Kavalek on Anand and the Lasker's Defense
Lubomir Kavalek is my pick to win the CJA's "Best Chess Blogger" award next year for his wonderful articles at The Huffington Post (which appear with even greater speed than his Washington Post columns ever could). His most recent post is "Chess Champion's Class Act" (republished at ChessBase), where he analyzes Anand's impressive victory today in Nanjing, again using the Lasker's Defense to beat Topalov, just as he did in the last game of their World Championship match. I have written quite a bit on the Lasker's Defense (see my recent "Lasker's Defense to the Queen's Gambit Webliography" for details), and I am especially fascinated by the line that Anand deployed: the nearly forgotten Cotlar Counter-Attack (as documented by Edward Winter in Chess Notes 3581, 3584, 3613 and 6085), about which I have long been planning to write myself. I may update this post later with additional analysis of this fascinating game that might appear on the web.
- Nanjing Super-GM, Round 3 annotated by Anish Giri
- Carlsen and Anand Win by IM Malcolm Pein at TWIC
- Three Decisive Games at Nanjing at ChessVibes
- Breath Taking Third Round by Xu Jun and Shen Yang