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|Apr-21-12|| ||deave: @ketchup: 17.Nc7 Qxc6 18.Nxa8 Qxa8 19.Qc2 Nb6 black is better with very active pair bishop and centered Knight|
|Apr-21-12|| ||adair10: <Arcturar><: Aronian is on a roll! I REALLY hope he finishes the match on +2, as then he would go ahead of Carlsen on the rating list.>|
He needs +3 to pass Carlsen
|Apr-21-12|| ||benjinathan: If Aronian wins this match handily (which I doubt) the WCC is really undermined.|
|Apr-21-12|| ||whiteshark: bad omen losing rd 1 game with white.|
|Apr-21-12|| ||Edeltalent: <montree: Aronian's prep is fantastic!>|
After the pressconference, it seems that rather Aronian's play is fantastic!
He said he didn't expect Re3 from Kramnik and wasn't even aware of the predecessor-game V Gunina vs A Muzychuk, 2012. Kramnik on the other hand trusted Gunina's preparation and didn't even analyze the position with a computer, so he only realized Qe6 was a huge improvement when it was too late.
|Apr-21-12|| ||JohnDahl: <Cherchez la femme
The translation from the French is "look for/seek the woman". It is used when a man behaves unusually or gets into a quarrel or other difficulty and the reason for it is sought.
'Cherchez la femme' is sometimes mistakenly thought to refer to men's attempts to pursue romantic liaisons with women. In fact, the phrase, which is occasionally used in its loose English translation 'look for the woman', expresses the idea that the source of any given problem involving a man is liable to be a woman. That isn't to say that the woman herself was necessarily the direct cause of the problem, as in Shakespeare's Macbeth for instance, but that a man has behaved stupidly or out of character in order to impress a woman or gain her favour.>
Kramnik's confession that he followed the game V Gunina vs A Muzychuk, 2012 without checking the computer is the most embarrassing moment of his career.
|Apr-21-12|| ||JointheArmy: ^Not the first time he followed theory without checking with a computer. |
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004
|Apr-21-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Great game from Aronian: Kramnik played creatively, but Aronian found a very practical way of turning the tables in the middlegame and then converting his advantage all the way into the full point.|
I know it may seem imprudent to play for an all out win as Black in game 2, but if Kramnik is feeling bloodthirsty, it would be excellent to see him 'go for it' in game 2.
I hope this match will have at least two more decisive outcomes before the conclusion of game 6.
|Apr-21-12|| ||rannewman: edeltalent, could you please provide a link of the press conference?|
|Apr-21-12|| ||The Rocket: Kramniks played creatively? rather horribly lazy and superficial. Rare to see these kind of flat games from him at such slow time controlls.|
|Apr-21-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: <The Rocket> The position that arises from moves 14 to 16 makes for an interesting tilt.|
Position from Game 1 after 16. Nd5
click for larger view
I see that you labelled Kramnik's play as "horribly lazy and superficial": I respect your opinion.
All in all, good for Kramnik for trying out Gunina's idea of 14. Re3 14. Re3 b5 15. dxc6 bxc4 16. Nd5 and good for Aronian for demonstrating the best way to punish it with 16...Qe6.
|Apr-21-12|| ||AuN1: dang. kramnik really embarrassed himself today. losing, with white nonetheless. for shame U_U|
|Apr-21-12|| ||HSOL: JohnDahl: More embarrassing than the mate in one allowed in the computer match?|
|Apr-21-12|| ||JohnDahl: Several other great players have missed mates in one in the fog of battle, (Euwe, Ivanchuk, Gligoric, Short, Yusupov), but admitting to blindly following a woman to his doom? No, this is his career nadir.|
|Apr-21-12|| ||ketchuplover: Not to mention 17.Nc7 Nc5 18.Qxd8+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Apr-21-12|| ||Edeltalent: <rannewman> Link to the livestream of game 1: http://www.livestream.com/kramnikar...
The press conference starts at 3:51, but the sound seems completely out of sync (it only begins at 4:00)|
|Apr-21-12|| ||twinlark: Kramnik should probably have held this game but for the blunder at time control. But even allowing for that and the embarrassing prep by Kramnik, Aronian's play seemed to be a level above Kramnik's. |
It wouldn't surprise me to see Aronian with with a +3, although I would like to see a much more even match.
|Apr-21-12|| ||twinlark: On second thoughts, the blunder at time control didn't help Kramnik's cause, but he was probably lost anyway. 37. Rh7 just forces the DSB to a better square where it can centralise and help the a-pawn on its way. And it takes his own rook out of the centre where it's needed. Probably another time control mistake.|
|Apr-21-12|| ||Jambow: Nice game by Levon today, when I watch Carlsen I see Capablanca, when I watch Levon I see Lasker. |
On aonther note the more interviews I read and watch of Kramnik the more I like him as a person.
|Apr-21-12|| ||Everett: <JointheArmy: ^Not the first time he followed theory without checking with a computer.
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004>
In that case, he didn't run it long enough.
The fact that he did not put the game under computer analysis bodes-ill for the rest of his career. And if he analyzed it himself sans computer and missed Black's best responses, then this is worse yet.
Either he is lazy, losing analytical skill, or some combination of both. Not good.
|Apr-21-12|| ||twinlark: What's most impressive is that Aronian moved far more quickly to respond to <Kramnik>'s prepared variation. Like he knew Kramnik's variation better than Kramnik.|
That would be psychologically difficult for Kramnik to bear.
|Apr-22-12|| ||Arcturar: Oh come on Everett...it was just recently that Kramnik kicked everybody's asses in the London Classic...he has definately not lost skill, and can still wipe the floor with other top players if he is on-form. Maybe he will start to play better here too, but if not: you can't really blame a guy who did 3 super-tough WCC matches for taking it a bit easy in terms of prep for this casual one.|
|Apr-22-12|| ||polarmis: Live commentary on Game 2 from Sergey Shipov:
|Apr-22-12|| ||Chess for life: Is this match FIDE-rated? People are describing it as "friendly", but is it rated?|
|Apr-22-12|| ||JohnDahl: It will be rated. I believe the normal process in events of this sort is that game results have to be forwarded to FIDE for verification. If either player lost the match very badly, it's possible, in theory, that he could refuse to give consent for this to happen.|
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