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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 – Anand in Tweets Game 2

9 November: what a day. Did you know that on 9 November 1985,  Garry Kasparov became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion by defeating then-champion Anatoly Karpov?

Four years later, a wall fell.

@Europe_Echecs: “A Berlin defense for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall would not be a good idea”, and added this twitpic: 

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Of course Carlsen and Anand played the Berlin Defence in game 2. It was just a matter of time before the first “Wall” tweet popped up. The winner is @mortenp: “Berlin being played on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall”. @chess24.com: “So an anti-Berlin on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall!”

This is one of the best videos I found about the building of the wall:

Back to chess. Ready for game 2?

@_cyberella:“I have a box of chocolates, fresh coffee and Carlsen – Anand streaming on the laptop. It’s a perfect Sunday”.

Hmm, Sunday is also Premier League day, too bad that the organizers planned game two today:  @TarjeiJS:“One of Carlsen’s closest friend saying he wants to win quickly today, because of Swansea-Arsenal starting at 5 (CET)”.

@rajachess: “Is he really going to watch Swansea-Arsenal?”

@nigelshortchess:“Reti was right: 1.e4 is just a blunder” and added: “I am quite glad I chose to finish my lunch rather than rush back home for the opening moves”.

@anishgiri: “Sad necessity of modern chess. Back in the days a6 Bxc6 was considered nothing, now Magnus tries it even without a6”. @fabianocaruana: Even without a6 he can enjoy memories of his game vs Grischuk. It’s only 1 tempo after all.

The commercial break

And now… in the middle of the game…we have to leave you for a commercial break….

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@ChessIndiaNet: “So fortunate to see the Borat’s museum ad again :)” @cyberella: “And now we’re getting ads, in the middle of the match???  What hideous way to cover a World Championship!!” @ImbiebsRainbow: “Commercial breaks. Meanwhile, the guys are making moves. I don’t get it at all, isn’t the game more important right now?”

@OlimpiuUrcan: “This repetitive Russian Chess Museum infomercial threatens to set a new world record of Ivan the Terrible mentions in the next three weeks.”

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@Rfed1: “Dei, this is absurd. They have scheduled ad breaks and you are forced to watch some Russian crap for 10 minutes non stop”.

@ChessIndiaNet“I saw the Borat’s Chess Museum in my dreams last night. It haunts”

And after the break…what happened to the wall?

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@reachvsara:“There is thunder and storm approaching! 19…Ng6 20.Bh6 gh 21.Rg6!? hg 22.Qg6 Ke8 23.Qf6 & .Carlsen Anand is as complicated as #Interstellar”

@FuriousRoger: “Carlsen has one eye on the Swansea game, while Vishy is mulling over the choice of pickle for his thayir sadam”

Hikaru Nakamura is watching the match from sunny California and tweeted:  @GMHikaru: “Strange moves by Anand in the middlegame. In particular, the knight almost always belongs on e6 in these exchange Ruy structures. 18…Ne6!” And what do you think about the position,  @FabianoCaruana: “This is very nasty for black. And exactly the type of position where Carlsen is at his most ruthless”.

Caruana could be the next challenger, right? @mousa_bander tweeted:  “In 2016, carlsen-caruana , in 2018, carlsen-giri, In 2020 carlsen- stockfish”. 

Carlsen’s seconds “The Dane and The Hammer” were obviously confident about the position, and started tweeting during the game: @PHChess: “Would be a fitting day to tear down the Berlin wall..” and immediately after the game Jon Ludvig Hammer @gmjvh tweeted:“The wall has fallen!” 

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Brilliant stuff by Wadalupe!

What happened? Let’s ask @Jonathan_Rowson: “Essence of why Vishy lost today? He evaluated position after 23.Rc3 as close to equal, but it’s close to lost. Easily done.” And he added: “All said and done, hyper-classy, super skilled, quietly deadly, brutally elegant win by Magnus today.”

What do you think, @Nigelshortchess: “Blunders don’t happen in a vacuum. 34…h5?? came after enormous sustained pressure”

@AnishGiri:” It’s hard to a win a match if the starting point for your ‘strategy’ is “I am a weaker player.”

The fans in India were disappointed, of course. A selection of tweets: @anand_bombay: “The other Candidates players must be thanking their stars that they are not the ones at the receiving end. ” @deshmukhavinash: “Very angry and upset with defeat. Anand literally crumbled under pressure”. @arvindtal: “Vishy is such a disappointment that i started listening to some classical music (Saint Saens) after the game to ease the blow.”

Talking about music: @asimpereira: “Vishy probably needs to stop listening to “Cold play” and dust off those Rammstein CDs.. go “Bang Bang” “Feuer frei”

@Jonathan_Rowson:“If Indian press are giving Vishy a hard time they should chill out. He lost one game to the best player ever having a particularly good day.”

@MagnusCarlsen was all smiles after the game:“Nice way to end the weekend…” and showed a selfie with his sister Ellen.

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A perfect Sunday for the world champion? Àlmost. Remember the tweet about Swansea-Arsenal?

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A lot of people watched football this weekend, many people in Norway watched chess: Spurs fan @TarjeiJS has the exact figures for us:  “218,000 Norwegians followed Carlsen-Anand on #nrksjakk this weekend, 52.000 more than in Chennai.  (via @Aftenposten)”.

@OlimpiuUrcan: “That’s about 4.3% of Norway’s population. Or, if FIDE staffers would calculate that, about 85%.”

One last (sweet) tweet for today, by @beerjohnston, who fell in love: 

“I eagerly await this match. Just for her. So cute: @NastiaKarlovich”

 

 

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The Olympiad in Tweets – Bad news day

@EnniscorthyChess: “Oh no, Chess Olympiad is on a rest day….. What will we do?” Any plans for today @LuisBlascioCruz: “Today Rest day. Day to make contacts and to enjoy the city”. 

Let’s have a look at the last rest day on Wednesday. It must have been quite a depressing day in Tromsø, according to the number of “bad news” tweets!

Let’s kick off with Paco Vallejo, who went to a Carribean party, according to the hashtag:  @Chessidharta: #Caribbeanparty 2 am – “may i ask u smth personal” – Sure! – ” is it true that u had 60 girls in 2 months? ” ‘WTF . Kids Alcohol is bad. ” 

Alcohol is bad, true, what about the music, Eric Hansen? @hansenchess: “Very mediocre music at the parties this Olympiad. Quite dissapointed!”

Perhaps Sabrina can tell us what is going on? @SChevannes: “Why can I hear what sounds like God awful karaoke coming through my bedroom window in Tromso 2014.  Can anyone else hear it?”

Oh dear, sounds like it is not a good news day today? Any FIDE news to cheer you up, Nigel? @NigelShortChess:  “I have had a glimpse of Hell. It resembles an endless FIDE General Assembly”.

@kevinbonham:“Today’s FIDE congress is going so slowly bryologists have discovered six new species of moss growing on”

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Didn’t you get a job offer from FIDE, Nigel: @SteveGiddins: “Is it true you have accepted Kirsan’s African job offer?” 

@NigelShortChess: “Yes. Having appointed me as Director of the $500,000 Africa fund 2 days ago, he now says he doesn’t have the power to do so :)”

No power, no funds, no money?  Any news about the 20M? Let us check the FIDE website. Oh wait…: @mikhail_golubev: “Still no news at Fide.com on Ilyumzhinov’s 20 mln USD announcement. It’s logical: why to post every empty promise of the boss?”

Come on, give me some more bad news: @TarjeiJS: “Carlsen will NOT play the last round of the Chess Olympiad and will be leaving Tromsø tonight.” Tarjei added a twitpic from NRK later:

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Yeah, keep them coming: @Echecs64:RUS-FRA, worst last round pairing for ze Frenchies. Who will be out? Fressinet? Tkachiev?”

Big bad news item of the day: @ChessVibes:Biggest news of today is the retirement of Judit  Polgar……. (especially when confirmed…)

@times_chess: “A great honour for Times Chess that greatest female chessplayer in the history of the game has chosen “The Times” to announce her retirement”. @GMJanGustafsson: “Wow, Judit Polgar is retiring, is this for real?”

@MarkTwic: “If it turns out to be completely untrue then The Times has a huge amount of explaining to do.”

Any more retirement news, Hikaru? @GMHikara: “Is it my imagination or does this Olympiad feel like the end of a generation with many great players retiring or not competing again? “

@MarkTWIC: “I’m not sure everyone will retire but this feels like an pivotal Olympiad to me too”.

@GMHikaru: “Well, Kamsky has also said that this is his final Olympiad.”

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@GregoryChess:“A short list of retiring players in my opinion: Polgar, Kamsky, Anand, Kramnik, Gelfand, Shirov, Short, Adams, and Ivanchuk.”

All the bad Olympiad news packed in one tweet: @portisdos: “Carlsen say that will not play the last round. Polgar announce her retirement. Kirsan crush Kaparov and Short sing a song. “

@GregoryChess:Is Susan Polgar retiring? LOL”

Ok, one positive tweet for you to end this depressing report. Some people seem to have fun in Tromsø: 

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@pogonina: “Pogoplane”.

One final tweet for today: Did you have a good day, Mig? @chessninja: If you try to tip housekeeping in this Norwegian hotel by putting money on the pillow, you come back and they’ve left it in a little stack.”

Better stop now. Good night!