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.

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