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Biel 2018

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:35 pm

Round 1 of the six player top section of the Biel International, headed by Carlsen, kicked off at 1pm UK:

1 GM Carlsen, M. (0) 2843 - GM Navara, David (0) 2727
2 GM Mamedyarov (0) 2808 - GM Georgiadis (0) 2527
3 GM Vachier-Lagr. (0) 2789 - GM Svidler, P. (0) 2760

The Masters tournament below it looks wickedly strong as well!

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:15 pm

Mamedyarov duly beat the tournament "bunny".

Carlsen has an ending that "looks" good but which the computer thinks will be difficult to actually convert.
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Re: Biel 2018

Post by David Robertson » Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:56 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:15 pm
Carlsen has an ending that "looks" good but which the computer thinks will be difficult to actually convert
Pfft! Computer, he kno nuttin'. Carlsen converted without breaking into a trot. He is ridiculously good

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by Nick Ivell » Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:26 pm

Typical Magnus grind. There has never been a more accurate player. Not sure what Navara was doing chucking his 'h' pawn.

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:29 am

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:26 pm
Typical Magnus grind. There has never been a more accurate player. Not sure what Navara was doing chucking his 'h' pawn.
Definitely his sort of grind, create an imbalance and let your opponent mess up. Brilliant. Peter Doggers report if anyone wants to play through it.

Round 2 (1pm UK)

1 GM Vachier-Lagr. (½) 2789 - GM Carlsen, M. (1) 2843
2 GM Navara, David (0) 2727 - GM Mamedyarov (1) 2808
3 GM Svidler, P. (½) 2760 - GM Georgiadis (0) 2527

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:02 pm

1 GM Vachier-Lagr. (½) 2789 0 - 1 GM Carlsen, M. (1) 2843
2 GM Navara, David (0) 2727 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov (1) 2808
3 GM Svidler, P. (½) 2760 1 - 0 GM Georgiadis (0) 2527

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by David Robertson » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:18 pm

I've just got to say that, having watched Carlsen - Vachier-LaGrave today, whatever my grade tomorrow, I'm glad I won't be facing Magnus in a QPF this coming season in the local leagues :shock:

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by Richard Bates » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:42 pm

David Robertson wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:18 pm
I've just got to say that, having watched Carlsen - Vachier-LaGrave today, whatever my grade tomorrow, I'm glad I won't be facing Magnus in a QPF this coming season in the local leagues :shock:
Do you have the option to opt for an adjournment?

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:55 pm

David Robertson wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:18 pm
I'm glad I won't be facing Magnus in a QPF this coming season in the local leagues :shock:
A bit like opening the batting in the Lancashire League and facing Charlie Griffith.

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:11 pm

Another storming start from Magnus in a tournament - who knows, maybe he might not mess this one up?
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Re: Biel 2018

Post by Chris Rice » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:03 am

Played through the MVL-Carlsen game again this morning in combination with Peter Doggers report and Bojkov's notes. Utterly sensational four rook endgame, a classic. Carlsen looks right back to his best and the thought of a match for the World Chess Championship, in London, with the number 1 & 2 players in the world, both in peak form is truly mouth watering.

Round 3 (1pm UK)
1 GM Carlsen, M. (2) 2843 — GM Svidler, P. (1½) 2760
2 GM Mamedyarov (1½) 2808 — GM Vachier-Lagr. (½) 2789
3 GM Georgiadis (0) 2527 — GM Navara, David (½) 2727

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by David Robertson » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:30 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:55 pm
A bit like opening the batting in the Lancashire League and facing Charlie Griffith
I think I'd prefer my chances against Sir Charles Christopher Griffith than against Magnus Carlsen. Griffith is pushing 80 these days - years, that is (though mph is possible :( ). In any case, he's likely lost a yard or so of pace

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by Andy Stoker » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:44 pm

But Sir Charles was never clear how to play the black side of the QGD - and Magnus always looks uncertain when it's pitched short. I think you may have a chance.

Reminds me of the apocryphal story when Sir Robert Charlton was asked how he thought the 1966 team would fare against the 1996 Euro team ... he thought it would be around even - but of course the members of the 1966 team "would be in their late 50s and 60s now"

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Re: Biel 2018

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:03 pm

That gag has been done several times (and not just regarding football)
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Re: Biel 2018

Post by Andy Stoker » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:53 pm

Sorry - thought it was original

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