[Update] If you’re looking for Game 5, head over to our post with the live feed. We’ll be updating it with any important information, and a live board of the moves.
It’s the FIDE 2013 World Chess Championship! Reigning champ Viswanathan Anand is facing off against the highest ranked player in the world Magnus Carlsen. Today is a rest day for the players, so we thought now would be a good time to catch you up on the results so far.
Frankly, we’re as appreciative of a rest day as we imagine the players are. Since the matches are being played in Chennai, India we’ve been waking up real early to catch them at 4:00 AM ET.
Game 1 – Draw by Repetition
Sort of an anticlimactic start to such an exciting event, but it’s still early in the tournament. Perhaps Anand and Carlsen are just sizing each other up at this point. They’re no doubt familiar with each other’s play, and have faced each other before, but each match is different.
From our non-chess-master viewpoint, we were surprised this ended in a draw. Anand seemed to be in a much stronger position than Carlsen with his knight on C4, but Carlsen’s queen didn’t give Anand anywhere to go.
— For commentary on the game by people who actually know what they’re talking about, you can check out the video below. Game 2 – Draw by Repetition, Again Also a draw! It didn’t seem like either Anand or Carlsen had a strong position over the other. This was a rather quick game, with both players making faster and more decisive moves, but ultimately it left both sides with no good options.
Again, you can watch the video with commentary by chess masters who understand this game a lot better than we do:
Set your alarm clocks, because Game 3 kicks off tomorrow morning at 4:00 AM ET, with commentary by the great Susan Polgar and other Grand Masters beginning a little before that.
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