Viswanathan Anand needs a miracle to retain world chess crown vs Carlsen

Viswanathan Anand needs three wins in-a-row to keep the world championship crown he has held since 2007. Magnus Carlsen needs a draw to become new king

updated: November 22, 2013 12:45 IST
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Viswanathan Anand (file photo)If all goes as per Magnus Carlsen's plans, the 22-year-old Norwegian should become the new world chess champion on Friday. The Norwegian sensation is a draw away the crown after scoring his third win over reigning champion Viswanathan Anand in the 12-game title duel on Thursday. Carlsen, the current world number one, won the crucial ninth game after Anand resigned following an engrossing 56-move match that lasted three hours and 21 minutes.

Having also won the fifth and sixth games and drawn the other six, the Norwegian needs only a draw in Friday's 10th game to take his tally to an unbeatable 6.5 points. Carlsen, visibly relieved at emerging unscathed from the keenly-fought contest, did not respond when asked by reporters if the crown was now virtually in the bag. He preferred to dwell instead on the tough battle provided by the Indian in his home city of Chennai.

"This was a very difficult game," Carlsen said. "The positions were complicated. I had to find the right moves to regain balance. "There was a fear of being mated all the time."

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