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Anand is very well prepared in Slav.Gelfand should change his strategy or unleash a well -prepared novelty if he wants to have some chance for a win with white.
Gelfand has definitely shown that he is Anand's equal thus far. I tend to think that will put pressure on Anand to play riskier.
How we 16oo's play!!!! No draws with us. Bang, bang bang, win! Bang, bang, bang, lose!
Yes they say it's not chess
Does he want to move the knight back and forth? Don't see what it does apart from not weakening your position.
Dunno, but he sure calculated for a looong while before putting the knight there.
lol keju! , btw NIIT = National Institute of Information Technology - they were the pioneers in IT education / training.
According to GM Naiditsch, Anand is trying to maneouvre the knight to c5 square.
NIIT - Oh thanks backrank !
Wouldn't he have played Nd7 to get to c5? Looks more like he's heading to b4, and I definitely feel comfortable challenging someone 1000 points above me.
Which doesn't make any sense at all, because if you wanted to go from f6 to c5, you'd go to d7 first. But that's what Naiditsch said.
His exact words (just before Anand played Nd5) were:
"what to do now for Black, to play 32...Kf8 or maybe to try a bit more active 32...Nd5 with the idea Nf4-Ne6-Nc5 ..."
Trysts might know what this means though. I'm baffled by these GMs.
I definitely feel comfortable challenging someone 1000 points above me.
Man, when I play people just 200 points above me here on chess.com I get wiped out within 10 moves
Well, that seems to be the move g3 was preventing, perhaps Nd7 lost somehow or he wanted to move there with a check along the way.
Ya exactly, these subtleties are all lost upon me! I'd give quite a few hundred dollars to peer inside a GM's mind
If I was playing, it does look like a draw to me, just because I don't really see anything to do except get the kings to the center to assure a draw. I can't imagine that these gentlemen will make the type of huge mistake or two which would make the game decisive. But then again, I'm not very good.
I really do think endgame mastery is the secret to being a strong player. Cos you then know what to be aiming for when you simplify a position down from the middlegame.
Certainly they are equal or about equal.But I don't understand what you mean when you say
"I tend to think that will put pressure on Anand to play riskier."
Gelfand can't force Anand to play riskier if he doesn't play riskier.
p.s. It is possible that both believe that can take the title at rapid games so they won't risk.Maybe we will have the first World Chamionship match in history won in rapid games.
Ooh that's it then. Draw agreed.
I totally agree.
Yes, It's a DRAW. Now the match is tied 2-2. Anand has the white pieces on Thursday's game five. It seemed like the easiest game they have played.
I'll try to study the Gruenfeld before Thursday!
I mean with Anand's history of winning Gelfand, for him to have really very little chances of doing so thus far, it might confuse Anand a bit, putting more pressure on him to try something riskier against Gelfand.
But you could be right about them copying the candidates matches--rapid games.
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