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|May-21-17|| ||JPi: Congrats to Ding Liren! The organisers of Gibraltar may have a look on Hou Yifan's performance here 2750... I hope she will keep playing like Judith so long and so wonderfully on top "male" tournaments.|
|May-21-17|| ||tuttifrutty: What a boring tourney...what do we expect when the players were culled from protected species? A snoooozer feast.|
|May-21-17|| ||schweigzwang: <Based on recent events I'd have to say that the girls play chess with more fighting spirit than the men.>|
And based on not-as-recent events too.
|May-21-17|| ||CountryGirl: Great result for Hou! Won the most games - she's fearless and has sharp teeth. She's a worthy successor to Judit Polgar. Like her, Hou realises that to keep getting better, she must play against the men as much as possible. (Of course, the womens' events still offer her a pretty sure payday....)|
|May-21-17|| ||stst: <..What's all that about "Playing Like a Girl???">|
I like girls!! particularly this one!!
BTW: Got my bet again... Ding to finish off the rest...not depending on any TB pts.
|May-21-17|| ||stst: <..I hope she will keep playing like Judith ..|
I say NO, simply play like HERSELF, nobody else!!
Only in that Hou will ascend to the very top of her dreams..., though, alas, hope my bias will fail, she won't make it to the WC (both genders included.)
|May-22-17|| ||stst: <tilt: My God, what a shame, Inarkiev lost to a woman!>|
From sb per ChessBomb...
The shame is he played such stup... game, and be regarded as a "Super GM" over 2700 elo?? Within 34 moves of the game, he made 7 RED moves per STKFSH!!!
I have long sneezed about ELO? What good is it?? OK, maybe he caught a COLD today?!
|May-22-17|| ||ex0duz: Ding the sole winner? Mamed sole second? w00t. And Hou Yifan finished strong too. Great event for the chinese players.|
Ding > Gelfand it seems, i remember they played a mini match last year or so and it was like 3-1 or 2.5-1.5 to Ding..
If Ding can keep this up, he will break 2800 soon too, it's only a matter of time. He just needs to stop playing in those gotdamn chinese leagues and losing all his rating to underrated chinese players who know his style/weaknesses etc.
|May-22-17|| ||Sokrates: This has to be one of Hou's greatest achievements. I hope this is only the beginning. She is now no. 88 on the live ranking, gone up 22 (!) places. |
Once again, however, we have a "strongest female player" who is disconnected with female chess, thus making all world championships for women an illusion. All caused by the men at FIDE who have shown no respect or consideration towards their star player. Or towards women in general by placing the latest championship in a women-degrading country.
|May-22-17|| ||alexmagnus: Hou was already in the top 60 (and rated in the 2680s), so it is still a long way to go to break even her personal records, let alone Polgar's.|
|May-22-17|| ||JimNorCal: Congratulations to GM Ding for fighting each round and eventually achieving sole first.|
But I'm puzzled by GM Mamed's string of short draws. Is 2nd place in this tournament "good enough" to get him into the WC challenger process?
What does a player need to achieve in the Grand Prix tournaments in order to be chosen for the next stage?
|May-22-17|| ||Marmot PFL: <22 decisive games out of 81. That's a very low number.>|
27% is very low, mid to high 30s (I think) is typical. Many of the players seemed content to win one game and draw the rest.
|May-22-17|| ||nok: First swiss ever with half the field undefeated?|
|May-22-17|| ||Gypsy: <tst> First, let us disregard the loss on time or due to some transgression against FIDE rules - such as a ringing phone, writing moves too early, and similar. Then <the only way to really force a win OTB is by giving a check-mate>. The stalemate is a draw because it is not a check-mate.|
The stalemate is a curious byproduct of two rules: (1) that king can not step into- or remain in check, but (2) that we still have a dutty to make a move. Institute the right to pass on making a move and some stalemates would change into checkmates and some would not. However, the entire endgame theory would look quite different: many a defensive fortress would hold while now does not. And if the endgame theory becomes different, then the entire game before is bound to change as well.
|May-22-17|| ||alexmagnus: Right to pass a move would eliminate Zugzwang. A better solution to the "stalemate problem" is allowing to move into check, and change the goal of the game from checkmate to capturing the king. Then some (but not all) stalemates become wins - while some (rare) checkmates become draws!|
|May-22-17|| ||AzingaBonzer: <Hou was already in the top 60 (and rated in the 2680s), so it is still a long way to go to break even her personal records, let alone Polgar's.>|
How does that change the fact that this is a fantastic result for her? See, this is the sort of thing that convinces me you don't like Hou--every time she does well, you always chime in with some sort of comment to the contrary, like you're trying to downplay her achievement. (I think you do the same for Wei Yi as well.) What's the deal with that?
|May-22-17|| ||activechess55: |
Ding Liren is constantly improving as a player. In last round, he was seen trying with black when others preferred playing it safe. Fortune favors the brave. Congrats Ding!
Grand Prix affords scope for only two to qualify. Considering this, Gelfand's intention was definitely right. It's better to go down with the guns blazing rather than with whimper.
After two legs, Shak, Grischuk, MVL and Ding seem to in race for top two slots.
|May-22-17|| ||activechess55: |
For a long time the letter 'Z' was neglected entity in the English dictionary. Letters such as 's' and 'a' boasted of thousands of words that stretched into abundant of pages. Letter 'z' could hardly stretch into a page or two.
It seems a change in fortune is just round the corner! Fide Grand Prix has addressed the injustice and rehabilitated it: " zzzz...zzzz...
|May-22-17|| ||Absentee: Hou's TPR here is 2766 and she's also currently ranked 6th in the general Grand Prix standings (with several legs to be played, but still). Far from shabby, I think.|
|May-22-17|| ||alexmagnus: I'm not downplaying anything, I'm just against premature euphoria. It has noting to do with liking or not. See, I'm a fan of Carlsen, and when MC was not yet the best he became around 2012, I always put some realism into the discussion of his results. Same with Hou and Wei Yi. And Rapport, for that matter. |
Hou performed well here. But nothing too far above her usual form swings.
|May-22-17|| ||Sokrates: Well, <alexmagnus>, there is a difference between "premature euphoria" and simply acknowledging a great achievement by a player, who in many ways has suffered strange conditions for the free enfolding of her talents. I hear your intentions, but I have to concur with <AzingaBonzer> that you seem to view the glass half empty instead of half full, when it comes to Yifan Hou. I would gladly stand corrected on that assessment.|
|May-22-17|| ||BOSTER: The stalemate is a jewerly, decorative object worn on the chessboard. Don't change the rules.|
|May-22-17|| ||Pedro Fernandez: << BOSTER>: It is not easy to get the ticket to play in Candidates among such players like Caruana, So, Kramnik, Aronian and maybe Carlsen.>
Hey <Boster>, really interesting you mentioning Carlsen as a possible participant in Candidates. According what I know, there is not any FIDE rule which prohibits Carlsen play there. I had a reply of our pals telling to me that such a fact was possible.|
|May-22-17|| ||Pedro Fernandez: <<CountryGirl>: Great result for Hou!> No doubt <CG>, perhaps her best performance!|
|May-22-17|| ||Pedro Fernandez: <<tuttifrutty>: What a boring tourney...what do we expect when the players were culled from protected species? A snoooozer feast.> C'mon <Tutty>! Don't be so radicaal. Greetings!|
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