Candidates 2014

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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by Nigel White » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:04 pm

Mick Norris wrote:Line up now finalised :wink:
Assuming that Anand chooses to take part. He was somewhat non-committal about whether he would, when asked about his future plans in the post match press conference.

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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by MartinCarpenter » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:06 pm

I'd think it notably surprising if he did really. He surely wouldn't want to play another match vs Carlsen with the extra time that'll have passed in the mean time so what would be the point?

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Post by Ray Sayers » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:43 pm

It would not surprise me at all if Kramnik qualified.

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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:08 pm

MartinCarpenter wrote:I'd think it notably surprising if he did really. He surely wouldn't want to play another match vs Carlsen with the extra time that'll have passed in the mean time so what would be the point?
Caruana should play if he doesn't, surely?
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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by PeterFarr » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:24 pm

Grischuk has a case too. Presumably there are some actual rules though??

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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:23 pm

It is interesting whether Anand would play. Presumably there is a deadline by which time Anand would have to decide? With all due respect to Anand, it is not a question of whether he would want to play Carlsen again, but whether he would be able to win the Candidates tournament at all. If that line-up Mick pointed to is confirmed, who would be the favourite? Kramnik? That would really set up a mouth-watering title match.

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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by Mick Norris » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:17 pm

If Anand withdrew, the reserve would be the third player from the Grand Prix - if a second reserve was needed it would come from the average rating category

So, Caruana is first reserve, second I think is Radjabov :!:
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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:35 pm

Looking more likely that Anand will withdraw and Caruana will play
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/spor ... 695157.cms
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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:37 pm

Mick Norris wrote:Looking more likely that Anand will withdraw and Caruana will play
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/spor ... 695157.cms
That would probably be for the good of the tournament, it must be said.

Now all we need to do is to tear up the rule book altogether and replace Mamedyarov with Nakamura and we'll be in business. Andreikin can stay, even if he will do about as well as Radjabov did last time. I can't think of anyone else in particular who really would make a memorable contribution and he's a Tromp player after all.

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Post by John Cox » Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:32 pm

> I can't think of anyone else in particular who really would make a memorable contribution

Well, Gelfand, obviously. And of course we should get rid of Andreikin - he qualified in an MM event as a result of a 2700 performance plus winning a few blitz games.

Svidler ahead of Grischuk was the obvious choice, frankly - Svidler's the Russian champion, has done well repeatedly in similar events, and unlike Grischuk hasn't announced that he welcomes the death of classical chess, which would make Grischuk a slightly strange choice in a contest to find the classical chess world champion.

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Post by John Upham » Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:36 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote: and he's a Tromp player after all.
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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:16 pm

I wonder what changed Anand's mind? Does anyone have a link to anything from Anand himself after that newspaper interview of 21 December?

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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by Ray Sayers » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:20 pm

Time, most likely.

Asking someone if they want to play again straight after being beaten doesn't seem appetising. After a while, the pain wears off a bit.

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Re: Candidates 2014

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:23 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:Does anyone have a link to anything from Anand himself after that newspaper interview of 21 December?
In a link from 23rd December, it becomes "likely".
http://www.firstpost.com/sports/anand-l ... 02119.html

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