World Chess Championship 2014 was organized between Magnus Carlsen (Norway) – World Champion and Viswanathan Anand (India) – challenger. Magnus Carlsen won the title of World Chess Championship 2013 organized at Chennai last year. He defeated the 5 times world champion Viswanathan Anand. This year again the World Chess Federation (FIDE) organized Chess Championship to decide the winner of the same title. The matches were held from 7 November to 28 November in Sochi, Russia. Total of 12 games were to be played of which 11 games were played and the winner was declared as per their rules. Norway’s Magnus Carlsen won the title of World Chess Championship-2014 and it is his 2nd consecutive win.
Viswanathan Anand played candidates tournament and won the tournament which was organized from 13th March’2014 to 31st March’2014. He is the second oldest person to win this tournament at the age of 44 after Viktor Korchnoi. After winning this tournament he faced the champion Magnus Carlsen and played for defending the title but unfortunately he lost the championship tournament.
Magnus Carlsen won 3 games, 7 draw and lost 1 game against Viswanathan Anand. He completed 6.5 points in 11 matches while Anand was 2 points behind him i.e. 4.5 points. Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand met 2nd time in the consecutive World Chess Championship since Anatoly Karpov and Gary Kasparov who met in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990.
The 11 games were as such (1st name of player has white pieces):
Game 1: Anand – Carlsen (1/2 – 1/2)
The first game of the World Chess Championship started with a tie. The game was fantastic and both player played very well. Both players got .5 points.
The second game was won by Magnus Carlsen. Anand lost the game because of the blundered move 34. The fight was good from Anand side as well but Carlsen didn’t allowed any blundered from his side and took advantage of the blunder from Anand and defeated him. Game 3: Anand – Carlsen (1-0):
Third game was interesting as Anand won the match and came back to the game and gave the answer to Magnus Carlsen as he defeated in game 2. As Anand was playing with white pieces and started off the game his position was good. This was Anand’s first ever victory over Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship game. Game 4: Carlsen – Anand (1/2 – 1/2)
In Fourth game, Carlsen was having little advantage as he was playing with white pieces but Anand defended him very carefully and the match was ties. The points of both the players were equal i.e. 2 points. Game 5: Anand – Carlsen (1/2 – 1/2)
In fifth game Anand playing with white pieces started off the game and he was well prepared. He was playing impressively well but Magnus Carlsen at the other end defended strongly and the matches was drawn. Game 6: Carlsen – Anand (1-0)
Carlsen won the sixth game which was a dramatic win. Anand was favourite for winning but he missed a chance at 26th move and Carlsen considered it as an advantage and won the game. Game 7: Carlsen – Anand (1/2-1/2)
This game was the second longest game played in the World Chess Championship history. It took 121 moves to take the match to a tie. In 1978 World Chess Championship, in fifth game Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi played 124 moves before the end of the game. The same was going to happen here but it ended some moves early which ended to a tie. Anand defended Carlsen very well. Game 8: Anand – Carlsen (1/2-1/2)
Eight game between Anand and Carlsen ended up in draw. Carlsen defended to the Anand’s move very well and ended up to tie. The points of Magnus Carlsen was 4.5 while that of Viswanathan Anand was 3.5 points. Game 9: Carlsen – Anand (1/2-1/2)
This match was also a draw but it was shortest draw i.e. in just 20 moves. There were 3 moves which were repeated on the 20th move so on seeing the condition the match was drawn. Every draw brings Carlsen to match victory while the pressure of Anand rises. Game 10: Anand – Carlsen (1/2-1/2)
Tenth match was very much important for Anand to win so as to defend the title but it was also ended in draw. Anand was going to win the match at 27th move if he had moved g3 instead of BxB7 which ended game in draw else Anand should have won the game. Game 11: Carlsen – Anand (1 – 0)
This game decided the Champion of World Chess Championship 2014 as Norway’s Magnus Carlsen. He defended India’s 5 time Champion Viswanathan Anand for the second consecutive World Chess Championship title. Anand used Berlin Defence strategy for this game but it didn’t worked and he has to accept the loss. 27th move Rb4 was an unexpected move which caused him defeat. Anand told in press conference that he was not thinking at that stage about that and played but he admitted that Carlsen played a good match and it was good paying with him.
As 11 games were played and Carlsen acquired 6.5 points which was required to win the title. So game 12 will not be played. It was an impressive effort from Anand but his days are gone. If he has to retain the position back then he has to make new strategies and then defend. The World Chess Championship tournament was fantastic and it was a great game played by both the players. Hope Anand may bring new tactics and complete his homework before he comes to play the next World Chess Championship so as to become the champion. Now it will be tough for him to retain back the title but hope so he may do it next time.
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