Viswanathan Anand the Indian Grandmaster has already lost the Championship.
November 8, 2014 Magnus Carlsen VS. Vishy Anand in Sochi, Russia the first game took place and ends in a forced draw by Anand playing white peices.Magnus Carlsen the Norwegian Grandmaster is like an apex predator that likes wearing out his prey. His attitude and style of not accepting draws helps him in this Championship as it did in the previous Championship ( World Chess Championship 2013 ) against Viswanathan Anand.
In this Championship of best out of 12 rounds Carlsen has more than enough time to weaken and corner Anand Viswanath. By dragging the first match and influencing Anand’s psychological mood he takes dominance of the tournament at an early stage. Carlsen did not want an easy draw, not for the purpose to try and win with black but to win the psychological battle. Breaking Anand by constantly challenging and not resigning to the easy draw Carlsen has succeeded in striking the first blow in this strategic warfare of metal toughness and physical stamina. Carlsens mental toughness is part of his game so he uses this to his advantage to make players stay on the board longer than they should for the same results, in the long run he will break Anand with this tactic and that will show by mid tournament.
By unnecessarily forcing extended play on drawn positions as black, Carlsen is strategically setting up Anand for a psychologically dominated tournament. Dominate mind and space….. and dictate your opponents next move with a favorable opening. The development of this Championship tournament is as in the game’s opening that dictates the endgame. Psychological power development is dictated by the opponent’s reaction. Anand will constantly be reacting to Carlsen’s tactics and that will finish him. Carlsen causes the imbalances needed to tire and frustrate Anand. Carlsen is imposing his will and the psychological effects will show that reacting to your opponent is losing chess.
Magnus Carlsen – Norway Viswanathan Anand – India
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The psychological effects of having to hold a prospectless position for what might seem an infinite amount of time does nothing to aid the defender’s concentration. – Michael Stean
Psychology is the most important factor in chess. – Alexander Alekhine
I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves. – Bobby Fischer
I like the moment when I break a man’s ego. – Bobby Fischer
I like to make them squirm. – Bobby Fischer
Few things are as psychologically brutal as chess. – Garry Kasparov
Look at the catastrophic record Vishy Anand has against Garry Kasparov. Kasparov managed to beat him almost everywhere they played, even though Vishy Anand has belonged to the absolute top players in the world for fifteen years. This difference cannot be explained purely in chess terms, there must have been some psychology. – Vladimir Kramnik