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|Jun-03-12|| ||darshandatta: Wish there will be many decisive games here|
|Jun-03-12|| ||wordfunph: my chessbucks on Magnus and Levon.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||Kinghunt: Carlsen and Aronian have to be huge favorites here. But the whole field is composed of very exciting players and I just know that every round will be an absolute treat to follow.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||Blunderdome: OH?!!|
|Jun-04-12|| ||Kinghunt: Also, for anyone who doesn't know the participants are...|
2835 - #01 - Magnus Carlsen
2823 - #02 - Levon Aronian
2803 - #03 - Vladimir Kramnik
2784 - #04 - Teimour Radjabov
2783 - #05 - Hikaru Nakamura
2770 - #09 - Fabiano Caruana
2769 - #10 - Alexander Morozevich
2761 - #11 - Alexander Grischuk
2738 - #16 - Evgeny Tomashevsky
2708 - #36 - Luke McShane
Average rating: 2775. Also, note that the top five players in the world are all going to be here. I have given the live ratings for all the players listed, not their currently published ratings.
|Jun-04-12|| ||twinlark: Awesome. A Category 22 tournament. Doesn't come any better than that.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||KKDEREK: Amazing line up..|
|Jun-04-12|| ||HeMateMe: Didn't this used to be a winter tournament?|
|Jun-04-12|| ||AgentRgent: Agreed, an amazing lineup.. should be some great chess.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||HeMateMe: I'm glad Nak is getting invited to this, an elite tournament. Probably old hat for Gata Kamsky; he's been an A-list player for 20 years, but this is somewhat new for Nakamura.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||GauraNitai: Is Anand taking rest?|
|Jun-04-12|| ||HeMateMe: Yes, he's basking in the glow of a great match, trumpeted as one for the ages.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||shaikriyaz: <GauraNitai> anand taking a deserving break:-)|
|Jun-04-12|| ||paavoh: Looks like a tough ride for McShane, hope he will play well.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||paavoh: On a second note, it might be difficult to follow this and the soccer Euro 2012 at the same time...|
Any suggestions for a good strategy that takes also family & work into account?
|Jun-04-12|| ||WiseWizard: Finally, a top level tournament. As always, I want to see someone seperate from the field and prove their the best.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||Edmontonchessclub: I hope Sofia Rules (No draw offers allowed) and soccer scoring (win=3 points, draw=1 point) are in effect, like in the London Chess Classic. Kramnik, Carlsen, Nakamura and Aronian do well with this system, and there are more decisive games and no short draws.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||sozinattack: Does anyone know where the venue is ?|
|Jun-04-12|| ||Bodul: <sozinattack> Moscow, as always.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||jussu: <paavoh>,
Easy: send your wife and kids to Ukraine and watch chess as much as you wish.
|Jun-04-12|| ||messachess: Of course, the favorites have to be the top three rated, but there are a lot of wild cards here including McShane. This is going to be a great tournament.|
|Jun-04-12|| ||messachess: Don't forget, Carlsen's career really got started when he beat Moro. way back when. Payback time?|
|Jun-04-12|| ||goodevans: <paavoh: Looks like a tough ride for McShane...>|
It does indeed. This has to be his toughest tournament yet by some distance.
Kramnik and Morozevich have significant plus scores against McShane, but he has equal records against most of the rest:
Kramnik +0 -3 =1 <12.5%/6>
Morozevich +0 -2 =0 <0%/2>
Carlsen +1 -1 =2 <50%/4>
Aronian +1 -2 =3 <41.7%/6>
Nakamura +1 -1 =3 <50%/5>
Caruana +0 -0 =1 <50%/1>
Grischuk +1 -1 =1 <50%/3>
Overall +4 -10 =11 <38%/25>
The difference this time is that he will be playing Super GM after Super GM in every round with no respite. That could well take its toll.
|Jun-04-12|| ||Eyal: Tal Memorial has been for several years now the strongest tournament, at least among those with a format of more than 6 players (in the 2009 edition, for example, they had 10 out of the top 13). One of the reasons, of course, is that in Russia there's no problem of "weakening" the tournament by the participation of several local players... Speaking of local players, it should be interesting to see how Tomashevsky will be doing – he's probably the least-known of the 20 top players, and he's never played before in an event of such magnitude. Lately he was quite impressive in the Governor's Cup (2011), though his performance there was naturally overshadowed by that of Morozevich.|
Btw, for those who weren't following: McShane was selected in an online poll that was put up for choosing the 10th participant with the names of thirteen pre-selected players – Mamedyarov, Wang Hao, Kamsky, Ponomariov, Adams, Giri, Le Quang Liem, Polgar, Shirov, Jobava, Sutovsky, McShane, and Hou Yifan. At first Le Quang Liem was leading by a big margin, but after a few days the Russian Chess Federation decided to remove him from the poll due to cheating attempts in the vote (apparently his ballot stuffers weren't very subtle). At the end, McShane won with 3860 votes, followed rather closely by Shirov with 3732 and Mamedyarov with 3682.
<Didn't this used to be a winter tournament?>
Yes, they moved it a few months early this year because FIDE announced that the candidates tournament is going to take place in the winter. Of course, FIDE then went on and moved their tournament to early 2013… Carlsen and Radjabov are supposed to be already playing in Bazna, the next super-tournament, four days after this one finishes.
|Jun-04-12|| ||Gogia: Ivanchuk is missing, very much missing...|
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