WCC 2014 G11: Carlsen Wins Game and Retains Title

11.23.14 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.

A "happy and relieved" Magnus Carlsen in the press room after his victory in Game 11 of the World Championship Chess Match. 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 1 6.5
Vishwanathan Anand 2792 1/2 0 1 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 4.5

The game began as the third consecutive Berlin Defense in this match. Anand deviated first with 9...Bd7 and followed that up with 13...b6. This was the first time this move was played in the Berlin during this match. It took Carlsen a bit to figure out a plan and after ten minutes of thought he played 14. Rfe1. This prompted Peter Svidler to comment, "Out of book in this kind of position after move 14 is a bit strange."

Anand broke out the green tea after 15...g5 and when he played 23...b5! the Twittersphere erupted. His position was better and Carlsen fans were wringing their hands. He may have overestimated his advantage as after he played 28...Rb4 he sacrificed the exchange for inadequate compensation. After trading down to a superior endgame, Carlsen forced his opponent's resignation on move 45.

Congratulations to World Champion Magnus Carlsen!

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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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