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|Feb-21-17|| ||ketchuplover: The Grand Prix is 27 rounds|
|Feb-21-17|| ||stst: < in such a long tournament, it makes sense to draw the top seed and fight for points against the lower rated players.>|
That's precisely the reason I doubt tourneys can determine the real heroes. Such acts are, sorry to say, acts of "cow..." (u figure it out.)
Matches, and matches only, for real masters!!
|Feb-21-17|| ||stst: <...There just wasn't enough horsepower left on the board...>
Agreed, I was just eye-balling the board instantly without really going thru, but, agreed that neither side got enough to win it.
BTW, will check your 42. Ng3... instead of Nh4-g2? thx|
|Feb-21-17|| ||beenthere240: I was trying to recreate the move without looking at a board. Shows how good I am at blindfold!|
|Feb-21-17|| ||SometimesGood: Not much of interest to this event. For me, I am interested in few punch lines. Can MVL overtake Fab in rating? That could be a great upset for Fab! I always greatly respect Shakh. Maybe it's his time to become a real contender for WC? Can Hikaru win GP? Where are Ding Liren, Pavel Eljanov and Levon Aronian now? And finally can Yifan Hou get more than 50%?|
|Feb-22-17|| ||stst: Hou v PE move 43.Ng3 checked... yeah, the N dance to capture h5 pawn is some treat, until Nf5 and W took over with Nxf5+ and losing a pawn is somewhat inferior though. But that's also Stockfish's suggestion?! Wonder if the other Ne8 to aim at the f6 W-pawn might be an alternative ...
Well, game over anyway, and it's some new one to check it out....|
|Feb-22-17|| ||Imran Iskandar: Hopefully Hou can push for a win against Salem.|
|Feb-22-17|| ||botvinnik64: An interesting tournament marred, from my perspective, by the website: I really don't like the boards that they give us plebes to watch; and, hey, I am not paying $10 to watch the video!|
|Feb-22-17|| ||activechess55: Pavel showed great fighting spirit yesterday against Hou, playing for a win from a position of no advantage.|
Today, two old warhorses (Adams and Grischuk) stand good chance.
Rapport played predictable queens indian again. He needs some motivation in order to return with absurd stuff.
|Feb-22-17|| ||dream31: Prospects for Hou ? She was joint first with Nigel Short in Gibraltar 2012 and reached 2686 at her peak. Some of her games have style and creativity like Bobby Fischer ((Hou v Ider, Gibraltar 2017). ? Does Carlsen have brilliant games like this ? She can now concentrate on chess for a while (she was going to unuversity for studies, but has completed this. She plays Carlsen and matched him quite well recently except blundering at the end. Maybe she is underrated and could give the big guys a good contest??|
|Feb-22-17|| ||scholes: I think Hou is somewhere 2700-50 strength. No way she is weaker than Rapport.|
|Feb-22-17|| ||fisayo123: She just got destroyed by Nigel Short in a match recently. She's nowhere near 2700-2750 strength.|
|Feb-22-17|| ||stst: Queen O'draw!!
Latest from chessbomb: Hou v Salem: 1/2
Not really that bad, if she draws all the way thru - should rank roughly also 1/2!!
|Feb-22-17|| ||stst: < I am not paying $10 to watch the video!>|
Enjoy the free lunch at www.chessbomb.com
|Feb-22-17|| ||stst: <I think Hou is somewhere 2700-50 strength. No way she is weaker than Rapport.>|
She's working to get in!!
Yet, Hou needs some spice from Rapport ~ Jobava, whom I like their sudden & abrupt fists deviated from normal theory.
|Feb-22-17|| ||dream31: Short is 2675 elo according to chessgames.com. Highest was only 2712. Short leads Hou 3 games to 2, with 5 draws in classical games. Short leads by a few games if rapid and exhibition games are counted. I don't think Short will outclass Hou. Hou plays some great creative games. Check out youtube for some analysis by kingcrusher.|
|Feb-22-17|| ||Marmot PFL: Hou's peak rating is below 2690 and lower than that now. At age 22 she could still well make 2700 but 2750 is probably too high (hope I'm wrong).|
|Feb-22-17|| ||Absentee: <scholes: I think Hou is somewhere 2700-50 strength.>|
|Feb-22-17|| ||john barleycorn: at least, the Giri impersonators are cut in half by this round.|
Francisco Vallejo Pons
are still in the race
|Feb-22-17|| ||devere: Instead of multiple 9 round Swiss tournaments I'd rather see one giant Swiss (20+ rounds?) with the top three or four finishers qualifying for the candidates tournament. With that many rounds you could let 1000 people play (most at their own expense) and still come to a very definitive result. And it would be a grand event.|
|Feb-22-17|| ||donjova: <devere>, something like this?
Manila Interzonal (1990)|
I think it would be interesting. I would actually like to see Grand-Prix alternating between different formats: round-robin tournaments, big swisses and also knockout matches, longer than the World Cup ones. The latter might be the most difficult to organize, although I believe in the span of one entire GP/WC cycle, it could be done.
|Feb-22-17|| ||Imran Iskandar: Personally, I'd like to see a Grand Chess Tour-like series of tournaments, where the top two play a match. |
About the pay-per-view system FIDE has, I'd like to raise an interesting question: considering the struggle to find sponsors for some chess tournaments, are pay-per-view tournaments necessary?
|Feb-22-17|| ||Imran Iskandar: Another question I'm curious to know the opinions to is if you had the power to sponsor a match of any number of games between top players today, whom would you choose?|
I'd obviously choose the two Cars.
|Feb-22-17|| ||Conrad93: Yeah, Hou Yifan isn't anywhere near 2750. Her rating and performance against the top 20 says otherwise.|
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