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Say hello to the new Chess World Champion

The national hero of India, Viswanathan Anand, lost the title as chess world champion. After game 9 the score stood 6½ - 3½ in favour of Magnus Carlsen, leaving no chance for Anand to catch up. Things have been looking good for Anand on the board in some of the games though, especially in game 8. But he seriously blundered and threw it all away. Carlsen has been very good at using his king actively in the endgames. Remember the king is very important in the endgame, and should be centralized, to help support and attack pawns. Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen with the new title! Here is the endgame from game 8. The position leaves no way for either of the kings to penetrate the opponent's aream and ends in a draw. Viswanathan Anand Magnus Carlsen ½-½ Play interactive Chess Endgames on (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The match of the century

With more than 200 million people worldwide watching the games between Carlsen and Anand, this has got to be the match of the century. In today's game, which is game number 7 out 12, the two players repeated the Spanish opening. Both of them moved really fast, and after approximately two hours they had reached the endgame. This time there were no rooks in the endgame. The game ended all to soon with a draw because of repeated moves. With Magnus leading against Anand with 4,5 to 2,5, this is a comfortable way to end game number 7, I suppose. Interesting thing about Magnus Carlsen is, that he doesn't mind playing for 5-6 hours straight, and he really enjoys the endgames. I really believe Susan Polgar is great as a live commentary for WCC. She is fantastic at analyzing and discussing the games as they are played out. Here is a wise quote from Susan, which I was lucky to pick up while watching today's game: "In the midgame you want your king to be hidden for checks. In the endgame, it is opposite, because your king needs to be active to support the pawns." Here is today's endgame. Carlsen played black.  Magnus CarlsenAnand Viswanathan ½-½ Play interactive Chess Endgames on (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Rook endings in the World Chess Championship 2013

Game number 5 and 6 in the FIDE WCC 2013 have been amazing games. Both of these games transformed into rook endings, which reminds me, that actually up to 50% of endgames are rook endings. Thus you should try to build up some knowledge in this area. There are many good books and articles on this subject, and even some interactive online resources as well. When it comes to rook endings you can be down with a pawn, or sometimes even two pawns and still go for a draw. Game 5 and 6 in the WCC are good examples of that. A good advice is to keep the rook as far from the opponent king to keep giving checks. This time I'll leave you with the game 6 (played November 16, 2013), in which Anand made a blunder in the endgame, and eventually lost. CarlsenAnand 0-1 Play interactive Chess Endgames on (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Only one week from now...

Carlsen playing Anand The Chess World Championship 2013 will be a match between Magnus Carlsen and World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand held from 9 to 28 November 2013 in India. Anand, Tiger of Madras, has won the World Championship 5 times already, and is known for his superb tactical play, and a mind working almost as fast and precise as a computer! Carlsen, who is also called the Mozart of Chess, is the highest rated player ever, playing his first World Championship. Carlsen's style is sometimes compared to that of Karpov, in that he grinds players in his endgames until they break. Could this championship end up being as exciting as the one between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky back in 1972. Probably not, but I'm sure it will get a lot of attention from chess players all over the world. For me, I will enjoy listening to Susan Polgar, who is going to do the official commentary. I'll leave you with an endgame of Carlsen. Carlsen plays black against Radjabov, and white is in the move. Can you see how Magnus Carlsen wins? I'll post the solution next week... Radjabov Carlsen 0-1 Play interactive Chess Endgames on (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});