World Chess: I am Slightly Relieved After 1st Game Draw, Says Viswanathan Anand

India's Viswanathan Anand drew the first game after a rather wobbly start against title holder Magnus Carlsen of Norway. The second game of the 12-games world championship match will be played on Sunday afternoon with Carlsen having the advantage of white pieces.

Updated: November 09, 2014 12:21 IST
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India's former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand thinks over his move as he plays against Norway's chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

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Sochi, Russia: Satisfied with the draw in a tough opening match of the World Championships, Indian chess wizard Viswanathan Anand said he felt relieved to have pulled off the result after a rather wobbly start against title-holder Magnus Carlsen.

"I was a bit wobbly for a few moves but then I got back on track, I am slightly relieved," the five-time world champion Indian said in the post-match conference.

Anand, who put pressure in the opening and then lost his way to find himself grappling in a slightly worse endgame, conceded that the position should have been an easy one to play.

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