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Carlsen – Karjakin Game 6

The fifth game in the match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin was interesting, but again a draw was agreed.

@chessninja: “Most consecutive draws to begin a world chess championship: 8, Kasparov-Anand, 1995. Carlsen – Karjakin now at 5.”

I found this video on You Tube about the match in 1995, 21 years ago. It was broadcast on Eurosport! Please listen to the (German) comments by GM Eric Lobron. Great to see the games and the footage again, fantastic to see the high-tech 3D board.

 

The armchair grandmasters are not amused about the draws: @andeesprout: “Chess has become joke over the past week. 5 remis in 5 straight matches”. @itsjulian23: “Man, Carlsen Karjakin is getting more draws than your average Miracle player on Day1 of a GP.”

@kiniagi: “I hate draws, i won’t watch tomorrow”.

That’s a pity, because some strange things happened in New York on Thursday. Anything special in game 5, Venkat Saravanan? @reachsvsara:“I saw Tigran Petrosian all in flesh yesterday, on the board of Carlsen Karjakin when the Black King ran from g8 to c8”.

Game 6

Let’s go to game 6. is it going to be a long game again? @GMjtis:Espen says the Norwegian PM has texted and hopes for a shorter game, the government is frazzled after so many long nights.”

@davidhowellGM: “Looking forward to the World Championship match tonight. I predict a safe solid draw after a couple of strange games.”

We saw another Ruy Lopez in game 6. What can you tell us about the opening, @nigelshortchess: “Magnus Carlsen has played the Marshall Gambit – named after the great American, James Marshall Hendrix  #voodoochile”.

@sinfuz is happy: “I love the smell of gambit in the morning”.

@MarkTWIC: A very sharp Marshall Gambit in the Ruy Lopez. Quite a rare line but high level. Game could burn out quite quickly.

@susanpolgar:” I have a feeling that this game may be short because w/ correct play, many ways for forced repetition of moves”.

GM Robert Hess shares some background information with the chess twitter-sphere: @gmrlh: “I helped GM Alex Onischuk prepare a similar line against Karjakin back in 2010. Maybe Magnus Carlsen learned from us? “

@Cazhansen: “It seems like both players are fully booked from home in this line. But the question is why Karjakin allowed this.”

The boys moved fast, maybe too fast, even for @anishgiri:”Things moving at such a quick pace, we might not make it to my daily midnight wisdom.. #toostrongtoofast”.

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@reachvsara“We are not watching a game at Carlsen – Karjakin, but a memory contest of Line Moves from two sets of Silicons”.

@terribleteacher: “Dead draw in Carlsen – Karjakin game 6. Too much computer analisis has made chess dull.”

@jonathan_rowson: “I’m afraid it’s going to be a fairly dull draw again. Not so much because of opposite bishops, but the lack of pawn breaks.”

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@nigelshortchess: “Don’t complain. The first K-K match was arse-numbingly tedious for months on end. This is better “.

However, the chess twitter community was not amused. A selection of tweets: @danielrensch: “How can I describe how un-enthused I am right now about that last Carlsen – Karjakin game? Karjakin needs to try harder with White. Period.” @NorwayChess: “If not exactly short and sweet, then at least short. Enjoy the rest of your Friday out there”. @amartinchess: “A bit of imagination from either player would do the match a lot of good.” 

@diabloroma:” Another draw – the 6th in a row. Thunder and lightning, it’s not really exciting…”

 

And one last, slightly puzzling tweet from German scholastic chess activist and journalist @stefanloeffer, who covers the match for the German quality paper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “Playing 24 moves of preparation, kicking the door, loosing the grip on the position, @MagnusCarlsen wrecked his image in less than 24 hours.”

I hope that his articles are better than his tweets.

Enjoy the rest day. @TarjeiJS: “No Carlsen – Karjakin today, what in the world am I supposed to spend my time doing in this city? #NewYork”

 

Carlsen – Karjakin Game 5

Wednesday has been a quiet rest day on Twitter. After the long draws in game 3 and 4, the chess Twitter-sphere seemed to need a short break from the board and the screen after 247 moves in 4 games. 

@chessgamescom: “247 moves played in the first four games of #CarlsenKarjakin; only 4 shy of the record 251 moves from the Botvinnik-Smyslov rematch in 1958.”

@shaxmatist2000: “Is a 94 move game not a record in modern times? For players of this caliber, it is tantamount to playing 10 sets of tennis.”

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Let’s ask an expert: @DanielKingChess: “Nowhere near a record! Korchnoi-Karpov 1978 had a 124 move draw. Carlsen-Anand 2014, game 7, was 122 moves.”

@chessninjaThe campaign to avoid short draws has been pretty successful with move minimums. With Carlsen-Karjakin, move maximums perhaps also needed.

What do you think of the match so far, @russell_francis:3 things about the World Chess Championship, 1 guy’s a Trump guy, 1 guy’s a Putin guy and the Berlin Wall has been erected.”

You have probably seen the analyses of the games on various websites and in videos. @fabianocaruana found something: “So 42…Bd5 43.g3 g4!! probably would have won for Carlsen in the 4th game, but not easy to find and convert the advantage”.

Another top 10 player showed this variation @anishgiri:  “45…Be6! 46.Nf2 Bd7! -+ while after 45…f4?=. Will most likely be published in NIC, if my bad jokes pass the censorship.”

And in case you missed all the action last week, Gunnar Bjornsson knows the score @skaksamband:Heimsmeistaraeinvígið er í fullum gangi í New York. Staðan er 2-2 eftir fjórar skákir.”

I can read “New York” and “2-2”. That’s actualy all you need to know. 

Game 5

Before we go to game 5, let’s say happy birthday to GM Michael Adams, who turns 45 today. @garylanechess: “Is Michael Adams on team Carlsen again? I say yes.”

What do we want to see in game 5? Some grandmaster advice from Nikita Vitiugov, @n_vitiugov: “Eagerly waiting for the first blood in New-York. Hope for a good old piece blunder. Basically, chess is all about that.”

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@johnchess: “Looking forward to the next instalment of Magnus Grindstone vs Sergei Groveljin this evening”. 

What’s on the menu tonight, Johathan Tisdall? @GMJtis“Have a feeling for something Italian today. Maybe even Sicilian.” @nigelshortchess: “Southern European anyway. How about the Hellenic Counter-Gambit?

And what did we get? Italian! @nigelshortchess: 21st century homo chessicus has concluded that white should put his bishop on c4, attacking f7 – as they already understood 500 years ago.

Not everybody was happy, though: @GiddinsSteve: “Everyone excited by a d3-Giuoco. I guess to a starving man, even beans on toast is a feast.”

@JonathanRowson: Whether it’s an Italian or a slow Lopez, I think even top GMs are basically confused until something actually *happens*.

Something actually happened: 14.Bxf7+.  GMSimon Williams aka @ginger_gm: “Not sure why these guys hate their light square bishop so much.”

After that move, the players took some time to ponder over their next moves, giving the spectators online some time to do other (better?) things:

@twistsler: Okay then. I have been away for over an hour and only missed 5 turns.” A more precise tweet came from @schlaura_schi: “The good thing about Chess is, that you can take a shower without missing a thing.”

Playing the move 19…Qh4 (or not), that was the question. 

@ginger_gm: If Sergey Karyakin is going to win this match he needs to start playing moves like 19…Qh4!? added by some psychological advice from @jonathan_rowson: Yes, and it’s not just the move, but *how* you play it. Speed, sound, smoothness, eye brow altitude – it all matters.”

@anishgiri: “Folks shouting Qh4! but having made a couple of hundred passive moves in a row this seems rather unorthodox for Karjakin”.

Of course, Karjakin played 19….Qh4. @Nigelshortchess:” My hunch is that Magnus missed that after 19…Qh4, 20.e6 is not possible”.

Surprising plot twists in game 5

Sergey seemed to have a slight advantage, but that plus score slipped away: @GMjtis:“Minimalism from Karjakin again. Back to our normal programming. Magnus can now plonk around & try to magic up some chances”. @joshfriedel:”Karjakin’s Bxc5 from game 5 looks an awfully lot like Bxc4 from game 4.”

@GMLars19 Bxc4 in G4 was chess error; 20…Bxc5 in G5 not bad chess-wise, but psychological concession by Karjakin. 2 result game.

So, there are good chances for Magnus to win the game then? Not really: 

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@Terendle: “Really odd play by Magnus. It almost looks like he’s forgotten that it’s possible for him to lose this game…”@GMjtis: “I really really really really don’t like the way Carlsen has played 95% of this game. Begging for trouble.”

@Unudurti: “If Karjakin is able to put serious pressure now, match dynamics will resemble Anand-Gelfand 2012 in Moscow”.

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@duhke64: “And now Houdini demonstrates the art of vacating a square for piece. Position is looking grim for MC”.

However….@CazhansenBd5 right away? It seems like Karjakin just dropped the ball on the 10-yard line while running towards a touchdown.”

Many viewers wanted to go to bed, but were a obviously afraid to wake up with an unexpected result. @joseaf_PT asked: This is a draw, right? If i go to sleep, i’m not going to get another surprise like Trump,right?

You can go to sleep, another draw was agreed, although Jonathan expected a different result.

@jonathanrowson: “Bit confused. Went to bed. Carlsen -Karjakin suggested Karjakin might be winning.Open computer. No sign of that whatsoever. Draw.”

Perhaps @team_bleezy has an answer? Karjakin has played defensively every match. As they say, “scared money don’t make money.” Missed opportunity with Black.

One last tweet for today,: @danielkingchess: “A strange game. Throughout it seemed that Carlsen forgot that Karjakin could play for a win. And Karjakin forgot too.”

 

 

 

 

Carlsen – Karjakin Game 4

It was a loooooooong game on Monday, and not everybody was able to follow the whole game live @home: 

@Kimiyachess: “Waking up seeing the results of the position yesterday was like waking up to Trump as president.”

Let’s check some non-English matchtweets about the third game, for a change. Chess is a universal language. 

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@zeitonlinesport: “Diese Kampfpartie begeistert, weil man Züge sieht, die im Lehrbuch verboten sind. Uli Stock #Schach-WM”.

@Adpresro: “Egalitate în partida III a meciului pentru titlul mondial dintre Magnus Carlsen și Serghei Kariakin… …”

@WiseNow: “การแข่งขันหมากรุกสากลชิงแชมป์โลก Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin เกมที่ 3″.

@Chess_News:Алексей Дреев: “В третьей партии #CarlsenKarjakin оба “К” проявили свои лучшие качества” .

@WildWhoosh: “Het is spannend bij het WK schaken. De wereldkampioen Magnus Carlsen wil zijn tegenstander in een eindspel “grinden”.

@CapaKaspa:Une belle partie marathon ! Le match est lancé !”

@SportCT: “Opět remíza. Carlsen s Karjakinem se i ve třetím zápase o titul rozešli smírně”

It is interesting to see that there are various  ways to write “Karjakin”.

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@wpgChicagoHey everyone, can we keep the conversation in the one language that God intended for chess please? … Esperanto! 🙂

Game 4

Le’t move on to game four: What can we expect today, another endgame perhaps? @tiltchess: “The best technical finisher vs. the best technical defender, a matchup destined for some epic endgames :)”

@europeechecs: “Karjakin has to do something today. If he goes on playing only in his own half, Carlsen will eventually score.”

@Kingsheadchess: “Carlsen will be frustrated after missing a probable win last night. Might this be Karjakin’s chance to capitalise?”

All set for game four, folks? Everybody sittin’ comfortable, engines running, cool drinks in the fridge? Oh before I forget,  what’s for dinner, @pookita? “Have to prepare dinner BEFORE the start of the game, just in case it’s another epic barn-burner.”

Fried-Liver Attack, perhaps? Well….no. 

Are you ready, David? @DavidHowellGM:Now a dilemma: England football match, chess world championship, or Djokovic tennis match? Any advice?!”

@baariish: “O…. Ruy Lopez!! Ufff….. Hoping to see some other stuff in opening… in coming rounds!” 

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@GMJtis:” It might not be the Najdorf, but definitely a statement that Magnus is not choosing the Berlin Wall as black every game.”

@nigelshortchess:In such positions, with White I always feel I have no advantage, but with Black that I can’t equalise”.

Many observers noted that Sergey played pretty fast in the opening: @GMJtis: The Magnus fan in me is really creeped out by how quickly Karjakin is playing. @slavenzivkovic: “It’s interesting to notice that so far in the match Karjakin plays significantly faster in the opening.”

Of course, the reason is simple: @Omojolow4life: “Why is Sergey Karyakin playing with such speed. Maybe he has a date and does not want the game to prolong like yesterday. “

Magnus is ready for a long fight, though! 

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@ChessBase:Magnus Carlsen taking a nap after 17…Nc4 – probably just closing his eyes.”

@nigelshortchess:18.Bxh6 is the more chaotic option. 18.Ng4 was sensible, but less sexy :)” In other words: @Emmbld: “Yeeees Bxh6 was played, let the blood bath begin! I love those Spanish games”.

@AnishGiri (tweeting from Georgia) keeps his cool: “Very classy response by MC with Nc4!,Qc6!. No mate in sight and thus No to panic in Norway and Yes to sleep in Georgia.”

And Anish, who obviously went to sleep, missed the next crucial move (19. Bxc4) by Sergey, heavily criticized by many experts on Twitter.

 @RobertRis: “Karjakin’s 19.Bxc4 is a clear sign that Magnus is the huge favorite to win the match! What a terrible positional mistake! ” @nigelshortchess: “Quite frankly, this is just very poor play by Sergey. It is easy to sit here & criticise, but it is true”. @FabianoCaruana: “The bishop pair, the center and the terminally weak b2-pawn. This is bad news for Sergey”.

Will we see a decisive game tonight?  Let’s ask @lawrencetrentIM: “Magnus just has so many trumps in this position. So many he’ll build a wall, deport some illegal pieces and maybe grab Sergey by the #####”.

@Alex_Remaster: “Karjakin is going to be tortured again. But dont worry, he enjoys it!”

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The twitter audience was not to sure about  the position, though: @pas_chez_moi:I’ll not be surprised to wake in the morning to find that this 4th game is another draw.”

And as the game progressed, the experts were not convinced: @GMHikaru:Somehow I have a feeling that by closing the position with 45…f4 any sort of winning plan became a lot, lot harder.”

GM Elshan Moradiabadi, aka @eli_1985-mor: “I do not know which one was worse: Bxc4 by Karjakin or f4 by Carlsen.”

@tolgausun: “One of Karjakin’s seconds must be Giri 🙂 He finds draw in any given situation”.

@im_pinge: “The computer evaluation in Carlsen Karjakin is as misleading as the polls during the US Presidential election.”

Another long game tonight…..@bobbyfiske: I swore to my wife I’d go to bed before midnight. #02:25AM R4.

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@havanavo:” Back to back 6+ hour games where one lapse of concentration is probably fatal. Tell me again how chess is not a sport.”

 

@eli_1985_mor: “Carlsen plans to reduce Norwegians’ productivity by keeping them every night till 2 a.m?” Let’s ask @TarjeiJS: “130,000 Norwegians were watching NRK’s Carlsen Karjakin coverage at 2:45 last night.”

In the end, another draw was agreed: @am-celis: “Karjakin gets a draw out of nowhere again. Against Carlsen. With a Supermoon”.

Many people only watched the opening, saw the bad move 19.Bxc4 and went to bed. Another draw was certainly not expected by many. 

@fennelaurora: “Expected to wake up to a Carlsen win after that early blunder, but Karjakin found another 20 rabbits – impressive!” @tnttoon:”This is the second day in a row I wake up heavily expecting a Carlsen win but finding a draw”. @gxtkjaer:”There’s no way I woke up to a new draw between Carlsen Karjakin. F*ck off.”

Oh, and Anish woke up  as well: @AnishGiri: Draw?! As though Magnus’ pre-match remark on Sergei’s amazing defensive skills had started to mess with his own head.

Not onyl Anish Giri praised Karjakin for his defensive skills, other top grandmasters were impressed as well: 

@FabianoCaruana: “Honestly impressive defense. Not every day that Carlsen fails to win 2 clearly better positions in a row.” @Eljanov: “I know the feeling:u are in fire, dominating,he looks spent.But small error and he escapes. To do it vs Magnus -top class!”

Not everybody was impressed, though: @ChessKingTI’m disappointed in today’s game. Not exciting enough. Practically 94 moves of junk. Now the match is tied – 2-2″.

These two tweets are funny: Putin or Trump, that is the question. 

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@chessgamescom: BREAKING: Putin just appointed Karjakin new Russian Minister of Defense”.

@vanadis: “Karjakin is now on Trumps list for Secretary of Defence. Nobody will be able to get in”.

What will happen next after the second rest day on Wednesday? Teymur Rajabov your opinion please? @rajachess:Carlsen did not reach his top form as yet, but I think from games 5 to 8 he will be very dangerous.”

@forwardchess:Carlsen Karjakin suddenly feels like a Kasparov – Kramnik. I just don’t understand who is playing a Kramnik here though 🙂

@nvmea: “I wished Magnus would win a game mainly so all of those expert predictions of the mental state of both players would stop.”

And one final tweet: @jsr_start: “Norway needs the Rest Day today”

Carlsen – Karjakin Game 3

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”.

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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 !”

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@ChessVibes: “Even the great Anatoly Yevgenyevich seemed to have watery eyes when the kid asked for his mama.”

Game 3

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.”

@elgransenorReally 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!”

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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 :)”

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@TarjeiJSAnyone 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”.

 

 

Carlsen – Karjakin Game 2

Forget game one.  What do you think @eli_1985_mor? “The most boring 1st game of world championship match?”

Relax, things can only get better. At least the transmission of the moves and the video  went well on the first day,  right  Mr. Merezon? Perhaps we should send our roving Norwegian reporter Tarjei J. Svensen to have a word with the AGON boss. @TarjeJS: Merenzon: “Luckily everything went well first day. This is a totally new way to broadcast chess, many things can go wrong. It went well” .

The paying customers are not very happy though: 

@acepoint: “Agon and FIDE should invest our money in capable programmers rather than in incompetent lawyers”

@fischerandom: “I have downloaded the iOS World Chess App but all that was shown are moves, no VIDEO VR 360..I payed for it!”

@mitchelc101: “Agon solved the issue of me asking for a refund, they’re ignoring my emails. Still,what do they care, they’ve got my money.”

@dmews27: “Glad I paid money for a website that doesn’t work.”

@sixhat: Agon Terms of service are pearls of despotism.

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Any other complaints?  @davidllada: “Had I knew that the official photos from #CarlsenKarjakin would be so bad, I would have volunteered for the position myself :-/”

Well, let’s go to the game: @asimpereira tries to get as many clichés as possible in one tweet: “If.. just if ♔Karjakin beats ♚Carlsen today, the world chp will explode! But we also know what MC can do when he loses early on!”

Are you ready for game 2, Nigel?  @nigelshortchess: “Game 2 about to begin. Just enough time to pop out for a couple of bottles of wine.”

@tiagosizenando: “If Carlsen plays some sort of wall defense today, I’m done with this match. Too many jokes to my taste. #mexicans”

And a Ruy Lopez it is: @GMAlexColovic:No Berlin in G2. Showing that the rest of the Lopez is just as solid!”

@chessninja: Today’s Karjakin-Carlsen Ruy Lopez Opening is called “the Spanish Torture” because you eventually confess you stopped studying at move 34.

@robertris: No matter it’s slightly better for White or equal…I’m expecting a more boring draw than yesterday..

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And we come back to @nigelshortchess, after 26 moves: “It is at moments like this when watching a game that I am grateful that I have plenty of wine in the house”.

@erisasil: Too boring.Where is Morozevich?

I don’t know.  But I know where Vassily Ivanchuk is: @teotsorb: Novisad, @euroclubcup. It was a chess event in a great atmosphere & sportsmanship. Vassily Ivanchuck wins 1st Board Gold medal!

@LennartOotes: “The @euroclubcup has come to an end. Congrats to Alkaloid and Cercle d’Echecs Monte-Carlo!”

Oh almost forgot, when going through the tweets of the match, browsing for some Twitter entertainment: the second game ended in a draw.  After the game I received the same worldchess newsletter as my friends from @europeechecs: “Instead of the Berlin […] Carlsen continued with the Ruy Lopez, or Spanish, opening.” ?! From newsletter@worldchess.com”.

Thanks for updating my opening knowledge, AGON!

At least the press conference after the games was entertaining, right?  @britt_DJ: “I’ve had more fun at funerals than in watching the press conferences for #CarlsenKarjakin There’s fun in FUNerals.” @ichattopadhyayaWow, level of questions in the press conference were worse than beginner level. Why organize in New York?

So what happened so far? Ask @Pablo25YL:  So far the only thing that happened is: Karjakin +2 ELO points / Carlsen -2 ELO points.

There seemed to be an echo delay program on the official site today: @HansHofmann: “Could you please look into this annoying echo on the hosts’ voices? Reported by a couple of people”. @ghengisclown: “Cannot listen to this with echo. Would love to hear Judit but I am out. Good luck all.” @jroenberg: “Can you fix the echo and background noise in commentary ? (maybe close door to outside the studio)”

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The programmers (if AGON has any) can try to fix the problems with the sound, the website and the apps on Sunday, because there is no game on Sunday. @bavalde: Strange with a rest-day already. Sunday would be a nice spectatorday and the players are probably not exhaused…

@pookita: “Who made up a schedule where every weekend there’s a free day? A FIDE genius or Agon?”

When you organize a match in the USA, I can imagine that most people prefer to spend some time with the family or want watch the NFL on Sunday. Sunday is for football, and to be honest, your blogger is happy that he can watch the Packers game today !

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One last tweet: @toreheliksHigh level chess: Men in suits staring – but not at each other”.

Keep the tweets coming. Comments and suggestions to @ChessClassic.

Carlsen – Karjakin Game 1

Ready for the first game of the FIDE World Chess Championship? Or should we say Chempionship? @asimpereira: Installed WC app and a shocker on the 1st screen! “Chempionship”? Seriously??

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Now that’s a great start of the match. Thank god you cannot do anything wrong with the countdown clock. Can you? 

@LennartOotes:“Ehh @theworldchess, maybe it’s a plan to adjust the countdown clock on your website & iOS app? We’re starting 2pm EST right? That’s 2h 45m..”

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Damn, forgot to adjust the time back to standard time.

@seitenschach: “The live coverage of the #CarlsenKarjakin is off to a rocky start – the (pay wall) official site isn’t working. Bad news for #FIDE and #Agon”. @sixhat: “The WC website reveals 3 things: arrogance, incompetence, and greed.”

Two hours after the start of the first game, @theworldchess tweeted: “We deeply apologize for the black out of online broadcast at the beginning of the match. Things are fixed and working now”.

Let’s go to the game, shall we? @JakeDarmanin: “Grab your popcorn. One of the sickest chess championships is about to start.”

@JonathanRowson: “After a long gruelling week, what a treat to discover (I’m out of the loop) that the World Chess Championship has begun”.

Surprise, Magnus plays…. what? Let’s ask Malcolm Pein, @telegraphchess: “Magnus decides to stomp with the Tromp”. 

It did not take long before these tweets came: @MeloMann1971: “Magnus opens with TRUMPovsky against Putin’s boy !! @jeremy_heckt: “Magnus Carlsen trolling America by opening the World Chess Championship in NY with the Trompowsky attack. Lol.”

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Twitpic courtesy of @mitxxxael

@GMjtis: “Henrik Carlsen has just said he wonders if the Tromp is a typical Magnus pun to refer to the US election.”

@JimTrowbridge: You’re pretty danged relaxed if you let a pun decide your choice of opening for Game 1 of WCC.

@stephenleary: I’d be really disappointed if Carlsen was as nutty about US politics as Gary Kasparov.

But hey, who cares about moves? 

@DaveEwart: Magnus has a nice shirt & jacket, no tie. Sergey has nice shirt & jacket, *black tie*. An interesting strategy, to be sure. An interesting question was tweeted by @sehr_schwierig: “What do u think of a marriage between Carlsen and Taylor Swift?”

@Joeryan007 does not believe in chess training, he believes in chairs: “I am really impressed with those fancy chairs the players have. I think one of those would improve my play immensely. “

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When people start tweeting about these subjects, away from the game, it means that there is not really much going on. After three hours, an equal looking position was reached around move 20. What’s your take @JonathanRowson?  “It’s a real advantage. Small but enduring. If I was White v Magnus I wouldn’t take a draw here. And that’s saying something! ” Let’s ask Nigel: @nigelshort: “The World Champion is trying the technique of what Spassky refers to as squeezing one testicle at a time.”

@TomosOwen1: “Carlsen putting the squeeze on. He loves these long endgame grinds in seemingly drawish positions. Eyes down; settle in.”

However, nothing much happened anymore, not in the game and not on Twitter.  @MikaelsenMD: “Make remis great again!”

@prajwln: Trompowsky had ‘little bit’ to do with Donald Trump. Was the joke really worth it? #Zzzzzzz

The second game will be played on Saturday. Will we see more computer moves? @vemundh:1st round almost only stockfish moves wow!! The game is on. It’s going to be a new great game tonight”.

One last tweet from India: @reachvsara, and look at the hashtag:#CarlsenKarjakin are grt, but this is the first world championship @vishy64theking is not battling since 2007 – 9 Years! #IMissMyVishy

 

Growing up

Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin literally grew up in the chess world and since they were so talented, they got used to the attention of the media. I started taking pictures of the two players in 2004 and I have seen them both in various events, in Wijk aan Zee, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Dortmund and other cities. Here is a small selection of pictures I took over the years.  

 

All pictures © Chess in Tweets. 

#Countdown

One day left before the first game of the match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin! Twitter is slowly heating up for the #Chess #Event #Of #The #Year. 

@Tristadamus: “Magnus by name magnificent by nature @MagnusCarlsen lives for this sort of challenge.Karjackin sounds like a handle from grand theft auto…”

Obviously, on Wednesday there was some other news that dominated every Twitter timeline. Let’s check some reactions from the chess world and ask GM Jan Gustafsson what happened:

 @GMJanGustafsson: “WTF! Must still be dreaming. No way this happened last night. Harrison Barnes scores 31?”

Bravo, NBA fan Jan gets his priorities straight. Other reactions: 

@nigelshortchess:“So, the US failed the IQ test. Good morning everyone!” An unemotional reaction came from Mark Crowther: @MarkTWIC: “Just transferred all the dollars out of my Paypal account.” @Kasparov63 decided to tweet about the weather: “Winter Is Here.” 

Talking about Kasparov, I spotted this rather weird tweet by journalist @StefanLoeffler: “Can @Kasparov63 be blamed for Trump’s victory? In politics (and chess politics) the former world champion is always on the loosing side”.

Stefan and Garry are not best buddies, I guess.  

In an earlier blog post, I asked your predictions for the match. Jon Ludvig Hammer @gmjlh tweeted: “In the year of Trump and Brexit, 80/20 in betting markets suddenly not looking as comfortable for Magnus fans.” Jonathan Bryant @BerlinEndgame: “After what 2016 has given me so far I have no doubts whatsoever that Karjakin – the fan of the fascist dictatorship – will win”.

@anishgiri:“Media have approached me asking for #CarlsenKarjakin chances. I didn’t respond, but after a good thought I now give Karjakin approx. 36.8%.

@dsmerdon: “Trump. Brexit. Cubs. Bulldogs. Leicester. Time to bet on Karjakin.”

leicester

@Patrick_JMT:“If Leo can win an Oscar, the Cubs the World Series and Trump the presidency, I’m putting $ on @SergeyKaryakin over @MagnusCarlsen”. @Lord_Goz: “Leicester Won the Premier league, Portugal the Euros. Trump the elections. @MagnusCarlsen Watch out!”

@thechessdrum: “@Cubs win World Series … Trump wins U.S. Presidency … should @MagnusCarlsen be concerned in #worldchesschampionship? #StrangerThings”

Perhaps, we should ask The Simpsons. 

 

On Thursday, a rather uneventful opening press conference was held in New York.  I can tell by experience, that the players do not like these events and want to return to their bubble as soon as possible. @TarjeiJS: “Looks like Carlsen and Karjakin meeting the press will get competition from a certain Trump meeting Obama. Easy choice.”

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One tweet by @OlimpiuUrcan is all you need to know about the press conference: “That press conference was Carlsen giving a simul to seven different individuals on topics such as style, substance and self-confidence.”

If you cannot wait for the match to begin, there is another formidable chess event in the US to follow: @GMHikaru“On a more positive note, today is the start of the #ChampionsShowdown @CCSCSL and buona fortuna a tutti.”

FYI: Topalov, Nakamura, Caruana and Anand play in this event in St. Louis from November 10-14. They play classical, rapid and blitz chess. 

Another tournament to watch is the European Club Cup in Novi Sad: @elgranasenor: “Is it just me or is the European club chess tournament just scarily strong? So many good players these days it’s actually depressing.”

Good players, like @anishgiri: “Big day. First win for papa.”

Last tweet of the day by @forwardchess: #CarlsenKarjakin Interesting Fact: @MagnusCarlsen turns 26 when the world c’ship match ends! His B’day falls on 30th Nov (Tie-break day)

Here I go again…

Having a two-year break from world championship blogging was actually quite nice, but let’s go on with the blog! This time, I am a neutral observer…..

 

In the next weeks the World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Sergey Karjakin (Russia) in New York will be the main topic in this blog. After the match, I plan to give you a weekly overview of the most interesting chess related tweets.

It is still quiet in Chess World Championship Twitterland, a few days before the match starts, but I found a number of tweets. Let’s kick off with a funny tweet by my regular contributor from India, @reachvsara: ” The intrigues of World Chess Championships started! Browsing on to fwds to automatically!”

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The trick still works, even a few days before the match. Sergey obviously does not seem to have a good social media expert in his team.

 

Check this tweet by @GMIanRogers:A Couch Potato’s Guide to the World Chess Championship match – options for watching Carlsen v Karjakin online.”  https://new.uschess.org/news/the-couch-potatos-guide-to-the-world-chess-championship.

A good guide for people who obviously like to stay at home and watch online, like Zuckerberg and Gates: @nigelshortchess: “The @ChessBase “journalist” who wrote “Zuckerberg and Gates to Attend World Championship” claims that this did not imply they would attend.”

@Saderjock: “The beautiful flexibility of language. Like the Bible – it can mean anything.”

The journalist replied: @AlberSilver64: “It is very sad when the most important thing in one’s life is arguing about Bill Gates going to the WCh or not.”

@nigelshortchess: “No, it is about extremely shoddy standards of journalism at a very large chess news website.”

The players

Let’s have a look what the players post on Twitter. As a chess fan, you should add the accounts @Magnus Carlsen, with 130.000 followers and @SergeyKarjakin, who has 18.100 followers (6 November 2016).

Sergey obviously prepares in Florida, according to his tweet from 31 October: @SergeyKarjakin: “With my friend Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the match Miami-San Antonio! What a fight! Proud to touch the ball during the game. “

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Sergey and Shak touching balls in Miami. 

They boys do not tweet very often though, and I can tell from experience that the players will probably not tweet very often  during the match.  Attention: Follow the account @GaliyaChess, which is the account of Sergey’s wife Galiya Karyakina. You will not only be able to see the result of her shopping sprees in New York, but maybe some other stuff as well during the match.

You might think that 130.000 followers (Carlsen)  is quite a lot, but when you check the site http://twittercounter.com/ you will see that the athlete with the most followers is Christiano Ronaldo @cristiano with almost 48 million followers. Reality check: Chess on Twitter is in the same league with sports like Darts, Table Tennis or Snooker.

Since there is not that much going on on Twitter about the match yet, let’s close this comeback column with a tweet by @chessnotes:

So, 2016 World Chess Championship (two years since last one) starts in five days. Where’s the media blitz?

Well, I don’t know. What’s your view, @TarjeiJS: “I really hope Agon will succeed, but this is their last chance. If they can’t do it in NY, they never will.”

Maybe we better postpone the whole event, right?

@ChessPolimac: “In case that @Ilyumzhinov cant get USA visa to visit WCC Match @Fide_chess should postpone the match!”

BTW: do we have an official match hashtag yet? Send in suggestions to my acccount @ChessClassic. And if you see any interesting tweets or do have an interesting chess related account yourself, send a tweet to @ChessClassic. Thanks!