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    In the Qatar open, round 6 7 and 8 have now been played, and, even though the top boards saw a high number of draws (which is to be expected when highly skilled players play each others), one individual is coming on top to the last round of the tournament ... Magnus Carlsen !

    He's at 6.5/8 after drawing in round 6 and 7 (against Wesly So and Anish Giri, both top 10 players), and collecting a full point after Mamedyarov collapsed against him in round 8 (top20, once top 10 player who participated in at least one candidates tournament).

    He's paired against Vladimir Kramnik (current n°2) with the white pieces, and can very well play only for a draw, which should be sufficient for him to nettle yet another tournament victory !

    tied for 2d at the moment are Bid Vlad and Yu Yangyi (not sure of the spelling), the later being last year's Qatar open winner, with 6/8.

    Then comes a pack of 17 (!!) players tied for 4th with 5.5/8. Certainly a win for any of these 7 players would ensure a good part of the prize money !

    Early round today, so the results should come soon enough !

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    I might watch these. Definitely want to see the finals

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    Quote Originally Posted by VICE View Post
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    I might watch these. Definitely want to see the finals
    There's already a result at the first board. The champ didn't want to risk his first place, and even if Yu wins the tie-break is in blitz and Magnus is even better in blitz

    If you're interested tho, Magnus Carlsen went to comment on his games and others after his game was over :
    http://www.qatarmastersopen.com/live/

    (beginning at 45' approximately for Magnus commenting !) (maybe more like 50 actually)

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    Yu Yangyi won, therefore a tiebreak is coming between him and the champ

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    So, Carlsen cleanly won the tiebreack against Yu (2-0). On the january rating list, he holds 3/3 number one places : in classical time control, in rapid and in blitz.

    Also of note is that Norway now has 2 players above the 2700 elo benchmark : Carlsen and Jon Ludwig Hammer (both born in '90)

    Next super-GM tournament to be held will be Weijk aan Zee (now Tata Steel Chess), with 2 groups of 14 players :

    The Master (with super-gms)

    The Challenger (with lesser GM but still strong players, usually with upcoming teenager talents )

    Looking forward to it !

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    First game against a "club-level" player : GETTING REKT

    So, it goes way back ! I had played 4 games at the fastest classical time controls available : 1h ko. I entered the next tournament held by my city's club, confident that I could achieve some results after scoring 3.5/4 against a 1300 average opposition. During my first game at that tournament, I was paired against a "club level" player (I'll call that way all 1600-2000 elo players). He was 1756, and proved to be hard to handle for me. We'll see how and why I had troubles. The time control used in my club's tournaments is 2h/40moves and 1h for the reste of the game, for each player.

    In this game, I had black :


    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4



    a sicilian in the making

    4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nxc6 bxc6 (taking back towards the center)



    This is presumably better for black, who still possess his 2 center pawns, with white not really having a developement lead as a counterpart.

    6.c4 (the white player doesn't want black to be able to push d5) Nf6 (supporting the center, attacking the e4 pawn) 7.Nc3 Bb4 (indirectly, attacks again the e4 pawn)



    8.Bd3 (protecting e4) h6 (preventing white to pin the f6 knight via Bg5, but gets the white cases around the short castle (to come) a little more vulnerable) 9.O-O O-O



    Visually, white seems to have more possibilities, more space, but black does have a better center. I didn't manage to find a good plan though, I just played move by move ...

    10.Bd2 d6 (Probably Re8 was better) 11.a3 Bc5 12.h3 Be6 and finally all pieces are developped (but the queen, one may say, and probably even the Rook a8 and f8 should move onto b8 and e8 or something like that)



    13.Re1 (looks kinda silly imo, I would have gone foe some plan as Kh1 followed by f4, but my opponent was more in favor of conservative play) Nh7 (this proves that I had no clue about what to do. That knight is grim there, and was certainly not the piece to move at that moment) 14. Be3 Bd4 (I should have accepted the exchange, the black bishop is my bad one, so I should be sad exchanging them with no structure deteriation from him. Now he trades his good B for my bad B, but with the advantage of destroying my pawn structure a little) 15.Bxd4 exd4 16.Ne2



    16... Qg5 (wanting to prevent Nf4 (since I'm threatening Bxh3 in this position f he takes on d4 for example), but I should have let him play so if he wanted, for example : 16... c5 17.Nf4 Bd7 18. ? Bc6 and black doesn't really have trouble (even if still in a worse position, white will have to find its way to victory)) 17.f4 (of course) Qc5 (what else ?) 18.b4 (the position begins to look bad ...) Qb6

    White definitely has far more space...

    19.f5 (he's provoking me ) Bxc4?! 20.Bxc4 d3+

    My d pawn will now always be a burden and a target ...

    21.Kh1 dxe2 22.Rxe2 (wants to be able to play Rad1 and Red2 without losing any tempo !) Rad8 (to protect the pawn, more precise maybe was Rfd8, but at the same time I could have ideas of Rfe8 ...) 23.Qb3



    23... Nf6 24.Rd1 Nxe4?! 25.Rxe4 d5 (at least getting rid of my weak pawn ... well I'm losing it actually )



    26.Bxd5 cxd5 27.Rxd5 Qc6 28.Red4 Rde8



    Now my mission will have to defend against the coming passer on the a or b file ... Not an easy task.

    29.Rd1 Re2 (getting on the 2d rank, that's something I guess) 30.Qf3 Qc2 31.Rd8 Kh7



    The point is that if he takes the f8 rook, I have a perpetual : 32.Rxf8 Qxd1+ 33.Kh2 Qd6+ 34.Kg1 (34.Qg3 Qxf8-+- Qd1+ 35.Kh2 (35.Qf1?? Re1 -+)

    32. R8d7 Rfe8 33.f6!

    f6, the last move, was a very good one ! I'm getting isolated pawns on the king's side. Combined with his majority on the queen side, it should be enough to win (even if it still requires some technique)

    33... Qg6 34.fxg7 Kxg7 35.Rf1 R8e7 36.Rxe7 Rxe7



    37.Qc3+ f6 38.Rf3 (threatening Rg3 pinning the queen) Kf7 39.Qc4+ Kg7 40.Kh2 (threatening Rg3 again!) Kh7

    This is the position in which the time control was reached. I had 3 minutes left just before my 40th move. This position isn't resignable yet !

    41.Rg3 Qe8 42.Qf4 (simply threatening the f6 pawn) Re6 43.Qf5+ Kh8 44.Rg6 (That's not the piece you should put in g6 ! Go back !) Qb8+ 45. Rg3 (forced, otherwise I maybe had perpetual threats, he didn't want to risk it all)



    45... Qe8 (proposing a draw by repetition) 46.Qg6 (now he plays it. I'm forced to exchange queens, grosso modo. I thought it would make some pressure evaporate, and that I still had drawing chances.) Qxg6 47.Rxg6 Kh7 48.Rg3 f5!? (I need to try and grab some space and counter play where I can )



    49.Rc3 Kg6 50.b5 (Up goes the pawn ) Re7 51.h4 Kh5



    52.Kh3 Re5 (attacking b5) 53.Rb3 (forced, on a4, Re4 ! threatening a4 and Rxh4+ ! and now his rook is a little less active than before) f4! (that's how you should play, maboy !)



    54.g4+ fxg3 e.p. 55.Kxg3 (forced) Re4 (threatening the h pawn) 56.b6 axb6 57.Rb5+! (on a direct Rxb6 I had Rg4+ followed by Rxh4 with equality)



    57... Kg6 58.Rxb6+ Kh5 59.Rb5+ Kg6 60.h5+ (nice manoeuvering from white's side)

    Now it's just a matter of bringing the white king to the help of the a pawn!

    60... Kf6 61.Ra4 Rc4 62.Kf3 Rd4 63.Ke3 Rg4 64.Kd3



    64... Rf4 65.Kc3 Rg4 66.Kb3

    Maybe it's actually possible to save this ?! How's he gonna pass the king from the 3d to the 4th rank without losing h5 ?!

    66... Rg5 ?? Wait what ?? Did I really gave up just like that ? 67. Rxg5 1-0

    Now it's all over Let's say I take back with the pawn, his king is close enough to stop it from queening, while my king will never be able to stop both the a and the h pawn. Game over.


    If you have any question about this game (or the former) don't hesitate !

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    So, today starts "the Wimbledon of Chess", Wijk aan Zee tournament, (now called Tata Steel Chess tournament I think).

    Here are some links :

    http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2016-tata to follow the games live (every day at 1.30 pm)

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=86909 & http://en.chessbase.com/post/78th-ta...gins-on-friday for informations


    There are 2 groups, one called "the master" and one called "the challenger". We'll focus our attention on the Master, even if in the B group I'll keep an eye on Sevian, an american GM born in 2000.

    Here's a list of the 14 players in the Master group, from "worst" (with the lowest elo) to the best :


    The spoil-sport ones :

    14. Loek Van Wely, 126th player in the world, with an elo of 2640. He's here only because he's from Nederland. His style is quite nice tho (and he's still a very strong GM)

    13. Hou Yifan, 68th in the world, first woman (by a very important margin) with an elo of 2673. She's 20 yo if my memory serves me right, a hot prospect for the future (I'm talking from a chess PoV gentlemen). Could create the surprise against some of the highest players.

    The outsiders :


    12. Wei Yi, 37th in the world while only 16 years old. Many view him as a future World Championship contender. This is his first try in an elite tournament. Let's wish him luck ! Elo : 2706

    11. Evgeny Tomashevsky, 26th in the world, one of the two russians in the tournament. Called "the doctor", for his broad knowledge in chess theory. Very solid player, very difficult to beat. Elo : 2728

    10. David Navara, 25th in the world with an elo of 2730

    9. Michael Adams, called Mikey, 20th in the world, best england player right now, endgame specialist with a very solid style overall (he went 9 draws out of 9 games in his last top tournament). Elo : 2744

    8. Shakyar Mamedyarov, 19th in the world, has played in a candidates tournament (doing quite well with 7/14 during that one). Very tactical player. Might be the most entertaining of the field (with Wei Yi second in that category). Elo : 2747

    7. Pavel Eljanov, 13th in the world with an incredible 2015 behind him. Went from 30th in the world to 13th in the span of a year. Will this be his best tournament ever ? Elo : 2760

    6. Ding Liren, 12th in the world, and best chinese player to this day. Like most chinese players, he has an attacking style like few have, combined with great calculation skills and a very solid preparations. Usually don't have really great tournaments though, he's quite consistent. Elo : 2766

    5. Sergey Karjakin : 11th in the world, youngest to obtain the GM title ever at the age of 12 yo and 9 month. Qualified for the upcoming Candidates tournament (which will decide who's gonna challenge Carlsen for the supreme title later this year), might not reveal all his preparation here, so I predict a solid first half of the pack here, but nothing better. Elo : 2769

    The favorites :

    4. Wesley So, 10th in the world, had a good 2015 year too (even if some downs came, mostly because of family issues). Didn't qualify for the candidates tournament, so he'll not have to hide preparations or anything, could be his chance to rank high. Elo : 2773

    3. Fabiano Caruana, 5th in the world, and World top class for 2 years. If he wasn't participating in the upcoming candidates tournament, I'd always predict a top 3 for him. Has shown to have some nerve issues though, will be interesting to see him here. Elo : 2787

    2. Anish Giri, 3rd in the world, the impersonification of the solid style. Went through 2015 without any defeat if I'm not mistaken, which is an exploit in itself. Because of his solidity, he usually fares extremely well (top 3 in most tournaments) but rarely wins. Indeed, he lacks the will to win (which can sometimes backfire and cause defeat). Elo : 2798

    The absolute favorite :

    1. Magnus Carlsen, World number one for 4 years without interruption, now with an advantage of more than 40 elos over the second best in the world. World Champion since 2013 (won the title that year and defended it the year after). Rapid and blitz World champ in 2014, Rapid champ again in 2015. He's the epitome of the mid to endgame players, excels at winning dry positions. He won the last 2 top tournaments in which he took part. Year 2015 was his worst year since 2010 and he still won more elite tournament than anyone else. Elo : 2844

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    Let's state what happened in round 1 :

    Wei Yi - Tomashevsky 1/2 : Uneventfull game. Tomas was happy to have a draw as black, the youngster wanted to be sure not to start with a loss. Quickly settled draw.

    Mamedyarov - Van Wely 1/2 : good performance by the dutchman, pushing Mamedyarov against the wall at some point. The later defended well, good draw for Van Wely.

    Navara - Carlsen 1/2 : Navara obviously was very well prepared, and a draw was all he was hoping for against the champ. He managed to do so. Nobody will be angry after this draw.

    Hou Yifan - Karjakin 1/2 : The young chinese girl nearly managed to beat the russian, which is a feat, but unfortunately for her, she didn't have quite enough time to calculate properly. A draw was agreed, and Hou can be somehow disappointed she didn't convert this one.

    So - Giri 1-0 : Fantastic start for Wesley, who manages to beat "the unbeatable" in an english opening he chose "because he (I) didn't want a theoric fight with Anish". This will certainly boost his morale for the next few games. Will he manage to capitalize on that ? And will Giri bounce back or will his conservative style play against him ?

    Caruana - Eljanov 1-0 : Caruana showed why he's an elite player and Eljanov not quite yet. After the opening he had a promising position. Then Eljanov defended well but in the end there was too much pressure on his castle and he crumbled. Nice win for Caruana.

    Ding Liren - Adams 1-0 : Very very nice attacking game, I recommend you to watch the conversion in the ending by Ding : http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1813585 The middle game was also very interesting. Nice start of this tournament, looking forwards to the next games !

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    Yesterday was an uneventfull day with 7 draws. Well of course it's somehow reductive to say that nothing of notice happened, since Hou managed to pressure So quite well and Magnus Carlsen could have won if he had not been sleeping at some point, but basically, yeah ... Nothing happened.

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    After a round 2 quite dull, round 3 saw some interesting chess

    First of all, Caruana splendidly and convincingly swindled (but with class ) a victory over Adams, taking the sole lead of the tournament with 2.5/3.

    In Mamedyarov - Eljanov, the former managed to "forget" about his rook in a winning position for him (see 38.c5 for more details : http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2016-...-Eljanov_Pavel )

    Wei Yi managed to held Magnus to a draw, while Navara nearly took the full point against Giri, but the later somehow escaped with a draw (a shame, Navara had played quite the nice game ! http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2016-...vid-Giri_Anish ) and the other games ended as draws as well.

    Then, before a rest day yesterday, came fourth round, during which Hou Yifan played with great passion and prowess to win as white against Navara ( http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2016-...n-Navara_David ), while Karjakin outplayed his compatriot Tomashevsky and Eljanov took out the local man, Van Wely. The last game running was Giri - Caruana, where everyone already saw the later win the game, but once again, Giri espaced with a draw (as it repeats over time, it certainly shows some skills from the youngster world n°3).

    At this point, Caruana is in the sole lead with 3/4, while 6 (!) players sit at 2.5/4 for the moment. Carlsen has yet to win a game, and is therefore in shared 7th position.

    Today's game of the day for me will be Caruana - Hou Yifan, while I'll alsow closely follow Wei Yi - Giri, and see if Carlsen finally manage to take a full point !

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    Here a game I just played in blitz where I am quite proud of my play


    http://fr.lichess.org/HFm17HGj/white#55


    Review of rounds 5 and 6 coming later this evening.

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    Crap I never reviewed round 5 to 10


    Standings as of now are :

    1. Magnus Carlsen 8.5/12 After a slow start, the champ started to win games and games again. Even tho he didn't convert some promising position, his abilities to win from dry boards has been highlighted again in this tournament (see for example his games against Hou Yifan or Mickey Adams : http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1813974 & http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1813860)

    2. Fabiano Caruana 8/12 Good start after which he kept a good pace, Fabiano can still hope for first (shared or alone, depending on his and Carlsen's results), very good tournament for him indeed, even though he suffered a defeat.

    3. Ding Liren 7.5/12 With a sharp play, he managed to amass some wins near the end of the event so that he's now playing for a shared victory too (in case he wins against Carlsen last round and Caruana doesn't win his own game).

    4. Wesley So 6.5/12 Very solid approach, with 1 win and 11 draws. Not the most exciting chess, but somewhat efficient, since he's in the first pack of wolves.

    Anish Giri 6.5/12 Quite not the exceptional tournament for the young dude, who still saved his bad tournament when he managed not to lose multiple games in which he had terrible positions. Will he manage to finish at "+2", with a victory in last round ?

    6. Shakiyar Mamedyarov 6/12 As expected from this player, ups and downs for him in this tournament. With his spectular play, it's hard to be very stable, but he definitely played interesting games. Always the entertaining one.

    Wei Yi 6/12 He took a very solid approach for his first supertournament, and it paid off quite well, since he brings home some more elo points and a very honorable middle of the pack standing. With a last round win this would be a perfect tournament for him

    Pavel Eljanov 6/12 Even though he had an incredible 2015 year, I never really thought he was a top player, so I'm not surprised to see him here. Honorable result for a very good player, nothing more, but nothing less of course.

    9. Sergei Karjakin 5.5/12 Quite disappointed with Karjakin result. He'll be playing in the upcoming candidates tournaments tho, so maybe he kept some "tricks" up his sleeve. I hope for him that's the case anyway ... A result to forget.

    David Navara 5.5/12 He plays very good entertaining chess, but not at the level required to fare well in this kind of tournaments though. He's always a good addition since he adds some elements that top players don't necesseraly bring to the table.

    11-14 Van Wely, Hou Yifan, Tomaschevsky, Adams : Special mention to Tomaschevsky, who managed to not win a single game ... 4.5/12

    todays pairings for the final round are :


    Carlsen - Liren
    Tomaschevsky - Caruana
    Giri - Yifan
    Adams - So
    Mamedyarov - Karjakin
    Eljanov - Navara
    Van Wely - Yi

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    I would have never expected to see so many draws


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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispinianus View Post
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    I would have never expected to see so many draws
    Indeed, they all play so well that they're hard to beat

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    I'M SO HYPED

    The most awaited tournament that takes place every two year begins today, 12.00 GMT, the candidates tournament ! A double round robin (all play all with both colors), the winner of which qualifies for a world championship match against Magnus Carlsen (which will take place in NY ! http://en.chessbase.com/post/the-wor...es-to-new-york)!

    Here are some link of articles related to this tournament :

    http://en.chessbase.com/post/compute...didates-winner

    http://en.chessbase.com/post/opening...andidates-2016

    I didn't manage to find an article introducing the 8 candidates on chessbase, so I'll introduce them myself later !

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    Instead of doing myself each player's profile, I just found the official website of the candidates, which gives each candidate's profile

    http://worldchess.com/

    And here is my favorite for the event : http://worldchess.com/2016/01/15/pro...karu-nakamura/

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    Now, 11 rounds out of the 14 have been played in this year's candidates tournament. Before the final sprint, let's see how everyone is doing, from bottom to top !

    In eighth position comes Veselin Topalov, with 4/11 and not a single win. I think it was to be expected, first because he's way past his prime, and his entrepeneurial playstyle fires back if he's not at his full potential, especially against opponents of the caliber he's facing in this tournament. Second, because of some declarations he made before the beginning of the tournament (he had thought of not participating, because of a lack of motivation). He still had one or two interesting positions, but wasn't able to conclude.

    In seventh comes Hikaru Nakamura, who was my favorite before the start

    He had a rough start and hasn't been able to recover. With 4.5/11, his event isn't "that" catastrophic, but it's definitely not what he was hoping for when he entered. Granted, it's his first candidates tournament, and we can hope than next time around he'll manage to have a better showing. At least, he managed to grab a win, and I could see him taking one or 2 win in the last three round of this event, so that he can save his tournament somehow.

    In fourth place comes a tie between 3 players at 5.5/11whose events have been far different from one another.

    Aronian had a good start, managing to get to 5/8 with no loss, and was looking as one of the guys who could take the challenger seat, until he lost twice in the last 3 rounds (9 and 11). Now, unless he somehow finishes with 3 wins, it's hard to see him qualify, which is kinda heartbreaking : he could go down as the best player who would have never played a world championship match.

    Then you have Peter Svidler, who is certainly the most likeable guy of the patch, has an incredible repertoire and theoretical knowing, as well as an unbelievable easiness to explain chess ideas ! Unfortunately, more often than not in this tournament, he wasn't able to convert positive positions he got out of the openings. See, for example, this game against Karjakin :

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1818268 where he had an almost winning position around move 44, but wasn't precise enough to convert. A contrario, his win against Aronian was against the course of the game, since Aronian had him against the ropes after the opening : http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1818546

    Last player of this group is Giri, who's having an event pretty much as anyone had anticipated ... dull

    Indeed, Giri is known for drawing quite a lot of games and sometimes quite early, and in this tournament he had an unbelievable amount of ... 11 draws out of 11 games ! As an example of his cowardice, I'll chose a gama against Karjakin (talk about a lucky fellow !) :

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1818073

    In this games, after 24. Nxg6! one could think that Giri would continue and go for the attack against Sergei, since he has a full 3 pawns for the piece at that point and black's king is completely "naked" so to speak. A way to follow up after 24... fxg6 25. Qxg6+ Kh8 was 26. e4! for example, where black can neither play 26... Nxe4 because of the terrible 27. Rxe4! dxe4 28. d5+ Bf6 29. Bxf6+ Qxf6 30. Qxf6+ +- nor 26... dxe4 because of 27. d5! The position wasn't outright winning for Giri of course, but he had chances and instead went directly for the draw by repetition.


    Finally, we arrive to players in contention for winning the event :

    Third is Karjakin, whom I was apparently right guessing he was keeping his preparation hidden for this tournament when writing about him in an earlier event. Though, seeing the games I posted above, the manhad some luck to get to this point with only one loss, which allows him to be very much in contention with 6/11 at this point. He even got lucky in one of his wins, when Nakamura outright blundered when he played 29... Nxg3 in their confrontation :

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1817779 Therefore, I hope he won't qualify, as I feel he doesn't really deserve it (plus, his style is somewhat "ugly" to witness imo)


    Second is currently Vishy Anand, 5 times world champion, who has faced Carlsen in the last 2 world championship. He's definitely the most used to this type of event, and has played some very beautifull games, especially with white. This is the game I'll chose as an illustration :

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1818247 Maybe the most impressive victory of the tournament, even though you could argue he got some help from Svidler to finish this fast. Still very impressive though.

    Here's another one, showing that he can not only play splendid tactical chess, but that he is a positionnal master too :

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1818545


    With the same number of points as Anand, 6.5/11, comes Caruana ! Even though Anand would be a very good choice as a challenger for Carlsen (it would set both their names in stone, having a third world match between these 2, he's a 5 times World champion, he's a class act, and last but not least, his chess is very inspiring !), I feel like now would be a good time for a match between two guys of this generation, so that Magnus would feel challenged and maybe it would help him get to new highs. I actually have no special games from Caruana, because that's how is chess is, it just flaws of itself.

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess...ge=1&tid=87151 See here for all the games if you're interested. As for today's games, you can follow them starting 1 pm (GMT I think, so in 1 minute from now ) here : http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2016-candidates

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    So, the final round is upon us, and with what happened the last 2 rounds, only two players are still in contention for first :


    1. Karjakin 7.5/13
    2. Caruana 7.5/13

    3. Anand 7/13
    4. Nakamura 6.5/13
    5. Aronian 6.5/13
    6. Svidler 6.5/13
    7. Giri 6.5/13
    8. Topalov 4/13 (talk about a punching ball)

    and the pairings for the final rounds are :

    Karjakin - Caruana
    Svidler - Anand
    Giri - Topalov
    Nakamura - Aronian

    So the winner is

    A) Karjakin IF
    1) He wins his game against Caruana.
    2) He draws his game against Caruana and Anand doesn't win versus Svidler
    B) Caruana IF
    1) He wins his game against Karjakin.
    2) He draws and Anand wins.


    Why is that, you ask ? Well the tie-break are, first, the h2h results, and second the "most wins" tie break, and since they would go 1-1 in their encounters if this comes to a draw, BUT Karjakin had more wins (and consequently more losses) during this tournament, he wins on tie-break. BUT if Anand joins the lead, by winning his game, the "h2h" encounters now is within them 3, and in that little lottery Caruana edges out with 2.5/4, while Anand has 2/4 and Karjakin 1.5/4. So here you go !

    My prediction : Anand has the black pieces and no more chances to win the tournament, he'll not press as hard as he could, + Svidler is a very well prepared player, so a draw in that game is likely, which makes the Karjakin - Caruana game the decisive one. Caruana knows he shouldn't rely on Anand's result, thus I feel like he'llplay some "off-beat" opening and try to fish in troubled waters (maybe checking Anand's game because ... you never know), will hard press but Karjakin being the defender he is and having the white pieces, will keep his head cool, and at least collect half a point (might even take the full point because Caruana would have pressed too much for a win).

    What I'd hope for : for Caruana to show all his might and prowess and demolish Karjakin.


    What will happen in november : Carlsen will relentlessly crush whoever's gonna face him




    N B : Caruana would be a much better choice as far as broadcast goes too, since he's a more talkative and less shy guy, plus he grew up in NYC and that's where the WC match will be held !
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    So, I didn't finish the review of the candidates tournament !

    In the last round, the only match of importance, Karjakin - Caruana, was a great game ! Caruana didn't count on an Anand's victory (and rightfully since the indian drew his game despite some good play), and went for Karjakin's throat. Though, as is known, at such a high level, a player with white who wants to draw should very often manage to do so. Therefore, Caruana had to take risks, and he did ! A mayhem occurred that seemed to give Caruana an advantage when came the final stage of the game. But then Caruana played a move that was only good if his opponent were to make a mistake ... that didn't happen.


    Karjakin won the game and so he won the tournament ! Even if I don't really like his play, I cannot say he's not a worthy opponent, and anyway Carlsen was gonna crush any challenger, so maybe that's why the guys weren't that enthousiast to go Match in october/november this year !

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    Match in october/november this year !
    So far


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