Ranjeet Walunj

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 :


September 22, 2008

Book Review – Who Took My Money?

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I am personally not fond of writing style/finance concepts by Robert Kiyosaki, however some of his concepts are really cool and worth looking at.

I’ve read few of his books and also tried following his advise on some concepts. Best finance strategy is the one which works best for that individual.

Paddy, the wealth coach has forwarded this book review on AIII.
Another successful addition to the range of financial books written by Robert T. Kiyosaki together with Sharon L. Lechter, Who Took My Money is a worthy read. It is divided into 2 main parts.

The 1st part aims at to address the importance of having a synergy of advisors as well as taking into account their different points of view.

The 2nd part is about the synergy of various assets and financial forces.

Take a look at the content page below.
Study it carefully, which part does it answer the question of Who Took My Money?

(Part 1)  —  What should I invest in?

  1. Ask a Salesperson
  2. Ask a Cattle Rancher and Then Ask a Dairy Farmer
  3. Ask Your Banker
  4. Ask Your Insurance Agent
  5. Ask The Tax Man
  6. Ask a Journalist
  7. Ask a Gambler
  8. Ask Newton
  9. Ask Father Time

    (Part 2) —  Ask an Investor!

  10. 4 Reasons Why Some People Can’t Become Power Investors
  11. The Power of Power Investing
  12. Gambling Rather Than Investing
  13. How to Find Great Investments
  14. How to Be a Great Investor
  15. Winner or Loser?

It is obvious that the book deals more with investments rather than money loss. In my opinion, Who Took My Money is just a provocative title aimed at boosting book sales. It is human psychology, books with cheeky titles fare better than books with boring titles. If this book were to be titled ‘Investments’, it would be competing with the numerous other books already titled this way. Misleading…because Kiyosaki does not spend many pages explaining where our money is disappearing to (taxes are your single largest expense). Criticisms aside, this book is developed in an unorthodox ‘interview style’, making it both intriguing and engaging at the same time.

Rather than doing a whole summary of the book resulting in a diluted book review, I want to share something I learnt from the chapter ‘The Power of Power Investing’, which I feel is the most important chapter of the book.

Conventional attitudes and wisdom lead us to be working in the E and S quadrant. Usually individuals in this group will only have 1 source of income which is their paycheck and they cannot survive prolonged periods without it. They save, reduce debt, pay off mortgage, buy paper assets first and invest in a long term retirement plan.

Turn your attention over the right side of the Quadrant.

Instead of operating from the E-S quad, the rich operate in the B-I quad. Instead of using their own money & time to invest, the rich also use other people’s money and other people’s time and money! Instead of investing in paper assets first, the rich invest in Business, Real Estate followed by paper assets last.

Professional Investors use various forms of leverage for their own gain. They use banks to leverage their money and keep it moving. An example would be putting 10% down payment of a piece of property and borrowing the remaining 90%. Whatever profits gained would not be shared with the banker, even though the banker has 90% of the risk. Bankers would collect interest, which is paid by the tenants.

While people on the left side of the chart work alone, people working on the right side of the chart have a whole team of advisors working together, ensuring their money is properly managed, leveraged and protected. Essentially, people on the left side PARK their money while those on the right side ACCELERATE their money, ensuring rapid growth.

‘This is the basic plan that the richest investors in the world follow.’

~Big Words from Robert Kiyosaki

This book can be purchased from Amazon here.

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