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Friday, October 24, 2008

WCC 2008

Since I know you aren't following it closely like you should be I will go ahead and tell you:

Viswanathan Anand has been giving it to Vladimir Kramnik right in the teeth all week in the World Chess Championship. Kramnik lost his title as World Champion to Anand in 2006. Now, after 8 matches, Kramnik has yet to win one. That must feel lousy- to have once been the best in the world and now to have not won even 1 out of 8. Anand has won 3 of the 8. The other five games were drawn. This is actually a pretty high win margin at this level of play- of the 51 games these two have played before this match up only 10 were not drawn.

Apparently Anand unleashed some sort of secret weapon that he has been working on in private during game three. Kramnik will probably spend alot of time studying Anand's new line- and probably it will get a name- the Anand Attack or some such- and next time Kramnik will have some responses ready... but for the time being it's a bit like competeing in the high jump, but Kramnik doesn't know about the Fosbury Flop- and Anand does. That's one of the cool things about chess, I guess- there are always new Fosbury Flop type invovations waiting to be discovered/invented. In the high jump and other sports, such innovations are rare- but it's the stuff chess is made of.

4 games left in the series, but if Anand wins one more, or draws two, it's all over. Kramnik, on the other hand must win all 4 remaining games to unseat Anand and reclaim the throne. If Kramnik wins three and draws one, it goes into extra innings.

Meanwhile, my rating on Pogo jumped to Advanced again last night. I doubt it will stay that way for long though.

9 comments:

timpani76 said...

Oh, wow, so they came up with a whole new chess move and....snore....zzzzz.....snore....
wait what?

Eyepoke said...

Unenlightened Cretin.

Eyepoke said...

Oh yeah, one other thing:

Two of the 4 remaining games have Kramnik starting with the black peices. Kramnik has never beaten Anand with anything but the white peices.

Looks bad for the Russian.

Hoba Chi said...

Glad you have something that you enjoy John. (I am going to admit to phasing out when the Russian names appeared though.)

Bruce said...

please explain the AA to me. i would love to know what it is and how and when to do it.

Eyepoke said...

Sorry Moose, I don't know what it is... Maybe I should find out. Not sure that I will really even understand though... I have reviewed a couple of thier matches and I will just say that in a couple places I had no idea what they were thinking.

Also, I will have to let you borrow that Bobby Fischer book.

Oh, and for what its worth Erik, only one of them is from Russia- the champ is from India. (Americans, apparently, suck at this game.)

Eyepoke said...

Kramnik just won one, finally!

6-4 in favor of the Indian. Kramnik has to win both remaining games to get it to go to a tie breaker round. If he loses or ties just one of the two, it's all over, Anand wins.

pie-seas79 said...

wow, this is fascinating...like listening to Jeremy talk about computers...yeah.

Eyepoke said...

So... why is chess such a male dominated --- I can't bring myself to say "sport"--- game?