WCC 2014 G6: Carlsen Blunders but Still Wins

11.15.16 Club players can take heart; even the best of the best make mistakes. A notorious double blunder occurred in today's game that could have sent the game and the entire match on a different trajectory. Carlsen's 26. Kd2 allowed Anand to win at least two pawns with a winning game but both missed the tactic until (as so often happens in chess) they made their respective moves and looked at the board with fresh eyes. After dodging this bullet Carlsen, perhaps buoyed by his stroke of luck, went on to win. After six games he now leads 3.5-2.5.

Anand missed a huge chance in Game 6. It remains to be seen if he can put it out of his mind and come to Game 7 ready to try and equalize. Photo courtesy chessbase.com

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Total
Magnus Carlsen 2863 1/2 1 0 1/2 1/2 1 3.5
Vishwanathan Anand 2792 1/2 0 1 1/2 1/2 0 2.5

There was another double blunder in a world championship match. That occurred in one of the games from the Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe World Championship Rematch 1937. In the diagrammed position below Euwe, playing the black pieces, played 25...Qe5? a horrible blunder allowing the following tactic: 26. Qh8+! Kxh8 27. Nxf7 Kh7 4. Nxe5. But Alekhine missed it and played 26. Bb2. When Euwe played Bc6 Alekhine missed the tactic again and played 27. a3. After 65 moves the games was drawn.

In the post-game press conference Carlsen admitted that he had noticed his blunder just after playing it on the board and was "very, very lucky" to get away with it. With the score now 3.5-2.5 in Carlsen's favor, each game becomes increasingly important as the players inch towards the magical 6.5 points needed to win the match. Carlsen will again have white in Game 7. Will he be able to put the match nearly out of reach with a win? Can Anand rebound?

Response to our Who Will Win? survey currently stands at 80% for Carlsen 20% for Anand.

Action continues at 7:00 a.m. eastern on Monday, November 17th.

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Twelve games will be played between November 8 and 28. The first player to score 6.5 points or more will be the World Champion. In case of a tie rapid and (if necessary) blitz games on November 27 will decide the match.

The venue is the Sochi Media Center, in Sochi, Russia. Players have 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds added per move starting from move 61. The prize fund is 1 million euro with 60% going to the match winner.

World Chess Championship 2014
Match Schedule

Games will begin at 3:00 p.m. Moscow time which is 7:00 a.m. on the east coast of the United States.

08 November 2014 Saturday Game 1
09 November 2014 Sunday Game 2

10 November 2014 Monday Rest day

11 November 2014 Tuesday Game 3
12 November 2014 Wednesday Game 4

13 November 2014 Thursday Rest day

14 November 2014 Friday Game 5
15 November 2014 Saturday Game 6

16 November 2014 Sunday Rest day

17 November 2014 Monday Game 7
18 November 2014 Tuesday Game 8

19 November 2014 Wednesday Rest day

20 November 2014 Thursday Game 9
21 November 2014 Friday Game 10

22 November 2014 Saturday Rest day

23 November 2014 Sunday Game 11

24 November 2014 Monday Rest day

25 November 2014 Tuesday Game 12

26 November 2014 Wednesday Rest day

27 November 2014 Thursday Tie-break games

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