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Old 11-22-2016, 03:33 AM   #76
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Re: 2016 WCC Discussion Thread

Have to add I don't know if there was a perpetual just assumed there was based off open King

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Old 11-22-2016, 06:28 AM   #77
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Old enough to having been alive during Karpov's reign. Not Capablanca's, though, lol.
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Old 11-22-2016, 08:03 AM   #78
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Man, I couldn't watch live tonight. Going to have to resort to the youtubes tomorrow. I'm not the greatest Carlsen fan in the world, but if Karjakin should win it, then I can't think of a worse World Champion during my lifetime (discounting the FIDE fraud WC's during the PCA era, of course).
Will definitely be the biggest upset in WCC since Euwe over Alekhine, but I think just like in that case, it's not as big an upset as people would think.

However, it's still possible for a finish similar to Kramnik-Leko, which is actually a reasonably good comparison in terms of playing styles. Universal positional player who grinds down opponents versus an indefatigable defender. Will pretty much come down to nerves I guess.
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:54 AM   #79
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i just loaded up on carlsen at 13/8
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Old 11-22-2016, 11:58 AM   #80
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I was telling anyone that would listen that with each draw Carlsen will tilt more (esp. after not converting two big chances in a row) and start self-destructing - they kept saying "oh but look how Carlsen is manhandling him in every game, how is Karjakin going to generate any winning chances" - well, he doesn't have to when the opponent is on tilt.

Yes, I am the one laughing now. But also crying, because for *** sakes Karjakin is close to becoming a WCH, WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

But I also think that Magnus is now going to destroy him and win 7-5.
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Old 11-22-2016, 12:14 PM   #81
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Karjakin should offer a draw tommorow every single move after move 30, just to annoy Carlsen.

Next World Championship cycle would be pretty interesting though if Karjakin is the one to beat.
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Old 11-22-2016, 01:03 PM   #82
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Sick! I went to bed around move 20, being sure that draw would be agreed shortly.

They both don't deserve to hold the title after the 7-draw streak and Magnus's unacceptable salty behaviour.

But at least the match is going to be more interesting now, with Carlsen trying hard for a win.

If he ties the next 4 games 2:2, he'll end up with a 2835 rating, Caruana will be only 12 points away and might become the world's highest rated player on a good day #goFabi

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Next World Championship cycle would be pretty interesting though if Karjakin is the one to beat.
Indeed I'm looking forward to it!

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Old 11-22-2016, 01:44 PM   #83
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Don't forget Capablanca, who was the epitome of sophisticated cool. I assume he must've gotten laid a lot.
He was a big womanizer, wasn't he?

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But I also think that Magnus is now going to destroy him and win 7-5.
I mean, you really think this or just hope this?
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Old 11-22-2016, 02:42 PM   #84
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He was a big womanizer, wasn't he?
Yes, he was, to the best of my knowledge. It was good for him that his women didn't study his and Alekhine's games - otherwise they'd prefer Alexandre for sure. #shotsfired
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Old 11-22-2016, 03:08 PM   #85
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Lol. George Koltanowski told me an "off the record" story once when I was interviewing him (he was a family friend) for some school project when I was a kid and then went on for about 5 minutes about how Capa was more interested in sleeping with women at tournaments than the actual chess. I wish I had asked for some kind of details, I'm sure they would have been amazing.
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Old 11-22-2016, 04:09 PM   #86
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i'm conflicted on this. karjakin would be easier to beat, but a win in a match against magnus would do more for my legacy.
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Old 11-22-2016, 06:07 PM   #87
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I mean, you really think this or just hope this?
I hope that he will win all 4... But I think, sadly, he will only win 3.
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Old 11-22-2016, 08:36 PM   #88
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The best thing that can happen for chess popularity is a Karjakin win imo. It will make some minor headlines and more people may be interested in the game.
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Old 11-22-2016, 08:39 PM   #89
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Also I'm curious how can such a strong player tilt because he can't get an early lead. Isn't part of being the best chess player in the world having enough psychological strength to overcome those problems ?

This really has be me intrigued.
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Old 11-22-2016, 09:42 PM   #90
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i'm conflicted on this. karjakin would be easier to beat, but a win in a match against magnus would do more for my legacy.
Beating Magnus in the Candidates is quite enough imo.

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Isn't part of being the best chess player in the world having enough psychological strength to overcome those problems ?
Yes, it is, but Magnus has been plateauing for many months, it just wasn't very noticeable because he chose not to show up to some major events like the Sinq Cup. Still, his relatively poor Olympiad performance (the barely salvaged games vs Sadorra and Smerdon who were both below 2600) was quite revealing. His tilt looks like an accumulated one from the previous tourneys.

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Old 11-22-2016, 10:03 PM   #91
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Magnus really embarrassing himself lately.

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Old 11-22-2016, 10:06 PM   #92
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Just saw that and was hoping it was your link. Not disappointed, would watch many more times/10.
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:09 PM   #93
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A 'Play Sergey' app would be dreadful.
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:15 AM   #94
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Odds Carlsen has a twoplustwo account are pretty decent.

Non-zero chance he's following this thread.
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:55 AM   #95
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To be at the very top, you have to absolutely hate losing. Some just don't handle it as well as others. Even Vishy was visibly grumpy after some losses and he has more class than anyone. Carlsen leans a little more to the Phil Helmuth side of things.
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Old 11-23-2016, 01:11 PM   #96
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To be at the very top, you have to absolutely hate losing. Some just don't handle it as well as others. Even Vishy was visibly grumpy after some losses and he has more class than anyone. Carlsen leans a little more to the Phil Helmuth side of things.


This is true, it's very very hard to find the equilibrium.
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Old 11-23-2016, 03:29 PM   #97
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Odds Carlsen has a twoplustwo account are pretty decent.

Non-zero chance he's following this thread.
The rumour is that Judit Bowlgar is Carlsen's covert second and is leaking the thread to him.
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Old 11-23-2016, 03:38 PM   #98
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Magnus is playing fast and furious. Either he's mad or he wants to be sure and avoid time trouble later.
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Old 11-23-2016, 04:09 PM   #99
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I guess he was saving up for move 23
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Old 11-23-2016, 04:34 PM   #100
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Feels like Karjakin has a much better position here. Not sure what Magnus really has working for him.
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