Magnificient Magnus one up on Anand
By IANS – CHENNAI
Published: 15th November 2013 09:43 PM
Last Updated: 15th November 2013 10:37 PM
Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, challenging defending champion Vishwanathan Anand of India for the chess World Championship title, won the fifth game in 58 moves after over five hours of a gruelling fight here Friday.
Two weak moves at a crucial juncture by Anand gave Carlsen the opportunity he was eagerly waiting for.
In the end, faced with Carlsen’s two passed pawns, Anand was not in a position to prevent one of them from morphing into a queen and Anand threw in the towel.
In the post-match press conference, Carlsen said the first to win a game does not mean he would win the match.
The world title match is sponsored by the Tamil Nadu government and is being played at the Hyatt Regency hotel here.
Playing with white pieces, Carlsen opened with c4 – pushing his queen side bishop pawn two squares – which generally is called English opening. Anand responded with e6 – pushing his king pawn one square ahead.
“The game started as English opening but got transposed to a different line,” Grandmaster S. Arun Prasad told IANS.
“On Carlsen’s sixth move Nc3, the game entered into an unknown position. Carlsen must have done that to surprise Anand,” India’s number two-ranked Grandmaster P. Harikrishna told IANS.
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