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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:46 pm
by Leonard Barden
Chance for Adams, missed, so now heading for the second 10+10

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:51 pm
by Jonathan Rogers
Armageddon it is. Impressive blitz play from both at the end of the second 10 -10 game, clearly the favourable SF assessment was never going to be proven under such conditions.

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:16 pm
by JustinHorton
Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:51 pm
Armageddon it is.
Are we not on 5+3?

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:23 pm
by Jonathan Rogers
I don't think so, but now you make me wonder. If it is armageddon, not ideal to play White given the pattern of play so far.

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:31 pm
by Jonathan Rogers
Justin is right.

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:33 pm
by Jonathan Rogers
Just as well too. this may well come down to who gets White in the (real) armageddon

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:02 pm
by Jonathan Rogers
Ouch. All credit to Aravindh though

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:06 pm
by Jonathan Rogers
Incidentally Adams used to be a plausible (pre-event) winner of every world class KO competition between 1991 and 2004 (Tripoli). But has anything much gone right for him since Tripoli? I don't remember him getting especially so far ever since; perhaps one last 16 appearance in 2009 or so when he lost a close match to Carlsen. A pity. You'd still back him in any British Championship play-off, after all.

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:33 pm
by Roger de Coverly
Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:06 pm
But has anything much gone right for him since Tripoli? I don't remember him getting especially so far ever since; perhaps one last 16 appearance in 2009 or so when he lost a close match to Carlsen.
Did he give an interview a while back where he said that the World Cup was no longer a major focus? He would continue to play in it for as long as he received automatic invitations, but wasn't going to do much dedicated preparation for it.

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:52 pm
by NickFaulks
Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:06 pm
But has anything much gone right for him since Tripoli?
Kasimdzhanov hasn't prospered as much as might have been expected of a World Champion. Perhaps some curse attached to that benighted event.

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:11 pm
by Matt Mackenzie
The same can be argued wrt Ponomariov (though he has also been bringing up a family)

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:27 pm
by NickFaulks
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:11 pm
The same can be argued wrt Ponomariov (though he has also been bringing up a family)
Ponomariov's main problem has been an atrocious manager.

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:00 am
by Mick Norris
Pete Doggers reports on day 1 and day 2

TWIC

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:57 am
by Alex Holowczak
NickFaulks wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:27 pm
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:11 pm
The same can be argued wrt Ponomariov (though he has also been bringing up a family)
Ponomariov's main problem has been an atrocious manager.
Ponomariov's main problem in this particular tournament was that he was the number 46 seed. So he was doomed before he'd even started. :P

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:28 pm
by Matthew Turner
Dubov - Firouzja move 16, if you saw that position in class you'd offer some words of encouragement, but think that chess probably wasn't their thing :shock: