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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
Carlsen - Anand World Championship Match (2014), Sochi RUS, rd 6, Nov-15
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Maroczy Bind Reti Variation (B41)  ·  1-0


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Nov-17-14  PaulLovric: 26...a4 is a huge mistake and cost Anand the game
Nov-17-14  Chessmusings: Game six thoroughly analysed:
Nov-17-14  DaveK: <HowDoesTheHorsieMove> Thanks for that!
Nov-17-14  erniecohen: <<PaulLovric>: 26...a4 is a huge mistake and cost Anand the game>

It was a huge mistake, but the current opinion is that 26...a4 wasn't losing and that 26...♘xe5+ might not even be winning.

Nov-17-14  anandrulez: My question is why play such a bad opening - was it miscalculation ? Did he have to start active defence with the a3 idea - isn't it very committal ? Also does his a3 idea work ? It does appear Anand was more worried than calculating OTB to me.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi erniecohen:

"....but the current opinion is that 26...a4 wasn't losing and that 26...xe5+ might not even be winning."

26...a4 may still hold but 25...Nxe5+ winning two pawns, spinning the game heavily in Anand's favour and shattering Carlsen's confidence was the way to go.

There is still work to do after 26...Nxe5+ but it's Carlsen fighting for the draw. I'm sure Anand would not have lost it.

That is why the miss was so critcal. Anand lost the game. Now somehow he now has to win one.

Nov-19-14  MindCtrol9: If Caruana would be playing this match, Carlsen would be in a real bad situation.I think Anand played this game too weak.
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  chancho: That's speculation based on Caruana's results against Carlsen of late.

In such a hypothetical scenario, it does not necessarily follow that Carlsen would be "in a real bad situation."

A player like Carlsen is capable of making adjustments.

Nov-20-14  capafischer1: Chancho is right %100. you have to look at their whole body of work. the fact of the matter is Fabiano places too much chess is extremely active and it backfired on him on the second candidates tournament he couldn't even win it somebody close to 80 Points lower won that one. Fabiano is an awesome player and very humble but facts are facts Magnus Carlsen is the world chess champion the world rapid champion and the world blitz champion. I hope that clears it up for all the doubters and fan boys.
Nov-20-14  john barleycorn: <chancho: ...

A player like Carlsen is capable of making adjustments.>

Accepting 2nd prize? :-)

Nov-20-14  IraqSon: The most ridiculous game in WCCs history
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  perfidious: Guess <IraqSon> has never played through any of the closing 'games' of Botvinnik-Petrosian 1963, in which the champion threw in the towel.
Nov-26-14  fisayo123: <Perfidious> I LOL'ed.
Nov-26-14  fisayo123: <IraqSon> Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006


Nov-27-14  alfamikewhiskey: Interesting about the prep:

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  thegoodanarchist: <tranquilsimplicity: <csmath> I agree with you to a large extent that Carlsen and any other strong player can be beaten in many ways, and there is no single recipe to beat him.

However, please note the following: ...

I stand by my comments; to beat Carlsen, though he is perfectly well rounded, your best chance is to be aggressive!!#>

And noted chess author Simon Webb, states the same in his book, "Chess for Tigers".

First of all, he defines a Tiger as a player seeking a practical result above other goals (such as playing a beautiful combination). Given the fact that these top chess players were of course seeking a win against a stronger opponent, Carlsen, they were using the best approach for victory against a stronger player.

And that approach is to mix it up tactically. Keeping the position simple plays into the hands of the better player, so that would be the best approach if you want to beat someone lower rated than yourself.

But if they are stronger, in order to maximize your winning chances you must lead them into the swamp of tactics and hope they miss a shot before you do!

Feb-15-15  Imran Iskandar: I like to think that if Anand dug in and found 26...Nxe5, we would have a different World Champion by now.

Bring on the arguments by the people who disagree with the above.

Mar-30-15  Superjombonbo: 26...Nxe5 wins 2 pawns or more.
Mar-31-15  1d410: There will soon be better players who don't miss these tactics...
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  whiteshark: <The minute that could have changed <chess history>>

Game 6 of the Carlsen-Anand rematch. Magnus was in complete command of the game, until he made a blunder that left him with a lost position. <After a minute of enormous tension> Vishy failed to spot the blunder and went on to lose a tragicomic game.

The English and Russian live broadcasts on the game picked that precise moment to take <the worst-timed commercial break in modern sporting history> [LOL], but our Spanish commentary team was still live. The reaction by Spanish no. 1 GM Francisco Vallejo and IMs Lawrence Trent and David Martínez was priceless. Knowing Spanish is a bonus, but completely unnecessary to grasp the drama:



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  moronovich: Thanks for the hillarious link <whiteshark> !

And yes it cost me 500 dollars,that famous overlook from Anand ):

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  keypusher: <whiteshark> Un error brutal!!
Jul-27-15  RookFile: 11.... Bxc3. A move you make with reluctance. Bye-bye black squares when you play this way. But, Anand must have figured something like Ne4 and Nd6 was in the works, when you have to make the trade anyway. This way, you at least get doubled pawns out of the deal.
May-07-16  Sergio 1: 26 Kd2? is an outright blunder which should have been punished. 27 ...a3?? how could a former world champion not see 27...Ne5 which wins two pawns and the game,a tragic comical game not suitable for any chess lover !
Nov-14-16  dinulipatti: Sergio: it's easy to criticize from the comfort of an armchair!!!
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