Candidates 2019

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Candidates 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:40 pm

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Kazan, Russia, from 29 May

Interesting line up

Players: Hou Yifan, Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Ekaterina Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi, Nana Dzagnidze, Valentina Gunina.

Reserve Aleksandra Goryachkina.
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Re: Candidates 2019 May 31 to June 17/18

Post by Mick Norris » Fri May 31, 2019 7:52 am

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Live games

Promo Video of the players

FIDE

Chess Mind

Pete Doggers preview

Starts today

V. Gunina – K. Lagno,
A. Kosteniuk – A. Goryachkina,
N. Dzagnidze – Tan Zhongyi,
M. Muzychuk – A. Muzychuk
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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by Paul Cooksey » Fri May 31, 2019 10:25 am

I always enjoy a Muzychuk-Muzychuk pairing. Not for the game of course, but because I like to imagine a retired FM somewhere in Kent spluttering with impotent rage. Hi Steve!

EDIT: and they appear to be playing an actual game, that is embarrassing...

EDIT2: although they have at least agreed a draw on move 20, which might be enough to upset the most sensitive moral compasses...

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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by Peter Shaw » Fri May 31, 2019 2:32 pm

I have never really understood why it's a such problem if they always play a quick draw. In fact I preferred the way the Kosintsevas did it by just playing exactly the same game every time so there was no doubt what was going on. They might get 2 extra rest days but on the other hand they have 2 fewer games to reach +4 or whatever score is required to win the tournament so I don't see how it gives them an advantage.

What would be a problem is if they reach the second half with only one of them in contention and they suddenly decide to play a proper game and the one in contention wins.

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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Fri May 31, 2019 3:01 pm

Peter Shaw wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 2:32 pm
What would be a problem is if they reach the second half with only one of them in contention and they suddenly decide to play a proper game and the one in contention wins.
That's presumably why they're scheduled to play in rounds 1 and 8, so they have the least possible information on which to base that.

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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Fri May 31, 2019 4:54 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 3:01 pm
Peter Shaw wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 2:32 pm
What would be a problem is if they reach the second half with only one of them in contention and they suddenly decide to play a proper game and the one in contention wins.
That's presumably why they're scheduled to play in rounds 1 and 8, so they have the least possible information on which to base that.
That's been the Candidates format for a while now too with players from the same federation meeting in the first few rounds of each cycle; hence

Round 1
Valentina Gunina — Kateryna Lagno
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Alexandra Goryachkina

Round 2
Kateryna Lagno — Alexandra Kosteniuk
Alexandra Goryachkina — Valentina Gunina

Round 3
Valentina Gunina — Alexandra Kosteniuk
Alexandra Goryachkina — Kateryna Lagno
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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by Paul Cooksey » Fri May 31, 2019 6:05 pm

I turned on the stream just in time to see Gunina and Lagno being interviewed; apparently the players disturbed by loud music during the games. Not great.

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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:56 am

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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:32 pm

Wins for Dzagnidze (with black) & Goryachkina against Anna Muzychuk & Gunina today.

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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:17 pm

4/4 for white today leaving Dzagnidze & Goryachkina the early leaders on 2.5/3 going into the first rest day.

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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:22 pm

Women's chess is much more exciting, isn't it?
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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:39 pm

A cynic might suggest "more exciting" correlates with "lower quality"......

Some of the recent men's events haven't been so bad tbf.
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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:51 pm

Tournaments where people care more about their finishing position than their rating change tend to produce more exciting chess.

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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:04 pm

Ian Rogers tweets about the street music which has disturbed the first three rounds.
https://twitter.com/GMIanRogers
The embarrassing aspect for Fide is that the final venue inspection was made by Arkady Dvorkovich himself.

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Re: Candidates 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:08 pm

Nana Dzagnidze now on 3.5/4. It must be said that her win v Gunina today was rather one-sided and could not have been mistaken for a game in THE candidates, but I will carry on watching regardless.

(Er, anyone know anything about Nana Dzagnidze?)

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