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    Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin

    Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin

    September 13, 2017

    From the agon website:

    September 11, 2017 — World Chess Candidates, a dramatic tournament that determines the challenger for the World Chess Championship Match, will take place in Berlin, Germany on March 10—28, 2018. Despite Berlin’s chess history and passion for the sport, it is the very first time that the Candidates Tournament takes place in the German capital.

    Eight of the world's top grandmasters will come to Berlin to play in the tournament that will be held as a double round-robin over 14 games. The winner will contest the title currently held by Magnus Carlsen, the reigning World Champion, in November 2018.

    The eight Candidates Tournament participants include Sergey Karjakin of Russia, who automatically qualified for the Candidates Tournament by playing in the 2016 World Chess Championship Match. He will be joined by the top two finishers in the World Chess Grand Prix Series; the winner and runner-up of the 2017 World Cup taking place in Tbilisi; two more players who qualify by rating; and a wild card choice.

    The prize fund will total €420,000, or an estimated $460,000 at the current exchange rate. In addition to €420,000, the prize will also include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.

    The Tournament will take place in Central Berlin, with tickets and digital subscriptions starting to sell on October 4, 2017. Pay-per-view tickets will include German and English commentary, advanced analytics, behind-the-scenes footage, options to choose camera angles, and more, costing $15 altogether.

    “Over 23% of Germans play chess regularly; the sport is immensely popular in this country, and we are very pleased to hold the Tournament in Berlin and offer German fans a chance to witness this Tournament live for the first time! We are also developing custom commentary and experiences in German for local audience,” says Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the organizer of the Championship cycle events and FIDE’s commercial partner.

    “We are looking forward to the event of the year in Berlin!” adds Merenzon.

    “We are pleased to continue staging spectacular chess events in the world’s capitals. German chess federation is one of the largest in the world, and we are happy to support it by holding this exciting event in Germany,” says Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President.

    “We are happy to host the Candidates Tournament in Germany and will work with FIDE and World Chess to offer special experience to our members and to all chess fans in our country!” says Ullrich Krause, President of the German Chess Federation.

    Leading brands continue to support the Championship cycle and will be represented in the Candidates Tournament: EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, as Official Partner; Kaspersky Lab as World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner; S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument; and Isklar as Official Water.

    Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, says, “I am really looking forward to the Candidates Tournament in Berlin. The culmination of the cycle is getting closer, and I’m sure it'll be a very exciting competition of top-rank chess minds. Good luck to both the grandmasters and chess fans!”

    The Tournament will be broadcasted exclusively on worldchess.com and on media partners’ sites.

    Official hashtags of the Tournament are #candidates2018 and #berlinplayschess

    Schedule of the Candidates Tournament:

    March 9 Friday – Opening Ceremony
    March 10 Saturday – Round 1
    March 11 Sunday – Round 2
    March 12 Monday – Round 3
    March 13 Tuesday – Rest Day
    March 14 Wednesday – Round 4
    March 15 Thursday – Round 5
    March 16 Friday – Round 6
    March 17 Saturday – Rest Day
    March 18 Sunday – Round 7
    March 19 Monday – Round 8
    March 20 Tuesday – Round 9
    March 21 Wednesday – Rest Day
    March 22 Thursday – Round 10
    March 23 Friday – Round 11
    March 24 Saturday – Round 12
    March 25 Sunday – Rest Day
    March 26 Monday – Round 13
    March 27 Tuesday – Round 14/Closing Ceremony
    March 28 Wednesday – Tie Breaks/Closing Ceremony

    About FIDE:

    The World Chess Federation or Fédération Internationale des Echecs, (FIDE), is recognized by its members and the International Olympic Committee as the international federation in the domain of chess, the supreme body responsible for the sport of chess and its Championships. FIDE has the sole rights to organize the World Chess Championships and the Chess Olympiads.

    About World Chess:

    World Chess is owned by Agon Limited, the official partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and commercial rights holder to the World Chess Championship cycle. World Chess aims to develop and commercialize chess, create favorable environment for partners, players, and brands, and to significantly expand the broadcast coverage of the sport.

    World Chess became the owner of the commercial rights in 2012. The company successfully managed the 2012-2013 Grand Prix cycle, the 2014 World Championship Match, and the 2015 Rapid and Blitz World Championships. The company operates the worldchess.com website, the official broadcasting platform of the Championship cycle.

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    Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin

    September 13, 2017

    In “The road to the Candidates 2018”, Macauley Peterson speculates on who is in, who’s likely and who’ll be missing out:

    https://en.chessbase.com/post/the-ro...andidates-2018

    1. From the World Cup - At this moment (Round 4) the possibles are

    Bu Xiangzhi
    Peter Svidler
    MVL
    Alexander Grischuk
    Vassily Ivanchuk
    Levon Aronian
    Wesley So
    Baadur Jobava
    Vladimir Fedoseev
    Maxim Rodshtein
    Evgeniy Najer
    Richard Rapport
    Ding Liren

    2. From the Grand Prix - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is probable with Grischuk, Radjabov and Ding Liren with medium chances

    3. Rating – only two of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Vladimir Kramnik are likely to qualify

    4. Wild card – one of 33 or so players. Who knows?

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    Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin

    October 8, 2017

    VENUE FOR THE WORLD CHESS CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCED: KÜHLHAUS BERLIN; TICKETS NOW ON SALE

    October 5, 2017 — World Chess Candidates, a dramatic tournament that determines the challenger for the World Chess Championship Match, will take place at Kühlhaus Berlin (Luckenwalder Str. 3, Berlin, Germany) on March 10—28, 2018.

    The venue is a historic building located in Central Berlin at the meeting point of the most vibrant districts. The simple, yet modern cubic architecture of Kühlhaus will provide guests with the space of five floors to enjoy the dramatic chess competition.

    Tickets are available at Ticketmaster starting today (http://www.ticketmaster.de/artist/fi...tickets/989876). General tickets cost from €20 to €40 a day, Tournament passes go for €170.

    There will be two types of VIP access: Silver and Gold. Silver passes, which include access to Game and Silver lounge zones, cost €425 (€50 to €150 a day). For the overall price of €1275 (€150 to €300 a day) Gold passes provide private access to the venue, access to Game and Gold lounge zones, opportunity to take part in blitz tournaments, one-on-one commentary from the world’s top Grandmasters, as well as private autograph sessions with chess stars. Entertainment zone with cafeteria and souvenir shops will be open for all guests. Kids under 7 years old will be admitted free of charge if accompanied.

    Early Bird tickets (purchased until November 20, 2017) will go with a 30% discount.

    The eight Candidates Tournament participants include Sergey Karjakin of Russia, who automatically qualified for the Candidates Tournament by playing in the 2016 FIDE World Chess Championship Match, Levon Aronian of Armenia and Ding Liren of China, the winner and runner-up of the 2017 FIDE World Cup, the top two finishers in the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series; two more players who qualify by rating; and a wild card choice.

    Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, says: “Kühlhaus Berlin is an amazing place for chess. A multi-floor venue, it gives us an opportunity to watch and broadcast games from both ground-level and upper-level cameras. From cinematography point of view, the broadcasting will be phenomenal!”.

    The prize fund will total €420,000, or an estimated $490,000 at the current exchange rate. In addition to €420,000, the prize will also include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.

    Those who are unable to visit the Tournament in person, will be able to follow it for free on worldchess.com or on partner site. Premium online tickets, which include video, multi-language commentary and other perks, are available at $15. Sign up at https://worldchess.com/berlin/

    Leading brands continue to support the Championship cycle and will be represented in the Candidates Tournament: EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, the Official Partner; Kaspersky Lab as World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner; S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument; and Isklar as Official Water.

    Official hashtags of the Tournament are #candidates2018 and #berlinplayschess

    http://www.agonlimited.com/news/2017...ts-now-on-sale

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    Re: Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin

    Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin

    January 15, 2018

    FIDE announces that the deadline for player's participation in the Candidates Tournament is 26 January 2018. The event will be held in Berlin, Germany from 8 March (arrivals/opening ceremony) to 29 March 2018 (departures) and the qualifiers are:

    1. Sergey Karjakin (RUS, world championship 2016 finalist)
    2. Levon Aronian (ARM, world cup 2017 winner)
    3. Ding Liren (CHN, world cup 2017 finalist)
    4. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, grand-prix 2017 winner)
    5. Alexander Grischuk (RUS, grand-prix 2017 runner-up)
    6. Fabiano Caruana (USA, rating lists 2017)
    7. Wesley So (USA, rating lists 2017)
    8. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, organiser's nominee)

    First reserve from the FIDE Grand-Prix standings is Teimour Radjabov (AZE).

    The winner of the Candidates Tournament will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the FIDE World Championship title in the last quarter of 2018.

    Candidates Player Contract

    From:

    http://www.fide.com/images/stories/N...s_contract.pdf

    FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DES ECHECS

    Recognized by the International Olympic Committee 1 Avenue de la Gare - 1002 Lausanne, Switzerland
    Athens office: 9 Syggrou Ave., 11743 Athens, Greece
    Tel.: (+30) 2109212047, Fax: (+30) 2109212859, Email: office@fide.com
    www.fide.com

    Player's Contract for Participation in the Candidates Tournament Berlin, 8 - 29 March 2018

    The World Chess Federation (FIDE) is the governing body of the World Chess Championship cycle 2016-2018 and the Candidates Tournament 2018 is an integral part of it (hereinafter referred to as the Candidates Tournament).

    The Administrator of the 2018 Candidates Tournament is FIDE, in collaboration with the orgniser World Chess Events Limited. In order to ensure that the Candidates Tournament is played in accordance with the approved regulations and the statutes of FIDE, the following provisions shall apply

    1. Dates and Venue
    1.1 The Candidates Tournament will be held from 8 March (arrivals on 8 March and opening ceremony on 9 March) to 29 March 2018 (departures) in Berlin, Germany.
    1.2 All the participants in the Candidates Tournament, and their delegation, must use the official hotel(s) of the event suggested by the organisers.

    2. Right of Participation
    2.1 A list of qualified players and reserves, approved so far by FIDE, is published online on the FIDE website as well as the publication of any other important information regarding the event. The present contract shall be sent signed by the players to the FIDE Secretariat within the deadline specified below.
    2.2 Qualified participants are entitled to play in the Candidates Tournament. This right may only be set aside if the player does not meet the deadlines specified in the approved regulations or otherwise behaves in a way and manner that is in violation of the provisions of this contract, when a reserve may replace him.

    3. Confirmation deadlines
    3.1 Qualified players and reserves are expected to fax a copy of the original document of their signed contract, reaching the FIDE Secretariat no later than 26 January 2018, GMT 13:00.
    3.2 The player must inform the FIDE office in written form, together with the signed contract, of his bank account details, ie: Bank, SWIFT code, IBAN, account holder name and registered address.
    3.3 Qualified players shall register at the Candidates Tournament secretariat in Berlin, in person no later than the time set for the opening ceremony, failing which their right of participation may be forfeited. The FIDE President has the right to allow participation in exceptional circumstances.

    4. The Player's Obligations
    4.1 On signing this contract, the player commits himself to completing the various stages of the Championship in accordance with the regulations of the Candidates Tournament, World Championship Match, FIDE Code of Ethics, FIDE Anti-Doping Disciplinary Rules, FIDE Statutes and FIDE Laws of Chess which form an integral part of this contract, except in the case of illness evidenced by a medical certificate.
    4.2 By signing this contract, the player also confirms that for a period of 4 years after the end of the Candidates Tournament, he will not participate in any other event called as a "World Championship" event which is not recognized by FIDE.
    4.3 Players will have to give interviews and make appearances as described in article 3.12.2 of the Candidates Tournament Regulations.
    4.4 Players may be required to wear clothes or apparel with special branding from sponsors in accordance with article 4.7.1.2 of the Candidates Tournament Regulations.
    4.5 Participants shall be required to appear punctually for the commencement of play in each game of every round. Any player who arrives at the chessboard after the start of the session shall lose the game. Thus the default time is zero (0) minutes.
    4.6 Participants in the Candidates Tournament shall be required to attend the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony or any official reception specifically approved by the FIDE President, failing which a fine as detailed in the regulations, may be imposed and deducted from the prize money for each violation.
    4.7 The Administrator shall be permitted to use the picture, likeness, image, name and biographical details of the Participants in connection with the advertisement, publicity, exhibition and commercial exploitation of the FIDE World Chess Championship events, provided that Administrator does not portray the players in an unfavorable manner.

    5. Financial conditions
    5.1 The Candidates Tournament 2018 will have a total prize fund of 420,000 euros (four hundred twenty thousand euros) as per FIDE regulations. The amount of 420,000 euros will be distributed as follows: 1st place 95,000 euros; 2nd place 88,000 euros; 3rd place 75,000 euros; 4th place 55,000 euros; 5th place 40,000 euros; 6th place 28,000 euros; 7th place 22,000 euros; 8th place 17,000 euros. The winner of the Candidates Tournament also qualifies for the World Championship Match 2018.
    5.2 Subject to the provisions of this contract, the amount to which each player is entitled, will be paid by direct bank transfer in euros on UBS Lausanne, no later than two weeks after the event is completed.
    5.3 Although FIDE has an agreement with the organiser that the prize fund is net and free of all local tax, FIDE will not be responsible for any national or local tax deducted from the prize money. FIDE will give all necessary assistance to the players if the organiser acts to the contrary.
    5.4 FIDE or the Organising Committee will not be responsible for any application of political or
    financial sanctions from the organising country against the players of the tournament. At the same time, FIDE has no prior knowledge of such sanctions.
    5.5 Without prejudice to the provisions of this contract, the game scores and scoresheets are the property of FIDE.
    5.6 Each player will receive two (2) free single rooms in the official hotel for their accommodation, including full board, for the whole duration of the event.

    6. Arbitration
    6.1 Any dispute arising from or related to the present contract will be submitted exclusively to the Courts of Vaud, Switzerland. The court proceedings shall take place in English.
    ___________________________________

    By signing this contract, I hereby confirm that I will participate in the Candidates Tournament of the 2016- 2018 World Chess Championship cycle and have in consultation with my national federation acquainted myself with the applicable FIDE Statutes, FIDE Code of Ethics, FIDE Anti -Doping Disciplinary Regulations, FIDE Laws of Chess and FIDE Candidates Tournament regulations and I accept the conditions relating to my participation.

    Place and date: ....................................................
    Signature of the Player: .......................................... Full Name: ............................................

    Signature of FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos: ........................................................

    See also:

    http://forum.chesstalk.com/showthrea...lin#post119071

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    Re: Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin

    Candidates Tournament Berlin 2018

    February 3, 2018

    Who wins the Candidates Tournament?

    Posted odds:

    Levon Aronian 13/4

    Vladimir Kramnik 4/1

    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 9/2

    Sergey Karjakin 11/2

    Fabiano Caruana 13/2

    Wesley So 13/2

    Alexander Grischuk 23/2

    Ding Liren 14/1

    http://www.nicerodds.co.uk/chess

    Here's a chance for all you Ding Liren fans to make a killing!

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    Candidates Tournament Berlin 2018

    February 10, 2018

    From:

    http://fide.com/component/content/ar...-pairings.html

    2018 Candidates' Tournament Pairings

    Round 1 on 10.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    1 Kramnik Vladimir 2800 - Grischuk Alexander 2767 8
    2 Karjakin Sergey 2763 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 7
    3 Aronian Levon 2797 - Ding Liren 2769 6
    4 Caruana Fabiano 2784 - So Wesley 2799 5

    Round 2 on 11.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    8 Grischuk Alexander 2767 - So Wesley 2799 5
    6 Ding Liren 2769 - Caruana Fabiano 2784 4
    7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 - Aronian Levon 2797 3
    1 Kramnik Vladimir 2800 - Karjakin Sergey 2763 2

    Round 3 on 12.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    2 Karjakin Sergey 2763 - Grischuk Alexander 2767 8
    3 Aronian Levon 2797 - Kramnik Vladimir 2800 1
    4 Caruana Fabiano 2784 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 7
    5 So Wesley 2799 - Ding Liren 2769 6

    Round 4 on 14.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    8 Grischuk Alexander 2767 - Ding Liren 2769 6
    7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 - So Wesley 2799 5
    1 Kramnik Vladimir 2800 - Caruana Fabiano 2784 4
    2 Karjakin Sergey 2763 - Aronian Levon 2797 3

    Round 5 on 15.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    3 Aronian Levon 2797 - Grischuk Alexander 2767 8
    4 Caruana Fabiano 2784 - Karjakin Sergey 2763 2
    5 So Wesley 2799 - Kramnik Vladimir 2800 1
    6 Ding Liren 2769 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 7

    Round 6 on 16.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    4 Caruana Fabiano 2784 - Grischuk Alexander 2767 8
    5 So Wesley 2799 - Aronian Levon 2797 3
    6 Ding Liren 2769 - Karjakin Sergey 2763 2
    7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 - Kramnik Vladimir 2800 1

    Round 7 on 18.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    8 Grischuk Alexander 2767 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 7
    1 Kramnik Vladimir 2800 - Ding Liren 2769 6
    2 Karjakin Sergey 2763 - So Wesley 2799 5
    3 Aronian Levon 2797 - Caruana Fabiano 2784 4

    Round 8 on 19.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    8 Grischuk Alexander 2767 - Kramnik Vladimir 2800 1
    7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 - Karjakin Sergey 2763 2
    6 Ding Liren 2769 - Aronian Levon 2797 3
    5 So Wesley 2799 - Caruana Fabiano 2784 4

    Round 9 on 20.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    5 So Wesley 2799 - Grischuk Alexander 2767 8
    4 Caruana Fabiano 2784 - Ding Liren 2769 6
    3 Aronian Levon 2797 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 7
    2 Karjakin Sergey 2763 - Kramnik Vladimir 2800 1

    Round 10 on 22.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    8 Grischuk Alexander 2767 - Karjakin Sergey 2763 2
    1 Kramnik Vladimir 2800 - Aronian Levon 2797 3
    7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 - Caruana Fabiano 2784 4
    6 Ding Liren 2769 - So Wesley 2799 5

    Round 11 on 23.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    6 Ding Liren 2769 - Grischuk Alexander 2767 8
    5 So Wesley 2799 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 7
    4 Caruana Fabiano 2784 - Kramnik Vladimir 2800 1
    3 Aronian Levon 2797 - Karjakin Sergey 2763 2

    Round 12 on 24.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    8 Grischuk Alexander 2767 - Aronian Levon 2797 3
    2 Karjakin Sergey 2763 - Caruana Fabiano 2784 4
    1 Kramnik Vladimir 2800 - So Wesley 2799 5
    7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 - Ding Liren 2769 6

    Round 13 on 26.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 - Grischuk Alexander 2767 8
    6 Ding Liren 2769 - Kramnik Vladimir 2800 1
    5 So Wesley 2799 - Karjakin Sergey 2763 2
    4 Caruana Fabiano 2784 - Aronian Levon 2797 3

    Round 14 on 27.03.2018 at 15.00

    SNr Name Elo Erg. Name Elo SNr
    8 Grischuk Alexander 2767 - Caruana Fabiano 2784 4
    3 Aronian Levon 2797 - So Wesley 2799 5
    2 Karjakin Sergey 2763 - Ding Liren 2769 6
    1 Kramnik Vladimir 2800 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 7

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    Candidates Tournament Berlin 2018

    March 8, 2018

    There is a great deal of anticipation of the Candidates that starts on Saturday in Berlin.

    You'll perhaps recall that for the 2016 World's Championship that Ian Rogers produced a Couch Potato's Guide.

    https://new.uschess.org/news/the-cou...-championship/

    that recommended making a New York baked cheesecake to eat as a snack during the games.

    Well, he is back with his food recommendation for the Candidates:

    "Games begin at 9am East Coast time, so a healthy German breakfast is in order. The staple food to be consumed after an early morning arrival at a German railway station is potato pancakes with apple sauce, and luckily they are easy to whip up before the games begin.

    To make Kartoffelpfannkuchen mit Apfelmus you will need potatoes, apples and not much else (an egg, milk, salt and oil)."

    And the recipe is given.

    https://new.uschess.org/super-grandm...18-candidates/

    He says that there will be daily commentary by the Chessbrahs - Seirawan, Hansen and Hambleton on chess.com/TV
    ___________

    Chess24.com had this announcement:

    This is it: the long-awaited Candidates Tournament starts this Saturday in Berlin, with eight of the world's top players fighting for a chance to play a World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen.

    Svidler & Gustafsson to commentate

    Here at chess24 we're reuniting the dream team of GM Jan Gustafsson and 8-time Russian Champion GM Peter Svidler, who will commentate live on 12 of the 14 rounds. Guest star IM Sopiko (Miss Strategy) Guramishvili fills in for Peter on the first two days. We'll also have German, with WGM Melanie and IM Nikolas Lubbe, and Spanish with GM Pepe Cuenca, IM David Martinez and guests.
    _______

    New In Chess has a special 46-page colour edition on the Candidates, which can be downloaded for free:

    - Jan Timman names his personal favourite

    - Anish Giri dissects all candidates

    - Annotated games by all eight Candidates: game notes by Kramnik, Caruana, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, So, Ding Liren and Grischuk!

    - Stats: did you know that Karjakin is the favourite when playing his compatriot Kramnik? He leads with 5 wins and only 1 loss (and 12 draws).

    Read or download the pdf at:

    https://issuu.com/newinchess/docs/ne...89593/58863553

    _________

    And this breaking news from ChessBase India:

    Anish Giri will be Vladimir Kramnik's second at the Candidates 2018!

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    Re: Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin

    Hi Everyone,

    We'll be covering the Candidates on our channel https://www.twitch.tv/chessbrah. Commentators will be GM's Yasser, myself, and Aman. It is always free to watch and the more Canadians in chat the merrier :)

    Cheers!

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    Well I enjoyed my first session with Eric and Uncle Yaz. The best comment (and there were many good ones) was: Canadian chess has really improved! (by Uncle Yaz)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Jung View Post
    Well I enjoyed my first session with Eric and Uncle Yaz. The best comment (and there were many good ones) was: Canadian chess has really improved! (by Uncle Yaz)
    Yasser has better lighting, and camera position. Eric's head is low, light is bluish, something could be put on the blank door behind him. And he shouldn't be on without first having breakfast and a coffee.

    Yasser has great energy and laugh. Could save the stories until later in the game, after opening analysis. Both shared info on the players usual opening choices, their own opening knowledge, and sharp tactical ideas. I'm so out of touch that I've never before heard the nickname Shack.

    As for Canadian content, Eric's Canadian tour sounded bigger than it was, but Canadians are behind Aronian. But no mention of Suttles and Eric hasn't said I'm Sorry.

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