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|Oct-05-11|| ||badest: Well... Topalov doesn't really excel at speed-chess. As I understand, he had 2 hrs for 4 games (the opponents of course had 2 hrs each), so the result is not so surprising. Very nice to hear that he and his wife are expecting a baby (there is a Topa 2.0 on its way ;)|
|Oct-05-11|| ||tamar: <twinlark> Not sure if they were national teams, but Kasparov played many clock simultaneous games.|
Game Collection: Kasparov's super simuls
|Oct-05-11|| ||Valmy: <TAMAR> it looks like KASPAROV defeated FRANCE, GERMANY, ARGENTINA and PEROU in simuls.|
|Oct-05-11|| ||whiteshark: <Breaking News: <Ireland plans to drop Euro, adopt Potato currency.>>|
Ireland plans to change its currency from the Euro to the Potato, a new currency convertible to potatoes, according to an "in the know" source who wishes to remain anonymous until the official announcement of the "switcheroo".
The Irish Finance Minister shortly will announce a one week bank holiday during which Irish bank deposits denominated in Euros would be converted to Potatoes.
During the bank holiday the Irish Finance Minister intends to convert Euro (EUR) to Potato (PTO) at the rate on One Euro = Two Potatoes.
|Oct-05-11|| ||Marmot PFL: Not a very good result, 2 draws with much weaker players and a loss to the only really strong one. Kasparov beat the much stronger Czech team (GM's Sergej Movsesjan (2631), Zbynek Hrácek (2610), Vlastimil Babula (2565) and Tomáš Oral (2546)) 5.5 -2.5|
|Oct-05-11|| ||Karpova: Kramnik also faced stronger competition and won 2.5-1.5: Game Collection: Germany vs Kramnik|
|Oct-05-11|| ||HeMateMe: I knew hoarding potatos would pay off. The other sillies were hoarding gold.|
|Oct-05-11|| ||drnooo: not sure how you would rate the opposition that Fine faced in his clock simul but it was four zero and they were all probably of IM strength|
|Oct-05-11|| ||drnooo: also in his prime my hunch is you could dig up some Capa clock triumphs and he would make this and even Kasparovs results look positively anemic|
|Oct-05-11|| ||Matsumoto: Outstanding!|
|Oct-05-11|| ||messachess: Does anyone understand what <Matsumoto's> post is praising?|
|Oct-05-11|| ||fromoort: I think he likes the idea of stuffing potatoes in his pockets instead of change.|
|Oct-05-11|| ||jhoro: Not a super surprise that Baburin won. It happens. Baburin has had some good games in the past, e.g. beating Short 3.5:0.5 http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... , Kozul 2.5:0.5, as well Korchnoi vs Baburin, 1996 . Topalov could have won the simul if he had converted Topalov vs S Collins, 2011 but he didn't. BTW the Collins game seems very complicated, which is not ideal for the person giving the simul. I think in general Topalov needs to play more to get back in form.|
|Oct-05-11|| ||bronkenstein: <I think he likes the idea of stuffing potatoes in his pockets instead of change.> Good news for such persons is - we can stuff as much potatoes as we like in our pockets 24/7 regardless of our country´s economic policy.|
|Oct-05-11|| ||Everett: My goodness, I'm not even a Topalov fan but I give him credit for doing this. It's a pretty big risk, especially since he will inevitably be compared to Kasparov. I think his results are good for what they are: an even score against some solid competition is just fine, no doubt good for his game and good publicity for the sport.|
And it may have even been fun, for goodness sake.
|Oct-05-11|| ||Mikey00004: @ Everett i totally agree. With new pressing family matters its amazing he actually took time to do this.|
|Oct-06-11|| ||Matsumoto: Let me be more specific: It was an outstanding performance of the opposition. Whether Topa's rating is hugely inflated or not I do not know; maybe he really is as good as the evidence suggests. Accumulating data is a good thing in this respect; it corrects our star-blinded vision.|
|Oct-06-11|| ||voyager39: <whiteshark> Since we got the PIIGS looming large, how many potatoes per olive? |
And do potato chips count as small change in lieu of Euros?
|Oct-06-11|| ||laskersteinitz: Well you are all comparing Topalov to the greatest chess players of all time. Give him some slack: this is still a phenomenal result. Do you know how hard it is to reach the level of these Irish players? And now you play against all four of them at the same time with a clock under tournament conditions, and you manage to break even? Still pretty damn impressive in my book.|
|Oct-06-11|| ||acirce: <Give him some slack: this is still a phenomenal result.>|
Agree with the first part, but it's far from "phenomenal".
|Oct-06-11|| ||Everett: <Matsumoto: Let me be more specific: It was an outstanding performance of the opposition. Whether Topa's rating is hugely inflated or not I do not know; maybe he really is as good as the evidence suggests. Accumulating data is a good thing in this respect; it corrects our star-blinded vision.>|
In your attempt to be more specific, you lost me on the first sentence.
|Oct-08-11|| ||laskersteinitz: The number of people who have walked this planet and who would be capable of turning in this performance is <phenomenally> small.|
|Oct-08-11|| ||Shams: It strikes me that as an ambassador for the super-elite, the tactical Topalov is a poor choice for this sort of clock simul. A more intuitive, positional player seems more suitable. For example I could imagine Carlsen running the table in a clock simul like this one.|
|Oct-08-11|| ||badest: <Shams> You are perfectly right, but there has to be a will to do it. Topa is a good ambassador for chess, because he is almost always available for the "odd" events.|
|Oct-11-11|| ||rapidcitychess: Topalov: I'm going to make myself look cool by simuling the entire Irish team!|
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