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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Game 8 Quick Draw at Carlsen - Anand World Chess Match; Will Anand Strike Back at Carlsen Lead of 5-3?

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Hello everyone,

Much to the disappointment of Viswanathan Anand fans, the eighth game at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match, ended in a 33-move draw in Chennai today. 

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.  

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  • At November 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM , Anonymous Aks, Chennai said...

    I repeat it's not over until it's over

  • At November 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, NZ said...

    whoa but question is how difficult is it getting for anand with every game that gets over and that too with draw

  • At November 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM , Anonymous J.L. Vienna said...

    I am shifting my bets to Magnus Carlsen. Indian fans please don't get offended. It's just getting more difficult by the day.

  • At November 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM , Anonymous Suresh Shukla, New Delhi said...

    If Anand is suddenly able to strike then Magnus Carlsen will be under tremendous pressure even in the last two games. For example, if Anand wins Game 9 then Carlsen will be nervous in Game 10. Then anything can happen. All Anand needs is one strike for now. I think he is conserving his energy for that by last two draws.

  • At November 19, 2013 at 10:49 AM , Anonymous Saurish Bhanu, Agra said...

    An injured tiger often pounces when left for dead. Beware! (yeah I stole that line from twitter).

  • At November 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM , Anonymous anonymouse said...

    Let's look at the reality. It is very difficult for Anand to win two games out of four. Even Carlsen won two games out of six.

  • At November 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM , Anonymous Amused Me said...

    Yawn - Guys go get a life. - Amused Chess Grandmaster Champion

  • At November 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM , Anonymous Aks, Chennai said...

    Anonymouse why are you scared to put your name there? Anand WILL strike back.

  • At November 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM , Anonymous anonymouse said...

    Talk of an impossible dream #Aks

  • At November 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM , Anonymous Chris, ny said...

    One thing I can predict for sure: Anand will play 1.e4 and Carlsen will NOT play the Berlin in Game 9 - by the way not much sleep missed as I thought at the beginning of November ;)

  • At November 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Why didn't Anand play something else instead of Berlin?


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