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  • #16
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    I thought Fab Fabi deserved more from his game (interesting play). Some great fights. Looking forward to more commentary.

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    • #17
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      Uncle Yaz is at the dentist this morning. Bummer. But direct proof that he is working too hard and talking too much. Take it easy Uncle Yaz we need you here for the whole show.

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      • #18
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        Uncle Yaz is back in the room and is upbeat. You'd never know by his diction that he'd been at the dentist. Lots of colorful commentary and anecdotes. Theyre currently enjoying Fab Fabi - the Shak and its an attacking Sicilian which Uncle Yaz says Vishy Anand seems to find amazing moves in. They are now discussing the internal clock which every tournament chessplayer has.

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        • #19
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          Candidates Tournament Berlin 2018

          March 12, 2018

          Round Three

          Kramnik has been getting a lot of good press lately and this game will add to it.

          Round 3, Mar. 12
          Aronian, Levon - Kramnik, Vladimir
          C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.O-O Qe7 7.h3 Rg8 8.Kh1 Nh5 9.c3 g5 10.Nxe5 g4 11.d4 Bd6 12.g3 Bxe5 13.dxe5 Qxe5 14.Qd4 Qe7 15.h4 c5 16.Qc4 Be6 17.Qb5+ c6 18.Qa4 f5 19.Bg5 Rxg5 20.hxg5 f4 21.Qd1 Rd8 22.Qc1 fxg3 23.Na3 Rd3 24.Rd1 Bd5 25.f3 gxf3 26.exd5 Qe2 27.Re1 g2+ 0-1


          Position after Black's 17....c6




          All the chessbomb kibitzers were yelling for 24...Bd5

          And Kramnik finally plays it:

          - incredible.... Aronian was COMPLETELY outplayed
          - poor choice of the opening
          - best game of 2018

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          • #20
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            Vlad the Impaler strikes!

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            • #21
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              Loved 7. ...Rg8!

              To bad White didn't rip open the center ... as is the common reply to a flank attack.

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              • #22
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                Candidates Tournament Berlin 2018

                March 12, 2018

                Round Three

                Two games draw early and the commentators spend all their energy on Caruana-Mamedyarov. There are Gustafsson-Svidler, Hansen-Sierawan and Trent-Polgar.

                Round 3, Mar. 12
                So, Wesley - Ding Liren
                C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall Counter-Attack

                1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.Re1 Bd6 13.d3 Bf5 14.Qf3 Qh4 15.g3 Qh3 16.Be3 Bxd3 17.Nd2 Qf5 18.Bd4 Rfd8 19.a4 h6 20.h4 Rac8 21.axb5 axb5 22.Bxd5 cxd5 23.Qxf5 Bxf5 24.Ra5 b4 25.Rxd5 Be6 26.Ra5 bxc3 27.Bxc3 Rb8 28.Nf1 Bb4 29.Raa1 Bc5 30.Ne3 Rd3 31.Red1 Rbd8 32.Rxd3 Rxd3 33.Rd1 Rxd1+ 34.Nxd1 Bb3 35.Ne3 Bxe3 36.fxe3 Kf8 37.Kf2 1/2-1/2

                Round 3, Mar. 12
                Karjakin, Sergey - Grischuk, Alexander
                C50 Giuoco Piano

                1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Nc3 h6 6.h3 d6 7.Na4 Bb6 8.a3 Ne7 9.b4 Ng6 10.O-O O-O 11.c3 c6 12.Nxb6 axb6 13.Bb3 Re8 14.Re1 Be6 15.Bc2 d5 16.exd5 Nxd5 17.Bd2 Bf5 18.d4 Bxc2 19.Qxc2 exd4 20.Rxe8+ Qxe8 21.Nxd4 b5 22.a4 bxa4 23.Rxa4 Rxa4 24.Qxa4 Ngf4 25.Qd1 Qe4 26.Qf1 Ne6 27.f3 Qg6 28.Nxe6 Qxe6 29.Qd3 b5 30.c4 bxc4 1/2-1/2

                Round 3, Mar. 12
                Caruana, Fabiano - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
                B90 Sicilian, Najdorf

                1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 Be7 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.g4 O-O 11.g5 Nh5 12.O-O-O b5 13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.exd5 f6 15.gxf6 Bxf6 16.Kb1 Nf4 17.Rg1 Kh8 18.Bd3 Bg5 19.Na5 Bh6 20.Nc6 Qh4 21.Qb4 Rf6 22.a4 Qxh2 23.Be4 Qe2 24.Bxf4 Bxf4 25.Qa5 Nc5 26.Qc7 Bh6 27.Nd8 Nxe4 28.fxe4 Rf8 29.Nf7+ Rxf7 30.Qxf7 Rc8 31.Rc1 Qxe4 32.Rgf1 Bf4 33.Rg1 Bh6 34.Rgf1 Rg8 35.Rcd1 bxa4 36.Qe7 Qg6 37.Rf8 Bg5 38.Rxg8+ Kxg8 39.Qd7 h5 40.Rg1 e4 41.Qxa4 e3 42.Qxa6 Qf5 43.Qa8+ Kh7 44.Qe8 Bf4 45.Qe6 g6 46.Rf1 Kg7 47.Qxf5 gxf5 48.c4 Bg3 49.Rg1 h4 1/2-1/2

                During a slow period, Peter Svidler told this Taimanov-Petrosian story:

                I am particularly fond of because it features the coach who influenced me most - Andrey Lukin. He was tremendously strong but never achieved the grandmaster title.

                He was playing in a team tournament of sporting societies. He was playing white against Mark Taimanov and the game was adjourned with Lukin having Q against R, B and p. The position was unclear but was analyzed reasonably well by both teams on adjournment. Taimanov kept pushing in the resumed game because he generally believed every position of his was winning. He did not think much of other people's analysis in the post-game. Lukin was playing on a team in which Petrosian was Board One. At some point, Petrosian got up and stopped by and listened to the analysis. Taimanov was claiming that he was clearly better. Petrosian was stunned by this and said, "But Mark, look, this is a queen!" This ended the discussion because Taimanov was big but Petrosian was much bigger.

                The game is from 1984 and can be seen at:

                http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1138750

                Round 7, 1984
                Lukin, Andrey - Taimanov, Mark
                B46 Sicilian, Taimanov

                1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.e5 Qc7 8.f4 f5 9.Be3 Rb8 10.Be2 Rxb2 11.O-O Ne7 12.Na4 Nd5 13.Bd4 Rb4 14.c3 Rxa4 15.Qxa4 c5 16.Bf2 Nxc3 17.Qc4 Nxe2+ 18.Qxe2 Bb7 19.Rac1 Be7 20.Rc3 O-O 21.Rfc1 Rc8 22.Bxc5 Bxc5+ 23.Rxc5 Qxc5+ 24.Rxc5 Rxc5 25.Qh5 Rc8 26.h3 Bd5 27.a3 a5 28.g4 Be4 29.Kf2 a4 30.Ke3 Rf8 31.gxf5 exf5 32.Qe2 Rc8 33.Qa6 Rc3+ 34.Kd2 Rd3+ 35.Ke2 h6 36.Qxa4 Kh7 37.h4 Rd5 38.Qb4 Kg6 39.Qe7 Rd4 40.Qe8+ Kh7 41.h5 Bc2 42.Qg6+ Kh8 43.Qb6 Re4+ 44.Kf3 Bd1+ 45.Kg3 Bxh5 46.Qd8+ Kh7 47.Qxd7 Re3+ 48.Kh2 Rxa3 49.Qxf5+ Bg6 50.Qe6 Rf3 51.Qg4 Rf1 52.Kg2 Rc1 53.f5 Be8 54.Qb4 Rc7 55.Kg3 Rf7 56.Kg4 Kg8 57.Qc4 Kh8 58.Qc5 Kg8 59.e6 Rf6 60.Kh4 Kh7 61.Kg4 Ba4 62.e7 Be8 63.Qc8 Ba4 64.e8=Q Bxe8 65.Qxe8 Rb6 66.Kf4 Rd6 67.Ke4 Rb6 68.Kd5 Rf6 69.Ke5 Ra6 70.Qe6 Ra5+ 71.Kd6 Ra8 72.Ke5 Rf8 73.Ke4 Kh8 74.Qc6 Kh7 75.Ke5 Kh8 76.Qh1 Kg8 77.Qf3 Kh8 78.Qa3 Kg8 79.Qc5 Re8+ 80.Kf4 Rf8 81.Qd6 Rf6 82.Qd5+ Kh7 83.Qd8 Rc6 84.Qe8 Ra6 85.Ke4 Rb6 86.Kd5 Ra6 87.Qe6 Ra5+ 88.Ke4 Ra4+ 89.Kf3 Ra3+ 90.Kf2 1-0

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                • #23
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                  Originally posted by Hal Bond View Post
                  The set up is unlike anything I have worked before. Each game is walled off from the next so you cannot see anymore than 2 partial views at a time. I feel like a short track speed skater walking around the perimeter continuously. No effort has been made to curtail mobile phones so they are everywhere. The noise level of the crowd around the balcony above us was a bit much so we hope the security and volunteers will be more vigilant going forward. There is only one toilet on the game floor. A second one is available one floor down. Not ideal.

                  Despite these challenges the organizers are very happy with the visuals and compared to Moscow 2016 the noise level is much better. I only glanced at Aronian's game against Liren as I made my rounds but I thought he would be the first victor of the day. Instead it was the only draw! Shak's win with Black against Karjakin seems to confirm that his steady rise has been no fluke and he continues to play the best chess if his career.

                  We still have 13 lucky rounds to go. Off to work!
                  Hi Hal,

                  The Germans have a reputation of being the best organized folks on the planet...have things improved?

                  Larry

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                  • #24
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                    Big save by the Shak. Today is a rest day.

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                    • #25
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                      Originally posted by Larry Bevand View Post
                      Hi Hal,

                      The Germans have a reputation of being the best organized folks on the planet...have things improved?

                      Larry
                      Agon is the organizer. Germany is the location. We (Klaus Deventer and I) met with the organizers for more than an hour after the first game. The noise levels were much better in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Agon has a unique approach to these events. They rent an empty shell of a building and construct the interior as they wish. The layout here is very different but I guess it looks nice from above. The VIP lounge is 3 stories above the playing area and completely closed off so we don't have noise problems from them. This is another improvement over Moscow 2016 where the VIP lounge was maybe 20 meters from the stage. Between them and the rush hour Moscow traffic the noise was terrible.

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                      • #26
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                        Candidates Tournament Berlin 2018

                        March 14, 2018

                        Round Four

                        Mamedyarov and So have a quick agreed draw.

                        All eyes were on Aronian, who lost badly in Round Three, to see how the loss would affect him. Karjakin played weakly in the opening and Aronian dominated for the rest of the game.

                        Grischuk-Ding was up and down and designated the game of the day by Jan and Peter.

                        Kramnik-Caruana looked good for Fabiano before the first time control and then Kramnik was better and the commentators started talking of him as the potential challenger to Carlsen!

                        Round 4, Mar. 14
                        Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - So, Wesley
                        E37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa variation, main line

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 c5 8.dxc5 Nc6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Nf3 Qf6 11.e3 Bg4 12.Be2 O-O 13.O-O Rfe8 14.Bd2 d4 15.Rad1 Nxd2 16.Rxd2 dxe3 17.Rd6 Re6 18.fxe3 Rxd6 19.cxd6 Bxf3 20.Bxf3 Qxd6 21.Qb3 Qe7 22.Bd5 Nd8 23.Rc1 Qd7 24.Qc4 Ne6 25.Bxe6 fxe6 26.Qd4 Qxd4 27.exd4 Rf8 28.Rc7 Rf7 29.Rc8+ Rf8 30.Rc7 Rf7 31.Rc8+ Rf8 1/2-1/2

                        Round 4, Mar. 14
                        Karjakin, Sergey - Aronian, Levon
                        D39 QGD, Ragozin, Vienna variation

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Bb5+ Nbd7 11.Bxf6 Qxc3+ 12.Kf1 gxf6 13.h4 Qb4 14.Rb1 Qd6 15.Rh3 a6 16.Be2 Nc5 17.Rc3 Nxe4 18.Rd3 O-O 19.Qc1 Qe5 20.Bf3 f5 21.Qh6 Qf6 22.Qxf6 Nxf6 23.Bxb7 Bxb7 24.Rxb7 Rac8 25.Rg3+ Kh8 26.Rgb3 Ne4 27.Rb2 Rfd8 28.Nb3 Rd1+ 29.Ke2 Nc3+ 30.Ke3 Kg7 31.g3 Kf6 32.Ra7 Rc6 33.Kf3 Nb5 34.Ra8 e5 35.Kg2 e4 36.a4 Na3 37.Rd2 Rxd2 38.Nxd2 e3 39.Nf3 Rc2 40.Rxa6+ Kg7 41.Nd4 Rxf2+ 42.Kg1 Nc2 43.Nxc2 Rxc2 44.Kf1 Rf2+ 45.Ke1 Rg2 46.Rb6 Rxg3 47.Rb4 Rg2 48.Rf4 Kg6 49.Rf3 Rg4 50.Rxe3 Rxa4 51.Kf2 Rxh4 52.Re8 Rg4 53.Kf3 Kg7 54.Re5 Kf6 55.Re8 h5 56.Rh8 Kg6 57.Kf2 Rg5 58.Kf3 Kg7 59.Ra8 h4 60.Kf2 h3 61.Ra3 Rh5 62.Kg1 Kg6 63.Kh2 f4 64.Ra7 f3 65.Ra1 f2 66.Rf1 Rf5 67.Kxh3 Kg5 68.Kg3 Rf4 0-1

                        Position Black's 35th move, e4:



                        Round 4, Mar. 14
                        Kramnik, Vladimir - Caruana, Fabiano
                        C42 Petrov, Cozio (Lasker) Attack

                        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Qe7 6.Nc3 Nxc3 7.dxc3 Qxe2+ 8.Bxe2 Nc6 9.Be3 Be7 10.O-O-O O-O 11.Rhe1 Bf6 12.Nd2 Re8 13.Bf3 Ne5 14.Bf4 Kf8 15.Bd5 c6 16.Bb3 Bf5 17.h3 g5 18.Bh2 Kg7 19.c4 g4 20.Ne4 Bxe4 21.Rxe4 Bg5+ 22.Kb1 gxh3 23.c5 f5 24.Rb4 hxg2 25.Rxb7+ Kh8 26.cxd6 Nf3 27.Ba4 Nxh2 28.Bxc6 Rad8 29.d7 Re2 30.Bxg2 Rxf2 31.Bc6 Ng4 32.Rxa7 Ne3 33.Rg1 h6 34.Rc7 Kg7 35.a4 Kf7 36.Bb5 Ke7 37.a5 Rf4 38.c3 Kd6 39.Rb7 Rg4 40.Re1 f4 41.a6 h5 42.a7 Ra8 43.b4 h4 44.c4 h3 45.c5+ Ke5 46.Rb8 Rxa7 47.Rg8 Bf6 48.d8=Q Bxd8 49.Rxg4 Bf6 50.Rg6 Rb7 51.Be2 Rxb4+ 52.Ka2 Nc2 53.Rc1 Nd4 54.Bd3 Ra4+ 55.Kb1 Nb3 56.Re1+ Kd5 57.Kc2 Nd4+ 58.Kb1 Nf3 59.Rd1 Ra1+ 60.Kc2 Rxd1 61.Ba6 Rd2+ 62.Kc1 Bb2+ 63.Kb1 Kxc5 64.Bb7 Ne5 65.Rf6 f3 66.Rf5 f2 0-1

                        Near the end of this game, one comment in the chat room is that it is just "like a Ryu Murakami novel". Peter and Ian discuss this but to me it is still obscure. They have also discussed Heartstone and yugioh. Oh, Lord!

                        This game goes on and on. I think I hear Jan say that he is writing a book called, "How to win when you are a rook up"

                        The roller coaster game goes on. At move 57 it is a draw and then on 59 it looks like Caruana will take away the win!

                        Other games that come up on the chat are snooker, darts, three-cushion billiards, football, Magic and Dominion the card game

                        Position after Kramnik's 57.Kc2




                        Round 4, Mar. 14
                        Grischuk, Alexander - Ding Liren
                        D43 QGD, Semi-Slav

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.O-O Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxf7 Kxf7 13.e5 Nd5 14.Ne4 Qb6 15.Nd6+ Ke7 16.a4 Raf8 17.Bf3 a6 18.Bxd5 cxd5 19.axb5 axb5 20.Kh1 Bc6 21.f4 gxf4 22.Rxf4 Rxf4 23.Bxf4 Kd8 24.Qg4 Rf8 25.Bd2 Kc7 26.h3 b4 27.Qxg7 Qxd4 28.Bxb4 Qxb2 29.Ba5+ Kb8 30.Rg1 c3 31.Qe7 c2 32.Bd2 Qxe5 33.Bxh6 Rg8 34.Nf7 Qc3 35.Qd6+ Kb7 36.Qxe6 d4 37.Nd6+ Kb6 38.Ne4 Nc5 39.Qxg8 Nxe4 40.Kh2 d3 41.Be3+ Kb5 42.Qb8+ Kc4 43.Qc7 Qf6 44.Rf1 Qd6+ 45.Qxd6 Nxd6 46.Rf6 Kd5 47.Rxd6+ Kxd6 48.Kg3 Kd5 49.Kf2 Kc4 50.Bd2 Kb3 51.Ke3 Bxg2 1/2-1/2

                        Final position in Grischuk-Ding Liren

                        No need for six rows of the board

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                        • #27
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                          Aman and Uncle Yaz are an excellent combo.

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                          • #28
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                            Pure chaos on the board: the endings of Grischuk - Ding Liren and Kramnik - Caruana. Stunning!

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                            • #29
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                              Fab Fabi beats Vlad the Impaler! What a roller coaster!

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                              • #30
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                                Clutch win by Aronian.

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