Posts Tagged ‘Viswanathan Anand’

World Chess Match Chennai Game 1: Carlsen applies “emergency brakes,” settles for 16-Move Draw with Anand

World Chess Match 2013 Game 1 no fireworks. World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen went for 1.Nf3 flowing into an offbeat double fianchetto, but by the 16th move, as he confessed at the press conference, had to “apply the emergency brakes” and accept World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand’s draw by repetition. Chess fans worldwide, a tad disappointed, still viewed it as a moral victory for the World Champion as Vishy Anand held an easy draw with Black. Viswanathan Anand plays White in the second game on Sunday tomorrow. Meanwhile, replay the game below with Houdini analysis. More news reports on the World Chess Championship are up on Chess Blog.
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World Champion Chess: Anand – Van Wely, Monaco 2007 1-0

Here is a gem of a chess puzzle from the game Viswanathan Anand – loek van Wely, Monaco, 2007. Can you see how White plays and wins? For the answer you need to replay the video below that comes from the award-winning database of chess podcasts at www.chesskillertips.com.

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High Level of Chess Prep: Radjabov – Anand 1-0

LEVEL: Intermediate
CATEGORY: Middle Game

From the game Radjabov – Anand of the 2006 Blitz World Championship, white wins in the Poisoned Pawn Sicilian Defence.

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Chess Video Lesson: Anand – Van Wely 1-0 (Level Intermediate)

A quick look at how the World Chess Champion plays.
LEVEL: Intermediate
CATEGORY: Middle Game
From the game Anand – Van Wely, Monaco 2007.
White plays and wins.

This special video podcast is hosted by 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. Have you seen all the podcasts?
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8th Tal Chess Memorial 2013 Round 5: Magnus Carlsen – Viswanathan Anand 1-0

The fifth round at the 8th Tal Chess Memorial is the last time World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen and World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand meet across the board before the 2013 World Chess Championship. Not just Moscow, most of the chess world had an exciting Tuesday as the Challenger beat the World Champion who played a passive game. Carlsen played a rare variation in the Nimzo-Indian and said: I thought I’d play a line that he hasn’t faced in a long time and I thought that hopefully he wouldn’t be too prepared for that. For a full report on the round, read Chess Blog.
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Sunday Chess Class: Viswanathan Anand – Loek van Wely 1-0

A sure way to improve your chess is to study how World Chess Champions play. It’s a bonus when another World Chess Champion explains it all to you. So, sit back and let the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk show you how Vishy Anand went for a win in Monaco. This puzzle is brought to you by www.chesskillertips.com – the #1 chess podcast website which is FREE.
LEVEL: Intermediate
CATEGORY: Middle Game
From the game Anand – Van Wely, Monaco 2007.
White plays and wins.

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Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Viswanathan Anand – Veselin Topalov 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: The Viswanathan Anand – Veselin Topalov game was a dynamic clash where the World Chess Champion played an inspired game. The game brought back memories of when Anand had beaten Topalov in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2010 to take the world title. Anand’s cool 32.Qh1! helped set up a great White win. You can read a report on the round at Chess Blog.
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Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: Magnus Carlsen – Viswanathan Anand 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: World Champion Viswanathan Anand playing black against his challenger Magnus Carlsen, in what might well be their only meeting before the World Championship match in November, drew the game. The Sicilian (Moscow Variation) left Black with a backward pawn on d6, but with compensation in active pieces. Black got the pair of bishops, but controlling the d5 square with his knight white still held a slight edge in the early middle game. The positional game ended peacefully. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog.
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Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Viswanathan Anand – Levon Aronian 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: World Champion Viswanathan Anand went for the closed Ruy Lopez against second seed Levon Aronian and found a nice outpost on d4 with one of his knights before move 10, but a balanced position ensued Queen, Rooks, different colored Bishops and eight pawns with each side! Something finally seemed about to happen as Aronian played 22.— Bh6!?, intending to answer 23.Qh4 with a tactical 23.— Bxf4 – as played. Some spectators wondered (creatively) whether the World Champion was planning to sacrifice his Queen for Rook and Bishop, but Anand instead (wisely) exchanged some more pieces to regain the pawn he gave up on f4. Anand however was not in any danger and the game ended as a draw. Read a full report on the Round at Chess Blog.
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Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 R5: Viswanathan Anand – Ding Liren 1-0

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 Round 5: World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand was in form as he demolished young Chinese Ding Liren’s Caro Kann in Paris. A pawn sac did not fetch the Chinese Grandmaster the edge he hoped for. A full report on the round is available at Chess Blog. You can replay the game below with Chess King.
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Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013: Viswanathan Anand – Michael Adams 1-0

The Alekhine Chess Memorial has begun in Paris and there were exciting games in the first round as well. The event is being held in a special chess pavilion built specially for the Memorial on the premises of the Tuileries Garden (the Louvre Museum). One of the decisive games was World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand losing with White to multiple-time British Champion Michael Adams. A full report on the first round at the Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 is posted at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R13: Wang Hao Beats Viswanathan Anand in Endgame Bind

The World Champion suffered a painful defeat at the hands of Wang Hao. The Chinese Grandmaster reached a slightly better endgame out of the opening and went on to exploit the advantage of a bishop over a knight in exemplary manner. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video comment, and read a full report on the final round of the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 at Chess Blog. (Additional chess video goodies in this post: Two must-watch chess videos of Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk!)
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R11: Yifan Hou – Viswanathan Anand ½-½

Round 11 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013: World Champion Anand dropped the ball against former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan. What seemed destined to become a model endgame victory turned tragic for the Indian Grandmaster when he decided to transpose a winning knight endgame into a drawn pawn endgame: After, for example, 42…h5 Black should be winning, but after Anand’s mistake 42…Nf5?, Hou Yifan found the narrow path to a draw with 43.Nxf5 Kxf5 44.a4 Ke6 45.g4! Kd5 46.Kc3 Ke4 47.Kc2! Kd4 48.Kb3 e4 49.b5 axb5 50.axb5 e3 51.Kc2 Ke4 52.Kd1!. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the Hou Yifan’s post-game video comment, and read a full report on Round 11 at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R7: Viswanathan Anand – Loek van Wely 1-0

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 Round 7: Loek van Wely went for the Scandinavian Defense against Viswanathan Anand, but blundered in a very difficult position on move 35 and the game was over. Although the Dutchman achieved an adequate position on the black side of a Scandinavian Defence, his attempt to break free was ill-timed costing him first a pawn and then the game after 23.Qb1, the move Van Wely had missed in his calculations. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video and read a full account of Round 7 at the tournament at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R4: Anand Demolishes “Nightmare Opponent” Aronian (Game + Videos)

The fourth round at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 witnessed World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand demolishing World No. 3 Levon Aronian. Anand said, “This could easily be one of the best games I have played. To win a game like this against Levon, who is my nightmare opponent, as you probably know, is definitely wonderful. Funnily enough both my black wins against him have been real classics. I don’t win that often, but when I do it is at least a good one.” Watch the two video statements given immediately after the end of the game and replay the game with Chess King.
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75th Tata Steel Chess R3: Viswanathan Anand – Fabiano Caruana 1-0

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 Round 3: World Champion Viswanathan Anand beat Fabiano Caruana in an exemplary Ruy Lopez. With small maneuvers – from controlling square d5, to dominating the c-file – the Indian chess wizard kept nagging the young Italian who drifted into time trouble. Anand was especially proud of 31.Kh1!, threatening Qc6. Black promptly made his decisive mistake with 31…Be7 after which White infiltrated with 32.Qc7, with the black king soon running for his life. Watch the video and run the game in the Chess King applet. You can also read a full report on Round 3 at Chess Blog.
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London Chess Classic 2012 Round 9: Viswanathan Anand – Magnus Carlsen 1/2-1/2

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen had already won the London Chess Classic 2012 before this game ended because Vladimir Kramnik drew his game against Michael Adams. (Report on Chess Blog). However, Carlsen continued to try for a win. Despite the draw, the game was an exciting one to watch. Replay the game with Chess King.
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London Chess Classic 2012 R8: Hikaru Nakamura Misses Win against Viswanathan Anand

The most exciting games of the London Chess Classic 2012 would probably be the Round 8 encounter between World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura. The game diluted to an endgame with a plus for White, but soon enough Nakamura had the tide turn in his favor. However, in the nervous tension, Nakamura handed the chances back to White and had to settle for a draw. Replay the game with Chess King. In the position on the left, Black plays 50. …b2 and hangs in for a draw. Black’s 50. …a3 would have easily secured the win because Black would be threatening to make two not one Queen and would not be worried about a checkmate or Queen promotion by White. However, 50. …b2 changed all that and put the pressure on Black.
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London Chess Classic 2012 R7: Judit Polgar – Viswanathan Anand 1/2-1/2

The world chess champion and highest-rated woman chess player came to Round 7 at the London Chess Classic 2012 on a low. Viswanathan Anand had gone down in an unbelievable blunder against Michael Adams in the previous round. Polgar has been having a bad event with only half a point so far. Both were in no mood to play it on the defensive. However, Polgar’s attack and Anand’s rock-solid defense had just one outcome – a draw. Replay the game with Chess King.
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London Chess Classic 2012 Round 6: Find Michael Adams’ Winning Move Against Viswanathan Anand

Round five of the London Chess Classic is going to be remembered for the unbelievable blunder by World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand. Can you see how Black can win? Anand has just played 41.Bc4. What’s Black’s killer move? Michael Adams took his time and eventually played the winning move that forced resignation by the world champion. Replay the game with Chess King.
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