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Teimour Radjabov vs Alexander Morozevich
Biel Int'l Festival (2006), Biel SUI, rd 10, Aug-03
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-03-06  firebyrd: Also, why publish your good ideas on how to win in a game that doesn't mean anything. Better keep them for later.
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  Peligroso Patzer: I do realize that GM draws are inevitably part of chess, and I do not really fault Morozevich for today's short draw. What does seem hugely out-of-joint is that both Radjabov and Carlsen accumulated one full point from the last two rounds. Just compare how they respectively did this!!! If it is impractical to have a rule that gives Radjabov a zero for his last-round, 10-move draw, then how about making the primary tiebreak in such a situation the total number of moves played in the last two rounds, with an accordingly proportional division of the cumulative monetary prizes for second and third places.

I realize that this isn't practical either, but there ought to be some way to reward those who play for the love of the game and who realize that "the competition" isn't just about final placement in the tournmaent standings. Every individual game is a monumental competition, at least the way players like Carlsen and Nakamura approach chess.

Aug-03-06  percyblakeney: <Every individual game is a monumental competition, at least the way players like Carlsen and Nakamura approach chess>

I think short draws are boring, but at the same time one shouldn't make too much of one single game or two at the end of a tournament.

In last year's Biel Carlsen played 6 draws in 30 moves or less, Nakamura had 3. This year Radjabov offered draw in one game, in the last round, and accepted some draw offers with black. Longer games are more fun, and all credit to Carlsen today, who played well and won against a weak Bruzon. Morozevich and Radjabov played many very exciting games in Biel, and then this non-game at the end. Boring but not really representative for them...

Aug-03-06  acirce: Danailov is smiling.
Aug-03-06  aw1988: Here's for the morons that are always criticizing Kramnik for HIS short draws. What the hell do you call this, with Morozevich as a suspect? A deserved draw because it's not Kramnik?
Aug-03-06  alicefujimori: <Danailov is smiling>
Aug-03-06  alicefujimori: <aw1988>You should know the REAL answer to your question. If not, then look at the tournament situation for Moro during this game and his past records.
Aug-03-06  percyblakeney: I think one can learn much from this epic battle, and Morozevich shows what a player he is after some dubious wins against the tourists in Biel. In the last round he finally showed that he can compete with the best.
Aug-03-06  KingG: <percyblakeney> What are you talking about? He already proved he could compete with the best last year: Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2005
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  tamar: Didn't Mao say a journey of 1000 moves must begin with a single misstep?

Aug-03-06  s4life: <aw1988: Here's for the morons that are always criticizing Kramnik for HIS short draws. What the hell do you call this, with Morozevich as a suspect? A deserved draw because it's not Kramnik?>

A deserved draw because he's won 7 times already. You are a totally confused.

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  WannaBe: I have to agree, let's look at Kramnik's game 1 at Dortmund this year, Gelfand vs Kramnik, 2006 draw, 19 moves.

First game of the Dortmund tournament, don't you want to go out make a statement? "I'm BACK!", "I'm the CHAMP!", "Watch me win!!", "Let me show you why I'm the champ!"

This game, however, is the last game of the tournament, first place is already wrapped up.

If this were other any other non-individual sporting event, we'd see bench-warmers, garbage-time (as ol' Chick Hearns would say).

Aug-03-06  aw1988: <"Let me show you why I'm the champ!">

I thought he did that at the Olympiad...

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  WannaBe: <aw1988> Yes, good point. He did quite well at the Olympiad.
Aug-03-06  alicefujimori: <WannaBe>Yup. It doesn't matter how he performs from now on because he had a good 2006 Olympiad performance.
Aug-03-06  square dance: ok, kramnik has had black 3/4 games so far in dortmund. he made a 19 move draw with his buddy gelfand in the opening round. besides that his games have been nothing to complain about. even the petrov with svidler was somewhat interesting. we'll see what happens tomorrow, but it wont be easy to beat mickey since kramnik isnt going to bring out his best stuff just to win a game here. if he doesnt win this game then there is a really good chance that he will finish with all draws which will, of course, start a parade of stupidity that will only end if he beats topalov in their match, and before the rapid/blitz tie breaks at that! anyway, tomorrow is his best chance to win unless jabova decides to play for a win with the white pieces in round 6. if jabova wants to play for a draw from the beginning it will be difficult for kramnik to dissuade him. i suppose round 7 could be interesting if leko has something to play for as well.
Aug-03-06  acirce: Some need to understand that there is a difference between the Biel field and the Dortmund field. Morozevich is much better than most of the guys in Biel, and he knows that he is likely to be successful against them, so of course he goes for it.

Kramnik has had Black in 3 out of his 4 games so far, all against top-10 players! Is there any wonder that one of these three is a quick draw? The first and only time in Biel Morozevich has Black against someone of comparable strength is - well, this game. There is a difference between Kramnik's approach and Moro's, but it's not as big as many seem to believe. He is certainly also happy with a draw against these guys with Black every so often. Or with White, as in Morozevich vs Topalov, 2005 where he offered one after 12 moves. One difference is that Kramnik has an easier time getting one because his strength and solidity is so respected. Most top-10 players would be more likely to try to beat Moro, and quite often that is just what they do.

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  chancho: Kramnik has 14 straight games without a loss thus far and all against GM opposition. What's the all time record?
Aug-03-06  alicefujimori: Kramnik's performance is satisfactory so far, no question about that. But his game against Naiditsch made me believe that he might still not be 100% back to his level of play.
Aug-03-06  Hesam7: <chancho> can you tell us your source?? And the periods in which they were undefeated?
Aug-03-06  ughaibu: The longest is Tal at 93, second Tal at 86, third Kramnik at 82, fourth Tal(!) at 80.
Aug-03-06  alicefujimori: <Hesam7>Kramnik streak was well known. It was the period about 18 months before his match against Kasparov in 2000. His streak was ended by Adams. As for Tal, I am not sure.
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  chancho: <Hesam7> I was totally wrong on both Tal's and Kramnik unbeaten streaks. I found the link below, which has some chess records. Tal supposedly had two unbeaten streaks. (86 games and then 93) Kramnik had an 82 game unbeaten streak. the dates for the streaks are in the link below.

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  chancho: Darn it! <ughaibu> beat me to it.
Aug-03-06  alicefujimori: <chancho>At least you tried. Don't get discouraged by
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