World Championship match Carlsen – Karjakin

I must admit, just ended match for chess crown between Carlsen and Karjakin was perhaps most boring in chess history… but not the end! There are many reasons for that… Carlsen played without risk, perhaps wanted smoothly to go to tie-break waiting chance for win. That was new experience for Karjakin and he probably wanted not taking serious risk to neutralize Carlsen’s efforts and undisputed energy.

Match went to climax in its finish. Carlsen leading white in game 8 choose two wrong moments to force. Karjakin got chances and realized the second one.  Carlsen’s behavior at press zone was shameful. Still I think World Champion must be complete person, not only the best player ( Yes, I think Magnus is the best player, but I can name players with more impressive knowledge). Champion must be kind person, dedicated not only to fans, but also to journalists, organizers, whole public… That is reason I want to see another player on the top…Karjakin, for instance! And about Sergey… He was not prepared to play for result. He simply was focused to find the best moves… How to explain his 2o… d5 move in game 10? 20… Nf2 would force not so complicated draw, which must suit Sergey, but… We should not blame him for searching for the best moves. He perhaps blundered, but in some other occasion d5 would be excellent move ( it depends on Black’s intentions)!
And about tie-break… I think Karjakin was not perfectly prepared for that. Psychologically for sure not. How to explain game 3 in tie-break? For sure, Sergey did not find promising plan, and he, without reasons, switched to defense. Carlsen saw his chance and…he won match… 50. Qh6 in tie-break game 4 was perfect end of this epic match.

Congratulations to Magnus! He deserved title!

And Sergey… He deserved to be part of this epic drama. He deserved place in chess history, and he will deserve chess crown in future. With his kindness, with his unique playing style, with his dedication to this magic game, he got many fans all over the world… I am one of them. Sergey, come on! Вперед, Сережа! You can do it!

And about next pretender… It will be extremely interesting to follow next circle. Carlsen will patiently wait for opponent, and prepare himself from the top. Who will be pretender? Many options… There are many “old samurais” (Grishchuk, Kramnik, Anand, Svidler, Eljanov) and “young lions” (So, Liren, Giri…). Karjakin, Andreikin, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagraeve, Nakamura, Caruana also are serious challengers. What a mess! I have some favourites…

Who is your favorite…?

Can’t wait for next circle….

Brilliant Giri’s and So’s performance in Wijk aan Zee

Tata Steel tournament was held in January in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. Very interesting tournament, many sharp games, many blunders… And two completely new chess superstars shined tournament: Wesley So and Anish Giri. Many people could predict Giri’s amazing performance, especially after winning Qatar Open at the end of 2014. But, Wesley So surprised many followers, me to… Lets follow them in 2015, lets see their results. As is known, it is more difficult to retain high rating than to get it. There would be many challenges for Giri and So in 2015.

Anand vs. Carlsen match, Sochi 12.12.2014.

Anand and Carlsen played their rematch in November in Sochi, Russia. Not so easily, Carlsen eventually won match 6.5 : 4.5. Although, Anand, after first being defeated, instantly equalised and even missed enormous chance to get top. Later, Carlsen simply punished disapointed and indisposed Anand retaining a title. Maybe Anand is not too old to fight for crown, as often is written. I think the most important Carlsen advantage was self-confident and Anand’s lack of it. I think Carlsen is simply strongest in world because there are not such self-confident top players. His chess knowledge is not the biggest, but still somehow he is No 1. Soon or later, he will lose crown, I predict, in match against Caruana, Grishchuk or maybe Kramnik, they are simply better players than Carlsen. Lets see what will happen…

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