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Carlsen – Karjakin Game 9

After the flood of tweets about game 8 on Wednesday, the chess twittersphere calmed down a bit. What will we remember most from game 8? The fact that Magnus did not show up at the press conference? Maybe. What we will remember is The Chess Quote Of The  Year.

@rewbeniofrota: “Karjakin has, at least, granted a world champion’s quotation “It is much better to play well than to play white”.

In game 8, Sergey has to play with the white pieces, and he has to play well! Twitter is excited and the predictions are aways fun to read: 

@Britt_dj: “I think it’s back to e4 with an anti Marshall system. Would be overjoyed if Team Karjakin proved me wrong.”

Indian writer Jaideep Unudurti is not impressed with the work of Team Karjakin: @unudurti: “Did Sergey blow all his cash on fast cars & black caviar and didn’t actually hire any seconds?”

There is hope for Magnus, Erle Marki Hansen has the stats for you: 

@sjakkerle: “Stats for Carlsen-fans: Subsequent a loss, C has the last 2yrs struck back with a win 7/10 times – 5 of those with black!”

@sosocullen:Magnus is World Chess Champ for a reason. Just because he’s 1 game down doesn’t mean it’s over. Next 4 games will be great.”

Teymur Rajabov @rajachess thinks that it will be difficult for Magnus to come back: “Will be very hard for Carlsen, he has no opening advantage, no time advantage and no advantage in calculation, at the moment, nervous as well”.

Official World Chess reporter @kajasnare agrees: “So far Sergey Karjakin is the winner on every level. Preparations, points, mentality, public apparance. 3/4 is suprising”

Prophet of the day was Dutch IM @RobertRis: “Expecting a solid draw…No reason for Magnus to push hard yet. Predicting another Ruy Lopez.”

@CazHansen: “I’m somewhat surprised by the choice of line by the Carlsen Team. It can rapidly get dull and boring with a likely draw.”

@anishgiri: “I guess Carlsen’s plan is to go home today as early as possible and go all-in again tomorrow.”

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@cyberella: “I can’t believe we’re at move 20 after only 30 minutes in! It might all be over in an hour. Then again, it’s all theory.” Grandmaster Simon Williams @ginger_gm: “This looks more like a memory test then a game. Modern chess, don’t we just love it”.

@joshfriedel: The Archangelsk leads to fascinating positions, but computers beat them to a pulp. Hope there is some tension still left.

@nigelshortchess: It is one of the great ironies of chess that the sharpest variations are often the most boring”.

Jonathan Tisdall agrees, @GMJtis:Call me crazy, but I find long sharp theoretical battles the boring games. (You don’t have to call me crazy)”.

What can you do in 30 minutes? 

@cyberella: “Magnus has been thinking for what now, half an hour? That move better be stellar!”

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Not a stellar move, just the solid 23…Rfd8. What do you think @fabionacaruana: “This variation won’t offer Carlsen many (or any) winning chances, but he should be able to hold it without many problems”.

elgransenor1: “Depressing how many engine moves they are playing. Chess is getting slowly strangled and turned into a soulless activity”.

The “hidden matchpoint” (Svidler on Chess24)

@rajachess: “There is a good chance Carlsen will be 0-2 after today”

@kimiyasajjadi: “Guess all the chess players in the world Are holding their breaths? will Karjakin find Qb3!!”

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Maybe he is pondering over another move? Let’s ask @erwinlami: “39.Bxf7+!? Kxf7 40.Qc4 Kg7 41.d5! is also not exactly a picknick. Huge moment in the match!”

@skepticalsports: “If Karjakin wins this game, he knows this match is essentially over.” Does he not know this is 2016??”

@GMAlexColovic: “A bold prediction – Carlsen saves this, which lifts his spirits, starts to play excellently and wins the match!”

@frank_snyckers: “If Carlsen pulls this out of the fire, by no means inconceivable, then Qb3 will haunt Karjakin for the rest of his life”

And Sergey played 39.Bxf7…..

@reachvsara: “Finally a sac in dis world chesschampionship! In footsteps of Kasparov & Vishy. Lets continue to have faith in humanity”.

@jumarear:” I think everyone saw a winning position after Bxf7 but no one actually saw the winning combination”.

@jonathan_rowson:I feel sorry and sad to say this, but after all that build up and excitement we may now have a complete anti-climax.”

 @cyberella , are you still awake? “I keep on staying up too late to watch games that lead nowhere. Wrap it up already, guys! Some of us have to work tomorrow”.

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“Following Carlsen – Karjakin is becoming a serious obstacle to being able to get out of bed in the morning.”, according to @wordssavant.

And finally, the inevitable happened: TarjeiJS: “OFFICIAL, Karjakin-Carlsen drawn. Magnus keeps his chances alive exactly 2 years after he retained his WC title in Sochi”.

And of course, many armchair psychologists had to tweet something as well: @mmehdikhani70:Another psychological victory for Sergey. He pressed Magnus hard and made him sweat for his draw”. @psedik: “I don’t think this is a psychological win for Sergey. Magnus defended almost lost position.”

@redfoks10: “Instead of saying Carlsen is not on his best, maybe it’s time to say that Karjakin is better than we all thought”.

What to expect for game 10?  eli_1985_mor:Tomorrow we will see either the best game or the worst game of the match in terms of quality”.

20130816-105244One  last tweet: 

@ramnarasimhan:Only 3 games to go. Magnus down by 1, plays with White pieces in Game 10. The whole chess world is expecting a raging bull.”

Carlsen – Karjakin Game 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surprising plot twists in game 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Carlsen – Karjakin Game 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magnus is ready for a long fight, though! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carlsen – Karjakin Game 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/

 

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 10

Do we really want to look back at the shortest game of the match? I don’t think so: @ChessLive_es: tweeted “Decepcionantes tablas en la 9ª partida del mundial CarlsenAnand.“, and added this wonderful cartoon by Wadalupe:

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@agostobrizuela: “I  get the impression that Magnus Carlsen is out partying every night during this world championship match.”

One more tweet about the Berlin defence: @nigelshortchess:When I become FIDE President, the first thing I will do is ban the Berlin”. 

@harrypillsbury: “When I become FIDE chess president, I will reinstate the zonal system and the 24 game WCM every 3 years“.

Game 10 – the tweets

Let’s go to the game. What to expect? @ginger_gm: “Expecting some violence today after two rest days. Maybe we will see a Nimzo on the board!?”

@bennedik: “Game 10 prediction: Anand castles long against the Queen’s gambit line from game 8”.

Wrong guess! @vishalsareen: “This is it.. Grunfeld Qb3.This is the game we all wanted! Let’s see who is better prepared! This will be strictly homework”.  

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Lots of top grandmasters follow the game on Twitter: Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana, Erwin L’Ami and Paco Vallejo, to name just a few. Here a a few tweets about the opening:

@anishgiri:“Very peculiar choice by Magnus, I don’t know who can come up with the idea to play this line in the must-not-lose situation.” 

@fabianocaruana: “The gloves are off”. @rajachess: “Well… Close to equality. But press by white!” @chessidharta: “Vishy pressing again . Magnus seems to have problems against 1.d4”.

@erwinlami: “One thing is clear; 1.d4 is virtually an ‘only move’ when you play a World Championship match.”

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@sethuramanchess:After 19 Ng5,The look says it all .I am coming for you”.

To be honest…the most exciting moment in the game was when Magnus played the very unexpected move 19… Bxg2. Twitter went wild!

@pogonina: “WHAT? Carlsen has spent over 30 minutes and then played this Bg2 move which I classified as a blunder by the kibitzers?!”

@diagramworthy: “19…Bxg2?! This I did not expect and it does not look convincing. Why would Magnus favor this over the alternatives?”

@poisondpwnpress: “Whaaaaaat! … the World Champ has some guts, that’s for sure. Crazy!”

Robin van Kampen aka @GMRobinVK keeps cool: “Did we just witness a transmission error?”

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@FabianoCaruana:“I think someone just wanted to give a few million people a collective heart attack”.

@gmjlh:“Somewhat of a shock in the Carlsen camp as Bxg2 shows up on broadcast, but luckily some kind of relaying mistake!”

@pogonina: “Carlsen played Bg2, smiled, took out a Men in Black stick, partially erased our memories and went for Bd4 instead”.

@robertiamthelaw: “Carlsen is bending space-time by playing 19…Bxg2 and 19…Bd4 at the same time.”

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@TarjeiJS took this picture“Exciting!”

Really? Let’s ask GM @BenFinegold and check some of his tweets about the game:

“Sitting at Starbucks watching Vishy try to tie it up. Looks like 3-4 Tall blondes for me… er… Blonde roast!”

“Commentators smoking too much crack. White much better. 1-0 coming.”

“As I said all along.. draw.”

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@ChrisBirdIA: “Anand needs to go back to something other than the DRAWing board.”

@erwinlami: “Missed the last 1,5 hour of play. Cool defense from Magnus. Leaves me wondering if Vishy missed anything big along the way.”

@anishgiri: “And the gloves are back on”

@TerEndle: “Well, a decent enough try from Vishy, but just not enough. It’s a better match than last year, but it’s slipping away from him”.

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@ChessMike, who uploaded this picture: “Is it me or did Magnus Carlsen learn some of same facial expressions as Kasparov too?”

@Chessninja has some statistics for us: “Only players to score a win in the final game to level a WCh match: Kramnik 2004 v Leko; Kasparov 1987 v Karpov; Lasker 1910 v Schlechter.”

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(source: www.chesshistory.com)

@oneindia: “Games 1: Draw 2: Carlsen 3: Anand 4: Draw 5: Draw 6: Carlsen 7: Draw 8: Draw 9: Draw 10: Draw (Carlsen 5.5 Anand 4.5)”

One last tweet for today: @vinodharidas:“Ugh. I feel like smashing a chess board”.

 

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