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Old 12-06-2012, 11:21 PM   #26
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Re: 2012 London Chess Classic

Lots of great games in this tournament; Kramnik especially I find fun to watch when he's in form.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:56 AM   #27
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+1 to the awesomeness of Kramnik-McShane. Incredible how tamely Adams went down against Magnus, these 2700 guys seem to just expect to lose against him
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:15 AM   #28
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Some fun games yesterday.

Congrats to Carlsen.

I give it a few weeks until Kasparov publishes an exact calculated science for how much ratings inflation there has been since he had the peak rating.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:02 AM   #29
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Just played through Kramnik's game yesterday. Holy crap, y'all weren't kidding. Incredible. Beautiful game.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:11 PM   #30
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gogogo Kramnik, grind him down. Dont let Magnus run away with the tournament
edit: pff its going to be a draw

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:20 PM   #31
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Carlsen wins again. Good grief. Currently sitting at 5.5/6 with a 3146 performance rating. Insane.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:08 PM   #32
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Going to make a prediction that there's no way Carlsen wins vs Nakamura. He's up a piece but has only pawns on one side of the board - rather battered ones at that. And the material balance is QBN v QB with 3 pawns for the piece with a very clean 4-2 pawn structure for Nakamura.

Just want to get this out there since if I'm right - well it's fun to be right, and when I'm wrong that'll be even more awesome since it's insane seeing Carlsen seem to be able to win just about everything.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:18 PM   #33
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Re: 2012 London Chess Classic

Also a random question that seems appropriate for here since I assume others may be following the games on chessbomb. Is there a way to disable or remove the chat box? Apparently you can color your chat now and it's distracting as anything seeing the colors of the rainbow scroll by when I just want to see the board.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:35 PM   #34
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Also a random question that seems appropriate for here since I assume others may be following the games on chessbomb. Is there a way to disable or remove the chat box? Apparently you can color your chat now and it's distracting as anything seeing the colors of the rainbow scroll by when I just want to see the board.
I figured out a way to do so. I highlighted the text and in firefox I used the 'inspect element' functionality. I selected delete node and the text box is gone - all other page functionality remains unaffected. I gotta figure out what this tool actually does - it seems quite handy for real time page manipulation!

To 'clean up' the inspect element functionality select the toolbar for it at the bottom that will appear. Uncheck "Dim this page" and "Show node info" which are popups that appear after clicking on the first button on this toolbar. Select HTML from the list to the right of that button and then finally close that toolbar with the x at the far right - and it's voila: same page, no chat.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:52 PM   #35
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Going to make a prediction that there's no way Carlsen wins vs Nakamura. He's up a piece but has only pawns on one side of the board - rather battered ones at that. And the material balance is QBN v QB with 3 pawns for the piece with a very clean 4-2 pawn structure for Nakamura.

Just want to get this out there since if I'm right - well it's fun to be right, and when I'm wrong that'll be even more awesome since it's insane seeing Carlsen seem to be able to win just about everything.
Ummm...it may be the site that I'm watching the games on...but Carlsen is black and down the piece. Nakamura is white and up the piece with the battered pawn structure.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:58 PM   #36
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That does make an important difference now doesn't it.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:26 PM   #37
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That does make an important difference now doesn't it.
Kinda disappointed with a draw from those two though. Especially with so much material on the board. But it actually looks like a drawn game. Whereas Anand-Polgar and Aronian-Jones....I can't easily see where the draw is.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:31 PM   #38
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Shocking news: Carlsen does not win
Even more shocking: at move 30, McShane still has more than 10 minutes on the clock
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:07 PM   #39
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Just got back from the event today. Really enjoyed it. Nice atmosphere. Players wandering around in the crowd. Excellent production values and commentator analysis.

Carlsen stuff was exciting while it was going down. Interesting in the post match analysis that most GMs agreed he was playing for a "no-loss" position. Looked very aggressive in real time.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:01 AM   #40
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Another pretty effortless victory by Kramnik. However, his plan of "beat everyone who's not Carlsen, Aronian, or Anand" might not be enough this year. (A slight improvement on his "beat the Brits" strategy in this tournament last year.)

Anand is struggling, and I'm sure Carlsen will be out for blood to make certain that he takes clear first in the tournament.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:32 AM   #41
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Hilarious comment by Kramnik in the post-game interview. Talking about how he's now been in the top-10 for 20 years (pretty amazing) and that he's back to number 2, he said "among humans, I'm number 1".

Kramnik's post-game interview yesterday was amazing. He seems to see tons of variations, deeply and at light-speed. Is that how all super-GMs think?
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:43 AM   #42
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Why in the world did Kramnik take a draw so soon? That makes absolutely no sense. Even if it's a trivial draw, you fight until the end when you have a chance in the last round to win the tournament!
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:55 PM   #43
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First time I've been able to catch live commentary today, and was largely impressed. Better than coverage of some other tournaments I think. Ok not always SGM coverage, but a lot more interactive and interesting than say Svidler reeling off a 20 move line (for worse players like me at least..)

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Old 12-10-2012, 02:10 PM   #44
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The final round is over now, with Carlsen finishing 6.5/8 and a 2994 performance rating, gaining 13 rating points. Geez. Kramnik is not far behind at 6/8 with a 2937 rating which gains him 15 points. Very impressive showing by both.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:03 PM   #45
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Hilarious comment by Kramnik in the post-game interview. Talking about how he's now been in the top-10 for 20 years (pretty amazing) and that he's back to number 2, he said "among humans, I'm number 1".

Kramnik's post-game interview yesterday was amazing. He seems to see tons of variations, deeply and at light-speed. Is that how all super-GMs think?
You should check You Tube for Kramnik - Howell from London 2011.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #46
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Kramnik's post-game interview yesterday was amazing. He seems to see tons of variations, deeply and at light-speed. Is that how all super-GMs think?
I don't know.. I haven't seem a GM that rattles off dizzying analysis quite like Kramnik
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:51 AM   #47
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You should check You Tube for Kramnik - Howell from London 2011.
+1 to this being proof of Kramnik's awesomeness
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:41 PM   #48
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McShane's last round blunder was horrific for a 2700.

Naka put pressure on e5 for two moves in a row. Why not think what happens if Naka takes on e5!?!?

Granted he was low on time, but still.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:10 PM   #49
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Yeah that was really strange. I was wondering if it was a touch move issue.
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:22 PM   #50
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I'm more inclined to think it was a total brain fart because he got "shook shook shook".
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