Game 6: Ruy Lopez meets Magnus force

Uh oh. While Anand did the right thing and opened with the best move available, 1. e4, he ran into the apparently unstoppable force that is Magnus Carlsen.

The game, a Ruy Lopez, went into a rook and pawn ending which computers evaluated as equal, but which as we know doesn’t mean much when you don’t have the luxury of relying on their evaluations when the clock is ticking.

White to move and draw (which didn't happen)

White to move and draw (which didn’t happen)

See full game here. I can’t find a link now, but apparently Anand at the post-game press conference got a little snippy with a journalist asking stupid questions (as they are wont to do). Understandable reaction, and actually kind of silly they make the loser of a 5 hour long game sit there and answer dumb questions. But I guess that’s the downside of defending your world champion crown.

Before you read the professional commentary to the game, take the position above and analyze it, try to find the best move for both sides.

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