Friday’s match in the Chess World Championships ended in yet another remis (tie), leaving defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway relieved. Carlsen admitted he felt like he was under pressure during the latest battle with challenger Vishy Anand in Sochi, Russia.
“It was exciting, perhaps more exciting than I had hoped,” Carlsen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) when the match ended after 32 moves. “But I had a small advantage, so it wasn’t the worst situation to be in.”
Carlsen was smiling and looked satisfied after agreeing to the remis with Anand. It left Carlsen with 5.5 points and Anand with 4.5, meaning that if Carlsen wins on Sunday, he’ll retain the championship title. Only two matches remain in the tournament, if the second of the two is necessary.
Carlsen was under pressure during the entire game by his aggressive rival. Commentators said Carlsen played well and managed to defend himself.
“I was under pressure and had to defend myself in a sharp match,” he told reporters. “I’m really satisfied with remis, both in regards to the match situation and how the match developed.”
He claimed that nerves weren’t a problem even though “of course you end up thinking a lot more about things” as the tournament draws to a close. “But during the match, all focus is on the play,” Carlsen said.