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grah
Jul 26, 2007
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rip Lev Aronian, went for broke today with the white pieces against Caruana but couldn't convert on his attack.

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grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

Kramnik taking stubbornness to bizarre lengths, repeatedly throwing away draws against Grischuk to insist upon losing.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
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Sub Rosa posted:

Haven't watched today's after match presser yet, but I'm looking forward to it, because yesterday's with Ding was pretty hilarious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGOqFVNfhhY

Edit: And here is today's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFQXqjTH4DQ

Spoiler: He talks about being 'perfectly fine' and 'clearly better' a bunch

grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

Kramnik not playing the longest game of the day for once. Only Caruana - Liren ongoing, Caruana has a small advantage but it looks like he's having trouble figuring out how to press it, Liren defending quite well. However it ends, Thursday's Shak - Fabi game is going to be really interesting for the standings. Same time, will have Grischuk - Karjakin, with both of them also playing very well lately and in shouting distance of the lead. Should be some really good stuff coming off the rest day tomorrow.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
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Hand Knit posted:

e: or not. He just missed a kill shot.

Crazy swingy endgame, shame Fabi didn't manage to win, he had a lot of chances late in the game, but it was a pretty intensely complicated position and he seemed to perpetually be playing in time trouble. Very stubborn defense by Ding in a very unpleasant position for quite a lot of moves. I hope he picks up a win in one of his next 5 games instead of Giri-ing.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

algebra testes posted:

For the first time, dissent amongst the Youtube recappers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-c9_hLFsqY Svidler on the Kramnik loss.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TDIaCJedJM King on the Fabi squeeze.


also,

https://twitter.com/agadmator/status/976211670245826560

It's really rough watching the FIDE stream, because it's basically Judit Polgar having to frequently pause in the middle of her analysis to explain why some other idea doesn't really work, and trying to be graceful and politic about it.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

algebra testes posted:

Liren/So straight up oldschool qgd. I recognise these moves!

Vlad plays Italian against Levs trusty 1...e5.

Other two games are Catalans, Shak one is apparently v sharp!!

Yeah Shak is definitely going for something against Fabi, should be an excellent game, both players look like they're being pretty agressive.

Also did worldchess.com throw up a paywall on their stream just now? What is even going on with their site?

grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

Jonny Nox posted:

What's wrong with chess24 coverage? I like Jan and Peter.

Oh I do too, but the movelist on worldchess updates faster, so I've usually had that open in one tab and the chess24 youtube stream in another. But I have also very much enjoyed watching Judit Polgar do her best to tolerate that British dude. Not gonna pay 20 bucks for ~5 rounds of tournament coverage stream that I suspect will not actually work very well anyway.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
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algebra testes posted:

That would be classic Karjakin

Caruana's down pawn(s) for being up the exchange for like, the hundredth time this tournament somehow. A lot of the endgames he's had out of that have looked incredibly dangerous for both players, so, it should be interesting at least.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

Hand Knit posted:

Mamedyarov is in trouble against Ding. If he loses and Caruana survives, that could just about wrap up the tournament.

e: Of course, if both Ding and Karjakin win, then we could go into the last two rounds with:

7/12 Caruana, Karjakin
6.5/12 Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Ding

This is starting to look likely, Caruana's position is real bad, and he just dropped another pawn. And Mamedyarov resigned after Ding got a second Queen on the board. 2 rounds and four players within half a point of the lead is going to be something to see.

edit: 5, with Grischuk if he holds a draw, which seems likely as well.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

Doctor Malaver posted:

Actually it's rather exciting?

chess24 is a day late with news and the FIDE site is down. Where do you guys go for up to date information?

The wikipedia page for the tournament is actually really well updated and the cleanest, easiest way to quickly find results and pairings/scheduling that I can find. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidates_Tournament_2018

The FIDE site is terrible, but usually is at least functional (guess not right now though, oh well).

grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

Caruana loses all tiebreaks hate but has the half point edge, all three have to play for a win.

Grischuk can kind of hilariously sandbag Caruana by, after blowing that endgame today to Mamedyarov, playing for a quick draw in the final round.

Karjakin has to try to beat Ding, who, aside from that game where Fabi totally blew a win, has looked incredibly solid all tournament.

Shak is playing Kramnik so who even has any idea what will happen in that game.

Lev - So is irrelevant except maybe for Lev trying to end a calamitous tournament on a dignified note.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

For Fabi maybe the Petrov? He won twice with Black early.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

Gustaffson making a Phone/Foam Corner reference is the highlight of the tournament.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
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Welp, everything's drawn now except Sascha - Fabi. Which, Caruana is playing very conservatively, probably going to draw a winning position, and win the tournament.

grah
Jul 26, 2007
brainsss

Caruana being a baller, continuing to play for a win even though he must know by now that a draw secures the tournament for him. Heck yeah.

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grah
Jul 26, 2007
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And there's the resignation, wow. Caruana winning the last two rounds after a tough loss to Karjakin, takes the Candidates at +4. Totalled 3 wins with the black pieces, just a fantastic performance. If he stays playing at this level it should be a really exciting match in London.

Ding Liren also had a really impressive tournament, finishing +1 with no losses. The only game I saw where he looked in serious trouble was the one Caruana had won and just blew.

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