Anand has looked much weaker the last years than in 2007-08, the last one and a half year I think Vallejo is the only 2700 opponent he has beaten, and his Elo performance has been below top ten level. Whatever happens here the winner of the next Candidates will be the big favourite in the title match, especially considering that the next Candidates will be a double round robin and not another of those blitz tiebreak minimatch events.
Vishy may have passed his peak, but I don't think that Gelfand can beat Vishy yet.
Anand is tactical genius! It is difficult for Gelfand to outcalculate him!!
Anand has a higher chance of winning, being russian and all.
Anand is indian.
though this is not anands cup of cake i reallly do hope anand will win
this is not anands cup of cake
Am I the only one not caring about world championship ?Always the same openings for years and years .... Would love to see a world champion really takings risks on openings !
Second game also drew. I cant understand why Anand is agreeing for draw when Gelfand is under time pressure.
So, what could he do? Pawns absolutely symmetrical, no weak point for either side... Even blitzing, a world class player like Boris cannot screw that.
So, what cound he do? Pawns absolutely symmetrical, no weak point for either side... Even blitzing, a world class player like Boris cannot screw that.
Yes, you should be right. You know better.
U want to see something like the kings gambit?
@Helzeth : Lol. Anand is Indian.
My only prediction is that whom ever wins will not successfully defend it in 2014.
first game draw
You missed the second one today? Second game also drew.
This has been discussed to great detail before, but Carlsen did originally turn up for the qualification and won the first event. Among the players that refused to turn up were Topalov and Kramnik, who didn't want to qualify from the same starting point as Carlsen and Aronian.
Then FIDE changed the rules so Topalov and Kramnik were given Candidates spots without qualifying, as they had demanded, and the longer final match was substituted with a knockout of the sort Khalifman and Kasimdzhanov had won in the past. The players that were most positive about this change were of course those that were given a spot they otherwise wouldn't have had. Aronian won all his Grand Prix tournaments, but the only reward he got was one spot of eight, together with players that had refused to play the qualification.
So Carlsen withdrew, the knockout produced another sensation, and here we are.
Are "knockout" events really the best way to find a challenger for the WC?
Why not start everyone at 0 at the end of a WC and track the players from there, where they look at number of Tournaments/Games played and anyone that meets the requirement would be evaulated...the top 20 in that group would be legitimate contenders.
They could then do a couple of qualifying tournaments for those in the top 20 to narrow it down even more until they finally get a challenger worthy of fighting for the WC?
Anand is Scottish...
Rubbish. Both Anand and Gelfand are Indians. So, the World Champion this time will surely be an Indian. And, all the top 100 chess players in the world are from India.