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Chennai 2013: Magnus Carlsen is World Chess Champion

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Carlsen (FIDE)The Norwegian Magnus Carlsen won the 2013’s World Chess Championship in Chennai (India). After the tenth game, another draw, his three point lead was enough to secure him the victory. In the last game Anand, with black, entered the Sicilian (at last!), and Carlsen didn’t refuse to open it: 1. e4 c5; 2. Nf3 d6; 3. Bb5 Nd7; 4. d4 cxd4. The game drew after sixty-five moves. Carlsen (21 yo), is the all times youngest world champion.

Viswanathan Anand held the title since 2007; he will have the chance to challenge Carlsen on November 2014, but first he has to win the Candidate Tourney, which will take place at Kanthy-Mansysk (Russia), from 14th to 30th of March. These will be the other seven candidates: Valdimir Kramnik, Dmitri Andreikin, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler, Sergej Kariakin. The Ukrainian Karjakin is 23 yo; he become Grand Master at age twelve, the youngest in the story of chess.

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

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2013 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen towards the Title

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Magnus Carlsen has won the ninth game; being 6-3, all he needs is a draw now, half a point out of three. Only an utterly unexpectedly psychological default could deprive him of the victory; but usually it is not the winner who has such defaults. Viswanathan Anand has lost the ninth game in the way we forecasted yesterday: fighting (I forecasted the battle, not the result). This is the game, Anand’s white:

 1. d4 Nf6; 2. c4 e6; 3. Nc3 Bb4; 4. f3 d5; 5. a3 Bxc3+; 6. bxc3 c5; 7. cxd5 exd5; 8. e3 c4 (diagram from ChessBomb)

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After Carlsen’s 8… c4, the pawn chain, that is c4 and d5 facing c3 and d4, suggests Black’s attack on queen side. Anand should attack towards the centre, but his development is slow.

9. Ne2 Nc6; 10. g4 0-0; 11. Bg2 Na5 (diagram)

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Both plans are defined now: there is the Carlsen’s queen-side attack, and there is Anand’s at centre, also advancing the g-pawn to threat Black’s f6 knight, aiming to master the central white squares.

12. 0-0 Nb3; 13. Ra2 b5; 14. Ng3 a5; 15. g5 Ne8; 16. e4 Nxc1; 17. Qxci Ra6; 18. e5 Nc7; 19. f4 b4; 20. axb4 axb4; 21. Rxa6 Nxa6; 22. f5 b3; 23. Qf4 Nc7; 24. f6 g6; 25. Qe4 Ne8; 26. Qh6 b2; 27. Rf4 b1=Q+ 28. Nf1 Qe1 and Anand resigned. 0-1

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

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2013 World Chess Championship: Anand still trails 3-5

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After the seventh and the eight game, both drew, both Ruy Lopez (1. e4-e5; 2. Nf3-Nc6; 3. Bb5), Carlsen is leading 5-3 with four games still to play. The last two games differed since the white’s fourth move; after 3… Nf6, Carlsen played 4. 0-0 in the seventh game, whereas Anand played 4. d3 in the eight. The former lasted thirty-two moves; the latter lasted one more, thirty-three, but Carlsen’s 24. Qe5 (diagram from ChessBomb), forced the general change of pieces (after 24… Ng7, which was actually played by Anand, non 25.Nf6+?? because  25… Qxf6!!), leading to an almost symmetric pawn final, with the unavoidable draw the Norwegian player was looking for.

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In the following four games Anand will need of two wins and will have the white twice, exactly as many as he needs, starting from the first game after the rest, on Thursday. It is possible that the Indian champion would have planned something of very aggressive with black, but the logic says that if you can play still only twice with white, and you needs to win twice, the best moment to attack is at once. On Thursday there will be a game which would be insane to miss.

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

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2013 World Chess Championship – 6th game: Carlsen goes to 4-2

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The World Chess Championship is at midway; six out of its twelve games have been played, it’s time for summing up. At start, many were sure that this would have been a historic match, a great battle between the Old, Sound Champion – well, Anand is sound, but still 44 yo – and the Great Expectation, the young – yes, Carlsen is very young ‒ the young come from Norway.

The first two games had been rather dull, betraying such expectancies: they have been two draws without any struggle, but we can say now that the champions were approaching each other cautiously, in the Boys Scout way (“safety first”). The third and the fourth game were still draws, but what a difference! In the third, Carlsen launched a minority queenside attack that Anand accepted gallantly. In the fourth, at move 18th Anand could advance b3 to protect a2 from the bishop; it would have been be a sound move, also suggested by the computer; he, instead, shifted the Nc3 to e2, sacrificing the pawn for the attack (diagram, from ChessBomb).

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In the fifth game the balance was broken up, that is Carlsen won, in a final that looked draw. In this game it is interesting the tenth Carlsen’s move, with white: Qd3 instead of the expected Rc1 (diagram).

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By 10. Qd3, which appears an hindrance to the development of his bishop, still in f1, Carlsen – in my opinion ‒ wanted to establish the superiority of White in white squares, an usual problem for Black in closed and semi-closed openings. Anand went on by 10…cxd4 11. Nxd4-Ng4. If 11…Ne5, the White still has two good squares to put his queen: c2, still in white squares, and d2, at least reinforcing the activity of the black square bishop.

The Carlsen’s win has changed the tactics of the match; Anand was now expected to be bolder, and in facts he did immediately in the following game, the sixth, but all he got was a “draw” position: rook final with a pawn less but best king’s position (diagram)

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Paraphrasing and blending two famous quotes, between the draw position and the draw result the god have put the wrong judgment. It’s a matter of fact that, maybe because the draw wasn’t draw really, or because some mistakes, Carlsen has got two victories now.

Let’s wait and see.

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

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2013 World Chess Championship: Anand-Carlsen’s third game

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Today Anand and Carlsen have played the third match, getting the third draw. Carlsen, white, opened Nf3 as in the first game, but at move 3rd switched to c4: 1.Nf3-d5; 2.g3-g6; 3.c4 (instead of Bg2), with the idea, opening the c file, to put under pressure the queenside by the rooks on b1 and c1, the white square bishop and, later, advancing the b-pawn. Anand accepted the challenge: he made 3… dxc4 instead of the sounder c6, which would have better faced the g2 bishop, therefore it was a fought draw, different from the preceding two.

http://chessbomb.com/site/ for the complete game with the accurate comment of the Canadian International Master Aman Ambleton

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2013 World Chess Championship: Draws in first two games

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Saturday 9 November in India, in Chennai, started on the match for the title of world champion of chess between Anand and the young Norwegian Carlsen. First two games has been equalized, first game in 16 moves and second in 25 moves with big disappointment of people watching the match and expecting instead much more pugnacity from both players.

It is clear from the beginning of the match the line of behavior of players, both will play very solid expecting the right moment to strike his opponent, while public and journalists will hope to watch very combative and interesting games and not so boring like first two.

It is clear anyway that the world of chess is fan of Carlsen, because he represents a big news in chess, the youth, and a brilliant style of chess, as he showed in many important tournaments he played before. Next game will go on Tuesday 12 November and we hope to watch an important and brilliant game of chess.

 

Sergio Mariotti

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen will be the challenger for the World title

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The young Norwegian player Magnus Carlsen, 22 years old, won the Candidates tournament in London, before the Russian former world champion Vladimir Kramnik, and in November will face Viswanathan Anand (age 43) for the World Championship. Carlsen won a 115,000 € prize; Kramnik little less, 107,000.

It’s still unknown the place where they will play, but at this moment the town of Chennai, in India, has an option to guest it. Anand was born in Mayiladuthurai, a town 280 km far from Chennai and in the same Tamil Nadu state.

Anand is holding the title since 2007, when he took it to Kramnik. Both Anand and Carlsen won one world rapid chess championship, thus their match will be all but boring. The fast players often think deeply in opening and centre game, being able to make many moves in few minutes – or even few seconds – approaching the time control. Carlsen, in facts, tonight made six moves in ten seconds.

His victory in the tournament, however, came in a quite unexpected way. Carlsen was leading the tie against Kramnik because he had more victories, but he lost tonight against Peter Svidler; his pain lasted less than an hour, when Kramnik had to resign as well against his opponent, Vassily Ivanchuk.

It never happened before, nonetheless it’s not so strange, after all; first of all the level of the participants was excellent at least; besides, both the leaders started feeling committed to win, so undertaking great risks. To understand what happened, it suffices to think what often happens in bridge when a pair goes to slam, 6 for example, lacking KJxx trump and one side ace. The Declarer has to make the double finesse, whereas at the other table, stopped at 5, can play safely to lose one trump, then drawing the ace with the surprise to find the stiff king offside and making 5+1 instead of 6-1.

Tonight both Kramnik and Carlsen were at an awkward slam or, better said out of the metaphor, both had great champions as opponents.

 

Final round results:

Carlsen – Svidler 0-1

Ivanchuk – Kramnik 1-0

Gelfand – Grischuk ½-½

Aronian – Radjabov 1-0

 

Final standing:

Carlsen Magnus 8,5 with five victories

Kramnik Vladimir 8,5 four victories

Svidler Peter 8

Aronian Levon 8

Gelfand Boris 6,5

Grischuk Alexander 6,5

Ivanchuk Vassily 6

Radjabov Teimour 4

 

Links:

http://chess-results.com

http://www.worldchess.com/

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi 

 

 

 

Chess – 2013 Candidates Tournament in London: Magnus Carlsen is the new leader

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gp_top_850Chess –  2013 Candidates Tournament in London: Magnus Carlsen is the new leader. It lasted only one round the premiership of Vladimir Kramnik; he drew against the Israeli Boris Gelfand, whereas Carlsen defeated Radjabov Teimour (Arzebaijan) after a long battle of eighty-nine moves. Today it will played the last round; Carlsen and Kramnik have the same points, but the Norwegian has more victories, then he’s owner of its destiny. Here’s the today standing:

 

Carlsen Magnus 8,5 with five victories

Kramnik Vladimir 8,5 four victories

Svidler Peter 7

Aronian Levon 7

Gelfand Boris 6

Grischuk Alexander 6

Ivanchuk Vassily 5

Radjabov Teimour 4

 

And here’s the last round pairing:

Carlsen – Svidler

Ivanchuk – Kramnik

Gelfand – Grischuk

Aronian – Radjabov

 

 

The tournament is running at the IET Savoy Place in London. The matches will start at 14:00 (8:00 Est). Here’s all about chess results (not only Candidates’):

http://chess-results.com

 

Here’s live comment by great English champions, with analysis, historic information, humour:

http://www.worldchess.com/

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

 

Chess – 2013 Candidates Tournament in London: Vladimir Kramnik takes the lead

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gp_top_850Chess. 2013 Candidates Tournament in London: Vladimir Kramnik takes the lead. The Russian Vladimir Kramnik, former World Champion in 2005, yesterday beat the Armenian Levon Aronian. Because the contemporary defeat of the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, Kramnik is now leading the Candidates Tournament, that’s the event which will qualify the challenger who, in November, will face the Indian World Champion Viswanathan Anand.

 

This is the standing before the last two rounds:

Kramnik Vladimir 8

Carlsen Magnus 7,5

Aronian Levon 6,5

Svidler Peter 6

Gelfand Boris 5,5

Grischuk Alexander 5,5

Ivanchuk Vassily 5

Radjabov Teimour 4

 

The tournament is running at the IET Savoy Place in London. The matches will start at 14:00 (8:00 Est). Here’s all about chess results (not only Candidates’):

http://chess-results.com

 

Here’s live comment by great English champions, with analysis, historic information, humour:

http://www.worldchess.com/

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Bridge, Chess and Mathematics- by Paolo Enrico Garrisi

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 The world chess champion, the Indian Vishwanathan Anand, has yesterday played simultaneously against forty mathematicians, a selection from the participants to International Congress of Mathematicians at Hyderabad, in India.    Read the full story

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