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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Game two:World Chess Championship:Preview:What should Anand play as white?

The result of the first game of the World Chess Championship must have GM Anand and his team wondering what happened? Was this just a bad dream? Did I really lose in 30 moves?? Did I really not see anything? What if this happens tomorrow?   Anand can't dwell on game one. He now has to play white tomorrow. The question is what to play? A point up after one game, will Topalov believe that Anand is not in his best playing shape, and seize the  moment by playing aggressively with the black pieces? Topalov now has so many defenses he can use to really put Anand under pressure, or to use conservatively.. If Anand plays 1.e4, will Topalov be content to play a short draw using the Berlin Defense of the Ruy Lopez? (ie. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6). Or, will Topalov chose to play the Caro-Kann Defense (1.e4 c6), which is so solid,or will he play the Petroff's Defense (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6) another solid defense? Will the Bulgarian GM  try to go up by a score of 2-0 by playing aggressively with the Sicilian Defense,  (1.e4 c5?) or would Topalov be willing to enter a main line Ruy Lopez in order to play the Marshall Gambit? (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5!?). . What if Anand believes  if he plays the Ruy Lopez, that Topalov will be content with playing the Berlin Defense, and that "I would just be wasting a white color in the match? It is amazing how one game at the start of the match can change the entire complexion of the match!

Anand needs to forget about game one and play and opening he has prepared the best and which he understands the best, so that he can at least get a draw on the result sheet in order to get some confidence back.  It is interesting that in the Kramnik-Kasparov WC match, the two players drew the first game of the match and then Kasparov lost his first game with the black pieces, also using the Grunfeld Defense. Before the second game Kasparov and his seconds did some hard work looking at the best way they  thought Kasparov could crack the Berlin Defense (using an idea Shirov had developed). Kasparov gave it his best shot, got a draw and went on to the next game with the black pieces (changing from the Grunfeld defense to his backup defense...the Queen's Gambit accepted). His draw in that game must have restored some of Kasparov's confidence, which is something Anand needs to do in my opinion.

3 comments:

Richard said...

Good comment - interesting dilemma - he needs a draw at least.

| r a g u | said...

I am going to follow it for the updates and insightful articles about WCh 2010.

Wayne said...

Hi Richard and Ragunathan. Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for your kind words. Thanks for wanting to follow my blog Ragunathan,I am trying to get as much information I can about the match for you and others. I still haven't found out who the seconds are for Anand and Topalov. Let's hope that game 2 is a played at a much higher quality by Anand.

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