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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    Nanjing Pearl Spring

    Double round-robin with Carlsen, Anand, Topalov, Wang Yue, Gashimov, Bacrot.

    Games seem to be on at a reasonable time of day!

    After two rounds Carlsen has a win over Bacrot - rather nice win too. Other five games have been drawn.

    Carlsen - Bacrot.

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    Once again, I fear that Etienne will have to take the back row.

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    All games in round 3 decisive including wins for black by Anand and Bacrot, Carlsen also won.

    Topalov-Anand

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    Three in a row for Bacrot! At the half-way mark:

    +3 Carlsen
    +2 Bacrot
    = Anand
    -1 Gashimov
    -2 Topalov, Wang Yue

    Rd 4 Bacrot - Anand

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    According to chessbase, Anand pulled a "Houdini escape" against Carlsen.
    But with Backot losing Carles solidified his lead.
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    The Carlsen-Anand game was quite interesting with a Berlin Ruy Lopez turning into a French Exchange type setup where Carlsen got a lot of play in the symmetrical pawn-structure position:

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    It's amazing how Carlsen constantly outplays world top GMs in a seemingly equal finely balanced positions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igor_Goldenberg
    It's amazing how Carlsen constantly outplays world top GMs in a seemingly equal finely balanced positions.
    ... not to mention the actual world champion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Dowden
    ... not to mention the actual world champion!
    Hear, hear.
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    Anand-Topalov

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    A short but interesting draw, as opposed to this one, which is the sort of thing that makes the whole business of trying to regulate short draws pointless:

    Bacrot-Gashimov

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    Bacrot has previously played the same "game" in another event this year with black!

    With two to go:

    +3 Carlsen
    +1 Anand, Bacrot
    -1 Topalov, Gashimov
    -3 Wang Yue
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    Standings after 8 rounds:

    1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 5
    2-3. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2716 4
    2-3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2800 4
    4-5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803 3
    4-5. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2719 3
    6. Wang Yue g CHN 2732 2

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    Should we break out the chicken factor!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garvinator
    Should we break out the chicken factor!!!!
    Absolutely. Chicken Factor for Bacrot-Gashimov:

    1. Base value. 38-14=24 apiece.
    2. Colour bonus Bacrot +10 Gashimov -10
    3. Irrelevant
    4. Rating difference=3, divided by 5 and rounded =1, so Bacrot -1 Gashimov +1
    5. Preceding loss Bacrot -5
    6. Symmetrical pawn structure Bacrot -5 Gashimov -5
    7. Avoidable triple rep - not applicable, there are viable alternatives for both (especially for white)
    8. Been there done that Bacrot +10 Gashimov +10. That it is a repeat of one of Bacrot's own games probably justifies an additional penalty
    9. Why bother. +30 for both for draw in 11-15 moves
    10. Irrelevant

    Total Bacrot +63 Gashimov +50 meaning that Bacrot has been awarded the ultimate accolade of Chicken Supreme for this draw while Gash is merely (for this round) the Cowardly Cuckoo.
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    Odd after so many rounds!

    Quote Originally Posted by Garvinator
    Standings after 8 rounds:

    1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 5
    2-3. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2716 4
    2-3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2800 4
    4-5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803 3
    4-5. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2719 3
    6. Wang Yue g CHN 2732 2
    Unusual to see that every player's score ends in a !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Absolutely. Chicken Factor for Bacrot-Gashimov:

    1. Base value. 38-14=24 apiece.
    2. Colour bonus Bacrot +10 Gashimov -10
    3. Irrelevant
    4. Rating difference=3, divided by 5 and rounded =1, so Bacrot -1 Gashimov +1
    5. Preceding loss Bacrot -5
    6. Symmetrical pawn structure Bacrot -5 Gashimov -5
    7. Avoidable triple rep - not applicable, there are viable alternatives for both (especially for white)
    8. Been there done that Bacrot +10 Gashimov +10. That it is a repeat of one of Bacrot's own games probably justifies an additional penalty
    9. Why bother. +30 for both for draw in 11-15 moves
    10. Irrelevant

    Total Bacrot +63 Gashimov +50 meaning that Bacrot has been awarded the ultimate accolade of Chicken Supreme for this draw while Gash is merely (for this round) the Cowardly Cuckoo.
    Its stuff like this that brings all the scorn about GM short draws. Organisers put on these tournaments to allow the top players an opportunity to show how good they are.

    How do games like this one do that? The organisers should feel completely ripped off. The Bacrot and Gashimov have done nothing in this game to demonstrate that they are the best in the world at what they do.

    There are only three games per day. It is not like the Olympiad where one short draw like this just means there is one less game to view amongst another 100 or so games.

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