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by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Has anyone worked out yet who has been mathematically eliminated? Aronian cannot finish first, and neither can So, but can Kramnik still qualify? Of the five people within half a point of the lead, Karjakin plays Ding and Grischuk plays Caruana and Grischuk also plays Mamedyarov. In theory, if Grisc...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

White is a bit stuck for moves... (move 33).
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

He found it and it wasn't difficult. The first point of Bh4 was to play Kg2 without allowing a queen check and the other point was to rule out ...Rd8. Now Karjakin has a wide choice and it's Kramnik who is short of time. JUST seen your edit. I don't agree with the "swinging back and forth". Karjaki...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

24 Be1 found and commentators/online engine say White is winning. 24...Be6 25 Bh4 was the continuation. Meanwhile both Caruana and Aronian have glimmers of an advantage though draws are the most likely outcome. And now after 25...Rf8 Karjakin has to again find an 'only' move (26.Kg2) or he is just ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

...and we're all cheering for Kramnik in this one, aren't we now! I might have been, because he is playing Karjakin, but by the time I started watching it looked like Kramnik was on the suicidal trend again. But after Karjakin rejected 20 cxb7 maybe it is still murky. Now Karjakin has to find 24.Be...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I have a sneaky feeling Kramnik (currently at move 23) might win this and get on a roll...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Perceptive comments from Polgar, especially about seconds keeping you grounded.

Round nine being played now. Three rounds between each of the rest days. The younger players (with the exception of So and Karjakin) are out-performing the older ones.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Aronian-Grischuk is interesting. Two big blunders on moves 24 and 27.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I really hope Kramnik recovers from this and goes on to win the event. It would be agonising if this game made the difference at the end. If Kramnik had won, he would be a whole point ahead. It does keep things tight. Maybe we will see a cagey few rounds and lots of draws as the players conserve the...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Tim Harding wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:24 pm
Grischuk seems to have blitzed 22 Rxf4 (unclear) missing a forced win by 22 Bh4+.
I think Grishuk took 15 minutes to reject 22.Bh4+ but might win anyway.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Odd position. White is a whole piece down with no obvious threats, but the online engine only has it at -0.47. Which move? Which online engine? The Chessbomb engine (Stockfish 8-CB 64 POPCNT, 30 sec, depth 20, 30254756 nodes) has the evaluation in Grischuk-Ding as +0.47 after 20.Bc6 with the "obvio...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21537

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Looks like Kramnik may be the first sole leader, as he has a crushing position against Aronian (move 20).
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Who will win the 2018 candidates?
Replies: 22
Views: 1218

Re: who will win the 2018 candidates?

Just thought I'd plug the Gorm's guide to the runners and riders over on the Ginger GM website: https://www.gingergm.com/blog/candidates-2018-preview Thanks for the pointer. That says: "I got some interesting info from Lawrence Trent recently. He has the inside track on Caruana (Trent used to be hi...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Who will win the 2018 candidates?
Replies: 22
Views: 1218

Re: who will win the 2018 candidates?

I voted second, adding my vote for Karjakinto (presumably?) Paolo's, unless someone else voted and Paolo is waiting until later. Wonder who voted for Caruana? Will any of the candidates be pointless (in this vote, not in the tournament!)?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 30806

Re: Chess history trivia

On Blackmore, not a chess player of note but famous in his day as the author of "Lorna Doone", see pages 176 and 180 of my Eminent Victorian Chess Players. There is more on him in my PhD thesis which is now available online. Where may we find your thesis on-line Tim? I had a look at your personal s...