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

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/9/13, 3:58 AM.

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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  • 5 months ago

    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. 

  • 5 months ago

    never_say

    another draw pffffffff boring play by anand i guess he's getting old....

  • 5 months ago

    MasoudCh

    a 65 mins game. Record!!!

    WTF are they doing?

    Carlsen is choosing drawish openings and Anand is forceing draws in better positions!

  • 5 months ago

    MasoudCh

    I am not an Anand fan. But who offered the trade 7Beaufeet7?

  • 5 months ago

    Ricardoruben

    Second match: drawn. I do not understand why Vishy has to apologize for draws!, if he draws every match he wins, so wtf!!, he is doing great!! Winning rating points too!! Carlsen rating keeps falling, why he has to apologize??!!!

  • 5 months ago

    martysmail36

    thanks for the link, sapintdust. Coverage here from FM Kilen & GM was great last time but just wanted to make sure it will happen tonight. Sounds like it will come on in a few minutes. 

  • 5 months ago

    sapientdust

    chess.com coverage starts at 2 AM, but there is coverage many other places, including at the fide site: http://chennai2013.fide.com/anand-carlsen-video-with-commentary/

  • 5 months ago

    martysmail36

    is there a live feed here on chess.com? I don't see it yet, but maybe since the game is so long they just comes in later?

  • 5 months ago

    sapientdust

    1:30 AM Pacific time (i.e., in 2 minutes).

  • 5 months ago

    martysmail36

    What time does game 2 start? I've stayed up past me bed time but want to watch this game. 2 am or 3 am pacific time?

  • 5 months ago

    kavanam

    Can chess.com tell us who and all in Carlsen's team and in Anand's Team?

  • 5 months ago

    Aaronsky72

    Am1n3 "Anand is killing Carlsen slowly.. Like a snake chokes his victim :). "

    I think you're the one choking your snake.

  • 5 months ago

    Estragon

    Carlsen burned a White, possibly to get over the nerves of a first title match game.  He avoided the experience of Petrosian, for instance, in losing the first game by playing poorly because of the pressure of the moment.

  • 5 months ago

    surendranm

    It is good to start with a draw so that built up can be worked out in coming games.  Anand had little advantage in this game but choose to draw.

  • 5 months ago

    13ernesto13

    Thanks Game_win. Fair words, Spassky Fischer was a great match, but now is Carlsen Anand. The first draw is just the first moves of much bigger game. 0-0 in baseball is only boring for those who don't know much about baseball. Chess y something like that.

  • 5 months ago

    novin1365

    This short match diminished the fear and excietment both the players had due to high sensitivity of world championship confrontation, in the following we'll probably  be witnessing more intersting games.

  • 5 months ago

    David_Ch

    Something of a disappointment after the big build-up, and Carlsen did not impress with a rather strange opening that appeared to leave him with a minute disadvantage.

    Let's hope for a more exciting game today.

  • 5 months ago

    Skand

    I wonder if the man with camera in hand still has his job. He is covering  the honourable chief minister's face.

  • 5 months ago

    Ricardoruben

    Clearly Carlsen lost the first battle, he lost 1.7 in the live ratings, and each draw (if there is no wins for him) will lower his rating position. If draws go on, at some point Carlsen will have to go for it and find something brilliant, that would be great for us the people watching!. :)

  • 5 months ago

    Game_win

    i have a suggession for those who know only two words about chess. FISCHER-SPASSKY

    please go to youtube and look if u find any video of that match

    then watch it

    whoa now you have got a fischer-spassky match.. and forget anand-carlsen ...

    what i have seen here that 80 percent people here understand chess ,better than ANAND-CARLSEN(probably Anand)

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