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Pick the winner
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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2 13.33%
Ding Liren 8 53.33%
Anish Giri 0 0%
Sasha Grischuk 1 6.67%
Kirill Alekseenko 0 0%
Ian Nepomniatchni 2 13.33%
Wang Hao 0 0%
Fabiano Caruana 2 13.33%
Total: 15 votes
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Mar 5, 2011




Lipstick Apathy

"Bond movies were just generally not a huge part of the Soviet upbringing."

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Zoran
Aug 19, 2008

I lost to you once, monster. I shall not lose again! Die now, that our future can live!


Fabi blew his winning chances. Disappointing

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..

Wang-Alekseenko getting sharp, and each are under 10 minutes with 11 moves to time control.

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..

Openings looking sharper today. Jan is saying in particular that black has some dangerous ideas in the line of the Spanish being played in Grischuk-Ding. We also have a good ol' Najdorf in Alekseenko-Vachier.

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..

L E T ' S G O

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..

Caruana starting to look like being in a bit of trouble against Giri. Grischuk-Ding also looks potentially dynamic, though it's moving at the pace of Grichuk's thinking.

silvergoose
Mar 18, 2006

IT IS SAID THE TEARS OF THE BWEENIX CAN HEAL ALL WOUNDS



Sharp, but drawing anyway??

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..

silvergoose posted:

Sharp, but drawing anyway??

Any position that is not won is drawn but, uh, I feel like Caruana is gonna have to put in some work to get there.

silvergoose
Mar 18, 2006

IT IS SAID THE TEARS OF THE BWEENIX CAN HEAL ALL WOUNDS



Hand Knit posted:

Any position that is not won is drawn but, uh, I feel like Caruana is gonna have to put in some work to get there.

That bishop pair, despite being on the back line, are sending some serious domination towards the queenside.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
Rest in Peace my friend you will be greatly missed..

silvergoose posted:

That bishop pair, despite being on the back line, are sending some serious domination towards the queenside.

Right now, the most important feature of black's queenside shittiness is that it makes it too hard for Caruana to close and control the middle of the board. So long as Caruana can't do that, the bishops are going to be very good. Further, so long as he can't do that, white is going to have a much easier time launching an attack on the kingside, since black will have a tough time shuffling over to defend.

e: yeah, f4 suggests that Giri's plan is to play Be2, h5, and land a heavy piece on h8.

Hand Knit fucked around with this message at 13:14 on Mar 22, 2020

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..



Caruana going with the Alfred E Newman approach to defending his dark squares.

e: Jan asking what a soy boy is, not getting any answers, and then saying Svidler would know.

Hand Knit fucked around with this message at 14:13 on Mar 22, 2020

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..

Wang blundered and exploded against Nepomniachtchi, so Wang is back to even while Nepomniachtchi is up to +2. Meanwhile, it looks like Giri failed to put the game away against Caruana.

silvergoose
Mar 18, 2006

IT IS SAID THE TEARS OF THE BWEENIX CAN HEAL ALL WOUNDS



Could nepo win the whole thing and make everyone mad??

vyelkin
Jan 2, 2011

Jozy loves scoring like a fat kid loves eating cake.



I would love to see Nepo in a world championship match against Carlsen.

silvergoose
Mar 18, 2006

IT IS SAID THE TEARS OF THE BWEENIX CAN HEAL ALL WOUNDS



vyelkin posted:

I would love to see Nepo in a world championship match against Carlsen.

Right?

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
Rest in Peace my friend you will be greatly missed..

silvergoose posted:

Could nepo win the whole thing and make everyone mad??

I would not be mad.

silvergoose
Mar 18, 2006

IT IS SAID THE TEARS OF THE BWEENIX CAN HEAL ALL WOUNDS



Hand Knit posted:

I would not be mad.

Yeah by everyone I mean people who were mad that he was invited in the first place.

Nissin Cup Nudist
Sep 3, 2011

Sleep with one eye open

We're off to Gritty Gritty land






Does anyone in the field have a chance against Magnus

kalensc
Sep 10, 2003

Unexpected benefit: I'm having much more fun now.

Really.


silvergoose posted:

Yeah by everyone I mean people who were mad that he was invited in the first place.

Wasn't it Alekseenko that was the somewhat controversial Wild Card over MVL?

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
Rest in Peace my friend you will be greatly missed..

kalensc posted:

Wasn't it Alekseenko that was the somewhat controversial Wild Card over MVL?

Yes. Nepomniachtchi qualified through Isle of Mann.

Nissin Cup Nudist posted:

Does anyone in the field have a chance against Magnus

A chance? Sure. I feel like Ding's got the best shot of it, but they're all serious underdogs.

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..

Some frisky looking openings in the game before the offday.

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..

I like this little Be2 manoeuvre Grischuk has done to keep the knight out of b5.

e: Ding is getting smushed. Not a good tournament for him so far, despite beating Caruana.

Hand Knit fucked around with this message at 13:17 on Mar 23, 2020

Flayer
Sep 13, 2003

Enjoyment and excitement



Buglord

Nepomniachtchi looking good... Did anyone predict this?! I had Ding as the favourite before the start but he's falling to pieces.

Koskinator
Nov 4, 2009

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Flayer posted:

Nepomniachtchi looking good... Did anyone predict this?! I had Ding as the favourite before the start but he's falling to pieces.

I feel like Nepo was considered around the third strongest player in terms of current form behind Ding and Caruana before this started.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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

I feel like Nepo was considered around the third strongest player in terms of current form behind Ding and Caruana before this started.

He was the fourth-highest rated player at the start of the tournament (since passed Grischuk, and actually closing in on Ding), but he was also a full 70 points short of Caruana and holds a reputation for inconsistency.

Also Giri doing some work to get blood from a stone here. It would get Giri back up to 50% going into the rest day.

Sub Rosa
Jun 9, 2010




Nepo in the lead, and also coughing and saying he doesn't feel well

vyelkin
Jan 2, 2011

Jozy loves scoring like a fat kid loves eating cake.



Worth mentioning also that I think Nepo is the only candidate with a positive record against Carlsen in classical.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Giri with the technique to win the knight endgame on move 98.

vyelkin posted:

Worth mentioning also that I think Nepo is the only candidate with a positive record against Carlsen in classical.

Nepomniachtchi is +4 -1 =6, but of those 4 wins, 1 is from the U12 in 2002, 1 is from the U14 in 2004, and a third is from 2011.

e: Looks like the fourth win, in 2017, was a straightforward tactical blunder by Carlsen.

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Mar 5, 2011




Lipstick Apathy

People keep joking about Nepomniachtchi being sick

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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Nepomniachtchi breaks out the Winawer against Vachier-Lagrave, basically daring regression to the mean to come and get him.

Kangra
May 7, 2012



This should be around the time that players start to push a little harder for points. Could see some more risks being taken.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

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Kangra posted:

This should be around the time that players start to push a little harder for points. Could see some more risks being taken.

Ironically it looks like the player a full point clear in first who is getting punished for being too risky.

silvergoose
Mar 18, 2006

IT IS SAID THE TEARS OF THE BWEENIX CAN HEAL ALL WOUNDS



Doesn't look lost, yet, but not good, certainly.

Kangra
May 7, 2012



Well, now it's lost (most likely). MVL should get the win.

I like Ding right now but it's not definite. Caruana-Wang looking interesting.

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..

"How has the first half of your tournament gone" was not the right question to ask there. Alekseenko looked like he was on the verge of tears.

e: Wang skips the guaranteed draw to explore some winning chances.

Hand Knit fucked around with this message at 14:45 on Mar 25, 2020

silvergoose
Mar 18, 2006

IT IS SAID THE TEARS OF THE BWEENIX CAN HEAL ALL WOUNDS



Hand Knit posted:

"How has the first half of your tournament gone" was not the right question to ask there. Alekseenko looked like he was on the verge of tears.

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
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Rest in Peace my friend you will be greatly missed..

And with that, Vachier-Lagrave is the tournament leader.

Quickpull
Mar 1, 2003

We're all mad here.


Hand Knit posted:

And with that, Vachier-Lagrave is the tournament leader.

From not making the cut to leading the pack. Thatís quite a swing!

vyelkin
Jan 2, 2011

Jozy loves scoring like a fat kid loves eating cake.



If MVL goes on to win it all there will be a lot of thinking about how it might be an advantage to get drafted in as a last-minute replacement because it means your opponents haven't prepared for you.

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Sub Par
Jul 18, 2001




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I like Nepo but for the sake of making the tournament more interesting, I'm really happy that MVL won today.

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