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|Jun-21-08|| ||Strongest Force: King Loek againg?|
|Jun-21-08|| ||EeEk: I keep seeing people complaining about specific players in a tournament, whining about them not being strong enough etc. I would like to remind people that this is not a FIDE organized tournament, it's a "private" one, and it's in an organizer's best interest that they invite players their sponsor is happy with. Otherwise, there would not be a tournament!|
Nepomniachtchi is an obvious choice, as the Dortmund organizers are traditionally inviting the winner of Aeroflot each year (remember Bologan?). Gustafsson, Naiditsch are Germans, while van Wely indeed has very good connections as he is Dutch But let's not forget he is a strong chess player and a very likeable and nice guy always fighting at the board, which certainly helps his ability to get invitations.
|Jun-21-08|| ||EeEk: Just don't forget that this tournament takes place in GERMANY, so Gustafsson and Naiditsch's invitations are indisputable.|
|Jun-21-08|| ||DFelter: I'm interested to see how Nepomniachtchi will fare. I'm not yet convinced that he's an automatic tail-ender, as some other posters seem to believe (even though his rating would predict otherwise). I'm sure he's going to try to take advantage of such a major opportunity to shine against the big boys. I don't have high hopes for Naiditsch, though. His Aeroflot was dreadful.|
|Jun-21-08|| ||littlefermat: Ivanchuk or Kramnik. Hm, I'll take Kramnik. Ivanchuk is too unstable.|
|Jun-21-08|| ||Marmot PFL: Is Anand taking time off, or did he have another commitment?|
|Jun-21-08|| ||dumbgai: I hope to see Kramnik win this event. After not playing any rated games in the past few months he's fallen to a tie for fourth on the live rating list (I think). I think Ivanchuk always has a chance but I think Kramnik will manage to play more consistently and edge him out. I also hope to see Leko do well, his results lately haven't been great. And of course we can always count on Van Wely scoring about -3; he'll score one brilliant win and lose horribly in four others.|
|Jun-21-08|| ||shr0pshire: <dumbgai> At least from my perspective Kramnik's strength isn't winning tournaments, but rather match play. I see Kramnik doing well in this tournament, but I think his style gives him a disadvantage at winning it, but certainly he still has some opportunity to win it.|
|Jun-21-08|| ||shr0pshire: Personally I am cheering for both Mamedyarov, and Ivanchuk. They are both fun and enterprising players and I love to watch their games. But when it comes down to it my allegiance is for fun and creative games.|
|Jun-21-08|| ||ex0duz: <Van Wely again? Sigh.
He must have the best managers/agents/connections of all chess players of today, as he seems to pop up in _every_ main tournament.>
Probably the same manager that Uwe Boll has.
I'm personally excited about Nepomniatchi playing, as his games should spice things up abit, but i'm afraid that his tactical style will get stealrolled by the likes of Drawnik/Drawko -_-
But yeah, with Van Wely/Gustaffson/Naiditsch there, hopefully we'll have some exciting games where he doesnt get crushed.
My personal invites would be Moro, A chinese player(Wang Hao or Yue), or perhaps Nakamura. Take out Van Wely, Gustaffson, Leko(he's played too many tournies lately and most of all he's boring) Hope i dont come off sounding too critical of Leko, because he seems like a nice guy. A nice boring guy.
|Jun-21-08|| ||ex0duz: Also, will be interesting to see how Kramnik goes with his upcoming match with Anand. Will we be seeing any novelties, or will he save them and play obscure openings lines?|
|Jun-21-08|| ||notyetagm: <dumbgai: I hope to see Kramnik win this event. After not playing any rated games in the past few months he's fallen to a tie for fourth on the live rating list (I think). I think Ivanchuk always has a chance but I think Kramnik will manage to play more consistently and edge him out.>|
But the big difference is that Ivanchuk wins Black games and Kramnik doesn't.
If Kramnik gets three Whites and four Blacks, that will -NOT- be good for his chances of winning the tournament, -ESPECIALLY- if his four Blacks were to be against the weakest players in the field.
Really looking forward to see what Ivanchuk has cooked up against Kramnik's Catalan, if that mathcup occurs.
|Jun-21-08|| ||notyetagm: <littlefermat: Ivanchuk or Kramnik. Hm, I'll take Kramnik. Ivanchuk is too unstable.>|
Chucky is too unstable. Have you seen Ivanchuk's results this year? His live rating of <2791>?
Just about the only losses Ivanchuk has this year to my knowledge are to the genius Carlsen: one at Linares (Chucky messed up a win in zeitnot) and one at Aerosvit.
|Jun-21-08|| ||shr0pshire: <notyetagm> Even Kasparov noted that Chucky has his ups and downs. Even though he has been playing well this year, he is noted for his inconsistent play from tournament to tournament. At times he looks like he is in a league of his own, and at others only human. |
And remember I am rooting for him, I really like the guy in general.
|Jun-21-08|| ||lisyaron: <dumbgai: I hope to see Kramnik win this event. After not playing any rated games in the past few months he's fallen to a tie for fourth on the live rating list (I think). >|
Kramnik is currently 4th on the live rating list, but if I remember correctly, FIDE simply round up to the nearest point and rank tied players on the number of played games in the period. If this is so, Kramnik will be ranked behind Morozevich - who will have the same published rating but with more games played in the coming list.
|Jun-21-08|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Hope i dont come off sounding too critical of Leko, because he seems like a nice guy. A nice boring guy.>|
|Jun-21-08|| ||offtherook: Ivanchuk, easily. The pairings do not favor Kramnik - he gets black against the weaker players in the field and he has 4 black, 3 white games, whereas Chuky gets to play white 4 times, and gets more of his white games against easier opposition. Kramnik gets white against van Wely, Leko, and Nepo. Against Leko he will draw, and maybe against van Wely as well. He should be able to beat Nepo, but +1 or +2 is not going ot be enough to win this. Unless Kramnik starts busting out some wins with Black (and is he really going to win with the Petroff?) Ivanchuk has much better chances. He gets white againt van Wely, Nepo, Naidistch, and Kramnik. Draw against Kramnik, uncertain against against van Wely but possibly a win, and likely wins agaisnt Nepo and Naidistch. Plus Chuky might win one of his black games. He shouldn't have any trouble putting this one away.|
|Jun-22-08|| ||Augalv: Ivanchuk vs Kramnik will definitely be the highlight of this tournament.|
|Jun-22-08|| ||offtherook: <Ivanchuk vs Kramnik will definitely be the highlight of this tournament.>
It's in the last round too. It would be interesting if my above prediction is wrong and the tournament victory is dependent on the result of that game.|
|Jun-22-08|| ||percyblakeney: Ivanchuk will pass 2800 with a +3 score here.|
|Jun-22-08|| ||DCP23: <Strongest Force: King Loek againg?>|
Your post left me pondering for quite some time. Did you mean to say
1. "King Loek aging?" or
2. "King Loek again?" or
3. You said what you meant to say. In that case, please elaborate.
|Jun-22-08|| ||Orlin Burov: <percyblakeney: Ivanchuk will pass 2800 with a +3 score here.>
I hope he does.I'm a bit sad about him losing again to the monster kid.But m-tel might just be the beginnig of his return
to the Top.|
|Jun-22-08|| ||Strongest Force: <DCP23>: i meant 2: King Loek again.|
I am tired of seeing him. Lets get some new blood at the top.
|Jun-22-08|| ||Rawprawn: Are there going to be free live games, or are they still on their subscription-only plan?|
|Jun-22-08|| ||rodrigochaves: I expected Nepominiatchi will be the surprise of the tournament!|
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