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by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

That was quick. They are off again. Same opening (Sveshnikov Sicilian) as in the main match (game 12). Carlsen deviated with Qb8 instead of Bf5 on move 11.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Well, the way he has played, it looks like Carlsen doesn't know what he is doing...

EDIT: Well, he (Carlsen) is winning now.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Carlsen burning time on move 24, seemingly caught in an agony of indecision over whether to take the pawn on d4 or e6.

(Either that, or calculating very deep to be sure which way to go, FWIW, computer disagrees with his decision. But maybe both moves are winning.)
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2716
Views: 292521

Re: Media comments on chess

by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 5301

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Good luck to David Cummings as well (ex. England and Wales many years ago, now Canadian).
I am sure Keith won't want another last round pairing against Sturua!
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knights facing forwards.
Replies: 30
Views: 2383

Re: Knights facing forwards.

Some old 'knight orientation' confessions here . Best post is here . Returning to this old thread (and following on from the 'research' done by John Saunders - see second link above): https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2018/11/27/amcgettigan/carlsens-fortress/ When adjusting their knights on the board, Car...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The difference with my proposal is maybe that players end up displaying more opening preparation? The sponsors would only pay for the last 12 games... (If you are going to have an 'unpaid' or at least poorly-paid-in-a-room-somewhere portion of the match, have it at the start.) Slightly less radical:...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Shocking prices, but no surprise really. Springing a surprise openings-wise in the tie-breaks would be a gamble. Might work, might not. My guess is that we will either see it in the first two games (time to recover from a loss), or in the last two games (of the four-game rapid match) but only if one...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

One of the advantages of a longer match is more time to try out different opening ideas. There was barely time in this match to explore some of the ideas put forward. There was also no 1...e5 from Magnus Carlsen in reply to 1.e4. We are left wondering what might have happened there. Might we see dif...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

It is disappointing that game 12 didn't reach a more natural conclusion. Quick questions about the tie-breaks and opening preparations. Is it harder to use opening preparation in rapid games, or is it possible to spring a surprise and might the surprised player find themselves in time trouble or blu...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Surely, Magnus is playing the best player that he has played in a World Championship match and finding it the most difficult. Why is that a surprise? I thought it was a 50/50 match at the start and nothing seems to have changed. Has Caruana's play been 'better' than that of Karjakin and Anand in th...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Pretty short game today. Unlikely to go much further.
If it is agreed drawn soon, is that the shortest game of the match?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

This looks lost for Black. Will be a massive shock if that happens.

EDIT: OK, maybe not.... :D

[3vs2 pawns on kingside draw]
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Yes. Could be winning for White, if Black is not careful (engine opinion, not mine).

Put it this way, Magnus would win this with White.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

44...Kd4 is an awful move from Carlsen.