Viswanathan Anand to Play With White in the World Championships Opener

Top-ranked Magnus Carlsen of Norway says that his rematch for the world title with five-time champion Viswanathan Anand will be nothing like last year, when Carlsen started with white pieces and won easily in Chennai.

Updated: November 08, 2014 15:01 IST
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Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen during a match
File Photo: Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen during a match. Anand was playing with black pieces in this particular game.


Sochi, Russia: Indian chess wizard Viswanathan Anand will open his campaign with white pieces against defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the first game of the World Championship that gets underway here. (Also read: Anand aims for blazing start with white pieces)

Given the first choice, Carlsen drew out a black coloured balloon out of a magician's box especially prepared for the occasion while Anand got the second remaining white one. (Also read: Time for revenge as Anand eyes 6th title)

The balloon was then punctured by the magician and there appeared black and white coloured birds in the middle of a colourful opening ceremony.

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