Wijk aan Zee 2021

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:44 am

Chris Rice wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:35 am
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Matthew Turner wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:18 am
Van Foreest - Grandelius
What on earth is that all about?
This is arguably stranger
Remarkably 4...Nf6 appears to be a TN!
I feel like this has been played quite a bit, just in Minors rather than elite events

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:50 am

Matthew Turner wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:44 am
I feel like this has been played quite a bit, just in Minors rather than elite events
Usually when the elite seemingly copy ideas from Minors, it's from the 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 positions.

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:56 pm

Carlsen has the sort of niggling advantage against MVL that he might turn into a win when he is in good form.

(right now, however.......)
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:57 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:56 pm
Carlsen has the sort of niggling advantage against MVL that he might turn into a win when he is in good form.

(right now, however.......)
He also has more Rooks

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:03 pm

Well yeah, but Black has *some* compensation.
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:12 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:03 pm
Well yeah, but Black has *some* compensation.
I don't see the counterplay and think this will all be over rather quickly.

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:18 pm

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Admirers of the French Exchange will be pleased to see it make an appearance
Caruana obviously decided you can't have too many g pawns
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by PeterFarr » Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:46 pm

The Caruana g pawns seem quite useful in fact. Not looking too good for Giri at the moment, as he seems worse against Anton, and van Foreest, Caruana and Firouzja all at least have chances.

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:43 pm

Carlsen has beaten MVL whose performances in this tournament have not been of a standard befitting a player of his ability.
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:48 pm

Van Foreest wins to get to 8.5

Excellent results for him
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:50 pm

"A prediction - lots of White wins today"

Looking good so far...

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:51 pm

PeterFarr wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:46 pm
The Caruana g pawns seem quite useful in fact. Not looking too good for Giri at the moment, as he seems worse against Anton, and van Foreest, Caruana and Firouzja all at least have chances.
Caruana has drawn still with the 3 g pawns
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:52 pm

What are the playoff rules? I've hunted around on the official website but not found them.
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:53 pm

1 Giri
2 JVF
3 Caruana
4 Firo

Top two contest play-off

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:58 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:52 pm
What are the playoff rules? I've hunted around on the official website but not found them.
Click on About then Tournament then scroll down

Top 2 play 2 blitz games then armageddon if necessary
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