After the flood of tweets about game 8 on Wednesday, the chess twittersphere calmed down a bit. What will we remember most from game 8? The fact that Magnus did not show up at the press conference? Maybe. What we will remember is The Chess Quote Of The Year.
@rewbeniofrota: “Karjakin has, at least, granted a world champion’s quotation “It is much better to play well than to play white”.
In game 8, Sergey has to play with the white pieces, and he has to play well! Twitter is excited and the predictions are aways fun to read:
@Britt_dj: “I think it’s back to e4 with an anti Marshall system. Would be overjoyed if Team Karjakin proved me wrong.”
Indian writer Jaideep Unudurti is not impressed with the work of Team Karjakin: @unudurti: “Did Sergey blow all his cash on fast cars & black caviar and didn’t actually hire any seconds?”
There is hope for Magnus, Erle Marki Hansen has the stats for you:
@sjakkerle: “Stats for Carlsen-fans: Subsequent a loss, C has the last 2yrs struck back with a win 7/10 times – 5 of those with black!”
@sosocullen: “Magnus is World Chess Champ for a reason. Just because he’s 1 game down doesn’t mean it’s over. Next 4 games will be great.”
Teymur Rajabov @rajachess thinks that it will be difficult for Magnus to come back: “Will be very hard for Carlsen, he has no opening advantage, no time advantage and no advantage in calculation, at the moment, nervous as well”.
Official World Chess reporter @kajasnare agrees: “So far Sergey Karjakin is the winner on every level. Preparations, points, mentality, public apparance. 3/4 is suprising”
Prophet of the day was Dutch IM @RobertRis: “Expecting a solid draw…No reason for Magnus to push hard yet. Predicting another Ruy Lopez.”
@CazHansen: “I’m somewhat surprised by the choice of line by the Carlsen Team. It can rapidly get dull and boring with a likely draw.”
@anishgiri: “I guess Carlsen’s plan is to go home today as early as possible and go all-in again tomorrow.”
@cyberella: “I can’t believe we’re at move 20 after only 30 minutes in! It might all be over in an hour. Then again, it’s all theory.” Grandmaster Simon Williams @ginger_gm: “This looks more like a memory test then a game. Modern chess, don’t we just love it”.
@joshfriedel: The Archangelsk leads to fascinating positions, but computers beat them to a pulp. Hope there is some tension still left.
@nigelshortchess: It is one of the great ironies of chess that the sharpest variations are often the most boring”.
Jonathan Tisdall agrees, @GMJtis: “Call me crazy, but I find long sharp theoretical battles the boring games. (You don’t have to call me crazy)”.
What can you do in 30 minutes?
@cyberella: “Magnus has been thinking for what now, half an hour? That move better be stellar!”
Not a stellar move, just the solid 23…Rfd8. What do you think @fabionacaruana: “This variation won’t offer Carlsen many (or any) winning chances, but he should be able to hold it without many problems”.
elgransenor1: “Depressing how many engine moves they are playing. Chess is getting slowly strangled and turned into a soulless activity”.
The “hidden matchpoint” (Svidler on Chess24)
@rajachess: “There is a good chance Carlsen will be 0-2 after today”
@kimiyasajjadi: “Guess all the chess players in the world Are holding their breaths😧 will Karjakin find Qb3!!”
Maybe he is pondering over another move? Let’s ask @erwinlami: “39.Bxf7+!? Kxf7 40.Qc4 Kg7 41.d5! is also not exactly a picknick. Huge moment in the match!”
@skepticalsports: “If Karjakin wins this game, he knows this match is essentially over.” Does he not know this is 2016??”
@GMAlexColovic: “A bold prediction – Carlsen saves this, which lifts his spirits, starts to play excellently and wins the match!”
@frank_snyckers: “If Carlsen pulls this out of the fire, by no means inconceivable, then Qb3 will haunt Karjakin for the rest of his life”
And Sergey played 39.Bxf7…..
@reachvsara: “Finally a sac in dis world chesschampionship! In footsteps of Kasparov & Vishy. Lets continue to have faith in humanity”.
@jumarear:” I think everyone saw a winning position after Bxf7 but no one actually saw the winning combination”.
@jonathan_rowson: “I feel sorry and sad to say this, but after all that build up and excitement we may now have a complete anti-climax.”
@cyberella , are you still awake? “I keep on staying up too late to watch games that lead nowhere. Wrap it up already, guys! Some of us have to work tomorrow”.
“Following Carlsen – Karjakin is becoming a serious obstacle to being able to get out of bed in the morning.”, according to @wordssavant.
And finally, the inevitable happened: TarjeiJS: “OFFICIAL, Karjakin-Carlsen drawn. Magnus keeps his chances alive exactly 2 years after he retained his WC title in Sochi”.
And of course, many armchair psychologists had to tweet something as well: @mmehdikhani70: “Another psychological victory for Sergey. He pressed Magnus hard and made him sweat for his draw”. @psedik: “I don’t think this is a psychological win for Sergey. Magnus defended almost lost position.”
@redfoks10: “Instead of saying Carlsen is not on his best, maybe it’s time to say that Karjakin is better than we all thought”.
What to expect for game 10? eli_1985_mor: “Tomorrow we will see either the best game or the worst game of the match in terms of quality”.
@ramnarasimhan: “Only 3 games to go. Magnus down by 1, plays with White pieces in Game 10. The whole chess world is expecting a raging bull.”