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The Greatness of Viswanathan Anand

Question: Which Indian GM can replace Vishy Anand? Answer: In a recent interview, Viswanathan Anand likened the the proliferation of chess Grandmasters in India to a “snowball effect.” This common analogy couldn’t be more fitting for how the Anand Effect has so rapidly increased the popularity and skill level of chess in his native India.Continue reading “The Greatness of Viswanathan Anand”

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 10 Analysis

The tenth game of the 2014 FIDE World Championship Match between two of most talented chess players ever was a study in adaptation. Anand opened, as I expected he would, with “1.d4″ and Magnus Carlsen chose to play the Grunfeld Defense. A brilliant strategist, Viswanathan Anand knew that he could not play against the GrunfeldContinue reading “Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 10 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 7 Analysis

The best chess education available comes from attempting to grasp the work of the greatest masters. In game 7 of the 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand, students of the game are treated to a battle between the great master of maneuvering and the great master of the fortress.Continue reading “Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 7 Analysis”

Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 6 Analysis

Chess is sometimes a cruel game. I was reminded of this in game 6 of the 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanthan Anand. Early on, Anand dug himself into a hole by choosing passive play and dubious plans. There was a glimmer of hope when Magnus Carlsen tossed him aContinue reading “Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 6 Analysis”

Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 5 Analysis

With both players even after four games and Magnus Carlsen due to get the white pieces in rounds 6 and 7, it was important for Viswanathan Anand to make good use of being white in round 5. Vishy once again began with “1. d4” but this time, a more prepared Carlsen, demonstrated his incredible knowledgeContinue reading “Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 5 Analysis”

Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 4 Analysis

After a disappointing loss in Game 3, Magnus Carlsen returned with the white pieces and played “1. e4” in game 4 of the 2014 FIDE World Championship. Viswanathan Anand replied with c5 and the hopes of again proving that his opening preparation is superior to the young Norwegian’s. However, Magnus opted out of the mainContinue reading “Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 4 Analysis”

Carlsen vs Anand 2014 Word Chess Championship: Game 3 Analysis

Viswanathan Anand was in a desperate search for a victory in Round 3 and he found it! A large portion of today’s game followed established Queen’s Gambit Declined Theory. On move seventeen, it was obvious by Magnus Carlsen’s agonized expression and long pause that he was unprepared for Anand’s Ng5. What followed was a brilliant displayContinue reading “Carlsen vs Anand 2014 Word Chess Championship: Game 3 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 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 1 Analysis

The 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship began today in Sochi, Russia. This is a rematch from last year’s world championship in which Norway’s Magnus Carlsen stole the crown from India’s Viswanathan Anand. Thus far, both players seem much more relaxed in 2014 than they did in their previous encounter. In round one, Carlsen attempted to surpriseContinue reading “Carlsen vs. Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 1 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: 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 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”

World Chess Championship 2013: Anand vs. Carlsen Game 2

So, as in game 1, the second round of the 2013 World Chess Championship ended in a rather short draw. Many chess enthusiasts feel that this is the sort of play that gives chess a bad name among sports writers and casual fans. However, this is far to simplistic of a view point given theContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Anand vs. Carlsen Game 2”

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”

World Chess Championship 2013: Preview 3 of the Anand-Carlsen Match

In our third preview game of the 2013 World Chess Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, we are going to examine a stunning defeat of Anand at the hands of the cunning Russian chess player, Alexander Morozevich. In my humble opinion, this game clearly illustrates what is perhaps the best strategy for MagnusContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Preview 3 of the Anand-Carlsen Match”

World Chess Championship 2013: Preview 2 of the Anand-Carlsen Match

In our first preview game to the 2013 World Chess Championship, we studied a game where a young Magnus Carlsen demolishes his opponent. In preview two to the World Chess Championship Match between Anand and Carlsen, we will examine a game where our current World Chess Champion destroys Vassily Ivanchuk with style.   [Event “It”]Continue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Preview 2 of the Anand-Carlsen Match”