Tag Archives: Sergey Karjakin

Game 8 – bonus edition!

Game eight really was a shocker and it was certainly a challenge for your blogger to pick the right tweets to create a comprehensive twitter report. I ended the previous blog post with some Tarjei statistics after the last move was played,  but the tweetflood after the game was over did not stop. I spotted many remarkable and emotional post-game tweets. Here is a selection. 

@Mark_A_Hooper: “You know when couch-potatoes yell at football players on tv? The chess commentary on Twitter makes that look rational.”

The press conference scandal

Magnus failed to attend the press conference after the game. You can watch the post-game videos on several websites to see what happened to conceive an opinion. Twitter was not amused: 

media_micro_evr

@Sandra_Hohmann:”Magnus doesn’t attend press conf. I understand he’s disappointed and maybe angry with himself, but that’s unprofessional”. @poisondPwnPress: “Carlsen storming off without talking to the press is poor form. Unfortunate, but I can understand emotions running high.”

@nf3nc6:MC with his behaviour, disregard for others & arrogance, probably does not deserve to hold such a Classy Title as Chess WC”.

@reachvsara: “WCh ’12 Moscow. Vishy lost game 7. He stayed back for Press Conf. Answered more questions than oppo. Just saying”. @sirgeorgethomas: “Anand had to suffer at the press conference in a dignified silence after losing but Magnus is too busy crying”.

@Eilert: “Until today I was proud to be Norwegian in the world of chess. Now I feel the urge to apologize to every other nation”.

@sandeeproy1: “With Magnus, are we going back to the old, snooty Grandmaster types?”

But there was some support on Twitter for the reigning champion: @wallaceChessLtd.:“Magnus Carlsen is only human & we are often limited by too many rules. Conferences and press can wait, emotions come first.” 

@kajasnare:“You should know @MagnusCarlsen waited at the press conference for several minutes before he left because it took a long time for it to start“.

penaltie

Anyway, not appearing at the press conference will cost Magnus some pocket money: @TarjeiJS: “So Carlsen’s failure to appear at the press conference will likely lead to a fine of 60K or 40K Euro depending on who wins”.

@EuropeEchecs: “We talk much more about the press conference because Carlsen did not stay. FIDE should pay Carlsen for it :)”

After the game and some sleep, most tweeters calmed down a bit and evaluated the new situation: @MarkTWIC: “Thinking about it overnight game 8 was likely entirely the kind of emotionally sapping contest Carlsen had in mind. Just not losing it.”

@MartinChess: “Let’s face it: the result yesterday was the best thing that could happen to the match”.

@GMJtis:  “Magnus has the best sporting mentality I have ever seen, absolute world class. He will find his best now.”

@brigosling: “The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat”.

The last tweet goes out to @normanwhyse who knows why it will be a difficult task for Magnus: “Think Karjakin either has a great psychologist on his team or a witch.”

Carlsen – Karjakin Game 8

I think we all cannot hear the horrible ‘d-word’ anymore, but  @TarjeiJS has some stats for you:  Carlsen’s 8 straight draws (incl Olympiad G11) his longest strreak since 09. Record is 9 draws in a row in Wijk aan Zee ’09”.

In my “behind-the-screen” world championship blog https://mateinmoscow.wordpress.com/, about the World Chess Championship 2012 in Moscow between Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand, I posted a number of cartoons by German artist Fränk Stiefel. After the seven-game-draw snoozefest in New York, I remembered that I used this cartoon:

prof-gelfand-prof-anand (cartoon by Fränk Stiefel) 

I think, the cartoon speaks for itself. 

Without further ado, let’s go to the tweets of game 8! The chess world expects, no needs a decisive game and the commentators obviously do not want to analyse another draw. @robertris: “Can’t wait for G8! Tension grows which will not help quality of the games, but expecting a decisive result!”

@GMJtis:“Lot of people (me included) expecting real action today in Carlsen- Karjakin. Think we’re feeling the law of averages, but still…”

@pietropilechi: “After 7 games we understood that they do know how to draw. Now let’s see if one of them knows how to win”.

Can you win a game when you use an opening system from the 19th century? 

@dgriffinchess: “The system with 5.b3 has been played in a World Championship before. Gunsberg-Steinitz, 6th match-game, New York(!) 1890!”

Dutch GM @erwinlami joins the discussion on Twitter:”Don’t dispair chess fans! Despite the slow build-up of today’s game, the Colle contains a lot of underlying dynamism”.

@Cazhansen: “These openings look more and more like what would be played in New York 1924 instead New York 2016… Seriously??”

@nigelshortchess: “This opening will please @stuthefox who dug up Johannes Zukertort one moonlit night from his grave in Brompton Cemetery”.

 

Back to the game. Any excitement yet? @Joeyryan007: “I used to play this rubbish with White. Never thought I’d see it in a World ch match mind”.

GM Nikita Vitiugov is worried about his blitz rating: @n_vitiugov: “I guess, my blitz repertoire is gonna be completely destroyed after this match – Trompowsky, Kolle… Is 1.b3 coming?”

@MarkTWICI said I felt something may happen today but not in this way. Carlsen’s opening hasn’t worked and he may be digging a hole for himself now.

@jonathan_rowson: “I wonder if Sergey realises he can win the match yet? If he plays 19…Bc6 now it’s a sign that he probably hasn’t.”

Time trouble

However, in time trouble, what started as a boring game suddenly became interesting because of some inaccurate moves by both players, and a tweet and a screenshot of the evaluation by @MadsStostad makes things clear: “Heeeeeerrregud #hjerteattakk”.

evalg8

I don’t think you need Google Translate for the Norwegian word “hjerteattakk”. 

@CraigoryC: “After a comedy of errors it seems we have arrived at an equal position once again. #DefWasNotABoringDraw”.

@CazHansen: Wow! What a game. Two big blunders in time trouble today. The games may end in draws, but they’re exciting”.

It was amusing to read two completely different opinions about the move c5 by Carlsen:

c5-g8

GM Daniel Gormally: @elgransenor1: “If Karjakin can’t win after the awful c5? Then when can he ever win?”

And what do you think, GM @jonathan_rowson: “Funny how the idea of ‘blunder’ has changed. Magnus’s c4-c5 probably saved his skin in practice, whatever the engines say.”

Exciting? Come on, you see these time trouble scrambles in the club every week, right? We are just happy finally seeing some fireworks after seven dull games. 

@heastoida: “Nothing special, that’s what happens in my games pretty much all the time”.

And the game seemed to end in a draw soon, but let’s ask two experts: Malcom Pein @telegraphchess: “There comes a moment in WCC matches when it’s all about the nerves and not the position on the board. Its arrived”. @nigelshortchess: “OK, I understand this is supposedly a draw, but I would be very nervous with White”.

And ist is interesting to read the opinion of Top GM Teymur Rajabov: @rajachess:  “Well,he (MC) is playing really bad chess here. And he is going to pay huge price for it in this match,if he keeps on going like this.”

@ChrisBirdIA: “Carlsen seems to be doing his darndest to lose this game. What the heck is going on today?”

I don’t know. Maybe we should ask a supercomputer? 

@TarjeiJS:” Norwegian “super computer” saying Karjakin has a mate in 35 after 51…h5.”

@nigelshortchess: “If you keep playing with fire, eventually you get burned”.

play-with-fire

@jonathan_rowson: “52…a2! Black wins. A thoroughly impressive game. I admire Magnus all the more. The will to win is also the will to lose.”

@havanavo: “Think it’s safe to say Carlsen is far from his best. But we should not overlook this was very impressive from Karjakin”.

@danielkingchess: “Carlsen forgot that Karjakin could play for a win. But this time, after some provocation, Karjakin remembered he could.”

And one last tweet for today. I started with a tweet by @TarjeiJS with some statistics, we end this one with more stats: “Karjakin-Carlsen 1-0. The Russian leads 4,5-3,5 after game 8. This is Carlsen’s first loss in 28 games.”

Carlsen – Karjakin Game 7

Half time at the world championship in New York. Let’s start all over again in a 6-game-match for the title. 

@samualmaxton: “Excited to travel to NYC tomorrow for the match. I was worried that halfway through it would already be decided. Wrong!”

I hope Sam has a ticket: @stefanloeffler: “Tickets for Carlsen Karjakin sold out until game ten and eventually until the world championship is decided.”

Rest day

fidegp

There was a rest day on Saturday in New York, but there was plenty of chess to follow all around the world:  the  The FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk, the World Senior Championship in Marianske Lazne, a spa town in the west of the Czech Republic near the German border or the German Bundesliga with many strong 2700+ players. What about the Indian Championship in Lucknow? 

@nigelshortchess:”Utter chaos in the Indian Championship, with 5 of the 14 participants withdrawing due to the lack of a venue”.  

Let’s ask our friends in India what’s up? @konguvelp:Nat Premier Chess – Searching for Accommodation in 2007 to Searching for Venue in 2016. Sad state of affairs.”

Our man in India, @reachsvara, who has ears and eyes everywhere,  is not surprised: “Searching for Toilet in 1991, Searching for Food in 1998, Searching for Tiger (Yes, there was a REAL tiger around!) in 2006… :-)”

@itherocky: “Organizers! Organizers! Yes, Players! Have a Venue? Yes, Players! Telling lies? No, Players! Let’s play Round 4! Ha! ha! ha!”

Game 7

magnusfilm

 

Let’s move a couple of time zones to New York. Press officer Anastasiya Karlovich took the opportunity to go to the movies: @nastialkarlovich: “Magnus” in NYC cinema – could not miss it))! Special thanks to filmmaker @Benjamin_Ree”.

 

 

Other officials and players played a couple of chess games on the rest day: @chess24com“: Hard not to feel a bit sad for all the chess hustlers in New York parks now getting hustled by visiting professionals :)”

Now let’s go to the tweets of game number seven. 

@rationalcolonel: “It has been an engrossing match so far with some tremendous games, but what the match needs now is a decisive result in Game 7.”

Do we really need a decisive result? A draw can be exciting as well, what do you think, @tiltchess: “I love watching quality chess and someone winning doesn’t necessarily make it more exciting for me. #keepthedrawscoming”.

No 1.e4 today, no Ruy Lopez, but something completely different! Stuart Conquest aka @stuthefox: “It’s difficult to explain to a non-chessplayer that sometimes the very first move can be exciting!”

@robertrisWho would have guessed it would be a Chebanenko Slav today? 🙂 @unudurti: “PH Nielsen did an insane amount of work for Anand with the Slav, so this makes sense…sort of.”

keepblah

 

 

Top GM Teymur Rajabov is not impressed with the opening of the game@rajachess:Could be just dried out at home, with no blah-blah-blah needed.”

 

 

What do you think, @TarjeiJS:“I doubt Carlsen was anywhere close to getting a heart attack by Karjakin’s opening preparation today either”. @Silvio Danailov : “It’s amazing how poor is the opening preparation of Sergey Karyakin with white. What the hell is doing his team of seconds”.

@GiddisnSteve: It’s really great to see Ulfie playing Salo Flohr in a World Championship match. Oh, wait a moment…

Exciment on Twitter: Magnus drops a pawn! 

@nigelshortchessI just knew Magnus was going to play 19…Bf6! He is heading for a crappy but (probably) drawn ending a pawn down

@nf3nc6:Carlsen is getting ready for a Magnus grind now. Just that he will be on the receiving end today..”

@GMlars: “Strange play from both players. From slightly better to slightly worse for Carlsen. Should still be drawish, though”.

@tylervsnyc: Let’s see if Carlsen can pull a Karjakin…

Yes he can! Another draw was agreed: @robertris: “Possibly the worst game so far!”

@sjakkerleCarlsen hasnt had a row of draws this long since 09. Karjakin: July. No question for whom this is most frustrating.”

@danielrensch received a message from Hikaru Nakamura: “Who knows, maybe they’ll draw all 12 games and kill classical chess once and for all.” -@GMHikaru texting me. Had to share.”

@joshfriedel:Carlsen seems to lack his usual precision in this match, which makes me realize just how special a quality it was.”

Perhaps the next world championship will be more exciting. What’s your take, @olympiuurcan: “On the positive side, Karjakin is offering us a pretty good preview of a potential Carlsen v Giri world title match”.

One last tweet for today: what do you think of a future match , anishgiri?” I should stop tweeting”.

 

 

 

 

 

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”.

hand

@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.”

kasparov04-1984

@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.”

korchnoi-karpov

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.”

blunder

@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: 

plot-twist-ahead-sign

@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”.

cxgbop6wgaa5p1z

@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. 

ball

 

@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”.

languages

@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!” 

quote-often-in-the-ruy-lopez-one-must-be-patient-wait-and-carry-on-a-lengthy-and-wearisome-boris-spassky-83-81-69

@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! 

nap

@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!”

quote-chess-is-mental-torture-garry-kasparov-60-6-0648

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.

chesssport

 

@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. 

defence

@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 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.

terms

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..

boring

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)”

echo

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 !

football 

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??

app

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..”

countdown

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.”

trumpovsky

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. “

chair

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