Wednesday, 27 January 2010

The drawing master

Sometimes you get into a 'drawing rut' and no matter what you do, you can't seem to get out of it. Depending on who you are it may be your fault (happy to draw with higher rated opponents) or the fault of your opponents (happy to draw with you).
In the current Corus tournament, World Champion Viswanathan Anand has halved the point in every game he has played so far. Given his title and rating, I suspect this doesn't make him as happy as it does his opponents. At the top end of the tournament Shirov is still in first place, tied with Vladimir Kramnik, who joined him after defeating Magnus Carlsen in Round 9.

And speaking of mate in 1's as I was a few days ago, US GM Ray Robson walked into one in the top of the table Group C clash with Li Chao. However it wasn't as egregious as the example I previously gave, as Robson's final move didn't create the mate in 1, instead merely ignoring it. In the diagrammed position Robson played 33. ... Qf5?? which at least threatened Qxc2 and offered the exchange of queens. Unfortunately it was refuted by 34.Qh8#


Paul said...

It gives club players hope to see examples of GMs walking into mate. No matter how good you may be you are still human...

TrueFiendish said...

Anand just won against Shirov, who himself missed a win. So after his huge start to the tournament, Shirov has fallen from grace a bit.