Do we really want to look back at the shortest game of the match? I don’t think so: @ChessLive_es: tweeted “Decepcionantes tablas en la 9ª partida del mundial CarlsenAnand.“, and added this wonderful cartoon by Wadalupe:
@agostobrizuela: “I get the impression that Magnus Carlsen is out partying every night during this world championship match.”
One more tweet about the Berlin defence: @nigelshortchess: “When I become FIDE President, the first thing I will do is ban the Berlin”.
@harrypillsbury: “When I become FIDE chess president, I will reinstate the zonal system and the 24 game WCM every 3 years“.
Game 10 – the tweets
Let’s go to the game. What to expect? @ginger_gm: “Expecting some violence today after two rest days. Maybe we will see a Nimzo on the board!?”
@bennedik: “Game 10 prediction: Anand castles long against the Queen’s gambit line from game 8”.
Wrong guess! @vishalsareen: “This is it.. Grunfeld Qb3.This is the game we all wanted! Let’s see who is better prepared! This will be strictly homework”.
Lots of top grandmasters follow the game on Twitter: Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana, Erwin L’Ami and Paco Vallejo, to name just a few. Here a a few tweets about the opening:
@anishgiri:“Very peculiar choice by Magnus, I don’t know who can come up with the idea to play this line in the must-not-lose situation.”
@fabianocaruana: “The gloves are off”. @rajachess: “Well… Close to equality. But press by white!” @chessidharta: “Vishy pressing again . Magnus seems to have problems against 1.d4”.
@erwinlami: “One thing is clear; 1.d4 is virtually an ‘only move’ when you play a World Championship match.”
@sethuramanchess:“After 19 Ng5,The look says it all .I am coming for you”.
To be honest…the most exciting moment in the game was when Magnus played the very unexpected move 19… Bxg2. Twitter went wild!
@pogonina: “WHAT? Carlsen has spent over 30 minutes and then played this Bg2 move which I classified as a blunder by the kibitzers?!”
@diagramworthy: “19…Bxg2?! This I did not expect and it does not look convincing. Why would Magnus favor this over the alternatives?”
@poisondpwnpress: “Whaaaaaat! … the World Champ has some guts, that’s for sure. Crazy!”
Robin van Kampen aka @GMRobinVK keeps cool: “Did we just witness a transmission error?”
@FabianoCaruana:“I think someone just wanted to give a few million people a collective heart attack”.
@gmjlh:“Somewhat of a shock in the Carlsen camp as Bxg2 shows up on broadcast, but luckily some kind of relaying mistake!”
@pogonina: “Carlsen played Bg2, smiled, took out a Men in Black stick, partially erased our memories and went for Bd4 instead”.
@robertiamthelaw: “Carlsen is bending space-time by playing 19…Bxg2 and 19…Bd4 at the same time.”
@TarjeiJS took this picture“Exciting!”
Really? Let’s ask GM @BenFinegold and check some of his tweets about the game:
“Sitting at Starbucks watching Vishy try to tie it up. Looks like 3-4 Tall blondes for me… er… Blonde roast!”
“Commentators smoking too much crack. White much better. 1-0 coming.”
“As I said all along.. draw.”
@ChrisBirdIA: “Anand needs to go back to something other than the DRAWing board.”
@erwinlami: “Missed the last 1,5 hour of play. Cool defense from Magnus. Leaves me wondering if Vishy missed anything big along the way.”
@anishgiri: “And the gloves are back on”
@TerEndle: “Well, a decent enough try from Vishy, but just not enough. It’s a better match than last year, but it’s slipping away from him”.
@ChessMike, who uploaded this picture: “Is it me or did Magnus Carlsen learn some of same facial expressions as Kasparov too?”
@Chessninja has some statistics for us: “Only players to score a win in the final game to level a WCh match: Kramnik 2004 v Leko; Kasparov 1987 v Karpov; Lasker 1910 v Schlechter.”
@oneindia: “Games 1: Draw 2: Carlsen 3: Anand 4: Draw 5: Draw 6: Carlsen 7: Draw 8: Draw 9: Draw 10: Draw (Carlsen 5.5 Anand 4.5)”
One last tweet for today: @vinodharidas:“Ugh. I feel like smashing a chess board”.