Trap tactic secures second Carlsen win

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Chess star Magnus Carlsen says he’s “obviously” in a good mood, having secured his second straight win over defending world chess champion Vishy Anand on Saturday. 

Magnus Carlsen, playing black, won again in the Chennai world championship on Saturday.  PHOTO: Paul Truong

Magnus Carlsen, playing black, won again in the Chennai world championship on Saturday. PHOTO: Paul Truong

Carlsen, playing black this time,  surprised spectators and chess experts by being unexpectedly aggressive. For a long time Saturday’s game looked like it was heading for yet another remis (draw), but finally Anand made a fatal mistake, opening his defense, commentators said.

Carlsen later claimed that he’d set up a trap for Anand and was deligthed to see his opponent walking right into it. Anand admitted that his second straight loss was “a heavy blow, I won’t pretend otherwise.”

VIDEO from Saturday’s press conference:


After four draws and two victories, Carlsen now leads with four points over Anand’s two. Players score half a point in a game ending with remis (draw) and one point per victory. The player who reaches six and a half points first will win the championship. 12 games are scheduled and the Chennai battle reached its halway point on Saturday. Next game takes place on Monday.

newsinenglish.no staff