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|May-12-12|| ||kingscrusher: I prefer White because of the Rc7 and Nd4 installment. Black is going to be under a lot of pressure potentially here - either that or they agree a draw.|
|May-12-12|| ||Eyal: <Especially given that this match is limited to 12 games. For example, Vladimir Kramnik mentioned that this is too short>|
And he went on to say that 14 is the ideal number for him (I remember this also from the press conference after the 2008 match). Not sure if there's such a huge difference between 12 and 14...
|May-12-12|| ||Natalia Pogonina: <Travis Bickle> I have answered this question a billion times. :)
It doesn't make any sense to compare players of different time periods. Chess mastery has improved dramatically, and players of the past would have no chance against the modern top GMs if we used a time machine. However, what people are usually interested in is talent and ability to surpass everyone else. In this respect Fischer is close to unmatched: he had a rating of 2785 back in 1972 when the other elite players were in their 2600s!|
|May-12-12|| ||Peligroso Patzer: <*** Not sure if there's such a huge difference between 12 and 14... [games in a match]>|
There was for Kramnik in 2004.
|May-12-12|| ||Natalia Pogonina: <Eyal> I would trust Vladimir on this. ;-) He is a great thinker in general, not to mention that he has played all types of matches at the very top level.|
|May-12-12|| ||Travis Bickle: Thanks Natalia! ; )|
|May-12-12|| ||talisman: was e8 best?|
|May-12-12|| ||Ulhumbrus: On 20 Bf4 Re4 forks the white bishop and knight|
|May-12-12|| ||SetNoEscapeOn: <Eyal>
During that press conference, Kramnik also said that the difference was not significant. I guess time has given him a different perspective.
|May-12-12|| ||PinnedPiece: on 20. ?
Obviously a game where a minor blunder will lose but no brilliancy will win.
|May-12-12|| ||Doctor Who: <This endgame is definitely not dry and boring.> I really want to believe that, but I just don't see it yet. Can somebody show me a variation where one side gets into even a little bit of trouble?|
|May-12-12|| ||Ulhumbrus: On 19 Nxf5 Nxf5 20 Bc5 White has the superior minor piece although Black may be able to draw the ending|
|May-12-12|| ||SCUBA diver: After 20.B-f4, R-e4. Is that wise?|
|May-12-12|| ||Natalia Pogonina: <talisman> Yes, 19...fe8 is quite playable. The rook enters the game. The other will appear at c8 or d8. Then Black can, for example, play g6-f6-f7. I don't see how White will be seriously pressing for a win.|
|May-12-12|| ||tamar: I'd like to see 16 game matches.
Psychologically, the match should seem endless to players, only to be shortened by their winning games.
These guys are so analytical, that even 12 game matches begin a countdown in the minds of players, so that unconsciously they tailor their play to further shorten it.
|May-12-12|| ||jimrindgen: Gelfand's clock appears to be getting low.|
|May-12-12|| ||kingscrusher: Doctor Who: Do you see why Bf4 doesn't win on the spot?! There is a saving resource. Does everyone see it?!|
|May-12-12|| ||Eyal: <Natalia> Btw, from the pronouncements of top players that I heard, I got the impression that there's a sort of consensus that matches of more than 16 games are too long - even Karpov, who played so many 24-game matches, mentioned 16 as an ideal number in an interview during the Bonn match. And actually, when you look at the great KK matches you can see that about quarter to third of the games there were short and rather uninteresting draws, as if the players took an informal day off. On the other hand, all of the three 12-game matches played so far were very eventful and dramatic, with hardly any "dead" games.|
|May-12-12|| ||talisman: <Natalia> Thank You...|
|May-12-12|| ||GiuocoPianoMan: <BOOMIE > With my nickname I have to ask. The GM with the Evans Gambit. Are you talking about Kasparov? He played it a few times near the end of his career.|
|May-12-12|| ||JamesT Kirk: 20.Rc5|
|May-12-12|| ||Papagambit: What about 21.Nf5 and 22.Bb6 !?|
|May-12-12|| ||hms123: <GiuocoPianoMan>
Nakamura vs R Hess, 2012
|May-12-12|| ||Richard Taylor: Talking of Fischer and even Karpov it is the kind of position they were very good at on the board now. But it is again a question of whether it is worth burning the midnight oil.|
But I don't think players are better it is only that chess theory and study etc have improved so everyone gets the benefit of past knowledge...so if Capablanca (and any of the other past "great" players) was or were alive now he would learn as much as (whoever) probably be World Champion again.
|May-12-12|| ||Ron: <Eyal> But a good amount of the short draws that Kasparov-Karpov played in their championship matches comes from their first, aborted match. Kasparov was behind so he was drawing , drawing, drawing to wear Karpov down.|
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