Ranjeet Walunj

October 29, 2008

Anand retains world championship by winning match with 6.5 to 4.5 score in 11 games

Its decided and written on stone wall that Vishwanathan Anand is the first world champion in all 3 formats of chess 🙂

  1. Classical chess
  2. Tournament chess
  3. Rapid Chess

Its an excellent day for Indian Chess where Vishwanathan Anand has retained his world championship by drawing his 11’th game against Kramnik.

After the loss in 10’th game it was evident that kramnik will go out in 11’th and 12’th game where anand just needed 1/2 point for winning the match.

Anand sprung a surprise of 1. e4 (he was deploying d4 with white in every game in this match), which was answered well by kramnik by throwing back surprise of super sharp Sicilion-Najdorf variation.

The 11’th game was played beautifully by these two players where the position was unclear till the exchange of queen happened.
Anand forced exchange of queens by posing a mate threat on last row. After this game was not at all bad for white; in fact white had little bit of advantage in this game.

Anand has silenced his critics who were doubting his ability in classic chess match format by comprehencively beating kramnik by a margin of 2 points with one game still remaining.

Vishy has given an awesome Diwali gift to entire Indian Chess world and he will scale to great heights after this.

I would dare to make a statement he could have also beaten Big K (Kasparov) in this match looking at his current form.

Bring on Topalov next year .. and we will see another great win by Vishy.

The game was covered with commentary by GM Susan Polgar here

Chessdom has covered the complete game 11 with GM Dimitrov here

October 22, 2008

WCC game 6: Anand takes lead 4.5-1.5 against kramnik

Vishwanathan anand is showing absolute great match preparation and is out doing kramnik in his own style of play.

simply outstanding games by anand where he is not hesitating to take risks and playing for win in almost every match.

We have seen a quite dull draw in game 4. After which anand has won game 5 with black by deploying the same preparation with which he had won game 3.
Kramnik chose to play the same meran-exchange variation of slav in game 5 also and anand again deployed novelty (per say shuffling of moves) and got better of kramnik.

so far with 3 white games anand has deployed 1. d4 and not his usual kings pawn opening. This must have surprised kramnik and it shows that he and his team was not prepared to answer anand’s d4 opening.

Probably this also shows what kind of preparation must have gone through at this level by each players.

Anand likes complex positions and kramnik likes slow-steady-methodological play where he build up advantage and takes it through.

Anand has won game 3 and 5 using complex razer sharp positions and game 6 he won almost in Kramnik style. (slow positional play)

After game 5 loss with white pieces kramnik was again pushed by anand in new position where kramnik was not comfortable. Kramnik tried holding fort with his solid defense, however anand manages to better him in the endgame squeezing full point and taking the lead to 4.5 to 1.5.

This must have left kramnik wondering about what wrong he is doing in this match.
Kramnik is falling into the novelties and in turn getting into a time trouble in almost every match.

I think next 6 matches kramnik will try to push for wins and he might consider that he has nothing to loose from here.

But all the best vishy for future games. Keep the match interesting even if it is going to be one side affair.

Game 6 went something like this:

(1) Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772) [E34]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.Nf3 Qf5 7.Qb3 Nc6 8.Bd2 0-0 9.h3 b6 10.g4 Qa5 11.Rc1 Bb7 12.a3 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Qd5 14.Qxd5 Nxd5 15.Bd2 Nf6 16.Rg1 Rac8 17.Bg2 Ne7 18.Bb4 c5 19.dxc5 Rfd8 20.Ne5 Bxg2 21.Rxg2 bxc5 22.Rxc5 Ne4 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Nd3 Nd5 25.Bd2 Rc2 26.Bc1 f5 27.Kd1 Rc8 28.f3 Nd6 29.Ke1 a5 30.e3 e5 31.gxf5 e4 32.fxe4 Nxe4 33.Bd2 a4 34.Nf2 Nd6 35.Rg4 Nc4 36.e4 Nf6 37.Rg3 Nxb2 38.e5 Nd5 39.f6 Kf7 40.Ne4 Nc4 41.fxg7 Kg8 42.Rd3 Ndb6 43.Bh6 Nxe5 44.Nf6+ Kf7 45.Rc3 Rxc3 46.g8Q+ Kxf6 47.Bg7+ 1-0

Woman Grandmaster Susan polgar was covering game 6 live here:

Chessdom has covered the complete game 6 with GM Dimitrov here:

Personally i like Susan polgar’s blog more than that of any other. (Even official fide site is putting susan’s commentary straight on their site).

The complete game can be played back from here :

October 18, 2008

Awesome day: Sachin’s world record 12K, saurav crossing 7K, sensex below 10K and now vishy anand winning with black against Kramnik

What an awesome day for india:

First sachin played absolutely brilliant innings of 88 (hard luck he did not score another century), and while doing so has surpassed Brian Lara for highest individual test score, then crossed 12000 individual runs in Test cricket.

Remarkable stuff : the kind of commitment which he puts in cricket is amazing. After playing for 19 years at international level it takes greatness to have the same zeal and ambitions of youngster. Bravo sachin … may you cross atleast 15K in test cricket if not more 🙂

Saurav ganguly has declared retirement after this series, and he looks like a man on mission to prove everyone wrong. I like saurav ganguly’s batting when he is in full flow. The kind of innings he has played especially after his comeback are truly admirable.
Saurav, we will miss you.

Absolute mayhem at share market where sensex has closed below 10,000 today. Who would have believed that 10 month’s ago when it was hovering around 21,000.
In my opinion this is a wonderful opportunity to pick up good stocks at very low level.
Many companies are trading below their book value prices.  Excellent opportunity for Long term investments.

And now the epitome, vishwanathan anand has won third match against kramnik with black pieces in world chess championship.

He first played some daring opening using slav and then not hesitated with double pawns and king safety issue, and gone ahead with the amazhing attack which ensured him one full point with black.

This means he has put kramnik under tremendous pressure by taking important early lead. And i’m sure kramnik and his team will come up with some novelty tommorow to try for full point.

This championship match has promised excellent games ahead in store after looking at game 2 and game 3.

Great show vishy … All the best.

WCC Game 3 went like this :

Kramnik,V (2772) – Anand,V (2783)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.0-0 Qb6 14.Qe2 Bb7 15.Bxb5 Bd6 16.Rd1 Rg8 17.g3 Rg4 18.Bf4 Bxf4 19.Nxd4 h5 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Rxd7 Kf8 22.Qd3 Rg7 23.Rxg7 Kxg7 24.gxf4 Rd8 25.Qe2 Kh6 26.Kf1 Rg8 27.a4 Bg2+ 28.Ke1 Bh3 29.Ra3 Rg1+ 30.Kd2 Qd4+ 31.Kc2 Bg4 32.f3 Bf5+ 33.Bd3 Bh3 34.a5 Rg2 35.a6 Rxe2+ 36.Bxe2 Bf5+ 37.Kb3 Qe3+ 38.Ka2 Qxe2 39.a7 Qc4+ 40.Ka1 Qf1+ 41.Ka2 Bb1+ 0-1

You can replay the game here:

And susan polgar writes commentary about the game here (live):

October 16, 2008

WCC: Anand surprises kramnik by playing 1. d4 — game 2 ends in draw after 32 moves

Vishwanathan Anand chose to play 1. d4 than his usual 1.e4 against Kramnik in second game of WCC.

The psychological warfare has actually begun where Vishy has surprised kramnik by playing d4 whereas kramnik and his crew would have prepared for e4. (kings pawn opening.)

It was vishy’s first white game of World chess championship going on in Bonn.

The position was in favour of white and was complicated where anand sensed an opportunity and tried pressing for a full point. However the usual fast vishy found himself in bit time trouble and accepted the draw offer extended by Kramnik.

My chess software shows that white is ahead after 30 moves by (+1.01) .. could have pressed for win if there would have been some extra time in his hands. But being this as just second game, he would have played bit cautious to judge Kramnik’s play.

The game went like this:

Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772) [E25]
WCh Bonn GER (2), 15.10.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5
f5 9.Qc2 Nd7 10.e4 fxe4 11.fxe4 N5f6 12.c6 bxc6 13.Nf3 Qa5 14.Bd2 Ba6 15.c4
Qc5 16.Bd3 Ng4 17.Bb4 Qe3+ 18.Qe2 0-0-0 19.Qxe3 Nxe3 20.Kf2 Ng4+ 21.Kg3 Ndf6
22.Bb1 h5 23.h3 h4+ 24.Nxh4 Ne5 25.Nf3 Nh5+ 26.Kf2 Nxf3 27.Kxf3 e5 28.Rc1 Nf4
29.Ra2 Nd3 30.Rc3 Nf4 31.Bc2 Ne6 32.Kg3 Rd4 ½-½.

After 32 moves final position is as follows:

World Championship Bonn: Game 2 can be seen and replayed here.

Susan polgar writes here about the game.

October 15, 2008

Anand vs. Kramnik in World Chess Championship: first game starts with draw

I’m sure all indian chess players will be eager to follow the world chess championship which is currently going on in Bonn (Germany).

The long awaited match between Viswanathan Anand (Elo. 2783) of India and Vladimir Kramnik (Elo. 2772) of Russia began today.

The championship match consists of 12 games, from 14’th october to 31st oct 08 (Iff tiebreak-2’nd nov 2008) for prize money of 1.5 M Euro.

I’m sure more than price money, its pride for which kramnik and anand will be fighting for.

Vishy is much stronger player + better human being + much more consistent than kramnik, and I’m following and supporting vishy for a world chess crown.

This entire year (apart from couple of tournaments) vishy has been in phenomenal form and I’m sure that he will show similar form and ensure that the title stays with him.

this is a time for vishy to break his WCC ‘K’ jinx {lost previous matches to Karpov (1992 n 1998), Kamsky (1994) and Kasparov (1995)}.

Coming back to the first game where Kramnik played usual ‘safety-first’ game where both parties were trying to judge the preparation of each other teams. This will continue for first few games after which we should see some agressive play on board by these guys.

First game of WCC is drawn where Kramnik playes white with anand opting for Exchange Slav variation.

Game One:

Kramnik,V (2772) – Anand,V (2783) [D14]
WCh Bonn GER (1), 14.10.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Nf3 e6 8.Qb3 Bb4
9.Bb5 0-0 10.Bxc6 Bxc3+ 11.Qxc3 Rc8 12.Ne5 Ng4 13.Nxg4 Bxg4 14.Qb4 Rxc6 15.Qxb7
Qc8 16.Qxc8 Rfxc8 17.0-0 a5 18.f3 Bf5 19.Rfe1 Bg6 20.b3 f6 21.e4 dxe4 22.fxe4
Rd8 23.Rad1 Rc2 24.e5 fxe5 25.Bxe5 Rxa2 26.Ra1 Rxa1 27.Rxa1 Rd5 28.Rc1 Rd7 29.Rc5
Ra7 30.Rc7 Rxc7 31.Bxc7 Bc2 32.Bxa5 Bxb3 draw.

The complete game can be viewed here (Russian website)

Wish you all the best Vishy 🙂

August 11, 2008

India’s first ever individual gold by Abhinav Bindra :-)

I’m feeling so happy after indian prayers being answered and we grabbed our First ever individual Gold.

Abhinav Bindra has won India’s first every individual Olympic Gold medal on monday with a thrilling come-from behind victory in the men’s 10 metres air rifle event.


India's Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

India’s Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle in Beijing on August 11 with an incredible performance in the final. Bindra shot a total score of 700.5.

India’s last Olympic gold medal was from hockey (8’th gold) at the 1980 mosco olympics. Bindra’s feat betters the silver medal effort of double trap shooter Rajvardhan Singh Rathore at the Athens games in 2004.

Abhinav Bindra has started something which was eluding India for so long. And this is just the beginning and we should be able to finish high and it should work as an inspiration for all the players as well as future Olympics will bring lot of glorious moments like this.
We all Indians are proud of you abhinav.

Another medal hope, Saina Nehwal is in the Quarter finals (last 8) of Women’s Badminton Singles after beating 4th seeded Chen Wang of China.

This is another medal hope for India, and finally the scene is looking very good.

August 10, 2008

Day 1 at Beijing Olympics: Mix performance by indian team

In the individual archery ranking round, Mangal Singh Champia is ranked second. He missed first rank by just one point (678 against the 679 by the leader).
He is ranked seconds means he will play the guy who is at position 63.
Saina Nehwal was too good for her Russian opponent and has entered into seconds round. (32 )
Vijendra Singh in boxing has entered into second round and is looking good from the results.

Anjali bhagwat has disappointed in 10m air rifle and archery team need to improve their performance if they want to qualify for knockout round. Anyways they still have few chances left for them in other events/knockout rounds.

If you look at the medals standings right now, many smaller countries have managed medals.

Why Indian team is having such a low count in athlete ? Whether we win any medals or not is secondary atleast the kind of exposure + experience gained by the players will be valueable if we are looking at larger picture in coming Olympics.

If India can squander money on many non-essential things then certainly spending money on sports should not be a big problem.

I assume athletes are also playing for the medals and not assuming that they are some Beijing sight seeing + shopping spree.

August 9, 2008

Indian Dream at Beijing Olympics……

Filed under: Beijing Olympics, Sports — Tags: , , , , , , — ranjeetwalunj @ 1:43 am

Today, it was wonderful opening ceremony of Olympic at the National Stadium in Beijing, China.
China organised the awesome grand spectacular opening ceremony.

Few of the photographs from the opening show are as follows: (Taken from Rediff.com)

Indian team at beijing olympics _ Rathod bearing the flag

Indian team at Beijing Olympics _ Rathore bearing the flag

I really want and hope that this time We will win few medals and try to prove that we are also good in other games too.

I know historically we have had very bad performances in the previous Olympics barring 3-4 performances (highest being the silver medal by Rajvardhan Singh Rathore).

Its bit difficult to digest that many smaller and poor countries manage to get medals at the games and India which has a population over 1 billion (and which can not be classified as poor country anymore) is unable to produce medal winning performances.

I know these talks take place at every Olympics and people criticize the teams, players, government, officials, coaches, systems and everything they can.

Somewhere we have to realise that the other countries do emphasis on great infrastructure for sports and provide many facilities to players. And bringing medals at Olympics is a sustained effort which immediately starts after Olympics is over.

Players/Teams are continuously practicing for almost 3-4 years to achieve a dream of medal in Olympics.
I think Indian players would also be doing the same (?) ,  however still our performances are poor at crucial junctures.

Do we Indians lack “Killer Instincts” in achieving our goals in life ? Or we always try to blame someone else for our failures ?

I want to seriously hope and believe that we will win at least one Gold Medal this time. And I’m 100% sure that every true Indian (even if he is criticizing and having many other problems to sort in his life) has this wish in his mind and is hoping that this will happen in Beijing Olympics.

May the forces be with our team.

India has sent 99 member squad to participate in 2008 Beijing Olympics (8 august to 24’th august 2008).
Out of those 99 member squad only 57 will be taking part in events and representing india and remaining 42 officials are on official paid holiday in Beijing.

Btw, my friend Reem (his blog) told me something shocking, couple of coach of Indian teams could not get the tickets for Olympics in time, but our officials have managed to get tickets for their entire family on free all paid tour of Beijing under the pretext of  accompanying the players. This is certainly shameful.

Why are these guys screwing our hard-earned money (which we paid as several weird taxes to government) on their family holidays ?

Anyways all the best for the Indian Team at Beijing Olympics.

Update: India’s Abhinav Bindra has won first ever Individual Gold medal for india in men’s 10m Air Rifle Event. Click Here

Have a look at following photographs @ opening ceremony.
(Chinese guys are indeed good in firecrackers + lighting)

Olympic Rings at Beijing Olympics Opening ceremony

Olympic Rings at Beijing Olympics Opening ceremony

Firecrackers around the stadium

Firecrackers around the stadium

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