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Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtg4Iajz-WE

Jan and Sopiko today, a pretty good team.

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Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
Rest in Peace my friend you will be greatly missed..

Lev-Ding is a pretty cool position right now where I don't know exactly what's happening. I also really like Kramnik's position in his game against Grischuk even if the computer isn't giving him an edge yet.

Karjakin-Mamedyarov looks like the sort of game where there's too much tension so it has to resolve into a draw, whereas Caruana-So just looks dry as hell but maybe So can win in an endgame if he gets to push his c-pawn? (He probably loses his c-pawn well before then.)

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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algebra testes posted:

I don't know anything about chess but that's the sharpest drawn position I've ever seen in Aronian-Liren.

Chess24 just barfed a fart and is now showing Karjakin-Mamedyarov as all games so I don't know exactly what's happening in Lev-Ding, but these sorts of hypercomplicated positions often sort out to close to equal on the computer just because there are so many possibilities both players have some way out of trouble. In practice, however, it's less a drawn equality and more a "dynamic equality," which is to say it's not clear what's going on but both players seem to have roughly equal chances.

e: Also, Grischuk's position is going to be insanely hard to hold. So far he's only really suffering from a lack of space, but Kramnik's position is not only super solid but also extremely theoretical, which means that he has a very good idea of all the different things he can do.

Hand Knit fucked around with this message at 16:45 on Mar 10, 2018

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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Sub Rosa posted:

After a very long think Ding played Rd6, which seems a blunder

It's a "computer says he's worse now" move, but the computer optimal move was a pretty fine-grained idea that's not easy to see as optimal (Ba8 so you can make space for your queen on b7). Lev also just didn't play the punish move (Rb2 instead of Rb1), because this isn't the most human-friendly position.

Also it's interesting to see what's gone wrong in Caruana—So. I suspect that So decided to go with his plan — which looks like pushing b3 to make space to finish your development — because it was more active and provided better winning chances. However he's in danger of getting punished because it's a mix of too slow and too far from his king, which can get weak quite quickly with the challenges on e6 and f7.

Meanwhile, the queen endgame of Karjakin—Mamedyarov will be interesting on a theoretical level. The principle I know about queen endgames is that "whoever has the better passed pawn wins," and since Mamedyarov is the only one with a passed pawn it seems good for him. Karjakin can't hold this position passively, so it's interesting to see what he will try to shake open Mamedyarov's king and create a perpetual.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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Sub Rosa posted:

Yasser found Rb2

Keep in mind that Lev has to answer a lot more questions very concretely, of the sort "how optimistic am I about the endgame in each of the possible variations?"

Meanwhile, Kramnik continues to improve his position in a game that looks like it's destined for a textbook.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Caruana has a concrete win now, though it takes a couple of quiet moves. Let's see if he finds it.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Meanwhile Kramnik returned his exchange for a passed pawn and space control on the queenside.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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algebra testes posted:

Hikaru trolling Jan in chat :discourse:

Laughed pretty hard because Naka has said in the past that My System is obsolete.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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Looks like Mamedyarov may have successfully zugged Karjakin (or, rather, Karjakin got himself zugged).

e: Tooling around for a bit, Mamedyarov is not winning yet but he picks up a pawn and changes the nature of the defence. That's the first step.

Hand Knit fucked around with this message at 19:08 on Mar 10, 2018

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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What a mess. I love it.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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Caruana has sacrificed an exchange in the opening against Ding. I hope it's not a case where both players know too much theory so the game just steers towards a draw.

Kramnik-Karjakin is probably going to need something pretty significant to happen to not be a draw. Kramnik has a reasonable space advantage, but doesn't have a clear way in. Ironically, his crap queenside pawns actually deny black's standard plan here, so it's also unclear what black can do if he can't just reduce to a rook endgame.

Grischuk-So is so far just a Spanish.

Mamedyarov has a saucy space advantage against Lev, but Lev knows these positions well and Shak's bishop is ill-positioned to exploit anything.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Caruana going for it against Ding.

e: Grischuk has generated a very good position against So. Space advantage, and bishops pointing at the king.

Hand Knit fucked around with this message at 16:49 on Mar 11, 2018

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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PotatoJudge posted:

And So resigns.

Looking over the game, d5 seems like the culprit. Jan + Sopiko called it an interesting move at the time, but it seems like it commits the sin of opening the centre when you're not caught up in development, and creates the huge hole on c5 that white uses to force the trade on e4 then lift the rook.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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1.e4 in every game. I wonder when the last time that happened. We have one Berlin (not the endgame line, though), one Italian, one Najdorf, and one Wesley So deciding how to answer 1...e5.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Might be regretting some choices right now.

e: Like he's losing from such a fundemental "I did not understand the opening on a basic level" game.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Loving Africa Chaps posted:

I saw him go into a berlin against kramnik and i was like drat, levon is ready to show the world he is going to take this tournament and then everything seemed to fall apart from kh1 rg8

0-0 and h3 without black castling is a huge "doesn't have an elementary understanding of the position" fuckup. Since black hasn't committed to castling kingside, the g3 and h3 squares basically have giant neon flashing "punch me" signs. In the first 10 moves of the game, Lev spent 2 creating a giant weakness that he then has to spend the rest of the game trying to undo.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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I will state with confidence that I could lose the Caruana-Mamedyarov position from either side.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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tonberrytoby posted:

Seems like the day of 1.e4 ended in 3 draws and 1 win for black.

Non-zero chance you're getting ahead of yourself.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Grischuk has played a piece sacrifice against Ding. Topalov won quite a spectacular game in this line a couple years ago or so. Time to see if Ding knows the book.

Karjakin has spotted Aronian a pawn in a QGA and I gotta say... I'm not really sure where Karjakin gets everything back here. Aronian will have trouble if he ever has to castle, but I dunno if he's gonna have to castle.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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I see I picked a bad day to be out in the afternoon. Grischuk missed a win against So and Kramnik is in the process of swindling Caruana?

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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Really good technical game by Mamedyarov to move into a tie for first.

e: And a really cute attempt by Kramnik at the swindle.

Hand Knit fucked around with this message at 19:50 on Mar 16, 2018

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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Mamedyarov forces this quick draw with black. This means he's +2 for the first time through the RR, where he had more blacks than whites. He's in pretty good shape, I think. I really like the kind of chess he plays. It's the sort of fundamental chess that makes you believe you could be better yourself if you just believed in yourself a bit more.

e: Lev is playing like he's gone full tilt against Grischuk

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Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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algebra testes posted:

(the narrative was after seconding Karjakin he turned a corner)

Also he stopped drinking.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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So has 0.5/4 with black so far. Yikes.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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grah posted:

Kramnik not playing the longest game of the day for once.

Yeah he cut out the long middle and just lost immediately.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Sub Rosa posted:

Also didn't attend the press conference!

Rest day tomorrow so he can just go out and drink the pain away.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Looks like Caruana might be about to take a full point lead with five rounds to go.

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

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Looks like Shak came ready to gently caress today.

grah posted:

But I have also very much enjoyed watching Judit Polgar do her best to tolerate that British dude.

https://twitter.com/chess24com/status/976184356808032256

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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I'm curious what Shak is thinking about here. Assuming that f3-fxg4 was prep (which is very likely), he should still be in control of the position and know that he's not facing any kind of lethal attack. So Qe6 is probably familiar, but I wonder if he's spotted something he didn't consider at the time, and is trying to remember how to play against it.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Lev...

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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algebra testes posted:

Slow day highlighted by Jan asking Peter "where his kids stand on the moon landing"

Ding also choked a completely winning game, keeping his perfect tournament intact.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We've been talking about this as a race between Mamedyarov and Caruana, but if Karjakin beats Caruana with white today then he could move into a tie for first.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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All four games today are quite interesting. I don't know if we're lucky or unlucky that the wildest one, Kramnik — So, is irrelevant to the tournament.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
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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

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Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Flayer posted:

Karjakin - Ding looks like it will be tasty in the last round. Both players will likely have a chance to take the tournament with a win.

I'd be down with King Ding

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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actionjackson posted:

Why don't they just use the players with FIDE rankings 2-9 as the field? Or the top eight ranked players outside of Magnus.

A virtue of the current system is that it captures a reasonable cross-section of the best players while giving a way in for players who might not have a great rating at the start of the season. There are probably additional considerations for wanting to avoid a rating race, since that might lead to players avoiding playing for the sake of protecting their ratings.

I also think there's something particularly rad about qualifying by winning the World Cup, and then winning candidates.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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actionjackson posted:

Yeah there would need to some additional stipulations, like top X players that have played at least Y tournaments, or whatever

I still like having ways in for people whose rating peak doesn't coincide with the 9 months prior to the candidates selection cut-off or whatever. Like, the tournament is definitely better for having Ding in it.

e: It's entirely possible that for next candidates cycle Wei Yi is going to be able to qualify through the GP or World Cup, and it's pretty doubtful he could possibly get there by rating.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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I'm no mathemagenius, but if Kramnik wins and Caruana doesn't, I think Kramnik can still technically win the tournament.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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algebra testes posted:

Lmao just lmao if Lev pulls a draw out here. I think aftwr Qf6 its an equal position again.

The vaunted "dynamic equality" in time trouble.

e: e4 is a much more human move than Nxb4, and now the computer is angry

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Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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algebra testes posted:

He getting madder!

Meanwhile Grischuk slipped on a banana peel. So going into the last round it we're going to have Caruana half a point ahead of Karjakin and Mamedyarov. This would be an interesting dynamic because I think that Caruana has the breaker over Mamedyarov, Mamedyarov has the breaker against Karjakin, and Karjakin has the breaker over Caruana. This means that Caruana probably has to push for a win with black against Grischuk.

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