Game 6, as it happened: Carlsen hands Anand a painful loss

Game over

Huge blow for Vishy

Kramnik thinks Vishy has a chance

Bad opening choice by Anand?

Can Vishy hold on?

Magnus blunders, Vishy also blunders

Looking to the heavens?

It's not over for Vishy yet

Magnus the model

Wait and watch

Does Anand have a plan?

Anand's 20th move

Or maybe something went very wrong...

VA still in prep!

Magnus pulls ahead

Anand's challenge

Not everyone is happy with Anand's start though

Long game ahead it seems

Passive Anand?

Not the sharpest Sicilan

After the opening

Game 5:

Contrary to the expectations of some exciting chess, the fifth game of the World Chess Championship between champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Viswanathan Anand at Sochi, in Russia, Friday ended in a draw on the 39th move.

 Game 6, as it happened: Carlsen hands Anand a painful loss

File photo of Viswanathan Anand. AP

Though the Indian chess ace Anand displayed good form and pushed the reigning champion on to the back foot, Carlsen got out of the bind exchanging pieces.

At the end of the fifth round, both players have 2.5 points each in the 12-game match.

Speaking about the game, World No.7 and Grandmaster Anish Giri said that after the opening phase, which showed the defending champion's good preparation, he thought the game would end in a draw.

"But then Anand managed to get a long-term pull. So at some point, a quick draw seemed very unlikely," Giri told IANS.

Anand started the game with white pieces, moving his queen pawn to which Carlsen replied bringing out his knight to f3 square.

Both the players played their initial moves very fast and the challenger paused a bit for his eighth move consuming six minutes.

After his loss in the third round playing black, Carlsen decided to play it simple.

Replying to Anand's move faster than in his defeat in the third round, Carlsen showed that he was better prepared this time around.

The challaneger's 20th move of putting his knight on the d5 square made the game interesting but Carlsen was unruffled.

The Norwegian also decided to hunt for Anand's pawn on b2 square instead of going for an exchange of queens which he normally prefers to do.

Anand's foray to the seventh rank with his rook did not yield much results.

Anand decided not to prolong the game and settled for a draw.

According to Giri, the Indian challenger should have tried further and white pieces still had a pull and letting Carlsen go so quickly wasn't necessary.

"But we can't get into Vishy's mind. Maybe he wanted to preserve energy and thought of winning was extremely unlikely," Giri said.

"Had it been colours reversed, the game would have still been going on... Carlsen always plays till the last resource," Giri said.

Carlsen will play with white pieces Saturday.

Updated Date: Nov 15, 2014 21:38:42 IST