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Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana
Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (rapid), London ENG, rd 13, Nov-28
Sicilian Defense: Kramnik Variation (B40)  ·  1-0


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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: If Carlsen takes part in the World Rapid Championships, and comes second, what do we say about the guy who comes first?>

Dat he is generally less popular with the ladies.

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  moronovich: <Dat he is generally less popular with the ladies.>

Lol-took me a little while,which just made the feeling better.

"He who comes first may not last
and he who last may may get late"

Unknown soldier
who missed a train in Odessa.

Dec-07-18  nok: <If Carlsen takes part in the World Rapid Championships, and comes second, what do we say about the guy who comes first?>

That he is Anand's rightful heir.

Dec-07-18  starry2013: Carlsen is always in the mix in both rapid and blitz, whether he wins it or not he always shows he can compete whatever form he is in. One tournament obviously doesn't show who is the categorical best, particularly as it's always very close in the top places anyway. Ratings is always the best judge.
Dec-08-18  Tiggler: <moronovich>:<Was born in Elsinore,Denmark,1953> I checked your bio, as you see, after reading your nice post concerning <Unknown soldier who missed a train in Odessa>. I liked it very much, but was led to believe that you spent time in the gulag as a result of your tardiness for a train while under the thumb of the Soviet Union. Never mind, I got the gist of your post, and commend you for it.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Tiggler: <moronovich>:<Was born in Elsinore,Denmark,1953>

How fitting that our brilliant and poetic IM was born in Hamlet's home hamlet!

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  moronovich: Thanks <CHC> and <Tiggler> ! Elsinore was a great place to grow up.The water,the close connection to Sweden,the famous highway E45 just outside the door,the old houses and so forth.I could go on for hours :) And one correction <CHC>.I am not an IM,I only have an IM norm.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Moro> Just one more norm and you'll be able to say:


I've been reading "Riddle of the Sands" by Erskine Childer, which is a spy novel about that area of the Baltic and the North Sea. It sounds very beautiful. I recommend finding a translation if you want to read it, though, because even I have to look up a lot of the nautical vocabulary in English.

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  moronovich: Thanks for your tip <CHC> ! I´ll put that in my inner box,but currently I dont read a lot):
Dec-09-18  Tiggler: <moronovich>: <currently I dont read a lot> But you should! One of the pleasures of my retirement is that I have resumed reading 100 or more books a year. A few are heavyweight, but most are spy and detective novels that seldom last me more than 12 hours. And if it is sufficiently absorbing I can sit up all night finishing one, and then sleep well for half the next day.
Dec-09-18  Tiggler: Mention of Hamlet and Elsinore reminds me of a trip I took to Cawdor Castle near the Moray Firth in north east Scotland. The region is well worth a visit, with many other attractions: the river Spey, famous for sport salmon fishing as well as numerous distinguished whiskey distilleries, the broad windswept mountains of the Caingorms, beautiful lonely beaches, but beware: the sea will chill you to the bone unless you swim very vigorously.
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  moronovich: <the sea will chill you to the bone unless you swim very vigorously.>

There is a reason for all those whiskey distilleries ;) The region sounds like a bit of heaven and it is on my bucket list.

Dec-27-18  Starkraven: <Tiggler> sed thusly:" Mention of Hamlet and Elsinore reminds me of a trip I took to Cawdor Castle near the Moray Firth in north east Scotland." foine, but i'm reminded that: "It's fair to say that history has given Macbeth a bad press, largely because of the play named after him by William Shakespeare, whose plot bears little resemblance to real events: he was also never either Thane of Cawdor or..." bla bla ... 'n pls, it's "whisky" in Scatland - 'n not 2 b insufferable or anyfinks; u fingerfella'd "Cairngorms" too! ... apart from that, v. g., carry on.
Dec-29-18  Tiggler: < it's "whisky" in Scatland - 'n not 2 b insufferable or anyfinks; u fingerfella'd "Cairngorms" too! >

And what is it is Sydney, or should I say Cydny? Or even Uiske?

Jan-15-19  posoo: NOT ONLEY can da old posoo WRITE PROPARLY when da time calles for it (UVRUMP clouning) but he can ALSO point out dat half da users are misspelling da name:

Po Soo


Posso. COM ON.

Jan-15-19  Retireborn: <posoo> Stop being a prick.
Jan-15-19  Tiggler: <Acts 9:5-6 - "it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks">
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  mckmac: <ChessHigherCat> Just happened to see that you are reading 'Riddle of the Sands' and I remember how much I enjoyed the book myself, as did my father. A quick google reveals that it was first published in 1903 and has never been out of print. I had no idea that Childers' book has a good claim to being the first ever spy novel - the other contender being Kipling's 'Kim'.
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  ChessHigherCat: <mckmac> I loved "Kim", too, so we may have similar tastes. I learned about them both (any many others) from "The Great Game", which tries to figure out whether real-life spying is even more bizarre than fictional espionage by analyzing some of the classics:

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  mckmac: <ChessHigherCat> Thanks for the tip - will seek 'The Great Game' out. Saw a Kirkus review: <"...And who populates the real world of espionage? Some truly weird folk, by Hitz’s account, wedded to exaggerated notions of their importance to world affairs, prey to various perversities, ever ready to sell out their country, in some cases, for a nice sexual dalliance with a Soviet femme fatale or a bottle of whiskey (“the mother’s milk of spy recruitments”). Given this—and given well-publicized betrayals on the parts of Aldrich Ames, Kim Philby, and Robert P. Hanssen, among others—it’s amazing that any spying actually gets done. But it does,..."> heh.

I think that 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' and 'A Perfect Spy' are both brilliant, if very different novels. But for sheer reading pleasure it would have to be Graham Greene's 'Our Man in Havana'.

(Note:this post contains a reference to 'whiskey' and therefore cannot be considered to be 'off-topic':)

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  ChessHigherCat: <mckmac> What's the relevance of "whiskey"? They weren't even playing a Scotch :-)

I thought 'Our Man in Havana' was hilarious, too, but if Greene wanted to imply that the reports of nuclear missiles hidden in the Cuban jungle might have been fabricated by a vacuum cleaner salesman he was pretty far off-base.

Mar-30-19  joddon: na4 was a heavily artillery weapon prepared from Carslen to win the Championship...……...he knew Curuana didn't know how to defend against the threat of a dangerous knight...white attacks heavy in the endgame.....because black is thinking that white cant do much against whites queen...but when calsen has a queen in the endgame...………………………..there is no chance any way in HELL any one.....will ever beat CArlsen in the end because CArlsen knows what to do with his QUeen while others don't know what to do with the Queen in the game...……………… the end...….players think that the Queen will win by itself while CArlsen uses it with his force to ATTACK!!
Apr-14-19  Marvken: 22. e5 Bxf3 23. Qxf3
Easy win of the exchange
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  beatgiant: <Markven>
I'm not seeing the follow-up after 22. e5 Bxf3 23. Qxf3 <dxe5>. If 24. Rxd7 Nxd7, or if 24. fxe5 Rxd2.

Where is the easy win of the exchange?

Apr-20-19  RookFile: After something like 41....g5, this game is equal. Black plants a powerful knight on f4.
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