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.”

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@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)

#Hashtag #Carlsen #Karjakin

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Did you know… that the hashtag is so recognized that it was added to the Oxford Dictionary and the Scrabble Dictionary? ‘Hootsuite’ describes the hashtag as follows: The hashtag is likely the most popular means of categorizing content on social media. It makes your own content discoverable and allows you to find relevant content from other people and businesses. The hashtag also allows you to connect with and engage other social media users based on a common theme or interest.

Therefore, it is important to find a good hashtag for the World Championship in New York. Picking the wrong hashtag can result to awkward situations. Let’s have a look at the hashtag #therapist, for example:  

-Intention: Therapist
-Interpreted: The Rapist
-Result: Entering into a completely different conversation online.

On Monday I tweeted : @ChessClassic:#CarlsenKarjakin seems to be the best hashtag for the match. Any other suggestions? #WCCCNYC2016AGONFIDE perhaps?

It did not take long before I got answers and suggestions: @TarjeiJS: #WorldChess2016 seems to be used by some prominent Agon people, but I refuse to use it! 

@Pookita: “Yep. The only issue with #CarlsenKarjakin is remembering how to spell carjacking correctly. Otherwise, it’s the best”. David Llada agrees and tweets: @Lladini:“My vote goes to #CarlsenKarjakin. We need to make top player’s names, if not famous, at least recognizable.”

Sometimes you need to convince the organisers to use the right hashtag. @TarjeiJS:  “I remember we managed to convince the Indians to use #AnandCarlsen back in 2013, instead of the laughable #FWCM2013”. @adatar: “Which idiot came up with that FWCM thing instead of players name???”

@asimpereira wrote: “Then thank goodness @lachesisq is not one of the players is not one of the players”. In case you are wondering who the person behind that handle is: Yan Nepomniachtchi, the Russian grandmaster who used to work in Team Carlsen, but decided to support Karjakin this year. 

@pookita replied: “We’re worried about your young “double Anand.” He’d bury us in letters”. She speaks of Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, the 11-year old who is on his way to become the youngest GM ever. The hashtag #NepomniachtchiPraggnanandhaa comes to mind.  

Other suggestions: @yasssir: #CarVsKar, or even shorter: #CarKar, as suggested by @youssefrahoui. @asimpereira: “How about #WorldChessChp ? (self explanatory + easy to spell + puts chess ahead of individuals)”. 

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I think using the players names makes sense, therefore I will vote for and use #CarlsenKarjakin during the world championship. #WorldChess2016 refers to the official website, and from an organizers point of view this hashtag is understandable. However, as @lladini puts it: “No outsider would remember or feel curious about stuff like #FWCM2013 or #WorldChess2016”. 

Talking about outsiders: I stumbled over a tweet by @samuaelalfaro: “Who is going to win the National Chess Championships in New York City? Carlsen or Karjakin.”

In other news on Tuesday: @kajasnare: “Just met @SergeyKaryakin at breakfast in NYC. Reports he is feeling good 3 days to go #worldchess2016”. 

The question is: @ChessClubLive:You are going to have breakfast with @MagnusCarlsen also?” @kajasnare: “He is invited. Got a feeling I will be stood up”. 

@tarjeiJS:“Reuters reporting that Agon are suing chess sites to stop them from covering #CarlsenKarjakin”. @SusanPolgar: “Chess moves can’t be copyrighted and should never be copyrighted! This simply defies logic. Chess moves are for all to enjoy and learn from!”

@ChrisBirdIA: “Agon going to waste everyone’s time and money again, nobody wants your video feed, just the moves.”

And we have the first predictions coming in on Twitter:  @amartinchess: My prediction for Carlsen-Karyakin: An 6.5-5.5 unthrilling Carlsen win Plenty of hard fought , long games. Maybe a Berlin or two.”

What is your prediction? Send a tweet to @ChessClassic

One last tweet for today, from the licensed NYC guide @tourguidestan who tweeted on Tuesday“Fans aren’t exactly beating down the doors to get into the big chess match.”

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Suggestion for the tourguide: @worldchessWe are offering a free downloadable map of chess in New York City! http://worldchess.com/article/549/

 

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!

Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Twitter data

Now that the Carlsen – Anand is over, I want to share some data about the match on Twitter with you. I spotted a tweet on 20 November by @gauravinsan,  that I found rather interesting:

“29 thousand tweets already today on #CarlsenAnand.  Hats off to chess lovers around the globe”.

I think it is slightly unclear if he meant that on that particular day 29.000 tweets were written, or 29.000 tweets with the hashtag #CarlsenAnand in total during the whole match (until 20 November).

Dr. Gaurav Garg Insan aka @gauravinsan did not answer my question which hashttag tracker he used. 29.000 Tweets per day? Never! I did not believe it. This claim sounds like the 600 Million fairy tale AGON wants us to believe! If you want to read more about this subject, go to the Streathan and Brixton Chess Blog. Recommended!

I used HashTracking.com to find out what was really happening on Twitter. Here is a chart:


You can see that I started tracking the official world championship hashtag #CarlsenAnand on Nov. 20, after I read the tweet by @gauravinsan. The first hick-up is on November 21, when the 10th game was played. A lot of tweets  were written on Nov. 23, when the 11th and last game was played.

Until November 26, slightly over 24.000 tweets were written (24.334) by tweeters using the official hashtag. Add the 29.000 tweets as claimed by @gauravinsan,  and you get around 53.000 tweets during the world championship. Sounds like a lot of tweets, but there is another interesting chart:

Rather interesting is the number of original tweets and the number of retweets: 8.839 tweets, 14.552 retweets, which is almost 60% of the total number of tweets!  Does that make chessplayers lazy tweeters?

Most tweets: A surprise: number one is not @TarjeiJS, the Twitter Guru from Norway. The most tweets came from  the official twitter account @AnandCarlsen14Number two is @riksec08, but he only retweeted, and did not manage to write one single original tweet! I have no idea why somebody retweets thousand of tweets, especially when you only have 68 follower. Lost on me.

Anyway, since I do not have all the twitter data of the world  championship, it is not absolutely clear if @TarjeiJS  not the number one tweeter. His data in november:

@TarjeiJS.” My last 28 days on Twitter: 2,9 % engagement rate 3M impressions 18,8K link clicks 3,4K retweets 3K favourites 1,9K replies.”

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@ChessVibes: “Breaking! @TarjeiJS too busy to tweet! ;-)”

Platform: which device do tweeters use?

Not everybody used the hashtag #CarlsenAnand. Other popular hashttags used were #chess, #carlsenanand2014, #nrksjakk (for the Norwegians), #wish4vishy and #c24live.

Is it safe to say that somewhere between 60.000 and 70.000 messages were tweeted and retweeted during the chess world championship 2014? Quite a lot, right?

It would be interesting to compare the number of tweets to similar events, like as snooker world championship or a darts world championship final. Of course, it is not fair to compare the chess match to the Superbowl (American Football), but just to give you an idea: in 2014 24,9 Million tweets were sent during the game Seahawks vs Broncos!

Talking about millions: did you know that around 650 million tweets are sent…every day, which is about 8000 tweets per second. Crazy! Have a look:

http://www.internetlivestats.com/twitter-statistics/

Finally, a quick look at this site: around 750 to 1000 people visited this blog every day during the match. Most visitors (top 5) to this blog came from India, then USA, Germany, Norway and The Netherlands. Top 5 cities: Bangalore, then Chennai and Mumbai. Oslo came in 4th place,  London on 5, Sochi on 12! Did Carlsen and Anand read Chess in Tweets? Of course they did!

Suggestions needed!

How to continue Chess in Tweets? Would you like to see a weekly episode with the best tweets of the chess week? Do you prefer an event blog, like I did this year during the Candidates, Olympiad and World Championship? Other suggestions? 

If you have an idea, let me know! Thanks. 

 

 

 

Carlsen-Anand in Tweets: Game over

The world chess championship 2014 is over. After his win in the 11th game world champion Magnus Carlsen tweeted:

@MagnusCarlsen: “A big thanks to everyone who supported me on this interesting journey. Two down, five to go.”

His opponenent also tweeted after the last game: @Vishy64TheKing: “As i sit down tonight there are many thoughts and one thought comes to mind. Last december I thought to myself You are not a quitter.”

and added: “And I can say I feel proud to have played in Sochi. I enjoyed the journey.Magnus played a better match. This is his moment. Congrats”.

An ex-world champion congratulated Carlsen: @Kasparov63: “Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen for defending his world championship title, and doing it in style today with a great win!”

and added: “Magnus said “2 down, 5 to go,” referring to my 7 successful world championship matches. (6.5 really.) I wish him the best of luck!”

Interestingly enough, Carlsen admitted in an interview on Tuesday that Kasparov helped him, among others: @chess24.com:So Carlsen’s seconds/helpers: Adams, Fressinet, Nielsen, Hammer, Kasparov, Nepomniachtchi, Potkin (+ Eljanov helped in Chennai). Not bad :)”

and added: “Now we just need Vishy to admit he was chatting to Kramnik on Skype every night :)”

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 More reactions from top players: via @chess24.com: “Aronian: “I’ve never seen a World Championship match with quality games. They’re over-prepared so they commit mistakes during the games”.

A statement by  Hikaru Nakamura aka @GMHikaru:Also to clarify about the WC match since everyone is going insane. I simply thought Carlsen’s quality wasn’t as dominant as last year.”

A future challenger tweeted: @fabianocaruana: “Congrats to Magnus on another big success! Unfortunately,I was traveling today and missed watching the decisive game.”

Talking about challengers: @elgransenor1: “What’s likely is that Carlsen’s next challenger will be someone even younger than he is. Caruana and Giri are both huge future threats.”

@TigerKatten: “I’m rooting for real candidates matches next time around, in order to find the most challenging opponent for Magnus.”

And a tweet by @SilvioDanailov: “Another black day for Makro&friends “FIDE” This is only the beginning”

Norway went nuts, of course. @TarjeiJS: “2,7 million Norwegians (half of the population) watched at least a minute of Carlsen-Anand  on tv. That’s +16 % compared to 2013”

 @palewire: “Norwegian news has system for readers to make Magnus Carlsen themed Xmas chess sweaters”

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Closing ceremony

There was a closing ceremony on Tuesday. Why can’t the winner of the match get his medal  and trophy after the last game? Is it really necessary to organize a 30-minute ceremony, two days after the last game?

@anandcarlsen14: “Medals awarded to the players by President Putin are made by FIDE/Agon and Adamas, Russia’s premier jewelry company”.

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@kajasnare:Putin making Carlsen wait … 30 min delay.

@TarjeiJS:” I can imagine at least one person who is bored to death now. 34 minutes delay and counting”.

@MarkTwic: “I don’t know about other people but I’m kind of getting bored now”.

@dscaper: “Russia and FIDE still haven’t figured out the most important man in the room should be the World Champ, not the presenter.”

and added: “Magnus should get up and walk out – not there for Putin.”

After Putin arrived, the ceremony finally started: @makvikne: “Carlsen, Anand and Putin on the stage together; Inspiration for the next Chess musical?”

@ChrisBirdIA:Carlsen gets a nice shiny gold medal, a big trophy and a Christmas wreath, just in time for the holidays”.

@Pookita: “I know it’s tradition but that wreath belongs on a door somewhere – or maybe on a horse that just won”.

What do you think? Here is a picture by @chesspro_ru: 

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@seitenschach:“Probably something Magnus Carlsen wanted to avoid: Putin speaking at the closing ceremony “.

@MarkTwic: “Closing ceremony. I’m sorry but that final part, dear god what have we come to.” 

But Vishy disagreed: @vishy64theking: The ceremony had 2 great performances by young artists. The rock guitarist all of 13 years was excellent”.

One more picture of the closing ceremony, by @rezoich: 

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 And where will the next world championship be played?

@chessmike: “Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announces 2016 World Chess Championship will be in USA.”….

……@Pookita: “Says the same man who was going to find 20 million dollars to invest in chess.”

One last tweet about the world championship: @Imbiebsrainbow:I don’t regret the time I spent, the undone homework & sleepless nights-it was just awesome.”

 

 

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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 11

And here we go again. One more game? Two more games? Good news for chess fans like @walterzuey: the world championship match 2014 is almost over.

“I awake @ 5am even on Carlsen – Anand rest days. Maybe I should do something w/ my life”. 

Talking about rest days:  we don’t know at what time press officer @NastiaKarlovich got up on the rest day on Saturday, but we know what she did: “Climbed 2300 m and mind the signs. Free day in Sochi”, and posted this picture: 

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Let’s go to game 11.

@SilvioDanailov: “If Magnus Carlsen doesn’t win today,the whole match will be pretty disappointing.Nothing to remember really except the result”.

As always, predictions galore:

@TarjeiJS: I have a feeling Magnus will want to finish in style and go for a win. But without too much risk. Can he?  @Jonathan_Rowson replied:”I suspect you’re right- I imagine he’ll be in a ‘win the game’ rather than ‘don’t screw up the match’ mindset.”

@reachsvara: “Considering Magnus played sharp in game10, today he may do same. Both players confident playing other’s strong points”.

@vishalsareen: “Last chance to complicate matters with black? Anand will have to be charged-up and go for it”

@kajasnare:”This sounds arrogant, but the world championship title will be so much more impressive if Carlsen gets it with a win to day

@garylanchess:Carlsen will teach Anand a lesson today. A slight edge and lots of moves before he is champ again”, and added this picture: 

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@vinodharidas: “Don’t know if I want to watch Carlsen-Anand tonight. Can’t bear Vishy losing or drawing this one. Which is most likely with Black against MC”.

@abhimanyurati: “One thing is very clear, if Vishy goes on to equalise, it will be one of the greatest comebacks in the history of any sport!”

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Comeback? What do you think,  @EinarGausel:I think Vishy might give 1…c5 another whirl. 1…e5 will be a clear indication that his only goal is survival.

@harrypillsbury: “Probably impossible. I’d really like to see a Benoni: Son of Sorrow2”. 

And what does @bennedik predict? Sicilian, what else?” Game 11 prediction: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7 Third time’s a charm?”

The game – Berlin ….again!

@bennedik was wrong,  and former (?) Anand second Surya Ganguly tweeted @suryachess64: : “Chennai express goes all the way to Berlin again!!” 

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@BenFinegold: “So many inane tweets and comments about Anand-Carlsen.  Although, that is how I got so many followers, therefore.. Berlin, omg… terrible.”

@Unudurti: “Sad reality: So much information that you can’t really prepare more than a few openings at Carlsen-Anand level. Hence the repeated Berlins.”

@opiegonefishing: “Berlin Berlin Berlin Berlin Berlin Berlin Berlin Berlin”.

@GMAlexColovic: “Why are people always apologetic and annoyed whenever the Berlin appears? It’s bad for the image of chess acting like that!”

Your blogger is happy with the Berlin, and takes his last chance in this match  to post this great song by Fischer Z (the name, oh…the irony).

@anishgiri: “Exciting, with the setup Anand chose, the chances of the match ending today double, but so do his slim winning chances..”

Twitter is discussing about the Berlin, the audience in Sochi must go mad as well. Let’s ask @TarjeiJS:“Not very crowded in the audience today. I counted 15, Carlsen & Anand’s team memers excluded.”

Come on Tarjei, this cannot be true. It is one of the most anticipated chess games of the year! Show me a picture:

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No words. Playing in Sochi is a shame. Better go back to the game.

@nigelshortchess:Slightly better for White. Strong knight in the centre of the board. Black has no development. Easy stuff”

@reachvsara: “Let’s be politically wrong &ask Magnus, the question asked to Vishy in 2013: “You prepared nothing concrete against Berlin?!”

Interesting tweet by Carlsen second Jon Ludvig Hammer during the game, @gmljh:”Don’t let the opening’s name fool you – this position is extremely sharp. Give white four free moves, and he’s killing black on kingside!” and he added: “Same applies for Anand – give him a couple of moves and he’ll crush through on the queeenside.”

Ok, maybe a move like, let’s say b5 would do the ‘crush’ job? Let’s aks the grandmasters watching on Twitter:

@Vachier_Lagrave: “Very strange decisions by Carlsen from the very start up to allowing the b5 break. Now he will need a world of cleverness to save the day”.

@GMLars: “23…b5! is a strong move but especially psychologically, showing VA is ready to go for it. Probably still about even, though”.

@reachvsara added a picture:  “I would love to see ahead and invent the question “Where were you when …b5 was played?” 

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The decision?

@Jonathan_Rowson: “26…Rdb8. Vishy continues playing the most solid moves, after 27.Rb1 I’m not sure what he plans, but 27…Rb4!? is possible.”

 @GMHikaru was the first tweeter who was critical about Rb4:Rb8-b4 seems rather strange. Be7xf6 seemed better as Nepo suggested. Unfortunately, I think Carlsen is going to wrap up the match now.”

@ChrisBirdIA:I did wonder if the DGT folks were messing with us again once …Rb4 appeared on the broadcast”.

@VinodHaridas: “Vishy has gone bonkers. But not in a good way :-(“

@rajachess: “Rb4 and then cxb4 looks really dubious he could wait with this plan for longer. Hmmm…”

@erwinlami: “Not clear to me why Vishy didn’t go for 26…Be7xf6 with a very substantial advantage.”

@SuryaChess: “Very bold play by Anand.I am just not sure if this was needed at this moment.I hope I am wrong & Anand knows what he is doing”.

@hansenchess: “Anand senses the urgency. However, his execution could be rusty since he hasn’t had enough sharp games this match”.

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 @TarjeiJS: “Team Carlsen in a good mood surrounded by Norwegian press.”

And we have a tweet from team Carlsen, from Ellen Carlsen aka @ellenoec:  “Wow, I thought Magnus at best had a draw, what a turn of events. Or am I missing something!?”

No Ellen, you did not miss something, according to @rajachess:Really bad moment to go for this operation, at least later on with less time on the clock! Very brave decision but really wrong moment.” 

@GMAlexColovic: “Probably devastating for Anand to realise he dug his own grave with that exchange sac”

@chesscampeona:The Berlin in Game 11 is dead”.

@anishgiri: “Anand felt it, but Anand didn’t see it…”

The evaluation provided by @MadsStostad tells the story of the game:

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@tpcourier: Magnus. Fucking clinical. No other way to say it.”

@erwinlami: “Just an hour ago I felt Vishy had good chances to equalize the match and press for more in game 12. Amazing turn of events.”

@pauldiggle: “White mates in in 74, apparently”

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@reachvsara: “And this is where we get warm and say: Well Fought to Vishy and Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen.”

@GMjlh:“Extremely close today. Anand almost got into game 12 with white and a tied score! Well fought.”

@Vachier_Lagrave: “Congrats to Magnus Carlsen for retaining his title, even not playing at his best, he is a force to be reckoned with.”

@Unudurti: “Throughout the match Anand created more chances but Carlsen was far more accurate in seizing his chances whenever they came”. 

@LawrenceTrentIM: “Carlsen World Champion once again, deservedly so. Vishy didn’t push hard enough when he had very promising positions, that’s the bottom line.”

@theclosetgm: “Well, that’s it then. Carlsen retains the world championship title. Time to have some other, more serious, challenger to have a crack.”

@IVFSnoree: “Carlsen wins in11 games, as predicted. Congratulations!”

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@ellenoec: “Still shaking, so proud! World champion x2”.

Malcolm Pein aka @telegraphchess:“Magnus’s Ke4 was the moment he kept his nerve Vishy’s Rb4 was the moment he lost his. Vishy: “obviously my nerves were the first to crack”.”

@EtienneGoud:“Well that ends a great world championship match. Both players did very well and we (still) have a deserved World Champion. Hail Magnus! ;)”

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One last tweet for today by @kajasnare: “I have touched more levels on my emotional specter today than I did my entire high school career”.

Attention: There will be an extra “Carlsen-Anand in Tweets-Game Over” edition of Chess in Tweets later this week. Stay tuned! 

 

 

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