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|Oct-14-04|| ||HolyKnight: An American WC brings up interest in chess in US. No where else really. But that is a good thing. Your average non-playing American knows of Fischer if he is over 40 lets say. But most of them don't know Kasparov.|
It's like what Lance Armstrong does. I could care less about the Tour de France if some European wins it.
|Oct-14-04|| ||tpstar: I have seen the future:
Leko wins the next round during the late middlegame to take an insurmountable lead; the final game goes 1. e4 c5 1/2-1/2 so Leko wins their match. Next, Kasimdzhanov scores a stunning upset over Kasparov who forgot to show up in UAE being too busy signing books and campaigning for public office. Then the Leko-Kasimdzhanov match-up is held in beautiful downtown Palestine, however every single game is a quick 10 move draw. After 30 consecutive drawn games, the chess world finally comes to its collective senses and invites the top ten players to meet in Switzerland's capitol (Sweden, on the continent of Norway). There those ten play an AVRO-style double round robin tournament where draws under 20 moves means each player gets dealt a loss. For draws under 40 moves, both contestants get locked in a small dark room where they pipe in "We Built This City" repeatedly for as many times as it takes to make it to 40. The last place finisher is automatically seeded into the new reality TV show "Who Wants to Marry Anna Nicole Smith?" These bold new rules dramatically improve the fighting nature of each contest, however the world is highly amused when top level GMs don't remember how to mate with Bishop and Knight against King (just like we don't). The end result is one clear winner who has clearly earned the title of World Champion. So after all the aforementioned craziness, who stands alone at the top? Anand.
|Oct-14-04|| ||percyblakeney: I doubt it, we've seen no Sicilian this far. |
|Oct-14-04|| ||acirce: <Austria was a great power in his days.> A *regional* power, not a world power. |
|Oct-14-04|| ||catfriend: LOL Boy was that funny! |
|Oct-14-04|| ||Willem Wallekers: <HolyKnight: An American WC brings up interest in chess in US. No where else really.>
Allow me to disagree. This was discussed already on page 61 of this entry. Allow me to repeat my contribution.
Willem Wallekers: In 1972 moi was popular with the girls on the beach in Spain because I was the best chess player over there. |
|Oct-14-04|| ||yoozum: lol nice one tpstar. i too would go crazy if i had to listen to that song. |
|Oct-14-04|| ||sandyobrien: leko always look calm and collected after games, where as kramnik always looks tired and dissapointed. do you think lekos fitness training has anything to do with this? i think so, leko should try to run kramniks stamina down by playing more than 30 move games. |
|Oct-14-04|| ||The Skink: Good call tpstar. A couple of bars of 'Fairground' by Simply Dead would surely force the will to live! |
|Oct-14-04|| ||Calchexas: Well. Who thinks Kramnik will win either of these last two games?|
I personally think that it's almost a coin toss, barring Leko winning (or trying to win) Game 13. Kramnik is under a LOT of pressure to win one of the last games, and he gets the white pieces in the last game. Leko should push as hard as possible in Game 13 without losing; at the very least, wear Kramnik out so that he'll be forced to take a draw in the final game. Still, the last two games are guaranteed to be among the best!
|Oct-14-04|| ||Giancarlo: Can some one please give me the link to the 11th game?
thank you. |
|Oct-14-04|| ||clocked: <Giancarlo> it's the top game on the list... |
|Oct-14-04|| ||Giancarlo: Was anyone surprised at how Leko went about playing the caro-kann? Seemd intresting. He's not giving into Kramnik's play! Shere will...Could we be witnessing a new champion? |
|Oct-14-04|| ||Giancarlo: <clocked>
|Oct-14-04|| ||Cornwallis: When will the next game in this championship take place because I can't seem to find today's game |
|Oct-14-04|| ||yoozum: saturday and the last game is monday. |
|Oct-14-04|| ||Giancarlo: Kramnik has not won since his great game 1 victory. Very intresting. Leko has rebounded since for 2 wins. One as black and one as white. I can't imagine what is going through Kramnik's mind right now. He seems stumpped. I'm still shocked that we have not seen 1 Berlin defence yet from Kramnik. I was really looking forward to it. |
|Oct-14-04|| ||yoozum: i'm more shocked by the strange absence of the not-so-ever-present sicilians. |
|Oct-14-04|| ||Spassky69: <yoozum> Are you serious?! You do know Kramnik only started playing that to not reveal anything to Leko prior to his match. We might never see the sicilian from Kramnik again. |
|Oct-14-04|| ||Shurka: What about Israel? Nobody takes them seriously. They could get medals... |
|Oct-14-04|| ||von schlepstein: Two questions about the match so far. In game 12, did Leko agree to a draw in a winning position? In game one, could Leko have saved himself by taking the pawn on move 44? |
|Oct-15-04|| ||ruylopez900: <Spassky> I agree. The lack of Sicilians is not surprising since neither player plays 1.e4 c5. Leko plays ...e5 exclusively and Kramnik has his Petroff and Berlin Defence, both of which call for ...e5. Kramnik's recent disasters with the Sicilian Nadjorf I don't think he'd be eager to play it in the WC Match. |
|Oct-15-04|| ||acirce: <Spassky69> Are YOU serious? Kramnik has played the Sicilian for a long time. He's known as an expert on the Sveshnikov, and has played other lines as well. It's just the Najdorf that he has started using lately with bad results. |
|Oct-15-04|| ||acirce: <ruylopez900> It's easy to check in this base, for example, that both players do play 1..c5 in response to 1.e4. |
|Oct-15-04|| ||iron maiden: <HolyKnight> A lot of people know about Kasparov in the U.S., if only for his matches against Deep Blue and Fritz. On the other hand, no one's ever heard of Karpov, Kramnik, Anand or Leko. Next to Nakamura, I'd say Carlsen is the best hope for rousing American interest in chess in the future. |
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