Advice for team Anand: Play the Najdorf!
Dear Team Anand,
In preparation for the upcoming world title defense I have made an analysis of Magnus Carlsen's games and come to some important conclusions. At this point everyone realizes that Carlsen is a phenomenal chess player and stands ready to take the title with the same ease thatJose Capablanca took the title from Emmanual Lasker in 1921.
But I am sure you are aware that Vishy Anand is no stranger to the turmoil and hardship of top level matches. If he can keep his title he will stand alone as the greatest match player in chess history having already defended his title against Kramnik, Topalov, and Gelfand.
In order to do this he will have to be in top physical condition. Carlsen is a grinding force that wears his opponent's down and patiently waits for them to blunder in the fifth and sixth hours of play. If Anand can make a statement of endurance he will have taken away one of Carlsen's trumps!
On to the Chess. It is key that Anand's team helps him use his strengths, namely that he has more experience than the 22 year old challenger. In particular I think they should steer the games into the sharpest lines possible. As black against Carlsen's favorite 1.e4 it makes good sense to rely on the Najdorf, a long time specialty of the world champion's.
I present the following games to highlight some of Carlsen's rare losses and make the case that it is possible to outplay him with the black pieces if you can take him out of his comfort zone. The recent candidate matches also showed thatalthough Magnus may be the top player in the world he is also quite capable of losing games when faced with stiff resistance.