Saturday, November 23, 2013

Anand vs Carlsen - 10th game

Both players played well in the 10th game. Carlsen could have settled for a draw much earlier in the game. That he preferred not to do so shows his confidence. Throughout the match, Anand was not his usual self. Carlsen has won the championship with two games to spare and without suffering a defeat. A remarkable feat.

After the match was over, Anand made a thoughtful statement. "Throughout the game, I did not understand Carlsen. Perhaps I did not understand myself also." Another way of looking at the result is to regard Carlsen's seconds as better than Anand's.

Is Anand past his prime? There cannot be an unequivocal answer now. We may get to know from his performance in ensuing tournaments.

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