Half time in Sochi! After an exciting sixth game and a quiet restday on Sunday we re heading into the second half of the match. Without further ado, let’s go to the tweets of game number seven.
@gunner697: “Another morning of chess action. My wife just shakes her head.”
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Where are you going to watch the game, @garylanechess? “Visiting a friend during game 7. What is the correct amount of time to wait before asking for the password of their wifi? “
As always, many tweeters predicted the opening: @bennedik, who obviously loves the Sicilian: “My prediction for game 7: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7”.
What do you think, @nigelshortchess : “No need to panic for Vishy . A draw would be a good result today. He still has time”.
@robertis: “Anand is in big trouble playing the Black pieces I fear the match can be practically over after today…”
Some tweeps don’t care about predictions: @elgransenor1: “Could make a prediction or comment about Carlsen vs Anand today, but as they aren’t tweeting about me I can’t be bothered.”
We have a plea from an Anand fan: @ananthb86: “Vishy please don’t make my already sad Monday sadder :(“
@elgransenor1: Oh no not another Berlin… ZZZZZZZZ
@bennedik: “While the Berlin is certainly superior to the opening in game 6, I still would have preferred to see another Sicilian. “
@nigelshortchess: “This spectators who were hoping for a Muzio Gambit, have been disappointed”
@garylanechess: “My prediction came true Anand played the French. Well, sort of. Carlsen is happy to play 100 moves hoping Anand sleeps.”
@Marktwic: “Maybe my article on game seven will write itself. Berlin Draw! and err that’s it.”
Heading into the middle game, @FabianoCaruana tweeted: “Magnus is playing safe and solid – slight edge and a bit of suffering for black, but usually this ends in a draw.”
A slight edge for white, maybe more @GMJanGustafsson? “Is today gonna be the biggest contribution to bringing down the Berlin wall since David Hasselhoff?”
In an interview with German magazine TV Spielfilm in 2004, US actor David Hasselhoff was quoted as saying, “I find it a bit sad that there is no photo of me hanging on the walls in the Berlin Museum at Checkpoint Charlie” – a comment he later denied having made.
Back to the game….. is black still ok?
@Jonathan_Rowson: 28. Ng3. Tense. No exchanges any time soon. Could be one of those games that seems deadly dull until it completely catches fire. @nigelshortchess:” It is a surprisingly awkward position for Anand, despite the limited material. The odd imprecision and he could be in trouble”.
@ecm_man: “Kasparov was a killer, whereas Carlsen is a torturer on the chessboard”.
Norwegian chess reporter @TarjeiJS is getting nervous (or bored) and shows us around the venue: “Taking a walk outside the press room”.
A crucial move was played when Tarjei was on the way, and of course the move was played during the commercial break: 28…Ne5
@Olimpiuurcan: “The directors behind this official live broadcast surely know when it’s the exact wrong time to go for a break.”
Ne5. Sounds familiar.
@athreyaa:“No No No Vishy – You were supposed to play Ne5 in the last game. Not today. 😀 :D” and @GMJanGustafsson agrees: “I can’t shake the feeling Ne5 was a better idea in game 6 than in game 7”.
@balaajim: “The irony Ne5 would have won the last game, this time it could be the losing move”.
@TerEndle: “So, now a very tricky ending – and a must hold for Anand if he’s to have any chance in the rest of this match!”
@hansenchess: “Not sure what to make of the endgame. Will sit back, relax, and try to learn.”
@Chessnotes: G7: If you need real entertainment laughs, watch engine evals wheeling around trying to get a handle on this position.
Boring? Take up draughts!
@TarjeiJS: “Carlsen trying to bore Anand to death now. This game may take another 150 moves or so”. @avinair: “Amazing how such a long match gets boring even for the players”. @KeyurK2: “This is boring…Can we have a blunder please ?”
@Jonathan_Rowson: “The game is likely to last beyond 100 moves, and there’s an outside chance it might get to 200 moves.”
@spandalai: “Its a war of attrition. Likely draw, but with Carlsen you never know. Intriguing stuff”.
@vermynhath:“Why are people moaning – “dry?” “arid”???. If you cant enjoy this, take up draughts.This is chess at it’s purest. Fantastic”.
The game went on and on and on…..
@ollie: “Nearly six hours, and 73 moves, into this one….”
@erwinlami: “Very impressed with the tough decision of going 70…bxc4! and absolutely sure that Vishy will be holding this game now”.
@aakaashn: “I don’t see Anand losing this game in this universe.”
@thelittlehart: “Now is the time for the janitor to come in to the room rattling the keys.”
@madsstostad: “Begynner å bli trangt om plassen.” Mads added a screenshot of the evaluation:
@FabianoaCaruana: “I once had to defend rook+knight vs rook against Karjakin for 100+ moves,and it wasn’t much fun.It’s normal to play this out.”
@erwinlami: “Nowaydays when RNvsR appears in elite-events, and commentators say draw, one guy will point out ‘Hold on, Carlsen won this once against…'”
@therealLOTR: “After this game ends in a draw, I hope someone from the audience kicks MC in the nuts for wasting everyone’s time for so long”.
@Berlin_Endgame: “I’m willing to bet, btw, that those who are complaining about Carlsen playing on have never had to hold anything like this in a serious game”.
@pogonina: “Magnus should have made a few more moves to beat the record for “the longest game in WCC history”. Just 4 more moves! Ouch”
@MarkTwic: “What was the game length precisely? I went out for Fish and Chips and of course missed the end.”
@chesscampeona: “A picture is worth a thousand words!” and added this picture:
@Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy showed his considerable defensive class today and will feel fortified by the decisions he took, and the final result.”
@anishgiri: “In a twisted way, this game might actually inspire Anand and give him some wings!?”
One last tweet for today:
@susanpolgar: “This is heading for the quickest draw of the match. Anand can save energy to focus on the last 5 games.”