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|Mar-28-10|| ||ganstaman: <pskogli: If you do a Topalov vs Annand search on this site. Annand wins 23 to 14 and 49 draws.>|
There are rapid and blindfold games in there. Also, how relevant do you think games from the 1990s are to how these two are playing now? I'm sure someone could or has already come up with more relevant stats.
|Mar-28-10|| ||Knight13: <gangstaman> So we only look at the recent matches instead. Topalov and Anand are very close.|
|Mar-28-10|| ||AuN1: recently anand has not played anyone with the same style as topalov, so i don't think any of his past few tournaments could really give a gauge as to how he will perform against the bulgarian. of all the active players, i would say that aronian's play is most similar to topalov's, which does not bode well for anand.|
|Mar-28-10|| ||Bridgeburner: It's quite likely Anand has been keeping his powder dry with his preparation for the upcoming match. It would explain his conservative opening play in recent tournaments.|
I predict some interesting opening innovations, some real fireworks, 60/40 on Topalov to win, but no great surprise if Anand retains the title.
|Mar-28-10|| ||RubberCheck: The old FIDE system was the best. A recognizable undisputed champion for 3 years. The world chess champion is now like the heavyweight boxing champion; no one knows (or cares) who it is anymore.|
|Mar-28-10|| ||Paul123: Matsumoto Wrote: ***** Quote "My vote would go to Magnus Carlsen. But I suppose the World Champion title won't be decided by votes. And neither will is be decided by who is the worlds best chess player!" end quote *****|
Tournament play is way different than Match play Matsumoto..even though Carlsen has the highest rating, he might not be the best at Match play. Look at what happen to Topalov when he played McDrawnik... he lost the first few games... and was basically out of it early on...
|Mar-28-10|| ||NrthrnKnght: seems we have a topalov party here.How about this anand in a +2 VICTORY.The draws will get to him and then...|
|Mar-28-10|| ||messachess: The consensus seems to be that Topaov has the best chance of winning. So, I'll root for Anand.|
|Mar-28-10|| ||suplexer: Qjuice14 are you so certain that Magnus Carlsen is a better player than Vishy anand? There is a difference between being better and having more energy. Even Carlsen himself will tell you that Anand's best is more accurate than his own. Carlsen perhaps is just a better tournament player, as he is able to give his all in more games than Anand, and is willing to take more risks. But for instance it is pretty clear Anand would probably thrash Carlsen if they were to play a classical match right now. Carlsen is able to pick apart 2680-2740 opponents now with more frequency than Anand partly due to the fact that Anand's preparation for 2800+ Veselin Topalov means he is looking for forced winning lines that are tricky enough to beat a 2800 plus player. His mindset doesnt allow for ''this might confuse him'', but rather no matter what he does here he will lose.|
|Mar-28-10|| ||thegoodanarchist: <thathwamasi:
the unfortunate truth is that majority of Indians do not know that they have the current chess world champion... The only champion they know is Sachin Tendulkar (of course he is one of the greatest cricketers...)....>
What do they think of Sir Don Bradman?
|Mar-28-10|| ||orio24: <HeMateMe: <orio24> What results in the past 12 months allow you to conclude that Topalov has been playing better chess?>|
I think he has won Linares, right? Anand is no able to win the major tournaments recently.
|Mar-29-10|| ||HeMateMe: <orio24> Well, Anand was yes able to play well in all the big tournaments this year. Topalov didn't play as much; it cant be determined if one big result, Linares, is his level of play for an entire year. His lack of activity this year makes a direct comparison difficult.|
Thats why this match is so anticipated; there are many unknowns.
|Mar-29-10|| ||amadeus: I am rooting for Anand, but I wouldn't care if Topalov were to win the unified world title. A player of his caliber certainly deserves it.|
|Mar-29-10|| ||jhoro: <suplexer: But for instance it is pretty clear Anand would probably thrash Carlsen if they were to play a classical match right now.>|
Not so clear if you actually look at their games in the last year. Carlsen is 4-0 in 2009 with 3 draws. These wins were from 2 blitz, 1 blindfold and 1 classical. In 2010 they had 1 draw. In addition, in some of the drawn games Anand was on the ropes. Carlsen has made very significant progress in the last couple of years.
|Mar-29-10|| ||siamesedream: How many people can you name in this picture?
Some current stats [Anand vs Topalov games in 2006-2009 (only resulting games)] here:
|Mar-29-10|| ||strifeknot: <amadeus: I am rooting for Anand, but I wouldn't care if Topalov were to win the unified world title. A player of his caliber certainly deserves it.>|
But a person of his character doesn't. It'd be like Henry Kissinger winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
|Mar-29-10|| ||Chess Network: I vote for Anand after 4. Nevermind...this isn't Chess-Boxing. :)|
|Mar-29-10|| ||Sacsacmate: <orio24: ..Anand is no able to ...>|
<HeMateMe: <orio24> Well, Anand was yes able to..> :) nice piece of sense of humour
<HeMateMe> is one of many guys that make CG such a good place
|Mar-29-10|| ||paavoh: @ jhoro: <<suplexer: But for instance it is pretty clear Anand would probably thrash Carlsen if they were to play a classical match right now.>>|
<Not so clear if you actually look at their games in the last year. Carlsen is 4-0 in 2009 with 3 draws. These wins were from 2 blitz, 1 blindfold and 1 classical. In 2010 they had 1 draw. In addition, in some of the drawn games Anand was on the ropes. Carlsen has made very significant progress in the last couple of years.>
Agreed that Carlsen has improved a lot, but bear in mind that it is Anand not Carlsen who is going to play for the WC title - perhaps Anand could not afford to play it all out in 2009 and risk exposing his preparations for the match?!
|Mar-29-10|| ||7Heaven: Well,I guessed right that Topalov would beat Kamsky and Anand would come over Kramnik. But this is really a tough call,you can only say that it's 50-50.|
I 'll risk and say Topalov will win because there's the motivation of returning to the top as world champion
|Mar-29-10|| ||Troller: <qjuice14: "It's a funny world we live in, where the greatest player of all time seconds the strongest active player, and where the strongest active player in turn seconds the world champion."> Are you saying Carlsen is seconding Anand? Or do you mean that Peter Heine Nielsen is the strongest active player now?|
I believe Anand's team was seen in a bakery in Germany, and it is similar to the one from the Bonn match (Nielsen, Kasimdzhanov, Ganguly - I'm not sure about Wojtaszek).
Cheparinov is definitely in Topalov's team, as confirmed by Danailov, I don't know about any others.
|Mar-29-10|| ||That old ennui: With a match every year, the Champ would always have the excuse of preparation to explain his poor results in tournaments, wouldn't he?|
Topalov was shaky vs. Kamsky, who was also not at his best. He will need to play much better against Anand.
In a short match like this, it's similar to overtime in basketball: the odds shift heavily in favor of whoever scores first.
|Mar-29-10|| ||Check It Out: This is going to be a good one. Maybe it'll go down in history as one of the greats, or maybe it'll just go down. Topalov seems hungry for the title and Anand seems like he's in a fog; I think he's pulling the old rope-a-dope! This whole thing with acquiescing so easily to holding the match in Sofia is curious. Perhaps Anand wants to chop down the Bulgarian in his home land for some good reason. Anand in 12 after being down early on is my prediction. Either that or Danailov with a first round knockout!|
|Mar-29-10|| ||siamesedream: <Cheparinov is definitely in Topalov's team, as confirmed by Danailov, I don't know about any others.> In Linares 2010 Erwin l'Ami and Jan Smeets were Topalov's seconds... Probably they still work with him...|
|Mar-29-10|| ||AdrianP: Anand won against Kramnik by playing ultra-aggressively, perceiving that this would result in positions where Kramnik would feel uncomfortable. This approach paid dividends, in part, because it is a natural extension to Anand's normal playing style. I just hope that he doesn't decide to play ultra-solidly against Topalov, which might be thought to be the corresponding match strategy, because I don't think this will come particularly naturally to Anand - he'll start frustrating himself as much as his opponent!|
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