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    Isle of Man International 2017

    October 1, 2017

    Final Round

    Round Nine (continued)

    Round 9, Oct. 1, 2017
    Rakesh, Kumar Jena – Gelfand, Boris
    B30 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch- Rossolimo Attack

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.O-O Nge7 5.c3 a6 6.Bxc6 Nxc6 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 d5 9.exd5 exd5 10.Bg5 f6 11.Bf4 Bg4 12.Nc3 Qd7 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Rd8 15.Na4 Kf7 16.Rad1 Qf5 17.g4 Qe4 18.Qxe4 dxe4 19.Be3 h5 20.g5 f5 21.f3 exf3 22.Rxf3 g6 23.Rf2 Nb4 24.Nc3 Nd5 25.Nxd5 Rxd5 26.Bf4 Bg7 27.Rc2 Re8 28.Rc7+ Re7 29.Rxe7+ Kxe7 30.Be3 f4 31.Bxf4 Rxd4 32.Re1+ Kd7 33.Be3 Ra4 34.Bc5 Bxb2 35.Re7+ Kc6 36.Bf2 Rxa2 37.Re6+ Kd5 38.Rxg6 Be5 39.Rg8 Ke4 40.g6 Kf5 41.g7 Kg5 42.Rb8 Bxg7 43.Rxb7 Be5 44.Rb4 a5 45.Re4 Kf5 46.Rc4 a4 47.Kg2 a3 48.Ra4 Bd6 49.Kf3 Rd2 50.Ra5+ Ke6 0-1

    Round 9, Oct. 1, 2017
    Ju Wenjun – Sundararajan, Kidambi
    A90 Dutch Defence

    1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 c6 5.Bf4 d6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.Nc3 d5 9.Rc1 Ne4 10.h4 Bd6 11.Ne5 Qe7 12.Nxe4 fxe4 13.c5 Bc7 14.f3 exf3 15.Rxf3 Bxe5 16.Bxe5 Rxf3 17.exf3 Nd7 18.Bd6 Qf6 19.Qd2 Nf8 20.Re1 b6 21.b4 Ba6 22.Re3 bxc5 23.bxc5 Bc4 24.Qb2 Re8 25.Kh2 Bb5 26.a4 Ba6 27.Qb4 Ng6 28.Qb2 Ne7 29.Rb3 Nf5 30.Be5 Qf7 31.Qd2 h6 32.Bh3 Rf8 33.Rb2 Qg6 34.Qa5 Bd3 35.Qxa7 Nxh4 36.gxh4 Rxf3 37.Bxe6+ Kh7 38.Rg2 1-0

    Round 9, Oct. 1, 2017
    Hambleton, Aman – Kavutskiy, Konstantin
    A45 Queen’s Pawn game

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.e3 Bg7 5.h4 h5 6.Nb5 Na6 7.Nf3 c6 8.Nc3 Bg4 9.Be2 Nd7 10.e4 e6 11.Qd2 O-O 12.O-O-O b5 13.Ng5 Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Qa5 15.g4 Nb6 16.gxh5 Nc4 17.Kb1 b4 18.Na4 Qxa4 19.hxg6 fxg6 20.exd5 Rae8 21.Qxc4 cxd5 22.Qd3 Rxf4 23.Qxg6 Rf6 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Rdg1 Qd7 26.Qd3 Rh6 27.Qxa6 Bxd4 28.Rg4 Bb6 29.Rf4+ Kg8 30.Rg1 Rg6 31.h5 Qc7 32.Rfg4 Rg7 33.h6 Rg6 34.Qd3 1-0

    A Piasetski double-header

    Round 8, Sept. 30, 2017
    Piasetski, Leon – Fischer, Daniel
    A07 Reti, King’s Indian Attack

    1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Bf5 4.d3 h6 5.c4 e6 6.Nd4 Bh7 7.Qb3 Nbd7 8.Qxb7 Rb8 9.Qc6 Bb4+ 10.Bd2 O-O 11.cxd5 Ne5 12.Qc2 Nxd5 13.O-O Bxd2 14.Nxd2 Nb4 15.Qc5 Nd7 16.Qxa7 Nb6 17.N4b3 N4d5 18.Qa5 Qd7 19.Rfc1 1-0

    Round 9, Oct. 1, 2017
    Trent, Lawrence – Piasetski, Leon
    B06 Pirc-Robatsch

    1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.Qd2 b5 6.f3 Bb7 7.h4 h5 8.Nh3 Nf6 9.Ng5 Nbd7 10.a4 c6 11.Be2 b4 12.Nd1 a5 13.Nf2 Qc7 14.O-O O-O 15.c3 bxc3 16.bxc3 e5 17.Rab1 Ba6 18.Bxa6 Rxa6 19.Nd3 Raa8 20.dxe5 dxe5 21.Qa2 Nh7 22.Nxh7 Kxh7 23.Rfd1 Bf6 24.g3 Be7 25.Rd2 Kg7 26.Kg2 Rab8 27.Rbd1 Rfd8 28.f4 Bd6 29.Qc4 exf4 30.gxf4 Be7 31.Bd4+ Kg8 32.Ne5 Nxe5 33.Bxe5 Qc8 34.f5 Rb7 35.Rxd8+ Bxd8 36.Qxc6 Rb2+ 37.Kf3 1-0

    Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

    Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg - TB1 Rp

    1 - - GM Carlsen Magnus - NOR 2827 - 7.5 2903
    2 - - GM Anand Viswanathan - IND 2794 - 7 2806
    - - GM Nakamura Hikaru - USA 2781 - 7 2831
    4 - - GM Kramnik Vladimir - RUS 2803 - 6.5 2660
    - - GM Caruana Fabiano - USA 2799 - 6.5 2831
    - - GM Adams Michael - ENG 2738 - 6.5 2719
    - - GM Eljanov Pavel - UKR 2734 - 6.5 2749
    - - GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi - IND 2702 - 6.5 2764
    - - GM Sutovsky Emil - ISR 2683 - 6.5 2712
    - - GM Rapport Richard - HUN 2675 - 6.5 2732
    - - GM Shirov Alexei - LAT 2630 - 6.5 2703
    - - GM Swapnil S. Dhopade - IND 2532 - 6.5 2768
    13 - - GM Rodshtein Maxim - ISR 2695 - 6 2616
    - - GM Leko Peter - HUN 2679 - 6 2646
    - - GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam - UZB 2676 - 6 2707
    - - GM Movsesian Sergei - ARM 2671 - 6 2622
    - - GM Hou Yifan - CHN 2670 - 6 2687
    - - GM Granda Zuniga Julio E - PER 2653 - 6 2573
    - - GM Sargissian Gabriel - ARM 2652 - 6 2624
    - - GM L'ami Erwin - NED 2611 - 6 2708
    - - GM Bindrich Falko - GER 2598 - 6 2666
    - - GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan - IND 2568 - 6 2704
    - - GM Lenderman Aleksandr - USA 2565 - 6 2768
    - - GM Wagner Dennis - GER 2564 - 6 2672
    25 - - GM Vallejo Pons Francisco - ESP 2716 - 5.5 2631
    - - GM Naiditsch Arkadij - AZE 2702 - 5.5 2644
    - - GM Howell David W L - ENG 2701 - 5.5 2589
    - - GM Short Nigel D - ENG 2698 - 5.5 2589
    - - GM Adhiban B. - IND 2670 - 5.5 2564
    - - GM Jones Gawain C B - ENG 2668 - 5.5 2596
    - - GM Akobian Varuzhan - USA 2662 - 5.5 2541
    - - GM Fressinet Laurent - FRA 2657 - 5.5 2660
    - - GM Grandelius Nils - SWE 2653 - 5.5 2652
    - - GM Xiong Jeffery - USA 2633 - 5.5 2592
    - - GM Bok Benjamin - NED 2620 - 5.5 2552
    - - GM Bogner Sebastian - SUI 2599 - 5.5 2545
    - - GM Huschenbeth Niclas - GER 2596 - 5.5 2593
    - - GM Tregubov Pavel V. - RUS 2589 - 5.5 2446
    - - GM Tari Aryan - NOR 2588 - 5.5 2633
    - - GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. - IND 2573 - 5.5 2551
    - - GM Pichot Alan - ARG 2565 - 5.5 2575
    - - GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel - ROU 2559 - 5.5 2578
    - - GM Donchenko Alexander - GER 2559 - 5.5 2613
    - - IM Praggnanandhaa R - IND 2500 - 5.5 2531
    - - IM Brown Michael William - USA 2499 - 5.5 2613
    - - GM Tarjan James - USA 2412 - 5.5 2671
    - - IM Cornette Deimante - LTU 2404 - 5.5 2467
    48 - - GM Gelfand Boris - ISR 2737 - 5 2507
    - - GM Riazantsev Alexander - RUS 2666 - 5 2539
    - - GM Sethuraman S.P. - IND 2617 - 5 2661
    - - GM Sokolov Ivan - NED 2603 - 5 2539
    - - GM Svane Rasmus - GER 2595 - 5 2510
    - - GM Ju Wenjun - CHN 2574 - 5 2470
    - - GM Brunello Sabino - ITA 2555 - 5 2536
    - - GM Vishnu Prasanna. V - IND 2543 - 5 2481
    - - GM Harika Dronavalli - IND 2528 - 5 2481
    - - GM Perelshteyn Eugene - USA 2524 - 5 2501
    - - IM Lampert Jonas - GER 2514 - 5 2580
    - - GM Olafsson Helgi - ISL 2512 - 5 2459
    - - IM Nihal Sarin - IND 2483 - 5 2506
    - - IM Hambleton Aman - CAN 2479 - 5 2505
    - - IM Basso Pier Luigi - ITA 2460 - 5 2461
    - - IM Visakh N R - IND 2458 - 5 2445
    - - IM Swayams Mishra - IND 2444 - 5 2386
    - - IM Zatonskih Anna - USA 2424 - 5 2582
    - - IM Kojima Shinya - JPN 2403 - 5 2383
    - - IM Harsha Bharathakoti - IND 2394 - 5 2693
    - - FM Ragnarsson Dagur - ISL 2340 - 5 2365
    69 - - GM Almasi Zoltan - HUN 2707 - 4.5 2537
    - - GM Timman Jan H - NED 2573 - 4.5 2563
    - - GM Kosteniuk Alexandra - RUS 2552 - 4.5 2496
    - - GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag - BRA 2534 - 4.5 2421
    - - GM Panchanathan Magesh Chandran - IND 2481 - 4.5 2517
    - - GM Khmelniker Ilya - ISR 2480 - 4.5 2464
    - - GM Salomon Johan - NOR 2476 - 4.5 2501
    - - IM Batsiashvili Nino - GEO 2472 - 4.5 2643
    - - IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian - NOR 2457 - 4.5 2498
    - - IM Paehtz Elisabeth - GER 2453 - 4.5 2428
    - - GM Neelotpal Das - IND 2448 - 4.5 2421
    - - IM Yankelevich Lev - GER 2443 - 4.5 2347
    - - WGM Shvayger Yuliya - ISR 2442 - 4.5 2391
    - - IM Gaponenko Inna - UKR 2437 - 4.5 2358
    - - IM Trent Lawrence - ENG 2427 - 4.5 2412
    - - Arjun Kalyan - IND 2406 - 4.5 2511
    - - Loos Roland - GER 2393 - 4.5 2328
    - - Woellermann Jan - GER 2384 - 4.5 2473
    - - GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan - SCO 2369 - 4.5 2194
    - - IM Krishna C R G - IND 2367 - 4.5 2534
    - - IM Hemant Sharma (del) - IND 2342 - 4.5 2398
    - - FM Paul Johannes - GER 2335 - 4.5 2285
    - - FM Jessel Stephen - IRL 2334 - 4.5 2401
    - - WIM Vaishali R - IND 2329 - 4.5 2296
    - - WGM Enkhtuul Altan-Ulzii - MGL 2327 - 4.5 2441
    - - IM Kolbus Dietmar - GER 2320 - 4.5 2292
    - - IM Rudolf Anna - HUN 2286 - 4.5 2466
    - - Balint Vilmos - HUN 2281 - 4.5 2383
    97 - - IM Lubbe Nikolas - GER 2515 - 4 2415
    - - IM Zumsande Martin - GER 2471 - 4 2345
    - - GM Sundararajan Kidambi - IND 2426 - 4 2483
    - - Raja Harshit - IND 2423 - 4 2401
    - - FM Rakesh Kumar Jena - IND 2418 - 4 2260
    - - GM Arkell Keith C - ENG 2415 - 4 2353
    - - IM Wallace John Paul - AUS 2413 - 4 2433
    - - IM Degtiarev Evgeny - GER 2412 - 4 2393
    - - IM Roberson Peter T - ENG 2403 - 4 2461
    - - IM Houska Jovanka - ENG 2393 - 4 2458
    - - IM Kavutskiy Konstantin - USA 2390 - 4 2414
    - - IM Karavade Eesha - IND 2384 - 4 2380
    - - FM Fenil Shah - IND 2362 - 4 2241
    - - IM Ledger Andrew J - ENG 2361 - 4 2365
    - - WGM Rapport Jovana - SRB 2327 - 4 2292
    - - IM Rathnakaran K. - IND 2326 - 4 2418
    - - Vignesh B - IND 2260 - 4 2321
    - - WIM Osmanodja Filiz - GER 2245 - 4 2256
    115 - - IM Kjartansson Gudmundur - ISL 2456 - 3.5 2314
    - - IM Esserman Marc - USA 2453 - 3.5 2330
    - - Pranav V - IND 2372 - 3.5 2164
    - - IM Bellin Robert - ENG 2344 - 3.5 2323
    - - FM Zwahr Paul - GER 2306 - 3.5 2232
    - - IM L'ami Alina - ROU 2286 - 3.5 2424
    - - IM Piasetski Leon - CAN 2286 - 3.5 2151

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    • #47
      Re: Isle of Man International 2017

      A quick note that GM James Tarjan defeated not one but two world champions at the Isle of Man International: Vladimir Kramnik in Round 3 and Alexandra Kosteniuk in Round 9. Congratulations to the winner of the first Paul Keres Memorial tournament, Vancouver 1976!

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      • #48
        Re: Isle of Man International 2017

        Thanks Wayne. James Tarjan found a nice tactical shot against Alexandra Kosteniuk 33.Nd6! and then further on the sequence in the endgame started by Rg1 and h4. Nice crisp play on GM Tarjans part.

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        • #49
          Re: Isle of Man International 2017

          Great play for most of the tournament with many players but collapsing towards the end. Anna Zatonskih for one comes to mind.

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          • #50
            Re: Isle of Man International 2017

            Congratulations to Magnus for being on board one from start to finish and winning it all.

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            • #51
              Re: Isle of Man International 2017

              Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
              Congratulations to Magnus for being on board one from start to finish and winning it all.
              I think Magnus is being a great ambassador for our game, by being a "playing" World Chess Champion, and making himself visible to the general public.

              Bob A

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              • #52
                Re: Isle of Man International 2017

                Isle of Man International Tournament 2017

                October 3, 2017

                Final Notes

                I have always thought it odd that the two iconic symbols of the Isle of Man are the tailless Manx cat and the three-bent-leg Triskelion symbol.
                ________

                Excerpts from Colin McGourty’s article in chess24.com:

                Magnus Carlsen forced an effortless draw against Hikaru Nakamura in the final round to take home the £50,000 Chess.com Isle of Man International first prize. Only Vishy Anand managed to join Nakamura in second place after a sparkling win over Hou Yifan. No less than nine players tied for fourth, with Vladimir Kramnik winning his last four games and vowing to keep fighting for Candidates qualification. Elsewhere the hero remained 65-year-old James Tarjan, who beat another former World Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, to cap a remarkable 2671 performance.

                Magnus Carlsen had won his first classical tournament in over 14 months, and with a 2900+ performance had boosted his lead at the top of the world rankings to over 36 points. Finally, you might say, Magnus was back!

                One curiosity is that the prize ceremony saw a rare public appearance for tournament sponsor Isai Scheinberg. He co-founded the world's largest poker room, PokerStars, with his son Mark, who Forbes give a net worth of $4.5 billion. Isai is a hero for many for being instrumental in the poker boom, though he also has an unwanted claim to fame as the only remaining one of 11 defendants indicted in the Black Friday criminal case not to have faced a US court over violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and other charges. There's been some speculation that he might "turn himself in" to finally bring an end to a saga that hit poker sites around the world hard, and to enable him once again to travel freely.

                For Hou Yifan, meanwhile, there was no reason to be too disappointed. As the top female player she won £6,000, more than double what each of the nine players who finished above her on 6.5/9 would earn for joint 4th place. In fact even the 2nd placed woman, Deimante Cornette (previously Daulyte), who scored 5.5/9, would earn more with £3,000.

                65-year-old US Grandmaster James Tarjan shot to prominence when he beat Vladimir Kramnik in Round 3. Despite that game featuring tenacious defence and then fine technique from the US player, it had to be said that Kramnik was well on top and would probably have won if he hadn’t blundered horribly as the time control approached. When Tarjan then lost the next game to Niclas Huschenbeth it seemed he might just fade away, but instead he didn’t lose another game and went on to beat Russian GM Pavel Tregubov and ultimately Pavel's wife and former Women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. In nine games he’d played only GMs, scoring a 2671 rating performance.

                https://chess24.com/en/read/news/isl...kes-no-mistake

                On-line Comments

                Karjakin on Kramnik and Isle of Man:

                Vladimir Kramnik was the world No. 2 chess player but now he is playing in not a very prestigious tournament and has already lost two of three games. In addition, he lost one of them to a little-known 65-year-old chess player

                https://realnoevremya.com/articles/1...-chess-players

                - Can someone tell me why in the Carlsen-Nakamura game, Carlsen plays 13. Qc1 instead of capturing the knight 13. exd4. I ran this through the computer and it started with 13. exd4 then after about a minute it changed to 13. Qc1

                - Nino Batsiashvil gets the GM title with 4.5/9 and won over more than one grandmaster. What is the reason that Praggnanandhaa does not get a GM norm with 5.5/9? He has one point more than Nino from Georgia

                - To achieve a GM norm a performance above 2600 is needed. Nino's performance was 2643, Praggnannadhaa's 2531.

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                • #53
                  Re: Isle of Man International 2017

                  Isle of Man International 2017

                  October 3, 2017

                  Three photos worth seeing at

                  https://twitter.com/chessbrahTV

                  1) Aman Hambleton and Fabiano Caruana in Chess Brah pullovers after the Isle of Man tourney

                  2) Magnus Carlsen and his girlfriend, Synne Christin Larsen, at the table after receiving his trophies

                  3) The bearded Simon Williams and Aman Hambleton, together

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                  • #54
                    Re: Isle of Man International 2017

                    Originally posted by Wayne Komer View Post
                    One curiosity is that the prize ceremony saw a rare public appearance for tournament sponsor Isai Scheinberg. He co-founded the world's largest poker room, PokerStars, with his son Mark, who Forbes give a net worth of $4.5 billion. Isai is a hero for many for being instrumental in the poker boom, though he also has an unwanted claim to fame as the only remaining one of 11 defendants indicted in the Black Friday criminal case not to have faced a US court over violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and other charges. There's been some speculation that he might "turn himself in" to finally bring an end to a saga that hit poker sites around the world hard, and to enable him once again to travel freely.
                    Isai's love of chess was a noted factor in my hiring with the company 15 years ago (as I mentioned some CFC volunteer positions in my resume). The chess world should pray he gets settled with the USA because he could be the chess benefactor of all time.

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                    • #55
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                      Originally posted by David Ottosen View Post
                      Isai's love of chess was a noted factor in my hiring with the company 15 years ago (as I mentioned some CFC volunteer positions in my resume). The chess world should pray he gets settled with the USA because he could be the chess benefactor of all time.

                      Wayne Komer quoted a chess24.com article that said "There's been some speculation that he might "turn himself in" to finally bring an end to a saga that hit poker sites around the world hard"...

                      Did it really hit poker sites around the world hard? Or just in the USA? I'm pretty sure poker sites in almost every corner of the world except the USA are thriving, but maybe I'm wrong....

                      Interesting what you say about him becoming a chess benefactor.... as in, giving money to chess with no strings attached? Or would he want to see some changes, such as a purge of FIDE? You must have some insights you can share with us?
                      Only the rushing is heard...
                      Onward flies the bird.

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                      • #56
                        Re: Isle of Man International 2017

                        Somebody buy Aman one of these!
                        https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Bearded-.../dp/B00UFVRJ1W

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                        • #57
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                          Originally posted by Paul Bonham View Post
                          Interesting what you say about him becoming a chess benefactor.... as in, giving money to chess with no strings attached? Or would he want to see some changes, such as a purge of FIDE? You must have some insights you can share with us?
                          I wouldn't presume to speak for him. It may be that sponsoring this one tournament a year and bringing all the top players in the world to him is all he wants. Maybe if he was free to travel, he'd want to do more. I legitimately don't know, but I do know he loves chess a lot.

                          As for what happened on April 15, 2011, I would rather not remember it.

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                          • #58
                            Re: Isle of Man International 2017

                            Isle of Man International 2017

                            October 8, 2017

                            After winning the tournament, Magnus said that he was going to play a chess.com speed match and going to Singapore (see post #44 in this thread).

                            Chess legacy is a Magnus opus

                            Jonathan Wong

                            Magnus Carlsen stands in the centre of the room surrounded by four long tables and 16 opponents. A thunderstorm rages outside but indoors, the reigning chess world champion is all Scandinavian cool as he strolls across the grey rug, stopping briefly at each chessboard before moving one of the white pieces.

                            Seventy minutes later, and to little surprise from the 50 or so guests of Norway's Ambassador-designate to Singapore Anita Nergaard, Carlsen has beaten all 16 players, despite the presence of a book titled How To Be Lucky In Chess next to one player.

                            Underneath the dapper exterior - the Norwegian, with neatly coiffed hair and hip glasses, is wearing a light pink shirt with black trousers and a matching jacket - lies a ferocious competitor who takes nothing for granted, not even an exhibition contest.

                            In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Times, the 26-year-old, who suffered a shock early exit in last month's World Chess Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia before rebounding to capture the Isle of Man Open last Sunday, said: "The feeling of losing is stronger than the joy of winning.

                            "Sometimes when I lose games, I just want to give up and do something else. But then I find the motivation again and go on.

                            "Losing is a huge blow to your whole sense of self-worth. You put so much into the match. There aren't any outside factors. If you lose it's your fault. There aren't any team-mates to blame, you cannot blame the conditions on that particular day.

                            "It's all you and psychologically it's hard to cope with, especially when you're not used to losing."

                            It is an unfamiliar feeling for Carlsen. According to the World Chess Federation website, he has lost 123, or just under 12 per cent, of his 1,052 career matches (winning 439 and drawing 490).

                            No wonder that Pok Wern Jian, who teaches mathematics at National Junior College and was one of the 16 players - including six-time national champion Kevin Goh - selected to face Carlsen on Friday evening, was nervous.

                            Pok said afterwards: "It was very intimidating. Every time Magnus moves a piece, he does so with such confidence and you feel like he's already seen how he's going to beat you."

                            Trophies and accolades, however, serve merely as placeholders to the chess-obsessed Carlsen. Not only does he routinely test himself on his Play Magnus app - "it's hard to sit down and focus on a mobile screen so I usually get outplayed or get tricked", he said - but he also goes online under a pseudonym and competes against random players.

                            He added: "If you feel like you're approaching perfection in chess, you're not being self-critical enough."

                            Unlike many of his peers, Carlsen does not spend hours every day poring over databases of chess matches - "more practice doesn't necessarily lead to better play, more knowledge doesn't mean you can achieve more," he said - and tends to rely on his instinct and imagination instead.

                            It has proven to be a winning formula for Carlsen, whose grandfather Kurt was a chemist. Besides his tournament winnings, he earns about £1 million (S$1.79 million) a year from sponsorship deals.

                            A voracious reader who is fascinated by military history and political figures, he attributed his recent tournament win to a book, Timman's Titans: My World Chess Champions by Dutch grandmaster Jan Timman, that he had just finished.

                            http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/ch...-a-magnus-opus

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                            • #59
                              Re: Isle of Man International 2017

                              Yes real entertainment by Magnus. The Singaporean simul was impressive in that he finished the event in just 70 minutes! - 16-0! relentless pressure and top speed. Nice report on chessbase. And the chess.com speed match was great entertainment as well and many games! I really like his compliment to: Timmans Titans. Magnus is a real chess fan as well.

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                              • #60
                                Re: Isle of Man International 2017

                                Originally posted by Wayne Komer View Post
                                Isle of Man International 2017

                                October 3, 2017

                                Three photos worth seeing at

                                https://twitter.com/chessbrahTV

                                1) Aman Hambleton and Fabiano Caruana in Chess Brah pullovers after the Isle of Man tourney

                                2) Magnus Carlsen and his girlfriend, Synne Christin Larsen, at the table after receiving his trophies

                                3) The bearded Simon Williams and Aman Hambleton, together
                                Its nice to see Chess Brahs getting recognition as well.

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