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|Nov-07-13|| ||dakgootje: Presumably because it would take 6 hours to watch back.|
As opposed to for instance American Football which, if advertisements are edited out, condenses into a neat 6 minutes.
|Nov-08-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: There is that, yes. Then, watching the game live takes just as long :)|
|Nov-08-13|| ||dakgootje: I hardly ever watch a full game ;)
Only a couple of time hung around almost the full time when there was some interesting tournament going on with excellent commentary.
Anyway, have you had your hand at chessbet.com yet? :)
|Nov-08-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dak> To me it looks like a misnomer. I see no betting, just a prediction contest :)|
I suck at predicting the outcomes of chess games, so it isn't really my thing.
|Nov-08-13|| ||dakgootje: That's true actually - I initially thought it'd be more bookielike (as in: sporting a smart black hat).|
No way to beat the system or the opponents, except for predicting more accurately ;)
|Nov-08-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <lucky> Just noticed Betfair is offering <Carlsen -1.5>, currently trading around even money. If you think Carlsen will score 3 wins to 0 or 1 that could be an opportunity... just don't blame me if you lose :-)|
|Nov-08-13|| ||dakgootje: Heheh - true true.
Not going to take the risk though. Might've put a bit on it [if only for bragging rights! ;] if I'd had an account.
|Nov-08-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakgootje: Heheh - true true.>|
A bit like <jfq>'s verbless approach to foreign languages :)
A neat concept, and quite possibly actually helpful for people new to the language in question, but ultimately not very practical, at least for anything beyond the simplest sentences.
|Nov-08-13|| ||dakgootje: Harder sure, perhaps even impractical - but somehow strangely catchy nonetheless!|
Though the absense of tense and time - well, no, actually the absense of proper combinations between particles. Miss' Jess's philosophy s'initially ' ?
|Nov-12-13|| ||dakgootje: I should be doing useful things.
Instead, I'm only sitting utterly charmed by Irina Krush :x
|Nov-20-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakkie> Ever tried a Guess-the-Move simul? :)|
|Nov-21-13|| ||dakgootje: I haven't played GTM in a long time - so let alone trying a simul :(|
Don't think it really suits my GTM-style :P
Is it fun?
Of course I do follow Anand-Carlsen fairly closely, but that takes more time than I ought to spend on chess ;)
|Nov-21-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: I thought it was quite fun - and the closest either of us will ever get to giving a simul against players of that strength :)|
Mind you, I mostly moved extremely fast, which might indeed not suit your style. And I only tried it with two and three games, not fifty ;-)
|Nov-21-13|| ||dakgootje: Exactly. Given that I'm worlds worst blitzplayer, I think I'd just obtain a number of "Go back to the lesson about how the horsie moves"-results. :)|
|Nov-21-13|| ||dakgootje: Anyway, poor poor Anand. Felt really bad for him today. |
I watched most of todays game via chess.com's stream, as I'd rather fancied their commentary so far. Just seemed black was under heavy pressure throughout. Such a massive position for white visually.
And I wasn't completely sure whether I wanted the draw more or Anand winning. Sure, for the match the latter would be better - but it just seemed time for Carlsen to take over the crown. So let's not take too many chances.
As long as Anand didn't lose. Thought that would be absolutely crushing. Not merely for this match, though losing in front of your own supporters is tough. But for future games of his against Carlsen. And just in general for future games and tournaments.
He's had mediocre tournament runs before, even when he tried to play more interesting and win a game. The world championship and a great match record was the main thing he had left. Not really sure how he'll cope. In truth, I wouldn't be all that surprised if he'd actually quit.
So yeah - then he blundered and lost. Really sad - he didn't deserve that. Not by a longshot. Poor vishy.
|Nov-21-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakgootje: Anyway, poor poor Anand. Felt really bad for him today.>|
Yes. At least in today's game he tried. And he got one of those ultra-sharp positions we were talking about... and lost. Like you said, Anand has grown old and is no longer the Anand of old.
At the same time, though, I'm very impressed with how the Ogre of T°nsberg handled this game. This was the perfect opportunity to show he's only a human and he utterly failed to grasp it :)
So after a series of disappointments for Anand, we're pretty much exactly where you predicted - three wins for Carlsen and none for Anand. I guess those who fight the Ogre can expect to be disappointed. And eaten.
|Nov-21-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: Hmm, everyone else's kibitzes have been bumped off this page. Seems we have a bad case of talking to ourselves :)|
|Nov-21-13|| ||Annie K.: I hereby pronounce you cured! :)|
|Nov-22-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <Annie> Thanks, I suppose ;-)|
|Nov-22-13|| ||Annie K.: Well, I was *trying* to be helpful... ;)
And how about that Carlsen?! =)
|Nov-23-13|| ||dakgootje: <At the same time, though, I'm very impressed with how the Ogre of T°nsberg handled this game.>|
He always mentions he finds it easy to play only-moves, but I'd be mainly worried that even with those moves I'd be lost ;)
<So after a series of disappointments for Anand, we're pretty much exactly where you predicted - three wins for Carlsen and none for Anand.>
Yup, I think I said 2-3 Carlsen and 0-1 Anand. So during the game for the most part I was considering the 0-1 aspect.
Can we break up that 9th game, giving half a win to Carlsen and half a win to Anand - which would make my prediction absolutely spot-on? ;) :P
Yeah well, what can I say. Circumstances I suppose. Both players have been rather consistent for a substantial time. And I've seen them relatively much in postgames etc. So that culminated in a fairly appropriate match-prediction.
However, if I'd had been Caruana or Karjakin playing I wouldn't have known where to start. Or even Kramnik, of course a completely different player than.. well 5 years ago.
<I guess those who fight the Ogre can expect to be disappointed. And eaten.>
So who do we expect to be the next serious contestant?
Think <Kramnik> would be very interesting - one of the few player who might stand a fair chance. Saw a comment couple of days ago that <Naka> thought some months ago that with a proper training regime he might catch up or even overtake Carlsen. Don't see that happening in all honesty. <Topalov> seems very vague; could really go either way - hard to pinpoint him.
Then there's <Aronian>, <Caruana> and <Karjakin>. All three very talented, think all three are potentially able to take Carlsens title - under certain conditions. That is, all three (and especially the former 2) have had tournaments or short periods of time when it really seemed they'd stepped up there game. Really got it this time, to consequently outplay their opponents.
Above and beyond a string of victories due to chance. For instance Aronian had a short while perhaps a year ago when he was absolutely fenomenal grinding out endgames, also Carlsenesque. And Caruana sometimes plays brilliant tournaments, and the next one bombs.
Think <if> there indeed is an underlying reason and <if> they can find and exploit this - they can put up a significant challenge.
However as it stands, I think only Kramnik has a real chance.
<Miss Annie> Thanks - you are ever so helpful :)
<And how about that Carlsen?!>
I was just thinking, you know, that Carl Magnussen boy - boy, he plays a mean game of checkers. Bet he stands a real chance making some money off it some time.
|Dec-11-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakkie> Seeing how this is Guess-the-Move season, here are a couple fun games to try ;-)|
Guess-the-Move: Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1921
Guess-the-Move: F Kuijpers vs K Van der Weide, 1992
In Alekhine-Rubinstein I somehow managed to score 117 (against a par of 93)... which sounds good, but since I dropped my queen at one point you should be able to beat it ;-)
In the Dutch game I scored a miserable 18 points and a Needs Work. Don't ask how :)
|Dec-12-13|| ||dakgootje: Scored a 35 in that game.
Completely messed up the opening and early middlegame complications [simply horrendous calculations]. However I did ace the last 7 moves :)
|Dec-12-13|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: I think I may have scored negative points over those 7 moves :-)|
|Dec-12-13|| ||dakgootje: Oh dear - that's no good :)
Most of the early middlegame I wanted to sac my knight and/or bishop against the f5-pawn. But couldn't get it to work, and initially thought c5 only let to simplifications.
I guess I'll start the other game even though it'll take longer :)
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