"I will be very curious to see how he will do in another match with Carlsen, but for now let's congratulate the Indian tiger!"
Anish on Candidate Tournament 2014 with game analyses


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While myself I was mostly busy training and observing chess, the greatest of my colleagues have spent the last month battling in Khanty-Mansyisk for the right to challenge the new World Champion, Magnus Carlsen.

From the start the favourites were Aronian and Kramnik, but just like last year, they both failed to accomplish what was expected from them. In fact the early lead was taken by Vishy Anand, who beat Aronian in an excellent endgame display and then won a straightforward game with the black pieces against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

Game analysis: S. Mamedyarov - V. Anand(click arrows to view)




After that Anand made many solid draws, playing with ease and comfort. His opponents instead were all beating one another.

Game fragment: V. Kramnik - S. Mamedyarov(click arrows to view)




After this blow Shakhriyar managed to keep fighting and even won an incredible game against Levon Aronian (which I will be commenting for the NewInChess magazine).
This in return stopped Levon Aronian, who at the beginning of the tournament recovered from his blow in the game with Anand and was on '+2'.

With all opponents collapsing, Vishy kept playing well, and won a good game against Topalov, making it to the '+3' score.

Game analysis: V. Anand - V. Topalov(click arrows to view)




After that Vishy kept playing in the same manner, getting rid of the problems and creating them for his opponents.

The only exciting moment appeared in the penultimate round when Vishy made an inexplicable mistake in the opening and got under pressure against Karjakin. However he defended extremely precisely and reached the following endgame:

Game fragment: S. Karjakin - V. Anand (click arrows to view)




By holding this game (thanks to Karjakin this game looked much longer than it actually was, adding some extra drama to that) Vishy reached yet another peak of his career.

I will be very curious to see how he will do in another match with Carlsen, but for now let's congratulate the Indian tiger!

P.S. You will be able read my extensive article about this tournament in upcoming number of NewInChess.

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