Round 2 was a really good one with exciting games, but what to expect in round 3, the round before the first rest day? The pairings: Andreikin-Karjakin, Svidler-Kramnik, Topalov-Aronian and Mamedyarov-Anand. Will Veselin Topalov play for a win on his 39th birthday today? @ChessinT wonders : “Is this the last shot at the World Championship for some of these guys?”
A quick look back on round 2: @Jonathan_Rowson tweeted: “Aronian’s game said “just in case you forgot I’m the favourite…” Kramnik’s said: “Me too.”
European champion Alexander Motylev
In case you forgot: there are more chess events in the world, e.g. the European Individual Chess Championship in Yerevan, Armenia. After his loss in the second round, @SergeyKaryakin still had something to celebrate on Friday: “Congratulations to my great coach Alexander Motylev! Brilliant play and result!!” @JuditPolgar tweeted: “Congrats to Alexander Motylev for his victory at the European Championship! He was fighting as a lion, himself!” She posted a sweet picture:
Jon Ludvig Hammer@gmjlh , the Norwegian GM who played in the tournament tweeted: “Lost one rating point and won 45 euros. But still happy after a superb last-round win!” The champ himself was surprised: via @Chess_News he said: “Не могу представить, как я стал чемпионом. Это настоящее чудо”.
A bit of a sleepy Twitter start today. Chessplayers (and watchers) are obviously notorious longsleepers. Well then, it’s Saturday, it’s ok to sleep a little longer! After 45 minutes of play the first assessment from @Chess_Anyone: “In all 4 games black has played very solid systems today”. @Devangshudatta: “All interesting positions with potential but no clear evaluations yet”. @AnishGiri was surprised about the Kramnik game: “Historical day today. Kramnik is not prepared. #writinghistory“
Interesting games, interesting tweets: “This commentator girl has a so sexy voice!!! ;)”, according to @Eduardo-Mara. He is talking about Viktorij Cmilyte, who is commentating with her husband, Peter-Heine Nielsen for the official website. I have to quote PH from his Facebook site where he posted a hilarious story:
“Woke up this morning by my sister telling me I overslept my plane to Siberia. Having arrived jetlagged from Brasil 12 hours before, guess predictable. Googled Siberian cities, found a connection to Surgut and now on my way to Khanty-Mansyisk in a taxi ( with wifi!) Will be in time to do commentaries for the Candidates Tournament in 10 hours from now. Unless I oversleep…”
@AnishGiri: “Listening to commentary by PH Nielsen and Cmilyte. Lucky guy, paid for spending quality chess time with his wife. 🙂#jealous“.
Viktorija has to answer Twitter questions like: @jonbobahn. “Viktorija, thx for the very pleasant commentaries. When does the 1st woman enter a candidates ?” There are also some critical voices: @Finlip: “Dear commentators, please stop giving us computer lines. We can check them ourselves”.
In the game Mamedyarov-Anand, black had a pleasant position after the opening: @reachvsara: “Compared 2 recent past years to his games at #Candidates2014 so fa, looks like de activ Vishy’s back’- PH Nielsen. Glasses on, Gentlemen!” @candidatesfide agreed: “Anand has a pleasant position after an inaccurate 17.e5 by Mamedyarov”.
And Anand quickly went on to win the game. @chessvibes: Yep @ShahriyarMamedy has resigned and so @vishy64theking will go into the first rest day topping the standings”. Appreciation by @anishgiri: “The killing precision of Anand resembles the way I remember him from 2008. #foreveryoung ” @Unundurti tweeted: “What was surprising was the speed of White’s collapse in Mamedyarov-Anand”. @Ragnsvan: Impressed by @vishy64theking . “Nice comeback,and now topping the standings. Who did really believe this some weeks ago?”
“Massive win for Vishy. Are we going to see Carlsen-Anand Part 2?” @LawrenceTrentIM.
And the other games? Dutch grandmaster @erwinlami: “Svidler is about to secure the title of Russian champion for the 8th time! Seems to be doing very well against Kramnik.” @chess_anyone tweeted: “Topalov – @LevAronian is going wild ! But it seems @LevAronian has huge activity for the unbalanced material”.
Andreikin vs. Karjkakin ended in a draw. An uneventful game, really and no interesting tweets about the game to be found. They can go into the rest day now, but what to do? International Correspondence Chess Master Martin Bennedik has a good idea: @bennedik: “The other players should all watch Life of Pi on the rest day. A tiger is always dangerous”.
Another game ended in a draw: @chess-anyone: “Topalov @LevAronian is a draw by repetition. After some nice tactics, both players played well and the result is logical”.
One more game left: @TarjeiJS:” It does actually look like Svidler is doing well vs Kramnik! What a result that would be for Peter!”@carokann: “Well this type of position might be not one for Svidlers style. So Kramnik might survive this”. An exciting game for the Twitter community, @chessvibes: “Svidler & Kramnik both made the time control with seconds left. @polborta is still the one playing for two results”.
And the game continued: @chessvibes: “Will Kramnik find the study-like 45…f5 46.gxf5 Rf6! or not? Peter Heine Nielsen: “It’s a huge moment for both players”. Super Grandmaster @fabianocaruana explained: “To explain the move, it’s prophylaxis against e6 and Qf7. If 46…Qe4 then 47e6 wins. 46…Rf6 47e6 Qe4 seems to draw”. Simon Williams @ginger_gm: “Unbelievable defence by Kramnik! …f5 and …Rf6!!”.
So the game ended in a draw: @carokann: “The worst is yet to come for Svidler. Confessing in pressconference”.
Another interesting day at the Candidates. I will leave you into the rest day with a tweet by @haley_connor“What score would you guess for Kasparov in this tournament if he just showed up and played with no preparation?”