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

11.20.14 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.

Magnus Carlsen looks on with contempt at his opponent's opening choice during Game 9 of the World Chess Championship. 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 5.0
Vishwanathan Anand 2792 1/2 0 1 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 4.0

The players replayed the moves from Game 7 until move 9 when white deviated with 9. Ne2. They then followed the game Dominguez Perez-Ponomariov Leon 2012 until move 13 in which Carlsen allowed Anand to enter a mainline Berlin Defense. Just two moves later Carlsen went in for a triple repeat of position draw and Anand cooperated. They shook hands on white's 20th move. Carlsen admitted more than once during the press conference that his opponent was better prepared and that "It is always nice to press with white." Not seeing any improvements though he was ok with the draw especially considering the match situation.

At this point in the last World Championship Match, Carlsen was leading by a full three points.

Game 10 is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. eastern.

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Replay all the games of the Match on the ChessMaine.net Games link.

Here is the official website of the match: sochi2014.fide.com.

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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