WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

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Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:02 pm

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Post by John Moore » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:02 pm

Nepo leads on 8.5 followed by Korobov, Ivanchuk and Mamedyarov on 8. Then a few on 7.5 including Anand, Grischuk and Aronian. But David certainly showing that he belongs in this company at Rapidplay.

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Post by John Moore » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:06 pm

David has Yu Yangyi in Round 12 with White.

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Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:13 pm

John Moore wrote:Nepo leads on 8.5 followed by Korobov, Ivanchuk and Mamedyarov on 8. Then a few on 7.5 including Anand, Grischuk and Aronian. But David certainly showing that he belongs in this company at Rapidplay.
Not just rapidplay based on his performances in the early London Chess Classics.

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Post by JustinHorton » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:19 pm

Lacking the competence to either find this year's regulations or entirely understand last year's, am I right in thinking that there are no extra games if there are joint winners, but the tiebreaker for places will involve average rating of opponents?
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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:47 pm

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John Moore wrote:Meanwhile back at the chess - if anyone else is interested, David Howell has beaten Dubov to move to 7/11. Very impressive. Oh and Magnus, showing the pressure of being on board 1 in every round, lost to Korobov with White in 23 moves.
From a rather good position too from the opening :shock:
Carlsen blundered horribly in that round 11 game. He is out of the running now. Pity Ivanchuk lost too. Nepo might well win it from here, though he has taken a quick draw in round 12.

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Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:53 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
LawrenceCooper wrote:
John Moore wrote:Meanwhile back at the chess - if anyone else is interested, David Howell has beaten Dubov to move to 7/11. Very impressive. Oh and Magnus, showing the pressure of being on board 1 in every round, lost to Korobov with White in 23 moves.
From a rather good position too from the opening :shock:
Carlsen blundered horribly in that round 11 game. He is out of the running now. Pity Ivanchuk lost too. Nepo might well win it from here, though he has taken a quick draw in round 12.
A quick draw with black against Mamedyarov looks a decent result. Possibly Mamedyarov reckoned that he has easier pairings to come or felt playing on wasn't likely to get him anywhere.

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Post by John Moore » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:54 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
LawrenceCooper wrote:
John Moore wrote:Meanwhile back at the chess - if anyone else is interested, David Howell has beaten Dubov to move to 7/11. Very impressive. Oh and Magnus, showing the pressure of being on board 1 in every round, lost to Korobov with White in 23 moves.
From a rather good position too from the opening :shock:
Carlsen blundered horribly in that round 11 game. He is out of the running now. Pity Ivanchuk lost too. Nepo might well win it from here, though he has taken a quick draw in round 12.
Not sure - 4/4 from here for Carlsen would put him fairly close, I would have thought.

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Post by JustinHorton » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:56 pm

I think 11 will be the first place score.
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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:58 pm

John Moore wrote: Not sure - 4/4 from here for Carlsen would put him fairly close, I would have thought.
Yeah, but I don't think he will do that. (His round 12 game looks drawn.)

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Post by JustinHorton » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:05 pm

But isn't.

Big ouch from Anand after somebody shows him what he missed in this round, I should think....


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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:06 pm

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John Moore wrote: Not sure - 4/4 from here for Carlsen would put him fairly close, I would have thought.
Yeah, but I don't think he will do that. (His round 12 game looks drawn.)
Ahem. That 'prediction' was deliberate! :!:

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Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:18 pm

Nepo on 9, Ivanchuk and Mamedyarov and Korobov and Dominguez on 8.5, Carlsen and Grischuk and Amonatov and Anand and Riazantsev and Jakovenko on 8. Lots of others (including Howell) on 7.5, probably about 12 on 7.5.

(Nakamura has crept up to 7 points with three wins and one loss and 8 draws. It would be funny if he ended up on the top boards in the final round, given the tournament he has had.)

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Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:38 pm

Some nice match-ups in round 13:

Aronian vs Anand
Nakamura vs MVL

Top board is Korobov vs Nepo.

Howell has Black against Tomashevsky.

Winning score is looking likely to be 11/15 as Justin said.

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Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

Post by John Moore » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:55 pm

The Chinese players on the board below David reached a symmetrical position and a draw in about 10 minutes. This is not necessarily a criticism because I've been known to do the same!

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