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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
"Ritz Carlsen" (game of the day Jan-29-2015)
Carlsen - Anand World Championship Match (2014), Sochi RUS, rd 11, Nov-23
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0



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  Sally Simpson: Did my article.

Usual nonsense but if you want a good chuckle then...

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Black can play Rg1+ and promote the b-pawn. However he found a way to get himself mated in two...with an under promotion.

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  Richard Taylor: Thanks. I see. We had (I still have) Fischer's first book which had his games in (I think it was the 1958 US Champs) and it was amazing to see a young bloke not much older than me. My father and some others got on a Fischer jag but I (fairly soon) gave up chess partly as seeing such a person win when I was struggling to win any tournaments no matter how much I studied, and making blunders, so about 1966 I stopped playing chess for a number of years. At the time Tal and Botvinnik and Petrosian were the big news...and a few others. But I lost interest as I say. But later when I took it up again I studied Fischer's games and I used some of his ideas, openings etc
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  Richard Taylor: I think Smyslov is perhaps the strongest chess player of the time or at least those decades just around 1948. He and Botvinnik were certainly very great players. Tal was ill a lot unfortunately.
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  Richard Taylor: There is no way I would play the Berlin it is too much tedious maoeuvering for me but I can see it has its interest.
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  perfidious: <Richard> Even Botvinnik publicly acknowledged, long after the fact, that Smyslov was the strongest player in the world by the mid fifties.

Hard to argue with consecutive candidates wins and three matches for the title, Smyslov's reign of merely one year as champion notwithstanding.

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  perfidious: <Richard> While our styles of play are divergent, from what I have seen of your games here, we are in agreement re the Berlin Wall.
Nov-28-14  RookFile: I love Smyslov and Levenfish's book on Rook Endings. You talk to players today and they've never heard of it. It's one of the best chess books ever written. A study of it would take any class player up a notch.
Nov-28-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Roofile>

Indeed. One of the finest books written

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  Domdaniel: <Rookfile> I agree. I read Smyslov & Levenfish's great book in the 1970s, and it has stood to me ever since. I wish I could claim to deliberately seek out Rook endings, due to my Smyslov-inspired confidence, but I'm not *that* good.
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  perfidious: <Rook Endings> is a classic.
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  Domdaniel: As for the finest chess books ever written, Dvoretsky's work on endings must be up there too.
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  HeMateMe: What about Pandolfini's "Traps and Zaps?"
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  Jambow: Nice to hear Carlsen himself state that the complexion of the match would had been very different if Anand had not missed 26...Nxb6 in game 6.

At the end of the day Anand as well as everyone else is just out classed he is the best no matter what metric you apply tournaments, rating or the matches.

Carlsen gave a list of who he believed would be his greatest challengers which were Caruana, Aronian and Grischuk, with no mention of Kramnik, Topalov or Nakamura.

Nov-29-14  RookFile: Caruana is the only guy who is ready to take on Carlsen now.
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  HeMateMe: I'm ready. I've been husbanding my playing strength, till now. I'm ready to take my talents to Oslo.
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  Jambow: He would easily be my first pick also <Rookfile> since he is the third highest rated player of all time and already matches up well with Carlsen. Aronian has been stagnant or slightly in decline, and Grischuk seems to be on a momentary high.

I never expect Fabiano to progress like he has but I'm a fan and he is the only one younger than the champ. That is the match I would choose.

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  Jambow: <HeMateMe> Carlsen was mumbling a bit and I think now that you mention it you were the one I couldn't quite make out. I still think Caruana is the next best challenger after you I'm sure of it.
Nov-29-14  RookFile: Carlsen is a practical player, a modern day Reshevsky. The type of player who can beat him is the one who is a researcher, who is very strong in the openings. A modern day Botvinnik, I guess.
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  Jambow: I see many of the greats attributes in both of them. In Carlsen I see Capablanca, Karpov and Fischer. In Caruana I see Capablanca and maybe perhaps Botvinnik. Interesting we are going back to yesteryear for comparisons.

Of course they bring their own unique flavor to the board and Carlsen has done things in end games nobody before him seemed to be able to do.

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  HeMateMe: We need Rex! Did anyone say "Non-title match, MC v. Fabio, in St. Louis?" I thought I heard it...
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  Domdaniel: <Jambow> -- <Interesting we are going back to yesteryear for comparisons. > Uh, where else would you go? The future?
Nov-29-14  Absentee: <Domdaniel: <Jambow> -- <Interesting we are going back to yesteryear for comparisons. > Uh, where else would you go? The future?>

Why not? Comparisons to the future would be impossible to disprove. You would win every argument.

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  Domdaniel: <Absentee> At least until the future arrives. As it tends to do, even if in the wrong order.
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  thegoodanarchist: Was 27...Rb4 hubris on the part of Anand? Doesn't seem to be his style, or even his nature.

But then, how to explain stopping on b4 when you could stop on b3???

Dec-31-14  1 2 3 4: I don't understand Anand, why would he let 8. Qxd8 happen?
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