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|Aug-20-06|| ||percyblakeney: Anand could go for a win if he wanted to, but he seems to be happy with a draw and nothing wrong with that...|
|Aug-20-06|| ||ARMENIA: <you vs yourself> thank you... Well congratulations to Aronian! |
God Bless Armenia
|Aug-20-06|| ||jamesmaskell: Radjabov wont win from the current position. I expect a resignation soon. Anand is pressurising Radjabov. He should cut his losses. Hes done his best but today is not his day. Nice try though. Havent seen the Moscow Sicilian for ages!|
|Aug-20-06|| ||ArmeniaNL: Nice, Anand is winning against radjabov, beautiful game!!!!|
|Aug-20-06|| ||percyblakeney: Yep, Radjabov declined the repetition and played on to lose instead. He did well up until his 3-2 lead and then things started to go wrong, but beating Anand in rapid chess isn't easy...|
|Aug-20-06|| ||jamesmaskell: Anands got it for sure. Radjabov cannot get it, a clear passed h-pawn. Whites got it. Theres no other option left. Ill shoot myself if Radjabov wins this game! Anand only needs a draw to retain his title.|
|Aug-20-06|| ||jamesmaskell: Its over, Anand wins!!!!! Well done to ol' Anand who yet again wins the Rapid title. Props to Radjabov who put up a strong fight but man, what a cool game!|
|Aug-20-06|| ||doremi: Anand has officially won the game and retained his Rapid Chess World Championship title for the 9th time. Congrats!|
|Aug-20-06|| ||you vs yourself: Anand won!!
This was a tough match, a nice character test for him. He had to comeback twice. And when he absolutely needed to win on the final day, he sac'd pieces in both games and won 2-0.
|Aug-20-06|| ||percyblakeney: Anand played well in the last games and didn't give Radjabov any chance. Still a tough match for him, last year he had 4-1 after 5 games against Grischuk, this time it was 2-3 before Anand showed that he still is by far the best rapid chess player in the world.|
|Aug-21-06|| ||SNiraj: <Anand showed that he still is by far the best rapid chess player in the world> CONGRATS VISHY!!!|
|Aug-21-06|| ||Chess Lou Zer: <percyblakeney>, <SNiraj> <Anand showed that he still is by far the best rapid chess player in the world>|
By far?? What happened here then?
|Aug-21-06|| ||percyblakeney: <By far?? What happened here then?>|
He's not won every game he's played, but in general this graphic shows the difference between Anand and others in rapid chess:
|Aug-21-06|| ||hitman84: Aronian is simply the strongest fischer random chess player at the moment.Congrats to him!|
Amazing last couple of games by Anand.
The double Knight sacrifice game against Ponomariov is still ripe in my memory Anand vs Ponomariov, 2002
He certainly knows to finish it in style in rapid games!
|Aug-21-06|| ||SNiraj: <He's not won every game he's played, but in general this graphic shows the difference between Anand and others in rapid chess> If Anand had to have a rating in rapid chess what would it be? 2850? 2900? Any estimates?!|
|Aug-21-06|| ||positionalgenius: <SNiraj>Not 2900.More like 2830.He's very strong at rapid but not unbeatable.|
|Aug-22-06|| ||epsilone: < Aronian is simply the strongest fischer random chess player at the moment.Congrats to him!
The strongest, but with fast time controls. Remember, these games were played with the same amount of time than the rapid games. I don't think that Aronian would have beaten Svidler with a classical time control. Aronian is very fast and is very strong whether it is random chess or classical chess once the time gets shorter... IMO the fact that it was rapid time controls is at least as important as the fact that it was not real chess and was a key factor to decide who was going to be the winner.
|Aug-22-06|| ||percyblakeney: Radjabov probably had better chances to win the match against Anand than the 3-5 result implies. Leading 3-2 he showed up late for the round that did start on time and missed the drawing line in time trouble, then missed the drawing line again in the next game and of course avoided going for the draw in the last game. In any case there's no doubting that the best player won the match...|
|Aug-22-06|| ||SNiraj: <positionalgenius> 2830? That would be my guess as well ...|
|Aug-22-06|| ||you vs yourself: <percyblakeney> We can probably find a drawing line for almost every chess game lost, can't we? ;)|
|Aug-23-06|| ||percyblakeney: <We can probably find a drawing line for almost every chess game lost, can't we? ;)>|
True :-) And it's probably slightly harder to find those draws OTB against Anand, with one minute against ten in the endgame, than with the help of various chess engines...
|Sep-15-06|| ||saturn: Watched Anand's interview on Doordarshan after the telecast of the Mainz Classic recently. Amazing how much love he still has for the game!|
|Sep-19-06|| ||SNiraj: Will Vishy play Kasim in next Mainz?|
|Sep-19-06|| ||saturn: <Will Vishy play Kasim in next Mainz?> I think so.|
|Oct-04-06|| ||Plato: <Epsilone: I don't think that Aronian would have beaten Svidler with a classical time control. Aronian is very fast and is very strong whether it is random chess or classical chess once the time gets shorter> |
Anybody who wins Linares, which had classical time controls, obviously has incredible strength over the board. Remember that he defeated Svidler at Linares in their individual encounter! As with Anand, Aronian's results can't be explained away by the speed of his play. Does speed play a factor? Of course it does. As with Anand, the ability to think quickly can be a big advantage. But there is no doubt that he is one of the very elite grandmasters in terms of sheer strength. If speed alone could make the difference between a regular grandmaster and an elite one, Tkachiev, Nakamura, and many others would be rated much higher than they are.
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