IM Lawrence Trent Reviews WCC Game 11

November 23, 2014

International Master Lawrence Trent reviews Game 11 of the World Chess Championship Match.

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WCC 2014 G11: Carlsen Wins Game and Retains Title

November 23, 2014

In a dramatic finale, the World Chess Championship Match has ended with a win for the current champion Magnus Carlsen. Anand, playing the black pieces, did what he had to do in this game; he saw chances and tried to take advantage of them. He was better at move 23 then, perhaps overestimating his position or pressing too hard, he sacrificed the exchange for insufficient compensation. After that turn of events Carlsen, with a few deft touches, secured the point, match and title.

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IM Lawrence Trent Reviews WCC Game 10

November 21, 2014

International Master Lawrence Trent takes us through Game 10 of the World Chess Championship Match.

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WCC 2014 G10: Anand Nearly Cracks the Code; Game 10 Drawn

November 21, 2014

Carlsen chose to defend the challenger's Queen's Gambit with the Grunfeld. As is often true with the Grunfeld, it was a very sharp game with chances for both sides. GM Daniel King commented that Carlsen's opening choice today was very brave. Anand pressed and definitely had the better of the position but Carlsen defended splendidly. The result was an even rook and pawn endgame. The players agreed to split the point after white's 32nd move.

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IM Lawrence Trent Reviews WCC Game 9

November 20, 2014

International Master Lawrence Trent considers Game 9 of the World Chess Championship Match.

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WCC 2014 G9: A Draw Inches Carlsen Closer to Retaining the Title

November 20, 2014

A quick twenty-move draw today. Depending on how you look at it, it was a good result for Anand with the black pieces, however, as Carlsen said in the press conference he is a half point closer to the title. There are three games remaining of which Anand has two whites. The time for him to make a move is dwindling.

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IM Lawrence Trent Reviews WCC Game 8

November 18, 2014

International Master Lawrence Trent considers Game 8 of the World Chess Championship Match.

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WCC 2014 G8: A QGD With a Few Twists Leads to a Draw

November 18, 2014

Both players seemed a bit fatigued coming into today's game, understandably so, having just played a 6.5 hour marathon game yesterday. In fact Magnus was nearly dozing off at the board on more than one occasion. He stated at the press conference that he was not in the best form at the start of the game but that his energy level increased as the game proceeded. Analysts agreed that this game was an important one for the theory of the Queen's Gambit Declined. A draw was agreed after move 41.

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IM Lawrence Trent Reviews WCC Game 7

November 17, 2014

International Master Lawrence Trent shares his insights on Game 7 of the World Chess Championship Match.

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WCC 2014 G7: Anand Holds Grueling 122-Move Draw

November 17, 2014

Everyone knew that Game 7 had the potential to put Carlsen in a nearly insurmountable match position. Carlsen threw everything he had at his opponent who held on like grim death and defended the second-longest World Chess Championship game in history. (The longest was the game between Korchnoi and Karpov in Baguio 1978. It was drawn in 124 moves.) There are five games remaining in the match in which Anand has three whites. Thanks to his incredible performance today, the challenger remains very much in the hunt.

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