- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time may be running out for Indian challenger Viswanathan Anand after he and defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway agreed to a draw after just 20 moves in Game 9 of their scheduled 12-game title match in Sochi, Russia Thursday.

The result leaves Carlsen with a 5-4 lead with just three games to go, although the Indian star will have the advantage of the White pieces in two of the three remaining games.

The champion seemed content to take the draw almost from the start of this Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense, the same opening that resulted in a win for Carlsen in Game 2.

White this time went for the main line where the queens are exchanged early, and White’s best hope for a long-term advantage rests with Black’s busted-up queenside pawns. Anand as Black deviated from a previous game with 13. Nf4 Bb7 (13…Rd8 had previously been the main line), and Carlsen chose a forcing line that resulted in a repetition of moves, with the White knight checking the Black king.

Game 10 will be played Friday.

Here are the moves to Game 9:

White: Carlsen

Black: Anand

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 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Ne2 b6 12. Rd1 Ba6 13. Nf4 Bb7 14. e6 Bd6 15. exf7+ Kxf7 16. Ng5+ Kf6 17. Ne4+ Kf7 18. Ng5+ Kf6 19. Ne4+ Kf7 20. Ng5+ Draw agreed





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