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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Anand has Experience, but Carlsen has his Chances: Karpov on World Chess Championship 2013

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) 2013

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Former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov has taken a balanced view of the upcoming World Championship in Chennai, India this November between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen.

Karpov said the world was awaiting the match with great interest. Karpov said it was clear that Anand and Carlsen were the "best players of our age". On the one hand, Carlsen, so far in his short career, has already achieved much, on the other, Anand has his experience. Karpov mentioned that he first met Anand when the latter was 16 and a talent in his own right. Karpov said it would be a difficult task to defeat Anand, but Carlsen has his chances. 

Karpov also said, In India, Magnus will face some problems with the climate - to a lesser extent - and the food - more. He should be very careful. But, this was not about chess. On the board Carlsen should show all that he is capable of. "He has the knowledge, I think training with Kasparov (or maybe they are working together, I do not know) Carlsen imbibed a good understanding of the game, the understanding of a world championship match, and this is completely different than any tournament."

Karpov's advice: It is necessary to properly assess one's strengths and weaknesses, and the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent. 

You can watch the original video on the msn website at this link.

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  • At August 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi said...

    this is going to be one hell of a closely fought world chess championship for sure

  • At August 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM , Anonymous S.N. Colombo said...

    For a change from the majority I have the feeling Anand will win he has nothing to lose this time around he wouldnt really have any pressure cause he would be ready to lose actually with half the world saying carlsen would win. I put my chips on Anand.

  • At August 11, 2013 at 6:16 AM , Anonymous Zoha Ali, Lahore, Pakistan said...

    Unless the first game is played nothing can be said they have 50:50 chances


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