A few days before his 24th birthday in 2013, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen made history by winning the World Chess Championship. He defeated five-time world champion, Viswanathan Anand in the final. emerging as the new world champion.
It was a heartbreaking result for Anand, and the pain added on the next year too in 2014 when Carlsen defeated him again.
Since then, the 45-year-old Indian has been searching for the perfect opportunity to take his “sweet revenge.” On Saturday, the moment finally arrived in the ongoing Norway Chess Tourney as Anand defeated home favorite, Carlsen in all departments of the game in fourth round thus, jumping to the third spot in the table.
After three draws of the initial first four rounds of the tournament, Anand grabbed 2.5 points out of four with a mauling performance over Carlsen.
Anand now shares the third spot with Anish Giri of the Netherlands after the latter drew his fourth round clash against American Hikaru Nakamura. Bulgarian Veselin Topalov with his triumphant over Levon Aronian of Armenia clinched the top of the table, having an incredible 3.5points in his basket.
Nakamura with only half point less than Topalov, sits second in the table.
Italian Fabiano Caruana who also drew his match against French Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, shares the fifth spot with Russian Alexander Grischuk and Vachier-Lagrave himself with all of them having two points apiece.
Grischuk became the second player to upset the home fans as his opponent was Jon Ludvig Hammer of Norway.
Topalov’s victim, Aronian and Hammer sits at the eighth place in the table with just one point apiece in their baskets.
Reigning world champion, Carlsen shockingly with a meager half point from four games, sits at the last place in the Norway Chess Tourney that offers prize money of $ 305,000.
The game between Anand and Carlsen that lasted 47 moves; saw the Indian ace take some time before reaching his preferred middle game.
Anand told PTI that it took both him and Carlsen half-an-hour to settle into the game that was based about Breyer defence. “If we had just played the Breyer, it would have taken us two minutes,” he added.
Carlsen opted for a dicey set-up letting white an attack on the kind side and Anand created some excellent moves for his game that saw him squeeze the match out.
“You have to see in the context of this first game. He played an excellent game and if he’d won that he’d be a different person,” Anand told PTI, talking about Carlsen’s poor start.
With five more rounds remaining in the tournament, Carlsen needs to buckle up real hard if he wants to create chances for himself. On the other hand, Anand will look to grab more victories in order to tournament, and sure he looks like being able to do it.