View Poll Results: Who will win?

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  • Magnus Carlsen

    12 50.00%
  • Levon Aronian

    3 12.50%
  • Teimour Radjabov

    3 12.50%
  • Vesilin Topalov

    1 4.17%
  • Sergey Karjakin

    1 4.17%
  • Vasily Ivanchuk

    2 8.33%
  • Vugar Gashimov

    0 0%
  • Hikaru Nakamura

    1 4.17%
  • Boris Gelfand

    0 0%
  • Fabiano Caruana

    0 0%
  • Gata Kamsky

    1 4.17%
  • Anish Giri

    0 0%
  • David Navara

    0 0%
  • Loek Van Wely

    0 0%
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  1. #1
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    Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012

    The annual super tournement at Wijk aan Zee starts in just under a week. A 13 round single round-robin amongst the 14 perticipants. All the info is here: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

    Grandmaster Group A has 7 of the worlds top 10 participating and an average rating of 2755.

    So who will win?

    World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen finished last year well winning the London Chess Classic - but that was 3-1-0 scoring;
    Now having a secure grip on the world No. 2 spot Levon Aronian will want to press his claims;
    Good to Veselin Topolov playing in this company - what fireworks can he produce;
    Vasily Ivanchuk finished with a win at Reggio Emilia, over Hikura Nakamura;
    Nakamura himself is the defending champion in this tournament;
    Boris Gelfand, the challenger for the World Championship - Vishy Anand is skipping this tournament so who's preparation will be better?
    Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri, the worlds top two ranked junior players - what can Giri produce in his "home" tournament?
    Last edited by Bollard; 09-01-2012 at 05:26 AM.
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    I voted for Levon Aronian. The Armenian sportman has links to Australia so I have to go for the honouray Australian. GO LEV

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    Quote Originally Posted by lost
    I voted for Levon Aronian. The Armenian sportman has links to Australia so I have to go for the honouray Australian. GO LEV
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    Any problem with me changing the poll to close after a few days of the event? Play starts on the 14th, we would normally close the poll about the 16th or 17th so so that people can base their votes on a round or two but no more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Any problem with me changing the poll to close after a few days of the event? Play starts on the 14th, we would normally close the poll about the 16th or 17th so so that people can base their votes on a round or two but no more.
    Saw this too late but I have voted for Karjakin to bounce back. He is overdue for another top-notch performance. But maybe after 2 rounds he will be on 0.5. Ah well, but Magnus can't win everything!
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    Go Magnus!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Any problem with me changing the poll to close after a few days of the event? Play starts on the 14th, we would normally close the poll about the 16th or 17th so so that people can base their votes on a round or two but no more.
    I'm ok with that. When I was first setting it up I thought one week was too short as it captured the first round. I thought of ten days, but in the end just went with the even two weeks. It still seemed that it would be less than half-way through the tournment, but happy to go with an accepted standard.
    When everything is said and done, and nothings left to do, I'd like to be the final one to say "What else is new?"

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    I just clicked on the view poll results and I go this:

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    That's because I was in the act of resetting as you did so!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    That's because I was in the act of resetting as you did so!

    Poll reset now as public poll.

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    OK thanks, I haven't voted yet, I only wanted to see the market trends and movements before I got involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Any problem with me changing the poll to close after a few days of the event? Play starts on the 14th, we would normally close the poll about the 16th or 17th so so that people can base their votes on a round or two but no more.
    I probably should have waited until at least seeing the draw.

    14 player single round robin I guess means some will have 7 white and 6 blacks which must be a slight advantage in this tourney.

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    I put the mockers on Topalov because he hasn't won a thing in ages and must be in danger of forgetting he exists if he doesn't win something again soon.
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    I've voted for Carlsen to win, but the player I most want to see do well is Anish Giri.
    When everything is said and done, and nothings left to do, I'd like to be the final one to say "What else is new?"

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    Karjakin's looking pretty good at the moment. Nobody has voted for him to win!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Karjakin's looking pretty good at the moment. Nobody has voted for him to win!
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