David N. Snyder wrote:
Game 8, Carlsen–Anand, ½–½
Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. 0-0 Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 0-0 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. c3 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. Bf4 d5 14. Bd3 g6 15. Nd2 Ng7 16. Qe2 c6 17. Re1 Bf5 18. Bxf5 Nxf5 19. Nf3 Ng7 20. Be5 Ne6 21. Bxf6 Qxf6 22. Ne5 Re8 23. Ng4 Qd8 24. Qe5 Ng7 25. Qxe8+ Nxe8 26. Rxe8+ Qxe8 27. Nf6+ Kf8 28. Nxe8 Kxe8 29. f4 f5 30. Kf2 b5 31. b4 Kf7 32. h3 h6 33. h4 h5 ½–½
Match score: 5-3 for Carlsen in a best of 12 series
Carlsen needs 1.5 more points to take the World Championship match which could happen with either 3 draws, 1 win + 1 draw, or even 1 loss + 3 draws
Say.... is this the line of the Ruy Lopez that lays claim to being the most deeply analyzed opening? There is a line something like this that is practically forcing from around move 10 on to the endgame, which is very drawish. I wonder if this is it. If so, Anand cannot allow it to be played again. Unless of course, the alternatives are even more drawish. Anand is SO behind the eight ball here. If the kind of opening he needs now actually existed, everyone would be playing it and winning with it. So he has to innovate and do it so brilliantly that it overpowers even Magnus Carlsen in a drawing mood. He can't even hope much for blunders. Carlsen has terrific stamina and seems to thrive on six-hour grindfests.
According to gambling sites, assuming I read the numbers right, right now Anand is a 14-1 longshot to retain his title.