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Old 11-13-2018, 02:08 PM   #51
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Haha, the president of the Jamaican Chess Federation should run the press conferences, imo.

I highly recommend you guys check out today's presser.
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:14 PM   #52
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Old 11-13-2018, 05:11 PM   #53
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

LOL the Jamaican president, that was awesome.
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Old 11-13-2018, 05:12 PM   #54
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

You can't see it in the video but that was just Negreanu in blackface.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:13 AM   #55
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

I think Magnus has an advantage because he will likely win the rapid tiebreak but I wouldnt be surprised to see Caruana nick a game and win it all. Its clear that those who were predicting the match beforehand were simply pressing random buttons and throwing narratives around.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:32 AM   #56
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

But that's nothing new. We had that guy in the other thread unironically proclaiming that Carlsen would have draw odds in the match. Some people were assigning him an 80% chance to retain his title.

Was he a favourite? Sure he was, but not nearly by as much as people proclaimed. It may or may not have increased a bit, now that a significant portion of Caruana's prep has maybe or not gone down the toilet due to the inability of the St. Louis Chess Club people to not have their heads up their asses all the time. That's difficult to asses from afar, though, and only Team Caruana knows the exact impact their own sponsors shooting them in the foot had on the match.
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:22 AM   #57
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

I think he might be close to 80%. It all depends on how high a draw % you assign to each game. If it's 70%+ draw chance I remember being surprised at how large a favorite he is simply due to tiebreaks being quite likely.

Also, I do not think a "significant" portion of prep went down the toilet and it shouldn't be too difficult to assess from afar.

Perhaps that one interesting line that Hammer is trying to research (although if an almost super GM is crowd sourcing to try and figure out what line is being referred to it doesn't necessarily seem very helpful) is revealed and that was a "big surprise" Fabi had for Carlsen in the Petroff.

However, of the other lines shown, Carlsen's team already knows Fabiano almost surely has the Petroff deeply analyzed and also the QGD based on Fabi's surprise in that opening already. In fact, the line in the QGD that took Carlsen off-guard isn't even shown on the screen but the main line instead.

My guess is the only real way this can affect Caruana's team is if it simply unbalances them from the viewpoint of "our sponsor leaked something they shouldn't have." In terms of prep it could even help. Fabi likely has a bunch of stuff in the Petroff prepared and Magnus has already lost some of his chances to test it so even if he decides to throw away the one interesting line he likely has several others to play.
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Old 11-15-2018, 11:08 AM   #58
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Good thing there wasn't any "Rossolimo with **** it, I'm saccing a pawn on move 6 idea" on that leaked screenshot.

Let's go Fabi!
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Old 11-15-2018, 11:56 AM   #59
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

I wake up to find Fabi already has a pawn on the 7th rank. Should be an interesting day.
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Old 11-15-2018, 12:00 PM   #60
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I wake up to find Fabi already has a pawn on the 7th rank. Should be an interesting day.


Nope.

Definitely a draw.
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Old 11-15-2018, 12:49 PM   #61
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Liv Boeree will be a guest later on during the Chess.com live coverage.
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Old 11-15-2018, 12:57 PM   #62
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Nope.

Definitely a draw.
Looking like it now. But a guy can dream right?
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Old 11-15-2018, 01:57 PM   #63
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Ya'll seem to be forgetting that Magnus is the master of getting wins from games like these. This is the game where he'll grind Caruana down.

Edit: Or not.

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Old 11-15-2018, 02:12 PM   #64
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Draw agreed.
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Old 11-15-2018, 03:46 PM   #65
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The presser is again highly recommended.

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Old 11-15-2018, 03:52 PM   #66
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

If they played 100 WC games would we see 90+ draws?
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:53 PM   #67
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

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Old 11-15-2018, 11:05 PM   #68
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If they played 100 WC games would we see 90+ draws?
Probably not. I would guess we would have like 80-85 draws.
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:37 PM   #69
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Fabi pushing with black. If he can actually manage to convert, this would be the best thing for the match that can happen before the rest day and Carlsen's second White in a row.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:51 PM   #70
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Fabi up significantly but it seems very difficult to convert for a win
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:02 PM   #71
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Can't Carlsen just trade off a pawn, sac his Bishop for the other and draw with his remaining three passers against B+N?
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:22 PM   #72
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

If it turns out to be a draw at least it'll be the most interesting one so far.
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:30 PM   #73
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Draw agreed.

Crazy game!
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:37 PM   #74
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I get he wants to make things exiting but it's time to stop playing around.

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Old 11-16-2018, 06:20 PM   #75
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Re: 2018 World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Magnus plays endgames nearly flawless. You need to be +2 ENTERING which is almost impossible save for a blunder

Its sick that after all of that he needed to find the perfect move to mate in 30.

Chess moving forward looks very drawish!
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