With a draw today, Magnus Carlen wins the 12-game World Championship Match in 10 games, 6.5:3.5 (+3 -0 =7), taking the title Viswanathan Anand has held since 2007.
Needing only a draw in Game 10 to become World Champion, Carlsen nevertheless declines a repetition of moves on move 22 and puts up a full fight for the win before shaking hands on move 65 (when the board is bare except for kings!). Here’s the final game:
After back-to-back wins by Magnus Carlsen in the fifth and sixth games, Viswanathan Anand has his back against the wall and must win two of the remaining games to take the match to a tie-break playoff.
Game 8 – Tuesday, November 19
Fans were disappointed to see Anand not trying to win Game 8 on Tuesday. If there are three more draws, Carlson will clinch.
Realistically, Game 9 is Anand’s last chance in the match. He has white, and if he pulls off a win, he’ll have three more chances to win a second game and tie the match, including another chance with white.
If not, and the game ends in another draw, Anand will face the daunting task of having to beat the world’s top-rated player twice in three games, including at least one win with black – more than even the most ardent Vishy supporters can plausibly expect from him. If ever there was a time for Anand to pull out a secret weapon, this is it!
No one should miss game 9. Anand promised that it'll be exciting. I agree. Go get your neighbors & huddle your kids up for this :) @FWCM2013
Starting this Saturday December 3, the London Classic pits American GM Hikaru Nakamura, English GM Nigel Short (who recently visited Toronto), and three more English grandmasters – Michael Adams, Luke McShane, and David Howell – against the world’s top four – Anand, Carlsen, Aronian, and Kramnik – in a round-robin, all-play-all tournament.
With an odd number of players, one player will assist with the live broadcast each round.
Along with “the Classic,” CSC has a huge variety of other chess events on tap: a FIDE open, two weekenders, a women’s invitational, rapid and blitz tournaments, simuls with Viktor Korchnoi, free coaching for children, classes for chess teachers, etc.
Vladimir Kramnik – Hikaru Nakamura (½-½)
Levon Aronian – Luke McShane (½-½)
Magnus Carlsen – David Howell (1-0)
Michael Adams – Vishy Anand (½-½)
The round started with tennis star Boris Becker playing the ceremonial first move on Magnus Carlsen’s board:
Later, Mr. Becker played a game with GM Nigel Short:
Opening Ceremonies (Fri Dec 2)
The day before Round 1, there was a press conference followed by a game between the London Classic GMs and the Rest of the World. The GMs took turns playing Black’s moves, while White’s moves were decided democratically through Twitter (@londonclassic #lccvworld).