Good Start for Anand!

Anand got off to a great start in the World Championship match with Carlsen today, scoring an easy and quick draw with black.

Here's my quick look at their game (plus match predictions):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3XKQxhDyxI

Here is a board where you can click through the game and variations discussed:



Really excited for this match, and looking forward to the next 11 games!!

Edit: in game 2, we will get to find out what Anand's choice of first moves is vs. Carlsen! I'm guessing he'll repeat this Nf3 g3 anti-theoretical opening of Carlsen's.... just kidding! I'm guessing 1.e4 and a Ruy Lopez.

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    pdela

    well, today was dissapointing...

  • 3 years ago

    Kolems

    Great analysis, David. Thanks for the effort. Smile

  • 3 years ago

    elindauer

    +1 for 24 game match!  Let's go back to those incredibly long slugfests of yesteryear.

  • 3 years ago

    robbie_1969

    its pretty awesome to get an insight into the way a master analyses, thanks :D

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    there's nothing easy about playing chess at a high level. i do think there's a significant gap in strength between Carlsen and Anand, and that Carlsen will win the match.

  • 3 years ago

    Eeyore12

    Very detailed and objective!

    Especially well done with so little `material` the players provided You with Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    Razzfazz

    Great analysis,thanks. Looking forward to your postgame-thoughts in the next rounds...

  • 3 years ago

    pdela

    I guess that is what makes the good start for Anand, not just the result which may have been into "the route book" but having held with black pieces with that ease, in such an unexpected way. It was a little of a shock for me, and want to see how affects the next game

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i don't remember any 16 move draws as white for Carlsen either. it's either never happened before, or is quite rare.

  • 3 years ago

    pdela

    And yeah, sorry, thanks for video David

  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    I agree with Phil. Best commentary I've seen out of a half dozen so far. 

  • 3 years ago

    pdela

    well, I didn't think I was making a funny comment, but thanks :)

    Just there were quite high expectatives, and to say the truth, I don't recall Carlsen games in which he plays with white and draws at move 16.

    Kasparov wrote few days ago

    Anand is a fantastic chessplayer who brings honor to the sport and to his nation with his skill and his boundless good nature. If he wins this match his high place on chess Olympus is assured. I am predicting a Carlsen victory because of his talent, his results, and the tides of chess history. I am rooting for a Carlsen victory because a new generation deserves a new champion. Most of all, I am hoping for big games, a hard fight, and a great boost for chess around the world as a legend and a legend in the making do battle in Chennai.

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    thx receipt :-)

    very funny, Pablo!

    but personally i don't mind, it was interesting, and there's more to come! really, if i had one complaint it would be that the match should be 24 games long at least.

  • 3 years ago

    pdela

    It should have been titled:

    "Good start for Anand... very bad start for the World Champhionship"

  • 3 years ago

    receipt1

    During the 33 minute period David did the best of any commentary I've seen in pointing out how Carlsen knew he was in a disadvantageous position when he played for the draw. 

  • 3 years ago

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