Reports | October 21, 2008 21:32

World Championship: third win for Anand

Anand-Kramnik, Game 6Update: video added.
After winning the 6th match game today, reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand increased his lead even further. Three points down, challenger Vladimir Kramnik finds himself in a hopeless situation half-way the match.

Before the game Anand was leading 3.5-1.5 and everybody wondered: would Kramnik go for a win, or would he follow the advice of Kasparov, who said "he should just worry about surviving [...] after such a blunder in game five, then decide on a game plan for the final six games"?

Following the opening of the sixth round, it appeared that Kramnik was having similar thoughts as Kasparov's, when he went for the Classical Nimzo-Indian with 4?¢‚Ǩ¬¶d5 and 6?¢‚Ǩ¬¶Qf5. However, it turned out that Anand himself was in the mood for more than just a quiet ending.

The Indian avoided the ending with 7.Qb3 and two moves later he brought an interesting novelty, again taking the initative as it comes to opening theory. This time Kramnik reacted quicker than in previous games, but still he found himself in a slightly worse ending around move 15.

And then Anand just outplayed Kramnik. His advantage got bigger, he won a pawn, he won another one and easily countered his opponent's threats that weren't really serious threats anyway. His pieces seemed to lack coordination, but Anand managed to untangle and convert his material quite elegantly.

And so we're suddenly left with the second half of the match still to be played, but nobody believes it will be a real fight anymore ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú the general consensus is that Anand has won the match today. For the first time he actually smiled several times during the press conference.

spectators

About half of the seats already filled at about around 14:50

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Kramnik grabbing his bishop to go for a Nimzo-Indian again...

anand_moves

...and Anand playing 5.cxd5

press

There were a few more photographers than in game 2-5, because...

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...former world champion Anatoly Karpov (left to UEP President J. Resch)
came up on stage today to play the first move

Here's the sixth game of the match, co-commented by IM Merijn van Delft and by your editor-in-chief:



Match score:

Name Nat. Rtg
G01
14/10
G02
15/10
G03
17/10
G04
18/10
G05
20/10
G06
21/10
G07
23/10
G08
24/10
G09
26/10
G10
27/10
G11
29/10
G12
31/10
Anand IND 2783
?Ǭ?
?Ǭ?
1
?Ǭ?
1
1
4?Ǭ?
Kramnik RUS 2772
?Ǭ?
?Ǭ?
0
?Ǭ?
0
0
1?Ǭ?



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Daaim Shabazz's picture

@ Tim

"I think it is far less important under which organisation the match is held (PCA, FIDE etc) than the identity of the players. The fact that FIDE held ?¢‚ǨÀúWorld Chess Championships?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ in 2002 and 2004 which went to Ruslan Ponomariov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov respectively does not mean those two were or have ever been considered by the general chess public to be the rightful chess world champions. (While they are both excellent players, they are clearly not in the same class as the two players currently duelling in Bonn)."

The organization DOES matter. Both players are superior, but had a chance to partipate in these FIDE tournaments to prove it. Anand did, Kramnik didn't. In fact you forget that Anand won one of them!! They are superior players no doubt, but the organization DOES matter. Kramnik was not even the second best player when he played Kasparov. He had lost matches to Kamsky and Shirov and was cherry-picked. This split was shown to be disastrous for chess. You think it would be better for Kramnik to continue to hijack the title outside of FIDE? I think the blip in history of the Knockouts was a reaction to the terrible turbulence Kasparov created when he bolted. What was FIDE to do? There was a match between Karpov and Timman, but that was not accepted. The entire match cycle had been upset.

I believe given the circumstances we have come to a situation where the cycle is almost completed. However, a Kramnik victory would be disastrous for chess... not because he is no longer the strongest player, but because of the turmoil that would succeed it. With more rankling between Kramnik and Topalov and/or Kamsky, Kramnik is better removed from the equation... or at least the time being. We are in need of calm and stability instead of more of the same turmoil.

SetNoEscapeOn's picture

Daaim,

I agree completely, love your site, keep up the good work.

andrej's picture

Daaim
but Fide is still messing around.
let's say Anand wins and will be the 15th worldchampion.

normally all the other players should get a fresh and equal chance to become the new challenger. but we see that Anand still has to beat Kamsky or Topalov.

Kramnik, Leko, Ivanchuk and carlsen will have to work for 2 or 3 years and Topalov only needs to beat Kamsky (which he will) to get a new chance. this advantage is wrong.

TheSwede's picture

Any sign of the video from the press conference yet ?

Tyche's picture

I think that human seconds are all the more valuable in this era of information overload. Two seconds, one for white-side and the other black-side preparation, can go through and sort out all the analytic mess spit out by Fritz/Junior, and present the gist of it to the players. It is best for the players to keep their minds fresh and free of all the clutter during the championship.

Q's picture

Dear Peter and Willem van Dalen,

I am somewhat disappointed that both of you didn't bother to read my comment which immediately preceeded your comment and in fact rendered them totally useless.

Quote:
willem van dalen on 22 October 2008 9:36 AM the following statement is not correct because the possibility of 49?¢‚Ǩ¬¶..Re3+ !

(47. Bg7+ Kf5 48. Qxh7+ Ke6 49. Bxe5 and Black cannot take the bishop because of Qh8+.) [Doggers/Van Delft]

peter on 22 October 2008 10:14 AM willem, it is correct. after 50.Kf2 Rxe5 Whiet has 51.Qg6+ winning the knight on b6.
end Quote.

Tyche's picture

I agree with Andrej that FIDE is stil messing around with world championship. However, I don't agree with Toplaov winning. Never underestimate Gata Kamsky. He is a real fighter. I am quite confident that he will beat Topalov and play Anand. When Anand beats him, it will be business as usual with the FIDE World Championship cycles. It will be wonderful to witnees an Anand-Carlsen championship duel in 2010.

Tim's picture

Daaim,

You make some very good points about the problems in organisation that have damaged the chess world. It is a great shame that it has taken so long to pull things together.

But I think you misunderstood me a bit. I didn't say that the orgaization doesn't matter. What I said is that it matters less than who the players are completing in the match. And I'm talking about public perception here, not fairness. For example, suppose after this match, FIDE announced that they were going to hold an 'official' match between Adams and Radjabov for the "Chess World Championship". They are the official body of chess and they can do what they like (they have shown this many times in the past). But no one would take such a match seriously because Adams and Radjabov are not the best players in the world at the moment.

There are two different issues here: 1) what is fair? 2) who do people think is the best player in the world?. You are right that it was unfair that Kramnik played Kasparov instead of Shirov. We will never know what would have happened had Shirov played. However, Kramnik did play Kasparov, and he won. I do not know of anyone who disputes that Kasparov was the best in the world or shouldn't have been the world champion. By beating him, Kramnik demonstrated that he was - at that time and on that occasion- the better player. That's the beauty of a match - you can't argue with the result. Since playing Kasparov, Kramnik has played matches agains two outstanding players: Topalov and Leko, and neither could beat him. That is why so many people think that, until someone beats him in a match, he is still the wold champion. I hope Anand does beat him. I am not a Kramnik supporter and I agree with you that it will be much better for chess if Anand wins. But I just don't belive that match play and tournament play are the same. On a good day anyone from the top 20 can beat anyone else in the top 20. You only find out who is the best by matchplay, IMHO.

noyb's picture

Where's the video from Game Six?

peter's picture

Round 6 video has been posted but there seems to be a bug with the video player & Internet Explorer. Hopefully it will appear soon; in Firefox everthing's fine.

Katata's picture

The wrong Video is available: if you lucha game 6 video then it is game 5 that appears ... the operator needs some coffee.

wojtek's picture

Unfortunately, the latest video does not show up also in Opera, and neither F5 nor Ctrl+F5 helps.

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peter's picture

Sorry guys, I've informed blip (the video hosting site) about these bugs but for now I can't do anything about it. For now, please watch the video here.

Ben's picture

There's obviously a strong case for Kramnik as champion, but I do not consider him the world champion of much of anything. Defending the title against Leko, when there were far better candidates like Anand and Kasparov basically robbed his title of any legitimacy. During Kramnik's supposed reign, Kasparov utterly dominated the tournament scene every year until his retirement. Kasparov is the world champion in my book, given the chaos of things, all the way until his retirement (except maybe for 2-3 years for Kramnik until it became obvious he would not give a rematch). After Kasparov's retirement, things for me become murkier still. I might concede what I feel to be the World Champion title to Kramnik, but Topalov won the best of the FIDE knockouts and is the only player to do so with a convincing resume and pedigree to be called world champ, so I give certain credence to that argument as well. I consider the Mexico tournament to be a sufficiently clear unification to claim that Anand has the title since that time.

Given the lack of outdistancing from the field of any two players, instead of the next World Championship being a match, I would love to see a 6 player quadruple round robin between Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, and a wild card of either Morozevich, Aronian, Rabjadov, (or for contractual reasons possibly Kamsky). After seeing those six slugging away at each other for twenty games each, the world would get beautiful chess and a deserving champion.

Daaim Shabazz's picture

@ Guillaume

If Kramnik said what you stated, then I respectfully disagree with Kramnik. This match does not make the determination of who was the most important player of that generation. Players make their history on their own merits and Anand has done much more for the popularization of chess than Kramnik could ever dream. Chess in India, throughout Asia and developing world is blossoming in large part because of Viswanathan Anand. Millions of people are playing now because of this one man. I'm not sure what Kramnik can claim. He can claim to have beaten Kasparov and that is a good accomplishment, but in terms of overall importance Anand has had an immeasurable impact on the broad appeal of chess.

Your notion that this title would be more important than the 2007 is irrelevant. The unification cycle agreed that last year's tournament was a World Championship tournament. It doesn't matter which one has more prestige. Anand was the World Champion BEFORE the match. You not accepting the result does not make it false.

If you want to be technical Kramnik NEVER held the World Championship since Kasparov bolted from FIDE and had no crown to defend. It would be the same if Bobby Fischer (after forfeiting his 1972 crown) played someone else other than Anatoly Karpov and claimed that was the World Championship match. When Kasparov bolted, choose Kramnik and didn't give Shirov his match, we had this terrible problem. Kasparov admitted that he regretted this decision, but we are almost through it now. Kasparov did a lot of good, but also did tremendous damage to the game.

Chess will soon have a person who will not get bogged down in toilet politics, not shaking hands and other madness of the past 36 years. Anand is progress! Kramnik one of the strongest players, but has little broad appeal. If Kramnik wins it will be instant drama... not shaking hands with Topalov, more cheating accusations, more toilets, fighting with FIDE, arguing over conditions and venues, etc. We've had enough.

sreeram_srinivas's picture

Media played hard on both, praising one at the cost of other. When Anand lost in critical games earlier with Kasparov or Karpov, he lacked the seconds & game preparation, unlike his competitors who were better prepared, further, Anand played a natural game, to a decisive play, than for draws, marked a sharp deviation. Anand's overall records in all the chess format make him a consistent player - unlike ONE off wins of Kramnik. Kasparov was unprepared, when he lost to kramnik, had kramnik agreed to re-match, then surely Kasparov would beat & flog him on chess board. Arrogance of Kramnik is evident that he gifted Anand 2007 Championship. Yes all players have their bad & good times, to speak excessive of them is poor case of judgement. In previous cases, Kasparov choose tournaments to play, while Anand was playing all in a row, so had good preparation time. This time, both players did their home work and it is opportunistic move of kramnik to take Anand's partner as his second....which is NOT ethical thing to do.... but today media is shy talking of ethics.... why Kramnik failed to win in previous games with Topalov {??} when the toilet controversy arised ?? Shows some dark play with Kramnik.... he plays good to the extent of his seconds advised him to play !! { bad humor !!}

lulin's picture

Anand clearly prepared very well and he successfully uses d4 opening which he almost didn't use before. Kramnik is psychologically beaten thus blunders were made.

Good to see Anand's victory. The Russian should learn a lesson: Don't be proud of their chess glory too much!

Jan's picture

Incomprehensible. We chess players must mourn for V.Kramnik, the best chess player of all times.His days are over.

semipatz's picture

@Sam:

"Man, I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢d love to hear what Leko is telling Kramnik after each match"

I can guess what he's telling him now:

"To change your mood, let's swap wives on the rest day." ;)

semipatz's picture

"If Anand wins the next two games in a row, does he overtake the 2800 barrier again on the unofficial ratings list?"

ONE more win with no losses should put him over. He's already 2796.8.

chessdrummer's picture

@ajay

You're right. Most chess media is very Eurocentric and many reasons are found for why Kramnik is losing as opposed to reasons Anand is winning. Anand was true World Champion before the match but was not accepted. This will silence all doubters. There was a lot of talk about Kramnik's match play and that much was overstated. Kramnik has only the Kasparov victory to give him that claim. A draw with Leko and a draw with Topalov (in tiebreaks) certainly was not convincing enough to state his superiority in match play. Kramnik is losing because of preparation and because he has fallen off. Full stop.

The Russians are still the most powerful chess nation, but players around the world have narrowed the gap at the top. Asia represents the new power in terms of chess regions. It will create a wave of interest around the world and Anand represents this change.

Frits Fritschy's picture

Okay, got it: after my variation 21?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ a5 22 Bd2 Ne4 23 cxb6! Nxd2 24 Rxc8 Nxc8 25 b7 Ne7 white plays 26 Rg3! (GM Dimitrov at Chessdom) and regains his piece keeping an extra pawn. Amazing how that silly looking kings rook decides the game here!

Manu's picture

I can only hope that Kramnik?Ǭ¥s side wont start talking about some weird illness or another excuse.
Go Vishy.

bhabatosh's picture

Anand is not allowing him to play like KRAMNIK. Kramnik is a Chess genius , so is Anand. He is doing everything right at this moment , you have to feel sorry for Kramnik. Kramnik should not have said he lend the title and Anand is not as good as him in match play. That was his biggest mistake. You dont wound a tiger , every game it happens. Respect your opponent , complacency is not good. that is what happened to Kramnik. there head to head was 6-4 in favor of Kramnik in classical game, that shows they dont have much diff. Then why it happened ??
1. Anand have prepared supremely well
2. Anand is playing to his strength , sharp line , you just calculate and calculate :-)
there is no one who can calculate as fast as him except computer.
3. Not allowing Kramnik to be Kramnik
4. Playing for win , agressive , not afraid to take risk with Black

Satish's picture

To Hektor,

Yes mate, i know. Topolov is offical No 1, as per the live rating Anand has dislodged Topolov already, it is just a matter of time ( May be a month or two ) he regains the title. The question here is why people can't accept a non european as a world champion, if a guy like Anand claims the world title beating the best players in the world( Mexico 2007), he still needs to prove his ability by playing againist Kramnik. I am glad you like the way Anand plays, we will have a great fight IF AND ONLY IF TOPOLOV qualifies to challenge the current World Champion.

semipatz's picture

I lose game one: "I wasn't comfortable in the playing hall."

I lose game two: "I had a cold."

I lose game three: "I was still recovering."

I lose game four: "I was psychologically readjusting."

I lose game five: "Okay, I have admit -- my opponent is nearly my equal."

Seriously, it's a good thing that Kramnik is actually a very good sportsman -- as is the victorious, glorious Vishy.

bhabatosh's picture

Topalov is just useless. Cannt beat Kramnik , then started saying he is using computers!!! Kramnik managed to defeat him even after forfeiting game 5!!
I like Kramnik , probabaly many people do like him. This two Anand and Kramnik is ambassador for this game. See how they accept defeat ......learn from them ......
God bless Anand and Kramnik............. I am Anand's fan though ...........
GO ANAND go...............

Guillaume's picture

@Chessdrummer: Let me try to explain why people were not exactly ready to recognize Anand as the "true champion", and why they might very well recognize him as such if he wins this match. Even if we disregard the difference between a match title and a tournament title, the value of a World Championship title is pretty much worth the legacy attached to it. Right now, the title owned by Anand belongs to this legacy:

1. Anatoly Karpov (1993 - 1999)
2. Alexander Khalifman (1999 - 2000)
3. Viswanathan Anand (2000 - 2002, 2008-?)
4. Ruslan Ponomariov (2002 - 2004)
5. Rustam Kasimdzhanov (2004 - 2005)
6. Veselin Topalov (2005 - 2006)

It's a nice list of very good players, but you should compare it to the legacy attached to the present match:

1. Wilhelm Steinitz (1886 - 1894)
2. Emanuel Lasker (1894 - 1921)
3. Jos?ɬ© Ra?ɬ?l Capablanca (1921 - 1927)
4. Alexandre Alekhine I (1927 - 1935,1937 - 1946)
5. Max Euwe (1935 - 1937)
6. Mikha?ɬØl Botvinnik I (1948 - 1957,1958 - 1960,1961 -1963)
7. Vassily Smyslov (1957 - 1958)
8. Mikha?ɬØl Tal (1960 - 1961)
9. Tigran Petrossian (1963 - 1969)
10. Boris Spassky (1969 - 1972)
11. Bobby Fischer (1972 - 1975)
12. Anatoly Karpov (1975 - 1985)
13. Garry Kasparov (1985 - 2000)
14. Vladimir Kramnik (2000 - 2008)

Now that Anand is winning this match with such a maestria, I'm sure all Anand fans, including yourself, will understand the value of having Anand completing this list with a nice:

15. Viswanathan Anand (2008 - ?)

Also, you can be sure that if Anand wins this match in such a convincing way, what history will remember is not how Anand won two specific tournaments (in 2000 and 2007) out of all the tournaments he won in his carreer, but how he became the 15th World Champion by defeating (crushing?) the 14th World Champion.

Ivan 87's picture

kramnik this,kramnik this,maybe this,maybe this...why you cant see anand is best chess player in world,chess genius maybe only cant play aginst superb chess program.anand is lucky-hohoho good joke-anand is best player last few years not some topalov,carlsen bla bla

blueofnoon's picture

Kramnik fans are very similar to their hero...
that they need hundred words to explain why their master is the champ.
Keep it up, you guys amuse me.

Guillaume's picture

Oh well, let me rephrase for the kids then:

Kramnik was the champ, Anand will be the champ, long live the champ.

Is that simple enough for you, or is it still too difficult?

SR's picture

Gayatri helps. Anand knows that ;)

Daaim Shabazz's picture

@Guillaume

Of course you can look at a list of players and state they are legendary because one is viewing through historic lens. However, few would put any player in legendary categories when they are in the present. You only have legends when they retire. Anand will be considered a true legend when that time comes... sooner than later. Kramnik's fame is that he beat Kasparov and made 2800... full stop. He won a match against Kasparov, foiled a rematch and defended twice in seven years. He was not champion in 2008 by the way. Anand won the crown last year in 2007. Anand will be the only player to win the World Championship in three formats (as mentioned above). I'm sure Anand's record holds up with those players in that second list.

I agree with the point about knockouts, but Kramnik has not been convincing as a "legend" or as the 14th World Champion. His road has been... crushed by Kamsky...beaten by Shirov... historic win over Kasparov... draw with Leko... win in tiebreak over Topalov. Currently getting crushed by Anand. What's this about Kramnik being such a good match player??? His tournament play has been solid, but lately it has been unremarkable.

Mark's picture

Congratulations to Anand for the great and attractive chess he has brought so far, which combines lots of challenging novelties with outstanding, precise play once the preparation phase is over ! If he wins, he will deservedly figure in chess history as the fifteenth world champion. By the way, when Kasparov quit he had already started to lose a little bit of his strength, so if he came back now he would probably no longer battle for the world title.

It's a pity Kramnik hasn't played his best chess, losing control of three games well before move 40. This has happened to other world champions, though, and no one has made fun of them for that reason (I'm sure Anand himself would be upset with some of today's comments on Chessvibes about his opponent !)

According to GM Illescas?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ analysis on the official site, today Kramnik produced 3 dubious moves in a row (17-19), and this happened in a kind of position he normally excels at (queenless middlegame). Maybe he took extra risks because of the format of only 12 games, maybe he was down after games 3 and 5, maybe he was impressed by yet another novelty from Anand, or maybe he?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s just lost his form. What matters most is that Anand has played extremely well, of course ! Still we shouldn't count Kramnik out completely. Remember the quick comebacks of Korchnoi in Baguio ?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢78 and Karpov in Leningrad ?¢‚ǨÀú86. And even if he doesn't make such a miracle happen, we may still witness some unforgettable games. I hope Kramnik will find back his best chess without trying to force matters, and offer us at least one elegant victory (and who knows, more).

@Daaim Shabazz: Kramnik already beat Topalov before the tie-break (the forfeited game was largely provoked by Topalov?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s ridiculous accusations), and he also played on a very high level against Deep Fritz. Apart from a period of illness, he has had an exceptional rating as well, so what more can you expect from a world champion ? To equal Karpov or Kasparov ? I will be glad to welcome Anand as a great and historical world champion if he wins this match, but we may have to wait for Carlsen or even much longer before anyone ever equals the career of the two K?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s, both match- and tournamentwise. What does set Anand apart from anyone, though, are his unique rapid skills.

chessnut's picture

what a sad day for chess...

Guillaume's picture

@Daaim Shabazz:

I disagree with a few points. I still think the crown that Anand got in 2007 is far less important than the one he's about to seize now (or so it seems). I also consider that Kramnik won fair and square 6-5 over Topalov in their match, and that the tie-break is only the consequence of Topalov's outrageous behavior. That said, I understand your point, but I think you're a bit unfair to Kramnik, especially when you state that Kramnik's tournament play has been unremarkable lately. What about Dortmund 2007 and Tal Memorial 2007 ? Admitedly, his results since Mexico 2008 were not good, but it was the same for Anand as far as I know, and understandably so.

Anyway, if you insist in comparing Anand's record to Kramnik's, I heard that Kramnik had stated in an interview that this match would determine who of Anand or himself would be considered the most important player of their generation. So, there you have it. If Anand wins this, he is the most important player of the two.

It seems that some of Anand's fan never really accepted that many of us supporting Kramnik as a player were also, and most importantly, supporting through him the match format to decide of the world champion. We already have tournaments all year long no matter what. Why would anyone want to give up the tremendous clashes that only matches can offer?

I certainly hope that once Anand becomes the 15th world champion, he will demand to be beaten in a match by a challenger to lose his crown, and I will support him if he does.

As to now, I hope Kramnik pulls himself together. It's no fun if the match is already over...

Manu's picture

Im glad Leko is in Kramnik?Ǭ¥s side this match, pitty no one has played e4 yet.

bruce's picture

I am/was rooting for Anand, but it is clear that Kramnik is in poor form. It is a shame. The match should be much closer, needless to say. Even Anand's greatest supporters cannot believe that he is this much better than Kramnik.
Kramnik's seconds share the blame for inadequately preparing him for this match. He has definitely been "out-seconded"....
I think it is true that Anand has successfully steered the games into sharp lines. Not that Kramnik cannot play them, just that he would be more at ease in positional positions. The point is, Anand has controlled the nature of the games, and that is helping him a great deal.
A match Anand-Topalov (assuming he beats kamsky) will be a great one, very sharp. I would normally be rooting for Topalov, but not after the nonsense he pulled against Kramnik in the last match. Utter nonsense. So I would again root for Anand.

Aljechins Cat's picture

Putting this match and his opponents into a historical context looks much too early, since it is simply not over. Especially Kramnik?Ǭ¥s career is not finished at all. It will be interesting to see if - in case of losing this match- he can make up for the WCC title in the future. For this match he seemed to have done everything wrong (preperation, team) and is therefore unable to turn the match?Ǭ¥s dynamics in his favour after game 5.

Karthik's picture

Anand is clearly winnign, i didn't expect world championship to so one sided

tommy's picture

so Kramnik has rheumatic problems maybe - that could explain his blunders, maybe?!?

xtra's picture

Kramnik is so far from his best game....a shame, really. Although it is much because Anand is doing well on and off the board, obviously Kramnik is not at his best. In a sense, if Kramnik doesnt make a come back and this turns into a "match", it sort of ruins the match, historicly speaking. The really great matches wont be the ones that are too one-sided.

piet's picture

Geez, Anand won again..

Kramnik should listen to Kasparov.. And should have thought in this game about surviving instead of taking risks.

ajay's picture

I think there are several reasons why Anand won

1. He relies on the computer whereas Kramnik relies only on creativity and no help from outside
2. Anand is lucky
3. Kramnik is sick
4. The match is too short...if it was 100 games long Kramnik would win
5. Anand plays tactical games whereas real chess is about long term strategy

I can't think of other reasons but I am sure Kramnik supporters would find some

hitoall's picture

what is the result?

pieter's picture

see my earlier mail
3 points back is maybe to big
catalan won't show up nor does russian defense
what's up for Kramnik
he shouldn;t have disposed King Loek?
( second for complicated positions like this?)
Pieter

piet's picture

Kramnik is really not the Kramnik I know...

He is piece of cake for Anand?! That is not normal, certainly not in matches like this...

val's picture

It's all over now. Farewell, the big K!

Ark's picture

looking forward to the press conference!! might be a major announcement from Kramnik

J1's picture

I like that Anand is winning, but I hate it that Kramnik blunders so much. I'd rather see him win after a long hard fight.

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