Originally posted by MarinkatombI loved his game against Anand, it was a positional masterclass, saddle black with hanging pawns, make them advance and take advantage. His little quite moves were really instructive too.
I always wondered if we would ever have a Carlsen v Karjakin WC match. For so many years we were looking at those two in particular as promising juniors, I for one would love to see them play. Personally i feel either Caruana or Giri would give Magnus the biggest test (Giri in a match would be a nightmare, the guy never takes a risk). Caruana seems to be ...[text shortened]... t win. Of all the players, he has created the most chances and had the most luck too to boot!
Originally posted by KingOnPointThere were two Fide knockouts that i remember. One of them decided the challenger for Karpov, who waited while the challenger had to get through a 128 player knockout. Anand won that and had to play a completely fresh Karpov, who made short work of him. The other was the knockout won by Ruslan Ponomariov when he was still 20 (i believe). Kalifman won a world championship as well, as did Rustam Kasimdzhanov...
Does Anyone Remember years ago when there was a Knockout tournament that perhaps yielded an unlikely winner, but maybe Anand did not play in? The winner, I guess, was supposed to play Kasparov or some other leading player for a semi-final match.
If I remember correctly. . .
1) the winner of the knock out was supposed to play 1 player if not Kaspar ...[text shortened]... championship match never took place. Maybe the 2 semi-final matches did not take place either.
Originally posted by SPswindlerYou're right, no one wants to see Anand roll over and play dead again, just as he did against Kasparov in 1996, and like he did in his two matches against Carlsen. I'm hoping it will be Karjakin, as frankly, some new blood is needed here.
Carlsen-Anand 3 would be as stale as a hypothetical Alekhine-Bogo 3 (which was proposed by AA)