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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
Tal Memorial (2013)  ·  Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  1-0
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Jun-19-13  csmath: There are many errors Anand made in this game:

17. ... Bc8? & 19. ... Be6

bad plan that sets black into difficult and cramped position.

20. ... dxe4?

unnecessary retake that opens center for white.

21. ... Qd7?!

retreat in already difficult position. Perhaps not an error but surely a sign of reluctance.

And finally

27. ... Rdd8?

losing move since if black played 27. ... Re7 there is still a lot of game to play assuming black is determined to defend. It is not clear that a pawn would be enough to win the game at all.

The whole game was played rather timidly by black.

Jun-19-13
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  morfishine: While its easy to be critical of Anand's play, its important to give credit where credit is due: Carlsen moved with airtight firmness. If nothing else, it was refreshing to see Carlsen win a game in less than 89 moves
Jun-19-13  WiseWizard: Carlsen ends the game with 15 straight top houdini moves.
Jun-19-13  achieve: Kudos to Houdini, then, to play the same moves as the highest ever rated human being.
Jun-19-13
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  wordfunph: <solskytz: Bh3!! A move with pepper.>

<sols> right! Vish took around 20 minutes to reply with Kh8, his awkward d7 rook in trouble.

bitter loss :(

Jun-19-13
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  Ulhumbrus: This game brings to mind the game Kasparov vs Short, 1993 Following the exchange of White's c pawn for Black's e pawn and the move ...c6 Black is in trouble if White can play the advance e4. This advance has to be regarded as a potential threat. The question which Anand has to ask himself and answer is : Under which circumstances does White not manage to thus play the advance e4?

In the famous game Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1938 Reshevsky says that Botvinnik knows how to create difficulties for his opponent. By the move ..Nd7 Botvinnik threatens to occupy c4 vis b6 if White plays e4, but Botvinnik's development was more advanced than Anand's.

An aternative is to play the move ...c5 before White plays e4. That means that Black has to be able to handle the hanging pawns.

A third alternative is to hinder the brilliant resource of Bb4!!. This is not new. It was employed by Petrosisn in the game Petrosian vs Reshevsky, 1966

The move e3 can help White. In the famous game Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 after White shut in his B by e3, Black was take all kinds of liberties such as ...Nc6 and...a5. Botvinnik seemed unable to even begin to take advantage of Black's backward c pawn.

This suggests that after White has shut in his QB by e3, Black may be able to hinder the move Bb4 by taking liberties suh as ...Nc6 or ...a5.

Jun-19-13
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  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Anand, 2013

<WiseWizard: Carlsen ends the game with 15 straight top houdini moves.>

Wow, *incredible* accuracy by Carlsen, Houdini-like.

Jun-19-13
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  Pedro Fernandez: Hard to see this kind of defeat by Anand, but Carlsen comes improving his chess. Very interesting their match on November, who will win? I don't know.
Jun-20-13
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  Ulhumbrus: As my previous post contained some typing errors, I am sending it again. If this still contains some, so be it.

The move 6...Be7! spends a tempo but conserves the bishop pair, after White has spent a tempo onthe moves 6 a3.

7...Nxd5 concedes to White an advantage in space. 7...exd5 avoids making the concession, as in the game Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1938 and it keeps open such options as ..Nc6 or ...a5 as in the game Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 .

10 Nxd5 relinquishes White's advantage in space.

At the end White has a bishop for a knight in an opened position and on this occasion it is a very, very powerful bishop

It seems that Anand needed to overlook only one or two things to land in very serious trouble. The only remedy for that is to gain as much added experience from losing games against the computer or a training partner, instead of having to learn something additional about the position at the unpleasant price of losing an important game.

This game brings to mind the game Kasparov vs Short, 1993

Following the exchange of White's c pawn for Black's e pawn and the move ...c6 Black is in trouble if White can play the advance e4. This advance has to be regarded as a potential threat.

The question which Anand has to ask himself and answer is : Under which circumstances does White not manage to thus play the advance e4?

In the famous game Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1938 Reshevsky says that Botvinnik knows how to create difficulties for his opponent. By the move ..Nd7 Botvinnik threatens to occupy c4 via b6 if White plays e4, but Botvinnik's development was more advanced than Anand's.

An alternative is to play the move ...c5 before White plays e4. That means that Black has to be able to handle the hanging pawns.

A third alternative is to hinder the brilliant resource of Bb4!!. The resource of the move Bb4 is not new. It was employed by Petrosian in the game Petrosian vs Reshevsky, 1966

The move e3 can help White towards the purpose of hindering the move Bb4, amongst other things.

In the famous game Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 after White shut in his B by e3, Black was take all kinds of liberties such as ...Nc6 and...a5. Botvinnik seemed unable to even begin to take advantage of Black's backward c pawn.

This suggests that after White has shut in his QB by e3, Black may be able to hinder the move Bb4 by taking liberties suh as ...Nc6 or ...a5.

Jun-23-13  solskytz: Who will win in November?

I don't know, but it will be Carlsen, and soundly.

Jun-24-13  Just Another Master: <Talisman> I agree its hard not to root for those you grew up watching, and played a couple of 5-1 minute games against getting mashed, but greatness as I get closer to my own demise is something I appreciate more and more, I have seen Kasparov, and since I was too young missed Fischer so I want to see Carlsen at that historic level.
Jun-26-13  Neogy: Just thinking outside the box - could Anand be blowing smoke @ Carlsen? Playing like this so as to give the impression (and convincingly so) of a guy on the decline. And then play his best chess in November? And hopefully surprise Carlsen... dunno...
Jun-26-13
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  Bureaucrat: <Neogy: Just thinking outside the box - could Anand be blowing smoke @ Carlsen? Playing like this so as to give the impression (and convincingly so) of a guy on the decline. And then play his best chess in November? And hopefully surprise Carlsen... dunno...>

Has Anand been blowing smoke for years? I think Anand is simply weaker now than five years ago. He is not faking it.

Jun-26-13
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  talisman: <Just Another Master> agree...there's no doubt who the favorite is right now.
Jun-26-13
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  whiteshark: IM Andrew Martin has annotated this <commemorable> game for BCM in a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1qh...
Jun-27-13
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  talisman: thanks <whiteshark>.....
Jul-06-13
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  wordfunph: "That was one of the worst. Not only did I lose, I lost embarrassingly. The game was over in just a couple of hours. It was a really, really off day. It's a pity. Something clearly just went wrong and I have some idea what it is. I will work at fixing that problem, but it is one among many problems that have cropped up."

- Vishy Anand

http://www.chessbase.com/Home/TabId...

Oct-21-13
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  Kinghunt: This game is the last one played by Anand and Carlsen before their upcoming match. It's sure to have some kind of psychological impact on both of them as they train and mentally prepare.
Oct-22-13  siamesedream: Game with post mortem to repeat here:

http://chesstv.com/en/broadcasts/176

Nov-04-13  Mr. President: http://memegenerator.net/instance/4...
Nov-07-13  Talismun: 26.... Ng8? .. Seems quite on the Blackfoot. Anand could have still had a better end game with the Knight in play instead of tucking it by the King, like say a Ne4 instead. I am not so sure Carlson was brilliant in this game, seemed more like Anand checked out. It was not like materially or positionally black was at a terrible disadvantage.
Nov-07-13  Talismun: Actually looks like 26 ... Ng8 is good and it was the next move 27...Rdd8 that did him in..
Nov-12-13
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  WoodPushkin: Just studied this game...

27...Rdd8? is just chess blindness. As I played through the game in NIC magazine I couldn't figure out why text and not 27...Re7. Checked on Stockfish/Critter and they said the same.

If class C player can see this immediately than obviously Vishy's mind was elsewhere.

Nov-12-13
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  Kinghunt: <WoodPushkin> To be fair, black is in for an incredibly tough time and is probably ultimately lost after 27...Re7 too.
Mar-01-14
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  devere: 25.Bh3! is amazingly strong.

Carlsen played the game beautifully. Anand played poorly for a World Champion.

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