Viswanathan Anand: how does he do it?

by ChessBase
10/22/2008 – Our weekly Playchess lecture again looks at the World Championship in Bonn, where Vishy Anand is riding at the highest point of his professional chess career. What is he doing right? Learn all about the key games, as well as the pronounciation of the word "loci" from Dennis Monokroussos. Nine p.m. ET.

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Dennis Monokroussos writes:

The past few days have seen Anand experience what has probably been the highest point of his professional chess career - and the lowest point of Kramnik's. With wins in games 3, 5 and 6 Anand has not just taken the lead in the match, he's all but won it and retained his title. How did this happen? We'll take a closer look at some of the key moments from these games in our ChessBase show for this week, including Anand's important novelties, the tough battling that always ensued, and those dramatic loci where the games were decided.

All you need to do is log on to the server at 9 p.m. ET. The show is free; just go to the Broadcasts room, find and select "Anand-Kramnik recap" under the Games tab, watch and enjoy. Hope to see you then.

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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