Publisher: New In Chess, 2010, Pages: 106, Magazine
Anand Retains Title in Dramatic Last Game
‘This was the most intense match I ever played.’ Those were the words that a happy and delighted World Champion Vishy Anand spoke after he had successfully defended his title against Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov. Till the very last day it was unclear who was going to prevail in a world championship match that was so tense that any outcome was imaginable. Everything was decided in the twelfth and last game when Topalov, unsettled by the threat of a tiebreak, threw caution to the winds and Anand hit home with a deadly counter-offensive. Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam reports from the Bulgarian capital.
Interview: Vishy Anand
The World Champion speaks about the unusual start of the match, the shifting trend as the tension rose, and the unbelievable feeling when he realized that he was winning in the twelfth game: ‘You go nuts. You go completely nuts.’ And about the support he got from the super-troika Kasparov-Carlsen-Kramnik: ‘I thought it was pretty historic and I was happy I was in the story.’
Interview: Veselin Topalov
He lost the match, but his chess confidence is untouched. After all he’s played an even match against the World Champion. The challenger talks about his match strategy, the crucial moments and the suicide decision in the last game. And about the help his opponent got: ‘I do not understand that Anand accepts help from persons who humiliated him over the years.’
In the Best Corner of Heaven
Genna Sosonko remembers Andor Lilienthal, who died in Budapest at the age of 99. A wonderful person and a phenomenal chess player who, with the exception of Steinitz, knew all the world champions.
For the Last Time in Dagomys
The past ten years the Dagomys Hotel, situated in the settlement of the same name on the outskirts of Sochi, welcomed countless chess players for tournaments and training camps. With the 2010 Russian Team Championship this tradition came to an end. The hotel will be upgraded for the Olympic Winter Games of 2014.
The Will to Win
On the occasion of his 75th birthday three Danish countrymen pay tribute to Bent Larsen, who can look back on one of the most amazing careers in chess history.
What’s in a Name?
Luke McShane shares his impressions of the 2009/10 season of the Four Nations League, the UK’s premier chess league, where teams have names as ‘Pride and Prejudice’ or ‘The Full Ponty’. Or ‘Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher’.
One Rout Leads to Another
In the eighth CEZ Chess Trophy David Navara was trounced 6-2 by chess first lady Judit Polgar. Navara’s next tournament was the Czech national championship...
On May 3, Florencio Campomanes died at the age of 83. His reign as FIDE president from 1982 to 1995 was tumultuous, controversial, but also often successful, writes Hans Ree.
Who Owns Chess Ideas?
Jonathan Rowson explores the boundaries of intellectual property.
Endgames from Anand-Topalov
The Sofia match was a feast for endgame lovers. Jan Timman is one of them.
Garry Kasparov shines his light on Anand-Topalov and on Ilyumzhinov-Karpov.
Any idea what Jan Smeets would save from his house if it were on fire?
Did they play your opening?In this issue games with the following openings were annotated by world class players:
Kovchan-Karjakin, by Karjakin
Navara-Rasik, by Navara
Karpov-Larsen (1979), by Nielsen
Turner-Hammer, by Hammer
Polgar-Navara, by Polgar
Kosteniuk-Zhukova, by Barsky
Queen's Gambit Declined
Topalov-Anand (12), by Nielsen
Riazantsev-Shimanov, by Riazantsev
Eljanov-Motylev, by Motylev
Bacrot-Adams, by Adams
Anand-Topalov (4), by Anand
Anand-Topalov (2), by Timman
Anand-Topalov (7), by Smeets
Spassky-Larsen (1970), by Nielsen
Topalov-Anand (1), by l'Ami
Larsen-Tal (1965), by Nielsen
Petrosian-Larsen (1966), by Nielsen