Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Anand plays blitz on ancient digital clock

Check out what should be a classical chess video. Anand is playing black in an armageddon show off against Smirin. In an armageddon blitz game, white gets 6 minutes against black's 5 minutes. Then, white has to win the game. So in case black wins or draws the game, black is the winner. Then imagine the surprise when Anand suddenly spends 30% of his time on move four! But probably he had his reasons. The most credible reason so far seems that the move order changed slightly and Anand was making sure that he would not get trapped early in the opening. Check out the ancient digital chess clock used in this game. Also the commentators are very active, with such commentators live blitz games would surely be a great hit on Television.