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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Anand loses game no.11 at Sochi - Magnus Carlsen retains World Chess title

Sad news for Indian fans on Sunday 23rd Nov 2014….. as Norway’s Magnus Carlsen completed the defence of his world chess title by defeating Viswanathan Anand in the eleventh game of the ongoing championship at Sochi as the five-time world from Chennai threw away an advantageous position in the fourth hour of play.

Yes, the news is  Viswanathan Anand playing with black pieces lost to Magnus Carlsen. With this win Carlsen has successfully defended his World Champion title. Trailing by a full point with just two games remaining, Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand desperately needed  a victory to stay afloat - with the scores at 5.5-4.5 in favour of the Norwegian, Anand needed that one extra elusive victory in the penultimate game, when Carlsen played white.      

The chances for Anand had actually been  diminishing with each passing game – we only hoped that the Norwegian would be vulnerable !  One point ahead at the start of the eleventh game, Carlsen needed a win on Sunday to end the match -  Anand’s win  could have taken the contest down to the last game.   

Unlike  what happened in Chennai, where Anand played passively and went down in 10 games, losing his world title,  at Sochi, he played confidently at Sochi- game 3 on Nov. 11 proved good, when Vishy won. 

Sochi,  is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia/Abkhazia and Russia- and that was the venue for  the ‘World Chess Championship 2014’ - the title  match which has concluded today.   It was held  under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

23rd Nov. 2014.@ 21.45 hrs.

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