2018 World Championship in London

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Post by Chris Rice » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:37 pm

Big opening night last night and some pictures on the FIDE site. There are also some further pictures on their FB site such as chess cocktails: Image and two guys in the logo position:
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Post by Nick Burrows » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:46 pm

Did they have sex?

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Post by Michael Farthing » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:57 pm

Dunno - but their parents did.

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Post by Mick Norris » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:22 pm

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Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:22 pm

Will we have a thread for the games?

Interesting bit at the end of this article (though the 'chess as a sport' bit seems overly optimistic):

https://en.chessbase.com/post/press-con ... -in-london
After the press conference, World Chess CEO Ilya Merenzon admitted that preparing for the tournament has not been without its challenges:

"Central London has so few venues that could have housed the Championship for the month. It was almost an impossible task. We are very lucky to have found the College here — and the funny thing is that the building was built as an art school, and chess and art are seen as being together so it is a very special arrangement."

In Britain, chess is not always seen as a sport but Merenzon is sure that this Championship can help change peoples perspectives and simply said. "I am completely sure that once the event is over, chess will be recognised as a sport."

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Post by JustinHorton » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:30 pm

Anything Ilya Merenzon says can be assumed to be doubtful on the grounds that Ilya Merenzon said it.
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Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:59 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:01 pm
Current Unibet prices: Carlsen 9/4 on, Caruana 9/5.
And as we kick off, it's Carlsen 9/4 on still, Caruana 7/4.
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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:08 pm

And Carlsen played 1.c5 in response to Caruana's 1.e4. Hmm.

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Post by IM Jack Rudd » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:09 pm

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg7 6.h3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Nd7

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Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:45 pm

I remember the days when it was de rigueur that Game 1 in a match was a short draw. Move 73 and no signs of hands being shaken. A long slog watching this but made worthwhile by Grischuk & Svidler's commentary.

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Post by JustinHorton » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:10 pm

I don't suppose I was the only one to think 34 Nh2 was a good time to get on with some work and be surprised to find a game still going on when checking up a bit later.
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Post by JustinHorton » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:01 pm

...and finally drawn after exactly seven hours of play.
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Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:19 pm

I did wonder if having tried to squeeze blood out of a stone for that long, Carlsen would try to beat the 1978 AK v VK move record.
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Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:29 am

A missed opportunity for Carlsen (definitely, he will have been disappointed not to win that), or a psychological boost for Caruana (maybe), or a sign of things to come for Caruana (he will get his chances, but will need to play better than that - first game nerves)? Maybe a bit of all that.

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Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:35 am

Not entirely impressed by the Guardian MBM
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