|Jun-05-17|| ||JPi: It's only a blitz tournament but one can say that Magnus Carlsen really dominated it. Not only by the results but also by the nature of the games. He was seldomly in difficulty and knew how to convert his slight positional advantage to a real winnable ending. Very impressive. Congrats!|
|Jun-05-17|| ||JimNorCal: Not only that, but Blitz winners chose their pairing numbers. Thus will have one more game with the white pieces in the classic tourney.|
|Jun-05-17|| ||scholes: Carlsen is angry and Girl is calm. Some very interesting things Carlsen said in press conference. Chess.com report on press conference is worth reading.|
|Jun-06-17|| ||lost in space: <<JPi>: It's only a blitz tournament but one can say that Magnus Carlsen really dominated it.>|
Domination is a word not strong enough to desctibe his dominance in this blitz tournament. :-)
Maybe Fischer like dominance?
|Jun-06-17|| ||HeMateMe: didn't Tal or Fischer win one of these blitz super tournaments by 4 points? Magnus isn't quite that far over his peers in blitz.|
I'd like to see them play a one minute (bullet) tournament, just for fun, no ratings.
|Jun-06-17|| ||not not: 1.Nc3 Best in jest!|
|Jun-06-17|| ||ozmikey: This 1.d4/2.Bf4 thing is very much the new black, innit?|
|Jun-06-17|| ||Boomie: <HeMateMe: didn't Tal or Fischer win one of these blitz super tournaments by 4 points?>|
At Herceg Novi 1970, Fischer scored 19/22 = 86% against top competition. Here Carlsen scored 83%, which is a comparable performance. Fischer didn't use more than 2 1/2 minutes on any game. Clearly, he was in a zone in 1970.
|Jun-06-17|| ||keypusher: 3/2 is a very different game from 5/0.|
|Jun-06-17|| ||siamesedream: <NORWAY CHESS 2017 BLITZ KICK-OFF|
This year Norway Chess is important for many reasons. Already celebrating the 5th edition, Norway Chess has become a main feature on the elite chess calendar. The more than impressive line-up with the Top 10 players on the February 2017 rating list (in June all still within top 12), undoubtedly makes it the strongest tournament this year. After the World Championship match I’ve ended 2nd or 3rd in all events. While not bad, it is not the standard by which I judge myself.
Coach Peter Heine, my father and I arrived in Stavanger by car from Oslo Saturday after a successful evening stop in Sirdal to watch Real Madrid win the 3rd CL trophy since 2014.
Most of the event takes place in the Clarion Energy hotel outside Stavanger city this time. It is a nice hotel in a nice location albeit outside walking distance to the city center.
The other participants are all regular elite players that I’ve met many times in the past; So, Kramnik, Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian, Anand, Nakamura, Karjakin and Giri.
Norway Chess initial press conferences are unusually good, and today was no exception. The Blitz tournament was as always great fun, and I reached the same good result as last year, 7.5/9 points and clear first. I knew I was in reasonable shape after the training camp last week, but I must admit both the result and the overall quality of my play was a pleasant surprise. After two initial draws, it went very smoothly throughout the rest of my games, and it was great to feel the adrenaline flow again.
I picked start number three this year, and face Wesley So in round 1 tomorrow at 4 pm (3pm GMT). Wesley So has had a tremendous last 10 months, and he is now number two on the FIDE rating list. His Blitz form was not impressive, but he will as usual be a difficult opponent to beat in classical chess. The games are broadcast live on TV2.
Magnus Carlsen, Stavanger, June 5th, 2017>
|Jun-06-17|| ||stst: Both Tal & Fish are in the G-class, along with favs like Capa, Morph, Alek. Blitz or Blind, they did it all.
The class may admit also MC today.|
|Jun-06-17|| ||wallytherhino: The biggest surprise here comes with the results from Viswanathan Anand (2789 rapid, 2766 blitz). He goes 1-2 in the first three games and then draws out the rest. (+1 -2 =6) will get the job done in a long round robin as he can record wins against opponents who are mentally dulled in the late rounds, but this is a Blitz tournament and playing safe is not a great strategy (FOR A BLITZ TOURNAMENT)|
|Jun-06-17|| ||1971: What did Magnus say about Wesley finishing in the bottom half of the table?|
|Jun-07-17|| ||The Rocket: Are people like Seirawan and Maurice Ashley still deluded about Nakamuras blitz prowess? Do they still submit that he is the greatest blitz player of all time?|
|Jun-07-17|| ||SirRuthless: With increments Carlen is the best blitz player but without them he himself said Nakamura is better at bullet and admitting that fact didn't seem to bother him at all.|
Why does it bother you that others agree with Carlsen in that assessment?
Seek help. I did and it improved my life dramatically.
|Jun-07-17|| ||The Rocket: <With increments Carlen is the best blitz player but without them he himself said Nakamura is better at bullet and admitting that fact didn't seem to bother him at all.
Why does it bother you that others agree with Carlsen in that assessment?|
Seek help. I did and it improved my life dramatically.
Bullet and blitz are two different things.
|Jun-08-17|| ||The Kings Domain: Good and consistent play by Carlsen on a decent tournament.|
|Jun-08-17|| ||tuttifrutty: <lost in space: <<JPi>: It's only a blitz tournament but one can say that Magnus Carlsen really dominated it.>|
Domination is a word not strong enough to desctibe his dominance in this blitz tournament. :-)>
He dominated a group of players suffering from jet lag...that's more like it.
|Jun-08-17|| ||Whitehat1963: I thought So was supposed to be a blitz machine. Alas, quite mortal in this crowd.|
|Jun-09-17|| ||Scarborough shoal: I want to see blindfold chess. I think it is much better than blitz as a spectator sport.|
|Jun-17-17|| ||QueentakesKing: To be a world champion, one has to be a very good blitz player also. Sorry Wesley fans, I hope I am mistaken.|
|Jun-17-17|| ||Pulo y Gata: I hope you're not|
|Jun-22-17|| ||tuttifrutty: <Sorry Wesley fans, I hope I am mistaken.>|
Yes... you are mistaken. Wesley will be a world champion.
<To be a world champion, one has to be a very good blitz player also.>
True...So true...but you are misinformed. Wesley is a very good blitz player when rested well. On this tourney, Magnus had the upper hand again as usual...he didn't have to travel a thousand miles to face 9 players. He was in the comfy of his little aquarium waiting to be served with jet lagged, out of sync, energy drained, fatigued bodies, dehydrated individuals.
The results in Norway Classic tell you the real story. Once rested, every one in the group except Caruana (who had a rough time adjusting to his usual self) was a mile ahead of Magnus.
Can you see the difference?
Now on the current rapid tourney, Magnus is on the same playing field....tired, jetlagged like the rest of the field. Current result reveals Magnus and Wesley are tied for first...Naka and others are very close behind. What could be the reason be??? You tell me.