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Viswanathan Anand vs Luke McShane
London Chess Classic (Group A) (2013) (rapid), London ENG, rd 4, Dec-12
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0


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  HeMateMe: The eternal question: Why does Anand get these positions against some GMs, but not against Magnus Carlsen?
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  LucB: If you ever find out why, please let Anand know, he'd appreciate the info!
Dec-12-13  peddagunnu: Wow! Anand unleashed!
Dec-12-13  Bob Loblaw: <HeMateMe> Not sure I under stand your comment since Anand got just such a position against Carlsen in the penultimate game of their match. You will recall that Magnus went all-in on the queen's side while Vishy had all his guns trained on the Norwegian's King, just as in the above game. In the former game, the engines concurred that with best play on both sides, a draw was the just outcome. As we all know, Anand blundered and lost. Incidentally, if you analyze the Anand - McShane encounter above with an engine as your assistant, you will discover that Englishman had the best of it until he erred on move 26.
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  Richard Taylor: Which means Anand needed to play more such spirited games. He seemed a bit hesitant as to what "way" to play but his forte (despite the nonsense talked) is imaginative attacks and creative combinations (although he has played some problem like endings) it could be this shows he still has a few shots left!
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  Reisswolf: Anand has played very well so far in this tournament. But let us not forget the gulf in defensive abilities between Carlsen and the rest of the world.
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  perfidious: Carlsen's defensive and endgame skills are probably worth, at a conservative estimate, 700 points over any other human player.

I, too, can make foolish statements, albeit tongue in cheek.

Dec-13-13  Kaspablanca: HeMateme:Thatīs a good question, Vladimir Kramnik gave the answer when he said Anand played with fear to Carlsen.
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