Today Melik and I did the highlight show on chess.com/tv.
Here are the games we talked about, plus one bonus we prepared but didn't have time for:
And the key results in the Women's Champs were:
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Anand finally cracked a bit in game 11. He was playing very well and then played one overly-aggressive move, perhaps getting too excited about his position, or perhaps feeling like he needed to overcome his 1-point deficit in this game, and sudd... | Read More
Today's game saw yet another opening advantage for Anand. Again he pressed, again Carlsen held. Now Anand has just 2 games, 1 with the white pieces, left with which to make up the 1 point lead Carlsen holds. Here's my analysis on today's complex g... | Read More
Magnus Carlsen, known for avoiding opening theory, and prefering to defer the battle in chess to equal middlegames, today rattled off a very well-prepared sequence of moves to achieve a clear equality with black, and a fairly quick draw.
Here are... | Read More
Today's game was not very exciting to me. From start to end it seemed clear to end in a draw. I was left wondering what Carlsen's match strategy was-- hope for a blunder? tire Anand out for the next game? -- since I could not figure how white coul... | Read More
A classic Carlsen game: Maroczy Bind structure, early atheoretical Qd3, early queen trade, complex and long strategic endgame, and eventually a win. The strategy here was pretty interesting and clear, although there were also several tricky tactic... | Read More
Anand switched up his openings in plenty of time, from Berlin to Sicilian, and it looked a lot better for him. At the end of the analysis video I'm posting here, I give the opinion that Anand has quickly settled into the right openings for this ma... | Read More
Anand showed he can win a game against Carlsen and now it's a real battle. The game was pretty one-sided, and probably some kind of opening preparation slip-up for Carlsen, as they followed an Aronian-Adams game from Bilbao last year (h... | Read More
Here's my analysis of the game in video form:
Here's a PGN with the variations:
And now, a rest day before game 3... | Read More
It's on, once again!
Here's my analysis of the first game of the match:
And here's a pgn of that:
And here's a game that I was made to remember with the same pawn structure, for comparative study:
Looking forward to game 2 tomorr... | Read More