World Chess Championship 2013 Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen at Chennai Hyatt Regency

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Carlsen vs Anand World Chess Championship 2013: Garry Kasparov Tweets India Visit Schedule

Posted by World Chess Championship 2013 News Blog Sunday, November 3, 2013

  1. The match begins Nov 9. Schedule here: . The schedule for THiNK in Goa is here: Great event.
  2. Before the match starts I'll post on Facebook about my thoughts on Anand-Carlsen. I'm only a retiree but I do know both of them well!
  3. Silicon Valley - NYC - Goa will be quite a trip even for me. This is why I usually answer "on a plane" when asked where I reside now.
  4. I'm participating at the THiNK conference in Goa (Nov 8-10) then at Anand-Carlsen match 11-12 in Chennai. Speaking at Stanford U tomorrow.
  5. . Thank you! I am looking forward to returning to India both for a business speaking engagement and as just another chess fan.
  6. Namastē! RT : Like I tweeted a while ago, will be in Chennai for , now confirmed for 11th & 12th!

* A chess discussion without Kasparov is never complete: Indian chess fraternity
Photo via Complete Wellbeing with an entertaining interview of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand by Sangeetha Matthew.

World Chess Championship 2013 Carlsen vs Anand media update: These are the quotes from a cool profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand in Euro2day (via Financial Times).
- Sitting in his modest home in the southern Indian city of Chennai, Viswanathan Anand - five times world chess champion - is describing the psychological pressure that bears down on top-level chess players. "What happens to you at the board begins to feel like it's happening to you in person," he says quietly, before pausing and frowning, as if reliving an especially gruelling game. "When you lose, you really feel a sense of self ... You actually feel that you are being taken apart, rather than just your pieces."

- "A [world title] match has that feeling much more strongly because it's the same guy doing it over and over and over ... When you play a single person, it becomes narrower because you are so focused on each other. It is a lot more personal."- "But personally I just like to get on with the job of playing chess. I understand that if I win, I'm probably crushing my opponent's ego but it's not like I do that with great satisfaction. So I don't really look for conflict around the game ... It's true that someone like Kasparov has this sense of history, and I'm talking world history rather than chess history. He has a sense of himself being in it, which, for me, is very hard to understand or even relate to in any way."

- "I started at the age of six. My elder brother and sister were dabbling a bit, and then I went to my mother and pestered her to teach me as well," he says.

- "From a situation where I had been struggling to qualify for various state level events, I just cut a swath through everything and ended up in the men's [national] team. That happened within the space of two months. I can't explain it but it was very, very sudden ... It caught me completely off-guard."- "Sometimes when people are talking to me I will suddenly remember some chess position, and then it's very hard for me to concentrate on what they are saying. They can see in my eyes that I am drifting away."
- Yet contrary to his good-natured image, he admits to a steelier side. "What you can concede outside the chessboard will eventually haunt you in the chessboard as well. A match is really a contest of space between two people, and you can't give the other one any quarter."

"If, at a certain moment, you're hesitant or you begin to have doubts when people are attacking you, then some of these things can have psychological implications," he says. "So you try to confront it like that. And also, you want to catch your opponent when he's uncomfortable.
"Age is part of it. For instance, I recognise that [Carlsen] is going to do certain things because he's 22 and there are certain things I can do because I'm 43."
- "But there are areas that you will know better than your opponent. The way people play chess nowadays, which is to keep on switching their openings, being much more opportunistic - I think that is a direct result of computers. Even the way people play tournaments - everything has changed."

- "Anything unusual that you can produce has quadruple, quintuple the value, precisely because your opponent is likely to do the predictable stuff, which is on a computer," Anand says.

- "I'm either going to win or I'm not. We'll see. But I have to acknowledge that Carlsen's results and his performance ratings are just incredibly impressive," he says. "Maybe there's a resistance on my part to take that thought any further until after the match. I will deal with that battle alone."

- "A lot of spectators no longer have any clue of what a player is going through at the board, because they're all sitting with, essentially, supercomputers," he says. "You would have to sit at the board and sweat and feel the fear of defeat or the nearness of victory to understand what goes through a player's head ... If you think it's that easy, switch off the computer and try and figure out a few moves on your own."

These quotes have been taken from a brilliant profile of the World Chess Champion by James Crabtree (FT's bureau chief in Mumbai). You can read it in full at Euro2Day.

Carlsen vs Anand: More Updates on Hotel Arrangements, Live Broadcast etc

Posted by World Chess Championship 2013 News Blog

- About 30 rooms have been booked for the Carlsen vs Anand World Chess Match at Hyatt Regency
- Separate floors for Team Anand and Team Carlsen with separate elevators to take each of the contenders to the playing glass cube
- Rooms allotted to FIDE representatives, the media, and other groups at the Hyatt Regency, Chennai
- Of the hotel's two ballrooms, the larger one on the ground floor has been reserved for the games, while the other, Studio, on Level 1 will be the designated media room. 
- Seven corporate boxes and tiered seating for around 300 spectators in the Regency Ballroom, which measures 8,880 sq ft
- The glass soundproof cubicle in which the games will be played erected in a corner of the Ballroom. 
- Spectators must deposit cellphones and electronic gadgets outside the Ballroom.
- Spectators cannot leave once the game of the day begins until its conclusion. 
- A pre-function area will have refreshments and way to the restroom.
- Black and white will be the theme decor at the Hyatt Regency with two-feet chess pieces scattered around the two hotel lobbies. 
- The lobby lounge will offer special High Tea on match days and small brain games will be arranged for guests and visitors.
- Inquiry counter in the lower lobby called The Queen's Desk, which will be attended 24/7 by two employees from Hyatt Regency  Front Office, dressed up as the king and queen. 
- The desk will answer any queries about the event, and will also offer guests tips on sight-seeing in Chennai, and related tourist inquiries.
- Two chess ambassadors on the ground floor to update guests about the event and circulate chess trivia. 
- Hotel to distribute to all its guests pocket-size infomation kits with emergency contact numbers in Chennai, shopping tips, news of events and promotions at the hotel etc.

More information about watching live the Carlsen vs Anand World Chess Championship 2013

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* Eric van Reem's blog Mate in Chennai


The excitement of the Carlsen versus Anand World Chess Championship has suddenly given way to dread. What happened to the excitement? 

Suddenly, the thought of either Viswanathan Anand or Magnus Carlsen losing is unbearable. It's breaking my heart. 

One is ice, the other is fire. One holds chess traditions aloft and the other brings hope of glorious human achievements even in the face of onslaught by machines. I cannot imagine either losing.

If Anand loses the title, I will spend the night tossing and many painful nights after that as well. If Carlsen loses, the charm of the chess adventure will lose its sparkle... for a while at least. 

Friends once... (Photo: Chessvibes

Is that because I belong neither to Norway or India? Would it be easier otherwise? Did chess fans ever find it so difficult to take sides? But this could not be about nationalities, or cold wars, or even about like-ability and definitely this cannot be just about comparing Anand and Carlsen's chess talent. So, whom do you support? How do you choose? There are no blacks and whites between Anand and Carlsen, just both in the same shades of grey.

The online polls (on this site and around the world) consistently peg Carlsen as the would-be winner.
The only time Anand led in the poll was when Carlsen drew his games with Hikaru Nakamura at the Sinquefield Chess Cup. The poll curve bounced right back in Carlsen's favour once the World No. 1 wrapped off the title win in Saint Louis. Some Grandmasters do feel Anand could win, but this number is pretty small.   

... and now, one of them has to kill

Suddenly, everything feels so sadistic... like gladiators in violent confrontations entertaining a Roman audience?

My friends tell me it's no big deal. This happens in sports all the time. Someone has to win, someone has to lose. They wouldn't know. This is not sport. This is chess. 

Some say, Anand had his chances. He became a draw-ts world champion, so it should be Carlsen. Some say, Carlsen knows no opening theory, he trivialises chess, so Anand should retain the title. Some say Carlsen will save chess from dying. Others say, Anand should win one more time...   

Anand and Carlsen are friendly with each other. In this rivalry, they have come even closer... and, it's breaking my heart. 

It's sadistic. Like Orson Scott Card in Ender's Game:
In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.And then, in that very moment when i love them... I destroy them...
Or, maybe it is not sadistic...
Like a Wiki description would say: Irrespective of their origin, gladiators offered spectators an example of Rome's martial ethics and, in fighting or dying well, they could inspire admiration and popular acclaim. 
Salute to two of the finest chess gladiators of our times - Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. In fighting or losing well, they will both inspire chess lovers' admiration for all time to come.

- A Chess Fan

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P.S. Lyrics Breaking my Heart

I'm on the floor
Counting one minute more
Noone to break the silence

Staring into the night
All alone but that's alright
It's the feeling deep inside I don't like

There is no excuse my friend
For breaking my heart
Breaking my heart again
This is where our journey ends
Your breaking my heart again

Here in my bed
Counting the words you've said
They linger in the shadows

Coming home late at night
Drunk again but that's alright
It's the look in your eyes I don't like

There is no excuse my friend
For breaking my heart
Breaking my heart again...
This is some great Carlsen vs Anand World Chess Championship pre-match analysis by GM Nigel Short from the Indian Express. Perfect Sunday reading. 

End Game?

Writing for The Sunday Express ahead of next week's World Championship final in Chennai, British Grandmaster and former World Championship finalist NIGEL SHORT predicts a generational shift in chess with Magnus Carlsen prevailing over Viswanathan AnandEvery once in a while, in the history of the World Chess Championship, comes a moment — such as Steinitz-Lasker 1894, Lasker-Capablanca 1921 and Kasparov-Kramnik 2000 — when the power passes palpably from one generation to the next. Without wishing to cause distress to the readers of The Indian Express, I venture to suggest that we are at another turning point now. This is by no means to imply that Viswanathan Anand will not fight like a tiger against the brilliant, young Norwegian Magnus Carlsen or that the defeat of the older man is a foregone conclusion. Nevertheless, it is hard to recall any other match in recent decades where the defending champion has begun with his back so firmly pressed to the wall.

This trenchant opinion may come as something of a jolt to the casual home fan: after all, isn't Anand a giant of the game? Indeed, he is. Precociously talented as a youth, he added guile and experience, over the years, to take him to an astonishing five world championship victories, in three different formats. His demolition of Vladimir Kramnik in 2008 was the pinnacle of these great achievements, which have rightfully earned him a prominent place in the chess pantheon, even if he never pushes a pawn again.

Despite a tremendous career record, it has been painfully obvious that Anand has really struggled over the past three years — which is why he has slid from number 1 in the world rankings to number 8 during this period. While he doesn't lose that often (an important quality in match-play) wins against very strong players have become exceedingly rare.
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Carlsen, however, loses even less frequently against the elite but, in stark contrast, notches up his victories at a brisk strike rate. Vishy recognised that the problem was bordering on a full crisis and wisely vowed to play more frequently this year, in an attempt to remedy matters.


These efforts were partially rewarded by, among other things, a satisfying triumph in Baden Baden back in February. But like a once towering batsman who finally hits a century after a very long interval, sometimes a success only serves to emphasise the depths to which a person has sunk: this was Anand's first classical chess tournament victory in 5 years.

Furthermore, although his play has been relatively better in 2013, he has been unable to maintain consistent form. Much has been made by the optimists in the Indian media of Anand's positive lifetime score against Carlsen. While this statistic is not irrelevant, it is hardly surprising when one considers that Anand was already a top player before his antagonist was even born. Recent results, however, have been less flattering, and he got an absolute drubbing at the Tal Memorial.

Anand's last title defence was at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow last year when he narrowly beat off a challenge from Boris Gelfand. While the vastly experienced, highly competent and famously hard-working Israeli is justly esteemed by his peers, in truth he was about as soft an opponent as Anand could possibly hope for in a World Championship Final. Brutally put, he probably lacked the extra spark that is necessary to scale the ultimate summit.

Furthermore, at 43 years of age, he was even older than the champion. Despite such a favourable pairing, Anand barely stumbled over the line, winning just one of the 12 classical chess games before prevailing in the rapid chess. With such unconvincing form, he would probably have lost to Aronian, Kramnik or even Grischuk — never mind Carlsen.

So what has gone wrong? Firstly, the most obvious point is that, at nearly 44, Anand is no longer a spring chicken. In chess terms, he could be considered a veritable dinosaur (incidentally, your 48 year-old writer is the oldest player in the top 100). Concentration wavers in middle-age in a manner it does not when you are in your physical prime. One lapse and you are on your way back to the pavilion. Secondly, motivation sags over time. When you have already achieved everything you could wish for professionally and you have as much money as you need for a good life, other things become more important — particularly when you have a young child. Success in all sport requires sacrifice and pain: most people tire of it eventually.


I hope to say a lot more about the phenomenal Magnus Carlsen — the highest rated player in chess history — and the problems and challenges he will face (and notwithstanding all that I have said, there will be plenty) in another article. Technically speaking, the significance of his enormous rating is not the absolute number (which cannot properly be compared to other eras due to persistent inflation over the past quarter of a century) but the huge gap which he has opened on everyone else.

With Vishy now languishing in a modest spot down the world rankings, the Nordic iceman leads by a whopping 95 rating points, which suggests, statistically, a very comfortable win (63% to 37%). Crude numbers by no means tell the whole story, but they do offer an insight into the scale of challenge that Anand now faces. He can overcome the odds, but he is going to have to strain every atom in his body to do so. Even that may not be enough.
Viswanathan Anand

Strengths: Anand over the course of four world titles has accumulated vast matchplay experience and employable opening preparation along the way.
Weaknesses: At 43, Anand is one of the older champions and his play over the last couple of years has been erratic.
Opportunities: Carlsen's relative inexperience means he may not react best to an early loss or having to trail. The first win could be crucial for Anand
Threats: Long-drawn games. Carlsen is wont to battle on hour after hour and not offer easy draws. This could tire Anand out.

Magnus Carlsen

Strengths: Carlsen has a universal style of play. His ability to squeeze results from seemingly drawn positions is a big plus.

Weakness: Nothing, really. There were a few wobbly endgames this year, but then, Carlsen has won laughably more endgames from lost positions than anybody else.

Opportunities: Steering the game into unknown waters would immediately neutralise Anand's voluminous preparation.

Threats: Playing in a country he has not been to before, Carlsen has already taken measures to stay insulated, bringing his own chef and installing an 'illness clause'.


The head to head apparently favours the Indian, but a closer look at the statistics suggests that the advantage may, in fact, lie with Carlsen. All of Anand's wins over Carlsen came before 2010, when Carlsen was still in his teens. The tide has turned Carlsen's way since, with the Norwegian winning all of the three decisive games after 2010, including a 24-move dismantling of Anand in their last classical game before the Final.

Anand has had a relatively better 2013 than 2012, but still his year pales in comparison to Carlsen's. The Norwegian has won 84 per cent of his decisive games, while the figure for Anand is 63. Including draws, Anand has won 21.8 per cent of his games this year, while Carlsen has won 41.2. Still ,the 12 wins is an improvement for Anand, who just won two classical games in 2012.


Ahead of this year's Final, Anand has had to disband his successful team of seconds, who have been with him since his defeat of Kramnik in 2008. Two of his longest-serving deputies, Peter Heine Nielsen and Rustam Kasimdzhanov, will no longer be a part of what Anand says will be his toughest challenge. Surya Ganguly and Radoslaw Wojtaszek will, however, remain in his team.


This might be Carlsen's first final, but what he lacks in match experience will be made up for by the presence of former champion Garry Kasparov. The Russian had earlier trained with Carlsen for a year before parting by mutual consent. Carlsen said he found Kasparov too demanding and bossy, but has teamed up with the Russian once more ahead of the Final.


Despite retaining his world title thrice in five years Anand has won just one tournament in that period. Compared to this, Carlsen has enjoyed a prolific run in tournaments, especially of late. In the last two years, Carlsen has won five major tournaments in the classical format, registering many wins over top-ten players. Apart from a spectacular victory against Levon Aronian in the Tata Steel tournament earlier this year, Anand has not had too many victories against elite players.


Unlike many sports, chess confers little advantage, at least technically, to a player competing in front of his home crowd. The playing conditions, after all, remain the same for the two. What advantage he might garner from the familiarity, Anand admitted, he would lose in terms of the extra expectations. Carlsen, though, is taking no chances on his first visit to India, bringing with him a chef and a personal doctor. The illness clause in the Championship contract means Carlsen can take a break of a couple of days in case he falls ill.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

World Chess Match - A Chess Discussion without Kasparov is Never Complete: Indian Chess Fraternity

Posted by World Chess Championship 2013 News Blog Saturday, November 2, 2013

Chennai: Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, 50, may have retired from chess, but his aura as one of the strongest players in the game's history hasn't yet dimmed. Kasparov is the favourite player for even youngsters born after his retirement in 2005. “Kasparov is a legend. He was an undisputed world champion for more than 15 years. He will never be forgotten,“ said GM Sahaj Grover of Delhi.

GM-elect Ashwin Jayaram of Chennai says Kasparov is still revered by all chess players, because he left the game in his prime. “Kasparov was world no.1 for a long time and it was extremely difficult to face him until the final years of his retirement. Considering his political activism after retirement, he is still a very important figure,“ he said, adding that Kasparov was always dominant in tournaments, like Fischer before him and Carlsen after him.

A chess discussion without Kasparov is never complete. Not many chess players have enjoyed as much influence as the Russian post retirement.

Israeli GM Lev Psakhis, once a good friend of Kasparov, told Deccan Chronicle that the Azerbaijan-born world champion is a very interesting and clever person who produced a lot of noise.

“It would be good for chess if he came back,” he said, adding that he would choose Kasparov instead of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for the Fide president post. The world’s popular chess player, who has won 11 chess Oscars and played in eight chess Olympiads, has recently announced his candidature for Fide president’s post in 2014.

“Once I told Kasparov that he was champion in making enemies. He asked me why? The truth is that he doesn’t want to create scandals. Many a time, it comes with him like thunder accompanying lightning,” said Psakhis, who added that his “former friend” respects Anand, even though he questioned the Indian’s enthusiasm during the world championship last year.

“Anand and Kramnik are great persons but maybe that’s why they are not very famous outside the chess world. We need some scandals, some blood possibly in good point of view and for that we need Kasparov,” said Psakhis. According to the Israeli, Kasparov, who held on to the world no. 1 ranking from 1996 to 2005, is an electric personality and he can add value to the game.

Anand may have won five world titles but none of them came against Kasparov. According to Ashwin, after his loss at the hands of Kasparov in 1995, Anand was certainly looking forward to another match with the Russian, but it didn’t materialise owing to politics.

While lack of personal goals forced Kasparov to quit chess on March 10, 2005, the person, who sat across the chessboard from Karpov for more than 600 hours in his life and one who is currently involved in a political battle with the Russian president Vladimir Putin could well play an important role in the forthcoming Fide world championship match between Anand and Carlsen. (Article continued after quote)


Kasparov to visit Chennai during the world championship match 

The world chess championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen in Chennai will have an uninvited special guest: Garry Kasparov. The charismatic former world champion is expected to be in Chennai on November 11 and 12. Kasparov has consented to take part at the annual conclave of a weekly in Goa from November 8 to 10.

The presence of Kasparov will be a PR coup for the world championship, starting from November 9. At the same time, the organisers may also be worried over the Russian GM’s ability to court controversy.

During the last world championship between Anand and Boris Gelfand in Moscow, Kasparov infuriated the Indian by commenting that a spate of draws resulted from his “lack of enthusiasm.” The affable Anand later retaliated by saying “Kasparov misses the attention he used to get and he should come out of retirement.“

Understandably, Kasparov will not be an official guest of the organising committee. “But, as a chess player everyone is allowed to come and watch the game,“ said a member o the organising committee There is no love lost betwee Kasparov and the curren Fide establishment as the Russian has already declared his candidacy for the president's post of the world chess body in next year's elections.

In a recent survey conducted by this newspaper (Deccan Chronicle), most of the grandmasters most of the grandmasters in India chose either Bobby Fischer or Kasparov as their all-time favourite chess player. Kasparov is such a tall figure in chess that he has the magnetism to be the centre of attention during a world championship match he is not part of.


Kasparov trained Carlsen for a year in 2009 and Anand had acknowledged the Russian GM’s help during his match against Topalov in 2010.

Further in a recent interaction with the media in Chennai, Carlsen did not rule out working with Kasparov for the match against Anand.

“It depends on how Carlsen feels about working with Kasparov. The general perception now is that Carlsen and Kasparov had parted ways because the latter was too domineering. So it’s basically up to Carlsen to assess if that is a bigger factor than consulting one of Anand's most difficult opponents. He would keep his association with Kasparov a secret to keep the doubt in the air,” Ashwin said.

Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand World Chess Championship: Here's the must-read Couch Potato's Guide to the World Chess Match by - the one and only - first Grandmaster from Australia and Senior FIDE trainer Ian Rogers via We have embedded all the videos right here to which GM Ian Rogers links to making it easier for you to continue reading.

The Couch Potato's Guide to Anand- Carlsen World Championship
By GM Ian Rogers
October 30, 2013

Photo Cathy Rogers
On Saturday, November 9 in the southern Indian city of Chennai (formerly Madras) Viswanathan Anand will begin his world title defence against world number one Magnus Carlsen.

Forty-three-year-old Indian hero Anand has been World Champion since 2007, surviving title defences against Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov and Boris Gelfand.

Carlsen has been world number one almost continuously since January 2010 but the 22-year-old Norwegian only earned the right to challenge Anand by the narrowest possible margin - a controversial tiebreak after finishing equal with Kramnik at the London Candidates tournament in March.

Carlsen enters the match as a heavy favorite - he has a Federer-like streak of 2800+ performances which began three years ago and has achieved the highest rating in chess history (ignoring rating inflation).

Ladbrokes betting agency currently lists Carlsen as a 3 to 1 on favourite but given his extensive match experience many pundits are expecting a spirited title defence by Anand against a player little more than half his age.

Both players are popular with chess fans, so neutral observers will be torn (video embed below); it seems that younger players want the Norwegian to usher in a new era while older aficionados are hoping for an Anand win. 

The match is a best-of-12 contest, with tiebreakers if a 6-6 score is reached. The winner will earn $1.45m and the loser just under $1m, though the sums will be closer together should the match go to tiebreakers. Carlsen has already pocketed $137,000 of the prize fund for agreeing to play on his opponent's home turf, spending the money bringing his own bodyguard and his own chef to Chennai. (No doubt Carlsen is aware of the view of one of Chennai's leading sports editors that "Anand can't beat Carlsen, but Chennai (
video embed below) might."

Magnus in 2005 in Wijk aan Zee, Photo Cathy Rogers

Since only a tiny percentage of chess fans will be travelling to Chennai - and the playing hall at the Hyatt Regency holds less than 500 people - this Couch Potato's Guide is designed for the many millions who will choose to watch the match from home or office, via the wonders of the internet.

In recent years, some of the most interesting coverage of the match has sprung up from unexpected sources, so keep your eyes open for the Twitter account of a chambermaid in the Hyatt Regency ("Caught trying on Mrs Anand's clothes 
(video embed below). Mistaken for Mr Anand's secret second Tania Sachdev and told to prepare the Hennig-Schara Gambit. Surely that just loses a pawn?") - or a Chennai taxi driver ("Just drove a tall Danish chessplayer (Peter Heine Nielsen's Wikipage)  from the airport to the Hyatt. Says he is helping Carlsen and Anand on alternate days.)

Before the Games

Games begin at 4.30 am New York time - winter time will have kicked in the week before the match - so US fans will need to be extra-dedicated to see all the action from Chennai.

A healthy supply of comestibles will be essential and what better to get into the Indian spirit than some potato dosa - crunchy patties with a bit of bite.

You will need a couple of potatoes, two green chillies, coriander plus oil, salt and rice flour (though Indian maida flour would be ideal). Just grate the potatoes, add two tablespoons of flour and a pinch of salt. Mixed with a small amount of water, plus the chopped chillies and coriander this will make a thick batter.

Prepare the mixture overnight and, once the games have reached the boring part just after the opening, pour blobs of batter into a hot pan and fry until both sides are brown.

If you are an Anand supporter, serve with mango chutney, while a Carlsen supporter should garnish the dosa with sour cream and pretend you are eating lefse.

Photo Cathy Rogers

During the Games

Audio and video commentary has come a long way in recent years.
The official site, , should be the first port of call, if only for the video of the players. The Chennai organisers have gone with Susan Polgar and Laurence Trent as their primary commentators. While obviously less able to comment on the subtleties of the game compared to the star English language commentators of Moscow 2012 - Kramnik, Svidler and Leko in particular - these two showed at the recent Tromso World Cup that they were genuine chess fans and worked well together.

Expect the always-entertaining Garry Kasparov to drop by for a chat when he visits Chennai.

Playchess, will offer commentary in four languages, with the most experienced commentator in the world, Leontxo Garcia, as the Spanish host. As expected, easy-listening GMs Yasser Seirawan and Daniel King will be the trans-Atlantic anchors for Playchess's English language commentary, with guests including Alejandro Ramirez and, notably, French star Maxime Vachier Lagrave for game 10.

Internet Chess Club, at one time the undisputed king of chess commentary and still a reliable option, will be covering the World Championship games in English and Spanish and using a wider variety of commentators than Playchess. Most are from the US - including veterans Christiansen, Yermolinsky and Fedorowicz. However the line-up also includes one-night-only appearances by The Week in Chess' Mark Crowther and other Englishmen Jon Speelman and Daniel King. (Yes, King and Seirawan will moonlight for ICC on an off day from Playchess!). Sadly Peter Svidler's Russian team commitments in November do not allow him to join the ICC team.

The Indian public broadcaster Doordarshan is planning to cover every playing session in full on its sports station, DD Sports. It is unclear whether they will relay the official commentary or create their own programming. DD Sports can be watched via various web sites including .

Text commentary

Sergey Shipov has always been regarded as the king of text commentators (primarily working for Crestbook), and Google Translate enabled many non-Russian fans to follow him. However Shipov has recently been working for - a non-stop chess television station, primarily in Russian, so only fans with Russian skills can now enjoy Shipov's thoughts. If Shipov returns to Crestbook for this match, he is always worth a look, given his wilingness to look beyond computer assessments and trust his own judgement.

Chessdom have gone for some surprising annotators - Sachdev, Gujrathi and Hambleton, the first two of whom may have some useful local knowledge. Chessdom will also be a site to watch throughout the match because it is the global news partner for the organisers.

The real development for text commentary in 2013 is likely to be via live blogging and tweeting. Finding the right person to follow may be a matter of luck, but there are sure to be plenty of interesting Indian sites, while German readers can be sure that Stefan Loeffler will never shy away from a controversy.

After the Games

As soon as the games finish, the two players will be ushered into a press conference, which should be viewable on the official match site as it happens. are expecting few US fans to watch the games live from early morning and so have planned a 2 hour post-game show, using the skills of Chess Vibes' Peter Doggers to provide video and other colour.

One site always worth a visit is The Week in Chess. Apart from having every recent top game available for easy download, TWIC has started providing quality baseline annotations, often using quotes from the players.

A few hours after the game is completed, there should be plenty of material on Youtube - game videos from ICC and, plus plenty of contributions from enthusiastic amateurs. Chess Vibes, soon to be part of, usually has the best edited highlights package.

Post-game text annotations - often near identical thanks to the all-powerful Houdini - will soon start to spring up. ChessBase continues to find young and entertaining annotators for big tournaments, while Denis Monokroussos provides a worthy symbiosis of man and machine.

Another blog to follow will be Eric van Reem's Mate in Chennai. Van Reem is part of the Anand team and, though he tries not to give too much away, is a good barometer of the spirit in the Anand camp.

Of course Chess Life Online will also cover the match, with regular reports by this writer from Chennai.

Once you have endured a week of waking at 4am, following the games online, eating the dosa, watching the post-game press conferences and the post-mortem shows, you will probably be sacked for being constantly late for work.

However that will give you extra time to fully enjoy the final fortnight of the match, reading all the articles about the match perhaps learning to cook some other - healthier - Indian dishes in the process.

Then, whether Carlsen triumphs or Anand confounds the pundits, you can go out and find a new job - Indian chef, perhaps?

2013 World Championship Match Schedule

Game 1 Saturday November 9 (All games at 3pm Chennai time = 4.30am EST)
Game 2 Sunday November 10
Game 3 Tuesday November 12
Game 4 Wednesday November 13
Game 5 Friday November 15
Game 6 Saturday November 16
Game 7 Monday November 18
Game 8 Tuesday November 19
Game 9 Thursday November 21
Game 10 Friday November 22
Game 11 Sunday November 24
Game 12 Tuesday November 26

Playoffs (if needed) Thursday November 28

Note: The schedule may change by up to four days if players take their medical time-outs.
New Delhi: It would be a battle between Viswanathan Anand`s wealth of experience and Magnus Carlsen`s ability to play in any position when the two greats of the game face-off in the much-anticipated World Chess Championship beginning this month, feel a majority of Indian Grandmasters.

Anand`s strength lie in his experience of playing against top class opponents like Anatoly Karpov, Boris Gelfand, Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov and his rigorous pre-event preparation.

Carlsen, on the other hand, relies on his never-say-die attitude even in losing positions, putting his opponents under pressure, making them commit mistakes, and play different sidelines each time, explained the GMs.

"Anand is a great player. His understanding of game is very high and he has a much better tactical framework. It would be difficult for Carlsen to caught Vishy off-guard with so much experience behind him. The World Championship will see the best of Vishy coming out. My point is don`t give Carlsen initial leads and that will make him frustrating," World`s second-ever youngest GM Parimarjan Negi said.

"Magnus is young but Anand has more experience. Magnus has won more tournaments but Anand has more match experience. I think it will be one of the toughest matches for Anand.

"Magnus is in excellent shape and his biggest advantage is he can play in any kind of position. His fighting spirit, tactical endgame to break down his opponents, play different sidelines adds to his class," added Negi.

Given the statistics, Anand holds the advantage. The two have played 29 games so far in the Classical format with Anand winning six and Carlsen clinching three while the remaining 20 ending in draws.

The November 9 to 28 match can be best described by a famous line will be a 12-game tussle in Chennai.

Carlsen has broken all records, scaled one peak after the other like no one else and won almost everything except the World championship at a young age of just 22 years.

Another Grand Master Sriram Jha said Anand has won the last three titles, beating players like Vladimir Kramnik, Vaselin Topalov and Boris Gelfand, and surely knows how to stay on top.

"I am rooting for Anand. He will be my favourite because of his experience in match play. Anand is a five-time world champion and his record gives him an edge over Carlsen, who does not have a World Championship experience," said Jha.

"Anand is brilliant in openings; he uses the machines very well. On the other hand, Carlsen does not believe too much in the opening theory. His strength lies in endgames, unpredictability, and tiring out opposition," he added.

Many Indian GMs would not accept it but they know that the Norwegian holds a slight edge over Anand, given his stupendous form and ELO ratings of 2870, the highest ever in the history.

Former World Junior Champion Abhijeet Gupta said, "The match would be an intense one. Anand has the experience but Carlsen is enjoying a great success at the moment."

Carlsen qualified to challenge Anand for the World Championship crown after winning the FIDE Candidates` Tournament in London in April.

The match in Chennai gives Anand the home advantage that the Indian has never enjoyed before in a match of such magnitude but it could also act as a deterrent for him given the weight of expectation.

"Anand will be under pressure playing in Chennai. He should try not to feel like he is playing in his hometown. His all five championships (Tehran (2000), Mexico (2007), Bonn (2008), Sofia (2010) and Moscow (2012) took place outside the country. He is better of playing abroad. He should think like he is not playing in India but abroad," said Jha.

There is a huge gap between ratings (95) of the two players but most of the top players were hardly intimidated by the difference.

"It does not make much of a difference," said Negi. "In the end, it all boils down to the match day and how you perform on that particular day."

"Vishy was regarded as the fastest chess player on the planet, a well-adapted champion during his prime in 90s and early 2000, he needs to revisit those old days against Carlsen. We all know at 43, he is not getting any younger, but he has to read into his opponent`s mind.

"He needs to be much more fearless and aggressive; like he has been always. The role of the seconds would be very important," he added.

Carlsen had said in London after winning the Candidates` meet that "the difference is, I am winning tournaments and Anand is holding on to the title".

His confidence stemmed from the fact that he has been World Number one for 21 consecutive rating lists, he has won their last two encounters, most importantly the recent Taj Memorial, and the ratings difference.

"Last few years, Carlsen has been absolutely dominating, winning every tournament. He just crushes his opponent by building so much pressure on him.

"On the other hand, Anand has not been performing well in recent tournaments, not winning too many championships off late but his experience of five World Championship titles will give him the required confidence," said Negi.

"Anand should win it for India. He should win it for his millions of fans. The victory would lead him to the pinnacle of his career and cement his place among the legends," said Jha.

There are few things Carlsen would be wary of apart from Chess -- adjusting to the climate, unfamiliar local cuisine and the pressure of the occasion. -- PTI

(Press Trust of India (PTI) is the largest news agency in India. It is headquartered in Delhi and is a nonprofit cooperative among more than 450 Indian newspapers and has a staff of about 2,000 writers spread 150 offices nationwide.)

* Official website of the World Chess Championship 2013 

Friday, November 1, 2013

GM Sergey Karjakin: Of course Anand has the Chance to Win World Chess Championship vs Carlsen!

Posted by World Chess Championship 2013 News Blog Friday, November 1, 2013
World Chess Championship 2013 GM interview: In an interview with Russian news agency Itar-Tass, GM Sergey Karjakin had spoken about Viswanathan Anand's chances of retaining his World Chess title. Karjakin spoke about his chess, career, and sweetheart. One of the questions was about the Carlsen vs Anand World Championship in Chennai: 

- Many people believe that Anand is doomed to lose in the upcoming World Chess Championship match against Magnus Carlsen. What do you think? What is the reason for the World Chess Champion's weaker form lately? 

Karjakin: Perhaps, this is due to age - hard to stay number one for a long time. Maybe decreased motivation. Previously, he (Anand) was fighting to simply get to super-tournaments, now he receives an appearance fee. It seems to me that the situation would have been different if the tournaments involved prize money only. 
But, Anand's chance to win against Magnus Carlsen: Of course there is! It is important to note that the Norwegian, for all his talent, has never played a match. He (Carlsen) was just one step away from missing this match (World Chess Championship) at the London Chess Candidates tournament in the final round. He showed that he had not learned to win the decisive game."
In existence since 1904, Itar-Tass, from Russia, is one of the world's largest news agencies.

For all the GM opinions on the chances of either player in the Carlsen vs Anand World Chess Championship Match 2013 at our site, check these chess posts. More opinions soon enough.

B&W Team Note: Yes, may we now hear the Indian chess fans applauding with glee?
World Chess Champion Viswanathan Update: Here's a cool article for Indian sports lovers on two legends: World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulakar by Valsala Menon via DNA India:

Champion stuff from Sachin Tendulkar and Viswanathan Anand

Sachin Tendulkar and Viswanathan Anand during a rare meeting between the two legends in Mumbai in 2001. - Reuters

There is so much in common between the careers of Viswanathan Anand and Sachin Tendulkar, India’s best sportsmen in the last 50 years. Both are 40-plus. Both are still performing. And both have made significant adjustments to their game/technique at different points in time.

Coincidentally, both were impetuous and aggressive when they started out. They just wanted to destroy the opposition. If Tendulkar took on the world at 16, Anand was consuming foreign Grandmasters with super-fast moves when he was 18.

Interestingly, both have had admirably long careers. Grandmaster RB Ramesh says it is difficult to prolong one’s career in a physical sport (cricket) and, in that sense, Tendulkar deserves a lot of praise. But he is quick to add that cricket is a team game and so Tendulkar did get support from his mates.

Ramesh, by his own admission, took to chess accidentally. He wanted to be a cricketer. His brother, GB Prakash, was already a good junior chess player. A head injury at the age of 11 forced him to give up cricket. “You see, as school students, we were always looking for idols. We had Viswanathan Anand in 1988 and Tendulkar in 1989,” says Ramesh.

Ramesh adds Anand and Tendulkar have always been exceptionally motivated. “When we thought Tendulkar was going to suffer after his injury in the mid-2000s, he came back and changed his aggressive style to start a new innings,” says Ramesh.

The tennis elbow prompted Tendulkar to curtail his stroke-play, but the master that he is, Tendulkar overcame the hurdle, adopted a different approach and scored runs in tons in both forms of cricket. In fact, he fared better after that injury.

The free-flowing strokes gave way to the more productive and practical accumulation of runs with less spectacular flicks and nudges. His appetite for runs increased in the second half of his career, and he played on for well over two decades.

Remarkably, Anand showed the same appetite in his mid-30s. Having won his first world title in 2000 at 31, Anand did not have any special targets because of the uncertainties in world chess.

Garry Kasparov had just lost to Vladimir Kramnik in a rival world championship and there was no unified competition. Anand was winning tournaments like before, but had to live with the criticism that he had not beaten the strong players of his generation in a long match.

And by the time the unification took place in 2007, he was already 38. And with a second world title under his belt, Anand was ready for his next challenge. This is when he, like Tendulkar, showed admirable motivation. He thought he had to stop wagging tongues. He worked hard with a team that was to stay with him for five years. Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov and Boris Gelfand, all disappeared into history as Anand made light of his age.

It was really a challenge for Anand to get used to the intricacies of match play. He was no longer the quick, rapid-play master he was in the 1990s and early 2000s. He took all his time to find moves over the board and a became totally different player altogether.

Arvind Aaron, who had played with Anand at the junior level and travelled with him extensively, finds a rare ability in both the chess champion and the cricket maestro. “Both of them are not tired of trying new things,” says Aaron.

“It may be a shot in Tendulkar’s repertoire. In Anand’s case, I have first-hand experience because when he accepted a challenge to play six computers in a simultaneous exhibition in 1997 in The Hague, I asked him why he took up such a dangerous task. He said he liked to look at things differently and wanted different challenges,” Aaron adds.

Deep Blue had just beaten Kasparov and Aaron’s concern was that Anand was facing a six-pack computer. As it turned out, Anand won three of them and drew three, winning the match 4.5-1.5.

“I watched that match and the most interesting aspect was that Anand was sipping coffee regularly while the machines were thinking. It was a funny sight,” Aaron recounts.

One of the oft-quoted comments of both Tendulkar and Anand is, “I would continue to play as long as I enjoy the game.” Tendulkar will no longer play competitive cricket after November 18, but Anand will probably continue to play on, looking for more challenges.