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  •  Hey Sharkmeister - I enjoyed or dKos chess game (1+ / 0-)
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    in the Semifinal round despite my blunder at the end.

    Liveblogged here

    I saw the selfmate, but somehow transposed moves; at that point, there was a forced draw.  

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 01:45:08 PM PDT

    •  I was crazy lucky in that game... (1+ / 0-)
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      But truth is I was pretty lucky throughout my tourney days too, often winning after having a lost position.

      Lately all I do is play the crazyhouse variant on FICS, though I get on ICC to see what Nakamura, Carlsen, Kramnik, Anand, etc. are playing in their tournaments.  

      The Tal Memorial starts tomorrow, it should be an interesting tourney.  

      BTW, that Norway tournament which was clearly intended to showcase mighty Magnus, wound up showcasing Karjakin instead.  That often happens in chess.

      the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

      by Sharkmeister on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:00:01 PM PDT

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      •  I'm about 300 points stronger in the Dragon (1+ / 0-)
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        than overall, but I hadn't played a tournament since the mid 1990s, and it caught up to me.

        Thanks for the headsup on current GM tournaments - I'll look for them online.  I'm looking forward to the Anand -Carlsen match which IIRC will be in November.

        I bought a bunch of chess books recently, including one on the Meran, in anticipation of that match, but I suppose Anand will play something completely different.

        There's no such thing as a free market!

        by Albanius on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:13:51 PM PDT

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        •  When I was younger, NOBODY played the slav... (1+ / 0-)
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          It was all Nimzo-indians, grunfelds, kings indians and benonis.  The closest you would see to a slav was a QGD and those were rare.

          I have always found it fun to analyze Najdorf Sicilians, both with and without books.  I have to say I'm intimidated a little by the modern Najdorf English attack lines with opposite wing castling but that is largely because I never studied the theory on those.  The Be3 lines are more natural for me.

          I wonder what surprises Carlsen and Anand are cooking up for each other, though it has to be said Carlsen wins a LOT without any opening novelties.

          I like Carlsen and expect he will beat Anand.  I will root for him, and also Nakamura, Aronian, Topalov and others.  Caruana and Karjakin both keep getting stronger, I wonder if they will grow strong enough to beat Carlsen.

          the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

          by Sharkmeister on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 03:11:06 PM PDT

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