Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

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Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:23 am

Agon press release

If you're wondering "will they give up on the stupidity of trying to prevent other sites broadcasting the moves?" the answer appears to be "Good Lord no".
The Tournament will be broadcasted exclusively on worldchess.com and on media partners’ sites.
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Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:33 am

What is going on in that picture?

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Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by PeterFarr » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:38 am

NickFaulks wrote:What is going on in that picture?
An interesting choice.

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Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:44 am

"Over 23% of Germans play chess regularly"

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Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:59 am

Thanks, I thought that was Breznhev but didn't make the connection.

Next, can someone speculate on why Agon would think this the natural backdrop for the Candidates? Beats me.

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Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:09 pm

Moving my comment about the World Cup to the correct thread leaves me room to give another little sigh at the ongoing taste in certain chess quarters for spouting utter cobblers about numbers of chessers.
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Post by Mick Norris » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:12 pm

Jonathan Bryant wrote:"Over 23% of Germans play chess regularly"
Or less than 24% of Germans play regularly, as we might prefer (probably much less than 24% :wink: )

Good place for a few Berlin endgames though :lol:
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Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by PeterFarr » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:24 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Jonathan Bryant wrote:"Over 23% of Germans play chess regularly"
Or less than 24% of Germans play regularly, as we might prefer (probably much less than 24% :wink: )

Good place for a few Berlin endgames though :lol:
"regularly" includes all those who 'generally play chess least once a year' according to Agon's YouGov survey from 2012.

Also it's 23% of "adults" rather than the total population, to be thoroughly pedantic

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Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:32 pm

PeterFarr wrote: "regularly" includes all those who 'generally play chess least once a year' according to Agon's YouGov survey from 2012.
That would include all those who might load the chess playing program on their phone, tablet or laptop once a year. Popular computer games would get equally high headcounts.

Germany does have an impressive headcount of "serious" players though, those on the domestic German list or on the FIDE list as GER.

I wonder who is the likely wildcard.

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Post by IM Jack Rudd » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:35 pm

The first thing I'd look at is whether there's a player from the host country who's strong enough to be the wildcard. There isn't.

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Post by Angus French » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:39 pm

NickFaulks wrote:Next, can someone speculate on why Agon would think this the natural backdrop for the Candidates? Beats me.
"Gens una sumus"?... Just wonder if it's part in memory of Andrew Paulson?

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Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:42 pm

From the timetable in the Agon press release
March 28 Wednesday – Tie Breaks/Closing Ceremony
Didn't the London Candidates determine the qualifier from the results in the main tournament without using rapidplay games?

http://london2013.fide.com/en/component ... view&kid=2

Carlsen went through by virtue of having more losses (and wins) than Kramnik .

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Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:47 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:The first thing I'd look at is whether there's a player from the host country who's strong enough to be the wildcard. There isn't.
Though do we know who's actually getting their wallet out for this one?
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Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:48 pm

. [posted in wrong forum]
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