Monday, November 18, 2013

Looks like Anand is going to go out with a whimper

C'mon, man, FIGHT!  As Chessbase points out, there is a football adage in Brazil that states that losing by ten goals or by a thousand is the same. If you have nothing to lose (and in a match this short, you have nothing to lose), then the score stops being a factor in your decision making.  Play something sharp, lose again, doesn't matter.  But don't draw like this!  Even though I didn't think Anand could pull it off (Elo rated #8 against Carlsen is too big a gap, not unlike Short's #10 against Kasparov in 1993), but I was rooting for some good chess.  This is just pathetic.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. Nf1 Nd7 9. Ng3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 g6 11. Be3 Qe7 12. 0-0-0 0-0-0 13. Ne2 Rhe8 14. Kb1 b6 15. h4 Kb7 16. h5 Bxe3 17. Qxe3 Nc5 18. hxg6 hxg6 19. g3 a5 20. Rh7 Rh8 21. Rdh1 Rxh7 22. Rxh7 Qf6 23. f4 Rh8 24. Rxh8 Qxh8 25. fxe5 Qxe5 26. Qf3 f5 27. exf5 gxf5 28. c3 Ne6 29. Kc2 Ng5 30. Qf2 Ne6 31. Qf3 Ng5 32. Qf2 Ne6 ½–½

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