During the third round of the Candidates, I observed a funny conversation on Twitter between two leading Dutch grandmasters Anish Giri and Erwin l’Ami, concerning the game Svidler-Kramnik.
Erwin, following the game at home, suggested a crazy variation:
@erwinlami: 41.Qc8 e4! 42.fxe4 Qe2 43.Rf3 Rxd6 44.Qe8! f6 45.e5! looks killing, but 45…f5! 46.gxf5 Rf6!! saves. 0% chance this will happen though.
and Erwin added a little later: Svidler played 41.Qc6 which should transpose after 41…e4 42.fxe4 Qe2 43.Rf3 Rxd6 33.Qe8.
@anishgiri tweeted: I bet you on this one.
@erwinlami: Taken! If you win you the bet you get to play 1st board in the Olympiad and I will go and sit somewhere else 🙂
@erwinlami: Ah, and if you lose the bet you also get board 1!
@anishgiri: If I lose the bet, Kramnik will not get the board 1 😉
(I admit , I had to think about this last tweet for a minute…)
@fabianocaruana: 45…f5 46. gf5 Rf6 is unbelievable… Times like this I wonder what my thoughts would be playing over the board.
@erwinlami: So, I said 0% chance…
…and the official website tweeted: @candidatesfide: Seems, we believed in your intuition more than you and retweeted as soon as this variation came out.
@erwinlami: I appreciate your trust! 🙂