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Anand 
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Viswanathan Anand
Number of games in database: 2,786
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2785 (2809 rapid, 2811 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2817
Overall record: +605 -202 =929 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1050 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (469) 
    B90 B33 B30 B32 B42
 Ruy Lopez (314) 
    C78 C67 C89 C88 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (154) 
    C89 C88 C92 C84 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (120) 
    B90 B92 B93 B96 B97
 French Defense (120) 
    C11 C10 C18 C19 C12
 Caro-Kann (87) 
    B17 B12 B14 B18 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (254) 
    B90 B92 B48 B84 B65
 Ruy Lopez (132) 
    C78 C80 C88 C65 C67
 Queen's Indian (115) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Semi-Slav (100) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D46
 Sicilian Najdorf (83) 
    B90 B92 B97 B96 B91
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B12 B18 B17 B19 B13
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Aronian vs Anand, 2013 0-1
   Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 0-1
   Anand vs Topalov, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Anand vs Lautier, 1997 1-0
   Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 0-1
   Anand vs Topalov, 2010 1-0
   Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 0-1
   Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 1-0
   Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 0-1
   Anand vs Bologan, 2003 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Kasparov - Anand World Championship Match (1995)
   Karpov - Anand World Championship Match (1998)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007)
   Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008)
   Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010)
   Anand - Gelfand World Chess Championship (2012)
   Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   SIS-MH Masters (2003)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2004)
   Chess Classic Mainz (2008)
   7th Corsica Open (2003)
   Corsica Masters (2004)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Corsica Masters Knockout (2011)
   Chess Classic Mainz (2006)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1998)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1996)
   Corsica Masters (2006)
   Dortmund Sparkassen (2004)
   Corus (2007)
   36th Olympiad (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Anand! by amadeus
   Admirable Anand! by chocobonbon
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1990-1999 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   anand's ruylopez as white by senankit
   Anand's immortal by senankit
   admirable anand by senankit
   anand's ruylopez with black by senankit
   anand ruylopez as white by senankit
   Exchange sacs - 2 by obrit
   anand at his best by senankit
   Anand vs World Champs decisive games+ vs Asians by visayanbraindoctor
   end games by senankit
   Ruy Lopez Closed by Volcach

GAMES ANNOTATED BY ANAND: [what is this?]
   Nijboer vs Anand, 1998

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VISWANATHAN ANAND
(born Dec-11-1969, 44 years old) India

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Vishwanathan Anand ("Vishy" to his fans) was the 15th undisputed World Champion, reigning from 2007 until 2013. He was also FIDE World Champion from 2000-2002. He was born in 1969 in Mayiladuthurai, a small town in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, but grew up in Chennai. His mother taught him to play chess at age 6.

Trailblazer

As an Indian and as an Asian chess player he blazed a trail with a number of firsts, including in 1984 becoming the youngest Indian to earn the title of IM (aged 15), becoming the youngest ever Indian Champion at 16, becoming in 1987 the first Indian to win the World Junior Championship and India’s first grandmaster, and becoming India’s (and Asia’s) first World Champion. He was also the first World Champion since Robert James Fischer and the second since Max Euwe who did not originate from one of the countries of what was the Soviet bloc. Moreover, he was the first and only player to have won the putative world championship via knockout tournament, round robin tournament and traditional match play.

Championships

<Youth and Junior>: Anand’s first serious impact in Indian chess was as a 14 year old, winning the 1983-84 National Sub-Junior Championship with a perfect score of 9/9 points. From 1983 until 1986, he was the National Junior (under 19) Champion and in 1984 and again in 1985 he won Lloyd’s Bank Junior championship. Also in 1984 and again in 1985, Anand won the Asian Junior (under 19) Championships, the youngest to achieve this distinction. Anand capped his junior career by winning the 1987 World Junior Chess Championship.

<National>: He won the Indian National Championships in 1986, 1987 and 1988.

<Continental>: In 1986, he won the Arab-Asian International Chess Championship. In 1989, he won the 2nd Asian Active Chess Championship held in Hong Kong. In 1990 he won the Asian Open Chess Championship in Manila.

<World>: Anand’s first tilt at the World Championship cycle occurred during the last of the traditional FIDE cycles that had been established after World War II, albeit a cycle cut short at the final by Kasparov’s split from FIDE in 1993. Anand kicked off his world championship campaign when he won the gold medal at the 1990 Asian Zonal Championship, qualifying for the Manila Interzonal later that year. He came 3rd at that Interzonal, half a point behind co-leaders Vassily Ivanchuk and Boris Gelfand, thereby qualifying for the Candidates Matches. In 1991, he defeated Alexey Dreev in Chennai in the first round of Candidates matches, but lost to Anatoly Karpov in Brussels in the quarter finals.

In 1993, he came =1st with Michael Adams at the PCA Interzonal tournament in Groningen, the strongest Swiss tournament played until that time. Also in 1993, he contested the 1993 Biel FIDE Interzonal Tournament, coming 10th in a tightly fought contest, but nevertheless qualifying for the FIDE Candidates cycle. In the PCA Candidates, he defeated Oleg Romanishin 5-2 in a best of 8 match held in New York in 1994, then followed up shortly afterwards with a 5.5-1.5 demolition of Adams at Linares in the Candidates semi-final. In Las Palmas in 1995, he met and defeated Gata Kamsky in the final for the right to meet Garry Kasparov. In 1995, he met Kasparov at the World Trade Center in New York to play the match. After an opening run of eight draws, Anand won game nine but then lost four of the next five to concede the match 10½–7½. Conversely, in the concurrent FIDE cycle, Anand lost his quarter-final match to Kamsky, who went on to lose the 1996 FIDE championship match against Karpov. In 1997, Anand won the knock-out matches at Groningen for an opportunity to challenge FIDE World Champion Karpov, defeating Predrag Nikolic 2-0, Alexander Khalifman 3.5-2.5 (in the rapid and blitz tiebreak), Zoltan Almasi 2-0, Alexey Shirov 1.5-0.5, Boris Gelfand 1.5-0.5, and Adams 5-4 in a hard fought sudden death tiebreaker. In the 1998 FIDE cycle, FIDE controversially seeded the reigning champion Karpov directly into the final against the winner of the seven-round single elimination Candidates tournament. Despite coming through an extremely arduous campaign of 31 games in 30 days, Anand was able to draw the regular match 3-3, forcing a rapid playoff. However, the rapid playoff was won 2-0 by Karpov, allowing him to defend his FIDE championship.

In 2000, he beat Alexey Shirov 3½–½ in the final match held at Tehran to become the FIDE World Chess Champion, after defeating Viktor Bologan, Smbat Gariginovich Lputian, Bartlomiej Macieja, Khalifman, and Adams in the preliminary rounds. He failed to defend the title in 2002, losing in the semifinals to Ivanchuk after defeating Olivier Touzane, Peter Heine Nielsen, Vladislav Tkachiev, Dreev, and Shirov in the earlier rounds. Anand did not compete in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), but tied for second with Peter Svidler in the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) at San Luis in Mexico with 8½ points out of 14 games, 1½ points behind the winner, Veselin Topalov. On the basis of his results at San Luis, Anand was seeded directly into the double round-robin FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007) in Mexico City, which he won with a score of 9/14 points, a full point ahead of joint second place finishers, Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand, thereby succeeding Kramnik as the title holder of the unified World Championship. In Bonn in October 2008, he successfully retained his crown when he won the twelve-game Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) by 6.5-4.5 (+3 -1 =7). The following year, he successfully defended his title in the Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010) by 6.5-5.5 after winning the 12th and final classical game scheduled for the match. In May 2012, he faced the winner of the World Championship Candidates (2011), Boris Gelfand, to again successfully defend his title, winning the Anand - Gelfand World Chess Championship (2012) 2.5-1.5 (+1 =3) in the rapid game tiebreaker after drawing the classical games 6-6 (+1 -1 =10).

As a result of Magnus Carlsen winning the World Championship Candidates (2013), the Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) was played in November 2013. The first four games were drawn before Carlsen won the fifth and sixth games. The seventh and eighth games were drawn, with Carlsen then winning the ninth game and drawing the tenth and last game to win the crown from Anand. Final score was 6.5-3.5 (+3 =7) in Carlsen's favor.

Anand's loss in the World Championship match did, however, qualify him to play in the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014), which he won with a round to spare. He will therefore challenge Carlsen in a rematch to be held in November 2014.

Tournaments

Anand is the only player to have won the super tournament at Wijk aan Zee (Corus from 1989-2010) five times. He is the first player to have achieved victories in each of the three big chess supertournaments: Corus/Wijk aan Zee (1989, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006), Linares (1998, 2007, 2008), Dortmund (1996, 2000, 2004).

One of Anand’s earliest serious successes in international tournaments that brought him to international attention include his tie for first place in the Sakthi Finance International Grandmasters Chess Tournament in 1987, enabling him to win his third GM norm, and thereby becoming the youngest Grandmaster in the world at that time. In 1989, he competed in the 4th International Games Festival in France, placing 2nd overall in the Veterans vs. Youth Tournament, although he was 1st in the Youth category. During that event he beat former World Champions, Mikhail Tal and Boris Spassky in their individual encounters. In 1990, he won the 1990 Manchester Chess Festival and was =1st in the 1990 Triveni Super Grandmasters Tournament in Delhi. In 1992, Anand took out 1st in the category 18 Reggio Emilia Chess Tournament ahead of Kasparov and Karpov in the strongest tournament ever held until this time. Also in he won the 1992 Goodrich Open International Tournament in Kolkata and won the category 18 Alekhine Memorial tournament in Moscow ahead of Karpov. This raised his rating to 2700, and was only the 8th person to reach that mark at that time. In 1994, he won the PCA Grand Prix in Moscow ahead of Kasparov

Major successes followed rapidly in 1996, when he finished 2nd at the Las Palmas super tournament and at the Magistral Tournament in Leon. There followed, in 1997, wins in the category 19 tournament in Dos Hermanes, the Invesbanka Chess tournament in Belgrade, the Credit Suisse Classic Tournament in Biel, and 2nd place in Dortmund. In 1998 he won the category 21 (average 2752) Linares tournament, as well as at Madrid and at the Fontys-Tilburg International Chess Tournament. In 1999, he won again at Wijk aan Zee. In 2000, he was runner up at Linares, won at Leon (beating Shirov 1½:½) and at Dortmund and also at the 2000 FIDE World Cup in Shenyeng, defeating Evgeny Bareev 1.5 - 0.5 in the final to win. He successfully defended his World Cup title in 2002 in Hyderabad. In 2001, Anand finished 1st in the 2nd Torneo Magistral Tournament in Mexico City, a clear point ahead Nigel Short, Khalifman and Hernandez. In 2002, he won the Eurotel World Chess Trophy in Prague, defeating Jan Timman (2-0), Khalifman (2-0), Sokolov (1.5-0.5), Ivanchuk (2.5-1.5) and Karpov (1.5-0.5) in the final. He won Corus in 2003 and 2004, and took out Dortmund in 2004. In spring of 2006, following a record-extending fifth victory at Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006), Anand became only the fourth player ever to crack the 2800-Elo mark in FIDE ratings, following Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, and Veselin Topalov. A few months after he won the World Championship in 2007, he won the (category 21) Morelia-Linares (2008) outright with 8.5 points, winning at Linares for the third time in his career. Following mediocre (for Anand) results in 2012 which saw him slip out of the top 5 for the first time in nearly 20 years, Anand scored 8/13 to place =3rd behind Carlsen and Aronian at the category 20 Tata Steel (2013) event, and defeated Aronian in round 4 in a game that is becoming known as Anand's Immortal.*

2013 saw Anand breaking his tournament drought by winning outright at the category 19 GRENKE Chess Classic (2013) with 6.5/10, winning in the last round to head off Fabiano Caruana by half a point at the pass. This was his first tournament win since Linares in 2008. A few weeks later he placed 2nd behind Caruana at the Category 21 Zurich Chess Challenge (2013) with 3/6 (+1 -1 =4), losing one game to Caruana and defeating Kramnik in his sole win. In April-May 2013, Anand placed outright 3rd at the category 20 Alekhine Memorial (2013), a half point behind Levon Aronian and Gelfand, with 5/9 (+2 -1 =6), a par for rating performance. Soon afterwards he played in the category 21 Norway Chess Tournament (2013), scoring 5/9, another par for rating effort. His next tournament was the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013) in June 2013 was one of his worst results in many years, finishing near the bottom of the field with 3.5/9 (+1 -3 =5), also causing him to shed 11 rating points and four places in his world ranking.

After he lost his title defense to Carlsen, Anand next's tournament was the category 23 Zurich Chess Challenge (2014) in which he placed 4th with a scored of 2/5. In the lead up to the return match against Carlsen in November 2014, Anand placed a decisive 1st at the category 21 Bilbao Masters (2014), winning with a round to spare in the six game round robin event.

Olympiads

Anand played board 4 for India in 1984, and top board in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2004 and 2006, winning a silver medal on top board in 2004.

Matches

In 1992, Anand defeated the then number 3 Vassily Ivanchuk by 5:3 in a match held in Linares. In 1997, he played an exhibition simul against 6 computers at the Aegon Man Vs Computers chess event, winning 4-2. In 1998 at the Siemens Nixdorf Duell (Rapid) event in Frankfurt, he beat the then world open category computer chess champion Fritz 5 (1.5-0.5). In 1999 at the Torneo Magistral de Ajedrez in Leon, he beat Karpov 5:1. He won the 2001 "Duel of the Champions", defeating Kramnik in a rapid game match 6.5-5.5 and in 2009, he defeated Leko 5-3 in the Leko - Anand Rapid Match (2009).

Teams

In 1986, he won a team silver medal and a an individual gold medal for board four in the Asian Team Championship. He scored 7/7 in the 1989 Asian Team Chess Championship thereby helping his team to a team bronze as well as winning the top board prize as well as the individual best performance of the tournament. He has played in the Bundesliga, the French and Hungarian Team Championships and the European Club Cup. In 2009, he lead the Rest of the World from board 1 to a decisive 21.5-10.5 victory in the Azerbaijan vs the World (2009) event. He played top board for Baden-Baden in a couple of rounds, helping his team to win the 2013-14 Bundesliga.

Rapids

Anand has always been renowned for the speed of his calculation and moves. His early classical games were often played at close to blitz speed and this prowess has stood him in good stead to enable him to become perhaps the greatest blitz and rapid player of all time. His prowess at quick-play chess has earned him the nickname "The Lightning Kid."

The Chess Classic at Mainz, essentially the annual open world rapid championship, that had commenced in 1994 and finished up in 2010 had become Anand’s personal property as he won it 11 times out of the 17 times it had been staged, including nine consecutive wins from 2000 through to 2008. In addition, he has won the annual overall Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Championships in 1994, 1997, 2003, 2005 and 2006, the Amber Rapid 7 times, and he was the only player to win the blind and rapid sections of the Amber tournament in the same year (twice: in 1997 and 2005). Other significant sequences were the six consecutive wins at Corsica from 1999 through 2005, and seven wins at Leon in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, Ciudad de Leon XVIII (2005), XIX Ciudad de Leon (2006), and 2007. Other victories include 1st place at the 1996 Credit Swiss Rapid Chess Grand Prix, in Geneva, where he beat Garry Kasparov in the final, 1st in Wydra in Haifa in 1999 and 2000, 1st in the 2000 Plus GSM World Blitz Chess Cup in Warsaw where he won outright with 17.5 Points in 22 Games, defeating Karpov, Gelfand and Svidler, 1st in the 2000 Fujitsu Siemens Giants Chess (Rapid) in Frankfurt, winning the 2006 Mikhail Tal Memorial Blitz Tournament in Moscow with 23/34, which involved winning 11 out of 17 mini-matches to claim the strongest Blitz tournament in the history of the game, beating his eventual successor to the rapid crown, Aronian, by a 2 point margin. He is also the 2003 FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion by virtue of winning the Cap D'Agde FRA (2003). On 27 March 2011 in Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Anand defeated Rustam Kasimdzhanov in a rapid play match by 3.5-0.5 and in September 2011, he won the Botvinnik Memorial Rapid (2011) ahead of Aronian, Kramnik and Carlsen with 4.5/6 (+3 =3 -0). In In June 2011, he won the rapid XXIV Magistral de Ajedrez Ciudad de Leon (2011) 4.5-1.5 (+3 -0 =3) and in October 2011, he defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov by 2-0 in the final to win the Corsica Masters Knockout (2011).

Anand competed in the rejigged London Classic of 2013, and qualified for the final rounds by placing =1st in the London Chess Classic (Group A) (2013), but then lost to Kramnik in the London Chess Classic (Knockout) (2013). He placed =2nd in the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) with 10.5/15, half a point behind the winner, Carlsen, whom he defeated in their individual encounter, and scored 13.5/21 (placing =5th) in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014).

Awards

Anand has won the Chess Oscar on 6 occasions, in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008. He has received many other national and international awards including the Arjuna award for Outstanding Indian Sportsman in Chess in 1985, the inaugural Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India's highest sporting honour in the year 1991–1992, the British Chess Federation’s 'Book of the Year' Award in 1998 for his book My Best Games of Chess, the Padma Bhushan in 2000, the Sportstar Millennium Award in 1998 from India's premier Sports magazine for being the sportperson of the millennium. In 2007, he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian history and received the 'Global Strategist Award' for mastering many formats of World Chess Championships by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in 2011.

Personal

Anand holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Loyola College in Chennai, India. Previously, he attended High School at Don Bosco. He is married to Aruna Anand and lives in Chennai along with his son Akhil Anand. In August 2010, Anand joined the Board of Directors of Olympic Gold Quest, a foundation for promoting and supporting India's elite sportspersons and potential young talent. In 2010 Anand donated his World Championship gold medal from his successful 2008 title defense to the charitable organisation "The Foundation" to be auctioned off for the benefit of underprivileged children.

Rating and Ranking

<Standard> Anand is one of six players in history to crack the 2800 mark, peaking at 2817 in 2011. As of 1 October 2014, his rating was 2785 making him the world #6. He remains the top rated player in the Asian region.

<Rapid> 2809 (world #6); and

<Blitz> 2811 (world #8).

Sources and references

Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; Biography of Anand at the official FIDE website for the 2012 World Championship match: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/prese...; Wikipedia article: Viswanathan Anand; * Aronian vs Anand, 2013


 page 1 of 112; games 1-25 of 2,786  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Van der Wiel vs Anand 1-027 1984 ThessalonikiB42 Sicilian, Kan
2. Anand vs A Greenfeld 1-080 1984 Lloyds Bank opB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. K Perera vs Anand 1-060 1984 Asia-ch U20 8thC70 Ruy Lopez
4. D Alzate vs Anand 0-166 1984 ?B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Anand vs M Apicella 1-025 1984 Champigny sur Marne opB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. Anand vs D Hergott 1-038 1984 ThessalonikiB33 Sicilian
7. Anand vs C Hansen ½-½19 1984 ?B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. P Ostermeyer vs Anand 0-141 1984 ThessalonikiA15 English
9. Kiril Georgiev vs Anand 1-035 1984 Wch U20E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
10. Piket vs Anand 0-144 1984 Wch U20A48 King's Indian
11. Blatny vs Anand 1-032 1985 SharjahB25 Sicilian, Closed
12. Anand vs A J Mestel 1-025 1985 LondonB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. P Mithrakanth vs Anand 0-130 1985 IndiaB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. Anand vs Ivanchuk ½-½50 1985 Wch U20C78 Ruy Lopez
15. V Perera vs Anand 1-029 1985 9th Asian Junior ChC05 French, Tarrasch
16. P Paiewonsky vs Anand 0-131 1985 Wch U20D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
17. Anand vs Dlugy 1-060 1985 SharjahB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
18. Anand vs Seirawan ½-½45 1986 DubaiC16 French, Winawer
19. Sax vs Anand 0-130 1986 PhiladelphiaB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Anand vs Bareev 1-027 1986 GausdalC16 French, Winawer
21. Anand vs N Murshed 1-060 1986 CalcuttaB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. Anand vs T Thorhallsson  1-039 1986 GausdalB57 Sicilian
23. Anand vs C S Pitigala 1-036 1986 Asia-chT fin 06thB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. Anand vs D Barua 1-042 1986 CalcuttaC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. Anand vs M Burgess 1-048 1986 OakhamC10 French
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Jan-07-10  Mr. Bojangles: Anand hasn't won a biggy in a little while so I expect him to take 2010 Corus in style.
Jan-07-10  CruyffTurn: <Mr. Bojangles> I think the opposite, he'll be saving his opening prep. for Topalov. Wouldn't surprise me if Anand had a poor tournament finishing mid-table.
Jan-07-10  Mr. Bojangles: <CruyffTurn: <Mr. Bojangles> I think the opposite, he'll be saving his opening prep. for Topalov. Wouldn't surprise me if Anand had a poor tournament finishing mid-table.>

All this talk about "hiding prep" is over-killed and overrated.

You guys make too much of the influence of opening preparation in determining the outcome of games.

The vast majority of games are won from the middle to end games phase. With few exceptions most GMs come out of the opening phase with near-equality or full equality.

To win tournaments u need very good form and some luck, any GM with a considerable dose of both would win ... 'hiding opening preparation or not'.

Jan-07-10  bharatiy: I agree with hiding preparation especially for Anand after what we saw he doing with Kramnik match coming. In Bilbao he was there only to take appearance fee. So I wont be surprised that he draws a lot and short ones. Its excusable up-til and until he wins the match.
Jan-08-10  VaselineTopLove: When does Corus start?
Jan-08-10  FHBradley: January 16th: http://www.coruschess.com/
Jan-08-10  ycbaywtb: is it possible Anand could underestimate Topalov in any way?
Jan-08-10  lotus123: <is it possible Anand could underestimate Topalov in any way?> Nothing is impossible.
--Nepolean

You cannot rejoin a broken egg.
--Me

Jan-08-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  visayanbraindoctor: <Mr. Bojangles: The vast majority of games are won from the middle to end games phase. With few exceptions most GMs come out of the opening phase with near-equality or full equality.>

And your statement is correct. I agree.

However, it would not harm, and would possibly benefit Anand to have a very opening prep in his upcoming match, so that he would enter most of his middlegames with at least equality. If he loses even a single game near the beginning of the match due to a devastating Topalov novelty, it could wreck havoc on his morale and motivation in the remainder of the match. We have seen this happen in his WC match with Kasparov. There, Anand simply stopped playing well after being crunched by a Kasparov opening novelty.

Among oldies playing excellent chess, how could I forget Smyslov who reached the 1983 Candidates finals vs Kasparov at the age of 61 (!). And produce such a masterpiece as this:

Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983

Jan-09-10  bharatiy: I dont understand why people still remember that 1995 match. Its almost 15 years old thing. I am sure Anand has changed for better particularly in psyche
Jan-09-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Well, I think its an amazing achievement. Smyslov was world champion in '53 or '55, I think. Nearly 30 years later, he is in the semifinals to challenge Karpov for the World Championship.

I don't think there's ever been anything like it in chess. Lasker played some great tournaments into his 60s, but Candidates match play is a different sort of gruelling thing.

Whatever happened to Ribli? He must have retired from chess fairly early.

Jan-09-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  visayanbraindoctor: <HeMateMe: Candidates match play is a different sort of gruelling thing.>

To place Smyslov's achievement in perspective, to reach the Candidates finals in 1983, he had to become the third best chess player in the world by virtue of actual competitive play against other top players (and not by any kind of rating), having to survive an Interzonal tournament and two Candidates matches without losing (although he could 'only' tie Huebner).

Number three in the world at age 61 is almost unbelievable, save that Smyslov actually did it. In fact, if it had been some other GM that he faced in the finals, and not a peaking Kasparov, he could very well have crashed through and become Challenger again after 30 years!

Here is his crucial win against Huebner in his first 1983 Candidates match, and it is also a masterpiece, at age 61 or any age!

Smyslov vs Huebner, 1983

As I have said, Vishy should have not much trouble playing top class chess until his early 50s, as long as he is properly motivated.

Jan-09-10
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  paulalbert: <visaybraindoctor> I am certainly in agreement with your admiration of Smyslov, one of my inspirations as a boy in the 50s, and agree that his performance at 61 was amazing. Met him once in NY when he played in NY tournament. I am also great admirer of Vishy whom I have had the pleasure of meeting several times. I am not sure whether top players today can last as long as some of the past greats. The demands are greater: need for constant preparation and much more frequent high level competition, more younger top notch talents nipping at your heels very early, etc. On the other hand, the financial rewards are greater at the very top, which means if one is financially prudent, one can merely play in later years as an eminence grise without the necessity to win every time and to continue to seek the absolute pinnacle, so staying motivated may be more difficult Also, read your biographical writeup. Particularly agree with your assessment of ratings, what I call insufficient crossover of groups, which undermines having too much faith in ratings as gospel truth of a players' comparative strength. Paul Albert
Jan-12-10  extremeintellect: Just came across a Danailov interview
http://interviews.chessdom.com/dana...

A little dated though but this is what Danailov said -

<"I suppose that in the next six months from Anand's team will make everything possible to require unfulfillable conditions during the negotiations for the contract for the match, in order to make us nervous. ">,

Maybe Kramnik was right after all that Anand made a mistake agreeing to play at a venue controlled by Danailov.

Jan-12-10  bharatiy: There is always extra fun to kill the animal in his own cave( home, nest, hole.. whatever), even if that animal is only a rat and not Lion.
Jan-15-10  yalie: Anand once again gets a black more at Corus. This must be the longest such sequence at any tournament for any player (since 2004 - 6 straight times - he didnt play in 2009).

http://www.coruschess.com/schedule....

Jan-15-10  yalie: first round Karjakin - Anand

memories of "A Corus Line": 24..Nc7!!

Karjakin vs Anand, 2006

Jan-15-10  Mr. Bojangles: <Anand once again gets a black more at Corus. >

There goes the 1st excuse, the tourney hasn't even started yet.

Jan-15-10  bharatiy: Thats not an excuse, because Anand was first two times and second two times of those five years ( when he had more black). Sixth time is about to begin. Lets see. Enjoy chess!!
Jan-17-10  VaselineTopLove: Looks like Anand is going to continue with his strategy of not playing 1.e4 against seasoned GMs in order to hide his prep for the WC match, while solidifying his understanding of d4 openings. So we can expect him to draw most games at Corus.
Jan-18-10  yalie: Anand wants to set a few personal records in this tournament:

Most moves: Anand is at 174 after 3 games - compared to, say Kramnik, who has just 87 for the same three draws.

Most minutes: No games have ended well before the first time control and, in at least the first two games, Anand had less time than his opponent well into the game. Of course, in the end, he had more time left in all three, but still not what we are used to seeing.

Most draws to start a tournament: I may be wrong, but I do not recall Anand with three draws in the first three rounds of a supertournament.

Jan-18-10  percyblakeney: Anand's latest Twitter comment, after round 2:

<sorry guys, sorry to disappoint u, still struggling with poor form, things just not going right for me, that incisiveness totally missing>

http://twitter.com/vishyanand

Jan-18-10  yalie: contrary to Anand's own comments, I have liked his play here. He has defended effortlessly when needed and conjured up advantages out of nothing. Also keep in mind, he's yet to play Smeets, Tiviakov, Van Wely, Caruana etc.

Here is Kasparov on Anand's second round performance:

http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...

<For much of the afternoon, the engines were claiming that the World Champion was in trouble with white against Short, but Kasparov felt differently. "Engines!", he snarled, and was full of praise for Anand's double pawn sacrifice, which he described as "very creative, very entertaining, and very impressive". The Indian eventually regained both pawns, with a double rook ending, which the thirteenth World Champion thought should be winning for White. However, Anand was unable to convert his advantage, in the face of tenacious defence from Short, and the game ended in a draw.>

I think Anand's tweet reflects his disappointment at not winning against SHort than anything else.

And Yermolinsky in chessninja.com DD has this to say about Anand's play so far:

<Whatever Vishy said in an interview has to be exactly opposite to how he really feels. Here he plays loose and fun chess, something that he hasn't done in many years - which indicates no pressure. Remember him groveling for a draw against Ivanchuk in the Slav? No more of that.>

Jan-19-10  Udit Narayan: Come on Vishy, we believe in you!!! Rekindle that old flame!!! Start 2010 with a bang!!!
Jan-19-10  percyblakeney: <Macauley spoke with Anand in Wijk today and confirmed that this Twitter account is NOT being run by Anand! Oops, got pwnd on that one, my apologies. When it appeared I asked a guy at The Hindu who interviewed Anand if it was him and he said yes, so at least I wasn't first. But my bad, big time. The Corus folks need to stop quoting that feed!>

http://www.chessninja.com/dailydirt...

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