OK, so it’s time for a post to ensure this blog is at least 8% chess-related.
India’s had a bit of good news to celebrate recently. They recently launched their first moon mission (although the poor and those who think about the poor are wondering why India should spend the money for that). And the World Chess Championship is being won by India’s champion handily. Through 6 games, Viswanathan Anand is up on Russian Vladimir Kramnik 4.5-1.5, with only 6 games remaining. Kramnik needs to go 5-1 (5 wins, 1 loss or 4 wins, 2 draws) in order to win. It’s not happening.
This position arose from an unusual opening (the GMs said it was unusual, so that sentiment’s not just a symptom of me not knowing any openings). It’s Anand (White) to play.
What do you get out of this position? What’s your move?
Here’s what Anand says: “I spent time looking for something direct but in the end could not find anything better than the queen exchange [which follows],” said Anand. “The endgame is a little awkward for Black as the c-pawn is a bit weak.” He played Rc1.
My reaction: “Eh?”
Since it’s been pointed out to me, I can see why the c-Pawn will be fragile. Nothing I’d think of OTB. I’d probably have done Bg2 (yummy diagonal, although it’s not like Black can’t fight for it), O-O.