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|Jan-23-15|| ||Kain3: <Whitehat1963: I like his affinity for unorthodox opening play, but will he ever be ready for prime time? By that, I mean, will he ever become one of the world's top 10, receive invites to the super tournaments, participate in championship knockout matches, etc.?>|
I'm sure he will be ready, maybe not right away, but by the time he reaches 20-21. His play is very wild and therefore inconsistent, brilliant wins followed by shocking losses, I beleive the only thing he needs is experience playing against the super-top, to add a little "stability" to his play. It's too early to predict anything about him being WC material, but I'm he'll crack the top-10.
|Feb-01-15|| ||Whitehat1963: Meanwhile Wei Yi has passed him on the Live Rating list. Still, I think ratings for teenagers are far too volitile to predict future success among top 10 players.|
|Mar-25-15|| ||waustad: Happy birthday to one of the more interesting players around.|
|Apr-26-15|| ||f0xl0ck: Top 100 in 68 Rapport 2671.1 −38.9
|Jul-27-15|| ||Whitehat1963: Not yet ready for prime time. Will he ever be? I have my doubts. He might become a top 20 player one day, but I don't see him ever becoming top 5. Still, I like his unorthodox style, which should help him generate plenty of upsets during his career.|
|Aug-03-15|| ||fisayo123: If he starts to take openings seriously again and develops a decent repertoire then he certainly has the talent to do so. |
The strange about Rapport is that initially, if memory serves, he actually used to play more orthodox openings and that's what made him successful. All of a sudden, he starts playing all this funny stuff and he unsurprisingly begins to decline. I have nothing against him playing the Chigorin for example because I think it's a very interesting opening, but if you're going to do that, then stick with it for more than 5 minutes and know what you're doing beyond the opening.
|Aug-03-15|| ||Whitemouse: <Top 100 in 68 Rapport 2671.1 −38.9
Ouch> it seems that FIDE hasn't calculated games from Biel. Rapport will drop more elo point in the next list.|
|Aug-03-15|| ||parisattack: At one point I simply assumed he was 'hanging it all out' to see where the boundaries were in the game. That would be a reasonable process for a young player.|
At this point...not so sure. As interesting as I find his openings ->2400 they are just suicidal.
|Aug-14-15|| ||Kain3: <If he starts to take openings seriously again and develops a decent repertoire then he certainly has the talent to do so.|
The strange about Rapport is that initially, if memory serves, he actually used to play more orthodox openings and that's what made him successful. All of a sudden, he starts playing all this funny stuff and he unsurprisingly begins to decline. I have nothing against him playing the Chigorin for example because I think it's a very interesting opening, but if you're going to do that, then stick with it for more than 5 minutes and know what you're doing beyond the opening.>
He did play unusual openings like Larsen's opening even in his breakthrough years (2013-14), but I have to agree with you, this year he went completely overboard with the experimenting and unorthodox openings. I have no problem with unorthodox play, but he does need to stick to some of these openings and form a repertoire.
|Aug-15-15|| ||Barococo Prosopoeia: It is good for chess to have variety.|
|Aug-15-15|| ||FairyPromotion: <Barococo Prosopoeia: It is good for chess to have variety.>|
It is even better for chess elite to have variety. There are many super exciting players below 2700, but Rapport is one with all the necessary skills to make it at the very top. He just needs to appreciate the sportive values of chess a little more, and focus on winning some games. Otherwise there won't be many invitations left for elite tournaments.
|Nov-15-15|| ||AzingaBonzer: Rapport is on a ridiculous streak. He's managed to pull his rating back up from ~2650 to 2700+, and now he's on a perfect 2/2 at the European Team Championship and looking to win a third. Live rating at 2704.3.|
|Nov-15-15|| ||Zerebuh: Yes, he is in tremendous form.
In the last 3 months he played 33 games (against opposition rated (averagely) 2535). He won 24 (including wins against 2700+ guys Naiditsch, Li Chao and Fressinet), draw 8 and lost only 1. That makes his performance rating 2814. For the last 20 games, his performance rating is an even more impressive 2840!
It seems like he got over his problems and he finally shows everyone his true potential.
|Nov-17-15|| ||AzingaBonzer: Unfortunately, Rapport's hot streak was stopped by another player who has recently been on fire: Pavel Eljanov.|
|Nov-26-15|| ||Zerebuh: Yes, he lost to Eljanov with black (can happen to anyone), but despite that he had a very good ETCC! His team finished on 3rd and got the Bronze medal, and Rapport himself got an individual gold medal for his board 2 performance of 2828!|
In the last 3 months, he gained ~70 Elo points and he beat well known super GMs (Naiditsch, Li Chao, Fressinet, Radjabov).
His performance rating for his last 40 games is 2800+, so if he keeps this form, he will be a 2750+ top player in no time. Let's wait and see.
|Mar-25-16|| ||waustad: Going from Smyslov to Rapport as POTD is quite a jump. I enjoy what both did, but the imagination and tactical approach is probably more fun. Damn the Torpedos and all of that Farragut kind of stuff. Several of my favorites have this sort of approach. May they all prosper, since this style makes chess so much more fun than milking the last iota of advantage out of a fashionable line of the Berlin. I'm in awe there, but getting to a complicated position where nobody has seen the position before is better from my POV.|
|Mar-25-16|| ||Richard Taylor: But Smyslov played some beautiful attacking and combinative games. He was one of the greatest chess players. Fischer (for example) admired Smyslov and his play.|
|Mar-25-16|| ||ketchuplover: happy 20th young man|
|Mar-25-16|| ||waustad: <richard taylor> I love Smyslov's approach to the game. I am also in awe of Petrosian with his positional exchange sacs and so much more. That being said, I find the player who goes off the beaten track to be more interesting. My faves are a rather eclectic bunch.|
|Mar-25-16|| ||falso contacto: Veinte años no es nada.|
|Mar-26-16|| ||Richard Taylor: Yes he is young still and very strong...but <waustad> my point is that people forget the complexity of chess. Tal, and I liked him when I started Chess, as I had his book (by P H Clarke), but we (my father and I) then got Petrosian's book...meanwhile, Botvinnik.|
Fischer for example is often wrongly called an "attacking player" by those who don't study his games deeply but he really, at base, has more similarity with Capablanca, Tarrasch and others: but of course he understood the Hypermodern ideas and his Poisoned Pawn line was based no positional ideas...just that the Nafdorf is the positional converted into tactics: and as you would know there is no real separation except style and these are hard to guage...
These days there is talk of Anand's great depth of opening knowledge but playing his games in his (several) books (Gambit courtesy of Murray I got his latest largest one) we see some excruciatingly complex positions arising...and some beautiful tactical and innovative games.
That side of him is forgotten, and we see that happened to Flohr and others who were more 'creative' when young. Many other examples & issues, and there are those off-beat players less attended to...
Oh well, we are all pushing the same little objects around a board!
|Mar-26-16|| ||Richard Taylor: <falso contacto: Veinte años no es nada.>|
I think I understand, but his age could be seen 2 ways. One he is greatly talented to be only 20, or that at 20 he should be doing even better.
But I think he looks happy enough. I would be happy with 1/2 his rating! Well a (bit more of a) reasonable fraction of it...
|Mar-26-16|| ||falso contacto: Hi Richard. I was referring to a small part of a famous tango by Gardel, which me as an Argentinian keep in my blood. It is an old song that has come a long way.
The voice is saying that very thing you said: even if twenty years is not nothing, I still remember when I was young. And I still love all the those many things I loved as a child.
Btw: Do you speak some spanish? I'll search for a more complete translation if its not the case.
Then the voice say that he's aging, and as far as he may have go and come back from, he still remember the pains of its youth with some regrets. Who doesn't? So for the young man: tanti auguri, a pagan blessing. Meaning I wish you receive many more blessings in the future.
|Mar-26-16|| ||waustad: <falso...>You are speaking to all of us who are a bit older than typical here.|
|Mar-26-16|| ||waustad: For my Spanish, Costa Rican barmaids have often asked me to translate for them, but that doesn't mean I speak it well. Hearing comprehension is always difficult in any language.|
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