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by Mats Winther
Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 32766

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

First he spends all his time moaning about chess being played out and recommends everyone to try some variants as a solution. Then he declares that he wants "proper" chess. :roll: Did you see the end of his last post - I think that's called "having your cake and eating it" :lol: There are many inte...
by Mats Winther
Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 32766

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Isn't there some remark about Bobby FIscher winning the famous 1970 Herceg Novi blitz event where someone said (admiringly) 'Fischer never put a single piece en prise in the whole tournament'. .. the clear implication being that others did, thus meaning all the great players of the day, but playing...
by Mats Winther
Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 32766

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

The chess master of old would never play like this. Would Petrosian or Smyslov, in practice, lose in the beginning of the game, or make obvious blunders? Perhaps modern GMs take rather more risks. Petrosian was capable of losing quickly with risky openings. From the 1969 match Event "Ch World (matc...
by Mats Winther
Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 32766

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Look at the quarter final games--the quality of the games is almost amateurish. Where is super-GM chess going? I wonder what's behind this. Of course, it's rapid chess, but I find this disappointing, anyway. http://en.chessbase.com/post/london-super-sixteen-semis-ready M. Winther The chess master o...
by Mats Winther
Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 32766

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Look at the quarter final games--the quality of the games is almost amateurish. Where is super-GM chess going? I wonder what's behind this. Of course, it's rapid chess, but I find this disappointing, anyway.
http://en.chessbase.com/post/london-sup ... emis-ready

M. Winther
by Mats Winther
Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's playing style
Replies: 20
Views: 3552

Re: Carlsen's playing style

I think Magnus belongs to that class of players who are born with the gift of 'feel'. This gift can be applied in the middle game or the ending. In the case of, for example, Mickey Adams, the gift is used more in the milddlegame, whereas Carlsen happens to use it more in the ending. Players born wi...
by Mats Winther
Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's playing style
Replies: 20
Views: 3552

Re: Carlsen's playing style

Hi Geoff, I agree with most of what you are saying about the difference between people and machines, my comment was based on watching the WC games with engine analysis available. What was apparent was that Carlsen made several 'sub-optimal' moves in the middlegame, however in the endgame there were...
by Mats Winther
Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's playing style
Replies: 20
Views: 3552

Re: Carlsen's playing style

No, it undergirds my thesis that Carlsen is a concretist, since he tends to play the most natural move, that is, the move which immediately suggests itself. This is typical of concretists. Positional players, on the other hand, find it hard to play the natural move, except in blitz. They always wan...
by Mats Winther
Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's playing style
Replies: 20
Views: 3552

Re: Carlsen's playing style

Well Kasparov and others disagree. Stating that he is an intuitive player in the style of Karpov. Obviously his ability to calculate is world class, and he certainly plays the endgame like a computer. For the most part though he plays quickly, and says himself that he nearly always plays the first ...
by Mats Winther
Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's playing style
Replies: 20
Views: 3552

Carlsen's playing style

Anand says that Carlsen's style is like a computer's. This substantiates my idea that he is a concretistic player, and that's why his style tends to evoke irritation in positional players, since it's hard for logical people to understand the underlying ideas of his moves. I wrote the following artic...
by Mats Winther
Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Getting Fritz
Replies: 10
Views: 2814

Re: Getting Fritz

Today it's cheap to buy a dual CPU computer, ideal for chess. This one costs £149.99 (refurbished). I bought it myself. It has a separate graphics card (GPU) as well. (But one must keep pressing the start button for a while each time, I do not know why). It is silent and takes up only little place....
by Mats Winther
Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ivanchuk-Mamedov, World Teams 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 978

Ivanchuk-Mamedov, World Teams 2013

[Event "World Teams 2013"] [Site "Antalya TUR"] [Date "2013.11.28"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Black "Mamedov, Rauf"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E92"] [WhiteElo "2731"] [BlackElo "2647"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2013.11.26"] [WhiteTeam "Ukraine"] [BlackTeam "Azerbaijan"] [WhiteTeam...
by Mats Winther
Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:32 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Anand v Carlsen
Replies: 435
Views: 33414

Re: Anand v Carlsen

I played this slightly silly game according to the device of Petrosian: "maintain control over the important squares by way of maneuvering". Notice that Black is evidently a good player that knows the game. Visually black has an overwhelming advantage. Black controls the c-file, pressures on the e-p...
by Mats Winther
Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The World Championship Draws - The Cure is Money
Replies: 24
Views: 2267

Re: The World Championship Draws - The Cure is Money

Another idea is this. A drawn game counts as half a game. This means that a 12-game match with only drawn games would consist of 24 games. Thus, drawn games would prolong the match, making it a less attractive strategy to draw your way to match victory.

M. Winther
by Mats Winther
Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:21 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Anand v Carlsen
Replies: 435
Views: 33414

Re: Anand v Carlsen

I would also win against Anand if he, for no reason at all, sacrifices a pawn in an equal ending against me. M. Winther No you wouldn't. With all due respect, you're deluded and know nothing about the game. I know enough to be creative. Look at this game, which I played yesterday at FICS. Opponent'...