World Champion Magnus Carlsen drew with challenger Viswanathan Anand in the first game of World Chess Championship 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
After an aggressive start from the Indian Grand Master, the Norwegian GM played a brilliant mid-game to curb Anand’s attacks. Anand seemed devastated in the middle of the game and took plenty of time for his moves. But Carlsen kept on defending quiet well and turned his defence into attack which prompted Anand to secure a draw.
Initially, Carlsen took a long time to reply to Anand’s moves. The Norwegian took 45 minutes to make the first 12 moves, while Anand took only 4 minutes for the same.
In the post match press conference, Magnus carlsen said to the audience that, “The game was little bit tentative at the start. At first neither of us was playing confidently. I came out of the difficult position and also got slightly better, but couldn’t do more.”
Anand when asked what went wrong in the middle, “Somehow I did some careless moves and got wobbly in the middle, on the 34th move I got into a spot of bother and the time was pressing too. I’m a little bit relieved yes.”
On a lighter note when asked about the opening ceremony where a magician helped the players to draw out the pieces, Anand jokingly replied,”In 1998 chess oscars the magician stole my watch, this time it was better.”
The moves in the game were:
1. d4 Nf62. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cd5 Nd5 5. Bd2 Bg7 6. e4 Nc3 7. Bc3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Nf3 Bg4 10. d5 Bf3 11. Bg7 Kg7 12. gf3 Ne5 13. O-O-O c6 14. Qc3 f6 15. Bh3 cd5 16. ed5 Nf7 17. f4 Qd6 18. Qd4 Rad8 19. Be6 Qb6 20. Qd2 Rd6 21. Rhe1Nd8 22. f5 Ne6 23. Re6 Qc7 24. Kb1 Rc8 25. Rde1 Re6 26. Re6 Rd8 27. Qe3 Rd7 28. d6 ed6 29. Qd4 Rf7 30. fg6 hg6 31. Rd6 a6 32. a3 Qa5 33. f4 Qh5 34. Qd2 Qc5 35. Rd5 Qc4 36. Rd7 Qc6 37. Rd6 Qe4+ 38. Ka2 Re7 39. Qc1 a5 40. Qf1 a4 41. Rd1 Qc2 42. Rd4 Re2 43. Rb4 b5 44. Qh1 Re7 45. Qd5Re1 46. Qd7+ Kh6 47. Qh3+ Kg7 48. Qd7+