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Viswanathan Anand vs Sergey Karjakin
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 11, Mar-24
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0
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Mar-24-16
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  paulalbert: As an older guy myself, I like to see the old tiger showing his still sharp claws. However, with the coming world championship match planned ( but details very much up in the air ) for New York, having an American ,Carauana, as the challenger would probably enhance both the general public interest and possibly more local sponsorship.

Frankly either an Indian ( having lost two previous matches ) or a Russian versus a Norwegian ( but Magnus is relatively known and visible in NY for a chess player ) would be of lesser interest except to the serious chess community. Fabiano vs. Magnus would probably get more widespread publicity in the NY area and U.S. generally and also there might be wider interest in the large Italian/American in the NY area, but it would not approach the enormous visibility and interest of Fischer vs. Spassky.

I hope the NY plans do not fall through, since it will mean there is finally another world level chess event in NY that I can attend.

Mar-24-16  Sabuj: It's really a nice game. I just loved it. You're best Anand. Just love you always.
Mar-24-16
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  Sokrates: No-no. This is a mistake. Anand is an ooold player who has the future behind him. He shouldn't compete anymore, he should retire, he has had his heydays, and he outdated. So this is a mistake, it can't happen, it's so much against the course of nature. Shame on you, Anand. You should live up to all the prejudices on age and longevity. Your time is over, let the young and better players come forward!
Mar-24-16
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  whiteshark: <whiteshark: C'mon Vishy, show us your best chess...> Mission accomplished!
Mar-24-16  Petrosianic: It's kind of silly to say Anand is too old to win, then turn around and say he ought to retire to keep himself from winning. Lots of World Champions stayed in the cycle past age 45.
Mar-24-16  not not: old man still pushing the wood... shame!
Mar-24-16  Poulsen: In this game Anand played with the tenacity of Carlsen - so maybe the 'old' tiger has learned something from his struggles against the Magnus
Mar-24-16  drnooo: too bad for da Russian, 36 f 5 seems to hold fairly easily, you're almost by force stuck with taking and then if rook trades its a painless draw,
Mar-24-16
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  offramp: This is the kind of loss that haunts a chess player for months and months.
Mar-24-16  Chessinfinite: <In this game Anand played with the tenacity of Carlsen - so maybe the 'old' tiger has learned something from his struggles against the Magnus>

No, Anand played with the tenacity of Anand. Maybe Magnus learned something from Anand today,

Mar-24-16  thickhead: Congrats to Anand for winning the game and remain in contention.His tenacity and vision are to be appreciated.Regarding the adverse comment of wood pushing one has to see that Carlsen got most of his wins from hopelessly drawn positions.
Mar-24-16  thickhead: Blach should never have played .... a5 the key point in Anand's win.
Mar-25-16  thickhead: In India March 24,2016 is "Holi" festival ,the festival of colors when people apply colors wet/dry on others,supposed to be very auspicious even though nuisance to many. Anand played "holi" with the blood of Karjakin.
Mar-25-16  thickhead: with 3 more games left and Anand in killing mood the outcome is certain.
Mar-25-16  dynamica: After move 9.Bd3 better
9........Ng6

Berlin defence.
Ruy Lopez Opening:
1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bb5 Nf6

Mar-25-16  The Kings Domain: Tough and well-fought game by both players. It's good to see Anand win and make up for his loss against Caruana.
Mar-25-16  jffun1958: 70. ... Rxe7 71. fxe7 Kb7 72. Kf6 Be8 73. Kg7 Kc8
74. Kf8 Kd7 75. Be1

and Bxa5

Mar-25-16  mkrk17: Nice to see Vishy make points out of the endgames. This is the kind of training he needs before meeting MC.
Mar-25-16
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  MissScarlett: It's also nice when Federer wins points using the backhand. He'll need that to beat Djokovic.
Mar-25-16  Haiderobeiss: <<Sokrates: No-no. This is a mistake. Anand is an ooold player who has the future behind him. He shouldn't <compete anymore, he should retire, he has had his heydays, and he outdated. So this is a mistake, it can't happen, it's so much against the course of nature. Shame on you, Anand. You should live up to all the prejudices on age and longevity. Your time is over, let the young and better players come forward!>...Shinoooo ?? or Whattttt??
Mar-25-16
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKK....
Mar-27-16  activechess55: Anand's performance here earned the nickname "Modern-day Capablanca". Justly so. His play here can also be compared to "Poetry in motion".
Mar-27-16
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  MissScarlett: More like <Preparation in Motion>.
Mar-27-16  Chessinfinite: yeah, this was 'preparation' all the way upto move 70
Mar-21-17
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  tpstar: https://youtu.be/IXdNnw99-Ic

A key Candidates Tournament match-up between the previous Challenger and the eventual next Challenger. Anand turned the Berlin Defense into a Ruy Lopez Anderssen with 4. d3 & 5. c3, then after 10. Nxe5 Nxe4 it resembled a Petrov position. Many kibitzers were predicting an early draw after the Queen trade 19 ... Qxg5 20. Bxg5, but Anand played energetically and ground out a win. One rule of thumb with BOOC (Bishops Of Opposite Color) is leave at least one pair of Rooks around to generate winning chances, as otherwise the defending side can easily set up blockade where you can't make progress.

33 ... Be6 looks strange at first sight, giving up the Pe4, but note 33 ... Kf7 34. Rxe4 (Cross-Pin) wins a Pawn, or 33 ... Bh7 34. Rdd7 doubles Rooks on the seventh rank, then 34 ... Rxd7 35. Rxd7 Rb8 36. h4! gxh4 37. g5 and White will crash through while Black is stuck on passive defense. Karjakin also expected to pick off the Pc4 at some point, so material would be even. Note 41 ... gxf5?? is out due to 42. Bf4 (Remove the Guard) and White wins a piece.

White patiently played out the endgame and eventually infiltrated with the King to win. The finish would be 70 ... Rd5+ 71. Kh6 Bg8 72. Kg7 Rd8 73. f7 winning a piece, or 70 ... Rxe7 71. fxe7 Kb7 72. Kf6 Be8 73. Be1 & 74. Bxa5 where Black can't play 73 ... Ka6 due to 74. Kg7 & 75. Kf8 winning the Bishop.

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