Magnus Carlsen defends his World Chess Championship against Anand

Magnus Carlsen defends his World Chess Championship against Anand

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After defeating Anand in the 11th game, Magnus Carlsen defends his World Chess Championship.

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen successfully defended his title at the World Chess Championship in Sochi on Sunday, November 23, 2014. The victory over his Indian opponent Vishwanathan Anand was a repeat of last year, when he snatched the title from Anand at the World Chess Championship in 2013. Carslen won the 12-game series with 6.5-4.5 points.

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Magnus achieved the winning 6.5 points to finish his opponent in the 11th game. Vishwanathan Anand went for the bluff as he attempted the classic sacrificial move when he sacrificed his rook. Playing with black pieces, Anand was on the backfoot early in the game as Carlsen kept up the pressure. Anand was only able to score 4.5 points in the 11 games.

The first game of the series was a draw and the second one saw Carlsen take the lead. However, his advantage was neutralized quickly as Anand picked up a win in the third game. After a drawn game 4 and 5, Carlsen made a blunder in the 26th move of the 6th game. He would consider him very lucky that Anand did not pick up on the ‘gift’ that Magnus gave him and after a rally of errors from both players, Carlsen ended up on the winning side.

The 7th game of the series was the most exciting which lasted for 122 moves, the second-longest in the history of the championship. After the match, Anand said, “I have to admit in this match—all things taken into account—he played better.”

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