8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

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8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:28 pm

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Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Paul Cooksey » Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:29 pm

I'm watching the round 2 commentary now. Kramnik and Polgar are fantastic, five stars, strongly recommended.

(as I type Vishy has joined as a guest! six stars!)

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Post by Mick Norris » Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:44 am

TWIC round 2 report
Round 2 Standings: 1st Caruana 6pts, 2nd= Firouzja Aronian 4pts, 4th Carlsen 3pts, 5th= Duda, Tari 0pts.

Round 3 Pairings Wednesday 6th Oct 4pm: Tari-Carlsen, Duda-Aronian, Firouzja-Caruana
As a catch up Pete Doggers round 1 report plus his round 2 report
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Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:37 am

Pete Doggers round 3 report

The rook ending between Duda & Aronian is worth a look if you didn't see it

TWIC round 3 report
Round 3 Standings: 1st= Aronian, Caruana 7pts. 3rd Carlsen 6pts, 4th Firouzja, Alireza 5½ 5th= Duda, Tari 0pts.

Round 4 4pm BST Thursday 8th Oct 2020 Carlsen-Caruana, Aronian-Alireza, Tari-Duda
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Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:59 am

Rest day today

TWIC round 4 report
Magnus Carlsen scored his first win against Fabiano Caruana in 19 classical games including an entire world championship match
Round 4 Standings: 1st Carlsen 9pts 2nd Aronian 8pts, 3rd-4th Firouzja, Caruana 7pts, 5 Tari 1.5pts 6 Duda 1pt

Round 5 pairings 4pm 10th Oct 2020 Duda-Carlsen, Firouzja-Tari, Caruana-Aronian
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Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Paul Cooksey » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:05 pm

Duda ended Carlsen's classical OTB unbeaten run today in the kind of tactical mess where he excels.

Supposedly Kortchnoi used to say that it is not possible to beat the theory of probability forever.

125 games is a record that we might not see broken.

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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:13 pm

Wow, and Duda was the tail-ender as well. Was there some question over some claim to a longer streak that Carlsen was trying to overhaul, or is 125 now the undisputed longest ever?

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Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Paul Cooksey » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:31 pm

People say "Elite" to avoid considering records at much lower levels. Tiviakov and Lalic had 110 at slightly lower levels, but I don't think anyone is challenging 125 as the record.

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Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:17 pm

Yes, pretty sure there is no credible claim higher than 125 games at GM level.
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Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Steven DuCharme » Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:39 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:05 pm
Duda ended Carlsen's classical OTB unbeaten run today in the kind of tactical mess where he excels.

Supposedly Kortchnoi used to say that it is not possible to beat the theory of probability forever.

125 games is a record that we might not see broken.
and then only by Carlsen :mrgreen:
I float like a pawn island and sting like an ignored knight :mrgreen:

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Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:14 am

TWIC round 5 report
This was Magnus Carlsen's first loss since the 31st July 2018 when he was defeated by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov at the Biel Chess Festival. According to Tarjei J. Svensen (@TarjeiJS on twitter) the unbeaten streak lasted 125 classical games or 2 years, 2 months and 10 days and that Carlsen was probably lost at some stage in four of them and "close to lost" in another four before his luck finally ran out today.
The tournament has an extremely unusual, if not unique, pairing system which means that now they have reached the half way point they will repeat the pairings in reverse order, this means that the players meet tomorrow with reverse colours so Carlsen has chance of revenge with the white pieces, Duda has the chance to really make his tournament whatever the other results.

Round 5 Standings: 1st Aronian 11pts 2nd Firouzja 10pts 3rd Carlsen 9pts 4th Caruana 7pts 5th Duda 4pts 6th Tari 1.5pts

Round 6 pairings Sunday 10th Oct 4pm BST: Carlsen-Duda, Tari-Firouzja, Aronian-Caruana.
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Post by Mick Norris » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:58 am

TWIC round 6 report
Round 6 Standings: 1 Firouzja 13pts, 2 Carlsen 12pts, 3 Aronian 11pts, 4 Caruana 10pts, 5 Duda 4pts, 6 Tari 1.5pts.

Round 7 4pm Monday 12th October 2020. Caruana-Carlsen, Firouzja-Aronian, Duda-Tari.
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Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:36 am

TWIC round 7 report
Round 8 Tuesday 4pm 13th Oct 2020. Carlsen-Tari, Aronian-Duda, Caruana-Firouzja

Round 7 Standings: 1 Firouzja 14½pts, 2 Carlsen 13½pts, 3 Aronian 12pts, 4 Caruana 11pts, 5 Duda 7pts, 6 Tari 1½pts.
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Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Tim Harding » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:32 pm

Round 8 today, Carlsen - Tari could see Magnus regain the lead because I would expect him to win in Classical whereas Firouzja has Black against Caruana.

Aronian has White against Duda.
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Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:00 pm

TWIC round 8 report
Round 8 Standings: 1st Carlsen 16.5, 2nd Firouzja 15.5, 3rd Aronian 13, 4th Caruana 12.5, 5th Duda 8.5, 6th Tari 1.5.

Rest Day Wednesday 14th Oct 2020

Round 9 4pm Thursday 15th Oct 2020 Firouzja-Carlsen, Duda-Caruana, Tari-Aronian.
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