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by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Black can't complain if he chooses the Petrov and then the game is drawn.
by MJMcCready
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

We have another c3 Sicilian from Jones. After 10 moves black has a space advantage and is ahead in development as white's light-squared bishop has already made three moves.
by MJMcCready
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

It was a blunder. I think Danny King gives an accurate assessment of the game on his youtube channel, perhaps he's right that nerves got the better of Gawain.
by MJMcCready
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

I suppose the stronger you are the better your utilisation of the material you have is.
by MJMcCready
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

He certainly had compensation but-well its easy to say with computer assistance-had Jones played stronger defensive moves instead of moving his queen out to b6 and then back to d8, he should have had a substantial advantage.
by MJMcCready
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Well they are all claiming that Carlsen blundered a piece. The fact that he can win a game a piece down is staggering.
by MJMcCready
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

So he taken Kramink's crown away from him then.
by MJMcCready
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Agreed. Engines think Gawain has let a lot of his advantage slip with 22...Qb6?! (instead of 22...g5 or 22...Bf8) because now 23 g5! gives compensation. Commentators compare this with AlphaZero's positional piece sacs. 3 moves later he moves the queen back to d8. His position looks precarious now.
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Yes sure. I just hope he has the sort of position he wants, just looks like his bishop should not be where it is.
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

On move 15 it still looks misplaced. I think with an IQP and d5 coming it has a reason to be on c4 but other than that it is only blocking the c-file. After 15 moves it seems that white only has a slight space advantage.
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Jones plays a c3 Sicilian. I can why the bishop cannot go to b5 with the d-pawn on d7 still but Bc4 after e6 has already been played seems rather pointless in itself. I suppose its a better square than e2 but other than to exchange it off later, it doesn't have much of a future on that square.
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Writing a Letter
Replies: 16
Views: 2959

Re: Writing a Letter

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by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating the metrics.
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Re: Rating the metrics.

not very extensively. because I don't really know how to do it. Plus of course it is hard work! What I do with my games is usually look at the opening and where I strayed from book, just try and dig out the next book move or look what weakness has been created by my opponent straying from the book....
by MJMcCready
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating the metrics.
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Re: Rating the metrics.

How extensively are you studying your own games and using the positions from those as a basis for further study?
by MJMcCready
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15508

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Why did Jones agree a draw with the final position? Was it more to do with the stature of his opponent rather than the nature of the position itself? Had his opponent been a few hundred points lower, he would have played on surely?