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What is New in Theory? (December 2014) E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

chess publishingIn this column our columnist dwells on the Berlin at the recent world championship and on a more cheerful note, some jolly gambits at ChessPublishing.com.

“He brought it on himself” My friend Max commented on seeing the last game of the World Championship Match at Sochi. I could not but agree.

Having known Carlsen for years it was perfectly possible for Anand to avoid the Berlin.

That’s Magnus territory. But Vishy wanted to prove a point … that he too could play it. The result was a disaster just as in Chennai. His obstinacy proved his undoing.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8

position 1

Nevertheless, the game is important from the point of theory. In the month’s update at ChessPublishing.com Viktor Mikhalevski offers some fine analysis and it’s worth a look.

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Magnus Carlsen - Viswanathan Anand, Game 11, World Championship Match Sochi 2014

By way of post script I should add, Anand tried the Berlin again in London Chess Classic and won. It looks like he has not given up on it yet.

Michael Adams - Viswanathan Anand London Chess Classic 2014

Among other updates I would pick Max Illingworth’s analysis of a rare line in Slav Exchange:1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4.Bf4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Bf5 6. e4!

position 2

and Glenn Flear’s commentary on Blumenfeld Gambit:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3. Nf3 b5!?

position 3

White responds with 5.e4.

But enough of serious work. It’s The New Year, remember? Let’s meet at the pub.

Drinks are on the house!

Credits: The image of the Carlsen-Anand game, Sochi, World Championship 2014 is taken from ChessPro.ru.

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