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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:49 pm

If I have it right - and I trust that forumites already know that I don't actually check these pronouncements - no one has started the candidates with 2/2. (The modern versions, that is, though in fact no one won in the first round in Montpellier 1985 either). Same with the world championships, if that is what they were, in 2005 and 2007.

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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:12 pm

Grischuk might be a bit disappointed at the moment - he has two draws and should probably have done better both times.
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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:32 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:49 pm
If I have it right - and I trust that forumites already know that I don't actually check these pronouncements - no one has started the candidates with 2/2. (The modern versions, that is)
This is starting from when, 2011?
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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:57 pm

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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:11 pm

Anyway Wang is making heavy weather of breaking the streak
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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:32 pm

yes, easy to wonder now, mind you, I half expected Giri to hold yesterday at various points

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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:47 pm

And they draw.
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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:53 pm

I am forever mentally chalking up the point and then failing to win such positions, and thus questioning my technique - nice to be reminded that they are really not as easy as all that.

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Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:16 pm

Never ever forget, chess is hard!
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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by Chris Rice » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:15 pm

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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by Andy Howie » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:43 pm

The funny thing is, At the start of the round, the players don't shake hands. As soon as the game is over, they forget they are not supposed to and shake hands...

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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by NickFaulks » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:00 pm

Exactly the same story at Pimlico Chess Club, at least until last Thursday. When you've spent an hour struggling for a draw and finally get it, the coronavirus fades into insignificance.
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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:18 am

Early openings round up: we have

- a Winawer

- a Ne5 Slav where White has declined to play the crucial 8 e4 line

- a Bd2 Grunfeld

- a French Exchange
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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:26 am

Fun transpo note: the French Exchange started life as a Petroff.

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Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:04 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:18 am
a Winawer
First at this level since 1986
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