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This game was not as rich or exciting as games 3-6. I hope that there will be more dramatic games in the next few rounds.
Here's the video analysis:
And here's a pgn viewer for the game and variations:
I certainly can't begin to suggest how to beat Carlsen, so I just plan to wait and see what Anand does.
id have to agree that he needed to not lose again (stop the bleeding) and get some confidence back to do what needs to be done. it seems to me that he is going to have to come out swinging at some point very soon, he needs a win by game 10 at the LATEST. but Carlsen isnt really the type of opponent to get too aggressive with, so I'm wondering what other plan he might have, particularly since Carlsen seems to be out-maneuvering him pretty consistently so far...?
I think Anand has not played timidly in general in this match. Today was the most measured/solid play by him so far, but I don't think it's representative of his match approach in general. Probably after the previous two games he lost some confidence-- I don't know if anyone has the psychological control and self possession to not lose confidence after two consecutive losses like that.
So it's possible that today he was trying to stabilize, in order to mount a new offensive in a day or two, when he has been able to rebuild some of his confidence. It's also possible that he's given up on the match at this point, doesn't believe he can win it, and is just trying to close it out with a more respectable score, but personally I doubt that. I think a World Champion is not concerned with looking good while losing-- only with winning.
So probably his approach today in some way served the goal of winning the match somehow in the next few games.
Wonderfully informative and entertaining! Particularly valuable were: at 11:00 your explanation of why the g6 square advance by Carlsen was part of a much larger plan; your "what do you think" questions etc.
Why do you (if you do) think Anand has played to timidly? Is this fully attributable to the fact he is no longer, or can he be at his age "The Lightning Kid."? Have his seconds impacted his decisions?
4.5-2.5 in favor of carlsen
Wats the overall score now
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