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Carlsen and Anand draw first game

The first game of the FIDE World Championship Match started today at 3pm local time.

The challenger and world’s top rated player Carlsen started with the quiet 1.Nf3 and defending champion Anand responded with the solid setup that resembled the Gruenfeld Indian defence.

Carlsen wanted a game with slow development and long maneuvering but the opening soon transposed to the proper Gruenfeld Indian.

Carlsen - Anand game 1

Anand initiated a clash in the center by trading the pawn on c4 and jumping Nb6 after which the play became more forcing.

Black installed his knight on c4 and white had to answer the opponent’s activity. Carlsen moved the Queen to b3 and Anand decided to repeat the moves to force a, as he said, “satisfactory draw with black pieces”.

“I have had a few such embarrassing draws in the Candidates Matches,” said Carlsen about ceding the draw despite playing with the white pieces, “There was no option to play on.”

“We exchanged information in game one,” said Anand about the draw. The information is what they had prepared as white and black.

Carlsen - Anand press conference

Carlsen - Anand press conference

Crowd in front of the playing hall

Crowd in front of the playing hall

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