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It's on! Carlsen-Anand, Game 1 Drawn - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 09.11.2013, 03:58.

The first game of the World Championship match in Chennai was a short one: after 16 moves and less than 1.5 hours Magnus Carlsen, playing white, and Viswanathan Anand agreed to a draw. The game was watched by about 400 spectators and officials in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai and many millions of fans around the globe via Indian and Norwegian TV as well as the Internet.

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The game started as a Réti opening but then transposed into a Fianchetto Grunfeld. After White's 13th move, there was an opportunity for Black to repeat the moves, and Anand took it even though computer engines suggested a slight advantage for Black. A quick draw in the first game of the match, however, can mean a nice psychological advantage!

"I have had a few such embarrassing draws in the Candidates Matches," was Carlsen's answer to the question whether he was surprised. He was "not too thrilled about the way the game went" and called the tactics that started after 10...Nb6 "an immediate crisis". He felt right away that he needed to force a draw when he suiddenly noticed 13.Qe1?! Nb4!.

"I just had to pull the emergency brake and go for a draw," said Carlsen. "Hopefully in the next few days, we can give you some more than 1,5 hours." To the question whether he would have played on with the black pieces, Carlsen said: "I didn't see anything for Black and I think White's long term prospects are fine."


"We exchanged information in game one. It was almost a relief to finally get the chance to play," said a relaxed World Champion, who was in full control in the opening phase. As the famous Russian online commentator GM Sergey Shipov put it, "Carlsen failed to get Vishy into unknown territory." Anand called 10...Nb6 "a rather sharp idea" that "forced play right away".


A huge crowd and about 150 journalists showed up for the start of this much awaited match. The 400 tickets were sold out.

The symbolic first move, 1.Nf3, was executed by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and on the other side of the sound-proof glass, about fifty photographers (including the author of these lines) were literally fighting to get a good shot of the action.

FULL VIDEO FEED BY THE ORGANIZERS

The organizers were struggling a little on the first day of the match. The internet in the press room was rather slow, and commentators had the same problem. Even worse, the transmission of the games on the official site by Chessbomb "exploded", as Lennart Ootes put it, and so during the first fifteen minutes or so it was difficult to be sure about which moves were played.

On Sunday Anand will play with the white pieces and then Monday will be the first rest day. 11 games remain to be played in this best of 12-series. The first player to reach 6.5 points will emerge as champion.

Inside, the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel is clearly chess-themed...
...while outside hundreds of people are gathering
Photographers have to step outside as well and undergo a security scan...
...while inside they are kept from the sound-proof glass...
...with a simple rope.
The waiting has begun.
First to arrive are the arbiters: Chief Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan
of Armenia and Deputy Arbiter Almog Burstein of Israel
We suddenly notice a funny bra-like logo and are trying to find out what it is (Update: it's this!)
17 minutes before the game, Anand arrives in the rest area
About four minutes before the start, Carlsen arrives and sits at the board
Anand joins him and the players shake hands...
...and fill out their notation form
Carlsen then leaves again, and Anand sites at the board, highly concentrated, for about two minutes
Anand leaves again, and Carlsen gets back to the board
As he looks through the glass and sees all the photographers fighting to get a good pic...
...he can't prevent a smile!

Anand returns to the board, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov makes the first move, and the match has finally begun.

The players at the press conference, exchanging variations


You can find all info on Chess.com's coverage of the match here.

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  • 13 miesięcy temu

    Skand

    As my God Gifted talent in astrology predicted, 3rd game was a draw.

    Next part of the prediction through my God Gifted talent in astrology says Anand will win 4th game.

    Sorry for killing the suspense guys!

  • 13 miesięcy temu

    vanhafford

    The 1st Game; Carlsen vs. Anand played out to a draw.  16 moves and a draw is reached.  

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    o0paradigm0o

    That was a BS. Time to grow some balls there boys.

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    never_say

    who cares who's the best...

    it's all about the money 2.5 million usd Cool

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    never_say

    whatever....

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    never_say

    KissKissKissKiss skand and ish lotus KissKissKissKiss

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    never_say

    chess players are funny people Laughing

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Skand

    I thought that my use of the word 'devour' was taken by you as an insult to Spassky's chess. But devour is exactly what Fischer did to Spassky. And my assertion is that Anand would also do the same to a player of Spassky's level in a WCC match.

    Coming to the number of draws played out, first of all times have changed. With use of computer every player is much better prepared. Not only do they know each others methods inside-out, they also know what tools the other is using for preparation. Anand's raw brilliance is thwarted by the monstrous database opponent's keep in their minds.

    Secondly, how Fischer would have played against players of Kasporov, Anand, Carlsen level who crossed 2800 elo, we cannot know. Maybe he would have considered himself lucky to get away with a draw against them!

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Skand

    No insult is meant for Spassky. He couldn't have become world champion without playing some beautiful games. But to even suggest that he was in the same league as Anand would be unfair to Anand's legacy, if not insulting.

    Anand's problem is that he does not throw tantrums. The whole chess fraternity would give him more respect if acts a bit snooty like Kasporov or makes some unreasonable demands like Fischer. Then people would sit up and take notice. Instead, he goes and apologises for playing a drawn game!

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Ish_lotus

    Carlsen is Ranked 1.. yet he is unable to win a game!!.. why carlsen is drawing again and again, He should play to win, not for draw.. (Anand is, and will be World champion, 2013)

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Ish_lotus

    7Beaufeet7.. sorry man, but see how stupid u are.. ! i thought we are talking about only anand and magnus, and u r talking of retired players.. what a brain u got !! second thing is.. u dont understand such easy things that, if there is draw then both players agreed draw, means both r unable to beat their opponent in the game.. third thing... "Great Anand is 5 times world champion"... world champion undisputed.. so pls be quiet.. lol.. :P

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Skand

    @7Beaufeet7: I respect both types of players. Those who play 'not to lose' and then win(!) as well as those 'who play to win' and win.

    However, I seriously doubt that you would have gone through all the games of these "REAL" champions, as you say, to make such a sweeping statement. Examples in books and articles of games played by these great players are naturally the ones where they played brilliantly. Few years from now, books written on Anand too will include only those games where he crushed the opponent.

    Overall image of Anand even today is that of an attacking player. But if you would like to form an opinion based on games he has played against "Rest of the world #1 player" - for that is what the challenger is, then I would say your expectations are unreal.

    Anand is known to be one of the most attacking players, but it does not mean he should throw caution to the winds, that too in a world championship match, just to please the crowd. When the opponent is equal or rated higher it is only prudent to show him the respect he deserves, move around carefully and bide your time.

    Throw a Spassky in front of the Tiger and he would devour him just like Fischer did. But Carlsen, Kramnik etc are no Spasskys. They are made of sterner stuff and need special handling.

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Game_win

    7Beaufeet7   

    WOW. i guess you should now apply for the commnetry panel.. as you understand the GAME so clearly.... 

    as usual it looks like every fault is ANAND's . just like the match is drwan by anand and won by magnus.

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Ish_lotus

    I AM VERY MUCH SURE, MAGNUS CARLSEN'S SECONDS INCLUDE 'GARRY KASPAROV'.... 

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Aaronsky72

    It's surprising that Carlsen allowed himself to get into such problems, the pawn exchange and attack on C4 with Nb6 is fairly easily seen.
    I fully understand Anand seeking a draw, it's tactically logical considering Carlsen has white and Carlsen's ability to turn a game in the later stages.

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Skand

    Prediction: next game will also be a draw. Fourth will be won by Anand as white. The scientific & logical reasons are explained below:

    This is from the astrological charts. Recently a satellite was launched by India from a place near Chennai. It will reach Mars orbit after 10 months. As per calculations, this powerful combination will have a huge effect on a native of Chennai whose name starts with "A" and has some sporty conflict with a non-native whose name starts with "C".

    The date (as per my calculations) predicted is lucky for some and unlucky for others, 13th November 2013. It will result in "C"atastrophy for person whose name starts with "C" and "Anand" (which means happiness) for the person whose name starts with "A".

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Ish_lotus

    7Beaufeet7never_sayMasoudCh guys.. anand is far and far most intelligent from you all, what he is doing he knows it well, so stop giving your stupid advice.. He is world champion 5 times, and u guys not a champion even at district level... :P :P

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    never_say

    how much does the winner get ?

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    never_say

    i guess that their is a lot of money at stake so nobody wants to lose...

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Skand

    Exactly Ricardoruben. Don't see any reason for Anand to apologise. Why does he have to feel the pressure to make the match exciting?! His job is to retain the crown. Period. 

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