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ER
05-02-2021, 03:15 PM
Magnus (black) vs So in R1

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen takes on US Champion Wesley So when the Opera Euro Rapid kicks off at 17:00 CET on Saturday. The 3rd event on the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour features 16 players, who will be reduced to just 8 after a cut-throat 3-day preliminary stage. Tour leader Teimour Radjabov will be joined by the likes of Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Liren and Daniil Dubov, with Tata Steel Masters runner-up Anish Giri already eyeing a Valentine’s Day date with Magnus.

Source Chess24

https://chess24.com/en/read/news/wesley-so-vs-carlsen-opera-euro-rapid-starts-saturday?fbclid=IwAR37cmQfytspy8QFeTdFJh-FXcx7ohSqmFvJHsi-zTqW9oKugdi7OXUT3no

MichaelBaron
05-02-2021, 09:42 PM
Just wondering: if a tournament is played online...does it qualify as ''Overseas News and Results'' or not :).

Kevin Bonham
05-02-2021, 09:55 PM
Just wondering: if a tournament is played online...does it qualify as ''Overseas News and Results'' or not :).

Yes if the organisation is based overseas and especially also if the players are overwhelmingly not Australian.

Scott Colliver
06-02-2021, 03:50 PM
I hope there is some decent coverage not just the terrible chess24 coverage.

Metro
06-02-2021, 11:41 PM
Games commence tonight 0300 AEDT according to chess24 and the official site
https://championschesstour.com/

Scott Colliver
07-02-2021, 09:11 AM
Carlsen lost round 1 then won 4 in a row to lead with 4/5. So and Nepomniachtchi equal 2nd on 3.5/4

Desmond
08-02-2021, 10:32 AM
I hope there is some decent coverage not just the terrible chess24 coverage.

Chess24 seem to have split the coverage into 2 in recent tournaments.

1 with GM David Howell etc which is really aimed at total beginners / non-chess-players I assume, that for me is totally unwatchable.

The other stream is for more practiced kibitzers I guess, featuring GM Peter Leko and others. Peter Leko I like a lot, he is extremely insightful and strong and explains things well. His voice I find quite abrasive but his commentary makes it worth it. But when they pair him with Tanya Sachdev I can't watch it. She has a really annoying voice as well and adds nothing to Leko's commentary. For Tata Steel they swapped Sachdev out for Jan Gustaffson and Lawrence Trent for the second leg of the event, so I watched that. Jan is awesome at explaining openings particularly. Trent is a bit of a goofball but actually pretty strong when he tries to be. I used to like it when Svidler was doing it as well, but Leko seems to have taken over lately.

Capablanca-Fan
09-02-2021, 04:38 AM
The other stream is for more practiced kibitzers I guess, featuring GM Peter Leko and others. Peter Leko I like a lot, he is extremely insightful and strong and explains things well. His voice I find quite abrasive but his commentary makes it worth it. But when they pair him with Tanya Sachdev I can't watch it. She has a really annoying voice as well and adds nothing to Leko's commentary. For Tata Steel they swapped Sachdev out for Jan Gustaffson and Lawrence Trent for the second leg of the event, so I watched that. Jan is awesome at explaining openings particularly. Trent is a bit of a goofball but actually pretty strong when he tries to be. I used to like it when Svidler was doing it as well, but Leko seems to have taken over lately.

I agree with your assessment. Leko saw Magnus' trap for Naka before Naka fell right into it (https://twitter.com/chess24com/status/1358525271280877575?cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email). Leko is one of a few distinguished players who missed out on a world championship by drawing a title match.

Scott Colliver
09-02-2021, 07:17 AM
Nakamura mucked up a totally winning position in the last round against Shankland to lose and end up being eliminated on tie break. A huge surprise.

Desmond
09-02-2021, 07:57 AM
I agree with your assessment. Leko saw Magnus' trap for Naka before Naka fell right into it (https://twitter.com/chess24com/status/1358525271280877575?cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email). Leko is one of a few distinguished players who missed out on a world championship by drawing a title match.

Not only that, but he was leading the match going into the final game. He was just a draw away from being world champion.

Metro
09-02-2021, 04:55 PM
Nakamura mucked up a totally winning position in the last round against Shankland to lose and end up being eliminated on tie break. A huge surprise.
Huge disappointment for Naka.Look at the quality in the group that were eliminated.Ding had a shocker.


9 GM Nakamura, Hikaru (2829)

10 GM Shankland, Sam (2609)

11 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian (2778)

12 GM Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi (2636)

13 GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier (2786)

14 GM Grischuk, Alexander (2784)

15 GM Bluebaum, Matthias (2562)

16 GM Ding, Liren (2836)

Scott Colliver
09-02-2021, 05:42 PM
Yes, Ding was in bad form but he did beat Carlsen.

Scott Colliver
09-02-2021, 06:10 PM
Pairings for 1/4 finals

Carlsen - Dubov

Aronian - MVL

So - Duda

Giri - Radjabov

Desmond
09-02-2021, 07:08 PM
Yes, Ding was in bad form but he did beat Carlsen.

Ding has been performing horribly in all these online rapid events over the last 12 months.
He's lucky they aren't rated, if they were he's probably dropped at least 50 points if not 100.
Maybe you can put some of it down to unfavourable time zone, but he should have worked that out by now.
Dead last behind a 2560.

Metro
11-02-2021, 02:08 PM
Semi-finals

1.GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2860 - GM Carlsen, Magnus 2881
2.GM Radjabov, Teimour 2758 - GM So, Wesley 2741

Capablanca-Fan
12-02-2021, 01:40 AM
Chess24 seem to have split the coverage into 2 in recent tournaments.
Speaking of 2, Chess24 has the annoying practice of having different links for the prelims and finals for those tournaments that have this substandard system.

Metro
13-02-2021, 01:47 PM
Final
GM So, Wesley 2741—GM Carlsen, Magnus 2881
After the days play MVL said Magnus was close to his best.It must be a huge relief for him.
Games commence 0300 AEDT tomorrow.

Scott Colliver
13-02-2021, 11:16 PM
Final
GM So, Wesley 2741—GM Carlsen, Magnus 2881
After the days play MVL said Magnus was close to his best.It must be a huge relief for him.
Games commence 0300 AEDT tomorrow.

He might be close to his best but it did not stop him blundering a bishop and losing the 3rd game and the 2nd match of the semi final as a result.

Desmond
14-02-2021, 09:18 AM
He might be close to his best but it did not stop him blundering a bishop and losing the 3rd game and the 2nd match of the semi final as a result.

And another 1 move blunder in the game after, under no particular time trouble. Still far from his best IMO.

MichaelBaron
14-02-2021, 10:46 AM
The sad part is, the negative impact of these online rapid events on Top Players' chess is obvious (as evident from Tata Steel) - some are struggling to focus.

ER
14-02-2021, 11:18 AM
The sad part is, the negative impact of these online rapid events on Top Players' chess is obvious ...

Add to that the Covid-19 (plus new virus strains) psychological pressure!
Some newer players are making their presence felt though! Tata performances and placements may be an example!
Back to the Opera Euro Rapid final day one, despite the mistakes, there were some remarkable ideas exhibited by both players.

Scott Colliver
14-02-2021, 12:30 PM
And another 1 move blunder in the game after, under no particular time trouble. Still far from his best IMO.

Do you mean hanging the queen with Qd3? Apparently that was not a blunder but a way of resigning.

Desmond
14-02-2021, 08:26 PM
Do you mean hanging the queen with Qd3? Apparently that was not a blunder but a way of resigning.

The move earlier, he appeared to miss ...Qe4. Qd3 appears to be a mouseslip intending Qd2 but it was already bad.

See his reaction here at 3:30.52.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyOQXNqx-FA

Scott Colliver
14-02-2021, 09:30 PM
The move earlier, he appeared to miss ...Qe4. Qd3 appears to be a mouseslip intending Qd2 but it was already bad.

See his reaction here at 3:30.52.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyOQXNqx-FA

Yes, he clearly allowed an advantage slip away in the last few moves but was it losing?

Capablanca-Fan
15-02-2021, 12:57 PM
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime – Radjabov, Teimour
Final | Match 2 (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/meltwater-champions-chess-tour-opera-euro-rapid-2021-knockout/8/2/2)

A dead drawn RP v R endgame (e.g. Philidor 3rd rank defence (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philidor_position#Philidor_position,_rook_and_pawn _versus_rook)) turned into a dead drawn KP v K endgame. But White found the only move to hand Black the opposition.
1...Rg5 2.Rxg5+?? [2.Kf4=] [2.Kh4=] [2.Kf3=] [2.Kh3=] 2... Kxg5 {-+, with a standard winning position} 3.Kf3 Kf5 4.Kf2 Kf4 0-1

Desmond
15-02-2021, 02:48 PM
Yes, he clearly allowed an advantage slip away in the last few moves but was it losing?

Well, whether it was losing or not (it may have been) is irrelevant to the point that he just completely blundered the simple, strong move. He's just playing nowhere near his best, as was seen again today.

ER
15-02-2021, 03:08 PM
For the record.

Final and play off for 3rd and 4rth

4781


A dead drawn RP v R endgame (e.g. Philidor 3rd rank defence) turned into a dead drawn KP v K endgame. But White found the only move to hand Black the opposition.

Oh mon Dieu, cher monsieur Lagrave, comment avez-vous pu commettre une insulte aussi horrible à votre célèbre compatriote monsieur Philidor? Très inexcusable!

Metro
19-02-2021, 05:14 PM
Nakamura mucked up a totally winning position in the last round against Shankland to lose and end up being eliminated on tie break. A huge surprise.

On his Twitch stream, Naka said after that loss it took him 3 hours to fall asleep :evil: