Bad day for Anand. His first loss, and a complete rout. He never had a chance.

It is games like this that are really hard for a patzer like me. For example, I can’t understand why Anand didn’t play Nc4 at move 22. He would have exchanged the minor pieces off, perhaps even the queens off, and would have had the same pawn structure as white. Is there a tempo calculation here that favors Kramnik? Or why didn’t he try Bf3 and try to exchange the light squared bishop off?

After 26 a4, even I could say that Anand is going to lose at least a pawn.

It is not the end of the world, but I hope the momentum hasn’t shifted. Kramnik was better in the last 3 games. Kudos to Kramnik!

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