Rd. 9 - GM Viswanathan Anand vs. GM Magnus Carlsen

Written and annotated by GM Alejandro Ramirez.


In the game between Anand and Carlsen, and much like their World Championship matches, the Norwegian decided to stick to his Berlin defense. Both players played rather slowly, perhaps unfamiliar with the variation. Anand mentioned looking at this variation in the past but could not recall the specifics. Carlsen was able to trade into an opposite-colored bishop position and draw the game.