WCC 2014 G7: Anand Holds Grueling 122-Move Draw

11.17.14 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.

Anand showed incredible resiliency and defended like a champion to hold the draw in Game 7. 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 4.0
Vishwanathan Anand 2792 1/2 0 1 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 3.0

In the post-game press conference Carlsen was asked his reasoning for dragging the game out so long in a theoretically drawn position. He basically said that there are always tricks and that when Anand played his piece sac on move 31 (...Bxg4) he "signed up for suffering."

World number two player Fabiano Caruana Tweeted, "I once had to defend a rook+knight vs rook against Karjakin for 100+ moves, and it wasn't much fun. It's normal to play this out."

This game keeps the match close and very exciting. The score is now Carlsen 4.0, Anand 3.0.

Game 8 is scheduled for 7:00 a.m. eastern on Tuesday, November 18th.

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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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