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|May-10-09|| ||chessgames.com: Official site:
Live games link:
|May-10-09|| ||shr0pshire: What is this a themed tournament? Lol. Yawn. Get some variety in the games.|
|May-10-09|| ||PhilFeeley: At least they've got the games here. After two rounds at the US Championship, there are still no games. Pitiful.|
|May-10-09|| ||Vasilyev90: Seems Wang Hao is in bad form lately....Go Eljanov!|
|May-10-09|| ||randzo: all games in first 2 rounds in the same opening(QGD).Borki Predojevic scored a brilliant victory against favourite Movsesian.|
|May-10-09|| ||Ladolcevita: Wanghao explained to chinese reporter:Arrived very late,so brain is not very awake.|
|May-10-09|| ||unsound: I'm surprised Predojevic took the draw against Wang today; in the final position I thought he had chances for a kingside attack after ...f5.
<randzo> I also enjoyed Predojevic's squeeze of Movsesian yesterday, in an exchange Slav, which evidently is not entirely toothless.|
|May-10-09|| ||parisattack: I am sooo tired of the Slav and Semi-Slav...|
|May-10-09|| ||waustad: <parisattack>Sadly, I must concur. I could watch Capablanca play the QGD for ages, but some of these don't make as much sense to me. I suspect that the computer has a lot to do with this.|
|May-10-09|| ||WhiteRook48: I am so tired of Italian Games...|
|May-11-09|| ||Troller: Anyone following the games today? 2 more Slavs are actually featured...|
|May-11-09|| ||deakon: <Troller> How are you following the games? I get to the live page, try round 4, and it brings up the advertising and DGT viewer but never fills in the games.|
|May-11-09|| ||Troller: <deakon> A little bit late I know, but you can actually see them on TWIC:|
Probably they are also relayed with Rybka analysis on Chessok, I haven't checked.
|May-13-09|| ||Viewer Deluxe: <deakon>, and one more option. The games will be relayed directly in real time on my blog at http://chesstuff.blogspot.com|
|May-13-09|| ||Troller: Round 5 is on. Again 2 out of 3 games are Slav/Semi-Slav.|
But Predojevic-Eljanov is an unusual Berlin Defence, position after 9.Nc4 Bf8:
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|May-13-09|| ||Troller: Predojevic is rather unknown, but he is pretty strong (elo 2652) and has only just turned 22. Of course he is no Carlsen or Karjakin, but still I believe he's the first really strong Balkan player since Ivan Sokolov.|
I also do not know much about him, but I stumbled upon this fact: So far, he has thrice this year employed the Philidor in the move order 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5.
|May-13-09|| ||Troller: From the above diagram, Predojevic plays Nh2, preparing for the f-pawn to advance or a regrouping of his pieces. However, without the white-squared bishop, White may not have that much hope of a succesful kingside attack. And Eljanov has been playing superbly in the tournament so far.|
|May-14-09|| ||Troller: This tournament really does not garner much interest. Overall, it's a lot stronger than the US Championship, although I guess Movsesian and Eljanov are not as exciting to follow as Nakamura & Kamsky.|
Eljanov scored 4/5 in the first half and is the obvious favourite now. Out of 5 decisive games so far, Eljanov won 3! Today he is White against Wang; not surprisingly, he keeps out of complications to see if he can grind the Chinese down with the bishop pair. Predojevic-Harikrishna was a sharp Advance Caro-Kann which has now led to an endgame with some advantage for White.
|May-14-09|| ||Troller: Movsesian has managed to snatch a pawn against Sokolov who has not been playing all too well lately. Position after 24.Bc1-f4:|
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|May-14-09|| ||ex0duz: Wang Hao seems to be in bad form.
<Troller> i think you're right. This tournament would be pretty boring, but since they put Wang Hao in, i'm curious since he's one of my 'young' players to keep an eye out for(and Nepomniatchi, Vachier La-Grave, Nakamura, and perhaps Caruana and of course Wesley So)..
I Wang Hao is like the opposite of Wang Yue.. his play is very aggressive and it seems like he is willing to take chances and play a more tactical than positional game. This makes for interesting games, but i think this actual style itself is letting him down against stronger opposition(ie he's like Moro, but weaker). He must learn to play more patiently and soundly(not overreach) vs SuperGM level opponents.. please show more consistency and try to keep your rating above 2700+.
Good luck Wang Hao. =]
|May-14-09|| ||parisattack: <waustad: <parisattack>Sadly, I must concur. I could watch Capablanca play the QGD for ages, but some of these don't make as much sense to me. I suspect that the computer has a lot to do with this.>|
I think you hit it. The Semi-Slav, especially, seems to yield irrational positions fit for computer analysis.
|May-15-09|| ||GMNick: Enough of the QGD already! Someone needs to liven up this event!|
|May-15-09|| ||Troller: <GMNick: Enough of the QGD already! Someone needs to liven up this event!> Well, Predojevic played 1.e4 in his last two games with White, so he may agree with you.|
<ex0duz> I don't know why this tournament would be pretty boring without Wang (OK, apart from the little variance in the openings). Nepo, Vachier-Lagrave, Naka - they are all weaker than the top seeds in this event. But perhaps Eljanov and Movsesian do not attract as much attention because they broke through relatively late in their careers and thus were never the top prodigies of their generation. Perhaps a lot of people like to watch the really young players because they might become world champions one day (which in the case of the players in this event is unlikely).
In all cases, Harikrishna, Wang & Predojevic are all young and talented, even if they are not teenagers anymore. I kind of like Predojevic, maybe partly because no one else seems to care much about him regardless of his young age and high elo.
|May-15-09|| ||BushWhacker: Movsesian takes revenge of his previous loss with black pieces and crushes Predojevic in a brilliant attacking game.|
|May-15-09|| ||BushWhacker: But it seems Eljanov is nonstopable, he humiliated Sokolov with black pieces by a 24-mover coffeehouse attack!|
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