Magnus Carlsen Repeats at World Chess Championship
3:39 pm ET
Nov 23, 2014

Wall Street Journal

After Sunday’s eleventh game of the 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship in Sochi, Russia—a repeat victory for title-holder Magnus Carlsen—the Norwegian looked worn, flashing both the mental fatigue of a two-week fight and emotional joy of victory.

“Today was one of the toughest days of all,” said a raspy Carlsen, “but I’m so happy I was able to push through.”

The critical move in the penultimate game of the match came when challenger Viswanathan Anand, in desperate need of a victory, sacrificed his rook (27 …Rb4) in a bold—yet ultimately ineffective—maneuver. Soon, and with a knowing glance, Anand offered his hand in resignation to Carlsen. “I played it quite forcefully and he didn’t have any chances,” said Carlsen, who won the match 6.5 – 4.5 (best-of-twelve).

Last year, playing in Anand’s native Chennai, India, Carlsen needed just 10 games to unseat his opponent, whose shaky play was uncharacteristic of the four-time defending champion.

But Anand played better in this year’s match. Carlsen struck first, in game 2, after an Anand blunder allowed Carlsen’s queen to seal a winning position. “My nerves were the first to crack,” said Anand.

Anand hit right back with a win in game 3 that showcased his ample preparation in the Queens Gambit Declined. It was Anand’s first victory against Carlsen in championship play.

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