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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Chess Classic Mainz (rapid) Tournament

Levon Aronian4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi3.5/6(+2 -1 =3)[games]
Viswanathan Anand2.5/6(+1 -2 =3)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch1.5/6(+1 -4 =1)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Aronian 0-1412009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. I Nepomniachtchi vs Naiditsch 1-0592009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Anand vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1562009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Aronian vs Naiditsch 1-0492009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)E59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
5. Naiditsch vs Anand 0-1522009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. I Nepomniachtchi vs Aronian  ½-½322009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)C53 Giuoco Piano
7. Anand vs Naiditsch  ½-½342009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
8. Naiditsch vs Aronian 0-1492009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)C60 Ruy Lopez
9. I Nepomniachtchi vs Anand ½-½1062009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Naiditsch vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-0602009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Aronian vs Anand ½-½742009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)D90 Grunfeld
12. Aronian vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½352009Chess Classic Mainz (rapid)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
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Aug-03-09  somitra: Nobody seems to be suggesting that Anand's poor result here could be due to his hiding the preparation for the match against Topa. Earlier too, he did not have great results before the Kramnik match and then "suddenly" he played wonderful flawless chess against the big Vlad. :) He himself admitted that when a player is constantly trying to hide the preparation, it becomes difficult to play normal game. (Read his extensive interview in 3 parts on Chessbase).
Aug-03-09  KamikazeAttack: When a player starts offering excuses it is a sign of helplessness and that he/she is struggling. Rather pathetic to read actually.

Kramnik too offered derisory excuses as to why he was unable to win with black.

What classical preparation has to do with playing well in Rapid is beyond me.

Aug-03-09  A Karpov Fan: <MarioGolfMaster>

I completed both Mario Golf 1 and 2 on the GC, including getting <every single birdie badge> on the normal and fast courses!!

Bowser was easily the best golfer, and his heavy draw right actually became a benefit after enough practice!

:-)

Aug-03-09  Billy Vaughan: Never played the GC ones, but I rather liked Mario Golf for the N64 and GBC.
Aug-03-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: <Phony Benoni <mal> using the Caro-Kann as practice for the Sicilian is all well and good, but don't get too cocky and start pushing the pawn three squares. 1.e4 c4 is an unsound gambit for Black.> LOL...Phony Benoni has got to be the funniest guy on cg, but YouRang is also up there. Aronian had a very impressive trnt. because he didn't lose a single game. I also like how he played the Ruy Lopez (Cozio Defense) like a King's Indian by pushing his kingside pawns forward to attack against Naiditsch. That was very creative. Aronian also helped me w/ my chessbucks. I did a max. bet of 200 chessbucks on him to win the trnt. because I know that he has Anand's #. I almost went all in. I had $204 @ the time & have $568 now. Look out 7Knights! Now I'm only $11,482 behind u! lol :D
Aug-03-09  A Karpov Fan: < Billy Vaughan: Never played the GC ones, but I rather liked Mario Golf for the N64 and GBC.>

Yes indeed, I completed the N64 one as well, apart from the ring mode to unlock Donkey Kong.

I also played the GBC version, I played it to death but I never found it that challenging apart from a few bits.

I think it is the same difference like with Chessmaster on the PC or Gameboy.

Chessmaster on the PC is pretty good and way too tough to beat, but the GameBoy version is really quite weak and pathetic.

Aug-03-09  percyblakeney: Namig Gouliev did quite well in the Ordix Open. He was rated in the 2300s until he turned 29, will be in the 2520s on the next list after losing to 2200s and 2300s in his latest event. Here he faced three opponents in the 2680s and won against all three, 9 wins in 11 games and ahead of lots of 2700 players.
Aug-03-09  malthrope: <Phony Benoni: [<A Karpov Fan> & <eternaloptimist> & <mal>] using the Caro-Kann as practice for the Sicilian is all well and good, but don't get too cocky and start pushing the pawn three squares. 1.e4 c4 is an unsound gambit for Black.>

OK you guys! ~lol~ This just in -- a little known (and very well hidden) quote by GM Aron Nimzowitsch ...

<"If in your opening move as a first response with White, or rather a first reply with Black always remember this: never, ever try to cross beyond the Frontier line on your first move! Not only is it illegal, but it's unsportsmanlike conduct! Of course, if later you enjoy the advantage of actually having a 'passed pawn' (just beyond the Frontier line) always keep this in mind: 'The passed pawn has a lust to expand!' Furthermore, if you are in the defending position this rule must be applied: 'The passed pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient!' Now repeat these words out loud to yourself three times: 'blockade, blockade, blockade!' You are now ready to play hypermodern CHESS!">

I can't believe that Nimzo actually said that all phrased just like that in one piece! <*wink*> As a strict disciple and devotee of his book, "My System" in which after consuming every page, concept and idea that he proposed to the best of my abilities - I finally broke through the barrier and achieved my Masters rating! :D

OK - back on topic...

Wasn't the 'Chess Tigers Chess Classic' tourney just super fantastic? We sure had a good time kibitzing didn't we? I slept 14 hours last night just to recover from the long weekend of the superb Chess in Mainz! :))

- Mal

Aug-03-09  WhiteRook48: does this standing mean Anand is losing the title?
Aug-03-09  A Karpov Fan: <<malthrope> As a strict disciple and devotee of his book, "My System" in which after consuming every page, concept and idea that he proposed to the best of my abilities - I finally broke through the barrier and achieved my Masters rating! :D>

I have that book but I just can't finish it. So complicated. Maybe I will try again :-)

Aug-03-09  malthrope: <A Karpov Fan: <<malthrope> As a strict disciple and devotee of his book, "My System" in which after consuming every page, concept and idea that he proposed to the best of my abilities - I finally broke through the barrier and achieved my Masters rating! :D>

I have that book but I just can't finish it. So complicated. Maybe I will try again :-)>

<A Karpov Fan> - I don't know if this will help you but I was already a strong Expert at the time that I studied and plowed through it (USCF 2175+). However, I agree it wasn't easy to go through, but I was dead set on being persistent. To this very day was very glad that I made it all the way through... :)) In any event, why don't you come over to my chessforum later and I'll show you some gems played in the <Berkeley Master's Invitational 1971> where I played some very nice OTB games. Winning against Roy Hoppe, C. Bill Jones and James E Tarjan (Jim was still just a very strong Master back then rated apx 2380 ), and drawing with 4 other masters thus scoring 4-2 (I was undefeated), and this proved good enough to covet sole 3rd place! :D

Your buddy, - Mal

PS: Comic relief and back on topic... ;) Later I'm gonna go out and get a deluxe sandwich from 'E-Z Deli' with plenty of Mainz-o! ~lol~

Aug-03-09  A Karpov Fan: many thanks for the advice <malthrope>, I took the liberty of replying into your forum, hope that is ok.
Aug-03-09  malthrope: <A Karpov Fan: many thanks for the advice <malthrope>, I took the liberty of replying into your forum, hope that is ok.>

<A Karpov Fan> - Absolutely! :))

Working on a quick reply back to you right now in my chessforum (should be ready in about 5-minutes). Then I must make good on my promise and claim and it's 'E-Z Deli' here I come... Spread on the Mainz-o thick with plenty of rich & ripe tomatoes and crispy lettuce! ~lol~

- Mal

PS: I forgot to explain why I didn't list my final score (+3 -0 =4) as 5-2 instead of 4-2? Two of the players dropped out before they had completed at least +50% of their scheduled games. As, I had played one of them (Tarjan), and this win wasn't counted for the official final results of the Berkeley Master's Invitational tournament. Sure was a healthy plus for my USCF rating though! :D

Aug-04-09  A Karpov Fan: <malthrope><PS: I forgot to explain why I didn't list my final score (+3 -0 =4) as 5-2 instead of 4-2? Two of the players dropped out before they had completed at least +50% of their scheduled games. As, I had played one of them (Tarjan), and this win wasn't counted for the official final results of the Berkeley Master's Invitational tournament. Sure was a healthy plus for my USCF rating though! :D>

I see, at least I think I do. I hope they didn't drop out with any serious problems.

I can only imagine what it must be like playing in a Master Invitational, I think I would definitely try to finish all my games there.

Had you played with those opponents much before <malthrope>? I heard somewhere that past a certain level it becomes more about playing the man than anything else.

That is why I think Master Level chess is so exciting to watch, the personalities, clash of styles and so forth.

I think Anand is well suited to the attack, hence his rapid success, difficult to defend with less time (presnet tournament results not counting of course)

:-)

Aug-04-09  arsen387: the final 4 games between Aronian and Nepomniachtchi and 4 games for 3rd place btw Anand and Naiditsch aren't uploaded yet. hope <CG> will add them to this tournament page also
Aug-04-09  malthrope: <A Karpov Fan: <malthrope: PS: I forgot to explain why I didn't list my final score (+3 -0 =4) as 5-2 instead of 4-2? [...]>>

I'll get to your specific questions later (re: me the malthrope) and post them in my c-forum later! ;)

<I think Anand is well suited to the attack, hence his rapid success, difficult to defend with less time (presnet tournament results not counting of course) :-)>

Yeah, he can still be the "Lightning Kid" when the mood is right I guess. Think several <CG.com> members already have posted astute comments here in this Mainz tourney link about Vishy. Be sure to bookmark <percyblakeney> and add him to your favorites. He always has highly informative info to add and discuss. :) There was also an interview in ChessBase recently that Vishy gave - a very worthwhile read! :D

- Mal

PS: Finally got the PGN scores of my victorious games from the 'Berkeley Masters Invitational 1970-1971' completed (in my c-forum) for yeah! ;)

Aug-04-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: <malthrope:>

May I ask what your real name is?
I followed chess a lot during that time, just wondering who you are.

Aug-05-09  malthrope: <HeMateMe: <malthrope:>

May I ask what your real name is?
I followed chess a lot during that time, just wondering who you are.>

Hello <HeMateMe> :) It's easy just click on my handle name which takes you to my 'Profile' and you'll find everything you're seeking there! Listed in the <Table of Contents> at the top you'll see "Mal's profile..." - then just scroll down to that entry. I've also got a chessforum too. ;) - Mal

Aug-05-09  positionalgenius: <Vakus> I agree. No other players in the world play like him
Aug-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingfu: What are typical time controls for "rapid" tournaments?
Aug-06-09  eightsquare: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<arorian rocks>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Aug-06-09  DCP23: Chesspro's photo report on Mainz:

http://chesspro.ru/_events/2009/mai...

Aug-06-09  WhiteRook48: BOO ANAND!
Aug-07-09  turbo231: nakamura should have played against karpov
Aug-18-09  Vakus: <positionalgenius> i didn't say that :)
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