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|Jan-21-12|| ||Kinghunt: Carlsen two pawns up in a knight and bishop ending against Gelfand. Gelfand may as well resign now.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Peligroso Patzer: <bangkokgambit: <Peligroso> Don't you think 28.Qxf7 was a most natural move ?>|
Looks like it.
Perhaps Karjakin judged he needed to consolidate his defenses, for which purpose he wanted his Queen closer to his own's King's corner of the board. If so, unless Houdini didn't get a chance to crunch variations long enough to find something that was actually there (in the way of a direct attack by Black), it seems to have been a misjudgment.
|Jan-21-12|| ||achieve: Carlsen uses little time and plays accurate, what a bore... ;p|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Peligroso Patzer: ... on the other hand, although Karjankin seemingly missed an immediate path to equality (<28. Qxf7+>), things now seem to have swung a bit in his favor (after <44. Kg2>).|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Everyone: was seen in Wijk aan Zee: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...|
|Jan-21-12|| ||haydn20: With OCB Gelfand may be able to liquidate the Qside Ps and then find a Kside defense. I wouldn't want this task against Carlsen.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||csmath: Gelfand is lost.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Kinghunt: Gelfand resigned.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||csmath: A little bit early but he really had no chance to survive. Older men tend to preserve energy.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||waustad: Carlsen rejoins Aronian in the lead.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Fish55: Did Gelfand miss both 48. a5 and the defense 48...Ba3?|
|Jan-21-12|| ||csmath: Hopefully Gelfand is hiding his preparations for Anand. He did not show any tenacity in this tournament so far and that does not look good for the coming match. I am sure Anand has prepared nasty surprises for Gelfand e4 defences. Gelfand better be ready to defend there.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Kinghunt: <Fish55: Did Gelfand miss both 48. a5 and the defense 48...Ba3?>|
He may have missed 48...Ba3, or he may have seen it, and just decided it wasn't worth playing on. It holds off an immediate collapse, but the position is dead lost and he has to know Carlsen will not make any mistakes in converting.
|Jan-21-12|| ||Kinghunt: <csmath: Hopefully Gelfand is hiding his preparations for Anand.> Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Gelfand's problems have not come from the opening. The position was balanced as late as move 30, then Gelfand simply lost the thread. Against Giri, Gelfand did have problems out of the opening, but he had chances to stabilize the middlegame, and didn't make much of them. He's also gotten some fairly good positions as white, yet failed to make anything of them. Simply put, Gelfand's middlegame is slowly but surely slipping down from the 2700 level.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||haydn20: Well duh! I didn't look at a5 which wins instantly.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||pubaer: whats the score between gandalf and carlsen anyway?
So lets see, Carlsen has a 2840+ rating, defeated aronian, defeated the wc contender, has received the chess oscar in the last 2 years...
what are the nay sayers still nagging about? He is not wc material? he still has to prove he can defeat person x or y in a match? you people are really looking sillier and sillier with every tournament. I am glad carlsen did not participate in that joke of a qualification cycle. Let people like gandalf win it...
|Jan-21-12|| ||vsaluki: csmath: "Hopefully Gelfand is hiding his preparations for Anand." |
Yes, Gelfand has entered the last three tournaments so that he could hide his preparation from Anand and lower his ranking.
|Jan-21-12|| ||pubaer: oh one more thing @frogbert could you please ignore the people who come here and try to provoke you by saying some silly stuff about your boy carlsen? At this point, I really dont think that a response is necessary :D|
|Jan-21-12|| ||orkney35: I don't think there is a sillier looking word as sillier|
|Jan-21-12|| ||frogbert: <It holds off an immediate collapse, but the position is dead lost and he has to know Carlsen will not make any mistakes in converting.>|
that's basically it. he's two pawns down with no compensation, and carlsen would easily take that home.
gelfand lost after getting low on time against both nakamura and carlsen, and in neither case was the opening any part of it; in fact, he had a small, but clear plus against nakamura before he started to slip, while he was at best equal against carlsen - when the latter started to complicate matters with Nf4 (a sub-optimial move according to engines, but i think a very good move to get gelfand to crack, low on time).
i don't think this looks too good for the israelian in the upcoming wc match. anand must be watching, and following the way in which carlsen took out gelfand today seems like a safe and strong recipe that could be repeated.
|Jan-21-12|| ||Kinghunt: It seems to me like Topalov found a fortress against Karjakin. It eerily reminds me of Topalov vs Kamsky, 2011, where Topalov again had a win but couldn't find it and had to struggle for a draw. This does not bode well for his future in chess.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||enqwert: Carlsen does not give any counterplay and waits for his opponents to self destruct or use time, when they have no time, he sharpens the position and wins. He is great at blitz so does not let his opponents to use his time. I think title match will be a good paycheck before retiring for Gelfand. Nothing more.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||csmath: Topalov is not preparing as he used to. Lack of motivation + marriage. I think he is done as WC challenger.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Marmot PFL: If Topalov really played 67...Bxe6 then he blundered and will lose|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Penguincw: Karjakin is up the exchange for a pawn. Looks like he is going to follow the two loss-two win pattern.|
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