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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Chess World Championship Preview - Combinations by Anand and Carlsen

The World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand has been anticipated throughout the chess world since Carlsen qualified from the London Candidates tournament, and there has been no shortage of forecasts. Rather than try to predict the winner, I released a new ebook that gives a preview of the match by showing the best combinations of each player - collected throughout their entire careers. You get a chance to play like the current world champion, or like the future one, if the title changes hands in the 2013 match.

Over 130 annotated test positions will help you better appreciate the enormous tactical strength of both players, while also serving as a tribute to the careers of both players. This is my 6th book on Amazon; other books are described in my older post From Blogging to Ebooks.

You can get the book from Amazon here: World Championship Preview - Combinations by Anand and Carlsen 


Here are a couple of sample puzzles/combinations from the book (Hint – there is a similarity between the two puzzles as the same piece is being sacrificed.

Anand, Viswanathan - Kasparov, Garry 1991 , B82

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f4 e6 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. O-O Qb6 9. Be3 Qxb2 10. Ndb5 axb5 11. Nxb5 Ra5 12. Rb1 Rxb5 13. Rxb2 Rxb2 14. Qa1 Rb6 15. Bxb6 Nxb6 16. Qc3 Be7 17. Rb1 Nfd7 18. Qxg7 Bf6 19. Qh6 Ke7 20. Bb5 Rg8 21. Rd1 e5 22. f5 Nc5

30 White to move. See the solution and full game here.

Carlsen, Magnus - Andriasian, Zaven  2003 , D17

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Nh4 e6 7. Nxf5 exf5 8. e3 Bd6 9. Bxc4 O-O 10. Qf3 g6 11. h3 h5 12. Bd2 Nbd7 13. O-O-O a6 14. g4 fxg4 15. hxg4 hxg4 16. Qg2 b5 17. Ba2 c5 18. Ne4 Qe7 19. Nxd6 Qxd6 20. dxc5 Qe7 21. Bc3 Rac8 22. Rxd7 Qxc5 23. Kb1 b4

125 White to move See the solution and the full game here


  1. I have been getting into chess lately. This blog is very helpful! Thanks! I am thinking of buying a unique chess set. Which one is your favorite?

  2. I would go for any wooden chess set :)


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