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Magnus Carlsen Silences His Critics

The simplest way to silence your critics is to do what they claim you can’t do. They may mock your process loudly but never allow their words to cause you to take unnecessary risks. In light of this shocking draw offer from Magnus in a superior position with more time, I reconsider my evaluation ofContinue reading “Magnus Carlsen Silences His Critics”

The Magnus Carlsen Doctrine

There’s more to being the world champion in chess than playing great moves and controlling your nerves. After eleven successful draws against Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen chose to abandon his advantageous position in game 12 in favor of a draw offer. Why would the World Champion do so such a thing? Perhaps as Kasparov putContinue reading “The Magnus Carlsen Doctrine”

Carlsen vs Anand World Chess Championship 2014: Game 11 Analysis

Timing is critical whether you are playing in a poker tournament at your kitchen table or in the World Chess Championship match. Often times, chess players wait until they are too far behind to play ambitiously enough to win the game.  In game 11 of the 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship Match, Viswanathan Anand decidedContinue reading “Carlsen vs Anand World Chess Championship 2014: Game 11 Analysis”

Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 8 Analysis

After an epic battle of 122 moves in round 7, both contestants returned to the chess board in round 8 looking a little worse for the wear. Carlsen, in a World Championship first, even fell asleep in his chair during the early going of the game. Being a point down in the match, Anand returnedContinue reading “Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 8 Analysis”

Carlsen vs. Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 2 Analysis

Game 2 of the 2014 Fide World Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand will likely set the tone for the rest of the match. Magnus Carlsen chose to begin with 1) e4 and Anand attempted to steer the game into an early endgame by way of the Berlin Defense. (Those who followed last yearsContinue reading “Carlsen vs. Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 2 Analysis”

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”

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: Anand vs. Carlsen Game 1

The FIDE World Chess Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen got off to a quiet start in Chennai, India. Viswanathan Anand had no issues with securing a draw with the black pieces and got the job done in a mere sixteen moves. This has to be seen as a small victory for theContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Anand vs. Carlsen Game 1”

Why You Should Care About the Upcoming World Chess Championship Match

On November 9, 2013 the world is going to stop. Billions of people around the globe will be watching live as two titans clash in what may be the greatest chess match ever played. Viswanathan Anand, the Pride of India, will be taking on the charismatic “Mozart of Chess,” Magnus Carlsen.  By the end ofContinue reading “Why You Should Care About the Upcoming World Chess Championship Match”