Magazine article The Spectator

Vishy's Victory

Magazine article The Spectator

Vishy's Victory

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World champion Vishy Anand has scored a notable victory in the Botvinnik Memorial in Moscow. The final scores (Anand 4 1/2; Aronian and Kramnik both 3; Carlsen 1 1/2) reveal an astonishing superiority over his rivals which mirrors his overwhelming match win against Shirov in Leon earlier this year. Gelfand's task in his world title attempt next year is beginning to look increasingly Sisyphean.

The shock of the event was the poor form of Magnus Carlsen who lost three consecutive games at the end. This is the kind of disaster which great masters rarely suffer.

I t is fortunate that the Botvinnik Memorial was a rapidplay which was not counted for world ratings or rankings. A lucky escape for the young Norwegian.

Aronian-Kramnik; Botvinnik Memorial, Moscow 2011 Here (diagram 1) Aronian made use of his powerful passed pawn with a king march. 37 Kg3 Rc2 38 Kf4 Kg6 39 Ke5 Re2+ 40 Kd6 Kf6 41 Rd5 Rxg2 42 Kc7 Rgg8 43 f4 Rgf8 44 Rg1 Ke7 45 Rd6 Black resigns Kramnik-Carlsen; Botvinnik Memorial, Moscow 2011 I n this game (diagram 2) Carlsen was unable to find an answer to Kramnik's piece sacrifice for a kingside attack. …

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