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|Dec-07-09|| ||Thorski: While arguably correct, this LCC poster seems an unnecessary slight against Topalov:
|Dec-07-09|| ||Marmot PFL: <I hope this will lead to the staging of the 2012 world championship in the london olympic year as well!!>|
Maybe they could have it at Blackpool by the sea.
|Dec-07-09|| ||returnoftheking: <walker> It's not a secret; it has been in the press. He chose to bring up his role. If I were an a** I'd also mentioned his well known plagiarism.
Back to the tournament.|
|Dec-07-09|| ||parmetd: Predict
Short - McShane 1-0
|Dec-07-09|| ||bmulligan: "...by the way-i had a major hand in fundraising and organising all of the above..."|
By the way, Ray is unexcelled in his promotion of....Ray.
|Dec-07-09|| ||znnnk: <siamesedream: <Ezzy> Totally agree, I'm just happy there's no Peter Leko.> lol|
|Dec-07-09|| ||kazza83: Go Kramnik. I'm betting for you to win this tournament.|
|Dec-07-09|| ||ashalpha: I personally have nothing against getting local talent to compete against the World's best. How else are they going to play against them? It might even stimulate them to play better though this has not really happened with the Dutch/Spanish players. I think it was more a matter of sheer strength though. They are where they belong, strong but otherwise average grandmasters who can occasionally give an elite grandmaster a scare. Adams and Short used to be elite, it will be interesting to see how they stand now going in opposite directions. Adams slowly dropping in the list and Short coming back up. Mcshane and Howell are interesting stories to see how they stand up to really high world-class opposition. Nakamura and Hua are both very good young up-and-coming players. I would be ecstatic if Nigel Short showed the form that made him one of my favorite players, I am pragmatic enough to choose Kramnik for the win though.|
|Dec-07-09|| ||whatthefat: <rotk: I don't know if he really was responsible but I hope that it won't happen again.>|
You hope that something that may have not happened won't happen again. It's been fun having this conversation with your rear end.
|Dec-07-09|| ||HeMateMe: <Thorski:> Saw the poster--did Magnus visit that Star Trek planet, where people age 30 years in one day?|
|Dec-07-09|| ||returnoftheking: <ashalpha> indeed, the experience factor is important and probably has helped Illescas, van Wely and Vallejo to become (semi) super GM's for some time or at least get a lot stronger.|
|Dec-07-09|| ||ray keene: <ezzy> <walker> thanks for your kind comments|
<bmulligan> well-it just happens to be true-those events in the column-as well as the staunton memorial- would not have happened in london if i had not raised the sponsorship for them-and you can add also glc 1986.
however-i had nothing to do with raising the money for the phillips and drew glc event of 1984 nor 1982 nor 1980.
|Dec-07-09|| ||zanshin: <ray keene: the strongest london tournament before the london classic was the glc/philips and drew of 1984.>|
I attended that event to see my countryman Eugenio Torre. He did not do too well, but at least I got to talk to him.
|Dec-07-09|| ||waustad: Hammer is the highest rated player in the open section to go along with Carlsen as the highest in the classic.|
|Dec-07-09|| ||frogbert: <Do players rated 2600 no longer have any significance to their local tournament.>|
ezzy, i said <theoretically> and <under different circumstances> - did you miss that? :o)
i'm all for having howell and mcshane play in london. my scenario was <without> the local bonds. no reason to overdo your protests, is there?
|Dec-07-09|| ||SufferingBruin: How do non-members watch the games live? Where do we go? |
Seriously, membership here is on my Christmas list.
|Dec-07-09|| ||frogbert: <You could have easily started your kibitzing with favourable comments, but prefered to show a slight disappointment in the tournament line up.>|
that appears to be a very touchy reaction on your part, ezzy.
regarding the newly concluded bnbank blitz in oslo (my home town), i would've much preferred to have 5-6 strong foreigners present than regional qualifiers from "all around" norway.
your "negativity" towards perceived negativity seems more negative for the atmosphere here on the tournament page than many other posts, i think. in my humble opinion, of course.
good luck to you all over there - if my schedule (and my wife) had permitted it, i would've loved to be there as part of the audience. but alas, it wasn't meant to be. :o)
|Dec-07-09|| ||whatthefat: <SufferingBruin: Seriously, membership here is on my Christmas list.>|
Definitely worth it IMO!
|Dec-08-09|| ||Kinghunt: Some interesting analysis of chessgames members thoughts on the tournament results via the chessgames bookie:
Approximately 80% of the money in the pool for tournament winner is for either Carlsen or Kramnik, Carlsen having a slight edge (44% v. 35%). This is no great surprise, seeing as they are by far the rating favorites and both have had strong recent performances (Dortmund and Tal Memorial for Kramnik, Nanjing and Tal for Carlsen). What is interesting, though, isn't that Naka is the favorite for third place, but the degree to which he is. Over half the remaining pool is on Naka, even though Short is only 8 rating points behind and has had strong results results recently. Adams is likewise holding at a level very close to Nakamura's, yet seems to have been written out of the running. So, assuming that Elo ratings are a fair approximation of a player's tournament strength, is Naka overhyped or are Adams and Short underestimated?|
|Dec-08-09|| ||ycbaywtb: to kinghunt, probably everyone underestimates both Short and Adams, however, i don't think you can over-hype the Nakamura machine, this guy is just too exciting, unfortunately, Kramnik and Carlsen are just what we are all used to, and they get their due props, i'm inclined to believe this tournament will surprise us all how good it turns out to be, and i'm afraid the bottom 2 or 3 in the standings will be nothing more than whipping posts, so the excitement will be how many games the top 5 strong players can win and limit the draws among themselves|
|Dec-08-09|| ||ycbaywtb: to sufferingbruin, try logging in to freechess.org, they often relay GM games, i watched some Nanjing and some Tal, and it's all free...|
|Dec-08-09|| ||SufferingBruin: <ycbaywtb) Much obliged.|
|Dec-08-09|| ||Kinghunt: More chessbookie analysis: of the top 6 bets for top 2, which accounted for nearly 90% of the pool, 82% included Carlsen, 77% included Kramnik, and only 25% included Nakamura. So it seems like despite the bravado of Naka fans, the general consensus here, what people are willing to put their money on, is not a strong or dominating performance by Nakamura, since only a quarter of the people and of the money say he'll finish ahead of Carlsen or Kramnik.|
|Dec-08-09|| ||HeMateMe: A world ch. match to be held in 2010, and then another in 2012......is FIDE going to an every 2 year champion, or are they gradually going back to the title match being held every 3 years, as in days of olde?|
|Dec-08-09|| ||ray keene: <zanshin> i seem to recall that torre beat karpov but came at the end of the tournament-is that right?|
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