Challenger Viswanathan Anand had made a strong comeback in the World Chess Championship event by withstanding the typical 'Carlsen Pressure' in the last two games — in fact, outplaying the World Champion in the third game.
Viswanathan Anand. Pic/GETTY Images
When Carlsen smothered Anand's pieces in Game Two of the match, the match seemed to have headed for another debacle for Anand like the one last year. However, a smart comeback from a well-prepared opening, followed by brilliantly executed endgame brought the Madras Tiger back strongly into the match and suddenly it was the World Champion who was looking lost.
Though 24-year-old Magnus is an expert in quicksilver attacks, he loves to play cat and mouse games with his opponents. Former World Champion Bobby Fischer used to say, “I like to see my opponents squirm helplessly.”
Carlsen is not different from Bobby in that respect. Instead of going for quick kill, he loves to grill his opponents in long drawn endgames in which he poses many technical problems for them.
Carlsen's opponents are exhausted completely defending the calm looking position and finally commit some obvious mistake and lose. Anand has an open and classical style of playing.
He plays tactical and aggressive chess. If given an opportunity, he conjures up a deadly attack which demolishes his opponent within no time. Playing patient chess is not Anand's forte but he must have taken special efforts to face Magnus on his own ground.
Both Carlsen and Anand are aggressive by nature- though their styles are different. So their clashes are awaited with interest by chess lovers. I believe that Anand will start taking more risks from the fifth game onwards.
The author, a former India women's chess champion, is the youngest Padma Shri awardee at 16