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    Since there's no round for my tournament this week, I'll do a quick review of the elite tourneys that took place lately (since after the WCC).


    LCC


    Which is an abreviation for London Chess Classic. It was part of the quite recent "Grand Chess Tour", but is a long existing event. Wesley So won it in style, though in his victories his opponents happened to play somewhat poor chess. In the case of Nakamura it was to be expected, since the two of them were also battling for the first place of the overall Tour (which Carlsen couldn't really take part in because of the WCC).


    http://en.chessbase.com/post/wesley-...nner-in-london


    All in all though, So had a tremendous year. Not only him, actually, but american chess as a whole, winning the olympiad as a team, while So and Caruana finished the year 2d and 3d in ranking, behind Carlsen only. So was even awarded "2016 player of the year", which I still find surprising given that Carlsen won as much tournaments as him while keeping his world champion title. But well, we're accostumed to him being at the top so So's accomplishments holded more value in many minds.






    WCC - Blitz and Rapid


    The big story here is that EVERYONE said Carlsen played really subpar chess compared to his usual self. And indeed he didn't win any of the two competition. He managed to perform in both cases above 2900 (around his rating, higher than anyone else's rating ever for any time control), and to finish with AS MANY POINTS as the winner, in both instance. In the blitz section, Karjakin showed it wasn't a fluke if he qualified for the WCC, and even took some revenge from the match itself by beating Carlsen :


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1856948


    Vassily Ivanchuk won the rapid tournament, which is great, for he's the best player from the previous era (the ones who emerged in the 90s) not to play any WCC match.




    Tata Steel 2017 "the Wimbledon of chess"


    This one's always a treat, with many world class players mixed up with upcoming talents and/or some of the weakest but most aggressive "A+" class players. The line up is always 14 players for the A group. In the meantime there's a B group with the winner qualifying for the next year's A group as a reward (on of my favorite chess streamers - yeah it's a thing -, Eric Hansen, played in that B group, and fared quite well.


    Enough about the B group though : In the A group Wesly So continued his rampaging and won yet anbother tournament ! There was a sad story here though, as Richard Rapport could have ended Wesley's non losing streak, had he followed correctly with his wonderfull attack :


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1859490


    Meanwhile, Carlsen missed a mate in 3 (?!??) against Giri, who was considering (and rightly so) to give up until Carlsen blew up his chances :


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1859555




    (Here's Giri's comment after the game : <This is really the most embarrassing moment of Magnus Carlsen’s chess career, because no-one cares about me, but the guy, you know, is kind of a legend, so I feel very bad for him. I feel really bad for him…
    He’s a very, very strong player, and if he’s at his best he’s impossible to deal with, but against me he just does it all by himself. He outplayed me many times, but he has difficulty… I don’t really know why, but it’s his problem!> Anish Giri after the game.)


    Had I been in Carlsen's shoes after this game, I would have been completely unable to recover, with a consuming rage : he had played a perfect game up to the 56th move. And apparently Carlsen is as emotional as I am, since the following day, this happened :


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1859583


    Which is self-destruction at its best




    Of note during that tourney was also Wei Yi (the best junior in the world) doing very well. He played this neat game for example :


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1860198


    As for the winner of the tourney, here's a nice game from him during the tournament :


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1860349




    Tradewise Gibraltar


    Another tournament that happened around the same time as the previous one was The Gibraltar open, featuring more than a hundred players, of which not less than 12 were "A+" class player (2700+ elo). The favorites to win this were in that group of course, the "biggest names" being Caruana, MVL and Nakamura. Caruana didn't have the greatest tournament, and with him going somewhat down in the ratings while So was going up, they exchanged their respective spots as world n° 2 and 3.


    Nakamura ended up winning the tournament in play-offs : http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=88764


    Notable games from this tournament include




    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1860756 (MVL vs Adams (2700+))


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1860894 (Naka vs Caruana)


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1860351 (Naka vs Iturrizaga, that Naka had to win in order to be in the play offs)




    First Grand Prix tournament


    Last but not least, the next WCC cycle has begun. I won't go into the details but basically, 8 players are to be selected to play a close tournament, the winner of which playing the current WC (Carlsen) in a match in 2018. The players are selected this way :


    1. Loser of the last WCC - Karjakin
    2-3 Winner and 2d place of the Grand Prix Series
    4-5 Winner and runner-up of the Chess World Cup
    6-7 The 2 best according to elo that didn't qualify by the previous means
    8 A wild card chosen by the organizer : must be in the top 25 of the world


    So this tournament is part of the qualification process for the WCC 2018.


    It was quite disappointing. MVL started with a roll, winning 2 games early. But then he went on a 7 draws streak. WHich meant that after the 9 rounds, 3 players finished with 5.5/9.


    Just so that you get the idea, there are 24 players in the GP series, 4 of these GP tourneys, with 18 players in each tournament (which means that each players plays in 3 tournaments). A player is awarded with points after each tourney based on his ranking in that tournament, and in the end the 2 players with the most points qualify.


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=88848


    Here's one of my favorite games of this tourney :


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1863239 (Nepo's such a fun player really)




    I could have many more stories to tell, and there's one about so many youngster rising up (from USA and Iran mostly) that was written in my head, but at some point I need to stop. Maybe next time, stay tuned

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    Edit : I forgot to had that we're up for a treat in june as the Norway Chess tournament, for its 5th anniversary, will have a line up of 10 players ... the 10 who are currently ranked 1st to 10th in the rating list :

    http://norwaychess.no/en/players/ That would make it in my eyes the strongest tournament of this era and certainly one of the strongest of all time. I can't wait

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    Round 5 happened and Im in the sole lead with 4.5/5 since I won against Remont who had 4/4 previous to this round and on the second board, Tristan with 3.5/4 lost against Cédric Thys with 3/4. All in all, behind are 5 players with 4/5, of varying quality. The game and more details coming later.

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    I've updated my lichess study for the tournament with my 5th round game (the study's available at the same adress as previously stated : https://fr.lichess.org/study/DvjRKU0a). A neat game where I think I did nothing wrong, quite solid from my end.

    As for the tournament, all the results and next pairings can be found here : http://www.crelel.be/tournois/tourno...anbeieff-2017/ (scroll down for each round's pairings including for the round to come).

    The good players I haven't played yet include Romain Monticelli, Alexopoulos and Cedric Thys. The first is the only one that worries me a little, and we know each other quite well (we played at least 300 blitz games against one another), so it shall prove hard to surprise him, but before that there's Allan next round. He's quite unpredictable but I shouldn't have too much trouble against him.
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    The US chess championship is ongoing, with the second, third and sixth (!!) best players in the world, as well as world's second best junior.

    I have no doubt the top 3 finishers of this tournament are gonna be So, Caruana and Nakamura, the only question being : who first ?

    Caruana holds the 2016 title, we'll se if he can keep it. My money's on Nakamura because he's the funniest of the three and his style is the most aggressive.

    http://uschesschamps.com/


    As for my tournament, a victory yesterday night too, here's the game : https://fr.lichess.org/LMehbHGP/white#77 or https://fr.lichess.org/study/DvjRKU0a for my whole tournament so far (yesterday's game is "round 6" of course).

    Standings and pairings : http://www.crelel.be/tournois/tourno...anbeieff-2017/

    I'm finally facing Romain Monticelli !! And I have white, which is perfect. Given the tournament situation, a draw or a win would be very good for me (with the purpose of winning the whole thing).

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    The determining match of the tournament (for me at least) took place, with a fighting draw.

    I came in correctly prepared against his main defences on 1.e4 (the 3... Qd6 scandinavian and the 2... g6 sicilian), but he surprised me with a caro-kahn, which he had never played before. We reached a queenless middlegame where some lines were complicated to calculate, but we both played very accurately. At some point, because I thought my dark square bishop was a little worse than his, I simplified the position instead on going for the hunt of his isolated pawn. The endgame that followed was a draw, which he proposed after 31 moves and I accepted.

    Here's the game WITHOUT any analysis (except from the computer, but he doesn't talk much here since neither one of us played any innacurary). https://fr.lichess.org/aGlubwyt#61 (I have white if you wonder about that).


    Before the round I was alone @ 5.5/6 and two were just behind with 5/6 (Romain Monticelli and Cedric Thys). I drew with Romain while Cedric lost on board 2, which means I'm stil in sole lead of the tournament, at 6/7 with 3 players following at 5.5/7. Since I've played 2 of those players, I'll play the only one of the 3 I didn't play against yet, Michael Henry. I'm playing with black but I should win. If I do, a draw in the last round would nail the tournament victory, but I'd prefer a sole victory, and to be sure of that I need 2 wins. Given how I've played the last 3 rounds it's achievable.

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    And here the link for the tournament's results and parings : http://www.crelel.be/tournois/tourno...anbeieff-2017/

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    PS : I'll analyse the game myself with more details of my thought process and some sample lines I thought of/about during the game.

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    https://fr.lichess.org/study/DvjRKU0a Here some analysis from myself of my r7 game (see the "round 7" chapter).

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    the draw game horizons have been clear ever since the week before


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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispinianus View Post
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    the draw game horizons have been clear ever since the week before
    Well it wasn't my interest to push too much (which can always backfire), he's the one down half a point, he's the one who had to prove something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aliasniamor View Post
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    Well it wasn't my interest to push too much (which can always backfire), he's the one down half a point, he's the one who had to prove something
    clearly


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    So, game 8, I was still first with 0.5 pt lead over the 2d-3d of the tournament, and playing a "weak" player, not near at all to any of my last opponent, on paper. He was 4th of the tournament before the round, so obviously in good form. In the game I chose an opening that I should keep for stronger opponents : a sideline that few know, and therefore more often than not the opponent chooses not to go in the complications (where he'd have a better game but in a position where I'd be more accostumed to), but to go for a "slightly worse" ending, the problem being that the position obtained isn't that complicated, which means that a weak player has quite good drawing chances as white. My opponent actually played no innacuracy despite his rating (but thanks a little to the simple position), and even sacrificed a pawn timely in order to reach a theoretical drawn ending.

    Disappointing result, but with a win in the last round I'll still win thx to the tie-break. Now two person (Romain Monticelli and Tristan) are tied with me, so I cannot afford to not win in the last round.

    https://fr.lichess.org/study/DvjRKU0a : round 8

    http://www.crelel.be/tournois/tourno...anbeieff-2017/ : results and pairings.

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    I needed to win the last round in order to win the tournament, and I did it ... with style

    here's the game for those interested : https://fr.lichess.org/study/DvjRKU0a (see round 9 for the last game).

    Here are all the results of the tournament, with the final standing at the top : http://www.crelel.be/tournois/tourno...anbeieff-2017/


    If I had to review my tournament, I'd say that in some games (rounds 1, 5, 6, 7, 9) I played very good chess, very principled with some neat tactical shots. That in some other games I got lucky (rounds 2, 3, 4), but also that I showed some fighting spirits when blundering early (games 2 and 4). The fact is that I didn't play the best I could during all 9 rounds, but it might not be reasonable a purpose for one to wanna play at his best all the time. Still, I might have gone for 8-8.5/9 instead of 7.5 with more consistency.

    That's all I lack now to ensure being a "B-" class player, but coming as a C player last tournament and being right between C+ and B- now is good enough a progression. No Fide tournament for me for 3-4 month, playing in a local tournament of 5 rounds soon, but I'm really hoping to go 5/5 there, because the opposition shouldn't be anything special.

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    Second Fide Grand Prix (part of the selection for the world chess championship candidates tournament next year) is running right these days. Heads up with standings of the first one and summary of the first 3 rounds of this one coming soon.

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    been thinking about taking up chess

    i wanna know if it's been proven to have any effect on a person's mental capacity tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bold View Post
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    been thinking about taking up chess

    i wanna know if it's been proven to have any effect on a person's mental capacity tho.
    I can dig up some studies about it, I have seen some articles about that. What I recall is that having the same effect as playing bridge for example, with delaying the aging of one's brain (less alzheimers and such mental illnesses). I'll come back to you.

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    The Norway chess tournament starts today at 12 GMT and the line up is one of the strongest (if not THE stronget) ever.


    1. Magnus Carlsen, World number 1, current World champion since 2013. Nor
    2. Wesley So, World number 2, and the "hot player" right now. USA
    3. Vladimir Kramnik, World number 3 and ex World champion (2000-2007). RUS
    4. Fabiano Caruana, World number 4. USA
    5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, World number 6. FR
    6. Levon Aronian, World number 7. ARM
    7. Vishy Anand, World number 8 and ex World champion (2007-2013). IND
    8. Hikaru Nakamura, World number 9. USA
    9. Sergei Karjakin, World number 11 and challenger to the World title in 2016. RUS
    10. Anish Giri, World number 12. NED


    So, the "worst" of the ten players participating is 12th in the current ranking and only 2 players from the top ten are missing (n° 5 and 10).

    Yesterday a blitz tournament was played between them all to determine the pairings, and Carlsen cruised through these players like they were nothing :

    https://www.chess.com/news/view/carl...way-chess-2320

    Carlsen wasn't mild about himself at the press conference Monday afternoon in the Clarion Hotel Air in Stavanger. "Since the world championship I had second places and a third. This is not what I aim for. My level of play hasn't been good either."

    He showed us yesterday that when he goes back to work, he's quite good himself. Let's see, starting today, if the classical tournament tells the same story.

    And here's another article :
    https://chess24.com/en/read/news/carlsen-crushes-altibox-norway-chess-blitz
    Last edited by Aliasniamor; 06-06-2017 at 09:04 AM.

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