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Old 11-06-13, 10:22 AM   #1
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Bruce Pandolfini: "Clearly the Most Excitiing chess Event since Fischer-Spasskey !

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.........that's right folks, this is the chess equivalent of the Thrilla in Manilla, and the Rumble in the Jungle.

It starts November 9th, at the Chennai Hyatt. Be there or be square....


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Clearly, this is the most exciting chess event since the Fischer-Spassky match of 1972. Commentators around the world are betting heavily on the young lion, Carlsen, the highest rated player in history. But Anand is an incredible champion, who has been through the wars, and always seems to rise to the occasion. He is extremely resourceful and a great fighter. Still, Anand will have to be in his best form and continue to evince that resourceful sangfroid he is so admired for in order to stop what seems to be an irresistible juggernaut.

Whatever happens, it will surely be great for chess, the game we all love.

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Every once in a while, in the history of the World Chess Championship, comes a moment — such as Steinitz-Lasker 1894, Lasker-Capablanca 1921 and Kasparov-Kramnik 2000 — when the power passes palpably from one generation to the next. Without wishing to cause distress to the readers of The Indian Express, I venture to suggest that we are at another turning point now This is by no means to imply that Viswanathan Anand will not fight like a tiger against the brilliant, young Nonvegian Magnus Carlsen, or that the defeat of the older man is a foregone conclusion. Nevertheless, it is hard to recall any other match in recent decades where the defending champion has begun with his back so firmly pressed to the wall.

Firstly, the most obvious point is that, at nearly 44, Anand is no longer a spring chicken. In chess terms, he could be considered a veritable dinosaur (incidentally, your 48 year-old writer is the oldest player in the top 100). Concentration wavers in middle-age in a manner if does not when you are in your physical prime. One lapse and you are on your way back to the pavilion. Secondly, motivation sags over time. When you have already achieved everything you could wish for professionally and you have as much money as you need for a good life, other things beome more important — particularly when you have a young child. Success in all sport requires sacrifice and pain: most people tire of it eventually


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...watching chess on TV is clearly akin to watching bicycle racing on TV,
or golf on TV, or maybe watching paint dry on TV.

I will be following the games as god intended, in print and commentary so
that the smart guys can explain to me what the hell is going on and I can
mull it over in my old and confused brain.
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...watching chess on TV is clearly akin to watching bicycle racing on TV,
or golf on TV, or maybe watching paint dry on TV.

I will be following the games as god intended, in print and commentary so
that the smart guys can explain to me what the hell is going on and I can
mull it over in my old and confused brain.
Heh, no doubt.
I've got a book of championship games (no commentary, just the moves) and in fully 3/4s of them I cannot figure out why one side retired.
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Getting excited....rooting for Anand

This fellow does a nice job of explaining why critical moves were made and going thru the "what if's
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Anand vs Carlsen: Game 1 of world chess championship ends in a draw

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CHENNAI: World champion Viswanathan Anand started his title defense in style, holding off world number one Magnus Carlsen
of Norway to a draw in quick time in the first game of the World chess championship on Saturday.

Anand, with black pieces, showed the world that he has come well prepared for the most challenging match yet.

The Indian gave no chance to Carlsen who started with the Reti opening and got nothing with his first white game.

The quick draw, lasting a mere 16 moves, proved Anand's preparation right as Magnus spent more time on the clock in the opening
and still could not get the complicated and sometimes lifeless positions wherein he famously outplays opposition.
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Norwegian Magnus Carlsen holds World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand to a draw
in the second round of the World Chess Championship. Anand played white. The 12-match series is tied 1-1.
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Norwegian Magnus Carlsen holds World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand to a draw
in the second round of the World Chess Championship. Anand played white. The 12-match series is tied 1-1.
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Thus far it's a yawner, with both players just playing solid moves and waiting for an opening.

I think Anand figures he needs to win in the classical rounds, because Carlsen is so much younger
it seems logical he's at some advantage if it goes to blitz. Those rapid and blitz games are where
someone is bound to err, and they can be pretty interesting.

Regardless of the winner, it's a pretty nice payday for both.

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There will be a rest day after the second, fourth, sixth, eighth, 10th, 11th and 12th games.
After the sixth game, the colours will be reversed so Anand would have black in the sixth and seventh games.

The players are fighting for a purse of $3 million with the winner standing to earn $1.45m and the loser just under $1m.
Carlsen has already pocketed $137,000 of the prize fund for agreeing to play on his opponent’s home turf.

The time control for the 12 games will be: 40 moves in two hours for each player, the next 20 moves in one hour and 15 minutes
for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting after move 61.

If the match goes into tiebreakers after a 6-6 tie in Classical chess, there will be a four 25-minute rapid chess games to break the tie.

If that also ends in a tie, blitz chess mini-matches of two games each will be played. If the first set ends in a tie, the second, third and fourth will follow.
In all five sets (10 games) will be played to break the tie.


Even then if the match is tied, the Armageddon (sudden death game) will be applied. In that game, white will get five minutes and black four but black
needing only a draw to win the game and match. The rapid, blitz and Armageddon will have separate draw of lots to choose the colour.


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Here's a simpler rundown of some of the lines in the Caro Kann...

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Chess: the fantasy.





Chess: the reality

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Thus far it's a yawner, with both players just playing solid moves and waiting for an opening.

I think Anand figures he needs to win in the classical rounds, because Carlsen is so much younger
it seems logical he's at some advantage if it goes to blitz. Those rapid and blitz games are where
someone is bound to err, and they can be pretty interesting.

Regardless of the winner, it's a pretty nice payday for both.
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There will be a rest day after the second, fourth, sixth, eighth, 10th, 11th and 12th games.
After the sixth game, the colours will be reversed so Anand would have black in the sixth and seventh games.


The players are fighting for a purse of $3 million with the winner standing to earn $1.45m and the loser just under $1m.
Carlsen has already pocketed $137,000 of the prize fund for agreeing to play on his opponent’s home turf.


The time control for the 12 games will be: 40 moves in two hours for each player, the next 20 moves in one hour and 15 minutes
for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting after move 61.


If the match goes into tiebreakers after a 6-6 tie in Classical chess, there will be a four 25-minute rapid chess games to break the tie.


If that also ends in a tie, blitz chess mini-matches of two games each will be played. If the first set ends in a tie, the second, third and fourth will follow.
In all five sets (10 games) will be played to break the tie.


Even then if the match is tied, the Armageddon (sudden death game) will be applied. In that game, white will get five minutes and black four but black
needing only a draw to win the game and match. The rapid, blitz and Armageddon will have separate draw of lots to choose the colour.


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That is the most complicated tie-breaker ever conceived.

And if the Armageddon blitz should end in a draw White should be issued two knives, and Black a Klingon bat'lath.
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Just so you know how it feels to spend 4 hours watching a drawn chess game...

[h=1]World Chess Championship - Viswanathan Anand draws third game with Magnus Carlsen[/h]


...here's your chance.
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I love playing chess but I suck. Anyone above 2000 can usually crush me. I figure I'll have time at retirement to get better
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I love playing chess but I suck. Anyone above 2000 can usually crush me. I figure I'll have time at retirement to get better
...sadly, the extra time you have to read and run lines is offset by your decreasing ability
to remember the stuff you read or the lessons you learned from running lines.

But it is still a great deal of fun. I really ought to play more, but I'm way busier now than
I was when I worked trying to do all the stuff I'm afraid I'll eventually be too feeble for.


Regarding my own chess abilities, I know just enough to appreciate what happened when
some guy who's serious about the game beats the pants off me.


Anand is some kinda national idol in chess crazy India, and he seems so far to be doing
a whole heck of a lot better than the pundits predicted he would do.
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Games 3 and 4 were fantastic battles even though they ended drawn. Lots of innovative moves were made. The live commentary on the two sites I've been watching it on has been pretty good and informative.

I'm just a wood pusher who was introduced to the game at a young age by my father in an attempt to get me to concentrate and plan.
Can't say that it worked all that well, LOL but I keep comming back to the game mostly as a winter time hobby/exercise. Solving puzzles and analyzing positions from books and software is what I enjoy most.

Enjoy the rest of the match.
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