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A well-prepared Viswanathan Anand managed the easiest of draws with black pieces in his ninth round match against Magnus Carlsen the on Thursday
Anand managed the easiest of draws in Game 9 against Carlsen but the Norwegian inched closer towards retaining his crown as he leads the Indian ace by a full point.
The shortest game of the match thus far was over in just over an hour, lasting a mere 20 moves and the last five of those moves were just repetition. The players again blitzed out the opening moves and Anand was on top during the initial phase of the game. Especially after he uncorked his 12th move that forced Carlsen ponder a lot over his next move.
The position was not a new one with a few games already being played but Carlsen was not happy when it was played on the board.
Game tallied 20 moves and just barely crested one hour; game seven took more than six hours and 122 moves.
Carlsen protected his lead, now at 5.0-4.0, but did little else.
In the press conference, Carlsen noted the mixed feelings of not getting anything with White, but also erasing one of Anand's four remaining chances to even the score.