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|Nov-18-13|| ||achieve: Anand now appears a toothless Tiger, also quite sad to see him almost phlegmatic about the whole thing, "you just try your best, it's one of those days"... and on and on. Please bring on the next cycle, this man really hardly wants it, the spirit seems out of the bottle just about entirely, and Carlsen said almost a year ago the same thing in London: "He just doesn't have that killer instinct anymore" and as he said that, quite emotionally, he clenched his right fist. Anand doesn't clench those anymore, apparently. |
A game barely over two hours and another 3 fold repetition in 2 hours, followed by some very dejected answers at a flat pressconference... So far - in my personal opinion - a <very> disappointing Match for the Chess Crown.
I hope Magnus does a few things as White in the remainder of this, because today he even looked quite bored at a certain point, almost blitzing his moves not looking that interested.
|Nov-18-13|| ||moronovich: Hello <achieve > !
Yeah,quite a toothless tiger.
I think I heard (on norwegian television)
that he had consulted a shrink and is now trying to rebuild his selfconfidence.And perhaps playing it safe and trying to strike back with the black pieces tomorrow.On the flat pressconference(agreed) he occured with a better mentally condition than the day before yesterday.IMHO.
So tomorrow is absolutely the last call
IMO.But most likely the train is gone and if the killerinstinct too, then what is left ?...(Carlsen ! would be the answer;).
I dont feel that disappointed but I can easily understand when you do.
Take care and see you around !
ps.In the scenario we have now it could very well be a noteable disadvantage to play on the hometurf:the fear of looking " like an idiot" when going all in, may prevent him from that !?
|Nov-18-13|| ||virginmind: After today's game and press conference, it appears to me that Anand pretty much accepted to himself the idea that he lost the crown. Just look at his face and mimics/gestures: he barely manages to hide his despondency. At times his eyes were simply telling: its time for me to go.|
And understandably so: he is two points down with 5 games to go, on his own turf. Theoretically there's enough time to make a come back, but realistically, with all the data at hand, I doubt there is anybody who genuinely believes he can make it.
|Nov-19-13|| ||virginmind: Here we go again...well, Magnus' remark at the press conference pretty much summed it up today's game vein: I was not in the mood for thinking anyway :)|
Overall Carlsen appeared rather bemused with Anand's play, given the match situation, as if thinking: Hey Vishy, really now, is that all you've got? If so, than it suits me - why should I press for a win in the remaining games?
I think it was pretty much obvious just looking at them: Vishy a quiet/gloomy acceptance of the match outcome, Magnus - a distracted/puzzled/ocasionally joking winner.
|Nov-21-13|| ||moronovich: Morning <achive> and <viginind> !|
What a figth today -Ra6!? just played.
Today they are really playing for all 3 results.
A very complicated game and though I cheer for Magnus it is good to see there is more tiger than mouse in Anand today :)
|Nov-21-13|| ||achieve: Good afternoon, Moro!
I wonder why Magnus is letting Anand run this phalanx of pawns on his K-side head on, and be crushed there with his remaining pieces hardly developed, plus a knight on the rim with few prospects (a6).
Very strange decisions by Magnus to allow this storm gathering... I assume Carlsen is calculating the options but this seems like asking for trouble.
|Nov-21-13|| ||achieve: I mean who wants that horrid f6 pawn planted in your camp, with a fairly easy follow up of Queen along the a-file, penetrating... f6 could come right after ...b3 as played last move by MC. But White has a few other plans of attack to choose from, imo.|
|Nov-21-13|| ||moronovich: Morning <achieve> !
Extremely tactical right now.Anand has Qf4,Nh5,Qg4,Nf6 1-0 i think and Carlsen has also some tactics with Nb4(especially with the Queen on b6.
But we will se.All 3 results are possible now and the stakes are high.
|Nov-21-13|| ||achieve: Magnus is "chest-breathing", and at a slightly higher rhythm than normal. But really he should be breathing from his stomach. He looks fairly confident, though, still, in his face. My guess is he just keeps calculating...|
|Nov-21-13|| ||moronovich: the above were just a few lines of what tactics there are in the position.|
the long think of Anand also indicates this.But good to see the game is so rich.
Nervewracking stuff :)
|Nov-21-13|| ||achieve: Carlsen has to find all those perfect moves, "if they exist."|
|Nov-21-13|| ||moronovich: The long think of Anand combined with my impressions of his face/body suggests he has lost some orientation.
And perhaps another sign of aging..
-b3 was only for the most brave
|Nov-21-13|| ||achieve: or the most stupid, if he gets mated. All calculation, accurate at that, but it seems that |Anand| lacks one tempo to mate Carlsen directly.|
|Nov-21-13|| ||moronovich: 28-Qe1! and it is over !
Really extremely hardcore from Magnus !
|Nov-21-13|| ||moronovich: And now o-1 officially
which means 3 matchballs to Magnus !
|Nov-21-13|| ||virginmind: Oh boy! The tiger has indeed awaken, only to selfdistruct by a blunder in the end. Very strange from Vishy, as he was not in time trouble, he calculated for half an hour no doubt this attack (including the acceptance of pawn promotion by Magnus) and still he failed to calculate that barring the check with either the bishop or the knight on e1 its not the same! I find this rather unacceptable at this level.
Was his concentration overshadowed by the excitement of this position? Is it all explanable by the age difference between the two? hard to say...|
What it's not difficult at all to say though, is that, with 3 wins needed in the remaining 3 games (only to equalise the score and go to tie breaks!), there's no chance Vishy will be able to do it. The tiger may be awaken, but it's psychologically death striken.
Hourray to the new world champion!
|Nov-21-13|| ||moronovich: Good post <virginmind> !|
Roughly same thoughts here and I am prety shure it is an age thing too,which doesnīt in anyway detract something from Magnusībrilliant play.
Peter Heine told me 4 years ago about Anands agin.He said it in a neutral voice,just something like a bussiness caculation.Anands own statements during variuous tornaments seem to confirm this.
And it is very good for the whole chess world that we now have a new champ IMHO.
So tomorrow will 90% shure be a dull draw and celebration time.See you then ? And take care.
All the best - moro.
|Nov-22-13|| ||virginmind: Hi <moro>, yup, celebration time today maybe, if not a little bit postponed :) But who cares, happiness should be all over Scandinavia anyway, am I not right? :)|
Let's see if Anand decided for a tough fight up to the very end, or rather he will consider it more or less a formality and make a short draw today...
|Nov-22-13|| ||achieve: I'm in for a good game, a fight, not those sissy games they have been playing sofar, with a few exceptions. They ought to owe it to the unprecedented number of fans and followers.|
Just Play Chess.
That's why we play this game and like to watch it.
Of course congrats to the newly "to be" crowned champion, but we need a match that endorses Chess, soon, with at least two parties that want to make life as difficult for the other as possible.
Some of these games here weirdly seem pre-arranged, even. Very weird when you are rolling up your sleeves for the Big Title.
|Nov-22-13|| ||moronovich: Good morning <achieve> !|
So today we most likely will have a new champ.I dont think they will put up a big fight today.Yeaterday was Anands last chance and he took it and Carlsen scored.
Most likely some 1.Nf3 or a dull Queens
But we never know :)
And if there isnīt much chess today we will have the celebration as a hightlight.
Enjoy gents !
|Nov-22-13|| ||moronovich: <But who cares, happiness should be all over Scandinavia anyway, am I not right? :)>|
Yup,yup and yup !
In Norway the chessstores have glory days,except they dont have enough material ):
But a kind of luxuryproblem,we may say :)
|Nov-22-13|| ||moronovich: Sorry, off course also :Good morning to you <virginmind> !|
Got a kind of headache today.
But in high spirits too.
|Nov-22-13|| ||virginmind: Congratulations!! World champion with two round to spare, now that's something.
He made it look quite easy. And to be honest, given the huge gap between first and second on the Elo list in the past years, one could easily had expected him to also grab the world champion title, rather sooner than later.|
He made his family and a huge amount of fans world wide, happy :)
|Nov-22-13|| ||moronovich: Yeah,congratulations to the new champ
and a totally deserved victory.A very good day for chess as well globally as for the norwegians.A time for celebration now !
And thanks to you <virginmind> for stopping by.
Hope you will enjoy and wish you a fine weekend !
|Nov-23-13|| ||wordfunph: L E A D E R B O A R D
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