Viswanathan Anand stomed back into the title race with a decisive, crushing win over titleholder Magnus Carlsen, just two days after the latter had grabbed the lead in the World Chess Championship in Sochi, Russia.
The match is now tied. Each player has a point and a half, with 9 games left to go.
It was a must-win situation for Anand, playing white. It was also his first victory over Carlsen in some time. And it completely changes the vibe at the WCC. Both players have now landed heavy blows and done so with powerful, exciting chess.
After being defensive during the last year's championship and in the first two games, Anand finally decided to get aggressive and fall back on his biggest advantage: a deep understanding of chess theory.
It was a brilliant decision and Carlsen's weakness of not having studied openings as deeply as Anand, who is from a generation of elite players for whom opening study was critical.