer in November. Magnus’s pinching words will make him giant killer !!!!
    Congrats Vishy !!!

  6. Congratulations Anand!
    As you rightly said, you had super and powerful run throughout the tournament.
    The way you played with a positive attitude, got you here!
    The same positive attitude should enable you to play powerful games against the current champion! Yes, well deserved qualification in this tournament!!!

  7. Congratulation Anand, the great son of India, by winning the Candidates Tournament 2014 and make the Indians proud. I wish you all the best in the coming world championship. Once again you proved that “CLASS’ is permanent.

  8. Congrats Anand Sir. Entire India wishes to see you as World Champion again in Nov. 2014. Just maintain your cool in equal endgames against Magnus as you did against others in this candidates tournament.

  9. Great! Minus a loss! Thank you Vishy for once again proving that age matters but… You have regained what you lost in WC2013.

  10. What a shame, Magnus will just demolish Anand again and so we’ll have to wait another year for a decent title match.

  11. Great comeback from Vishy, the oldest player in the field. Simply unbelievable performance ! Thanks Vishy !!

  12. Congrats Anand – you have made us chess fans proud. Good luck for world championship match.

  13. Congratulations Vishwanath Anand. I wish you good luck in the title match. I am confident that you will win the world title for the 6 th time. Another great performance from you. You have done India proud.


  14. What a brilliant resilience by Vishy Anand! Gets another crack at Carlsen in November! Go Anand!!!

  15. Vishy showed great mental strength and tenacity to overcome the stiff competition and he did so remaining unbeaten. Cant wait to see the World Championship Match!

  16. Hearty Congratulations Vishy. Whatever the outcome of the World Champion Results, you have already proved that you are a real champion of this Sport. A Superb comeback from you. Good Luck !!!

  17. Dear Anand:
    I am an Indian fan and extremely overjoyed at your success in winning the candidates tournament and for having another chance to play for the world chess championship. You are already a legend being a 5 time world champion and have created history by winning the candidates match. I am sure you would have learnt a lot from your last experience of playing with Magnus and would surely be well prepared for the championship in Novemeber 2014. My prayers and best wishes are with you. All the best.
    Warm regards,
    Aditya Sharma, NC, USA

  18. i have been watching wishy since 4th round and secretly desireing a rematch of game with Carlsen last year where however Magnus was strong Wishy did not put his best but I believe he most certainly will this time

  19. Congratulations Anand. Your Skills combined with your Character is the inspiration for all in any sport. We will soon see you back as world champ.

  20. Congratulations to Anand. He proved all his critics wrong. They claimed he had qualified to play against Carlsen without being good enough due to his being world champion. By beating the top players he has come out on top.

  21. Dear Vishy,

    you have proved to the world and most important to yourself that your skills are intact.
    When you played against Carlsen in India I have to confess that my simpathies were with the norwegian (although I find his style a little boring), because you were not playing agressive enough. In November I will be supporting YOU, you have been born again. Please take Fischer as your guide and you will defeat Carlsen.
    All the best and good luck!

    Roter Baron

  22. You make us proud !!
    Somehow , somewhere, every Indian chess lover would have felt a feeling of bliss after your victory

    Congratulations Anand !!

  23. Congrats to Viswanathan Anand. Your play is very inspiring, especially after a poor run in the last 6 months or so. Good luck and Looking forward to the rematch with Carlsen.

  24. Congratulations Vishy. As an Indian we are proud of you. I have seen all your game in candidates and last Novembers world title. This time you played fearlessly and punished all your opponents. Keep it up. You will surely beat Carlsen and become world champion again for 6th time.

  25. Hallo, Herr Anand, Sie haben sehr gut gespielt. Das Turnier war toll. Ich freu mich schon auf November!
    Alles Gute und viel Erfolg, Sigrun

  26. Congratulation Anand, you have showed a stable performance and intellegent approach to win the candidates tournament.

  27. Anand will win the rematch with Carlsen. He is already in better physical shape and will probably be in even better shape physically and therefore psychologically come November. Not to take anything away from Carlsen but I really think Anand beat himself in the prior match…Carlsen just psyched him out due to his better physical condition in handling OTB stress….an advantage Carlsen won’t have in their next match.

  28. It is not a surprise but it is the prize when the price is effort and hard work, congratulations Vishy

  29. Congrats Anand.

    wish you the best against carlsen …hope you go all out to improve the weak areas of your play . I’m looking forward to an exciting match in November

  30. Congratulations Anand. You have earned the right to challenge Carlsen which in itself is a huge victory. You also seem to have found joy as the crown of world champion is not wearing you down. A good 6 months before the title clash, so you have time as well as experience on your side. My heart tells me you have ironed out the mistake that were creeping in your games during the last tournament as you have won the candidates without a single loss. Looking forward to your victory and redemption.

  31. Again it will be East Vs West : Traditional chess Vs Computer Aided Chess,
    Experience Vs Form & a battle between players of two generation.
    Anand’s return to form is overwhelming. I hope it will be tight contention.
    But I still believe Carlsen will retain the title.

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