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Satisfied: Carlsen-Anand Game 8

Well, it looks like Magnus is satisfied with the lead he has, and the World Championship title, and will not be looking to win any more games in this match.

Here's the video "analysis" of today's "game:"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8QBdSmMg1k

Here the pgn viewer for game and variations:



Hopefully Anand will show something special in the next game as white, after tomorrow's rest day.

Comments


  • 13 months ago

    mattisks

    Yeah. Kasparov was able to bring excitement into nearly every game. Whether it was tactics or whether it was beating Polgar R+N vs R :D That was awesome if not epic! :D

  • 13 months ago

    pdela

    I liked today game, but yeah till yesterday for me it was not quite exciting as it was the Topalov-Anand match. Generally speaking I don't like how Carlsen style has evolved into a not trying anything in the opening, not trying anything in the middlegame, let's see if we can win an equal endgame. I don't know maybe chess professionals enjoy studying endgame, I miss the level of agression of past nº1 as Kasparov or Topalov.

  • 13 months ago

    mattisks

    I guess Carlsen is ordering ticket for tomorrow anyway :D 

  • 13 months ago

    IM dpruess

    No, I have not seen the press conferences. I guess I should have a look...

  • 13 months ago

    mattisks

    Did you see any of those press conferences? I don't picture professionals this way. I wouldn't mind if this was first round match of some minor tourney. But this was supposed to be WC. 

    Maybe I expect too much from World Champion and number one player :)

  • 13 months ago

    IM dpruess

    i've been so into this match, i did not realize there was that kind of disappointment. i mean, i was obviously bored by this game 8, as well as game 7 to a lesser extent. but i did not get the feeling like the players have no respect for the audience or were not showing enough. remember how they played till there was nothing left on the board in games 3 and 4? that was highly unusual for players at this level, and i thought it showed an effort by the two to put on a good show for the masses of fans.

    do many people share this feeling of "so far it was rather disappointing" ?

  • 13 months ago

    pdela

    I think it is not the best way to word disagreement

  • 13 months ago

    mattisks

    You are joking. 

    They don't show mutual respect to each other, neither to public or press.

    But they're ready to cash the checks. As if they didn't know where the money come from.

    We can only hope they have something to show for. So far it was rather dissapointing.

    And if Anand is trying to win the match using Berlin defense, he better give away the title!

  • 13 months ago

    cheech1981

    Polgar's comment about chess as a spectator sport was interesting. I wasn't around for the Fischer-Spassky match, but watching it in documentaries, it seemed like huge numbers of people in both countries were following it (at least, that was something new for the US). Part of this seems to be simply that the US for once had a world challenger, but clearly part of it was that the match was played amid high political tension.

    To make a competitive event more popular, it helps to know about and become invested in the players. The only way to do that is to market them through more TV and other mainstream coverage. Think about the World Cup in soccer/football. In the weeks leading up to the cup you start to hear about all the stories about the players, professional and personal. You hear about a Brazilian defender who used to work in a fruit stand, an old veteran who has his final chance to win his only World Cup, the new young player who has taken over a country, the controversial player who taunts fans--good or bad, all of these stories get people emotionally invested in the competition. Even people who don't regularly follow the sport suddenly become engaged. In the US, another example is the NCAA's March Madness tourney. I don't follow college basketball at all, but all of a sudden you start learning about the top players and it gets interesting to see them face off in elimination play.  

    Sure, we can never make the game of chess as action packed as sports, but interest could be heightened through better marketing of the players, especially for the candidates tournament, which would start to get people engaged when there are more people involved. It doesn't have to be sensationalized, because for instance, a 22- or 23-year-old becoming world champion is already interesting. Now if only we could get Carlsen to play more interesting chess!  

  • 13 months ago

    mattisks

    Momir Radovic I love your idea of having women running around with board where is written move, half naked. That's just great. Now can you imagine what it would be like if those women were introduced during blitz games? :D

  • 13 months ago

    WestofHollywood

    Anand's 3...Nf6 was almost the equivalent of "I resign the match." But I think he will make one last effort tomorrow to win a game.

  • 13 months ago

    Bershevsky

    In the 8th game, I think Carlsen did not push to win as in games 6 and 7. He was blitzing Anand! I hope Carlsen really plays his games as seriously as he can. Play to win! But hey Carlsen is now the chess god. 

  • 13 months ago

    IM dpruess

    that's a horrible idea, which perpetuates misogyny and the sexualization of women.

    ask yourself: would you make this same suggestion with "ring boys"? would you call adult males ring boys?

  • 13 months ago

    MomirRadovic

    GM Susan Polgar tweeted on How to make chess spectator's sport (http://www.firstpost.com/sports/anand-vs-carlsen-how-to-make-chess-a-spectator-sport-1237249.html)

    Definitely, we need to do something to bring people who love chess back after this yawning festival in Chennai.

    How about we introduce ring girls (like in boxing) to announce every move?

    iPlayoo!

  • 13 months ago

    pdela

    always against what I say XD

  • 13 months ago

    IM dpruess

    i don't think he's accepted it yet. i have though :)

  • 13 months ago

    pdela

    Yeah, I think it is  a weird election by Anand. I don't see him winning with this opening (and now it's four games left to win at least two) and I actually see him losing, don't know, maybe he wanted to see it from the other side XD. But, it seems he accepts he will lose the title

  • 13 months ago

    IM dpruess

    It's kind of funny to see Anand play it! And yes, you were right, that Carlsen would continue to play it :)

  • 13 months ago

    pdela

    Sorry, in fact I made quite an exercise of restrain not to mention it till now

  • 13 months ago

    pdela

    he has to be satistified. Anand seems satisfied with not lose again, also. I remember to have said we will see the Berlin more... statement which met with disbelief

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