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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Anand wins game 2 of the 2010 World Chess Championship

Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand has tied up the 2010 World Chess Championship by scoring a win in the second game of his match against Grandmaster Veselin Topalov today. Anand won the game in 43 moves, in what Grandmaster Giri calls, "a positional masterpiece" (source: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6281). 

Anand and his team decided to test whether GM Topalov had learned anything about the Catalan Opening
since Topalov's play against it  in his match with GM  Kramnik. To be honest I was shocked that Anand and his team decided to play the Catalan Opening, after all Topalov and his team must have prepared something for this match, seeing as it was used twice by Kramnik in the 2006 World Chess Championship Kramnik-Topalov match.

I have decided not to make a deep analysis of this game for my blog,the reason being is that Grandmaster Anish Giri has already posted his own analysis of the game at the Chessbase.com website, which you can view at:
http://www.chessbase.com/news/2010/sofia/games/giri02.htm on a javascript board.

Well, all I can say is this certainly has been a surprising World Chess Championship!! I would have thought it would be crazy to play a Catalan opening against Topalov,seeing as he had all of that preparation behind him for the Kramnik match! It certainly would be interesting to hear Anand's answer to the question: Why did you and your team chose to play the Catalan Opening in game 2?

Monday is a rest day for the two World Chess Championship participants. The next game in the match will be this Tuesday, with Topalov having the white pieces.

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