Dreev, Svidler and Vitiugov on the Anand-Carlsen Match
Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 8:28PM
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Thomas Richter emailed to let me know about some comments by Russian players on the upcoming world championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. Here's what he wrote, with some comments by me in parentheses:

Some things complementary to interviews by Anand and Carlsen themselves. The first is easy as it was already in English:

Dreev – “Anand is motivated and Carlsen is also very strong. Both are great players and have chances.” – saying nothing and a lot at the same time? Source http://chessbase.com/Home/TabId/211/PostId/4011565/dreev-wins-indonesia-open-2013-181013.aspx

[DM: I'm more inclined to the "nothing" interpretation.]

The rest is originally in Russian (on request, pointed out to me by Colin McGourty) and Google translation does a relatively poor job, at least I needed to read that version two or three times before understanding or thinking to understand:

http://russiachess.org/news/report/petr_svidler_turnir_mog_nachatsya_sovcem_inache/

http://chesspro.ru/interview/svidler_vitiugov_interview

Svidler said, if he had to pick a favorite, it’s still Carlsen – but only by 60-40 or rather 55-45.

[DM: Google Translate was more helpful to me - maybe you were going from Russian to German, and then translating from that to English? In particular, it renders Svidler as saying that 60-40 is if Carlsen is in top form, 55-45 if he is only in good form.]

His main rationales are that Anand, unlike Carlsen, is a “debyutchik” (opening specialist), and that Anand the match player vs. Anand the tournament player are quite different persons. He also said that the risk of food poisoning in a 5-star hotel in India is as high/low as the risk of food poisoning in a 5-star hotel anywhere.

Vitiugov seems to have a stronger preference for Carlsen, but takes Svidler’s points (the second interview is a joint one, and Svidler was asked first).

The interviews were mainly about the Russian championship, just one short Svidler quote: “Strange as it seems because he lost two games and I lost none, but I think Volodya [Kramnik] played brighter than me.” Compare this to Carlsen after the candidates event: “Kramnik was impressive, but I deserved to win because I played the best chess.”

I wrote an own article on this but it’s in German: http://www.schach-welt.de/BLOG/Blog/RussischeStimmenzurWM.

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