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Member since May-27-13 · Last seen Oct-15-17
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   DirkMcCallahan has kibitzed 154 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-17 Isle of Man Open (2017) (replies)
DirkMcCallahan: What are the tiebreak rules for this event?
   Sep-21-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
DirkMcCallahan: <alexmagnus: I once made a calculation that with the current rules a WC match will see Blitz once in about 30 years and Armageddon once in about 700 years. So your "let's see" is quite unlikely.> I'd argue that the mere <possibility> of the new WCC being decided ...
   Jun-16-17 Altibox Norway (2017) (replies)
DirkMcCallahan: <If you posted some math here, you could argue that the minimum activity requirements are not enough, so a player can achieve a high rating for January and then play the minimum number of games and "coast" on that achievement. Is that what you are thinking? If so, I could ...
   Apr-26-17 Gashimov Memorial (2017) (replies)
DirkMcCallahan: <Nerwal> Thank you very much!
   Apr-09-17 Sabina-Francesca Foisor (replies)
DirkMcCallahan: What a way to win the championship! Rf6 was a jewel of a move.
   Feb-19-17 FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017) (replies)
DirkMcCallahan: I've been out of the loop. Why aren't Caruana, Kramnik, So, Anand, and Topalov playing? So and Caruana have a good chance at getting to the next Candidates based on rating, but why wouldn't you take any opportunity you could to reach the Candidates?
   Dec-01-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
DirkMcCallahan: As much as I despise the idea of tiebreaks playing a role in deciding the WCC, I have to admit that the tiebreaks were definitely more "entertaining" than several of the classical games. Perhaps FIDE should be marketing the World Rapid Championship and World Blitz ...
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
DirkMcCallahan: I played the video again, and it's around the 5:20:00 mark. A more accurate transcription is something like: "All right, Sergey Karjakin. Your dream of becoming a World Chess Champion does not come true [slight pause] today. How does that feel?" Anyway, fantastic game! I got ...
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
DirkMcCallahan: <Domdaniel: Anyone *still* object to the format?> Yep. This was an exciting game, to be sure, and I'd love for there to be more high-profile rapids matches/tourneys, but this is no way to determine the World Chess Champion.
   Nov-28-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
DirkMcCallahan: This game was an insult to chess lovers everywhere, but I don't blame the players. I'd like to think that FIDE would use this as an excuse to rethink their ridiculous approach to the WCC, but I'm sure that they won't.
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