WCC R6: Wizard-like Win for Carlsen in Game 6

11.16.13 Garry Kasparov has referred to Magnus Carlsen as the Harry Potter of Chess. The Norwegian certainly showed his wizard-like command of the pieces today when he transformed the game from an equal position into one with a winning advantage and finally forced Anand's resignation on move sixty-seven. Carslen now takes a commanding 4-2 lead in the match with six games to play.

Magnus Carlsen fills out his scoresheet before Game 6. With this win he now takes a commanding lead in the World Chess Championship Match 4-2.

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Total
Vishy Anand 2775 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 0 2.0
Magnus Carlsen 2870 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1 4.0

Anand prepared a little twist for Game 6. After facing Carlsen's Berlin Defense in Game 4 and barely escaping with a draw, he avoided the queen swap and the subsequent non-stop, direct flight into the endgame with 4. d3. (Game 4 saw 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. 0-0 Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8.) On move ten Anand varied again with 10. Bg5. In a previous game played at the 2013 Alekhine Memorial vs the world's number two player Levon Aronian, Anand played 10. Nbd2 and a draw resulted. There was a suspicion that Anand had caught Carlsen out of his preparation in this game but GM Ruslan Ponomariov, commenting on Twitter, recalled a game he played with Carlsen from the 2010 Amber Blindfold Tournament in which Carlsen played 9. Bg5.

It was generally agreed amongst grandmaster commentators that Anand had the initiative in the middlegame but after a number of exchanges on the f6 square beginning with 21. Bxf6 the position became level and, more importantly, resulted in a situation in which Carlsen felt very comfortable. After black's 28...Qb7, Carlsen enjoyed a slight pull and could play with very little risk. Then came Anand's 38. Qg3 allowing a queen trade and loss of a pawn. Once again Carlsen went from a drawn position into one with a slight advantage then one with a pawn up. At this point, Carlsen was relaxed and in the driver's seat playing for only two results as a black loss was highly unlikely.

Commenting during the press conference immediately following the game, Carlsen said the position was still completely equal after 44...gxh5. He managed to skillfully navigate the endgame after Anand made an inaccuracy with 57. Rg8+ rather than 57. Rc8 with a likely triple-repeat of position to follow. After that black's king position and monster f-pawn ruled the day and Carlsen landed the win.

From the minute details department, players have had the following shirt colors in the first six games. Anand: white, yellow, blue, yellow, blue, yellow; Carlsen: white, white, white, white, white, white. Both players' pens require an additional action before writing. Each time Anand writes his move on his scoresheet he picks up his pen, twists it to reveal the tip, writes, and then again twists it to conceal the tip. Carlsen's pen requires removal of the cap before writing. After he writes his move, Carlsen then replaces his pen's cap. Good players often have routines and superstitions and this may be an example of that.

GM Ronen Har-Zvi made a bold statement during his live match commentary on the Internet Chess Club. He stated, "Anand will not win a game in this match." Will history prove him sage or charlatan?

Game 7 is scheduled for Monday, November 18th at 4:30 a.m. eastern time.


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The handshake to begin Game 6.


The press room at the World Championship Match.


The Norwegian Magician at the board during Game 6.

All the games of the Match can be found here.

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Official Schedule

Time control is 40 moves in 2 hours followed by 20 moves in 1 hour then 15 minutes for the remainder of the game with a 30 second increment beginning on move 61.

Times are on the east coast of the U.S.

11.07.2013 Opening Ceremony 5:30 A.M.
11.09.2013 Game 1 4:30 A.M.
11.10.2013 Game 2 4:30 A.M.
11.11.2013 Rest Day
11.12.2013 Game 3 4:30 A.M.
11.13.2013 Game 4 4:30 A.M.
11.14.2013 Rest Day
11.15.2013 Game 5 4:30 A.M.
11.16.2013 Game 6 4:30 A.M.
11.17.2013 Rest Day
11.18.2013 Game 7 4:30 A.M.
11.19.2013 Game 8 4:30 A.M.
11.20.2013 Rest Day
11.21.2013 Game 9 4:30 A.M.
11.22.2013 Game 10 4:30 A.M.
11.23.2013 Rest Day
11.24.2013 Game 11 4:30 A.M.
11.25.2013 Rest Day
11.26.2013 Game 12 4:30 A.M.
11.27.2013 Rest Day
11.28.2013 Tie Break Games To be decided
11.29.2013 Closing Ceremony To be decided


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