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Leader Caruana faces Anand in Baden-Baden

Viswanathan Anand

Today’s 7th round of the Grenke Chess Classic sees the strongest clash in terms of rating and expectation. Current leader Fabiano Caruana plays against the World Champion Viswanathan Anand, who is currently in second place half a point behind the Italian.

This stellar game started with Vishy using the Sicilian to answer Fabiano’s 1.e4. As it’s already usual with these two players, they seem to be extremely well prepared and haven’t spent much time to get to the 15th move. Caruana decided to castle kingside, so the middlegame will probably become a positional battle.

On the second board, another very exciting fight is taking place. The “man of the hour”, Arkadij Naiditsch, faces England’s Nr.1 Michael Adams. The German arrives to this round with a lot of momentum after the great win he got yesterday against Fridman. On the other hand, the experienced Englishman is very good at taking advantage of an over-optimistic opponent. By move 9, Naiditsch has already played g5 with the black pieces. The battle is just beginning!

In the third game, the Germans Daniel Fridman and Georg Meier will try to take advantage of this “easy” game – at least compared to the other opponents – in order to climb in the standings. Both players must be disappointed for their last round performance; Fridman lost to a sacrificial attack and Meier missed a win against the very strong Caruana.

GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2013 preview / Pairings / Live games with analysis

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