Defending champion Magnus Carlsen has successfully managed to maintain his one point lead over the challenger Viswanathan Anand as Game 9 of the 2014 World Chess Championship also ends in a draw at the Main Media Center in Sochi on Thursday.
After the ninth round, the score is 5-4 in the Norwegian's favour with three games remaining in this year's event. The latest game was one of the fastest games ever played as both players agreed to a draw after completing 19 moves.
The five-times world champion took just 15 minutes for his 19 moves, while the 23-year-old took 45 minutes to complete the same number of moves. It clearly showed that the rest day has helped Anand to do the much needed preparation.
Game 8 also ended in a quick draw, where 41 moves were played - which was the quickest game of this year. However, the game on Thursday has ended much faster than the last round and it was strange from Carlsen to settle for a draw, who was playing with the white pieces.
With three games to go, Anand is still trailing by a point. However, the Indian will play with a white piece on two occasions, which should give him an advantage to level the scores and then take a lead over Carlsen to regain the world championship title.
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+