Most popular (?) word of the day: Blunder.
“A usually serious mistake typically caused by ignorance or confusion”. (The Free Dictionary)
1. To make a stupid, usually serious error in; botch.
An few quotations:
“A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.” (Elbert Hubbard)
Let’s go to the tweets of game number six now, Any predictions, people?
@GMJanGustafsson: “I am giving 3-1 odds on anything but 1.e4 today”.
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? :(“
@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.”
@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”
@chess24.com:“Sopiko returns to commentate alongside Peter Svidler”.
@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”.
@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.”
@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?”
The day after
@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:
One last tweet for today: @GregorySBerry: “Sopiko, after the end of the match, how am I going to continue seeing you every morning?”