WCC2013-8: Anand opts for Berlin… no dice

Another pre-game rumination by Anand… trying to stir up motivation.
Photo by Anastasia Karlovich.

Fans and commentators were clamoring for a Najdorf Sicilian to challenge Magnus Carlsen’s two-point bulge in the eighth game of the match. What did they get? Anand took a page out of John F. Kennedy’s archives and seemed to have replied, “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

The World Champion trotted out the Berlin Defense but Carlsen was fully prepared. There was one line that the players pointed out 23…Qg5 h4! (or f4!), but Anand played 23…Qd8 and the game petered out into a picturesque pawn ending that was completely symmetrical.

Score: Carlsen 5 Anand 3

Official Site: https://chennai2013.fide.com/
Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2013/11/06/2013-world-championship-anand-vs-carlsen/

Game #8

Just in case you were curious… “Ich bin ein Berliner!”

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.


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