However, when we use the term tactical, there is an implicit acknowledgment that this kind of style is most usually aggressive eg. Tal, Kasparov, Bronstein, Spielmann, Geller, Morozevich, Shirov etc, the list goes on.
Correction on an earlier post; Carlsen lost 4 times to Caruana this year (2014) where Caruana wins 3 games through aggression and tactical motifs. And a quiet Reti Opening as White through a tactic. Naiditsch beat Carlsen with a Nimzo-Indian in a game where the former seizes and maintains the initiative. Teimour beat Carlsen in a KID which I felt was rather tactical and interesting (but you feel that that game wasn't tactical - ok, we agree to disagree). Saric then beat Carlsen in a highly aggressive tactical game.
You have asserted that Carlsen's last 4 games in 2013 were long endgames. Well..I found only 2 long endgames that is Carlsen v Wanghao, a quiet game I must admit where Carlsen is positionally 'bested'; however bear in mind that Wanghao playing Black was the aggressor in that game by seizing the initiative with 24...e4.
Then in the other long endgame against Ivanchuk in the Sicilian, Carlsen is again positionally 'bested' by the aggressive Ivanchuk who declines a draw by repetition.
And in the 4th game that I looked into Morozevich unleashes the highly tactical Levenfish variation against Carlsen's Dragon and with pseudo-sacrifices as 21.Nd5! and 29.Rxf7, Carlsen loses on time; but Black's position is in tatters!
The Blitz game (Philidor Defence) against Karjakin as White is perhaps the only one where Carlsen's opponent adopts quiet, solid play and prevails.
Therefore my conclusion remains undented; to beat Carlsen who is the best player on the planet, who is perfectly well rounded, one's best bet is not to sit back and play quietly as Carlsen's greatest strength lies exactly in this type of game, but to play aggressively and hope for the best.#
Dear Chess Fans!
Today the opening ceremonies will officially launch the 2014 World Chess Championship between champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger, Viswanathan Anand. In this highly-anticipated battle between the young and old generations, it will certainly make for a handsome book afterwards… the changing of the guard, so to speak. Is it really the changing of the guard? With all eyes on Sochi, Russia for the next three weeks, it extends the intrigue of Anand who has been a consummate professional with a storied career.
The Indian legend has held the world title five different times in all three championship formats. His experience will weigh heavily and he tries to reclaim his crown from the man who has become the face of chess. Last year, Carlsen had become the youngest world champion after having shattered many records of Garry Kasparov including the highest Elo rating. While only 23, he does not have the distinctive style of his champion predecessors, but makes up for it in his persistence and will to win. He will try to draw out the games into long maneuvering battles. He describes himself as a cross between Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov.
The 12-game format will begin tomorrow on the 8th and include a total of seven rest days with the tie-breaks on 27th (if needed) and the closing on the 28th. There will be ample coverage from many sites with the official site offering extended functionality of analysis and live commentary done in many languages. Stay tuned for updates!
Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum
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