The first rest day of the match was on Sunday. If you don’t like the NFL or Formula 1, what is there left to do, for example in India, Jaideep?
@unudurti: “No #CarlsenKarjakin today. I wonder how we’ll manage without the adrenalin and excitement?” Daniel Gormally was happy with the day off-for the players: @elgransenor: “What a relief there’s a rest day in the world chess championship today- the players certainly need it after all the excitement.”
@nigelshortchess spent the day thinking about the schedule: “Bold” idea for the World Ch:5 games a week, with play on Sat. & Sun. Oh, & cheaper tickets and software that works too.”
@MarkTWIC: “I did some quick calculations. 3 games then a rest day would allow 14 games instead of 12 in the same time period.”
And of course, you could also watch some old men playing chess on Sunday in St. Louis @GMJtis: “That Anand guy, just keeps refusing to listen to people telling him how over the hill he is. @bibliophilopoly: “Skipped watching the NFL today to watch the ENTIRE #ChampionsShowdown broadcast.”
Wow, two big chess events at the same time in the USA, that’s good news for the chess community. What’s your take, Darko Polimac: @ChessPolimac: “USA should never host any important @Fide_chess as they are totally useless with no infrastructure at all ! #usa is a joke to run events”.
In other news: on Monday, a bunch of challengers were announced for the upcoming Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2017 in Wijk aan Zee. One spot is still open.
@newinchess: Challengers: “Ragger, Smirin, Jones, Xiong, Grandelius, Shanglei, Van Foreest, l’Ami, Bok, Tari, Dobrov, Lei, Guramishvili”.
Will we see one of them in a world championship match any time soon? Who knows. A possible future challenger played in this Russian TV show: @telegraphchess: “3rd old Mikhail Osipov turns down Karpov’s draw on Russian TV then solves some difficult puzzles – lovely !”
@ChessVibes: “Even the great Anatoly Yevgenyevich seemed to have watery eyes when the kid asked for his mama.”
Let’s go to game three in New York. @silviodanailov wants to see some action:”Chess world is waiting for action today,warm up should be finish.Otherwise there is a danger for the most boring WCC match last 20 years.”
@elgransenor: Really excited about game three of the Carlsen-Karjakin match- have had to cancel my watching paint drying class to watch it.
And what do you expect, Mark? @MarkTWIC: “It would not surprise me at all if Carlsen played 1.e4 or 1.c4 for the rest of the match and his 1.d4 followed by Trompowsky was a feint. “
Pretty soon, the live coverage lost at least one viewer: @AMartinChess: “Ah, it’s a Berlin. Are the cricket highlights on TV this evening?” @GiddinsSteve: “No, but competitive paint-drying is on ITV4.”
@PattyLlanza: “First we play the Trump, then we take the Berlin. Carlsen y Karjakin están homenajeando a Cohen.”
@GMIanRogers:“Carlsen takes on the Berlin in Manhattan at the World Ch. match. Spectators thinking “They sentenced me to 20 years of boredom”. #RIPCohen”
@Anttvidius: “Watching #worldchess2016 live isn’t much exciting as it sounds like. And it not even sounds exciting.”
@AMartinChess: “Karyakin’s tactics: Play very dull games and pick Magnus off if he gets frustrated. An excellent idea, but the spectators will suffer”
Oh boy, all these boring games, it is time to change the format, according to @SusanPolgar: “If Chess wants mega sponsors, change the WC format. For every draw, they have one 5 min round of MMA. Big pay-per-view”, followed by “How many of you are with me? Every draw = one 5 minute round of MMA style battle .You will not see the Berln much anymore :)”
Let’s ask grandmaster, trainer and commentator Daniel King about these plans: @DanielKingChess: “Really enjoying game 3. Those who want to change the WCh format – speed up games, and such – mere populist piffle!”
Back to the game: @GMLars: “Actually I find this game pretty interesting – not so easy for Black in practice. Karjakin must make some tough decisions.”
@Jonathan_Rowson: Thing about being worse against Magnus: He can’t magically create a win, but he will maximise your chance of screwing up.
@GM_Huschenbeth: “Carlsen is smelling blood”. @carsi_izmit: “I really wonder the temperature of Carlsens brain”. @fabianocaruana:” I am surprised to see Karjakin suffering so much after Carlsen’s innocuous opening choice; still very drawish though”.
Another top GM on Twitter has other thoughts: Teymur Rajabov @rajachess: “Yeah now the torture will continue and I must tell you that Carlsen will win this position for sure”.
And Carlsen came very close, but…..what happened? Rb7 happened.
@elgransenor: “Rb7??? is pure fatigue kicking in for Carlsen, he will be kicking himself if game is drawn now. ” @gm_melik: “This is insane , Rb7?” @reachvsara: “A double blunder in the 7th hour of play, and we have another folk tale ready for non-Chess muggles!”
@thechessdrum: “Game 3 has been a seesaw of emotions… or maybe rollercoaster is more accurate!” @swe_chess: “A true roller coaster! It was like watching the tie break Borg vs. McEnroe in Wimbledon 1980 over and over again” @dusanchess: “Kudos to Sergey Karyakin for outstanding nerves and defense! Nevertheless matches all my expectations before the match :)”
@TarjeiJS: Anyone who says draws are boring after this, will be blocked.
@LawrenceTrentIM: “You got to give it to him, Sergey Karyakin is one of the most tenacious defenders in chess history”.
Justin Horton shared the dilemma of many chess lovers in the GMT time zone: @ejhchess: “I seem to have stopped watching the chess an hour too late to get a decent night’s sleep and an hour or two too early for the real drama”.
@bobcats4peace: “During this #worldchess2016 game one could have flown from Moscow to Oslo, have lunch and… fly back. (1632km)”
Teymur, are you still up? @rajachess: “I do not regret a single minute spent today without sleep, because I love this game”
And one last tweet for today: @politistefan: “I thought I could never be more of a chess fan. Now, I feel like I’ve discovered a new-found love for the game of chess”.