NEW DELHI (AP) — Defending champion Viswanathan Anand held Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen to a quick draw with the black pieces Saturday in the first game of their chess world championship match.
Playing in Chennai close to where Anand was born, the 43-year-old Indian grandmaster forced Carlsen to repeat a position by chasing his opponent's queen back and forth with a knight, leading to an automatic draw after just 16 moves.
That gives Anand a slight early advantage, as he now gets the white pieces in six of the remaining 11 games.
The 22-year-old Carlsen is the biggest star in chess and the game's top-ranked player, but this is his first world championship match. Anand has held the world title since 2007 and has defended it against three previous opponents.