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Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:09 pm
by Matt Mackenzie
MVL's recent downturn is very much continuing it seems.

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:55 am
by JustinHorton
I wonder whether missing out on the Candidates twice by narrow margins has taken a little bit of an edge off his game.

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:04 pm
by Matt Mackenzie
Oh, very likely.

But it was already evident in the final Grand Prix tourney when he still had a chance to qualify for the 2018 event.

Hard not to think he has been a bit unlucky, but only one person can ultimately put that right......

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:06 pm
by JustinHorton
Very Magnussy sort of position in Magnus's game

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:06 pm
by Brian Towers
Karjakin has 3 pawns for the exchange against Nakamura. Unfortunately for Karjakin the 3 pawns are arranged in an Irish pawn centre. Hard to imagine them lasting long.

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:32 pm
by LawrenceCooper
Brian Towers wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:06 pm
Karjakin has 3 pawns for the exchange against Nakamura. Unfortunately for Karjakin the 3 pawns are arranged in an Irish pawn centre. Hard to imagine them lasting long.
Nakamura wins to move to 1st= with Carlsen and possibly So and Anand or Caruana.

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:59 pm
by LawrenceCooper
LawrenceCooper wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:32 pm
Brian Towers wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:06 pm
Karjakin has 3 pawns for the exchange against Nakamura. Unfortunately for Karjakin the 3 pawns are arranged in an Irish pawn centre. Hard to imagine them lasting long.
Nakamura wins to move to 1st= with Carlsen and possibly So and Anand or Caruana.
Caruana beat Anand to join the leading group on 4/7.

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:02 pm
by JustinHorton
And So draws which gives us a four-way tie for the lead going into the last round.

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:06 pm
by LawrenceCooper
JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:02 pm
And So draws which gives us a four-way tie for the lead going into the last round.
Leaving the last round pairings and scores as follows:

1 GM Vachier-Lagr. (2½) 2789— — GM Carlsen, M. (4) 2843
2 GM Caruana, F. (4) 2822— — GM So, Wesley (4) 2778
3 GM Karjakin, S. (3) 2782— — GM Anand, V. (3½) 2760
4 GM Aronian, L. (3½) 2764— — GM Nakamura, H. (4) 2769

Mamedyarov finished on 3.5/8.

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:08 pm
by JustinHorton
What's the tie-break rules? Do we have six possible winners still?

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:42 pm
by LawrenceCooper
JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:08 pm
What's the tie-break rules? Do we have six possible winners still?
According to chess24:

Tiebreaks
Points scored
Sonneborn-Berger
Wins
Number of Black wins
Rating

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:49 pm
by Jonathan Bryant
Caruana beat Anand to join the leading group on 4/7.
Anand's French Exvhange (by transpo) not as successful as Wesley's Slav Exchange from the other day.

Interesting/curious opening choice from Anand. Presumably if he'd wanted an immediate draw he would have trundled down one of the old main lines. Can't imagine it would have been difficult to find one that doesn't burn out right away.

So he just wanted a position, then, and didn't fancy anything they normally try against the Petrov. Or so I assume, anyway

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:50 pm
by Jonathan Bryant
Talking of curious opening choices, I'm a tad surprised the Open Spanish is back in fashion

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:51 pm
by Mick Norris
JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:08 pm
What's the tie-break rules? Do we have six possible winners still?
Blitz playoff
Yes 6 possible to get to the minimum score of 4.5 if Caruana draws with So

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:15 pm
by Barry Sandercock
Magnus drew in 17 moves today. Not like a few years ago, when he played those long endgames.