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|May-24-10|| ||Hesam7: <Eyal: A round robin would definitely have to be either in a different place than Azebaijan or without Aronian, since as far as I know he (or the Armenian Federation in his name - http://www.chessbase.de/nachrichten...) still categorically refuses to play in Baku... And at any rate the problem with that hasn't been solved yet - supposedly they should be looking for a second venue for his match(es).>|
I really hope there is another bid for a double round robin or longer matches (at least make the final 8 games long!) the current situation is very unsatisfactory.
|May-25-10|| ||percyblakeney: Maybe Mamedyarov would be a good pick to play against Kramnik. He recently won a blitz tiebreak minimatch 2-0 against him, after also beating him in the rapid event in Baku. Also before that Mamedyarov had a plus against Kramnik in non-classical chess. In classical the only decisive game was won by Kramnik, after Mamedyarov declined a draw offer with black but eventually lost, that was three years ago though.|
This can be compared with Gashimov's (non-classical) stats:
|May-25-10|| ||Rolfo: Are organizers already picked and fixed for the candidat matches?|
|May-25-10|| ||Kazzak: Unfortunately, we got no photos of Gelfand vs. Eljanov at the board, but here's a shot from the press conference.|
Brothers in Chess:
|May-25-10|| ||hellopolgar: now, if only wang converted his queen + rook into 1 point vs pavel's queen + bishop(Wang Yue vs Eljanov, 2010)...he would not only win this prix, but also get to participate in the Candidates' Match...|
|May-26-10|| ||gorash: Great feat by Eljanov. He showed he is not only capable of beating sub-2700 opposition (at which he is superb though, that's where his 2750ish rating comes from) but 2700+ SGMs.|
Ivanchuk, Leko, Gelfand and Svidler were a bit dismal on the other hand.
|May-26-10|| ||arkansaw: Aronian is simply being idiotic, I don't see Radjabov making such childish demands, or even Akopian. If some 2700 player thinks he has become indispensable, somebody should set the record straight.|
|May-26-10|| ||Bobby Fiske: Who is the FIDE Director responsible for picking the farewell gift to the players?:
|May-26-10|| ||szachista: arkansaw:
Aronian didn't play in Baku (1st GP tournament), Azeri players didn't play in Jermuk (5th tournament). Any guesses why?
|May-26-10|| ||researchj: The countries are in a state of war with each other.|
|May-26-10|| ||randzo: I like Jakovenko .He lost only 5 games in 4 Grand Prix tournaments .he says that draw is normal outcome and i agree with him.|
|May-27-10|| ||tarlan13: Any news when and how will Azerbaijan decide on their 2nd candidate (Mamedyarov/Gashimov)?|
|May-27-10|| ||ahmadov: They still have some time, but most probably it will be Mamedyarov...|
|May-27-10|| ||arsen387: <I don't see Radjabov making such childish demands> then you don't see the obvious :)|
|May-27-10|| ||Bobby Fiske: I read an interview with Aronian recently. I canít find the link, but he explained why he doesnít want to play in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Aronian is Armenian, and the 2 countries have fought a brutal war not so long ago. Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armeni...|
-He said that the Candidates is an extremely tough and challenging tournament, where he need to focus and concentrate maximum while playing. He said that he trusted the organizers, and that he had no fear being inside the playing venue. However when playing tournaments, he likes to walk the streets and relax outside, and that this was not possible to do without fear (for life/mob?). He didnít want to sit in his hotel room for weeks, as a prisoner. Seems quite reasonable to me. Probably his games will be played in Kirsanís Kalmykia. No big deal.
|May-27-10|| ||Bobby Fiske: Found the link to the interview at Aronian's forum:
|May-27-10|| ||HeMateMe: A tough group of players. I see Aronian beating Gelfand and Carlsen beating Radjabov as the only real 'sure things'. |
Topa/Kamsky previous results might be misleading. Kamsky might now be closer to the form he had as a 22 year old than he was when Topalov was beating him the past few years. I think chances are even, despite Tops's 7-1 history over Kamsky.
|May-27-10|| ||Pawnsgambit: I do not think Aronion will play in Baku.|
|May-27-10|| ||HeMateMe: If he's a chess player, he won't turn down the Candidates cycle. Another location might be offered, because of the regional fighting/difficulties.|
|May-27-10|| ||ahmadov: <arsen387: <I don't see Radjabov making such childish demands> then you don't see the obvious :)> Trying to find something wrong in Radjabov is not the best way of defending Aronian...|
|May-27-10|| ||frogbert: <Kamsky might now be closer to the form he had as a 22 year old than he was when Topalov was beating him the past few years.>|
hemateme, looking at rating performances of the two during the years after kamsky's comeback gives a different picture. there's no indication anywhere that kamsky is any better now than say 2,5 years ago when he won the wcc, while topalov has performed extremely well for nearly two years now.
but in 4 games just one mistake can be fatal, of course.
|May-27-10|| ||frogbert: <Another location might be offered, because of the regional fighting/difficulties.>|
i thought that was agreed upon long ago...
|May-27-10|| ||Blunderdome: I did a research paper on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan a while back. I don't claim to be an expert, but I can sympathize with Aronian's preference not to travel to Baku. "Childish demands" has nothing to do with it.|
As far as goes, I'm rooting for Radja like always. I neither root for nor against Aronian.
|May-28-10|| ||arsen387: <ahmadov> I was not trying to find smth wrong in Radjabov, but in <arkansaw>'s post. Coz there is nothing childish for Aronian in declining to play in Baku, just like there would be nothing childish for Radjabov in declining to play in Yerevan. They may be great individuals, but still they depend from their national federations and it's almost improbable that the federations would let them to do that, even if the players themselves won't mind|
|May-28-10|| ||ahmadov: <arsen387> Now having lived with this conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan for more than 20 years, I realize that for the resolution of the conflict between these two countries, there is no option other than mutual respect to our rights and cooperation. Sportpersons and journalists can help eliminate hatred and start establishing mutual trust at this time. Aronian's visit to Baku could also contribute to establishing trust and helping the two nations to understand each other... Therefore, I do not believe his decision to refuse to play in Baku was a wise idea...|
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