Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by benedgell » Sun Dec 20, 2015 5:29 pm

Terrific result for Ravi.

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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:43 pm

Absolutely Black against GM Lenderman tomorrow
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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:47 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Tim Harding wrote:
Steven DuCharme wrote:Wei down by 2.15 currently
Shock result: Wei Yi beaten by a 2470 IM.

Carlsen not winning yet.
Magnus drew. 33 Nb5 looked to be the move that allowed black back into the game.
When was the last time he failed to beat a female opponent?

(in classical chess, I mean - I remember Kosteniuk beating him in a blitz game a few years ago)
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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Andy McCulloch » Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:54 pm

Magnus, with white, failed to beat a player some 340 elo points lower than he is. What exactly is the significance of gender?

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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sun Dec 20, 2015 10:41 pm

Andy McCulloch wrote:Magnus, with white, failed to beat a player some 340 elo points lower than he is.
Desirable though it may be to play a Black opening (the Benko Gambit) with an extra tempo, it does allow your opponent to overcome the disadvantage of having Black by enabling them to play a White opening. Something similar in David Howell's game which resembled or even was a Trompowsky with reversed colours.

Kasparov was notorious for opening preparation, even studying to find potential early accidents for simul opponents. Perhaps Magnus is less bothered. Even so, you might think a mainstream approach should work on the general grounds that he should understand the positions better.

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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by LawrenceCooper » Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:57 am

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Andy McCulloch wrote:Magnus, with white, failed to beat a player some 340 elo points lower than he is.
Desirable though it may be to play a Black opening (the Benko Gambit) with an extra tempo, it does allow your opponent to overcome the disadvantage of having Black by enabling them to play a White opening.
I agree although he was a clear pawn up before his 32nd move allowed black back into the game. I thought that David was much worse until his opponent put his king on e2 instead of long castling.

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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:37 am

20 GM Howell David W L 2688 1 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2521 61

42 GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2626 ½ ½ FM Haria Ravi 2416 104

75 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2486 ½ ½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2834 1
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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:37 pm

round 1 report chess.com

Round 2 underway
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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Carl Hibbard » Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:40 pm

Mick Norris wrote:round 1 report chess.com

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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:55 pm

chess24live

Ravi doing ok at move 19, David taking lots of time as usual

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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Dec 21, 2015 2:14 pm

Mick Norris wrote: David taking lots of time as usual
Carlsen, by contrast, is an hour ahead on the clock. His opponent has managed to secure the least space possible as White in a Sicilian.


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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:05 pm

Carlsen''s opponent had spent about 40 minutes on move 4. He seemed to recover but left himself in ridiculous zeitnot (14 moves on increment only) so he soon went wrong and lost before the time control.
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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:37 pm

If the result listings on chess24 is right (still a few top games going), there can be at most 12 players on 2/2 including David Howell, so tomorrow his pairing should be Black against Anish Giri or similar.

LATER: After Kramnik's game ended, there seem to be just nine players on 100 per cent.
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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Anthony Higgs » Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:28 pm

Howell has white vs Wesley So tomorrow.
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Re: Qatar Masters Open 20-29 December

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:53 pm

Anthony Higgs wrote:Howell has white vs Wesley So tomorrow.

Definitely an easier pairing (relatively) than Black against Giri which he probably would have got had Kramnik won.

Giri-Wojtaszek
Sethuraman-Li Chao
Yu Yangyi-Swiercz

are the other top pairings.

Ravi Haria plays the woman who drew with Magnus,

The lowest rated 2/2 (Yuffa) is downfloated to Magnus.

I shall be glued to my screen.
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