Blood sport

I hadn’t thought it could be done [or at least, that I’d do it], but I spent the better part of seven hours last evening frantically refreshing the browser, desperate to catch each move of the 9th game in the Anand-Topalov world championship title match. If you haven’t already, try replaying the game here — this is chess as blood sport, with ingenuity and human frailty [who, for instance, would have thought that Anand, who around move 20 had 30 minutes more than his rival on his clock, would run into time trouble and in his hurry, miss what seemed a winning move?] on display in equal measure in a game where the two combatants took turns to dominate before the game finally came to an exhausted standstill.

Unrelated — earlier posts, on Feynman and Kasparov. Also read, chess with Kubrick.

10 thoughts on “Blood sport

  1. usually I suggest some move and get delighted when A plays the same thing – yesterday move 40 we could see clearly the better move was one he did two moves later but by that time the black king was out the last rank and out of danger…I was going why can’t he see it when a mere sotware engineering mortal can see it… this has been a great match so far only problem is it is easy to follow cricket at work but very difficult to follow chess since anyone can see the board on the screen and many think I’m playing chess online during office hours 😦

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  3. yes Anand certainly missed a winning move…it was so frustrating to see the match end in long winding draw..
    sometimes even the world champs makes big mistakes..

  4. When you say “a winning move”, do you refer to Rdd7 on 64? A lot of people are pointing that out, but I don’t get it. I tried tracing out the moves, but couldn’t understand.

    • Actually, my time trouble reference was to the first 40-move time control. At 20, Anand had a good 30 minutes on the clock more than Topalov. Then he kind of ran the clock out, had to rush his last few moves, and ended up letting the king out of jail.

      The Rdd7 line theoretically would have gone something like :62.Rdd7 a3 63.Kg3 Qa1 64.Rc7+ Kb8 65.Rb7+ Ka8 66.Nxb3 and white commands/wins

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