First Game in Chess Championship a Draw

A disappointing start to the world championship chess match – a draw very early on into the game based on repetition of moves. Based on the game of chess, a draw is sometimes preferable to continuing the game – however a draw in the teen move count of a chess game is very disappointing and will hurt the popularity of chess as a sport. Not only is this boring for viewers, but especially boring for folks who bought tickets for the match. The first game has Magnus Carlsen playing as white and Viswananathan Anand as black –  a draw is considered by some as a victory for black. What are your thoughts on watching a game that only involves so few moves and so little excitement? The game was one and a half hours. The interview after the game between the two seemed to show Anand as a bit more cheerful than Carlsen, who was disappointed that he had to draw. Below is a photo of the after interview and the last three moves.

The after interview.

The after interview.

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