Magnus Carlsen said he was happy to break the deadlock finally, but felt that there was quite some way to go in his World Championship match against the reigning champion Viswanathan Anand.
Anand was once again asked about the opening preparations by Carlsen, considered the weakest link in the challenger). He didn’t give an elaborate answer, saying it was too early to make an analysis of that.
Carlsen reminded that the World Championship was not about drawing first blood. “It is about who wins the match,” he said.
Asked whether he would draw strength from the last two World Championships (against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in 2010 and Israels’ Boris Gelfand in 2012), where he rallied to take the title, Anand said: “Ideally, I would have preferred another result.”