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by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Interesting point on engine evaluations arising here. In the position Roger gives above, Svidler-Carlsen continued: 40...Nxd5; 41 Kxd5 h5; 42 c6 SF8 required 42...a5 for equality; all else, far worse. But Carlsen played 42...a6 which SF8 red-lined at [+13.5] on 29-ply :shock: BUT SF9, Sesse and oth...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Mike Truran wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:10 pm
Looks like Vallejo Pons has just dropped the cup. :shock:
Oh dear. Promoting the pawn on d8 on move 40 instead of playing 40.Qe8 first...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Complex king and pawn endgame. The online engines seem to be mis-evaluating it. Very difficult to analyse. EDIT: Interesting how easily GMs see the lines where the kings go from one side of the board to other, but the position is still drawn. Lesser players would go a bit crazy trying to count from ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Things going badly wrong for Carlsen and his team. Predojevic (the hero of a previous round) has blundered horribly and lost. Grandelius is probably losing, and to cap it all off, Carlsen may lose if Svidler can find 37.Bd5 (though maybe not, and now moot as Svidler played a different move).
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Can anyone confirm whether a loss by Carlsen (e.g. if he needs to try and win due to the match situation) would see him drop below Caruana? I think a draw or win keep Carlsen as number one. Ding Liren should be able to keep his run going. Does anyone know what his next events are? What tie-breaks a...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 2328

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Adding a note here that Ding Liren is not playing in this event. He is listed for it on https://2700chess.com/ but http://iominternationalchess.com/ (which is obviously more authoritative) says " updated 18 September: Ding Liren withdrawn".
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Can anyone confirm whether a loss by Carlsen (e.g. if he needs to try and win due to the match situation) would see him drop below Caruana? I think a draw or win keep Carlsen as number one. Ding Liren should be able to keep his run going. Does anyone know what his next events are? What tie-breaks ar...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

With Howell and Carlsen drawing and Grandelius winning, their team (Valerenga Sjakklubb) will win their match. The top pairing was drawn. So Carlsen (and Howell's) team are leading the event with one round to go. Though another tough pairing probably (from one of Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova, Medny...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Nick Burrows wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:08 pm
I think David will lose
Oh, yes, quite possibly (after 29...Qe7).

And Carlsen failed to find 40...Kh2 and went Kf2 instead.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

An extra incentive to save it: "If Carlsen saves it, his team might win. Grandelius is winning,, the others drawing."

(38...Re1 is suboptimal from Ding, and Carlsen found 39.Nd3)
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Not really wanting to intrude on his grief too much, but Svidler lost again yesterday (with White, again - and from a won position, again) It really is an awful run. Difficult to decide which loss is the worst one. :shock: [OK, the loss by Svidler to Bauer in round 5 was the worst one by far.] [Car...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 19
Views: 2411

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Interesting article here on AlphaZero and the upcoming World Chess Championship match (between Carlsen and Caruana): Miguel Illescas previews Carlsen vs. Caruana Illescas speculates on the impact access to AlphaZero may have on the match, focusing on Caruana being American, and Google being (mostly)...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 126
Views: 11141

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Interesting article here: Miguel Illescas previews Carlsen vs. Caruana Illescas speculates on the impact access to AlphaZero may have on the match, focusing on Caruana being American, and Google being (mostly) a US company. I thought I'd read somewhere that Carlsen had seen some of the AlphaZero gam...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2484
Views: 271085

Re: Media comments on chess

Probably worth noting that the BBC News headlines for most of the day will have been a picture of two chess pieces (pawns) in EU and UK flag colours on a chessboard, for the story ' Brexit: Cabinet meeting kicks off crucial 48 hours '. The article itself does not have the picture, so the only way to...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5795

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Carlsen's game is an exciting double-edged battle, with both players now short of time.

(Ding Liren close to winning against Svidler.)