Olympiad

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Re: Olympiad

Post by MartinCarpenter » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:01 pm

Just playing sane chess I think :) Not known for sharp experiments with black.

Aagaard seems to be in a brave mood.

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Re: Olympiad

Post by Matthew Peat » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:25 pm

Adams has played the Slav a couple of times in this tournament. The surprise is that he played 5..e6 after which leads (if White wants) to a position where Black is very solid but has few if any winning chances. No criticism intended but as his opponent is nearly 200 Elo points lower I would have expected Adams to go for his normal stuff, especially as he is likely to lose his lead in the Board 1 medal table after what seems like an inevitable draw.

I suspect he would have rather had a rest today but that wasn't an option with Short having another enforced day off for the elections.

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Re: Olympiad

Post by MartinCarpenter » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:43 pm

He's always got the option of imitating Magnus and grinding away :)

If I was going to worry about our openings this tournament, I'd worry about how little we've often seemed to get with white. My impression was that we were doing quite well with black before that last round.

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Re: Olympiad

Post by Matthew Peat » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:52 pm

Not sure how much you can grind in the position that Adams has got.....Hope to be eating my words in a couple of hours.

I like the way that Howell has adopted the set-up that his opponent yesterday used against him

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Re: Olympiad

Post by Lewis Martin » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:35 pm

This is round 9, why are there so many draws on the top boards?

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Re: Olympiad

Post by David Gilbert » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:44 pm

Wow! Did David Howell really spend 42 minutes on move 14. bxc4?

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Re: Olympiad

Post by Graham Borrowdale » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:15 pm

Lewis Martin wrote:This is round 9, why are there so many draws on the top boards?
The same reason there are close matches in the later stages of the football World Cup (Germany-Brazil aside) : the teams are more closely matched, and there is more to lose.

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Re: Olympiad

Post by John Moore » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:23 pm

David Howell has somehow survived - his opponent missed at least one clear win.

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Re: Olympiad

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:28 pm

John Moore wrote:David Howell has somehow survived - his opponent missed at least one clear win.
He isn't an easy player to watch
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Re: Olympiad

Post by Andy Stoker » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:32 pm

I admire Nigel Short's play. I do not comment on his other qualities.

Unfortunately we now have an echo of that 1970s joke - a reader writes in response to the magazine's quiz: "Your quiz posed the question: 'what is taken to the FA Cup Final and never used?' It gave the answer 'The ribbons of the losing team - which are not fastened to the cup at the end of the game'. The answer should have been 'Malcolm Macdonald'." http://www.arsenal.com/history/profiles ... -macdonald

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Re: Olympiad

Post by John Moore » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:36 pm

Mickey's ending is, one imagines, drawn but the slight vulnerability of the b6 pawn and a more active King gives him a reason to play on.

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Re: Olympiad

Post by Lewis Martin » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:38 pm

Graham Borrowdale wrote:
Lewis Martin wrote:This is round 9, why are there so many draws on the top boards?
The same reason there are close matches in the later stages of the football World Cup (Germany-Brazil aside) : the teams are more closely matched, and there is more to lose.
But it isn't like that though is it? When you look closely, the draws were relatively early due to a lot of simplification quickly, not really challenging the opposition - nothing at all due to the apparent similarity in ability. Ukraine were not fighting for the gold medal against China.

Another example, Azerbaijan - Romania went from a 4 game match to a 1 game match quite quickly. Don't tell me that Mamedyarov played properly, because he, as a 2700 player as White vs a 2600 player drew early. They both rattled out the first ten moves very quickly.

Compare and contrast this to previous rounds.

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Re: Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:40 pm

Sadler should be winning now after his opponent played 49...Ne6. Sadler has played the right continuation: 50.Rh4.

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Re: Olympiad

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:42 pm

John Moore wrote:Mickey's ending is, one imagines, drawn but the slight vulnerability of the b6 pawn and a more active King gives him a reason to play on.
Hope so, David looks drawn now and Matthew appears to be winning, not quite sure how either of those happened but good news
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Re: Olympiad

Post by Lewis Martin » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:43 pm

Mamedov-Jianu has just finished after I typed my post. DO NOT TELL ME THAT IT WAS A DRAW WITH FIGHT. The fact that they concluded with 90 moves goes to show my point about it being very quickly concluded.

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