Game 8 Quick Draw at Carlsen - Anand World Chess Match; Will Anand Strike Back at Carlsen Lead of 5-3?
World No. 1 played 1.e4 for the first time in the match and ended up facing the Berlin - which he had been using against Anand in the previous games in Chennai! The defending champion held an easy enough draw. Carlsen is known not to like the mainline when facing the Berlin endgame and opted for 5.Re1. Carlsen and Anand have played this before in 2010 with drawn results. Carlsen was also held to a draw in a similar line by Hikaru Nakamura in Saint Louis a few weeks back. Magnus Carlsen took just 20 minutes on his clock for Game 8. The current score is 5-3 in favour of the challenger.
The players also went for doping test after Game 8. The tests were done by Dr Jana Bellin. FIDE, to be part of the International Olympic Committee, initiated doping tests at the Bled Olympiad of 2002. (Also read An interesting article on doping in chess).
The World Chess Championship is not over yet. Viswanathan Anand is of the caliber that he could jolly well draw the score yet again and force a tiebreak. Wednesday is a rest day. Thursday's game, in which the defending champion will play White, is as crucial as any other game of the World Chess Championship has been so far.
Game 8 Moves at Carlsen - Anand World Chess Championship, Chennai, 2013
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. c3 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. Bf4 d5 14. Bd3 g6 15. Nd2 Ng7 16. Qe2 c6 17. Re1 Bf5 18. Bxf5 Nxf5 19. Nf3 Ng7 20. Be5 Ne6 21. Bxf6 Qxf6 22. Ne5 Re8 23. Ng4 Qd8 24. Qe5 Ng7 25. Qxe8+ Nxe8 26. Rxe8+ Qxe8 27. Nf6+ Kf8 28. Nxe8 Kxe8 29. f4 f5 30. Kf2 b5 31. b4 Kf7 32. h3 h6 33. h4 h5 ½-½
Replay Game 8 of the Carlsen - Anand Chennai World Chess Championship 2013 with Chess King.