World chess championship: Viswanathan Anand draws first game vs Magnus Carlsen

The quick draw lasted just 16 moves with Carlsen spending more time on the clock than his opponent.

updated: November 09, 2013 20:20 IST
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Chennai: Reigning world chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India opened the defence of his crown against Norwegian sensation Magnus Carlsen with a tense draw in the first game in Chennai on Saturday.

Both players agreed to draw after 16 moves each to remain even at the start of the big-money 12-game showpiece watched by a select gathering of 350 inside the main hall of a luxury hotel and by thousands on live television.

Anand, 43, has been the game's undisputed champion since 2007, but experts predict the end of the road for the Indian against current world number one Carlsen, who is 21 years younger.

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