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note how they are encased in a glass box, probably sound proof. people don't think little things affect chess play or should, but they can and do.
Thanks for the link Iron Butterfly. Was having trouble finding it
However much I would like to see Anand stage a stunning comeback, I don't think he has it in him anymore. He has looked pretty lacklustre so far, and the loss has obviously shaken him psychologically (based on his demeanor in the press conference). Of course he's a professional, and he has been beaten before, so hopefully he will move on quickly, and be mentally fit for today's game.
I hope Vishy proves me wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised if game 7 were to be the only decisive game of the match.
Enjoy today's game guys...I'm off the grid for the day...
Good morning! It's going to be hard to top yesterday's game! After reading all the comments, I'm with those who think Anand will win Gelfand. There is going to be even more pressure on both players, so I don't expect to see the Houdini-like precision of the previous games. I'm quite excited about what Anand does with the white pieces. Anand gets to play the white pieces three times out of the next five games.
I really appreciate all the comments. Very enjoyable to read, and reading them immediately gets my mind into the match each morning. Thank you everyone!
1. e4 or d4 I wonder ...
No sweatshirt today. Vishy looks ready for a fight
is this a KID?!it looks like it
Nice move order, Boris! Got Vishy thinking already, going Benoni on him.
The Benoni defence! I've been playing this very recently as black. It's very complex!
I love the Benoni. Been playing it for years. Go Bore-us!
Peter Leko calls the opening 'The king's indian samisch variation'.
wow....quite a way to take Anand out of his prep.this is gonna be quite the battle!
The KID abd the Benoni overlap in a few variations. For example, the Four Pawns Attack is both the KID and Benoni. If you play the KID, you need to learn the Benoni, and vice versa.
Yup great strategy by Gelfand! Anand was clearly caught off guard by the move c5.
Interesting comment by GM Csaba on chessdom:
"7. Nec3. A very clever choice from Anand, because this move deviates from the normal Saemisch with Ng3, so Gelfand cannot use anymore his huge experience in the opening."
Probably why he's taking his time.
Does Anand not know the opening principles? Pieces before pawns, don't move the same piece twice in the opening
Nh5; shades of Fischer in '72.
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