World Chess Championship: Anand, Carlsen draw their 8th round

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand salvaged a draw after suffering for a long time in the seventh game of the world chess championship against Magnus Carlsen now underway here.

World Chess Championship: Anand, Carlsen draw their 8th round

Sochi: Belying expectations of chess fans across the world for a positive result, Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen and title challenger Viswanathan Anand on Tuesday decided to split points in 41 moves in the eighth round of their title match at Sochi in Russia.

It was a very good preparation by Carlsen and his team, who introduced a new idea and the game quickly fizzled out into a dull position which Carlsen held very easily," World No.7 and Grandmaster Anish Giri summed up.

Playing white, Anand opened the game pushing his queen pawn two squares. The game progressed to what is technically called Queen`s Gambit Declined.

Making his moves pretty fast, Carlsen made it clear that he was well prepared in this line.

"Carlsen played one of the rare lines in the main line with the move Re8 on his 9th move," World No.23 and Indian Grandmaster P. Harikrishna told IANS.

It was evident that Carlsen and his team had prepared well as the champion was playing fast even till the 25th move, Harikrishna said.

When Anand realised that he walked into Magnus` home preparation, he took his time and got a decent position. But it was just not enough to convert," Susan Polgar, a four-time women`s World chess champion, told IANS.

The game progressed evenly and on the 23rd move the queens got exchanged.

"Even if the queens were not exchanged, Anand would not have got any winning position," Harikrishna said.

According to him, it looked Anand had some initiative but was not sufficient to convert that into a winning position.

On the 41st move, both the players signed their peace treaty.

Anand, who is himself a five-time world champion before he lost the title to

Carlsen, was not concerned much.

To a query whether Anand should have tried hard, Polgar said: "He knows himself best. He knows his body better than anyone else. But if I was white, I would have pushed on, even with just 0.01 percent chance. White`s position was slightly better and black has to aim for draw. It was a no risk push and it could give Magnus a psychological message. But Anand has to do what is best for him, not the fans."

At the end of this round, Carlsen leads the 12-round match with 4.5 points to Anand`s 3.5 points.

The match would resume Thursday after a day of rest.

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