World Cup Knockout 2019

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:51 pm

Matthew Turner wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:28 pm
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:
I reckoned that this was the matchup of the round:https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/ ... p#comments
But it is surprising that Dubov, who judging by the clock times evidently won the preparation battle, didn't find 12 b4 which is quite a human move.
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Post by Matthew Turner » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:34 pm

Looks like a crushing display by Nisipeanu against Nakamura

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Post by Matthew Turner » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:42 pm

Is the engine they using at chess24 just terrible? It seems less reliable than it used to be.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by David Sedgwick » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:57 pm

Matthew Turner wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:42 pm
Is the engine they using at chess24 just terrible? It seems less reliable than it used to be.
I think that you now have to subscribe as a Premium Member in order to get a decent engine.

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Post by NickFaulks » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:23 pm

David Sedgwick wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:57 pm
I think that you now have to subscribe as a Premium Member in order to get a decent engine.
Given that it can be difficult to avoid seeing the wretched thing, I am happy that it's useless.

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Post by JustinHorton » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:26 pm

Nepo held with White by Predke. I was intrigued on looking up the latter to see he was from Dimitrovgrad - how many Russian cities named after Communist leaders in the Soviet period have retained those names in the modern era? (Tolyatti is another one, I note.)
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Post by JustinHorton » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:36 pm

Movsevian misses a chance
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Post by Nigel White » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:39 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:26 pm
Nepo held with White by Predke. I was intrigued on looking up the latter to see he was from Dimitrovgrad - how many Russian cities named after Communist leaders in the Soviet period have retained those names in the modern era? (Tolyatti is another one, I note.)
Kaliningrad is another.

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Post by JustinHorton » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:52 pm

Mmm, as it acquired that name almost immediately on its acquisition by the USSR it's not really what I'm thinking of.
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Post by NickFaulks » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:58 pm

Korobov - Le featuring one of those five knight endings.

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Post by JustinHorton » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:18 pm

Oh good spot. Move 60 for the curious.

Luke's game also a curiosity.
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by John Moore » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:03 pm

Luke's opponent didn't get remotely close to winning what is an admittedly difficult ending.

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Post by JustinHorton » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:41 pm

Botvinnik v Tal 1961
Timman v Speelman 1992

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Matt Fletcher » Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:28 pm

Johan-Sebastian Christiansen thought he was playing White today but actually played Black as he’s taken Wojtaszek’s place in the draw. He managed to get a draw but he’s not impressed with the information he was given...

https://twitter.com/gmjschr/status/1172 ... 74977?s=21

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Post by Alex Holowczak » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:11 pm

Matt Fletcher wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Johan-Sebastian Christiansen thought he was playing White today but actually played Black as he’s taken Wojtaszek’s place in the draw. He managed to get a draw but he’s not impressed with the information he was given...

https://twitter.com/gmjschr/status/1172 ... 74977?s=21
He was supposed to be Black, by my reading of the regulations.

It's a really difficult regulation to explain clearly. I tried drafting an equivalent for the LCC Super Blitz a few years ago, and I confused myself when writing it. So I gave up in the end, and just said we'd do a coin toss before every match. It wasn't any less fair, but it was much easier to explain! No real need to prepare quite so intensively though, so it isn't really viable for the World Cup where you want to know colours in advance.

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