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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    Magnus Carlsen v The World, September 10 (US time)

    Thought I might start a new thread for this upcoming unusual event. Basically it seems like a one-day version of Kasparov vs The World:

    The RAW World Chess Challenge gives chess players around the world the opportunity to beat Magnus at his own game during this online game of chess. Three Chess Grandmasters, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from France, Hikaru Nakamura from the United States and Judit Polgár from Hungary, will suggest a move each to the registered public. The public can vote online for their favourite move to be played against Magnus.
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    Sounds quite fun. Will have to see how busy my calendar is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pablito15
    Cool! Where will they suggest the moves? ICC?
    I'm getting the impression there will most likely be a special site for the event.
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    A nice effort by Magnus vs Maxim (2005) I don't know about the quality of this game (not so impressed by Max) but Magnus's N sac on move 33 is cute!

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    Official site at http://rwcc.g-star.com/ is now taking registrations. The event is showing as starting in 5 days 5 hours which comes out at early next Saturday morning (11th) our time, presumably about 2 am or maybe slightly earlier.

    The time limit is: for Magnus 1 minute per move.

    For the World Team, 1 minute per move for the three GMs to make their recommendations. If the recommendation of the three GMs is unanimous that move is automatically made, otherwise the public gets 90 seconds to to vote. It looks like the vote is just between the moves proposed by the GMs.

    Either Magnus or the GMs can take extra time of up to 2 mins per move three times in the game. After that if anyone flags on a move they lose.

    This sounds quite frantic and I will be interested to see if the technical side of things holds up.

    I am a little disappointed at the indirect nature of the public vote. It is really not a game between Carlsen and a world team voting for whatever they like (a la Kasparov v the World), but a game between Carlsen and three Grandmasters with the public acting as a tiebreaker when the GMs differ as to the move to be played. Maybe this is to stop trolls from voting for blunders.

    Probably enough of the public will be running Rybka/Fritz/whatever that it will become like a game between Magnus and a weaker grandmaster where the latter has the advantage of being able to avoid gross blunders. Unless all the GMs recommend blunders at the same time of course.
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    I take it from the above that if 2 of the GMs vote one move and the third votes another, then the former move will not be weighed heavier.
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    Yep.

    This starts 2 am our time tonight.

    I have read that Carlsen drew white for the game. It surprised me that he even allowed a draw for colours at all rather than demanding white as a version of simul-givers privelege.
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    Bit onesided really. I came on around move 21 and already it was looking pretty ordinary:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Bit onesided really. I came on around move 21 and already it was looking pretty ordinary:

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    It seems that Black should have played 10... a5 then ... c5 to block the normal side White plays on. White would then have to switch to f4 play. 10... Bg4 misplaced the B, and just helped White play his normal f3 to hold up Black's K-side play. The line opening with ... cxd5 turned out to help White.

    Of course, Carlsen cuts right through the tactical maze with 28.Nb6. Lesser mortals would probably play 28. g4 to close off Black's K-side play then overpower Black on the Q-side at leisure.
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