Wijk aan Zee 2021

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:00 pm

Tie breaks are Mutual results then SB
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by PeterFarr » Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:07 pm

So could be a van Foreest v Giri play-off, great for the locals.

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:09 pm

Yes Mutual results are all draws and I think the SB favours the Dutch
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Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:12 pm

Esipenko wins, which means Donchenko finishes at least a point clear at the bottom. I guess he missed his big chance against MVL.

It should also mean Carlsen finishes sixth - when did he last finish a tournament in such a low position?
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:17 pm

Norway 2017

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:19 pm

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:30 pm

Giri agrees a draw. Apparently this guarantees a play-off against Van Foreest because Firouzja cannot improve his tiebreak sufficiently.
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:36 pm

(Meanwhile Duda agrees a draw and leaves without ever really making a mark of any kind.)
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:49 pm

After heroic defence by Wojtaszek, was 53...Qc6 just an awful blunder?
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by PeterFarr » Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:00 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:49 pm
After heroic defence by Wojtaszek, was 53...Qc6 just an awful blunder?
Looks like it.

Just seen something saying the play-off is starting at 18.10 CET which is 17.10 for UK

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:11 pm

My guess was that he somehow overlooked, in the way that you do under stress and in time pressure,that the Bishop on a5 would be attacking his rook on d8.

Anyway I went out to do a quick chore after that move and am amazed to find the game still going on.
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by PeterFarr » Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:17 pm

Well Wojtaszek now has a better position than before he blundered, amazing.

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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:24 pm

PeterFarr wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:17 pm
Well Wojtaszek now has a better position than before he blundered, amazing.
Same could be said for Wojtaszek, who has got his draw
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:46 pm

First Dutch winner since Timman in 1985 will be decided by an Armageddon
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Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Post by Nick Grey » Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:51 pm

Blitz at the club puts me off my game....

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