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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-22
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Eyal: Well, with +3 it's understandable that Anand would take an easy draw as Black against Carlsen. It's Carlsen who should feel disappointed.
Jan-22-11  Shams: <bharatiy> You're putting this on <Anand>!? He's over 40 and it's a thirteen round tournament. His energy is finite. The position is nearly bloodless. Come on.
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  Open Defence: well whaddya know, the Wabbit was only 4 moves off in his prediction!
Jan-22-11  bharatiy: but nakamura will be +4, and Anand should have used this opportunity to show that why g3 is a side line and probed further or differently. May be there was never much in the game but still...
Jan-22-11  talisman: attica! attica!...i mean Naka! Naka!
Jan-22-11  Marmot PFL: Probably Kramnk will also win and soon catch up. But that is karma.
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  Eyal: Nakamura isn't +4 <yet>, btw, give Smeets a chance...
Jan-22-11  Aleking: Why are we still on the Anand game? Is it just my browser?
Jan-22-11  talisman: chessgames...c'monnnnn...please...
Jan-22-11  Ulhumbrus: I vote for Kramnik - Giri.
Jan-22-11  BobCrisp: Couple of logs bobbing in a toilet bowl. FLUSH!
Jan-22-11  bharatiy: Smeets will lose if not on board on clock! He is pathetic at time management.
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  moronovich: Please CG - why not show another game-which also would be an exellent reason to make up for the mixing of the games in the first place !?
Jan-22-11  Ulhumbrus: Anand may have chosen a variation which he considered safe because he believed that Carlsen had prepared this variation.
Jan-22-11  talisman: bummer...nothing now till the bears and packers...oh well.
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  Eyal: <Smeets will lose if not on board on clock! He is pathetic at time management.> Yeah, he's the Godena of Tata... (for those who were following the recent Reggio Emilia). Seriously, he seems to be in bad form and suffering from a serious lack of self-confidence in his calculations.
Jan-22-11  Strongest Force: Lets get to that Nak game!
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  moronovich: <My guess is that Carlsen somehow missed the 10...e5/12...d5 "trick", which practically kills White's winning chances. Again, very bad prep for such an important game.> Well,you might be right <Eyal> But still what happened is a kind of kindergartenstuff (including the black setup with e.g. e5/d5).My estimate is that Carlsen perhaps was surprised by 1.-c5 and mainly prepared for 1.e4-e5.
Jan-22-11  talisman: maybe if we all start chanting.......
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  OhioChessFan: A reminder to vote for Aneta! You can vote for the lovely Aneta, daughter of Honza, one time an hour

Jan-22-11  HelpMeGod: Q: is this woodpushing a chess game ?
A: no, it's a DRAME.
Q: ?
A: DRAME comes from "DRaw intended gaME".
Q: what's the purpose of a DRAME ?
A: to split a 1 into two 1/2 with no effort at all.
Jan-22-11  talisman: voted for aneta!
Jan-22-11  KingV93: Pretty disappointing game from arguably the two best players in the world right now. Was somebody afraid to lose face or a few rating points by stepping away from their home preparation? Shameful. I'm sure the sponsors' were thrilled with an 18 move draw, and yes, the sponsors' opinion matters. Without their money you wouldn't get a tournament with an average rating so high and the possibility for some great games... that is, if the players PLAY the games.
Jan-22-11  polarmis: Here's the final version of Shipov's commentary on the game:

p.s. not an easy game to promote :) At least the photo's quite cool...

Jan-22-11  andreagiananti: wow, thrilling game, the draw of the century...
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