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🏆 World Championship Candidates (2018) Chess Event Description
Starting March 10th in Berlin, eight of the world's strongest players compete to earn the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen. ... [more]

Player: Fabiano Caruana

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Caruana vs W So 1-0332018World Championship CandidatesE00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Ding Liren vs Caruana ½-½462018World Championship CandidatesE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. Caruana vs Mamedyarov ½-½492018World Championship CandidatesB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Kramnik vs Caruana 0-1662018World Championship CandidatesC42 Petrov Defense
5. Caruana vs Karjakin ½-½312018World Championship CandidatesE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
6. Caruana vs Grischuk ½-½362018World Championship CandidatesE60 King's Indian Defense
7. Aronian vs Caruana 0-1372018World Championship CandidatesD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. W So vs Caruana ½-½652018World Championship CandidatesC42 Petrov Defense
9. Caruana vs Ding Liren ½-½672018World Championship CandidatesE00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Mamedyarov vs Caruana ½-½582018World Championship CandidatesE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. Caruana vs Kramnik 112018World Championship CandidatesD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Mar-22-18  rhedrich: I was pulling for Mamed today, as I think he has the best chance to make the World Championship interesting. I like Grischuk second. Caruana has been playing better than years past, I just don't think he can elevate his game beyond where it will need to be against Carlsen. The other 2 have higher potential.

Anything than another Anand matchup is nice, though.

Mar-22-18  Everett: Aronian. A shame! Yet there are other things in life for him. Would have been great to have another great player in the mold of Spassky to be at the top of the chess world.

As far as mental/emotional collapses that run over continuous games, I can only say “been there, done that,” many times, and maybe likely will do so again. Nerves and emotional resiliency are still so important in these moments of high stakes. And anyone who reaches and stays at the top have earned my highest respect. Personally, this is why Ive always considered Lasker, Alekhine, Karpov, Kasparov, and now perhaps soon Carlsen as the very best of the best. They were quite immune to extended dips in play and were at the very top for decades.

Already thinking of next candidates, hope MVL and Nakamura figure out how to get here, while Kramnik and Aronian honorably leave the scene.

Mar-22-18  nok: <I found it difficult to reproduce the exact sound, but there's a YouTube clip here that sounds like it:>

That's wrong. Here's contemporary footage, first mention at 0'16:

Mar-22-18  Everett: Also curious to see if both Caruana and Mamedyarov can keep their heads. It seems Mamed has figured something out the passed 2+ years. New coach? This Mamed may have a chance vs Carlsen.

I know it’s strange, but I feel of this crew, only Aronian had a shot at becoming champion. And of those who are not here, MVL.

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  ChessHigherCat: <nok: <I found it difficult to reproduce the exact sound, but there's a YouTube clip here that sounds like it: That's wrong. Here's contemporary footage, first mention at 0'16:

eu in Dutch is like the "eu" sound in "fleur" in French, with no "r" at all, just the vowel sound (or technically speaking, diphthong). "We" is exactly like the "ve" in Vet, with a short "e" (pet, met, etc.)

In other words Fox Euwe doesn't sound remotely like what you narsty boys are thinking. How about the Yemeni dignitary Faq Q. Awwal?

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  zanzibar: <nok> here is a good sample from your link:


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  Sally Simpson: Round 11

Ding Liren (5) Grischuk(5½) <1-0>

Wesley So (4) Mamedyarov (6) <1-0>

Caruana (6½) Kramnik (4½) <0-1>

Aronian (3½) Karjakin (5) <0-1>

If those score I've given happen then that would give us with 3 games to:

Caruana 6½
Mamedyarov 6
Ding Liren 6
Karjakin 6
Kramnik 5½
Wes So 5
Aronian 3½

The top 6 all within a point of each other.

The only one that does not look plausible, though it's definitely do able is Wes So v Mamedyarov. (especially with Wes as White). Mamedyarov will be expecting Fabiano to beat Kramnik so will spice it up with a risk or two...or three.


Kramnik to beat Caruana. Yes.

As far as Kramnik is concerned this game could not have come round quick enough.

Mar-22-18  Whitehat1963: If So and Aronian win their remaining games and Caruana draws the rest of the way, Carina still ends up ahead of them.

I wonder if once players feel like they no longer have a chance to win if they more often relax and play better or if they more often lose confidence, play merely to not lose and end up playing worse. Obviously, it’s different for each player, but in general, I wonder what’s most likely.

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  Gypsy: Interesting, Vlady is the only player left that has still to play Caruana and Shak, both.
Mar-22-18  Whitehat1963: Damned phones and old eyes!
Mar-22-18  Everett: <Gypsy>
Very cool observation. The younger guys passing through the older generation is how it so often works. There is something very right about that.
Mar-23-18  nok: <Vlady is the only player left that has still to play Caruana and Shak, both.> Grischuk plays them back to back in the last rounds.
Mar-23-18  Everett: <nok> so the Russians still hold the keys. Putin’s meddling, clearly 😉
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  WorstPlayerEver: <Everett>

The irony wants that no Russian player will face another Russian player during the last 4 rounds.

I guess Putin has more important things on his mind than chess atm.

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  parmetd: It would be interesting to see someone beaides shak or caruana get hot with 3/3 to spice up the last round.
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  spinal pat: <ChessHigherCat> Pronunciation of 'eu' in fleur would be written down in Dutch as 'ui', not eu. It has maybe a little similarity in sound (ui and eu) but definitly not the same.

The 'eu' sounds like in the French word dangereux. I can't immediately remember an english word with the dutch 'eu' characteristic, but I'm not a native speaker, so I wouldn't know. If Euwe is pronounced like 'fleur' than it's because of some dialect that became a habbit/tradition, but not the real pronunciation in dutch of 'eu'.

The 'we' In Euwe doesn't sound like vet either. The 'e' in 'we' sounds like the 'e' in the english word 'the'.

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  offramp: <drleper: there's a YouTube clip here that sounds like it:

And here is an intelligent man showing how to say <flaming Nora>.

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  morfishine: In 1979, veteran Baltimore Oriole shortstop Mark Belanger was in the twilight of his career, spending most of his time on the bench. A lifetime .228 hitter, Belanger was much better known for being one of the best fielding shortstops ever, earning 8 gold gloves during his 18 year career.

In a desperate playoff game against the California Angels (who had Nolan Ryan on the mound), Oriole coach Earl Weaver found his team losing in the late innings and so scanned his lineup for a matchup mismatch. Weaver must've made a double-take when he noticed lowly hitter Belanger's lifetime batting average vs Ryan: .469

"Belanger, get in there, pinch hit for Garcia" barked Weaver.

Belanger quickly warmed up, stepped into the box, and on the first pitch, smashed a line shot double to left center, driving in two runs. The Orioles won the game.

Now thats what I call using statistics to your advantage


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  perfidious: <morf>, in Bill James' works from the 1908s, believe he wrote of Weaver being the forerunner of all those, such as himself, who would compile such stats. I have no doubt that computers would have been utilised to advantage later on, but Weaver was the man.
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  Sally Simpson: "If So and Aronian win their remaining games and Caruana draws the rest of the way, Caruana still ends up ahead of them."

Cannot see that happening due to maths and the scoring system.

In round 13 Caruana plays Aronian and in round 14 we have the current Battle of the Basement, Aronian v Wes So.

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  Sally Simpson: Players with no chance of winning, and this will become a mathematical certainty come the last couple of rounds still have a nice money pot to chase.

€95,000 to the winner
€88,000 to second place
€75,000 to third place
€55,000 for fourth place
€40,000 for fifth place
€28,000 for sixth place
€22,000 for seventh place
€17,000 for eighth place

Chess History is rife with 'no hopers' causing upsets in the last round by either winning when on paper they had no chance. Or the player out of contention chucking a won or drawn position allowing an unexpected result.

One of the most famous cases was Geller vs Benko, 1962.

In "Pal Benko, My Life, Games and Compositions", Benko wrote: "Against Geller, I was up two pawns in a Queen endgame.

I had one move left to play and wanted to be sure he didn't get a perpetual check. Sickeningly, my flag fell as I made my final move and Geller won!

Because of this, Keres had to play a match (which he won) with Geller to determine second place, and he later wrote that I had deliberately lost to Geller to "screw him."

Salo Flohr writing in CHESS in September 1962 gives a slightly different account.

"The tournament hall was empty, the players had all gone.....there was one spectator!

Benko was wandering about the room between moves and eating sandwiches.

"...he came back to think and think. Why? Who knows? Finally, wonder of wonders he overstepped his time"

The Geller-Keres playoff was called in the Russia 'The Benko Match' and according to Salo Flohr Keres could not bear to hear Benko's name.

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  moronovich: That is what I call a Benko-gambit :)
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  Sally Simpson: Keres carried this further by never playing a Benko Gambit. (obviously thinking if I win with it as Black it will only help the sales of Benko's book) :)

Actually, according to the D.B. here Keres only played against it once Keres vs H Pohla, 1971 but as if to rub it in C.G. has this same game twice. Keres vs H Pohla, 1971

I'll leave it to one of the C.G. cliché to submit a correction slip, I think I'm on the C.G. submit ignore list.

....and whilst here: Miss Scarlett,

Please thinking very carefully before submitting a joke (I found it quite funny) all it did was unleash 99 posts on how to pronounce the name 'Euwe'.

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  morfishine: <perfidious> While I'm a life long O's fan (well, since 1969), I wanted to post this off-topic note to show that I know something about statistics, though I didn't major or minor in the subject
Mar-23-18  LameJokes55:

So played sharp positions initially, since he wanted to improve his winning chances. Then he lost two games. After these setbacks, he consolidated from round 3 onward.

Ding didn't need these reversals. He consolidated through and through.

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