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Viswanathan Anand
Number of games in database: 2,742
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2770
Highest rating achieved in database: 2817
Overall record: +606 -203 =931 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1002 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (463) 
    B90 B33 B30 B32 B42
 Ruy Lopez (311) 
    C78 C67 C89 C88 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (154) 
    C89 C88 C92 C84 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (119) 
    B90 B92 B93 B96 B97
 French Defense (119) 
    C11 C10 C18 C19 C12
 Caro-Kann (86) 
    B17 B12 B14 B18 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (252) 
    B90 B92 B48 B84 B65
 Ruy Lopez (130) 
    C78 C80 C88 C65 C67
 Queen's Indian (115) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Semi-Slav (100) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D46
 Sicilian Najdorf (81) 
    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 Lautier, 1997 1-0
   Anand vs Topalov, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 0-1
   Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 0-1
   Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 1-0
   Anand vs Topalov, 2010 1-0
   Anand vs Bologan, 2003 1-0
   Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 0-1

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?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1996)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1998)
   SIS-MH Masters (2003)
   7th Corsica Open (2003)
   Corsica Masters (2004)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2004)
   Dortmund Sparkassen (2004)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Corsica Masters (2006)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Corsica Masters Knockout (2011)

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
   Anand at his best by you vs yourself

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

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VISWANATHAN ANAND
(born Dec-11-1969) 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.

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).

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. However, as of 1 March 2014, his rating was 2770 making him the world #8. He remains the top rated player in the Asian region.

<Rapid> 2770; and

<Blitz> 2827.

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 110; games 1-25 of 2,742  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs D Hergott 1-038 1984 ThessalonikiB33 Sicilian
2. Kiril Georgiev vs Anand 1-035 1984 Wch U20E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
3. P Ostermeyer vs Anand 0-141 1984 ThessalonikiA15 English
4. Piket vs Anand 0-144 1984 Wch U20A48 King's Indian
5. Anand vs A Greenfeld 1-080 1984 Lloyds Bank opB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. Van der Wiel vs Anand 1-027 1984 ThessalonikiB42 Sicilian, Kan
7. K Perera vs Anand 1-060 1984 Asia-ch U20 8thC70 Ruy Lopez
8. Anand vs M Apicella 1-025 1984 Champigny sur Marne opB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. D Alzate vs Anand 0-166 1984 ?B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. Anand vs C Hansen ½-½19 1984 ?B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
11. Anand vs Ivanchuk ½-½50 1985 Wch U20C78 Ruy Lopez
12. P Mithrakanth vs Anand 0-130 1985 IndiaB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. V Perera vs Anand 1-029 1985 9th Asian Junior ChC05 French, Tarrasch
14. P Paiewonsky vs Anand 0-131 1985 Wch U20D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
15. Anand vs Dlugy 1-060 1985 SharjahB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
16. Anand vs A J Mestel 1-025 1985 LondonB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. Blatny vs Anand 1-032 1985 SharjahB25 Sicilian, Closed
18. L Ravi vs Anand  1-047 1986 Calcutta ItE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
19. Anand vs V Inkiov 1-043 1986 CalcuttaB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
20. M Marin vs Anand ½-½59 1986 OakhamE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. Kotronias vs Anand 0-155 1986 DubaiD00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Kudrin vs Anand ½-½27 1986 PhiladelphiaB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
23. Anand vs N Nikolic 1-046 1986 GausdalC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. D V Prasad vs Anand ½-½66 1986 CalcuttaB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Anand vs P Thipsay ½-½51 1986 IndiaC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
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Apr-12-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: <It is true that Anand can never establish his superiority over Carlsen - but the outcome of a 12 game match between them is not a foregone conclusion, given Anand's current form.>

Of course. Nobody is claiming to know with 100% certainty that Carlsen is going to beat Anand this fall. But you would have to be a fool to bet on Anand at anything worse than 1:2 odds.

Apr-13-14  Chessinfinite: <I said Carlsen's worst performance is better than the highest level of play Anand has been able to <maintain.> If Carlsen were to have those "terrible" performances over and over against Anand, even if Anand were to return to his peak form, Carlsen would still be expected to win more matches than Anand.>

If you are going to look at everything based on ratings, then you will have a skewed and even mistaken view of Chess performances by top players. I am not sure if you are aware of rating being an indication of expected strength *over a period of time* gained by players. This is my understanding that even though it appears that the current players have been performing at a very high level- even higher than the masters and champions of the past *rating wise*,it is very difficult to compare different player performances of different times. Then there is also rating inflation, you have to be somewhat naive to believe that rating based indication as the absolute truth. It may be true that Carlsen is *on average* performing much higher than Anand did for the same stretch of time, *anytime* before. That i can agree to., it makes sense, which is why he is so highly rated today to even pass Kasparov's rating landmark.

As to your point, in recent times, i don't know if you noticed that Anand's Candidates performance in 2014 was better imo than Carlsen's performance in 2013. Let me know what you think of it ? To me remaining undefeated with +3 looks much better. Or in case you are hell bent on some addition and prove that Carlsen's TPR was better than Anand's. I know, Radjabov was nearly 2800 in that event - so it must have had impact on Carlsen's TPR. Too bad Radja fell out of top ten now, and someone else did not have that rating to replace him at this years Candidates. It was of course difficult for Carlsen to have higher TPR given his own rating dominance over the others, and it is impressive that he continues to post 2850 type of performances inspite of that. I think Carlsen best performances that match the best performances of his predecessors in a match are yet to come.

Apr-13-14  iamsheaf: rating is just a number...it doesn't tell you how good you are in a given position....
Apr-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: <rating is just a number...it doesn't tell you how good you are in a given position....>

Players make mistakes sometimes, even the best, yes. But come on - is there any position where you think a 2700 player would play it better than a 2900 player?

<it is very difficult to compare different player performances of different times>

In general, yes. But the time periods we are considering here are only five years apart, and virtually all the players between the two windows are the same. This is not an unreasonable comparison to make.

<As to your point, in recent times, i don't know if you noticed that Anand's Candidates performance in 2014 was better imo than Carlsen's performance in 2013. Let me know what you think of it ? To me remaining undefeated with +3 looks much better. Or in case you are hell bent on some addition and prove that Carlsen's TPR was better than Anand's. I know, Radjabov was nearly 2800 in that event - so it must have had impact on Carlsen's TPR. >

You can argue either way. Undefeated versus more wins - that's a complete matter of opinion. All we know for sure is the final score - +3 for both of them.

Also, your argument about the different fields cuts both ways. Sure, Radjabov collapsed in 2013, but <everyone> else was playing unevenly in 2014. Going into the final round, only one player had a positive score. I would favor winning in a field with several players playing very well and several players playing poorly over a field where all the opponents have a lackluster event. Again, though, this is purely subjective, and we're never going to go anywhere.

<I think Carlsen best performances that match the best performances of his predecessors in a match are yet to come.>

Carlsen's best match performances may still be yet to come, but he's already turned in a better result than his predecessors. Carlsen defeated Anand with a score of +3 -0 =7, or 65%. That is a higher percentage score than in Fischer-Spassky, Kasparov-Short, or any other blowout match you might think of. The last time 65% or above was scored in a world championship match, it was the year 1910: Lasker-Janowski World Championship Match (1910)

Apr-13-14  Chessinfinite: <That is a higher percentage score than in Fischer-Spassky, Kasparov-Short, or any other blowout match you might think of.>

Given the length of the match of 12 games, such flame outs by one side will lead to results that appear dramatic.

Does this prove that Carlsen's play for the past few years was never lower than Anand's play at anytime ? Interesting...

Apr-13-14  Chessinfinite: <I would favor winning in a field with several players playing very well and several players playing poorly over a field where all the opponents have a lackluster event. Again, though, this is purely subjective, and we're never going to go anywhere.>

Again, going by your yardstick, it seems that all the players in the 2014 Candidates played closer in strength or as a group at a higher TPR - everyone had a TPR of > 2700 - than the players in the 2013 Candidates. Infact it is the first time in such DRR events since 2005 that this has happened. There was always at least one player who was targeted by everyone in most such events. On average, the group TPR may seem to be even out, but this time the 'bunny' was not so clear imo. Not that it is a game changer, just wanted to point out that the players in 2014 played better *as a group* than those did in 2013, as you say. I don't think anyone had a lacklustre event as such, if at all, Anand made it looks like it was lacklustre event for the rest of the players.

I would also attach some importance to Which players the winner beat to do a comparison, i mean if one counts number of wins, maybe it makes some sense to see what was avg opposition of who the players beat and got draws against. I personally preferred the mini match KO system of tie breaks, over the current max number of wins, but that is a different argument.

Apr-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: <amazing the amount of wishful thinking on this page.>
Apr-13-14
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  perfidious: <Kinghunt.....you would have to be a fool to bet on Anand at anything worse than 1:2 odds.>

If one wished to do so, there would probably be takers on this page.

Apr-14-14
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  Appaz: Kramnik doesn't seem to hold Carlsen as more than a slight favorite either https://chess24.com/en/read/news/kr...

Kramnik, in a rare case of humility, also doesn't think Carlsen would be more than a slight favorite against himself (and not because he is old!).

Worth to note is that he is open to join Anands team at a later stage. I think he will.

Apr-14-14
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  Absentee: Kramnik's just sweating bitterness.
Apr-15-14  anandrulez: http://www.firstpost.com/sports/vis... is a very news like report from the from the chess24.com article . Chess24.com looks promising - I guess its MaCauley and team ...
Apr-17-14
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  SetNoEscapeOn: Of course, it's an obvious <chessgames.com> chessbookie bet for the upcoming match : "Better Or Worse?"
Apr-19-14
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  offramp: In the Carlsen interview I liked this bit, referring to the 2013 match:

"<The problem with Anand is that he is no longer the player he was seven or eight years ago. He did not want to take his chances and instead preferred to ensure draws. But when you play a world championship, you need to grab it with both hands and take risks.>"

As we all know, past performance is not a guide to future performance - but I am going to wager 50 stotinki on a Carlsen win this year.

Apr-19-14  RookFile: Being the champ is a heavy burden. Maybe Anand will play this one like he has nothing to lose.
Apr-19-14  Chessinfinite: Carlsen: <But when you play a world championship, you need to grab it with both hands and take risks.>>

yeah, this is a bit uncalled for on the part of the kid. Playing World Championships is something Anand knows lot more of than Carlsen.

Apr-19-14
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  Ron: Any suggestions on who Anand should take as a second, or at least chess advisor, in this match? I have two ideas.

Fabiano Cauruana. Cauruana is an outstanding player, in Carlsen's generation too, and he might offer some fresh ideas. Also being an advisor to Anand might give Cauruana some insight and experience concerning championship matches, which might come in handy in the future...

Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik is still among the best, and has an even record against Carlsen in classical games, so he might have some ideas on how to play against Carlsen.

Apr-20-14  Everett: If Nepo is available (which I'm guessing he is not) than he is an ideal choice to be on Anand's team.
Apr-20-14
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  juan31: The seconds ; Caruana, Ivanchuk, Susan Polgar, HariKrishna, FM Avari Viraf, Grischuk.
Apr-20-14
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  juan31: The reasons; Caruana, I agree whit <Ron> , Susan Polgar, she was world champion and the point of view of a woman is interesting and different, Ivanchuk is a genius in the field of chess, Grischuk is a very especial GM and i belive his ideas are uniques, HariKrishna i belive he has work in the past whit Ananda he can understan well the way of thinking of Master Ananda, F M Avari Viraf, just for read his comentaries here in CG i belive he can do a great job. The oportunity to re win the world champion is historic to Master Anand and all the efforts must do
Apr-21-14  spawn2: Anand should get GM Sergey Shipov!
Apr-21-14  cplyakap: I think Anand take early victory and he try defence it.
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