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Old 03-09-2018, 08:02 PM   #26
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Wow, this has some entertainment potential. Is there some sort of history between the Giri and Magnus?
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:23 PM   #27
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Lines for round 1:

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Old 03-10-2018, 02:32 AM   #28
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Looking at the ratings of the field another way, I think it's cool that the *lowest* rated player in the tournament won it last time around. Really there is no dark horse here. None of the eight players are someone who, if they won, would shock me by doing so. In 2+2 parlance, everyone's solid.
Yep, should make for a great tournament. I just hope the winner isn't decided by a godawful tiebreaker like 2013, only thing that could ruin it. I haven't looked at if they have different rules this time or not

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Old 03-10-2018, 03:48 AM   #29
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Yep, should make for a great tournament. I just hope the winner isn't decided by a godawful tiebreaker like 2013, only thing that could ruin it. I haven't looked at if they have different rules this time or not


I agree a tiebreak would be pretty lame.

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Below are some more details—for instance, in case of a tie, the following tiebreak rules will be used:

a) The results of the games between the players involved in the tie.
b) The total number of wins in the tournament of every player involved in the tie.
c) Sonneborn - Berger System.

In the unlikely event that players are still tied, a playoff will be played on March 28.

The time control is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
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Old 03-10-2018, 01:42 PM   #30
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Fabi is taking this down
And scores the first win!
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Old 03-10-2018, 03:11 PM   #31
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And a nice notch for the "old man" too
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Old 03-10-2018, 03:37 PM   #32
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Very nice win by Kramnik.

He's showing excellent form to start.
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Old 03-10-2018, 04:20 PM   #33
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Mamedyarov just made a Queen ending look simple af vs The Minister of Defense.

3 decisive games to start the Candidates. I'm McLovin' it!
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Old 03-10-2018, 05:08 PM   #34
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Meh, I understand nothing about Queen endgames, but I don't think I would ever play Kg3 letting him take the pawn with check. Looks more like Karjakin threw an easy* draw into the bin there.

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Old 03-10-2018, 06:22 PM   #35
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Apparently they are not only playing in a dungeon but living in the conditions of one too. Sounds really bad for any event, let alone one of this magnitude with only 8 players to organize for.
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Old 03-10-2018, 11:38 PM   #36
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Round 2 predictions-

2 draws. Ding/Fabi being one of them.

If Mamed wins he'll go on to win the tourney.

Karjakin playing for his life tomorrow
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:55 AM   #37
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No ****ing way does Aronian lose to Mamed tomorrow.
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Old 03-11-2018, 02:29 AM   #38
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Mamedyarov grinds down KARJAKIN of all people! Who does this guy think he is all of a sudden?

It was nice to see Kramnik's technique on display too. That piece coordination.

Was it Mamedyarov that said he could see Judit Polgar's analysis from in the hall? What the hell kind of organization is this?
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Old 03-11-2018, 03:02 AM   #39
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Was it Mamedyarov that said he could see Judit Polgar's analysis from in the hall? What the hell kind of organization is this?
An embarrassing one.

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Old 03-11-2018, 03:19 AM   #40
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Apparently the world chess consortium has employed a "make up the rules as you go!" attitude for its championship for hundreds of years up until 2013.

The chess world's sloppiness helps put Bobby Fischer's neuroses in better light, as he had the both the right and the need to put his foot down on details beyond importance. His forfeiture of the title came down to a demand that every single Russian champion before him was granted.

And now they still can't even get basic accommodations right. Chess is the coolest game in the world because of those who play it, yet they aren't properly being taken care of.

I'd think it wouldn't be such a large task to grow the game.
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Apparently the world chess consortium has employed a "make up the rules as you go!" attitude for its championship for hundreds of years up until 2013.

The chess world's sloppiness helps put Bobby Fischer's neuroses in better light, as he had the both the right and the need to put his foot down on details beyond importance. His forfeiture of the title came down to a demand that every single Russian champion before him was granted.

And now they still can't even get basic accommodations right. Chess is the coolest game in the world because of those who play it, yet they aren't properly being taken care of.

I'd think it wouldn't be such a large task to grow the game.


This is such a great post and you should feel great too. 2018 Candidates Thread2018 Candidates Thread
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Old 03-11-2018, 07:33 AM   #42
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Apparently the world chess consortium has employed a "make up the rules as you go!" attitude for its championship for hundreds of years up until 2013.

The chess world's sloppiness helps put Bobby Fischer's neuroses in better light, as he had the both the right and the need to put his foot down on details beyond importance. His forfeiture of the title came down to a demand that every single Russian champion before him was granted.

And now they still can't even get basic accommodations right. Chess is the coolest game in the world because of those who play it, yet they aren't properly being taken care of.

I'd think it wouldn't be such a large task to grow the game.
Growing the game is not the primary concern of FIDE and AGON. Growing their own bank accounts and laundering money. is.
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Old 03-11-2018, 08:44 AM   #43
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Apparently they are not only playing in a dungeon but living in the conditions of one too. Sounds really bad for any event, let alone one of this magnitude with only 8 players to organize for.
I attended the World Championship match in NYC in 2016. It was a miserable set-up for any spectator who did not buy a VIP ticket.
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:12 AM   #44
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Damn. Haven't they heard of daylight savings in Germany
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:21 AM   #45
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Ding Caruana game seems spicy thus far
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:13 AM   #46
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Old 03-12-2018, 01:15 PM   #47
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Really spectacular win by Kramnik today. Wow. Judit was loving it. Long tournament, so still time for Aronian but a tough start for him.
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Old 03-12-2018, 01:17 PM   #48
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Kramnik with a smashing win with the Black Pieces! In 27 moves too, nearly a Knockout!

Nothing like a great exchange sacrifice!

I'm McLovin' it!
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Old 03-12-2018, 01:33 PM   #49
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That win by Kramnik was awe inspiring.
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Old 03-12-2018, 02:03 PM   #50
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And that's why you probably shouldn't try anything interesting against Kramnik, ever. lol
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