World Chess Championship Still Tied

May 8th, 2010

After a marathon, six hour, 83-move game and another tough battle yesterday, both draws, the match is all tied up yet, with only two games remaining. The spectacle of a series of rapid (and, heaven forbid, blitz) tie-breaker games is seeming more and more likely every day. Sure, that would be exciting to watch, but it’s no way to decide the highest title in the land.


Topalov Ties It Up

May 5th, 2010

After holding Anand to two consecutive draws with the black pieces — the second being a real slugfest with a piece sac and all — Topalov slowly ground out the win in Tuesday’s game as white. Anand had just about proved the opposite colored bishop endgame a draw before blundering as Topalov made his final attempt at the full point. Here are those two games, the seventh and eighth. Only four remain in the now-tied match. It’s going to be a sprint to the finish. (Sure wish there wasn’t a game on Mother’s Day though! Probably have to miss the live action on the ICC on Sunday.)


ChessHouse Coupons – May 2010

May 2nd, 2010

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As an aside, it turns out the 13 consecutive moves by Anand’s knight in Game 6 set a new record in World Chess Championship play. The previous having been held by Tal during his 10th game loss to Botvinnik in their 1961 match. And four of those were part of a repetition sequence to gain time on the clock.

Anand-Topalov Game 6

May 1st, 2010

An interesting game. Just when it looked like Anand had acquired perhaps a small advantage, it turned out the extra pawn came at the price of having to defend an attack against his king, confined to the back rank. Topalov regained the pawn and Anand liquidated with some cute tactics.

The score is now 3.5-2.5 in Anand’s favor going in to the second half of the match. Tomorrow is a rest day. Monday it’s back to the same colors as today.

Anand-Topalov Game 5

April 30th, 2010

Game 5 of the World Chess Championship saw Anand repeating the Slav of game 3 as Black. He was the first to vary with 15…h5 versus the more modest …h6 of the third game.

It looked as though Anand was tempting and provoking Topalov to overpress the position, and he nearly succeeded before white was forced to take a draw by three-fold repetition. Overall a solid game by both combatants.

Tomorrow is the mid-way point of the match, and a little color shuffle now has Topalov facing two black’s in a row a point down.

Serious chess. Serious fun!