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Anand's Opinion Of The Candidates

  • SonofPearl
  • on 07.04.13 03:39.

phpWwQgr3.jpegThe Indian Express has published an interview with reigning world chess champion Viswanathan Anand, covering his thoughts on the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London, and how he assesses the winner, world #1, and now his title challenger, Magnus Carlsen.

The dates and venue for the match between Anand and Carlsen is not yet known, but November 2013 in either India or Norway is the best bet at the moment.

The full interview can be read here. Extracts are below. 

Vishy Anand...

...on the Candidates Tournament
"It has been maybe the best ever Candidates tournament in history...the fact that anything could have happened till the last day, till the last hour in fact, makes this simply an unbelievable tournament."

...on Kramnik
Kramnik losing out on the tie-break rule was quite tragic...It was not like I was rooting for him as my opponent, but by round 13 I felt he was the one who deserved to win and his chess had impressed me the most...The tragedy of the tournament is in some sense Kramnik, not that Magnus didn't deserve to win, but if Vlady had pulled it off, he would have proven something.

...on the tie-break rule
I do feel it's crazy that two people tied on the same score and it is decided by something which is essentially a lottery...My point is not that it is unfair, it was perfectly fair once everyone knew it in advance. My point is that it is not ideal. That's the distinction I want to make.

...on facing Magnus Carlsen
I'm fully aware of the magnitude of the task facing me, and Magnus' rank and rating speak for themselves. Having said that I don't feel any obligation to follow the predictions. That's what we are playing the match for. To have a chance to write our own script.

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  • vor 18 Monate

    Marcokim

    @suzana69... "allowing weaker players to explore sharp tactical variations"... before the advent of computers "weaker" players from wealthier families would hire a soviet GM for $20/hr and buy countless of expensive books.

    But if all "weaker" players were susceptible to "buying" their way to being masters then there should be at least 600,000 GMs in the US alone. Yes computers have made access to games easier and cheaper, but it still takes an exceptional mind to understand the strategy behind games and use suitable variations OTB... otherwise @susana69 you wouldn't be stuck at 1600 for 4yrs running given your great investment in Rybka chess engines over the last 6yrs!

  • vor 18 Monate

    smsainju

    Well Said Marcokim. Asante Sana...

  • vor 18 Monate

    Marcokim

    @suzana69... the same argument was put forward by olympic athletes a century ago saying that allowing people to run with shoes will make everyone an olympic champion... 100yrs down the line I am still waiting for my olympic medal.

    ... in the past GMs used to help each other prepare meaning a Soviet GM will have a bigger advantage than a GM from Comoros. If someone can use openly available technology to gain a fair advantage then so be it... otherwise the corollary to your argument is that the world championship should be between players from the wilderness.

    Computer technology is available and powerful but it still takes an exceptional mind to understand strategy and to recall memorized theory when it is needed OTB... otherwise we would all be GMs.  There is still an endless amout of tactical and strategic possibilities in chess and I don't beleive we are so special that the limit will happen in our lifetime.

  • vor 18 Monate

    Marcokim

    @clippi... good analysis but I think the point being made is that Magnus is not as dominating as Fischer or Kasparov were... he was a bit lucky to qualify. He is the best, but i won't bet all my money that he will beat Anand.

  • vor 18 Monate

    cLiPPi

    IMHO the guys ranting at Magnus' performance (2 losses) at the Candidates did not really think about it very deeply. Although he certainly did not show his highest quality throughout the tournament, this has reasons:

    1. Magnus wants to win every game. This can be seen in the loss vs. Ivanchuk that he could probably have drawn quite easily after ...a5 although the opening was not very good ... But he tried to go for complications, lost his way and self-destructed. Even Ivanchuk stated that he had not done anything special. How it can go the other way around was shown against Radjabov, where he won that super-important game in the penultimate round after 7 hours of playing. Here his perseverance and will was rewarded. 

    2. The game vs. Svidler was well played by Svidler, but only won due to Magnus keeping complications - which backfired badly because of timetrouble. And Ivanchuk once against was responsible, as Magnus had to keep track of Kramnik's game. If Kramnik was going to win, then Magnus would have had to win as well, so he could not easily go into a drawn line. He had to keep complications alive, and to wait for Ivanchuk to clarify things. This forced Magnus into quite a difficult situation! Thus, in timetrouble, he failed to find the game-saving resource Bd5 at some point, which is very understandable as it is very deep and impossible to see with seconds on the clock. Kramnik also had the same problem, but even worse as his position was worse than Ivanchuk's the whole time and his situation oddly forced him to play for a win. That is what actually made the last round so breathtaking!

    3. Magnus has time to prepare as well! He showed that he is much better at grinding out tiny advantages even from seemingly drawn positions than Anand. When have you seen Anand try to press a drawn position? Magnus has got so many wins out of it - if he pairs this ability with good openings to gain an advantage instead of a solid but equal position (which he will surely try to aim for), then he will be even more dangerous.

    Together with his fitness and will this will give him the title. That's what I believe. However, that's the great thing about a match: We won't know in advance. Anything can happen. Close to nobody thought - for example - that Gelfand could come so close to winning the title! And in case Anand wins, he deserves it. That's true for both players.

  • vor 18 Monate

    yensonpriyadi

    Anand wil playing with Carlsen....Uhmm...Amazing battle, My prediction..Carlsen will be take the Anand's Crown with a decesive game.

  • vor 18 Monate

    Marcokim

    Plenty of respect to all the top guys and I hope the best man wins:

    My softened stance has come as a result of the ass whopping I underwent last weekend at the hands of some 14yr old FM kid from Turkey (i didn't know he was rated 2300+)... anyway he beat me 5/0 on a blitz session, then went ahead to beat me 4.5/0.5 with knight odds (he plays without one knight)... to drown my sorrows I went and had some whiskey and decided to start fishing or something... (don't look at my rating)... my wife knows I spend hours playing blitz instead of playing guitar with my daughter (pictured).... sob..sob..sob..

    ...hence my newly found humility...

  • vor 18 Monate

    ChessvsAliens

    india has many gms, gm adhiban , anand , harikrishna , sasikiran , ganguly to name but a few.

  • vor 18 Monate

    smsainju

    This has to be the top air-head comment on the blog. Well you might start by trying Arzabaijan (Kasparov), Armenia (Aronian), Ukrain (Ivanchuk), India (Anand and Giri), and Zimbabwe (has 3 GMs would u believe!)... all 3rd world countries..."

    Forrie: Learn your facts. Anish Giri is not from India. He is from Netherlands (Father Nepalese and mother Russian....). I hate the fact that people use assumptions to make a point.

  • vor 18 Monate

    RibEyeRichards

    LOL

     

    Marcokim

    It all depends on Carlsens father... if Carlsens father is around to bathe him and give him a massage after each match he will be fine... BTW Carlsen should tell his chaperone dad to get a life and quit stalking him from championship to championship... how does the guy even get laid with daddy all over his behind.

  • vor 18 Monate

    MKCIMICMAN2

    So think  We should play until there is a winner, not a drawing machine, Until this takes place we will not grow.

  • vor 18 Monate

    opla

    @nqi You're right, I forgot about Topalov.

  • vor 18 Monate

    ferdinandplebie

    we will have an intense world championship match

  • vor 18 Monate

    forrie

    "comment by zezpwn44 "If the World Champion was simply the player with the highest rating, the top players would never play each other. They wouldbe busy going to third-world countries and beating up on all the players they could to boost their rating with no risk."

    This has to be the top air-head comment on the blog. Well you might start by trying Arzabaijan (Kasparov), Armenia (Aronian), Ukrain (Ivanchuk), India (Anand and Giri), and Zimbabwe (has 3 GMs would u believe!)... all 3rd world countries..."


    Seems like the 1st world have a lot of catching up to do....


  • vor 18 Monate

    Balachandar

    Thanks for the link vistascan.

  • vor 18 Monate

    Marcokim

    It all depends on Carlsens father... if Carlsens father is around to bathe him and give him a massage after each match he will be fine... BTW Carlsen should tell his chaperone dad to get a life and quit stalking him from championship to championship... how does the guy even get laid with daddy all over his behind.

  • vor 18 Monate

    Marcokim

    comment by zezpwn44 "If the World Champion was simply the player with the highest rating, the top players would never play each other. They wouldbe busy going to third-world countries and beating up on all the players they could to boost their rating with no risk."

    This has to be the top air-head comment on the blog. Well you might start by trying Arzabaijan (Kasparov), Armenia (Aronian), Ukrain (Ivanchuk), India (Anand and Giri), and Zimbabwe (has 3 GMs would u believe!)... all 3rd world countries...

    Your statement is hypothetical at best. Its like saying Usain Bolt should race fat sub-urban soccer moms to boost his winning record in the 100m.

    Better still instead of playing 3rd world players (in some jungle somewhere)... why not just play in an under 10yr junior tournament in Chicago, lie about your age and bring your mommy along... how about that:) at least in the States they give out free food and cookies:)

  • vor 18 Monate

    vistascan

  • vor 18 Monate

    gsmishra

    Both Anand and Carlsen are deserving winners. It can at best be a guess who would actually win. Calsen was tired towards the end of the Candidates, which was approximately of the same duration as the 'would be' World Championship Match (12 to 16 games). So one can expect odd results during the second half of the match. First half can be expected to be roughly equal. My personal prediction is Anand will win. But I may be wrong. If Anand does not lose any game, he retains the title. It is not for nothing that Anand has been practicing to draw games ever since he has won the title. Tournament after tournament, he has been perfecting his drawing skills. He has not deviated from this course, even though kibitzers have been speaking very harshly and unfairly about his abilities. His drawing efforts will produce results in the coming title match. His home preparations would surprise Carlsen and produce 1 or 2 spectacular wins. Result: Anand would retain the title.

    However, if Carlsen can stretch every game to 60+ moves without agreeing to draw, his youthful energy might prevail over the champion in the long run.

  • vor 18 Monate

    Nuscas

    I think the World Championship should always be held in the title holders own Country. Only fair. And any tie on score should leave the title in the hands of the reigning champ - you have to earn the title by actually beating the champ.

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