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Carlsen – Karjakin Game 11

Did you survive Black Friday, aka the day in which no game was played in the Chess World Championship match? It may have been good for at least 7% of the Norwegians to have a day off to get some sleep.

@kristolo:Yesterday 7% of the Norwegian population watched almost seven hours of chess. Yes, seven.”

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And since many Norwegians read this blog, here is a tweet in Norwegian: @kristolo: “276 000 seere i snitt på #nrksjakk igår. 500 000 på det høyeste. NRK2 største kanal. Her er grafen for de største kanalene”.

@hemical: “Game 11 today. Another sleepless night”

Not everybody is excited about the match, though: @memesupporter: “watching fucking chess world championship with dad what did magnus carlsen do to this country”.

Many people follow the match live on TV (mainly in Norway, obviously) or the Internet, but there is an old-fashioned way to follow the games, which is still popular. Tell me all about it @christophAzone: “Spannender geht’s kaum: Schach auf Videotext.”

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Teletext or Videotext is still popular in many European countries. From Wikipedia:“Teletext is a means of sending text and simple geometric shapes to a properly equipped television screen by use of one of the “vertical blanking interval” lines that together form the dark band dividing pictures horizontally on the television screen.

In The Netherlands, you can follow big events like the Tata Steel Chess Tournament live on “Teletekst” as it is called. Every chess journalist who visits Wijk aan Zee knows Richard de  Weger, who has his own corner in the press room, where he takes care of move updates and writes round reports, exclusively for Teletekst.

Have a look on the (Dutch) website  Teletekst and search for page 691 , 692 and 693 for reports, standings and the games of the world championship. 

A few years ago I had an interview with the tournament director of the Tata Steel Chess tournament, Jeroen van den Berg @jvdbergchess about chess & modern technology. When I asked him for his most-used app on his phone, he answered: “The Teletekst app!” 

Game 11

Marthine Marthinsen us getting ready for the game: @marthinmclaren: “Testing testing: VGTV on 55″.NRK2 on 15,6″.Twitter on 5,7″.Back-up in the toilet 17,3″.Prosecco in the fridge.All is good “.

Some people are ready for the game, but are not allowed to watch:  @ldnhal: “Chess is even more boring than football”. My better half. No chance of watching Carlsen-Karjakin on telly or MOTD”. 

@gmplines has similar problems: “Only a couple more days and I will no longer need to fend off “you love chess more than me” accusations”.

@britt_dj has a tweet for Sergey: “Don’t stare into the abyss tonight Sergey. The abyss is a cocky bastard. Hasn’t lost a staring contest yet”.

@joshfriedel: “Note on match dynamics: Imagine how different the outlook of the match would be had they drawn all ten games.”

And what do we expect today? @Rohan_rk7: “Expecting a sicilian defense. Not another Ruy Lopez , For god’s sake”.

And what did we get on board? Right.

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@birdingvicar: “There was a time at school when the only opening people knew was RuyLopez. Seems it’s the same with Carlsen-Karjakin”. @Al_pal_Borealis: “Can we please impose a temporary ban on Spanish opening?”

@britt_dj: “This looks like a Spanish version of the Grand Prix attack. Weird hybrid.”

@acerthecatrun: “Seems like everyone on twitter would draw this. Either colour, either opponent. Eyes closed.”

Let’s ask the Twitter grandmasters then, shall we? 

@anishgiri: “Feels like Black got a better version of what he is supposed to get from this variation. If 18…e5!? I put $ on Carlsen”.

@Jonathan_RowsonFascinated by the positional physics behind Magnus’s decision to play ..c3 & ..d5. Strategy is about energy, not just mass.” 

But the game was not really exciting, @chessknights: “With every move game is heading towards a draw. Unless one of them does an unforced error”.

@telegraphchess: “Carlsen smoothly emerged from what seemed a slightly worse position made easy draw c3! and d5! v well timed score 5.5-5.5”.

ja108f_deskmate_yk_d_mate_merit_stamp_verygood_rd_redTeymur Rajabov had a good tweet after the game ended in a draw: @rajachess: “Good Good! Good game , good draw, good match situation for both, good perspectives, good show. Good”

 

@EuropeEchecs:Draw is good because I have «Mr. Robot» episode 11 and 12 to see!”

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@rajachess:I think Sergey is ok with a draw and he will seek his chances in Carlsen’s last white game. Both shaky, both in bad shape will be exciting!”

The last classical game will be on Monday, because there is another rest day on Sunday:  @CazHansen:” It is indeed odd that none of the three weekends could contain games on both days. For the 12th game, an extra day off is OK”.

One last tweet: @theosladechess: “Scrolling through all the tweets containing #CarlsenKarjakin makes me realize just how many people are following this incredible match.”

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 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.