malthrope: First a few selective quotes...
<sheaf: what ?? i didnt expect this!!!.. not like this i mean.. loss in 16 moves and then getting busted from the white side of najdorf!!!
<rapid chess> anand is the greatest ever rapid chess player we have seen... nobody has shown the kind of dominance he had shown in the rapid chess ever..>
<yalie: Anand is going to lose rapid games this year - the last thing he wants to do is show his prep for the match. Having said that, a couple of those losses were fugly ..>
<square dance: <Anand hasn't shown that he is. He did not in Amber nor here.> anand is the strongest rapid player of all time. end of story.>
Also check out <transpositions> post on page -1- of this "XXI Magistral Ciudad de Leon" tourney page. :)
He not known as the "Lightning Kid" for nuthin' ! ;) To put this all into perspective...
This is a very useful <Rapids Ratings> list that Stefan Fischl maintains (credit to <percyblakeney> for first pointing this out to me a few years back). It's now updated from 2000-2008.
Performance in rapid games (up to 31/03/2008): http://members.aon.at/sfischl/rapid...
It clearly shows that during this period that Anand is truly on <'Top the Heap!'> ;)
The "Top Ten"
Rank - Name - Percentage - Elo performance
#01 Anand,V - 69% - Elo Performance - 2816
#02 Kasparov,G - 68% - Elo Performance - 2803
#03 Aronian,L - 62% - Elo Performance - 2770
#04 Kramnik,V - 56% - Elo Performance - 2763
#05 Ivanchuk,V - 64% - Elo Performance - 2761
#06 Gelfand,B - 58% - Elo Performance - 2744
#07 Leko,P - 53% - Elo Performance - 2742
#08 Adams,Mi - 60% - Elo Performance - 2735
#09 Grischuk,A - 58% - Elo Performance - 2729
#10 Ponomariov,R - 59% - Elo Performance - 2727
At any rate, this was indeed Chucky's day! :)) His one bad game in this Rapids match-up was in game #2. However, Vishy had two bad games in game #1 and game #4 (possibly a mishap in game #3 as well but I'll wait to see some concrete analysis). That was big difference on this day! ;)
Go Chucky! :))
That's right... You 'strut' your stuff Chucky! ;)
And, "Good Luck" in the upcoming Aerosvit Foros Chess Tourney! :^)
Regards, - Mal
PS: Stefan Fischl's homepage: http://members.aon.at/sfischl/
PPS: <yalie> - I'm stealing <'fugly'> from yeah! ~lol~ I was ~ROFL~ as I'd never seen it put just that way before! ;)
PPPS: Chucky's beach pics from ChessBase as taken from the 4th European Individual Chess Championships (May 30thJune 14th 2003) in Silivri, Turkey - "Great chess players at play" (12.06.2003): http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...