Magnus Carlsen 2014 World Chess Champion


Sochi Russia, Chess championship 2014.
Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen retains his Championship title after a two week 11 game stretch against Indian GrandMaster Viswanathan Anand.
Carlsen got the better out of best of 12 games with the score of  6.5 – 4.5 on Sunday November 23, 2014.

Fatigue clearly showed on both players after 11 rounds of Monster Chess.
Psychological readiness,Physical and emotional endurance are a great part of this games outcome.

“Today was one of the toughest days of all,” , “but I’m so happy I was able to push through.” said Carlsen

“My nerves were the first to crack,” said Anand.

Some say that Fabiano Caruana is ready to challenge Carlsen for the world championship.
I highly doubt it as these speculations arise from envy and people who would just like to see Carlsen fail.

To play chess at this level you must be ready with more than a chess rating and a wining record you need the psychological strength to take blows and still crush you opponent.
I don’t think that Fabiano Caruana is ready for a crushing blow this early in his career….
Take Hikaru Nakamura for example who is +0 -11 =16 against Magnus.Psychologically you never recover from that.

2014 World Chess Championship

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