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So far, there was some excitement in Chennai, but you could hardly say that the tournament was satisfactory. It missed what really is the core value of every sport: Victory and defeat. Magnus Carlsen decided it’s …

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Carlsen vs. Anand: Four Draws in Chenai

Stanislav Pavlovič | November 15, 2013 – 13:285 Comments | 4,954 views
Carlsen vs. Anand: Four Draws in Chenai

The World Chess Chempionship 2013 is very well balanced; even more than we initially expected. There have been 4 draws out of 4 games so far. The fight between the great young talent and vast ammount of experience is just what it is bound to be – a thrilling show for the audience. Well, at least if you really like draws.

The first game ended promptly – just after 16 games, the players didn’t see much opportunities, and didn’t bother to play anymore. They agreed on a draw facing a possible threefold repetition. It was mainly due to Vishy Anand, who swiftly used his chance to end the first game. The players sat by the board just under an hour and a half.

Have a look at the game here:

Although more moves were played, the second game lasted even shorter. It took only an hour and ten minutes to draw. Not much of a fight this time:

Finally, the third game was more exciting. One of the highligths was certainly the time pressure Carlsen had to endure by the end of the first time control. A bit of excitement also came from the audience – a chess legend, Garry Kasparov, also attended and seemed to be pleased by the game.

Watch the 51-move game here:

In round 4, according to the computer analyses, both rivals played very strongly,  making an optimal move almost every time. Carlsen held the advantage for most of the game, but Anand showed his great defensive skills and was able to secure a draw. It would certainly be nice to see more games like this!

For your pleaseure:

At the time of the writing, a fifth game is underway. Qualitatively, the games have only risen  so far, and we are probably looking for an exciting match.

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