Game 8 of the 2014 World Chess Championship between Indian chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand and defending champion Magnus Carlsen has ended in a draw in Sochi.
The latest clash between the Norwegian prodigy and the former world champion ended after 41 moves, making it one of the quickest games played this year. Carlsen still leads by a point as scores are at 4.5-3.5 after eight rounds of the ongoing World Chess Championship.
Anand, playing with white, had an advantage to level the score on Tuesday. However, The World No 1 was very well prepared for Game 8. In the ninth move, Qc2 Re8, black had a threat of e5 then d4.
Carlsen's ninth move helped him to plan his next moves: 10. Bg5 Be7; 11. Rd1 Qa5; and 12. Bd3 h6. Both of them lost their Queen half-way through the game and were hoping to find a result.
However, as Game 8 progressed, it was very evident that Anand could not suffer a loss. Carlsen, on the other hand was trying hard to find a result. After being unsuccessful in finding a way to win, both players agreed to a draw.
With four games to play, both Anand and Carlsen will get a chance to play with white pieces on two occasions. At this stage, Carlsen's one-point lead could prove vital and he can defend his title, if he avoids any defeat in the remaining rounds.
Here's how the game developed:
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. a3 Nc6 9. Qc2 Re8 10. Bg5 Be7 11. Rd1 Qa5 12. Bd3 h6 13. Bh4 .cxd4 14. Bxc4 a6 15. 0-0 b5 16. Ba2 Bb7 17. Bb1 Rad8 18. Bxf6 Bxf6 19. Ne4 Be7 20. Nc5 Bxc5 21. Qxc5 b4 22. Rc1 bxa3 23. bxa3 Qxc5 24. Rxc5 Ne7 25. Rfc1 Rc8 26. Bd3 Red8 Rxc8 28. Rxc8 Nxc8 29. Nd2 Nb6 30. Nb3 Nd7 31. Na5 Bc8 32. Kf1 Kf8 33. Ke1 Ke7 34. Kd2 Kd6 35. Kc3 Ne5 36. Be2 Kc5 37. f4 Nc6 38. Nxc6 Kxc6 39. Kd4 f6 40. e4 Kd6 41. e5+