2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:37 pm

Maybe worth noticing that Kramnik dissipated big plusses against two of the tailenders (Hou and Jones)

Despite his two losses, he could have ended up winning the whole lot.
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:41 pm

He also got away with it at least once though
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:42 pm

In the last round, you mean? He did ride his luck somewhat there.......
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:28 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:37 pm
Maybe worth noticing that Kramnik dissipated big plusses against two of the tailenders (Hou and Jones)

Despite his two losses, he could have ended up winning the whole lot.
I think looking towards the Candidates, Vlad's form may be recovering from 2017, but he'll have to play better to stand a chance; he seems to find a way not to convert good positions, and my impression was that he was tiring by the 13th round

Much as I would like Kramnik to win, I think the form suggests Shak must be favourite; Caruana will be hoping this event was just a blip; Karjakin was quite similar this time to the same event before the last Candidates
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:44 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:42 pm
In the last round, you mean? He did ride his luck somewhat there.......
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:09 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:44 pm
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:42 pm
In the last round, you mean? He did ride his luck somewhat there.......
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Kramnik was also in some trouble against Adhiban though a draw seemed likely; then the Indian self-destructed.
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:16 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:28 pm
I think looking towards the Candidates, Vlad's form may be recovering from 2017, but he'll have to play better to stand a chance; he seems to find a way not to convert good positions, and my impression was that he was tiring by the 13th round

Much as I would like Kramnik to win, I think the form suggests Shak must be favourite; Caruana will be hoping this event was just a blip; Karjakin was quite similar this time to the same event before the last Candidates
I would somewhat prefer Kramnik to win the Candidates rather than Mamedyarov, especially as I would give the latter very little chance against Carlsen.

Aronian would be my preference though I would certainly like to see Caruana return to form.

Probably DIng Liren won't win but he and Grischuk may score crucial wins against contenders. Sitting out the January tournaments, they may have some good preparation to show.
Wesley So could even win the Candidates if he were able to recover his 2016 form.
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Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Post by MJMcCready » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:24 pm

I do hope Aronian challenges Carlsen. He plays exciting attacking chess, and if we are being honest, all of Carlsen's world championship matches have been rather dull affairs.

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