Sunday, March 30, 2014

Great News

IISc has a new director, Prof. Anurag Kumar, from Aug 1. My heartiest congratulations.

Anand draws the game against Karjakin in 91 moves, wins the tournament and will challenge Carlsen for the world title. Congratulations.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pinned post for prospective faculty to IITs/IISc

This is a pinned post for prospective faculty to IITs/IISc. Please, please read this site and the old posts, herehere, herehere,  here and here, here also. There are over 2000 comments and replies to these comments in these posts. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Game 9

I am writing as the game is progressing. The game is quite interesting but I think 28. Nf1 is a major blunder, since Bf1 should have been played. I think now that Anand has lost the game.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bharat Ratna

It is a great and truly well deserved recognition for CNR Rao. His h-index of 108 currently is similar to Tendulkar's record of 100 centuries and is unlikely to be broken by any other Indian scientist. Further, both are alike in some aspects: hard work, unbridled enthusiasm, passion and perseverance.

It is a great honor for me that I had co-authored a manuscript with him earlier this year.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Game 6

Sachin retires. Anand likely to lose now..

I find it interesting that both players seemed to think that 57. Rg8+ was the decisive mistake, allowing Magnus' king to move to e3, but the engines insist it's a draw until 60.Ra4. If 60.b4 is played, all engines show a draw.
Stupid journalists asking Anand about Sachin's retirement. Irritated Anand says he was not following it because he had other things in mind. Next, he says, "Doing your best means doing your best. I don't know why you don't understand English" I think losing these rook endings are getting to him.

I have no idea why Susan Polgar is explaining chess..has 64 squares, algebraic notation. In twitter, she says that people of all levels are following and she has to explain this. Those who do not know this are not following chess live ! Please.

What else, Ravi Shastri will explain what is run and run out on Star Sports??

Friday, November 15, 2013

Game 5

Pity Anand lost. He says 34..Rd4 is a mistake. But the computer shows 0 advantage at move 45. When Anand moved 45..Rc1+, the evaluation drops to 0.86 indicating a mistake here. Ra1 should have ensured parity even at this stage.