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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 8

After the long game on Monday, it seemed that the chesstwitter community had enough of chess and twitter for a while. Obviously most followers had to go to bed or had dinner, and logged off, since the number of tweets after the game had finished was negligible.

@category5Moron: “7 hours and still no pompom show yesterday, nor a drinks break. They should introduce half-time in chess”.

@MarkTwic had a rough day at the office on Monday: “Did anyone grab the games from the Chinese rapid event this morning? Was so exhausted after yesterday couldn’t get up to do it.”

The editors at the Dutch service “Teletekst” must have been sleepy as well, when they compiled this page:

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Spot the error! Dutchies @peterdoggers and @anishgiri tweeted: “Ask them why it’s so hard to correct this mistake (green text)”. “Told them days ago.”

As usual, a number of tweeters predicted the opening: @terendle: Will we see another new opening from Magnus today? I say no – perhaps a repeat of the QGD, but obviously a different line!

@GMJanGustafsson: “Random predictions: -1.d4 -Another Queens Indian -Draw”, followed up by: “Did I predict a Queens Indian? I meant to write Queens Gambit of course :)”

@garylanechess:As I predicted a Queen’s Gambit. A safety first approach by Magnus.”

@nigelshortchess: “Looks like a typical condom variation from Magnus: to be used once and thrown away”. 

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@TarjeiJS: “Nigel Short is making headlines in Norway with the “condom opening” tweet.”

9….Re8. A new move? Let’s check twitterland:

@chess24.com9…Re8 and the jacket comes off!

GM Abhijeet Gupta aka @iam_abhjieet tweeted: “Inside news: Vishy does know about this Re8 move,Lets see how good his memory is”.

Talking about memory: this tweet gives me the opportunity to post a scan of a lovely ad I have in my archive: 

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He may need these pills to remember the games @GMJanGustafsson found with 9….Re8: “The greatest predecessors to play 9…Re8 are Janowski 1898, Marshall 1927 and Zviagintsev 2013. That counts as offbeat”.

@FabianoCaruana: “Surprised Carlsen is playing such a risky variation.No doubt he analysed it,but it’s hard to account for all White’s options”.

However, Magnus seemed to feel comfortable and went to sleep:

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@pogonina: “Magnus shows his sharp interest in the position by falling asleep already (facepalming?)”

@anishgiri: “Magnus seems/acts hangover. Might not stop him from making an easy draw though”.

@joshfriedel: “Judging by the nap Carlsen is taking, it looks as if he still thinks he is playing a Berlin”.

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@enthousiastchess: “♫ ♬ Wake me up when the endgame comes ♩ ♪ ♫ ♩”.

@wigum: “I’ve heard about walkover in some sports, but sleepover? Fantastic, I just love this man.”

@pookita: “The real Magnus is fully awake and calculating at the board in some other reality stream.”

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@rajachess, aka world class grandmaster Teymur Rajabov: “World Champion has the right to sleep”.

Easy day at the office for the handful of journalists  in Sochi?

After two hours of play @TarjeiJS tweeted: “This should soon be over. The journalists are already preparing for the press conference and a short day at work”

@Berlin_Endgame: “If I was Carlsen / Anand I’d play this on for another three hours just to annoy the muppets who whined yesterday.”

@vishalsareen: “Is this game one of the reason why the phrase ‘Damp Squib’ was construed the way it is?”

@nigelshortchess: “A very dull game. Anand was surprised and ducked the critical continuations at an early stage. Not fatal, but tempus fugit”.

@Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy won’t be too troubled by today’s game. He’s clearly in a better place than last year psychologically and knows he still has a chance.”

@GMRobinVK: “Magnus looked extremely tired today, incidentally he also has to take a doping test.. hm…”. 

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Does the doctor check if Vishy took some of the memory pills?

@sellig1947: “Magnus keeps mumbling during press conferences.Barely audible.Is he on drugs? We shall know very soon ;-)”

“Is the FIDE President subject to any doping tests, or indeed any assessment of his fitness for office?” asked @backranktristan

Rest day- not only the players need a day off:

@MarkTwic“I can’t say I’m all that sorry there’s a short day today. Very long day yesterday with the game and TWIC magazine. Tense game ahead.”

There is a rest day on Wednesday: @reachsvara: “Ever since that Apple was bitten, “What will you do during Rest Day?” has ALWAYS puzzled mankind”. 

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Ellen Carlsen tweeted: @ellenoec: “Can’t complain about a draw with black, guess both players were quite exhausted after yesterday’s game.. And so are we ;)”

One final tweet for today: @ETFroggy:“These two chess players might be pretty good but they don’t have as cool a name as Levon Aronian”-

Enjoy the rest day!

 

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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 7

Half time in Sochi! After an exciting sixth game and a quiet restday on Sunday we re heading into the second half of the match. Without further ado, let’s go to the tweets of game number seven.

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@gunner697: “Another morning of chess action. My wife just shakes her head.”

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Where are you going to watch the game, @garylanechess? “Visiting a friend during game 7. What is the correct amount of time to wait before asking for the password of their wifi? “

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As always, many tweeters predicted the opening: @bennedik, who obviously loves the Sicilian: “My prediction for game 7: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7”.

What do you think, @nigelshortchess : “No need to panic for Vishy . A draw would be a good result today. He still has time”.

@robertis: “Anand is in big trouble playing the Black pieces  I fear the match can be practically over after today…”

Some tweeps don’t care about predictions: @elgransenor1: “Could make a prediction or comment about Carlsen vs Anand today, but as they aren’t tweeting about me I can’t be bothered.”

The opening

We have a plea from an Anand fan: @ananthb86: “Vishy please don’t make my already sad Monday sadder :(“

@elgransenor1: Oh no not another Berlin… ZZZZZZZZ

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@bennedik: “While the Berlin is certainly superior to the opening in game 6, I still would have preferred to see another Sicilian. “

@nigelshortchess: “This spectators who were hoping for a Muzio Gambit, have been disappointed”

@garylanechess: “My prediction came true Anand played the French. Well, sort of. Carlsen is happy to play 100 moves hoping Anand sleeps.”

@Marktwic: “Maybe my article on game seven will write itself. Berlin Draw! and err that’s it.”

Heading into the middle game, @FabianoCaruana tweeted: “Magnus is playing safe and solid – slight edge and a bit of suffering for black, but usually this ends in a draw.”

A slight edge for white, maybe more @GMJanGustafsson? “Is today gonna be the biggest contribution to bringing down the Berlin wall since David Hasselhoff?”

In an interview with German magazine TV Spielfilm in 2004, US actor David Hasselhoff was quoted as saying, “I find it a bit sad that there is no photo of me hanging on the walls in the Berlin Museum at Checkpoint Charlie” – a comment he later denied having made.

Back to the game….. is black still ok?

@Jonathan_Rowson: 28. Ng3. Tense. No exchanges any time soon. Could be one of those games that seems deadly dull until it completely catches fire. @nigelshortchess:” It is a surprisingly awkward position for Anand, despite the limited material. The odd imprecision and he could be in trouble”.

@ecm_man:Kasparov was a killer, whereas Carlsen is a torturer on the chessboard”.

Norwegian chess reporter @TarjeiJS is getting nervous (or bored) and shows us around the venue:  “Taking a walk outside the press room”.

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A crucial move was played when Tarjei was on the way, and of course the move was played during the commercial break: 28…Ne5

@Olimpiuurcan:The directors behind this official live broadcast surely know when it’s the exact wrong time to go for a break.”

Ne5. Sounds familiar.

@athreyaa:“No No No Vishy – You were supposed to play Ne5 in the last game. Not today. 😀 :D” and  @GMJanGustafsson agrees: “I can’t shake the feeling Ne5 was a better idea in game 6 than in game 7”.

@balaajim: “The irony Ne5 would have won the last game, this time it could be the losing move”.

@TerEndle: “So, now a very tricky ending – and a must hold for Anand if he’s to have any chance in the rest of this match!”

@hansenchess: “Not sure what to make of the endgame. Will sit back, relax, and try to learn.”

@Chessnotes: G7: If you need real entertainment laughs, watch engine evals wheeling around trying to get a handle on this position. 

Boring? Take up draughts!

@TarjeiJS: “Carlsen trying to bore Anand to death now. This game may take another 150 moves or so”. @avinair: “Amazing how such a long match gets boring even for the players”. @KeyurK2: “This is boring…Can we have a blunder please ?”

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@Jonathan_Rowson: “The game is likely to last beyond 100 moves, and there’s an outside chance it might get to 200 moves.

@spandalai: “Its a war of attrition. Likely draw, but with Carlsen you never know. Intriguing stuff”.

@vermynhath:Why are people moaning – “dry?” “arid”???. If you cant enjoy this, take up draughts.This is chess at it’s purest. Fantastic”.

Draw!

The game went on and on and on…..

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@ollie: “Nearly six hours, and 73 moves, into this one….”

@erwinlami: “Very impressed with the tough decision of going 70…bxc4! and absolutely sure that Vishy will be holding this game now”.

@aakaashn: “I don’t see Anand losing this game in this universe.”

@thelittlehart: “Now is the time for the janitor to come in to the room rattling the keys.”

@madsstostad:Begynner å bli trangt om plassen.” Mads added a screenshot of the evaluation:

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@FabianoaCaruana: “I once had to defend rook+knight vs rook against Karjakin for 100+ moves,and it wasn’t much fun.It’s normal to play this out.”

@erwinlami: “Nowaydays when RNvsR appears in elite-events, and commentators say draw, one guy will point out ‘Hold on, Carlsen won this once against…'”

@therealLOTR: “After this game ends in a draw, I hope someone from the audience kicks MC in the nuts for wasting everyone’s time for so long”.

@Berlin_Endgame: “I’m willing to bet, btw, that those who are complaining about Carlsen playing on have never had to hold anything like this in a serious game”.

@pogonina: “Magnus should have made a few more moves to beat the record for “the longest game in WCC history”. Just 4 more moves! Ouch”

@MarkTwic: “What was the game length precisely? I went out for Fish and Chips and of course missed the end.

@chesscampeona:A picture is worth a thousand words!” and added this picture:   

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@Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy showed his considerable defensive class today and will feel fortified by the decisions he took, and the final result.”

@anishgiri: “In a twisted way, this game might actually inspire Anand and give him some wings!?”

One last tweet for today: 

@susanpolgar: “This is heading for the quickest draw of the match. Anand can save energy to focus on the last 5 games.”

 

 

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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 6

Most popular (?) word of the day: Blunder.

“A usually serious mistake typically caused by ignorance or confusion”. (The Free Dictionary)

v. blun·dered, blun·der·ing, blun·ders

v.intr.

1. To move clumsily or blindly.
2. To make a usually serious mistake.

v.tr.

1. To make a stupid, usually serious error in; botch.

2. To utter (something) stupidly or thoughtlessly.
 

An few quotations: 



“A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.” (Elbert Hubbard)

A clever man commits no minor blunders.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
 
Before we going to have a look at the tweets of Game 6, let’s ask @TarjeiJS about the weather and the traffic in Sochi:

 

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Another beautiful day in Sochi”.

 

@ChessClassic: “Quite a contrast to Chennai. Or Moscow.”
TarjeiJS: “It’s like night and day”@portisdos: “I thought it was a lost Russian estapa place like some journalist wrote.”



Let’s go to the tweets of game number six now, Any predictions, people?  

@FuriousRoger: “Have a feeling Carlsen will play an unorthodox opening for the sake of it & get his fingers burned a la Aronian at Candidates”.  



@GMJanGustafsson“I am giving 3-1 odds on anything but 1.e4 today”.

@JLangstrand: “So far, I’ve been wrong with every prediction about Carlsen Anand. So I’ll just stop guessing and enjoy the match”

 

@Dizneyrascal64:Get yourself a cup of tea and a blanket and settle in for 6 hours of chess”. 

 

And the winner is….. @bennedik: “My prediction for today: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 and a different Anti-Sicilian.” 



The opening – bad weekend choice

The Kan! Big surprise (at least for me)“, tweeted @FabianoCaruana. @anishgiri: “Wow, Vishy goes for the Kan variation? That’s known to be a good choice in open tournaments against patzers. :)” 

@bennedik: “I didn’t predict an open Sicilian, but I am very happily surprised.”

@Surewin_racing: “Why does Carlsen always go for the most boring lines possible? :(“

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@GiddinsSteve:” Easy to criticise Vishy’s opening choice, but less easy to avoid boring position when Black v opponent who chops Q’s at every opportunity.”

@nigelshortchess:”The importance of openings is greatly overestimated by the public. However, not today. Vishy got a passive position very quickly.”

@Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy plays Kan without Caro, as far as I know, for the 1st time. It’s a favourite choice of mature players; solid & flexible.”

Not everybody was delighted about the opening choice, Hikaru Nakamura does not like mature players, obviously:

@GMHikaru: “Absolutely hate Anand’s opening choice today.”

@GMjtis: “This is not the way VA should be playing the Sicilian. This feels like a Chennai defence”.



@pogonina: “The only reason to employ this line for Anand is to send a message “I can hold even in YOUR type of positions”. Otherwise it’s strange…”

@rajachess: “Terrible choice by Anand today. Just worse,being worse on Saturday all day long is unpleasant,bad week-end choice”

Middle game

@iam_abhijeet: This type of positions is exactly what one should avoid against Carlsen,It would be !? to see how MadrasTiger defends this one“. @chesscampeona: “Magnus must feel like a kid in a candy store right now”. @LaffenG : “Are you okay Mr Anand ? Looks like your cought with your pants down by Mr Carlsen”.

 

@FabianoCaruana: Passive and unpleasant position for Anand – something went very wrong. Now we can settle down for a long grind”.

 

Any news from the commentators?
 
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@chess24.com:Sopiko returns to commentate alongside Peter Svidler”.

@polborta aka Peter Svidler: “In reply to the general clamour for Ali G to join the commentary – I agree wholeheartedly, he would be great. But he’s returning home today.”

 

How to comment the 26th move by Carlsen?  Kd2? Engines go wild.
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@MadsStostad: “Hvor var du da Anand brakk pila?”

@ChessMike: “Twittersphere blows up with Kd2; reacts against press for asking about it repeatedly. Biggest moment in either match needed several angles.”

@SergeyKarjakin: “When Magnus blundered with Kd2, I was in the playing hall, and wanted to scream NE5!!! It could have changed chess history I guess;-).”

@Kasparov63: Every time there is a bad blunder in a WCh game it’s called “the blunder of the century” but the stress & tension lead to mistakes.

@GMGawain“Wow just saw the bizarre mutual blindness in Carlsen-Anand. Makes me feel slightly better about the standard of my last two games!”

@GMHikaru: “Anand moving much too fast. Such a shame.”

@ChessNinja“No top player has made more hasty blunders in technical endgames than Anand. He gets bored, impatient; always been so”. 

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@Chessbase:” If there was any doubt whether they saw it, this picture of Anand breathing out deeply says it all.”



@Kasparov63: “Amazing double blunder in Carlsen Anand today. Blunders are not that unusual in world championship matches, but returning the favor is!”

@bennedik: “This game is like a bad dream. It would be very sad if it decides the match.”

@gregshahade: “Wow these Anand and Carlsen guys are huge n00bs”

@FabianoCaruana: “I imagine they’re both horrified with how they played today, but Magnus can console himself with a point closer to the title”.

@johnrhartmann: “After today’s double blunder, it appears that I actually _can_ play like both Carlsen and Anand”.

@chesscampeona: “If I feel so bad for Anand, I can only imagine what he feels. He needs a hug.”

@FabianoCaruana: “Shocking blunders… Vishy won’t be able to sleep tonight.”

Post mortem



@reachvsara: “‘Vishy – can you describe being the loser of this game?’ What a brilliant question”.

@theclosetgm:Seriously, are these real, trained journalists or just a bunch of chess groupies pretending to be journalists?”

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@anandcarlsen14: “Espen Agdestein: Norwegian media are doing pioneering work”.



The day after

@nashtanir: Interesting game. Didn’t really understand anything.”

@Vishalsareen: “It was a missed opportunity for Vishy, but there are six more games…there are more twists in the tale of world championship”.

 @EinarGausel: There must be better 2…e6 Sicilians on the market than Vishy’s choice in G6. Another “rope-a-dope” attempt could prove fatal.”

@chesscampeona: “I am still sad over game 6 of the Carlsen-Anand match but with a good brownie with ice cream on top, I can disregard any ill feelings :)”

Meanwhile, in Sochi:

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@anandcarlsen14: “More basketball fun on the rest day”



One last tweet for today: @GregorySBerry: “Sopiko, after the end of the match, how am I going to continue seeing you every morning?”

 

 

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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 4

Before we are going to have a look at tweets of game 4, let us  look back at game three. Many, many tweets popped up in the Twitter timeline. Not surprisingly, most tweets came from India. “Chess” and “Anand” was trending in India, meaning that literally thousands of people congratulated Anand on his win in the third game. However, a rather nasty side effect showed up: the official Twitter hashtag #CarlsenAnand was flooded with spam, by spambots.

@anand_bombay:I guess fans went overboard yesterday with the hashtag and the spambots caught on.”

spambot is an automated computer program designed to assist in the sending of spam. Spambots usually create fake accounts and send spam using them, although in many cases it would be obvious that a spambot is sending it. (Wikipedia).

How to get rid of these spambots? I asked for advice on Twitter and @Art_Smart tweeted: “If you block those tweets and report them as spam, they disappear from your feed.” @traderDXB: “Just block all tweets containing “Google inbox invite” And voila!”

Sometimes “spam” can be funny, though.

Game four

Chess now! @kasparov63 tweeted about his old rival. Let us not forget that he played a world championship match against Vishy in 1995! Magnus Carlsen was 5 years old….

“Anand the old tiger cannot chase down his prey so easily these days, but if you put your head in his mouth his teeth are still quite sharp!”

And another tweet, by former world championship match contender @nigelshortchess: “I don’t like to be rude about my superiors, but I have to say that Magnus’ opening prep. was really shoddy yesterday”

Well, let’s check what the world champion played today then! What does Twitterland expect? @EinarGausel: “Don’t expect to see Magnus swinging for the fences today. The Champ will no doubt be looking for a slow, technical grind”. @dfreire: “Today we have a wounded Magnus Carlsen playing with white. It’s one of those rare occasions chess fans won’t want to miss”. @rajkashana: “Carlsen will try to get Vishy out of prep as quickly as possible. I doubt if he plans to enter Mordor again. :)”

Some useful information by @shrinjanr: “Every game Vishy wins he gains 6 elo points while Magnus gains 4. For a loss its -6 & -4 respectively. For a draw +1 & -1”

Are we ready for game four? Judit Polgar posted this picture. 

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@GMJuditPolgar: “Wanna know what a retired chess queen does in her free time? Gets a chair and checks what Vishy and Magnus are up to:)” 

The story of game four in ten tweets:

1. @bennedik: “Very happy to see a Sicilian. Now wait for Magnus to take all the life out of the position and get a nice endgame”

2. @MarkTwic: “Was there a small disturbance in the audience to Carlsen-Anand game 4? Here Carlsen turns and stares?”

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3. @rajachess: “Oh,almost my game against Carlsen from Wijk. I developped differently with black,had some problems,Anand wants to play with isolani pure.”

4. @FabianoCaruana: “Anand will be defending this for a while, but he can be confident about his chances to hold on”

5.  @JanAageFjortoft: “Preparing for a football-game, watching Chess live on TV It’s a funny old game….”

6. @nigelshortchess: “I played a guy at blitz who explained he was hoping I would die of a heart attack. Perhaps this is also Magnus’ strategy? :)”

7. @Chessbase: “Magnus watches Philae land.”

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8. @AnishGiri: “Vishy looks bored, I think he wants to play a pillow fight with Akhil.”

9. @GMJanGustafsson: “Come on guys, shake hands, the rest of us have work to do!”

10. @Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy was very composed today. Magnus applied typically subtle & potentially deadly pressure, but made no psychological impact”.

One bonus tweet by Claudia Munoz aka @Chesscampeona, proving that women multitask more than men:  “I am watching  Carlsen Anand and the landing of the European Space Ship on the Comet, both at the same time.”

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I hope you understand the @Chessbase tweet now :-)) 

@fmkrms: “Alright so ESA landed on a comet, well done… but could they do it on a wet Wednesday night in Stoke?

One last tweet for today, a good one to think about on the rest day. @GMjtis: “Twitter is full of people who want you to say something and then tell you what you said instead of reading what you said “

 

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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 3

After two exciting games,  there was a rest day on Monday.

@harikadronavali: “Rest day could be bliss for players, but boring day for spectators.”

Do you have a problem with rest days,  @reachsvara? “Problem with Rest Days? ‘Armchair generals’ H.A.V.E to theorise, vomitting absurd ideas!”

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@poisondpwnpress:What on earth am I supposed to do for the next 14 hours? I need Carlsen – Anand in my life.”

Well, you can play a game yourself for a change, like the journos do in Sochi. There is nothing else to do in this ghost town.

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@chessvibes:“Norwegian journalists in Sochi playing chess over the board or with @PlayMagnus. Yep, #chessfever”.

I found a nice tweet by @FabianoCaruana on the rest day: “I read that I’m “helping” Anand for the match. Good to know – I think neither of us were aware of that.”

India? Norway? No boundaries in the chess world! Kudos to these two tweeters:

@einargausel: “Mixed feelings about Carlsen – Anand. As a Norwegian I want to see Magnus do the bizz, but the middle-aged man in me is rooting for Vishy.” @gauravm333.”As an Indian I’m for Anand, but the 23-year-old self of me is for the Norwegian star.”

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But now …. let us have a look at game 3. The tweets will do the talking….in 5 acts + encore.

Act 1: The opening

What do you expect, @garylanchess? “Looking forward to the game later and I expect 1. e4 this time and predict an exciting draw”.

Teymur Rajabov, aka @rajachess: “1.d4 and probably no Gruenfeld by Carlsen”. @reachvsara: “Magnus shifting to QGD as expected – being a point up, why play Grunfeld and why show blood to a shark!?”

@yelenadembo: “Time to check the old Steinitz games”. 

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@nigelshortchess: “I guess you all want some witty explanations about what is going on. I have no idea. Heavy theory, that’s all”. @anishgiri: “Same strategy from Magnus as in Chennai, a surprise in the first game and the ultra solid opening to follow…”. @yelenadembo: “By the fast replies of both sides, it is clear that they are nowhere near the end of their preparation”.

@fabianocaruana:”Everyone is saying this is a solid line for Black. But…. isn’t that a white pawn on c7?”

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Act 2:  Critical moves

@harichess: “Qa6 is such an easy move with engines running 😀 in my opinion 0-0 is more human”. @rajachess:“0-0 is not bad in general,is just bad compared to Qa6 I think!” 

@chesscampeona“Computer is a constant word I read in tweets during a “human” World Championship Chess match.”

@Jonathan_Rowson: “26…g5!? Magnus ventures a delayed and reversed Grob, but possibly 25 moves too late?”

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@chessindianet: Vishy pondering. His eyes tells the story so far”

Act 3: Time trouble

@rajachess:Carlsen’s time is ticking slowly for Indian fans,and extremely fast for fans of Carlsen”.  @ChessIndiaNet: “20 minutes left for Carlsen to make 15 moves in a tough position .. and its going to get tougher with every move”. @dilipvanaman: “Its official Magnus is in time trouble ? Can he find the Houdini route ?” @ChessVibes: “Carlsen has 10 minutes left for 13 moves. He’s not in time trouble often. How will he deal with it, under this pressure?”

@Unudurti: “World championship games decided by time´trouble leave their scars on the players…and spectators too!”

Act 4: The end

@tejasvimohanram: “Veni Vidi Vishy! Game3 looks like in the bag”. @OlimpiuUrcan: “A gentle reminder to those who celebrate prematurely: “Remember, Remember, Twenty-First of November.” (Chennai, Game Nine)”. @EtienneGoud: “Anand is playing fantastic today. Note that the position after 28.Ra1! is close to zugzwang. Was very hard for Magnus not to blunder there.”

@nigelshortchess:” In a parallel with yesterday’s game, it looks like it will be decided by a blunder after sustained pressure”

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(Screenshot by @DeepMikey, www-chess-tigers.de)

@Chess24.com: “Sopiko: “Judging by Magnus’ face he’s not happy” Peter: “There’s no reason to be happy…”

Talking about Sopiko: @SagTan:“Sopiko is so cute, I could sack 9 queens !”

@Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy wins! Powerful opening,precise calculation, good technique,excellent time management. He played,dare I say it, like a World Champion.”

@fabianocaruana: “Looks like Magnus forgot or mixed up his prep,because this was all widely known a year ago. Anand may make an early comeback”.

@Unudurti:Magnus forgot that old Indian adage, when a tiger grows old, he turns into a man-eater”. 

Act 5: Congratulations

@AnishGiri:Vishy wins the third game of the match in Sochi. This is now a fact of Russian history too!” @humanlyAsshole: “I have never been as happy in recent time as i have been now. The Vishwanath Redemption”. @lladini: “I would love to see Vishy right now, when the door closes after him on the lift and he is finally alone”. 

@JcKnight2: “The Tiger slayed Thor. The Tiger slayed Thor. To all haters, Anand is back so expect a fight. Vishy all the way.”

@reachvsara:That sheer joy only an Indian can feel, how this brilliant & ambitious man has brought happiness with his feats”. 

@gauravschandel: “Just when I thought Vishy is down and out, he comes with a bang. Best news I’ve heard all day!”

@karthikPMO: “Great show in Game 3, Vishy! You indeed brought “Anandam” to all your fans! Millions are praying for your success!”

@aravindganesh“Carlsen- Anand is like that of Arjuna-Karna battle. Now don’t ask me who is Arjuna & who is Karna….

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@jenshahade: “Adorable to watch Vishy try so hard not to smile. What a sportsman!”

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@FSTIMJP: “To be fair, MC’s play over the board today would probably rank as among top five-ten worst in modern history of WC matches”.

@SilvioDanailov: “If Magnus Carlsen wants to enter in theoretical battles he needs much better seconds than @PHChess.Losing clearly the opening duel so far.”

@Cassiopee:“Although a big MC fan,delighted with today’s result, if only for the interest of the WC. He is but human after all!”

@ChessNinja: “Trivia Dept: In the last 5 world championship matches the winner of the 2nd decisive game won the title. 8 of last 9. Weird”

@bennedik noted: “Tripling on a file seems to be quite strong.” 

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@occupyc5: “Suddenly @TarjeiJS  has to reset his ‘Anand hasn’t beated Magnus’ in 1000 years line :)”

The last tweet of the day is reserved for the world’s number 2 on the rating list:

@fabianocaruana“Today was a must-win for Anand. He exposed Carlsen’s weakness, scored a crucial victory & brought intrigue back to the match”

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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 2

9 November: what a day. Did you know that on 9 November 1985,  Garry Kasparov became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion by defeating then-champion Anatoly Karpov?

Four years later, a wall fell.

@Europe_Echecs: “A Berlin defense for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall would not be a good idea”, and added this twitpic: 

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Of course Carlsen and Anand played the Berlin Defence in game 2. It was just a matter of time before the first “Wall” tweet popped up. The winner is @mortenp: “Berlin being played on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall”. @chess24.com: “So an anti-Berlin on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall!”

This is one of the best videos I found about the building of the wall:

Back to chess. Ready for game 2?

@_cyberella:“I have a box of chocolates, fresh coffee and Carlsen – Anand streaming on the laptop. It’s a perfect Sunday”.

Hmm, Sunday is also Premier League day, too bad that the organizers planned game two today:  @TarjeiJS:“One of Carlsen’s closest friend saying he wants to win quickly today, because of Swansea-Arsenal starting at 5 (CET)”.

@rajachess: “Is he really going to watch Swansea-Arsenal?”

@nigelshortchess:“Reti was right: 1.e4 is just a blunder” and added: “I am quite glad I chose to finish my lunch rather than rush back home for the opening moves”.

@anishgiri: “Sad necessity of modern chess. Back in the days a6 Bxc6 was considered nothing, now Magnus tries it even without a6”. @fabianocaruana: Even without a6 he can enjoy memories of his game vs Grischuk. It’s only 1 tempo after all.

The commercial break

And now… in the middle of the game…we have to leave you for a commercial break….

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@ChessIndiaNet: “So fortunate to see the Borat’s museum ad again :)” @cyberella: “And now we’re getting ads, in the middle of the match???  What hideous way to cover a World Championship!!” @ImbiebsRainbow: “Commercial breaks. Meanwhile, the guys are making moves. I don’t get it at all, isn’t the game more important right now?”

@OlimpiuUrcan: “This repetitive Russian Chess Museum infomercial threatens to set a new world record of Ivan the Terrible mentions in the next three weeks.”

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@Rfed1: “Dei, this is absurd. They have scheduled ad breaks and you are forced to watch some Russian crap for 10 minutes non stop”.

@ChessIndiaNet“I saw the Borat’s Chess Museum in my dreams last night. It haunts”

And after the break…what happened to the wall?

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@reachvsara:“There is thunder and storm approaching! 19…Ng6 20.Bh6 gh 21.Rg6!? hg 22.Qg6 Ke8 23.Qf6 & .Carlsen Anand is as complicated as #Interstellar”

@FuriousRoger: “Carlsen has one eye on the Swansea game, while Vishy is mulling over the choice of pickle for his thayir sadam”

Hikaru Nakamura is watching the match from sunny California and tweeted:  @GMHikaru: “Strange moves by Anand in the middlegame. In particular, the knight almost always belongs on e6 in these exchange Ruy structures. 18…Ne6!” And what do you think about the position,  @FabianoCaruana: “This is very nasty for black. And exactly the type of position where Carlsen is at his most ruthless”.

Caruana could be the next challenger, right? @mousa_bander tweeted:  “In 2016, carlsen-caruana , in 2018, carlsen-giri, In 2020 carlsen- stockfish”. 

Carlsen’s seconds “The Dane and The Hammer” were obviously confident about the position, and started tweeting during the game: @PHChess: “Would be a fitting day to tear down the Berlin wall..” and immediately after the game Jon Ludvig Hammer @gmjvh tweeted:“The wall has fallen!” 

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Brilliant stuff by Wadalupe!

What happened? Let’s ask @Jonathan_Rowson: “Essence of why Vishy lost today? He evaluated position after 23.Rc3 as close to equal, but it’s close to lost. Easily done.” And he added: “All said and done, hyper-classy, super skilled, quietly deadly, brutally elegant win by Magnus today.”

What do you think, @Nigelshortchess: “Blunders don’t happen in a vacuum. 34…h5?? came after enormous sustained pressure”

@AnishGiri:” It’s hard to a win a match if the starting point for your ‘strategy’ is “I am a weaker player.”

The fans in India were disappointed, of course. A selection of tweets: @anand_bombay: “The other Candidates players must be thanking their stars that they are not the ones at the receiving end. ” @deshmukhavinash: “Very angry and upset with defeat. Anand literally crumbled under pressure”. @arvindtal: “Vishy is such a disappointment that i started listening to some classical music (Saint Saens) after the game to ease the blow.”

Talking about music: @asimpereira: “Vishy probably needs to stop listening to “Cold play” and dust off those Rammstein CDs.. go “Bang Bang” “Feuer frei”

@Jonathan_Rowson:“If Indian press are giving Vishy a hard time they should chill out. He lost one game to the best player ever having a particularly good day.”

@MagnusCarlsen was all smiles after the game:“Nice way to end the weekend…” and showed a selfie with his sister Ellen.

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A perfect Sunday for the world champion? Àlmost. Remember the tweet about Swansea-Arsenal?

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A lot of people watched football this weekend, many people in Norway watched chess: Spurs fan @TarjeiJS has the exact figures for us:  “218,000 Norwegians followed Carlsen-Anand on #nrksjakk this weekend, 52.000 more than in Chennai.  (via @Aftenposten)”.

@OlimpiuUrcan: “That’s about 4.3% of Norway’s population. Or, if FIDE staffers would calculate that, about 85%.”

One last (sweet) tweet for today, by @beerjohnston, who fell in love: 

“I eagerly await this match. Just for her. So cute: @NastiaKarlovich”

 

 

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Carlsen-Anand in tweets – Kick off

The world championship 2014 between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand kicked off on 7 November with an opening press conference, the drawing of lots and the opening ceremony.

Let’s hope that the match will be of a significantly higer level than the  events that happened on the first day. Dear oh dear, the way FIDE presented its premium product today, the world chess championship match, was embarrasing.

What happened?

The opening press conference:

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Twitpic by @anandcarlsen14:Journalists waiting for the start of the press conference”. 

On the far left we discover Hans-Walter Schmitt, Anand’s neighbour in Bad Soden, Germany. In a month he will start his new job as Santa Claus.

Nice opening statement by the FIDE president, spotted by @PoisondPwnpress: “We want to recreate the feel of chess in the 60s” So, steeped in the Cold War. At least they are honest! 

Talking about the Cold War:

@mikhail_golubev: “Pity that no other place for the world chess match was found than Russia, an international aggressor and terrorist’s supporter”, and added: “Just wondering whether there is any place on the Earth where the top chess players would not agree to play for a good money..”

What happened during the press conference? Nothing really exciting, I am afraid:

@dalkegeetz:World chess championship opening press conference brings same celebratory tone as an autopsy conducted mostly in Russian”. 

@gmjtis: “Someone should ask a unifying question, like which Monty Python sketch is their favorite. Or test if they know them verbatim.”

@unudurti sums up the only thing you need to know about the press conference in one tweet: “Only point of interest in the presscon (unless u r into sets made out of mammoth tusks) “A-Team” entrant Grzegorz Gajewski”.

Well there was another highlight, spotted by @geoffreyborg: “Family Carlsen in support”

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Ok, one more quote, picked up by @chess24.com: “Anand asked what his wife is for him: “She’s a kind of wife” :)”

Next up: the opening ceremony and drawing of lots, with some awesome opening music: 

@DScaper: “Magnus and Vishy walk to the stage to the Dallas theme – I think Vishy is now wearing cowboy boots”.

@telegraphchess: “It was Dallas that Kirsan took the stage to – Unless my ears playing more tricks the translator is trying to suppress hysterical laughter”.

@dalkegeetz:“Happy for any explanation why the president of FIDE walks on WCC’s opening ceremony stage to the theme song from Dallas”.

@dalkegeetz: “When FIDE finds out this opening ceremony rehearsal was live streamed to the web someone’s gonna get canned”. 

@Dscaper: “Whole FIDE opening cerem’ is a laughing stock. The only music they had was an 80’s Film & TV Themes CD.”

@Chessbase: “They used the theme from “Dallas” when Kirsan came on stage. A tribute to JR, or the sponsor Gazprom?”

@pookita: “Well, if you’ve ever been to Texas, you’ll recognize it as full of aliens.”

But there was more music: Picture by @surovlive: 

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@Salimhafezi:”Magnus Carlsen seems bored with all that music.  Do you think its compulsory to attend for the players?”

@chesscampeona: How weird. In the opening ceremony they just said they don’t know who invented chess. I thought Kirsan knew that….”

@GMJtis: “Boil a few vegetables and when you come back the ceremony’s been and done”.

@Dscaper:Now the opening ceremony is a disco – Magnus looks like someone has run off with his missus.” and added: “Boris Spassky has just left. Thing about ex-World Champs, you can get out of awkward situations without excuses.”

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Picture by @anandcarlsen14: Boris Spassky interviewed by Russian media”

Finally, the most important part of the opening ceremony, the drawing of colours. Picture by @europeechecs.

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@MarkTwic: “I’m not sure who has white in game 1 is all that significant but how precisely with a magician do you know the draw was fair?” and @pookita answered: “That poor dove that got spray painted black! PETA would not be happy about that ;)”

@bennedik: “Prediction for game one with Anand playing White: 1.d4, because a)The Berlin b) All of his seconds are 1.d4 players.”

@pogonina:Who will be the 1st to score? In 53 out of 67 top level chess matches the 1st player to win a game prevailed in the entire match -GM Krogius”

Last tweet for today:

@PoisondPwnpress:Nothing like some dubstep to get ready for a chess match”

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