Viswanathan Anand played out another draw in the 10th game of the world chess championship on Friday. With the seventh draw in 10 games, Anand continued to trail Carlsen by a full point and the Norwegian is now just a point away from retaining the crown.
For the records, the scoreline now reads 5.5-4.5 in Carlsen’s favour and he plays white in the penultimate tie of the 12-game match slated on Sunday.
Anand, with white, yet again tried but could not break through the way he wanted and the opinion of the experts was divided if he could have pushed for more.
Taking the match situation into account, Anand went for the kill from the word go but yet again found Carlsen adequately prepared in one of the topical variations. It was a mild surprise when Carlsen started with the Grunfeld defence to leave the Indian think-tank guessing on his openings. It may be recalled that Carlsen had played this opening in the first game of the match and had suffered a little.
Team Anand, it seems, had been expecting a recurrence if the speed at which Anand executed his first few moves was any indication.
Anand was following a game played by one of his seconds — Radoslav Wojtaszek — and many believed that the Indian had an idea in store somewhere in the middle game that promised to be exciting.
However, as the game progressed, Carlsen was the one who came up with a new move and his speed was better than Anand in the middle game. The Norwegian retained his lead on the clock and gave little away even when the various engines suggested that Anand was probably more than slightly better.
As it happened, Anand decided not to push for more in a fairly level position and the draw was a just result after 32 moves. Anand plays with black on Sunday.