Challenger Magnus Carlsen moved one step closer to becoming Norway’s first world chess champion with an easy draw with the Black pieces in Game 7 of his scheduled 12-round title match against Indian world champion Viswanathan Anand in Chennai, India, on Monday.
The draw followed two victories by the 22-year-old Carlsen that allowed him to seize control of the match. He now leads by a 4½ - 2½ margin and needs just two points from the final five games to claim the championship.
Although his Indian fans were hoping for a sharper approach from Anand, the champion once again allowed Black to play the super-solid Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez opening. White appeared to have no new ideas in mind, and the position was dead level when White agreed to repeat moves on Move 32.
Carlsen has now scored two draws and a win with the Berlin Defense, and the Indian champion will have only two more games with the White pieces the rest of the way.
Game 8, with Carlsen having White, will be played Tuesday, followed by a rest day.
Anand-Carlsen, Game 7, World Championship, Chennai, India, November 2013
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. Nf1 Nd7 9. Ng3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 g6 11. Be3 Qe7 12. O-O-O O-O-O 13. Ne2 Rhe8 14. Kb1 b6 15. h4 Kb7 16. h5 Bxe3 17. Qxe3 Nc5 18. hxg6 hxg6 19. g3 a5 20. Rh7 Rh8 21. Rdh1 Rxh7 22. Rxh7 Qf6 23. f4 Rh8 24. Rxh8 Qxh8 25. fxe5 Qxe5 26. Qf3 f5 27. exf5 gxf5 28. c3 Ne6 29. Kc2 Ng5 30. Qf2 Ne6 31. Qf3 Ng5 32. Qf2 Ne6 Draw agreed