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As of today, April 4th, 2013, can you tell me the lifetime head to head chess win/loss/draw record between world chess champion, Viswanathan Anand, and his just newly named challenger for the title, Magnus Carlsen?

Thanks very much.

Hmmmm, interesting question especially considering that I, personally, had never given it much thought !

At any rate, there are many online databases which give just about all published/available games, so that question is not difficult to answer.  For this matter, I went to very good site, which I browse through regularly.

Carlsen and Anand started meeting head-to-head in 2005----back when one of Norway's most
esteemed sons was only 14 !  (He was born in late 1990.) To date, their personal record against each other is six wins for Anand, two victories for Carlsen, plus 19 draws...

....except this is only classical games !  Speed games, exhibition games, etc were filtered out when I made these calculations.  Personally, I don't place much value in those types of games.

By the way, I decided to dig further to see what their record is from 2010 to the present---in other words, not counting the games from pre-2010.  Why ?  Because by 2010, Carlsen was certainly stronger than in 2005.  

But, oddly enough, their record from 2010-2013 (not counting speed/exhibition games) is

1-2 in favor of Anand, along with 12 draws.  

That's a bit strange---one might have expected Carlsen's record to be better for that later

time period.

Hope this helps !   Any further questions, by all means fire away !



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