Carlsen vs. Anand: World Chess Championship 2014

Championship rematches are a source of the historic rivalries which provide intrigue for fans and motivate the competitors to perform at their highest level. Historically, chess has had many such occasions because a World Champion who failed to defend his title used to be awarded an automatic rematch. The fact that there is no longer aContinue reading “Carlsen vs. Anand: World Chess Championship 2014”

Happy New Year: The Best of my Chess Musings for 2013

As I look back on the past 12-months, I can say it has been quite a year for chess! With a new World Chess Champion and business for my nonprofit booming, I anticipate another fun and exciting year in 2014. To end 2013, I have chosen to recap my most popular chess posts of thisContinue reading “Happy New Year: The Best of my Chess Musings for 2013”

World Chess Championship 2013: Round 10, The Game of Thrones

In the final game of the 2013 FIDE World Championship Match, Viswanathan Anand employed the Sicilian Defense with poor effect against Carlsen’s Moscow Variation. Magnus cruised through the opening with a nice advantage in space and remained in control of his destiny for the entire game. The most remarkable aspect of Magnus Carlsen’s play inContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Round 10, The Game of Thrones”

World Chess Championship 2013: Anand Drops His Sword in Round 9

Behind by two points with a maximum of four rounds left,  Anand had to attack with the white pieces in round 9 because he faced the grim prospect of never having another opportunity to make the first move as a World Champion again. Vishy chose “pawn to d4” as his first move in, what willContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Anand Drops His Sword in Round 9”

World Chess Championship 2013: A Flawless Draw in Round 8

  I actually really enjoyed round 8 of the 2013 Fide World Championship Chess Match. First off, Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand played an opening variation of the Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense that has not been used in World Championship play since 1886! Secondly, Carlsen and Anand played a flawless chess game and continued toContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: A Flawless Draw in Round 8”

World Chess Championship 2013: Anand Stops the Bleeding in Round 7

  After two difficult losses in game 5 and game 6, Viswanathan Anand was able to regain his form and create a draw in round 7. To his fans, this was seen as a disappointing result. Anand’s many critics seem unable to comprehend that, “Sometimes, in order to win the war, you must first stopContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Anand Stops the Bleeding in Round 7”

World Chess Championship 2013: Anand Loses Again in Game 6

The 2013 Fide World Chamionship Match is close to being over at the half-way point. Viswanathan Anand received his second straight loss after playing poorly in a “drawish” rook and pawn endgame. At the press conference, for the second round in a row, Anand failed to recognize the location of his actual loosing mistake. WhatContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Anand Loses Again in Game 6”

World Chess Championship 2013: Carlsen Wins Game 5!

In Round 5 of the 2013 Fide World Chess Championship Match, Magnus Carlsen delivered a figurative punch to the gut of the Champion, Viswanathan Anand. It has become clear that Magnus Carlsen respects Viswanathan Anand’s  opening knowledge much more than he respects his actual chess skills. Carlsen’s plan with the white pieces has been toContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Carlsen Wins Game 5!”

World Chess Championship 2013: Anand vs. Carlsen Game 4

The Anand-Carlsen World Championship Match of 2013 is evolving into a sporting event similar to that of Ali-Frasier 1971. In both cases, the battles were marketed as being the “Fight of the Century/Match of the Century ” and in both cases the athletes exceeded the promotional hype with super human abilities during the event. JoeContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Anand vs. Carlsen Game 4”

World Chess Championship 2013: Anand vs. Carlsen Game 3

The third game of the Anand-Carlsen World Chess Championship Match was perhaps the most exciting and revealing game yet. Magnus Carlsen employed the Reti Opening as white but it was Anand who seemed better prepared for its complexities. After gaining an advantage, Vishy, as in game 2, failed to take the risks necessary to reallyContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Anand vs. Carlsen Game 3”