Sunday, May 16, 2010

Anand - Topalov Webliography

Last week, Viswanathan Anand won the final game of the World Chess Championship against Veselin Topalov in Sofia, Romania, to retain his title.  The games in this championship were not error free, but they were always exciting and have rightly received a lot of commentary.  I have compiled links to annotations of all 12 games.  I will be adding more links in the coming days and welcome additions from readers.

Game One

Game Two
Anand - Topalov, Catalan (E04), 1-0

Game Three
Topalov - Anand, Slav (D17), 1/2-1/2

Game Four
Anand - Topalov, Catalan (E04), 1-0

Game Five
Topalov - Anand, Slav (D17), 1/2-1/2

Game Six
Anand - Topalov, Catalan (E04), 1/2-1/2

Game Seven
Anand - Topalov, Bogo-Indian (E00), 1/2-1/2

Game Eight

Game Nine
Anand - Topalov, Nimzo-Indian Defense (E53), 1/2-1/2

Game Ten

Game Eleven

Game Twelve
Topalov - Anand, Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense (D56), 0-1

The last game was most interesting to me as it may well revive interest in my favorite Lasker's Defense to the Queen's Gambit Declined.

Other commentary can be found at the official Anand - Topalov website, Convekta, as well as on ICC and (both of which require subscription). 

Friday, May 07, 2010

US Chess Championship Starts Next Week

Live chess match on the show with Cowboys WR Miles Austin on Twitpic
Jennifer Shahade appeared on ESPN2's "First Take" today with her hula hoop to help promote the 2010 U.S. Chess Championship, which has its opening ceremony on Thursday, May 13, in St. Louis.  As with last year, the organizers are just doing an incredible job, from the media kit to the documentary to the venue to the prizes, this is everything that U.S. chess fans could ask for or even dream.  Let's hope the players don't disappoint.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

No Quarter: An Exhibition of Games

It's not exactly chess, but if you are into games like I am it is still interesting: "No Quarter: An Exhibition of Games" runs May 7 - June 30, 2010 at the NYU Game Center, located in the Tisch School of the Arts at 721 Broadway, 9th floor.  There is a reception May 6 at 5:00 pm.  The four commissioned games will be on display and available for play during this time. For information, visit the NYU Game Center or read more about the exhibit.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The New Address of this Blog?

I am still debating at the moment whether to stick with Blogger or jump to WordPress, and have moved the blog to both AND  I tried installing WordPress into the Kenilworthian folder and continuing the blog in the same location, but all of the links to individual posts  changed to WordPress format and I would have to remove the existing site to make it work.  This just did not seem such a good idea, since many of my posts link to each other or are linked to by others.  I experimented with a method of switching to WordPress and then changing all of the permalinks (over 1,000) to match the Blogger format, but it turns out that this method only works with new Blogger blogs and mine is an old one.  So I have decided to just leave the old blog here as a permanent archive and to pick up the site (and duplicate it) elsewhere.  So this looks more and more like the present and future home, with the old site at serving as an archive only.