Carlsen retains World Chess Championship in Socho
It was closer than in Chennai but in the end we had the same winner of the match: Magnus Carlsen defeated Viswanathan Anand to defend his title of World Champion of Chess.
Magnus was leading by 1 point of difference after first 4 games. Game #5 showed he was ready to meet Anand´s 1.d4 confidently; this time he showed a rock solid Queen´s Indian defence.
The real drama came on stage during the sixth game. The opening choice by Anand seemed a little dubious: Carlsen got what he wanted out of an open Sicilian, a queenless & slightly better position with almsot zero risks. After some hours of interesting chess it was blunder time! The one who blunders the last loses the game and this was the case in this dramatic game:
Unfortunately for fans, main livestream just went off when these tragic moves were played but livestream in Spanish was on. Even if you do not understand a word of it you will enjoy the reaction by Lawrence Trent and Paco Vallejo. A video document for the chess history:
After such a devastating game Anand had to try to win at all cost to balance the score and gain back some confidence. But Carlsen´s team (which by the way, was revealed after the match and included Michael Adams and Laurent Fressinet besides Nielsen and Hammer) had been doing a great job and Magnus got acceptable positions out of the opening with a Queen´s gambit declined and a Grunfeld. The games were interesting and Vishy had some chances to push but Magnus is a great defender:
After an uneventful quick draw in the game #10 we reached what was going to be the last battle of this match in Sochi. Vishy chose the Berlin defence once again but this time it wasn´t a dry endgame but a rich and complex middlegame with chances for both. At some point Anand uncorked a nice b5, a wonderful pawn sacrifice. This was Magnus´ face after that move:
Things went a little crazy as Vishy went all in with an exchange sacrifice which probably wasnt the most correct move. He certainly had his chances in the game but Carlsen showed once again he´s like a white shark when he smells the edge.
And so the norwegian wunderkind did it again. How many can say they defended their title of World Champion of Chess at the age of 23? Not too many I guess.
A big thanks to everyone who supported me on this interesting journey. Two down, five to go.
Thanks for watching and have a nice day all!