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    Entries in Jaideep Unudurti (5)

    Wednesday
    Jul022014

    Anand on the World Rapid & Blitz Championships

    Once again "our" man on the scene Jaideep Unudurti has scored an interview with ex-world champion and current world championship contender Viswanathan Anand. It's a short piece and there's no "red meat" about the coming title tilt with Magnus Carlsen, but there are some interesting comments about the recently completed World Rapid & Blitz Championships, especially the rapid portion of the event.

    It's worth a look, and I hope to present the games Anand referred to in a subsequent post.

    Saturday
    Apr122014

    Anand On The Candidates

    "Our" India correspondent, Jaideep Unudurti, has interviewed ex-champ and newly minted challenger Viswanathan Anand yet again - and has kindly informed us of it as well. In it Anand discusses the high and low points of the recent Candidates' tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk, exulting in his wins and expressing his dismay about the missed wins against Dmitry Andreikin in round 12 and the tension of the battle with Sergey Karjakin in round 13.

    A place where I might tentatively disagree with Anand is with his self-assessment regarding his pragmatism. He noted that Magnus Carlsen referred to him as "pragmatic", but Anand states that his only decision of that kind came at the end of the last Andreikin game, when he went for a repetition instead of a complicated but winning variation. But I would add to this his avoiding 20...Rxf2 against Peter Svidler in round 7. There are some complications, but they are well within Anand's capacity to navigate. If Anand's orientation was a bit less on the safe and pragmatic side I suspect he would have pushed himself to work through the lines to the end; I've seen him calculate far more complex lines when the situation dictated it.

    But enough conjecture: have a look at the interview, and let's wait to see if Anand plays increasingly bold and confident chess as the year goes on.

    Sunday
    Nov102013

    Jaideep Unudurti on the Anand-Carlsen Match

    Jaideep Unudurti is an Indian journalist who often writes about chess; happily, he also regularly comments on this blog. He has written what he describes as a "mood piece" on the match for today's (Sunday's) Economic Times. Have a look.

    Saturday
    Apr272013

    A Short Interview With Peter Heine Nielsen

    Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with Jaideep Unudurti, who not only offers comments here on a regular basis, but is sometimes a featured part of the blog posts themselves. (You might remember his recent adventure playing blitz with Viswanathan Anand, for example.) This is true of this post as well, as we have here an interview with Peter Heine Nielsen, to appear in the May issue of Man's Magazine. Nielsen is a strong Danish grandmaster who worked for many years as one of Anand's seconds, but who recently helped Magnus Carlsen in the Candidates' tournament. Here, with thanks to Jaideep, is the interview (or at least parts of it - I'm not sure if there will be more when it's officially released):

    This is the first WC you'll be sitting out after a long time, will you miss the excitement?

    I would expect so! but the main difference will more be social actually. We are used to spending really a lot of time together in the team, and thats somehow a more drastic change.

    You've seen Carlsen from his formative years, in broad terms how would you characterize him as a chess player?

    He is an extremely strong practical player. in London he used all the chances he got, and that was the main difference to his competitors.  He is 22, and still not fully developed, so hard to attribute him a specific style yet.

    Where do you see the battleground, what type of positions would Magnus like to see on the board, and vice versa, for Anand?

    I actually think both players are so all-round, that what they really care about is the quality of their position. Maybe Magnus prefers longer technical games, and Vishy more dynamic positions, but they would both happily take a position in their opponents so-called terrain, if their position is objectively better.

    Magnus has his own distinctive low-on-theory approach, is this the wave of the future?

    It seems indeed that the days of big novelties are over, and that fits Magnus style well. If this is the future? Well maybe this match will tell!

    Kasparov has stated his interest in assisting Carlsen. Will this be a key factor or has too much water flowed under the bridge? 

    I really think the main battlefield by far will be the actual play, and that preparations, advisers etc. is secondary. Kasparov and Carlsen has worked together on several occasions, with both ups and downs. Kasparov's match experience might actually only be matched by Vishy's, and of course Magnus could greatly benefit from such advice. On the other hand one often has to find ones own individual approach to such a challenge as a WC-match. I think the chess-world can look forward to a very interesting match indeed!

    Saturday
    Jan052013

    Anand vs. Jaideep!

    Longtime readers of this blog will be quite familiar with freelance writer Jaideep Unudurti, who often contributes not only opinions but also news and interview information in his comments. This time around, I had the privilege of assisting him in an auxiliary role as he prepared for an informal two-game blitz match with world chess champion Viswanathan Anand. Jaideep may not have succeeded against the champion, but his five-page article about the encounter is a success, interesting to chess players and non-chess players alike. Have a look.

    [HT: Ross Hytnen. I knew that this article was coming, but Ross managed to tell me before Jaideep did!]