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|Mar-29-07|| ||rankbeginner: Aronian - Ivanchuck
Even RankBeginner could draw this endgame ... if he were playing white!
I predict a win for Aronian.
|Mar-29-07|| ||maarnold: I don't have a basis for that comment...other than they always seem to play hard fought aggressive games against each other|
|Mar-29-07|| ||centercounter: Doesn't look good for the 2nd player here. I think most USCF 2000 players could probably figure it out. Albeit not so easily in time pressure.|
|Mar-29-07|| ||percyblakeney: Blindfold scores:
1. Kramnik 9.0
2-3. Morozevich, Gelfand 7.0
4-5. Ivanchuk, Svidler 6.5
6. Aronian 6.0
7-8. Anand, Radjabov 5.0
9-10. Carlsen, Leko 4.0
11. van Wely 3.5
12. Vallejo 2.5
Good: Kramnik was in a class of his own, Radjabov dropped a couple of pieces in the beginning of his first blindfold tournament but finished even with Anand and ahead of Leko. Gelfand was very stable.
Bad: Anand was a negative surprise, Leko's 4/11 wasn't too impressive either, Moro had a couple of very bad games and lost two in a row but returned to his normal level towards the end of the tournament.
|Mar-29-07|| ||Softpaw: Aronian wins!|
|Mar-29-07|| ||chessgames.com: Our live broadcast of the Amber Tournament will continue on our rapid-page here: 16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2007). The games should begin in about 15 minutes.|
<ChessBookie Players> We have paid of all bets for today's blindfold games and are currently recomputing the leaderboard statistics. Good luck!
|Mar-29-07|| ||Tomlinsky: Nice win for Aronian.|
|Mar-29-07|| ||Softpaw: |
<slomarko: btw has Aronian blundered something again?>
Sorry to disappoint... but not this time!
|Mar-29-07|| ||TylerD: Moro did his Linaresroutine - starting out badly, coming back strong, fnishing 2nd... In the blindfold that is - combined his performance must be considered a disappointment. I blame the probable mental exhaustion following his fantastic Linarescomeback where he finally proved himself worthy of participating in the supertournaments.|
|Mar-29-07|| ||Peligroso Patzer: <Peligroso Patzer: <maarnold: I don't think Aronian likes Ivanchuk. ...>
What basis do you have for that perception?>|
<maarnold: I don't have a basis for that comment...other than they always seem to play hard fought aggressive games against each other>
I don't know how valid that inference really is. For example, I have friendly feelings towards the vast majority of members of my local chess community, but over-the-board, I fight them all "tooth-and-nail".
|Mar-29-07|| ||Troglodyte: Good to see Kramnik playing the Ruy Lopez. Well, good to see Kramnik playing anything other than the Petrov. Hope he keeps it up in classic games.|
|Mar-29-07|| ||BishopofBlunder: Who said Kramnik has no interest in winning tournaments?!|
Oh wait...that was me...
|Mar-30-07|| ||Dr.Lecter: So Kramnik wins with final score of 15.5/22. I lost nearly 300 chessbucks in this tournament. Good thing I didn't bet too much.|
|Mar-30-07|| ||Tactic101: Kramnik continues to make me lose money. (500 chessbucks up to now) He's won the overall event, along with the blindfold event. Peformed a very modest 3000+ during the blindfold. ;) Maybe he should play only blindfold from now on.|
|Mar-30-07|| ||Manic: From http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...|
<Magnus Carlsen, the official bulletin tells us, started his blindfold game against Loek van Wely with an unusual request. To understand what he was asking we should explain that in the blindfold games the players have a choice. If you are playing with the black pieces you can ‘turn around the board’ and play with black at the bottom of the screen. Some players don’t care about this possibility, others find it more convenient to have the board just like they would have it ‘in real life’. Magnus was the first player ever to ask to play with the white at the top of the screen although he was White! The game was drawn. In the rapid game Carlsen picked up a whole point with the black pieces (which were on his side of the chessboard).>
Gee, this is a weird decision by Magnus. Maybe he thought it would help his play or his memory. Any thoughts as to why he requested it?
|Mar-30-07|| ||laskersteinitz: <"Kramnik wins the overall prize, mostly due to his stunning 9/11 score in the blindfold event.">|
When someone uses the phrase "mostly due", it sounds like they're saying the overall achievement isn't as impressive as it could be, and that somehow what follows "mostly due" is the result of unfair circumstances. For example: "Roger Federer won the US Open, mostly due to the relative weakness of his opponents along the way to the final." I think that in our case, a more appropriate tagline should be: "Kramnik wins the overall prize, thanks in particular to his stunning 9/11 score in the blindfold event."
Chessgames.com obviously thinks scoring 9/11 in the blindfold section is easy or that Kramnik had an unfair advantage over his opponents or something else like that. I think an explanation is in order.
|Mar-30-07|| ||martinshortsays: <LaskerSteinitz> It's obvious you should be the new editor-in-chief at chessgames.com. |
For the common good, contact them and demand it.
|Mar-30-07|| ||tbentley: They mean it was mostly due to the great result in blindfold, but he also needed to do decently in the rapid to win <overall>.|
|Mar-30-07|| ||Timex: <I think that in our case, a more appropriate tagline should be: "Kramnik wins the overall prize, thanks in particular to his stunning 9/11 score in the blindfold event.">|
Tell that to chessgames.com
|Mar-30-07|| ||Shams: laskersteinitz, if hairs had other, tiny little hairs on their tips-- those little hairs-on-hairs would be the ones you are splitting. there's nothing inherently pejorative in the phrase "mostly due"...|
|Mar-30-07|| ||Shams: <"Roger Federer won the US Open, mostly due to the relative weakness of his opponents along the way to the final."> relative to Federer-- everyone in world is weak. :)|
|Mar-30-07|| ||ganstaman: I was just watching some tennis on tv and Federer lost.|
|Mar-30-07|| ||veigaman: nadal has a more impressive record with 20 years than federer at the same age: 2 grand slam, 7 master series, one wimbledon final and 90 weeks as number 2.|
|Mar-31-07|| ||Tactic101: Hey, don't be hard on Chessgames.com. They probably don't see the phrase the way you do. They're not offending Kramnik in any way.|
|Mar-31-07|| ||laskersteinitz: Saying "mostly due" in this instance is like saying "because of" instead of "thanks to" in, for example, the following sentence: "The New York Knicks won the game because of Steven Marbury's stellar performance." It's not entirely incorrect, no, but "because of" implies blame, whereas "thanks to" implies gratitude.|
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