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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”.

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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:

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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”.

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@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 – Anand in Tweets Game 6

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

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

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

v.intr.

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

v.tr.

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

2. To utter (something) stupidly or thoughtlessly.
 

An few quotations: 



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

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

 

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Another beautiful day in Sochi”.

 

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



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

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



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

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

 

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

 

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



The opening – bad weekend choice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Middle game

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post mortem



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

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

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



The day after

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, in Sochi:

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



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

 

 

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