'I feel happy and relieved!'

Время публикации: 23.11.2014 21:16 | Последнее обновление: 24.11.2014 06:14

Magnus Carlsen has retained his World Champion title

Just about an an hour ago, Magnus Carlsen has won game 11 of the World Championship match in Sochi against Viswanathan Anand and has retained his World Champion title one game before the pre-planned finish.

The 11th game was very tense. As in a few previous encounters, Anand chose the Berlin Defence of the Ruy Lopez, but this time he went for the more ambitious line of it (9...Bd7, 11...Kc8 and 12...c5). Soon Black managed to equalise the game, and at some point the engines and the commentators were evaluating Anand's position even as slightly better. Probably they were overoptimistic though, and Black had no more than equality at any moment. It's hard to say definitely at once because the position was really complicated.

Nevertheless Anand had to choose between calm 26...Be7 or 26...Bg7 instead of his 26...Rdb8 and especially the risky sacrifice 27...Rb4? which was just not good, according to both players at the press conference. Carlsen grabbed the exchange and then found strong moves 29.Nh5! and 30.f4!; soon it became obvious that Black's compensation was insufficient. Magnus Carlsen continued demonstrating precise and confident calculation till the very end (meeting 37...Kc6! with 38.Nb5!, which eliminated one of the dangerous bishops at once), and Anand had to resign very quickly after the time control had been passed.

Anand: 'I can't understand why I went for the exchange sacrifice... One can say that I took a risk, but... I was bully, I was punished. Before that moment, I was playing objectively. I was considering also 26...Bg7 (rather than 26...Be7). To be honest, I wasn't thinking very clearly at that point.'

In general, Anand didn't look too much upset after the finish, not at all like in Chennai. His answer to the question about whether he is going to give up chess was the firm: 'No!' even though said with a smile.

'I have to admit he was superior. Carlsen just played better; I had more weak points than him. Besides, my nerves were the first to crack', said Anand, pointing out that his own play was better than in Chennai anyway.

Magnus Carlsen came to the press conference straight after Anand had left it, because he had been interviewed by the Norwegian journalists immediately after the game finish. The first words the World Champion said were: "I feel happy and relieved! It was a tough match."

Carlsen: 'In general, I believe in material, so I like grabbing it more than giving it up... I don't think his exchange sacrifice was justified. I'm also happy that I found 29.Nh5! and 30.f4!.. I'm really happy by the way I pulled myself together when needed. At some point, the position wasn't under control at all'.

'Anand was playing really better than in Chennai, he was pushing me till the very end. There were many twists and turns... After the first 2 games, I had thought I was playing much better but then came game 3. Game 7 could be the key one for me in terms of possibly securing my success, and his best chances were the games 9 and 10.'

The World Champion also said that he isn't going to celebrate his victory the way he had done it in Chennai when he jumped into the swimming pool: 'No, I'm already a little sick, so I shouldn't do that' (this time, a journalist asked him if he is going to jump into the cold Black Sea though - CN).

Both the players have thanked the organizers and pointed out that the the organization in Sochi was excellent. The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Arkady Dvorkovich was present at the game 12 as well as at the press conference, while the rumours about Dmitry Medvedev's visit haven't eventually proved true.

[Event "World Championship 2014"] [Site "Sochi, Russia"] [Date "2014.11.23"] [Round "11"] [White "Magnus Carlsen"] [Black "Viswanathan Anand"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2863"] [BlackElo "2792"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez: Berlin defense, open variation"] [ECO "C67"] [NIC "RL.07"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Bd7 10. Nc3 h6 11. b3 Kc8 12. Bb2 c5 13. Rad1 b6 14. Rfe1 Be6 15. Nd5 g5 16. c4 Kb7 17. Kh2 a5 18. a4 Ne7 19. g4 Ng6 20. Kg3 Be7 21. Nd2 Rhd8 22. Ne4 Bf8 23. Nef6 b5 24. Bc3 bxa4 25. bxa4 Kc6 26. Kf3 Rdb8 27. Ke4 Rb4 28. Bxb4 cxb4 29. Nh5 Kb7 30. f4 gxf4 31. Nhxf4 Nxf4 32. Nxf4 Bxc4 33. Rd7 Ra6 34. Nd5 Rc6 35. Rxf7 Bc5 36. Rxc7+ Rxc7 37. Nxc7 Kc6 38. Nb5 Bxb5 39. axb5+ Kxb5 40. e6 b3 41. Kd3 Be7 42. h4 a4 43. g5 hxg5 44. hxg5 a3 45. Kc3 1-0


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