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Pogonina, Natalia RUS 2456 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1.5
Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2526 ½ 1 ½ ½ 2.5
Congratulations to Mariya Muzychuk New Women Chess World Champion.
In the quarter-final she defeated number one seed Humpy Koneru and then beat Dronavalli Harika in the semi-finals.
This did not seem to impress many but it was a clear sign that she had the fighting spirit and strength to become a Champion.
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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.
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.
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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
Anand – Carlsen 2013 World Chess Championship Game 10
Tournament: Anand – Carlsen 2013
India, Chennai (Madras) Carlsen challenges India’s Anand for world chess title.
Game 10 ends in draw.
Tournament: Anand – Carlsen 2013
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. c4 Nf6 8. Bg5 e6 9. Nc3 Be7 10. O-O Bc6
11. Qd3 O-O 12. Nd4 Rc8 13. b3 Qc7 14. Nxc6 Qxc6 15. Rac1 h6 16. Be3 Nd7 17. Bd4 Rfd8 18. h3 Qc7 19. Rfd1 Qa5
20. Qd2 Kf8 21. Qb2 Kg8 22. a4 Qh5 23. Ne2 Bf6 24. Rc3 Bxd4 25. Rxd4 Qe5 26. Qd2 Nf6 27. Re3 Rd7 28. a5 Qg5
29. e5 Ne8 30. exd6 Rc6 31. f4 Qd8 32. Red3 Rcxd6 33. Rxd6 Rxd6 34. Rxd6 Qxd6 35. Qxd6 Nxd6 36. Kf2 Kf8 37. Ke3 Ke7
38. Kd4 Kd7 39. Kc5 Kc7 40. Nc3 Nf5 41. Ne4 Ne3 42. g3 f5 43. Nd6 g5 44. Ne8+ Kd7 45. Nf6+ Ke7 46. Ng8+ Kf8 47. Nxh6 gxf4
48. gxf4 Kg7 49. Nxf5+ exf5 50. Kb6 Ng2 51. Kxb7 Nxf4 52. Kxa6 Ne6 53. Kb6 f4 54. a6 f3 55. a7 f2 56. a8=Q f1=Q 57. Qd5 Qe1
58. Qd6 Qe3+ 59. Ka6 Nc5+ 60. Kb5 Nxb3 61. Qc7+ Kh6 62. Qb6+ Qxb6+ 63. Kxb6 Kh5 64. h4 Kxh4 65. c5 Nxc5 ½-½
Replay of 2013 Chess Championship. These chess players do not have accounts on this chess site. https://chessrex.com/replay/25010