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    • Pressure: Carlsen-Anand Game 11

      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

      • IM dpruess
      • | Nov 24, 2014
      • | 2089 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Anand Pressing, Carlsen Holding: Anand-Carlsen Game 10

      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

      • IM dpruess
      • | Nov 21, 2014
      • | 1204 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Opening Theory for Magtown: Anand-Carlsen Game 8

      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

      • IM dpruess
      • | Nov 18, 2014
      • | 1180 views
      • | 10 comments
    • The Bore-ling Wall: Carlsen-Anand Game 7

      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

      • IM dpruess
      • | Nov 17, 2014
      • | 1089 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Carlsen Inches Ahead: Carlsen-Anand Game 6

      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

      • IM dpruess
      • | Nov 15, 2014
      • | 1308 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Anand Goes Sicilian! Carlsen-Anand game 4

      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

      • IM dpruess
      • | Nov 12, 2014
      • | 987 views
      • | 5 comments
    • The Battle is Joined! Anand-Carlsen game 3

      It's on!! 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

      • IM dpruess
      • | Nov 11, 2014
      • | 731 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Carlsen-Anand Game 2

      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

      • IM dpruess
      • | Nov 10, 2014
      • | 853 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Anand-Carlsen Game 1

      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

      • IM dpruess
      • | Nov 8, 2014
      • | 823 views
      • | 10 comments
    • World Champion: Carlsen-Anand Game 10

      Carlsen did a great job of proving what Anand had said a few days ago: if someone wants a draw against the Sicilian, it can be found too. He played very clearly and comfortably to keep Anand from ever developing any real play-- until an equal endg... | Read More

      • IM dpruess
      • | Nov 22, 2013
      • | 2622 views
      • | 13 comments