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The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT COMICS - Mark Ru­bery

The 2014 World Chess Cham­pi­onship Match be­tween Carlsen and Anand is tak­ing place in Sochi, Rus­sia – the venue of the Win­ter Olympics ear­lier this year. The match will con­sist of 12 games and, if nec­es­sary, tie-break games. The draw for colours was con­ducted dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony where a ma­gi­cian pricked black and white bal­loons and doves ap­peared, thus giv­ing the chal­lenger the white pieces in the first game. The time con­trol for each game shall be: 120 min­utes for the first 40 moves, 60 min­utes for the next 20 moves and then 15 min­utes for the rest of the game with an in­cre­ment of 30 seconds per move start­ing after move 61 has been made. Anand’s seconds are Kr­ish­nana Sasiki­ran, Ra­doslaw Wo­j­taszek and Grze­gorz Ga­jew­ski, while Jon Lud­wig Ham­mer and Peter Heine Nielsen will as­sist the cham­pion. The press con­fer­ence saw both play­ers look­ing fairly tense and some­what tac­i­turn re­gard­ing their prospects: “I’m ready to give it another shot, that’s all I can say.” Anand “Se­ri­ously, be­ing the favourite doesn’t re­ally mat­ter... if you don’t play well you’re not go­ing to win.” Carlsen. The open­ing game was a tough strug­gle with Anand ap­pear­ing to have a use­ful ini­tia­tive be­fore drift­ing a bit and then hav­ing to work to hold the ma­jor piece end­ing.

Anand, Viswanathan (2 792) - Carlsen, Mag­nus (2 863) D85 WCh 2014 Sochi RUS (1) 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 (This mod­est-look­ing move comes with

am­bi­tious in­ten­tions) …Bg7 6. e4 Nxc3 7. Bxc3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nc6 9. Nf3 Bg4 10. d5 Bxf3 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. gxf3 Ne5 13. O-O-O c6 14. Qc3 f6 15. Bh3! cxd5 16. exd5 Nf7 17. f4 Qd6 18. Qd4 Rad8 19. Be6 Qb6 20. Qd2 Rd6 21.Rhe1?! (21 h4! was con­sid­ered more to the point with GM Rad­jabov strongly cas­ti­gat­ing Anand’s choice) …Nd8 22. f5 Nxe6 23. Rxe6 Qc7+ 24. Kb1 Rc8 25. Rde1 Rxe6 26. Rxe6 Rd8 27.Qe3 Rd7 28. d6 exd6 29. Qd4 Rf7 30. fxg6 hxg6 31. Rxd6 a6 32. a3 Qa5 33. f4 Qh5 34. Qd2? (34.Qe3 Qxh2 35.Rd8 Qh1+ 36.Ka2 Qc6 37.Qh3 Qc4+ 38.Ka1 Qc1+ with equal­ity. Now Carlsen has the edge) …Qc5 35. Rd5 Qc4 36. Rd7 Qc6 37. Rd6 Qe4+ 38. Ka2 Re7 39. Qc1 a5 40. Qf1 a4 41. Rd1 Qc2 42. Rd4 Re2 (42…Re3!? was con­sid­ered the last win­ning at­tempt which would leave White with a dif­fi­cult choice be­tween an un­pleas­ant rook endgame after 43.Qd1 and a sim­i­larly dif­fi­cult Queen end­ing after 43.Rd7 Kh6 44.Rb7 Rb3! 45.Rxb3 axb3 46.Ka1 Qxh2-GM Svi­dler) 43. Rb4

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44. Qh1! (Ac­ti­vat­ing the queen and thus

se­cur­ing the draw) …Re7 45. Qd5 Re1 46. Qd7+ Kh6 47.Qh3+ Kg7 48. Qd7+ 0.5-0.5 “Maths like chess re­quires too di­rect and per­sonal a con­fronta­tion to al­low grace­ful de­feat. There is no el­e­ment of luck, there are no part­ners to share the blame for mis­takes; the na­ture of the dis­ci­pline places it pre­cisely at the cen­tre of the in­tel­lec­tual be­ing, where true cere­bral power waits to be tested. A loser must ad­mit in some very im­por­tant way he is the in­tel­lec­tual in­fe­rior of the win­ner. Both math­e­mat­ics and chess spread be­fore the par­tic­i­pant a vast do­main of con­fronta­tion of in­tel­lect with strong op­po­si­tion, to­gether with ex­treme pu­rity, el­e­gance of form and an in­fini­tude of pos­si­bil­i­ties.” – Al­fred Adler, Ger­man math­e­ma­ti­cian

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