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by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I'm assuming that Caruana wins the tournament now. He deserves to; without setting the Thames on fire, he's played the most correct chess.

What are his chances against Magnus? I would say quite reasonable.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Thanks to Roger for posting relevant positions from the previous round. All credit to Karjakin: his exchange sacrifice was brilliant. I'm always interested in what Nietzsche would term the 'human, all-too human' aspect of chess. And although the exchange sac doesn't seem to worry the engine, the fac...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Certainly we should always include captures in our list of candidate moves. The problem is the follow up. When I saw ...Nxb4 suggested by the engine, I couldn't see the follow up. I suggest this is because ...Rd4 is a 'quiet' move - neither a check nor a capture. Quiet moves are always the hardest t...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 7818

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

Apologies if I've come late to this debate, but is the Chess24 broadcast actually illegal? I didn't know that. I suspect it's the best; I cannot imagine any better pairing than Peter and Jan. They bring an unmatched combination of knowledge and humour to the table.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

By 'tactically weak' I of course mean in an absolute sense. I suggest this will always be a weakness of the human game. In a way, I'm pleased this weakness exists! I mention the Caruana - Aronian game because it strikes me as a typical example of our tactical weakness. I'm not even sure that lack of...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Some interesting tactics in the Caruana - Aronian game. Indeed, I would say they come under the heading of 'undeserved tactics'. Black gets positionally outplayed, gets presented with a golden opportunity (...Nxb4, as suggested by the engine, allowing both rooks to get active with severe danger to t...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Is chess the new poker? Against Caruana, Kramnik played his early ...c5 innovation knowing it was bad. He described it as a bluff, and seemed satisfied that it was 'not losing'.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I think it's pretty clear that Kramnik's best years are behind him. I ask myself the sad question: is the same true of Aronian? After this performance I can't see him ever mounting a serious challenge for the world championship.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I like the old-fashioned set! It's great seeing Svidler analysing on it - a player of his standard seems to move the pieces differently. You don't get that feeling with a computer screen.
by Nick Ivell
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Kramnik v Aronian may be livening up. Provocative play by Levon, as he could have played ...Be6 at any time to neutralise White's attacking ideas.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I cast my mind back to the good old days when chess was considered important enough to be shown on TV. Let me take you all the way back to the Short v Kasparov match. I distinctly recall a discussion with Miles and Hodgson after Nigel's disastrous start. Julian said something about Nigel not playing...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Good to see Levon playing correct chess in this round, but way too late to salvage anything from this tournament. And it's a pity, because at his best I believe he is one of the few people in the world who could trouble Magnus.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Relevant comments from Polgar there. As for Kramnik's win against Aronian, yes, it will go down in the history of the game. But, really, was it all that good? The key move ...Rg8 was hatched at home, not found over the board. Thereafter, was it not just dreadful play by Aronian? Lifeless opening, pl...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24642

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I've been baffled by the performance of both Kramnik and Aronian. I would have loved to see Aronian take on Magnus, but we're not going to see that now. Is it just me, or has Aronian's play been frankly unsound?
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 14730

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Gawain will remember this game as death by the pin. He missed his chance but we shouldn't be too critical. He wasn't a piece up for nothing.

Reading a computer evaluation is easy. Actually playing chess is not.