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Anand-Carlsen Borefest Continues

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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
By GM Daniel Gormally, England, FIDE 2504

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Anand - such a disappointment

It was desperately disappointing today to see that Anand, two points behind, has virtually given up on the match.

When he needed to win games, to sharpen the fight, he chose the Berlin defence.

It seems to me that Anand is already resigned to his fate, and although he may be intending to make a fight of the last few games, I very much doubt he'll change his overall negative strategy.

Such a shame.

However, something a friend of mine pointed out to me before the World Championship Match may be significant.

Anand is booked to play the London Classic which starts only a few days after the World championship match. So far Carlsen is yet to accept- he may well be intending to celebrate his win.

This is a tip in itself as to who the overall of this match will be, as surely the winner of the match will be too tied down in media obligations, for example I expect Carlsen to be doing the American chat show tour after the match, assuming he wins.

Maybe I'm being harsh, but the fact that Anand agreed to play the London Classic, and Carlsen did not, suggests to me that Anand already resigned himself to losing his title before the match even began.

Bonus from a demotivator dedicated to both Carlsen and Anand playing the Berlin in the match -

Originally published in GM Danny Gormally's blog

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World Chess Cup 1/8-final preview
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I'll never be fat again!
Lessons learnt!
The sad case of Borislav Ivanov: Part II
Does Anyone Have a Cure for Anger Problems?
The Depth of Chess
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Nurturing a Chess Prodigy
The Sad Case of Borislav Ivanov
4NCL Impressions: no country for old men - Part II
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Comments (4)
1. Written by bjergen on 18:15 19 2013 .
where is respect nowadays....
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 19:05 19 2013 .
Loose cannon...
GM Daniel Gormallys take on Anand here is as accurate as his doom of Carlsen in his previous blog post (see below). :-/
3. Written by Seth on 05:33 20 2013 .
Loose cannon...
I am always interested in reading a Grandmaster's opinion about chess - but every one of Gormally's articles is so fused with negativity that this will probably be the last time I read his blog posts.
4. Written by 0_x on 12:54 20 2013 .
Loose cannon...
...''Such a shame''  

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