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

11.21.14 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.

Anand had the World Champion in the cross hairs today but was unable to pull the trigger. Photo courtesy chessbase.com

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Total
Magnus Carlsen 2863 1/2 1 0 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 5.5
Vishwanathan Anand 2792 1/2 0 1 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 4.5

Carlsen summed up the remaining games as, "A two-game match in which I have draw odds. It's not the worst position to be in." Pressure is building in the match with only one more opportunity each to play the white pieces. In the post-game press conference there were many questions about how the players were handling the stress, what they do to keep themselves calm under fire, etc. The topic of yoga came up and Anand said that he has practiced yoga and that it "sometimes" helps his game. A yoga question was then posed to the World Champion: would he be willing to try a Bird of Paradise? His response was "Probably not with media there." As the press conference was breaking up Anand turned to Carlsen and said, "What is it a cocktail?" Carlsen responded, "What?" Again Anand queried, "What is it a cocktail?" "No, no" the World Champion said, "It's a posture."

Saturday is a rest day. Game 11 is scheduled for 7:00 a.m. Sunday, November 23rd.

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Twelve games will be played between November 8 and 28. The first player to score 6.5 points or more will be the World Champion. In case of a tie rapid and (if necessary) blitz games on November 27 will decide the match.

The venue is the Sochi Media Center, in Sochi, Russia. Players have 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds added per move starting from move 61. The prize fund is 1 million euro with 60% going to the match winner.

World Chess Championship 2014
Match Schedule

Games will begin at 3:00 p.m. Moscow time which is 7:00 a.m. on the east coast of the United States.

08 November 2014 Saturday Game 1
09 November 2014 Sunday Game 2

10 November 2014 Monday Rest day

11 November 2014 Tuesday Game 3
12 November 2014 Wednesday Game 4

13 November 2014 Thursday Rest day

14 November 2014 Friday Game 5
15 November 2014 Saturday Game 6

16 November 2014 Sunday Rest day

17 November 2014 Monday Game 7
18 November 2014 Tuesday Game 8

19 November 2014 Wednesday Rest day

20 November 2014 Thursday Game 9
21 November 2014 Friday Game 10

22 November 2014 Saturday Rest day

23 November 2014 Sunday Game 11

24 November 2014 Monday Rest day

25 November 2014 Tuesday Game 12

26 November 2014 Wednesday Rest day

27 November 2014 Thursday Tie-break games

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