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Kramnik 1.5 – Anand 2.5

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Ever want to kick that IQP (isolated queen pawn) to the curb? Kramnik shows how it’s done, quickly equalizing to draw as black going into the rest day.


Kramnik 1 – Anand 2

Friday, October 17th, 2008

It pains me to report Anand has drawn first blood in the World Chess Championship. Worse yet, it appeared easy. If Kramnik has a weak spot, it’s defense in wild positions, and that’s exactly what Anand brought to the board with a new opening idea, giving two pawns for the attack.

Kramnik’s been down a game even as late as the final, must-win, game against Leko, so despite the ridiculously short nature of WCC’s these days, there’s still plenty of time left.

On a positive note, our man Kamsky won a nice game in the first round of the European Club Cup.


Kramnik 1 – Anand 1

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

A little more action in Game 2. This time it was Kramnik who held the draw less a pawn as black. However, the general consensus is Anand called it quits too early. Apparently, he was down to just a couple minutes to make eight moves. The gloves are off!


Kramnik 0.5 – Anand 0.5

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Not much to say about the first game of the 2008 World Chess Championship today except

  1. It was your typical feeling out match opener.
  2. It’s great they’re finally re-reunifying the title (though I suppose there’s a re-re-reunification in the near future).
  3. If you’re an Anand fan, you have to be happy with how easily he achieved the draw (after going a pawn down).


Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

That’s the day the World Chess Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik gets underway. I’m psyched!

Queue your best Michael Buffer. :)



Serious chess. Serious fun!