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Old 08-22-2019, 11:06 PM   #7101
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Agadmator covered it.

Thanks Tim, I think I will give the Grunfeld a go. It's always looked interesting. I presume there are plenty of pitfalls for an unwary White.

Against the London System I recommend the setup shown starting at 5:50 here:



Ignore the asides about trying to win d4 or play e4. You generally don't want to do that, although occasionally e4 is useful. The lockdown on the e5 square puts a straightjacket on the London bishop and any attempts to resolve the central tension come out in Black's favour. The game is steered into a KID type setup where White's only real plan is to attack on the Q-side. A game with constant central tension and competing attacks on either side of the board is generally not what London System players were looking for. Something I see a lot is White simply trading on e5, which is excellent for Black.

I think I watched a longer video on the setup, but I can't find it now. If there's not too much pressure on e5, Black can sometimes play Qe8 and return the knight to f6 after playing f5. The position can uncoil in various ways if White tries to rock the boat, it's quite flexible.

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Old 08-23-2019, 02:32 AM   #7102
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Looks interesting. I'll definitely give it a try on the next opportunity. I've been playing mostly 6...Nbd7 there with ...c5 ...b6 and ...Bb7.
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:03 AM   #7103
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I'm an inveterate Bg7 player in response to d4 and c4 but I struggle with it against the London. f5 looks an interesting plan.

After Bf4 I usually play d5 in place of d6, and e6 with Be7, with the same plan of Nbd7/c5/b6/Bb7 as Tim. I find Black can relieve his slight congestion by a timely Nd4 (as per the Lasker defence to the queen's gambit), supported by the pawn d5 and the WSB on b7, and possibly Nd7-f6, and gets some queen side pressure with his rook on c8 and Qd7.

Re. Grunfeld: I tried it a long some time ago but the monster protected passed pawn that White was getting on d6 in some lines didn't appeal to me (this may be out of date now), while Grunfeld's concept of the two powerful bishops raking in tandom across the board is rarely realised in practice, so I took up the mainline King's Indian and after some better but still mixed results adopted the KI Na6 with e5 variation after watching a series of brilliant videos on the line on chess.com. White often pushes the d pawn forward to d5 which is met by Nc5 and a5, cementing the Nc5 on a great square: if white prepares to kick it away with his queenside pawns, a4 (supported by Bd7 and sometimes by Qe8 too) is usually very strong, and having tied up the queenside black can then turn his attention to the standard KI motif of Nh5/f5 and a kingside attack (if exf5, gxf5 and the Qe8 defends the Nh5).

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Old 08-23-2019, 12:39 PM   #7104
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Re. Grunfeld: I tried it a long some time ago but the monster protected passed pawn that White was getting on d6 in some lines didn't appeal to me (this may be out of date now),
On d6? In what line? I don't think I allow this.
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I think the Nimzo and the Bogo deserve a mention as dynamic options against the d4/c4 complex of openings.
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On d6? In what line? I don't think I allow this.
iirc some of the Qb3 lines from the 90s. Maybe these aren't played any more?
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Looks interesting. I'll definitely give it a try on the next opportunity. I've been playing mostly 6...Nbd7 there with ...c5 ...b6 and ...Bb7.
One other thing I should mention is that in the line the video showed where Black played e4, White had played c4. It's a bit dubious under those circumstances because of c5, attacking the dark square pawn chain. If White doesn't play c4 though, and especially if they've ruled it out with Nc3, e4 is frequently an option, with the dark squared bishop continuing to look silly.
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Ding
Giri
Vachier
So
Nepo
Aronian
Mamedyarov
Dominguez
Grischuk
Radjabov
Artemiev
Yu
Karjakin
Nakamura
Andreikin
Wojtaszek
Harikrishna
Duda
Svidler
Vitiugov
Wei Yi
Le
Navara
Bu
Wang Hao
Safarli
Abdusattorov
Tomashevsky
Vidit
Jakovenko
Xiong
Firouzja
Dubov
Tabatabaei
Jones
Rakhmanov
Adams
Lu Shanglei
Nihal Sarin
Bartel
Karthikeyan
McShane
Gupta
Narayanan
Huschenbeth
Esipenko
Sethuraman
Ganguly
Alekseenko
Jumabayev
Parligras
Tari
Adhiban
Adly
Mareco
Saric
Piorun
Kasimdzhanov
Maghsoodloo
Sarana
Hovhannisyan
Kovalenko
Gledura
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Let us gogogogo!
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:14 AM   #7111
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Lol YKW. Thanks for the list .

When are we going to see you in the world cup? Surely you know a thing or two about chess that a 19xx rated player doesn't .
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Lol YKW. Thanks for the list .
Those are my first round picks!

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When are we going to see you in the world cup? Surely you know a thing or two about chess that a 19xx rated player doesn't .
World Cup? Never.

European Club Cup? In November
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:36 AM   #7113
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Ahh, of course.

Ooo, glad to hear you're in the European Club Cup. Will get the popcorn ready and rail really hard .
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:33 PM   #7114
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So no plans to move the family to Oceania then?
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:51 AM   #7115
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Ding
Giri
Vachier
So
Nepo
Aronian
Mamedyarov
Dominguez
Grischuk
Radjabov
Artemiev
Yu
Karjakin
Nakamura
Andreikin
Wojtaszek
Harikrishna
Duda
Svidler
Vitiugov
Wei Yi
Le
Navara
Bu
Wang Hao
Safarli
Abdusattorov
Tomashevsky
Vidit
Jakovenko
Xiong
Firouzja
Dubov
Tabatabaei
Jones
Rakhmanov
Adams
Lu Shanglei
Nihal Sarin
Bartel
Karthikeyan
McShane
Gupta
Narayanan
Huschenbeth
Esipenko
Sethuraman
Ganguly
Alekseenko
Jumabayev
Parligras
Tari
Adhiban
Adly
Mareco
Saric
Piorun
Kasimdzhanov
Maghsoodloo
Sarana
Hovhannisyan
Kovalenko
Gledura
Oparin
42/64.

I am actually quite pissed, as a bunch of my upset picks went to playoffs and lost there, and then I actually had both Wojtaszek and Navara out (both only after playoffs though) in my initial version, but convinced myself otherwise...

And then some guys were just very disappointing.. But I did also get some quality upsets right, so its nice

R2:

Ding
Dubov
Alekseenko
Harikrishna
Dominguez
Wang Hao
Grischuk
Xu
So
Vidit
Karjakin
Huschenbeth
Nepo
Aravindh
Adhiban
Anton Guijarro
Giri
Xiong
Andreikin
Duda
Mamedyarov
Nihal Sarin
Radjabov
McShane
Vachier
Jones
Nakamura
Svidler
Aronian
Gelfand
Artemiev
Korobov


Not a lot of upset picks this round - I do feel however, that some of those matches will be really close, but in the end the big names will pull through.

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Old 09-13-2019, 06:32 PM   #7116
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What is an appropriate age to begin to teach a child chess?
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:07 PM   #7117
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What is an appropriate age to begin to teach a child chess?
I'd say 4-6, depending on the child. I teach kids as young as 5 in after-school classes. It can be a challenge at that age to get things to stick, especially in a classroom setting. Our classes are one hour a week, splitting time between teaching on a demo board, and the kids playing each other (and me correcting tons of illegal moves). If you are doing it one on one, and more frequently, it will be easier.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:43 PM   #7118
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I have taught chess to five-year-old kids one-on-one.

But they have to be internally motivated or (almost equivalently) enjoy successfully solving puzzles.

Keeping their interest requires planning specific lessons where they "get it", thousands of small successes and they eventually catch on to strategy and tactics.

At least IMO.
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:10 AM   #7119
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Low content question.

Why doesn't chess.com (picking them for simplicity) offer electronics to help people access their platform? I'm thinking it would be pretty simple to sell boards of differing sizes that give users the chess.com network.
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Old 09-14-2019, 01:30 PM   #7120
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Do they sell anything physical anymore? The outsource their logo gear sales. With no existing infrastructure to warehouse and ship things I don't think it would pay. Also tech support is a ***** on that kind of item. Some people who would buy such things barely know how to use a computer. No reason they couldn't partner with someone who sells and supports a compatible board, and get a cut from that, but I don't think they would want to do this otherwise.

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Old 09-14-2019, 01:50 PM   #7121
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Yes, however the plural of female dog, "bitches" is not.
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Ding
Dubov
Alekseenko
Harikrishna
Dominguez
Wang Hao
Grischuk
Xu
So
Vidit
Karjakin
Huschenbeth
Nepo
Aravindh
Adhiban
Anton Guijarro won game 1 with black... CMON NOW SON.
Giri
Xiong
Andreikin
Duda
Mamedyarov
Nihal Sarin also won game one.. yall ****in with me or what?
Radjabov
McShane my biggest 50-50 before the round :/
Vachier
Jones
Nakamura I thought that in-form Nisipeanu can give troubles to out-of-form Naka, but I expected that Naka will salvage two draws and win in the rapids/blitz.. this is LOL.
Svidler
Aronian
Gelfand
Artemiev
Korobov
22/32.

some picks were based on my liking rather than objectivity, so it's fitting I got burned on those (Korobov, Gelfand, Jones), but really sad that some of my upset picks validated my picks by either having a lead, or comfortably reaching playoffs, but then most of them got rekt there.

R3:

Ding (there is a small chance that Firouzja gets one of his crazy crushing wins and takes it, but I think Ding too solid for that)
Harikrishna (Alekseenko is reaaaaally good, but an in-form Hari is a beast. However, if this reaches playoffs, then I feel like Alekseenko's chances improve and Hari is maybe just a small favorite)
Dominguez (this one is a coin toss to me... Going for Dominguez as he is super solid, and very good in faster controls, which will definitely be reached)
Grischuk (Xu has been my dark horse in both first two rounds and he has pulled through, making me look good. The journey ends here, though)
So (both very good, but I just feel that Vidit is simply not there yet. But it all depends on which So shows up. He has kinda been all over the place as far as his level of play recently, so Vidit might have plenty of chances to take this one if So doesn't find consistency)
Karjakin (another fairly close one, but Karjakin is just a bit above Vitiugov and doesn't really have weaknesses that players of lesser caliber could exploit)
Tomashevsky (Nepo is a better player, for sure. But Tomashevsky is ultra solid, while Nepo is all over the place, with very high peaks, and very low lows. He has not blundered anything yet in this tournament - I feel like he finally will. And if he loses one, he is not winning against Tomashevsky on demand).
Wei Yi (maybe the biggest coin toss of the round. You might think its strange that I picked Anton Guijarro to beat Wei Yi (which he should have, winning first game with black), and now I am picking Wei Yi to beat a much stronger Yu. But Anton's style is just perfect against Wei Yi, and Wei Yi has a tendency of going for an overkill against lower rated guys, which he doesn't do vs his level of opposition. Yu is very good, but I am not convinced at all by his form this tournament. I think this reaches playoffs 95% of the time, and then.. who knows)
Giri (fun fact - I've beaten Xiong many times in tournament games! when his head was barely visible above the table... I honestly would have picked Xiong here, had Giri beaten Najer in regulation, as Giri often plays down to his competition and seems to lack focus a bit when playing vs lower rated guys, while Xiong is someone who would not be shy about going for the throat if the position allowed. But now I have a sense that after surviving such a scare a rejuvenated Giri will go far, and young Xiong is no match yet)
Duda (Andreikin is also very strong, but similar to Nepo in a sense that he has quite high highs, but quite low lows. Duda, though also prone to that a bit due to his age, is a bit more consistent overall. Usually Andreikin can rely on his rapid/blitz to get through some of the earlier rounds, but Duda has shown to be extremely strong in fast time controls, so I do not feel like Andreikin has any edge there, actually the opposite. This is my candidate for Armaggedon this round)
Mamedyarov (Safarli is quite underrated, and has proven that when he beat Shankland in R1, making me look good! He has a tendency to look down on his opposition, which is why I picked Nihal to beat him, which Nihal had a real chance to do after leading 1-0. Safarli will for sure bring his A game vs Mamedyarov, and it will be quite a struggle, but Mamedyarov just too strong to overcome even with Safarli's A game).
Radjabov - (Yuffa is someone who brought me the most frustration this tournament. I know how good he is, far better than his rating. I almost put him down as going through vs Navara, but convinced myself otherwise for whatever stupid reason. Then I spent a bunch of time trying to find out how McShane can beat him, and again found a reason. He definitely has a chance vs Radjabov too, but Teimour does not have some of weaknesses that Navara has, so Yuffa will have to do something quite special to go through this time. Third time is the charm, I guess - JUST GO OUT ALREADY PLS)
Vachier (I dislike Jakovenko with passion for whatever reason. Vachier is better in all aspects of the game and will comfortably go through. Or so I hope
Svidler (I am not really sad to see Nakamura go, but I am sad that I didn't pull the trigger on Nisipeanu pick. I had a sense that he will create a lot of problems for Nakamura in classical games, but Nakamura will escape and then destroy in faster controls, which he didn't get a chance to do lol. But Svidler is not Naka. I am actually amazed that Naka is so strong, which is a testament to his incredible other abilities, as he really does not have nearly the understanding as some of these other guys do, like Svidler. Nisipeanu will try something super aggressive both games, and Svidler will take whatever is on offer and calmly defend.
Aronian (Aronian might struggle this tournament, but not yet. Should be fairly comfortable.
Artemiev (I don't like him much, but cannot argue with his strength. Will be rooting for Le, though).
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Ding
Harikrishna the only one that really surprised me. I wrote that Alekseenko is very good and definitely going to be 2700 soon, but I felt that in-form Harikrishna is still one tier higher. However, he played very sub-par, but still all credit to Alekseenko who very calmly capitalized.
Dominguez As I said, this one was an absolutely coin toss, and that was proven since they almost went the whole way to Armageddon. Fairly evenly matched opponents, so I am glad I won a coinflip here
Grischuk
So
Karjakin Only a semi-surprise. I expected this to go deep in to playoffs without any real risks for Karjakin, and then a win by him with white in 10 min or blitz. I feel like its still likely that it wouldhave happened, had one blunder by him in Game 1 not decide the whole match. Such is the format, though, so congrats to Vitiugov.
Tomashevsky My upset pick for the round didn't go through. I mentioned that I do believe that Nepo is a better player, but felt like he is going to get frustrated by Tomashevsky's style and blunder somewhere, like he is prone to. They went deep into the playoff, but Nepo prevailed, so good for him.
Wei Yi To me this was the biggest coin toss of the round, but atrocious end of game 4 sealed the deal early here. Not much to comment, just disappointed
Giri this one I am mad about at myself for not pulling the trigger on Xiong. I wrote in my comment before that I would have picked Xiong here, had Giri not went all the way to Armageddon the round before. I felt that Xiong's style is going to Giri a lot of problems, but also felt that the earlier round would be a wake up call for Giri and he would turn up, and I still believe that A-game from Giri is too much for Xiong. However, Giri did not turn up, like at all. Xiong played very well, very brave and daring chess, very fun to watch so all credit to him, but Giri was very much sub-par. Still, though, as I was rooting for Xiong, cannot be too upset
Duda
Mamedyarov
Radjabov -
Vachier PHEW. That was way too close for comfort.
Svidler
Aronian
Artemiev not even mad here - as I said, I picked Artemiev, but rooted for Le, so all is well!
10/16. Things are heating up, so this is gonna be super interesting!

R4:

Ding - as mentioned previously, Alekseenko is very very good. However, similarly to Firouzja, just not good enough yet to take on someone as solid as Ding. I can see this potentially going to playoffs with two draws in classical, as Alekseenko is quite solid himself, but I will be surprised if it reaches even the second rapid stage.
Grischuk - oooh, the coin tosses begin early this round. Dominguez has shown amazing resilience versus Wang Hao, being down twice. However, I still give Grischuk the edge in faster time controls, where he has historically shown in these World Cups to just dominate up until the very late stages. There is about 1% chance that this gets decided in the classical portion.
So - Vitiugov has went through, but didn't really convince me that my comment about him was wrong, as it was more Karjakin losing that Vitiugov winning. Anyway, So seems to be in very good shape, and I maintain that Vitiugov does not have the tools to take him down. But, its a short match, where one move can decide anything, like in Vitiugov's match vs Karjakin. I do hope that does not happen this time around
Nepo - extreme coin toss here. Both have proven their abilities in all time controls, Yu is more solid and stable, but Nepo is mercurial. I sense that the good side of Nepo will show up and that will decide the match.
Xiong - this is the one where my brain says Duda, but my heart says Xiong. Duda, at the current moment, is a better overall player, I have no doubt about that. He already belongs in the elite and I expect him in top10 soon. Xiong will be in the top 10 as well, just maybe a bit later. But Xiong definitely has the tools and the bravery required to take down an opponent like that, and I have disappointed him by not pulling the trigger on him last round vs Giri, so whatever, let's go Xiong this time around!
Radjabov - Mamedyarov is stronger, but I always liked Radjabov more for some reason, and was sad when he basically stopped playing. I am glad he has returned, and feel like he has a chip on his shoulder to prove that he should be in the conversation for Azerbaijan's No. 1. Mamedyarov is similar to Nepo in the mercurial sense, so you never really know what you will get. If he brings his A game, it will be nigh impossible for Radjabov, sadly. But he won't bring his A game, so Radjabov it is
Vachier Extremely tough pick, as I very much like them both. I probably like Svidler even more, but I have to give a slight edge to Vachier mainly due to the fast time controls. Svidler is no slouch himself and will give Vachier a run for his money, though. Won't be sad whichever way this ends, honestly, as one of the guys I am rooting for will go through.
Aronian If there is a dark-horse pick in this round, it's Le. His quite demeanor means that he is usually talked about much less than the other guys, but don't let that fool you, he is amazingly strong. Strong enough to take down Aronian? In a vacuum, absolutely yes, in this particular format and with Aronian in the kind of form he has demonstrated in earlier rounds? Do not think so. Wouldn't be at all surprised if this goes all the way, though, and then of course anything can happen.
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Nepo and Radjabov are two of the few chess players who have somehow rubbed me the wrong way. Both kind of seem like asses.

I like following your running picks - keep 'em coming!
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