Kanakagiri Siddhartha

Anand wins the Candidates - Challanger to Carlsen 2014

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While i have been following the Chess candidates 2014 closely, did not want to jinx Anand like in WC 13, so writing this now.

Anand finally wins after a gritty draw against Sergey Karjakin in round 13. And the 90 move draw could serve as a nice prelude against Carlsen who specializes in waiting out opponents like he did against Anand in WC 2013.

Anand has been ignoring tournaments over the last few years to concentrate on defending his World Championship crown. But the defeat against Carlsen last November seems to have lifted a huge burden off his shoulders and it showed in this tournament. Defeating Aronian in the first round was the perfect start for him and he improved upon it since then. He found near perfect continuations h4 at move 48 and Rb2 at 55 against Karjakin in the 13th round to draw from a position of weakness, though the h3+ at moe 88 gave me a scare.

To win an elite tournament with one round to spare is a great achievement, especially considering his form before the start.

I hope he will be better prepared to face Carlsen in 2014 and endure long end games. And hope he picks Dmitry Andreikin as one of his seconds. he has had a great tournament.

Kramnik, Aronian and Topalov have had pretty pedestrian outings by their standards. But this is an hour for Anand fans to savour.

Go Anand!





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