QGA: Food for Thought


A weird game occurded between Anand and Caruana last night. According to the commentators this was some hot prep by Kasim, but I am pretty sure it was Anand’s hot prep as well.

Perfect chess by Anand and his computer.

Out in Heartbreaker

Radjabov’s match strategy is simple: Play for a draw in every game and hope for your opponent to either lose patience or blunder. After a bunch of draws Dubov had enough of this.

So it was do or die for Radjabov and he almost managed to do it.

State of the Art

This game is clearly a landmark in chess history. It features a forced draw, an important moveorder finesse, russian superstar Dubov, world class drawmeister Radjabov, the next german No.1 Huschenbeth, upcoming drawmeister Christansen and Domanski, unfortunately not me, but it proves that we are on to something.

Breaking the rules

Nakamura’s slump continues. I don’t know what is wrong with him. The only explanation – apart from physical issues – is that he is trying to break the rules of positional play on purpose in order to confuse his opponents. That clearly seems to backfire though.

When I look at this game I can recognize that black is a former World Champion. I don’t know who was playing white though.

It is quite interesting to play around with graphs. Surprisingly the top-player whom Naka shows the most similarity with, is Kramnik. Going by opposite performance the Anti-Naka seems to be Nepo.

What went wrong?

So what went wrong here? Christiansen probably couldn’t remember the theory and put his rook on e1 instead of e2. Then he defended the f2-pawn with the bishop and this bishop with g3. Then he didn’t know what to do, so he put his king on a1. At that point the game was already over. What he completely missed was the critical point of the game, his one and only chance to turn the tide.

The improvement

On a sidenote: Did Shirov just blunder a piece or didn’t he see that black can put something on b8 in the end?

Drawmeister of the Day

Another line that Aronjan can’t play against underdogs anymore.


Yes, it’s true: I am a fan of Johann-Sebastian Christiansen! This guy went on an absolute roll by simply playing the Drawmeister.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do it!

I still don’t know if he can play chess, but it doesn’t matter because he is producing results. What defines skill? If you win 10 coinflips in a row you are entitled to write a book about “expert coinflipping”.

When you can’t remember your lines

It’s not good! Forgetting your prep or mixing up something in sharp variations is absolutely deadly. Veteran Drawmeister Ftacnik found out just that in his game against some noname IM from iceland.

The guy is 61 and he tries to test the memory of a 31-year old engine player in a line that is known to be 100% dead. Come on!

The next day he invited another NN to repeat the Botvinnik. This time with more success, because his opponent bailed out. To be fair, playing the Botvinnik isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

Why can’t every amateur just roll over like that?

Play it safe!