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Default Kavalek analysis howler of Anand-Carlsen London game

Kavalek analysis howler below.

Kavalek fails to spot the most glaring mistake made by Carlsen, namely
in this position: 2rq1bk1/3n2pp/p4p2/5N2/3Q4/7P/1B3PP1/3R2K1 b - - 0
28 Carlsen fails to make the most logical defensive move, which is
Rc7, but instead tries an attack that Fritz says costs two pawns (and
the game). Kavalek merely unsoundly says "({Carlsen defends
aggressively. He probably didn't like that after} 28... Rc7 29. Qd5+
Kh8 30. Qf7 {his pieces would be pinned down.}) --yet Fritz shows
approximate equality. Earlier Kavalek unsoundly suggests the game is
over after 27...f6, but the computer does not see it that way.
Kavalek is trying to create controversy where there is none, as is
typical of weak grandmasters who like to annotate for casual chess
fans such as the kind that frequent Huffington Post.

Rest of the below game after the 28th move is technique, albeit high
level technique.

Also of interest is that Kavalek is correct about the queen sac on
black's 25th move leading to equality in the 25th move, possibly as
originally suggested first a computer (as it's not obvious for
humans): ({Sacrificing the queen after} 25... Qe6 $5 26. Ncd6 Rb8
27.Re1 Bxf5 28. Rxe6 Bxe6 {give black good chances to hold.})

RL

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[Event "2nd London Chess Classic"]
[Site "London ENG"]
[Date "2010.12.10"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C95"]
[WhiteElo "2804"]
[BlackElo "2802"]
[Annotator "GM Lubomir Kavalek/Huffington Post"]
[PlyCount "153"]
[EventDate "2010.12.06"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3
d6 8. c3
O-O 9. h3 {The starting position of the Closed Spanish.} Nb8 {Swinging
the
knight via b8 to d7 to protect the pawn on e5 is an idea of a talented
Hungarian master Gyula Breyer. It dates back to 1920. At the end of
the 19th
century in similar positions, the first world champion William
Steinitz and
his rival, Mikhail Chigorin, also protected the pawn on e5 with a
knight, but
they did it rather clumsily using the knight from f6.} 10. d4 Nbd7
11. Nbd2
Bb7 {We can see the elegance and flexibility of Breyer's setup: the
knight on
d7 protects the center, the bishop on b7 attacks it. The c-pawn is not
hindered and can advance any moment. In addition, black may also
strike in the
center with d6-d5.} 12. Bc2 Re8 13. a4 ({White is at a crossroads.
Swinging
the knight to the kingside} 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 {was the usual popular
plan,
but after 14...} g6 {white needed to open a second front and played}
15. a4 c5
({Blacks later realized that keeping the center flexible with} 15...
Bg7 16.
Bd3 c6 {is not a bad idea.}) 16. d5 {and with the center closed, white
could
use his space advantage to prepare a combined attack on both wings.
The first
game between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1992 comes immediately
to mind.
}) 13... Bf8 14. Bd3 c6 15. b4 Rc8 $5 {A new, good waiting move.
Carlsen
previously played 15...Nb6 against Anand, clarifying the matters on
the
queenside immediately.} (15... Nb6 16. axb5 (16. a5 Nbd7 17. Bb2 g6
18. c4 exd4
19. Bxd4 (19. cxb5 cxb5 20. Bxd4 Ne5 21. Bc2 Nh5 22. Qb1 Nf4 23. Ra3
Rc8 24.
Rc3 Rxc3 25. Bxc3 Bg7 26. Qa1 Qc7 27. Re3 Nxf3+ {0-1 Ornstein,A (2405)
-Reshevsky,S (2460)/Reykjavik 1984}) 19... Ne5 20. Bb6 Qd7 21. Qc2
Nxd3 22.
Qxd3 c5 23. Rab1 Bc6 24. bxc5 dxc5 25. Qc2 Qb7 26. cxb5 axb5 27. Bxc5
Nxe4 28.
Bxf8 Nxd2 29. Qxd2 Rxf8 30. Nh4 Qd7 31. Qc3 Rfd8 32. Re3 Rac8 33. Qa3
Qd6 34.
Nf3 Qd5 35. Rbe1 Rb8 36. Re5 Qd7 37. Re7 Qf5 38. Ne5 b4 39. Qb2 Bd5
40. Ng4 Qg5
41. Nf6+ {1-0 Sutovsky,E (2665)-Filippov,A (2609)/Khanty Mansiysk
2010.}) 16...
axb5 (16... cxb5 17. d5 $1 Rc8 18. Ra3 Nh5 19. Nf1 g6 20. N1h2 Bg7 21.
Bg5 Qd7
22. Be3 Nc4 23. Bxc4 Rxc4 24. Nd2 Rc7 25. Nhf1 Nf4 26. Bb6 Rcc8 27.
Ne3 f5 28.
f3 Rf8 29. Kh2 Rf7 30. c4 bxc4 31. Nexc4 fxe4 32. fxe4 Rcf8 33. Be3
Bh6 34. Rf1
Bg7 35. Qa4 Qe7 36. b5 axb5 37. Qxb5 Bc8 38. Qb6 Qg5 39. Rf2 Qh4 40.
Bxf4 Rxf4
41. Rxf4 Qxf4+ 42. Kg1 Bh6 43. Rf3 Qg5 44. Qc6 Rxf3 45. Nxf3 Qc1+ 46.
Kf2 Bd7
47. Qxd7 Qxc4 48. Qe6+ Kg7 49. Qe7+ Kg8 50. Qe6+ Kg7 {1/2-1/2 Anand,V
(2800)
-Carlsen,M (2826)/Bilbao 2010.}) 17. Rxa8 Qxa8 (17... Bxa8 18. Nb3 Bb7
19. dxe5
dxe5 20. Be3 Bc8 21. Qc2 Qc7 22. Na5 Bd7 23. Rc1 h6 24. Nd2 Na4 25.
Ndb3 Rb8
26. Ra1 c5 27. bxc5 Nxc5 28. Nxc5 {1/2-1/2 Anand,V (2800)-Carlsen,M
(2826)/
Kristiansund 2010.}) 18. Nb3 Nc4 19. dxe5 Nxe5 20. Nxe5 Rxe5 21. f3
Re8 22. Be3
Bc8 23. Bf2 Be6 24. Nd4 Bd7 25. Qd2 Qb8 26. Bf1 h6 27. Ra1 Qb7 28. Ra5
d5 29.
exd5 Nxd5 30. Nb3 Be6 31. Nc5 Bxc5 32. Bxc5 Rd8 33. Ra1 Qb8 34. Rd1
Qg3 35. Bf2
Qe5 36. c4 bxc4 37. Bxc4 Rd7 38. Bxd5 Rxd5 39. Qe1 Qxe1+ 40. Rxe1 Rd2
41. Bc5
Kh7 42. Rf1 Bc4 43. Rf2 Rxf2 44. Kxf2 {1/2-1/2 Anand,V (2800)-
Carlsen,M (2826)/
Nanjing 2010.}) 16. axb5 cxb5 17. Bb2 {White is ready to close the
center with
18.d5 and black has to react.} d5 $1 {And just like that black
equalizes.
After the pawns disappear from the center, black's pieces will be well
placed.}
18. exd5 ({After} 18. dxe5 dxe4 $1 19. Nxe4 Nxe5 20. Nxe5 Rxe5 21.
Nxf6+ Qxf6 {
black has a slight edge.}) 18... exd4 19. Rxe8 ({After} 19. Nxd4 Nxd5
{the
black pieces have a larger playground.}) 19... Qxe8 20. c4 {By
advancing the
c-pawn Anand can eliminate all pawns on the queenside. Everybody
expected a
quick draw.} bxc4 21. Nxc4 $6 ({Anand gambles and sacrifices a pawn.
After} 21.
Bxc4 Nb6 22. Bxa6 Bxa6 23. Rxa6 Nbxd5 24. Nxd4 Bxb4 {there is not much
to play
for.}) 21... Nxd5 22. Nxd4 Nxb4 23. Nf5 {(Anand moves his knight to an
aggressive position, hoping for some attacking chances. But the
legendary
grandmaster David Bronstein claimed that the bishop on f8 can defend
well
against the knight on f5. Let's see...)} Nxd3 24. Qxd3 Be4 $2 {"A huge
oversight," said Carlsen, but fork is a fork and it could be a choice
of many
club players since Anand's little combination is not obvious.}
({Still, Magnus
should have played} 24... Qe6 $1 25. Ncd6 Rc5 26. Nxb7 Rxf5 {with
advantage.})
25. Qd4 Bxf5 $6 ({Sacrificing the queen after} 25... Qe6 $5 26. Ncd6
Rb8 27.
Re1 Bxf5 28. Rxe6 Bxe6 {give black good chances to hold.}) 26. Nd6
{Forking
the whole army of black pieces, Anand gets a strong pressure.} Qd8
(26... Bxd6
$4 27. Qxg7#) ({After} 26... Qe6 27. Nxc8 Nc5 28. Ba3 Qxc8 (28... Nb3
29. Qd8
Qxc8 30. Rd1 h5 31. Bxf8 $18) 29. Rc1 Be7 30. Bxc5 {white should
win.}) 27.
Nxf5 f6 $2 {Black can't recover after this mistake. Instead, Magnus
had two
possiblities to stay in the game:} (27... Qf6 28. Qxf6 Nxf6 29. Bxf6
gxf6 30.
Rxa6 {is unpleasnt for black, but the material is reduced and there is
hope,
for example} Rc5 31. g4 (31. Rxf6 Bg7 $11) 31... h5 32. Rxf6 hxg4 33.
hxg4 Rc4
34. f3 Rc2) ({The computers want to fight back with} 27... Rc6 28.
Nxg7 Qb6 $1
{forcing the exchange of queens.}) 28. Rd1 Rc2 ({Carlsen defends
aggressively.
He probably didn't like that after} 28... Rc7 29. Qd5+ Kh8 30. Qf7
{his pieces
would be pinned down.}) 29. Nh6+ $1 {It didn't take Anand long to
claim a big
advantage.} gxh6 (29... Kh8 30. Nf7+ {wins.}) {Magnus should have made
it more
difficult for white with} 30. Qg4+ Bg7 $6 ({Magnus should have made it
more
difficult for white with} 30... Kh8 31. Rxd7 Qxd7 32. Bxf6+ Qg7 33.
Bxg7+ Bxg7
{although after} 34. Qe6 Bf8 35. Qf5 Rc1+ 36. Kh2 Bg7 37. Qe6 Ba1
(37... Bf8
38. Qe5+ Kg8 39. Qg3+ Kh8 40. Qb8 Kg8 41. Qb3+ Kh8 42. Qb2+ {wins the
rook.})
38. Qe8+ Kg7 39. Qe7+ Kg8 40. f4 {white has winning chances.}) 31.
Qe6+ Kh8 32.
Rxd7 Qf8 33. Ba3 $2 ({A ghost of the famous game Botvinnik-Capablanca,
AVRO
1938, where similar deflecting sacrifice was decisive. But here Anand
floats
away from a direct win:} 33. Rf7 $1 Qc8 (33... Qb8 34. Re7 Rc8 35.
Rxg7 Qxb2
36. Qf7 Qa1+ 37. Kh2 Qe5+ 38. f4 Qxf4+ 39. Rg3 Qxg3+ 40. Kxg3 Rg8+ 41.
Kh4 Rxg2
42. Qf8+ Rg8 43. Qxf6+ Rg7 44. Qe5 $1 a5 (44... Kg8 45. Qe8#) 45. Kh5
a4 46.
Kxh6 a3 47. Qxg7#) 34. Qe7 Rc1+ 35. Kh2 Qb8+ 36. g3 Rc2 37. Bd4 Qg8
38. Qxf6 $1
Bxf6 39. Bxf6+ Qg7 40. Rf8#) 33... Qg8 (33... Qxa3 {is not entirely
clear, for
example} 34. Rd8+ Qf8 (34... Bf8 35. Qxf6+ Kg8 36. Qe6+ Kh8 37. Qf7
Rxf2 38.
Kxf2 {wins}) 35. Rxf8+ Bxf8 36. Qxf6+ Kg8 {black can try to fight.})
34. Qxa6 {
Black will have a hard time to protect the last two ranks and the f-
pawn.} Qe8
35. Qa7 $1 Qg8 ({Black is forced to play passively. After} 35... Qe1+
36. Kh2
Qe5+ 37. g3 Qe8 38. Rxg7 {wins.}) 36. Be7 $6 ({Anand could have cut
off the
black rook with} 36. Bc5 $1 {and only after} Re2 37. Be7 {threaten to
win with
38.Rd8.}) 36... Rc8 37. Qa6 Qe8 38. Ra7 Kg8 39. Qe6+ ({But not} 39.
Bxf6 $2
Bxf6 40. Qxf6 Rc1+ 41. Kh2 Qb8+ {and black (!) wins.}) 39... Kh8 40.
Qa6 Kg8
41. Qe6+ {The time control is over and Anand can assess the position.
Black's
pawns on the kingside are shattered, but can white mount a successful
siege of
the pawn f6 and win it? The problem is that black can't do anything.
Carlsen
has to wait for Anand to demonstrate how to set up the pieces the best
way.}
Kh8 42. Kh2 Rc6 ({After} 42... Ra8 43. Rc7 {white keeps the pressure
on.}) 43.
Qb3 Rc8 44. Bd6 Qg6 45. Qb7 Rd8 46. Bg3 Rg8 47. h4 Qf5 48. Qc7 Qd5 49.
Ra5 Qe4
50. Qd7 Qc4 51. Qf5 Qc8 52. Qf3 Qd7 53. Bf4 Qf7 54. g3 Re8 55. Be3 Rg8
56. Ra6
Re8 57. Ra7 Re7 58. Qa8+ Qf8 59. Ra6 Re8 60. Qc6 Rc8 61. Qf3 Qf7 62.
Ra7 Qe6
63. Qb7 Qg8 64. Bf4 Rd8 65. Qa6 Re8 66. Rc7 Ra8 67. Qc6 Re8 68. Be3
Rb8 69. Bd4
{Anand found the ideal position. White combines the attack on the pawn
on f6
with the threats on the 8th rank.} Qf8 (69... Rf8 70. Re7 Rf7 71. Re6
f5 (71...
Rf8 72. Rxf6 $1 Rxf6 73. Qxf6 {wins.}) 72. Qc3 f4 73. Bxg7+ Rxg7 74.
Qe5 {wins.
}) 70. Qc3 Re8 71. Rc6 {Picking up the pawns.} Qf7 (71... f5 72. Rc7
{wins.})
72. Bxf6 Rf8 ({Black also loses after} 72... Kg8 73. Bxg7 Qxg7 74. Qd2
h5 75.
Rc5 $18) 73. Bxg7+ Qxg7 74. Qe3 Qb2 75. Kg2 Qb7 76. Qxh6 Qf7 (76...
Rc8 77.
Qf6+ Kg8 78. Qe6+ {wins.}) 77. Rc2 1-0
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On Dec 19, 6:26*am, raylopez99 wrote:

Kavalek analysis howler below.


It's not a howler at all, though you have committed a howler by
calling it so.

typical of weak grandmasters who like to annotate for casual chess
fans such as the kind that frequent Huffington Post.


Kavalek is hardly a "weak grandmaster." He is in fact highly
respected by his fellow GMs, so much so that he has served as a second
to both Fischer and Short in their World Championship matches. He was
twice champion of both Czechoslovakia and the USA. He represented his
country in 10 Olympiads (twice for CZE, eight USA). At his peak in the
1970s he was around Elo 2600.

Kavalek fails to spot the most glaring mistake made by Carlsen, namely
in this position: 2rq1bk1/3n2pp/p4p2/5N2/3Q4/7P/1B3PP1/3R2K1 b - - 0
28 * Carlsen fails to make the most logical defensive move, which is
Rc7, but instead tries an attack that Fritz says costs two pawns (and
the game). *Kavalek merely unsoundly says "({Carlsen defends
aggressively. He probably didn't like that after} 28... Rc7 29. Qd5+
Kh8 30. Qf7 {his pieces would be pinned down.})
--yet Fritz shows approximate equality.


If you gave Fritz more than your usual ten seconds, it might show
you that Kavalek is basically right. After 1...Rc7 2.Qd5+ Kh8 3.Qf7
Black is almost in Zugzwang, hardly able to move anything without
catastrophe. The main lines run something like this:

a) 3...Ne5 4.Rxd8 Rxf7 5.Nd6+-;
b) 3...a5 4.Ba3 a4 5.Bd6 Ra7 6.Re1 Ra8 7.Bxf8 Qxf8 8.Qxd7+-;
c) 3...Qc8 4.Nh6 Bc5 5.Qe6 Bxf2+ (5...Rc6 6.Nf7+ Kg8 7.Qd5 +-) 6.Kxf2
Nc5 7.Qd5+-;

d) About the only defense that does not lead to a quick and big white
advantage is the very hard-to-find 3h6. White then has two main ways
of continuing the pressu

d1) 4.Ba3 leads to winning the queen for rook and bishop, yet is
perhaps not best: 4... 4...Rb7 5.Be7 Qb8 6.Bd6 Qc8 7.Re1 Kh7 (the
point of 3...h6) 8.Nh4 Bxd6 (threatening 9.Qg6+ Kg8 10.Nf5+-) 9.Qg6+
Kg8 10.Re8+ Qxe8 11.Qxe8+ Nf8 12.g4+/-, about +0.86 says Rybka.

d2) Best probably is 4.Rd4, threatening 5.Nxh6 gxh6 6.Rg4+-. Best play
then seems to run something like 4...Qb8 5.Nxh6 Bc5 6.Nf5 Nf8 7.Rh4+
Nh7 8.Qg6 Bxf2+ 9.Kxf2 Qxb2+ 10.Kg1 Rc1+ 11.Kh2 Qb8+ 12.Ng3 Qg8 13.Ne2
Rc4 14.Nf4 Threatenining 15.Rxh7+ Qxh7 16.Qe8+ Qg8 17.Qh5+ Qh7
18.Ng6+ Kg8 19.Qd5#, therefore Black must give up rook for knight 14
Rxf4 15.Rxf4+- (about +2.08).

While at age 67 Kavalek is past his prime, this "weak grandmaster"
hardly has anything to fear from a newsgroup anonymouse who's not even
mediocre.
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I've always been a big fan of Kavalek. He's a hugely imaginative
player and commentator. I also like Short and it was Kavalek who took
Short to the precipice of the world championship with Kasparov only
for Kavalek to e dismissed early on in that disastrous match.

But anyway, has anyone else clocked Carlsen's very clever idea when
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The London rules, that one win is worth 3 draws (Larsen would have
revelled in it) and it is definitely NOT best to make the best move if
that best move leads to a clear-cut draw!

paradoxical but trueQ
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On Dec 19, 8:35*am, Taylor Kingston
wrote:

* If you gave Fritz more than your usual ten seconds,


Some anagrams, such as A ZERO PLY, are very appropriate, aren't they?

SBD
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On Dec 19, 11:26*pm, sd wrote:
On Dec 19, 8:35*am, Taylor Kingston
wrote:

* If you gave Fritz more than your usual ten seconds,


Some anagrams, such as A ZERO PLY, are very appropriate, aren't they?

SBD


SBD = Dr. S. Dowd = Bed Coverts Odd Town.

Your pederasty is showing doctor.

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On Dec 19, 4:35*pm, Taylor Kingston
wrote:

d1) 4.Ba3 leads to winning the queen for rook and bishop, yet is
perhaps not best: 4... 4...Rb7 5.Be7 Qb8 6.Bd6 Qc8 7.Re1 Kh7 (the
point of 3...h6) 8.Nh4 Bxd6 (threatening 9.Qg6+ Kg8 10.Nf5+-) 9.Qg6+
Kg8 10.Re8+ Qxe8 11.Qxe8+ Nf8 12.g4+/-, about +0.86 says Rybka.


No, that move of 3..h6 is the FIRST move you should consider. It
gives a back door to the King and allows him to avoid a back rank
mate. And, like Rybka says, it only gives White a 0.86 advantage--
hardly "game over" as Kavalek states.

Thanks for reinforcing that Kavalek is engaging in hyperbole.

RL
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On Dec 19, 8:10*pm, raylopez99 wrote:
On Dec 19, 4:35*pm, Taylor Kingston
wrote:

d1) 4.Ba3 leads to winning the queen for rook and bishop, yet is
perhaps not best: 4... 4...Rb7 5.Be7 Qb8 6.Bd6 Qc8 7.Re1 Kh7 (the
point of 3...h6) 8.Nh4 Bxd6 (threatening 9.Qg6+ Kg8 10.Nf5+-) 9.Qg6+
Kg8 10.Re8+ Qxe8 11.Qxe8+ Nf8 12.g4+/-, about +0.86 says Rybka.


No, that move of 3..h6 is the FIRST move you should consider. *It
gives a back door to the King and allows him to avoid a back rank
mate. *And, like Rybka says, it only gives White a 0.86 advantage--


Ray, you on drugs? I clearly said the strongest line for White was
probably 4.Rd4, threatening 5.Nxh6 gxh6 6.Rg4+-. It leads to winning
the exchange and an advantage of about +2.08. As you are fond of
saying, "Lern to reed."

hardly "game over" as Kavalek states.


Ray, you are on drugs! Kavalek never said any such thing.

Thanks for reinforcing that Kavalek is engaging in hyperbole.


I'd say you are indulging in hallucinogenics.
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Taylor, you are either absolutely correct or he is yanking your chain:

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.g...289fb8350ab2fd


So in less than two years, Kavalek goes from being his sole reason for
spending a few hundred bucks a year on a newspaper subscription, to a
weak grandmaster incapable of basic analysis?

Just another strange factoid about our "Zero Ply" analyst.

SBD

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