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   raker has kibitzed 18 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
raker: Alpha Zero v Stockfish ended up, if I remember correctly, with +25 =75 -0 for Alpha Zero, or 25% wins. For the 12 game Carlsen v Caruana match, a 25% win ratio would have resulted in two to three wins. So chess as chess is not inherently always drawn, even at such a high level. The ...
   Sep-14-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
raker: Alekhine had never beaten Capablanca before their 1927 match. Fischer had never beaten Spassky before their 1972 match. Interesting: 1927, 1972. Past performance speaks about the past, the future is unknowable. The youngsters will one day beat the oldsters. And one day, Carlsen will ...
   Oct-03-13 FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013) (replies)
raker: Curiously, Marshall, a master of tactics, always played d4. Perhaps the opening doesn't make the master?
   Mar-11-13 World Championship Candidates (2013) (replies)
raker: AVRO 1938, an "unofficial" Candidates Tournament, the winner to play Alekhine (though Alekhine later reneged on this, and started to negotiate a match with Flohr (who came last!!), included all eight of the world's top eight players (according to Chessmetrics) at the time, without ...
   Oct-30-10 Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010) (replies)
raker: About psychological dominaton: up to a point. We should remember that Alekhine never beat Capablanca before the 1927 match, and lost quite a few games, yet still managed to beat Capablanca six times during the match, and take the world championship. Likewise, Fischer never beat ...
   Oct-18-08 Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (replies)
raker: I'm surprised at all the compliments showered on game 3. Deep Fritz analysis (3 minutes per move) shows that this was a comedy of errors. Note that Kramnik could have won at move 18 with Nd2, rather than Bf4??. 15. Bxb5 Bd6?? ...
   Feb-29-08 Morelia-Linares (2008) (replies)
raker: Deep Fritz 10 with complete tablebases evaluates Carlsen - Shirov as won for Carlsen (79 ... Kf5 + -), even before Shirov's blunder 79 ... Ke5?, which leads to mate in a few moves. Carlsen's fighting spirit reminds me of Fischer in his best days.
   Dec-06-07 World Chess Cup (2007) (replies)
raker: One further tweak: the reigning world champion should not play in the candidates' tournament, in order to keep the suspense going as long as possible. So my comment above should include in the candidates' tournament the top twelve rated players apart from the world champion.
   Oct-02-07 World Championship Tournament (2007) (replies)
raker: Chessmetrics has an interesting list, all the players who have achieved 2800+ (Chessmetrics ratings, which are slightly different from ELO) on a three year rolling average. There are not very many, only ten: Lasker Pillsbury Capablanca Alekhine Botvinnik Fischer Karpov ...
   Oct-09-06 Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (replies)
raker: Rapid and blitz games are not necessarily a bad way to break tied matches. Sponsors don't want to pay for very long matches, for obvious reasons (the first Karpov - Kasparov match, Moscow 1984 - 85, lasted 48 games, and would have lasted longer if it hadn't been terminated ...
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