World Chess Championship Anand vs Carlsen
Game 9 drawn
by FP Sports Nov 20, 2014 18:54 IST


Carlsen: I don’t quite see what to do. It seems like the match is going the distance. I think my play has been quite inconsistent both in terms of preparation and overall play. Anand was better prepared than me in this game. It is tougher (vs Anand here) than in Chennai. It depends on my mood (if he plays what was prepared or what he feels like at the board). If there’s any disappointment with a short draw with White then it’s easier to swallow (it) when you’re up in the match.

Anand: I would rather not explain (the opening strategy). (My confidence is) quite reasonable. I’ll have to try harder with White. I will focus on this match. I don’t think about Chennai (match) a lot.

Sudden draw – after six checks from Carlsen

Vishy is the first to drop a novelty on the board For those of you who are wondering why didn’t Vishy go for Bb7 directly, instead of Ba6 first and then Bb7 , here is the difference : direct Bb7 gives white the option of Nd4-Nd4-Nd4 and now black doesn’t have the resource of pushing away the knight with c5 (which he had in the Ba6 line ) because of Nb5, with clear advantage.

Entering the middle game

Berlin explained by Susan Polgar: In the Berlin, black voluntarily allows the Queen exchange, forfeits his right to castle, and allows the double c pawn.

Carlsen first to deviate

Expert say: Carlsen is not in the mood to repeat the variation from game 7. He is the first to deviate, the previous game saw 11.Bf4. This one sees b6.


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