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Anand’s Last Chance?

World Championship Match – Anand down 5:3

Viswanathan Anand Magnus Carlsen Game 7

After back-to-back wins by Magnus Carlsen in the fifth and sixth games, Viswanathan Anand has his back against the wall and must win two of the remaining games to take the match to a tie-break playoff.

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Game 8 – Tuesday, November 19

Fans were disappointed to see Anand not trying to win Game 8 on Tuesday. If there are three more draws, Carlson will clinch.

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Game 8 boring draw

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Game 9 – Thursday, November 21

Realistically, Game 9 is Anand’s last chance in the match. He has white, and if he pulls off a win, he’ll have three more chances to win a second game and tie the match, including another chance with white.

If not, and the game ends in another draw, Anand will face the daunting task of having to beat the world’s top-rated player twice in three games, including at least one win with black – more than even the most ardent Vishy supporters can plausibly expect from him. If ever there was a time for Anand to pull out a secret weapon, this is it!

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World Championship – Anand vs Carlsen

After 3 draws, the World Chess Championship Match is tied 1.5:1.5

World Champion Viswanathan Anand is defending his title on home turf in Chennai, India. Formerly called Madras, Chennai is the state capital of Tamil Nadu and one of the most important cultural and industrial centres in south India.

“Vishy” Anand, now 43, took the world title in the Championship Tournament of 2007 – just after a rocky period when there had been two rival World Champion titles. Since becoming undisputed World Champion, Anand has successfully defended his title three times: against Kramnik (in 2008), Topolov (2010), and Gelfand (2012).

The Norwegian challenger, Magnus Carlsen, is by most accounts the favourite to win the 12-game match: at 22, he’s much younger than Anand – and he is, after all, the all-time highest-rated player in the world (Elo 2870). Indeed, Carlsen’s rating difference above the second highest-rated player, Aronian (2801), is bigger than Aronian’s rating difference over any of the next 15 players! Anand (2775) is currently ranked 8th.

In one of the most anticipated chess matches in recent memory, fans are looking to see a heavily prepared Champion use his preparation to get an advantage in the opening, while the young challenger fights to steal the game in the middlegame and ending.

Games will be broadcast live, starting at a brutal 4:30 AM Eastern Standard Time. Rounds 1 and 2 are Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10.

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Opening Ceremony – Thursday, November 7

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Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlen shake hands in Chennai.

At the opening ceremony in Nehru Indoor Stadium, Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa gives a brief 1500-year history of chess, proudly claiming India as the “homeland of this amazing game,” Chennai as a “sports hub,” and Viswanathan Anand as “the greatest sportsman India has ever produced.” (Sachin Tendulkar, watch out!)


She proudly lists the crores (tens of millions) of rupees she has sanctioned for investment in sports infrastructure during her three tenures as Chief Minister – including chess clubs and a chess-in-schools programme – before declaring the World Championship Match open.

In the draw of lots, Anand’s photo is drawn (to cheers from the crowd) and a black king is chosen, meaning Carlsen will play white in the first game.


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Round One – Saturday, November 9

The first game ends in a quick draw. Carlsen chooses 1.Nf3 (a flexible move that is not the most testing), goes for a Catalan-type setup, and offers a repetition of moves on move 13, after just an hour and a half of play. Anand makes strong, solid moves in a Grünfeld-like setup, and must be pleased with neutralizing Carlsen so quickly. Not a bad result for all concerned, notes live commentator, Susan Polgar:

To make some sense of the game, here’s the live broadcast from ChessBomb with commentary by Canadian IM Aman Hambleton from Ottawa:

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(Aman is one of Canada’s most promising young players. Currently, he and fellow Canadian, GM Eric Hansen, are based in Valencia, Spain. Below, from the 2012 UNAM Open where he placed 3rd and earned a GM norm, Aman poses atop an Aztec pyramid with another strong Canadian player, WNM Liza Orlova.)

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Round Two – Sunday, November 10

Another draw. After Anand’s 1.e4, Magnus plays the mildly surprising …c6. The Caro Kann has a reputation as a solid defence – but of course some lines are still sharp! The game follows a relatively unexplored offshoot of the main line after Black plays 7…e6, and ends with White avoiding some wild possibilities and forcing another early draw, again by repetition.

Here’s Aman Hambleton again with the ChessBomb live-broadcast commentary.

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Round Three – Tuesday, November 12

Another draw, but fans get to see a full fight. After playing 1.Nf3 again, it is Carlsen who first deviates from the line in Game One. In the middle, the game almost threatens to tip Anand’s way, but Carlsen musters a strong defence.

Here’s Aman Hambleton’s blow by blow:

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World Championship Match starts this May

2012 WCC in Moscow, May 10-31

The World Chess Championship will take place May 10-31 in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia. Boris Gelfand will challenge World Champion, Viswanathan Anand, for the title in a 12-game match.

The prize fund for the match is $2.55 million: 60% to the winner and 40% to the loser.

While Anand is currently ranked 4th in the world by FIDE rating, Gelfand, who won the right to be official challenger in the 2011 Candidates Matches, is currently ranked 22nd. Anand is therefore a heavy favourite to win the match.

Anand has been the undisputed World Champion since 2007. He successfully defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008, and against Veselin Topalov in 2010.

With the Moscow 2012 match a little more than a month away, the official site is up and running, and a new logo has been approved: