11/18/2013 – The entire chess population has become a big audience with the WCC. However this Saturday jump back into playing with an online tournament hosted on www.playchess.com and sponsored by the Remote Chess Academy. Win prizes during the last rest day while Anand and Carlsen finish off their preparation! All details of this Swiss tournament inside.
11/18/2013 – One of the more controversial aspects of the world championship today lies in the actual length of the title match. Since 1886, most of the matches to decide the title have lasted more than twelve games, which brings to question the fairness of the current system: How efficient is it at determining the rightful champion? Michael von Keitz looks at past matches to see how history might have changed.
11/18/2013 – Senior ChessBase editor Frederic Friedel, who is a personal friend of both the World Champion and the Challenger, has undertaken a trip to South India to attend at least part of the World Championship. In a series of special reports he will provide us with his impressions of Chennai and the venue of this spectacular event. Part one is about getting there and settling in.
11/18/2013 – After the loss in game six, many speculated on what Anand might do to shake things up and prepare a Rambo mission against Carlsen’s king. Some hoped for a King's Gambit, while others suggested a Scotch. When White repeated the same Anti-Berlin line from Game six, the question was what he had found to insist on this. The answer was nothing as Carlsen equalized with ease and drew on move 32. Round seven report.
11/17/2013 – Christie's is a fine arts auction house with headquarters in London, currently the world's largest – sales in the first half of 2012 totalled some $3.5 billion, the highest in the art market history. Occasionally they have a dedicated section, and starting from the 20th of November, Christie's South Kensington section will offer for auction 106 interesting chess sets from three different collections. Take a look.
11/17/2013 – Almost all medals are up for grabs at the European Team Championship. The only major exception to this rule is the fact that the Ukrainian Women's team has demolished the competition and has secured the gold medal for themselves regardless of what happens tomorrow. In the open nothing is defined while silver and bronze in the women's can still be anybody's. Penultimate round report.
11/16/2013 – The match isn't quite over, but Anand is in such a disadvantage. Psychologically he might be able to recover, but the damage done in the scoreboard and the obvious fact that his preparation isn't causing Carlsen problems should worry him greatly. Tomorrow is as rest day, a much needed one for himself and his team as they try to conjure some ideas. Analysis of today's major mistake.
11/16/2013 – The game was a solid, uninspiring Spanish that seemed to have nothing in it. The position simplified and an endgame arose with draw predictions from all sides. It was no surprise that Carlsen insisted, until Anand dropped a pawn out of the blue. After the surprise subsided, a draw was again on the horizon, and Magnus played his last trap. Suddenly, it was all over. Illustrated report.
11/16/2013 – In a wild match France tied with Azerbaijan and keeps the lead. Despite the fact that that was possibly the most important match in terms of standings, certainly many eyes were focused on the Russia-Armenia match. Sargissian took out Tomashevsky while everyone else drew giving Armenia the win. Ukraine relied on Muzychuk's win to take out Poland in the women's and leads comfortably. Round 7.
11/15/2013 – Carlsen won, he has proven that he can obtain the kind of positions that he is strong in, and that even Anand cannot always hold positions which can technically be held b ut are very uncomfortable. The World Champion has been in this situation before but he will need to conjure up all his tricks tomorrow to be able to put on the pressure on the Challenger. Full analysis of today's round.
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