How is Viswanathan Anand so awesome?

One of the best World Championship games of the century so far.

This was on May 11 in Sofia, with Anand playing black. Lately (the past 5 years or so) World Champions have loved the Queens Gambit Declined, which is good because I’ve been studying it myself and I have a lot of examples to work with. Here Anand uses the Lasker defense and it really makes for an epic game with a good long opening and fights all over the board.

I really wanted to make it out to the US Championship tournament in St. Louis (wrapping up right now) to see if some other GMs are using Queens Gambit Declined and hang out at the absolutely gorgeous St. Louis Chess Club in the absolutely gorgeous heart of the absolutely gorgeous Central West End, but alas. Probably for the best anyway, those 1600-2400 guys could tear me apart.

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