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Carlsen closes in on championship

A highly self-confident Magnus Carlsen thinks he’s another big step closer to winning the World Chess Championship in Chennai, India, after Tuesday’s game ended in remis (a draw) after just an hour and 15 minutes.

The draw leaves Carlsen with five points and defending world champion Vishy Anand with three, after a weekend in which Carlsen won two games in a row.

Anand now needs to win at least two of the last four games in the 12-game tournament to secure extra rounds. The first player to reach 6.5 points wins the tournament.

Anand hasn’t beaten Carlsen since 2010, though, and Carlsen was moving fast on Tuesday, making 33 moves in just 20 minutes. “I tried to place him in a few traps, but it didn’t work,” Carlsen admitted when it was all over. “When the traps didn’t work, it was time to just turn off.”

His father Henrik also was satisfied with the draw, telling  Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that Carlsen had “full control.”

Both players also had to report for an unexpected doping control. Now they’ll have a day off before play resumes with the ninth game on Thursday. staff



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