Anand vs Kramnik – psychological and preparation aspects

by ChessBase
10/29/2008 – Last week our Playchess lecture by Dennis Monokroussos saw Anand riding high on a two-point lead. He won game six and pressed in game sevedn. But then the tables started turning. In this week's lecture Dennis looks at the critical moments of game ten, which Kramnik won. See you in the Broadcast room.

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Dennis Monokroussos writes:

Last week, we made it through game five of the match, at which point Anand enjoyed a two point lead. That's where the lead is now (after game 10), but much has happened over the past five games. Anand won game 6 and pressed in game 7 as well, but then the tables started turning. Kramnik had some chances in game 8, was almost winning in game 9, and then broke through in game 10.

How has this happened? We'll look at the games' critical moments, discuss the psychological and preparation aspects, and reflect on where the match is now – assuming it's still going by the time the show starts. We convene at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday night, and the show is free for Playchess members. Log on, go to the Broadcast Room, look for "Anand-Kramnik recap" under the Games tab, and enjoy the show!

Dennis Monokroussos' Radio ChessBase lectures begin on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST, which translates to 02:00h GMT, 03:00 Paris/Berlin, 13:00h Sydney (on Thursday). Other time zones can be found at the bottom of this page. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.

You can find the exact times for different locations in the world at World Time and Date. Exact times for most larger cities are here. And you can watch older lectures by Dennis Monokroussos offline in the Chess Media System room of Playchess:

Enter the above archive room and click on "Games" to see the lectures. The lectures, which can go for an hour or more, will cost you between one and two ducats. That is the equivalent of 10-20 Euro cents (14-28 US cents).

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Dennis Monokroussos is 41, lives in South Bend, IN, where he teaches chess and occasionally works as an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University-South Bend.

At one time he was one of the strongest juniors in the U.S. and has reached a peak rating of 2434 USCF, but several long breaks from tournament play have made him rusty. He is now resuming tournament chess in earnest, hoping to reach new heights.

Dennis has been working as a chess teacher for ten years now, giving lessons to adults and kids both in person and on the internet, worked for a number of years for New York’s Chess In The Schools program, where he was one of the coaches of the 1997-8 US K-8 championship team from the Bronx, and was very active in working with many of CITS’s most talented juniors.

When Dennis Monokroussos presents a game, there are usually two main areas of focus: the opening-to-middlegame transition and the key moments of the middlegame (or endgame, when applicable). With respect to the latter, he attempts to present some serious analysis culled from his best sources (both text and database), which he has checked with his own efforts and then double-checked with his chess software.

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