View Poll Results: Pick the winner and the margin

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  • Carlsen by four or more games - impossible

    0 0%
  • Carlsen by three games (7-4) - impossible

    0 0%
  • Carlsen by three games (6.5-3.5) - impossible

    0 0%
  • Carlsen by two games (7-5) - impossible

    3 20.00%
  • Carlsen by two games (6.5-4.5) - impossible

    3 20.00%
  • Carlsen by one game (6.5-5.5) - impossible

    3 20.00%
  • 6-6 tie, Carlsen wins playoff - CORRECT

    3 20.00%
  • 6-6 tie, Caruana wins playoff

    0 0%
  • Caruana by one game (6.5-5.5) - impossible

    2 13.33%
  • Caruana by two games (7-5) - impossible

    1 6.67%
  • Caruana by two games (6.5-4.5) - impossible

    0 0%
  • Caruana by three games (7-4) - impossible

    0 0%
  • Caruana by three games (6.5-3.5) - impossible

    0 0%
  • Caruana by four or more games - impossible

    0 0%
  • Match does not happen or not completed for whatever reason

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  1. #16
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    Sigh Karuana escaped! A couple of years ago, Carlsen would not miss such an opportunity. Softening down a bit. Would he win that game, it would make the rest of the match difficult for Fabi.
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    Interesting game. Carlsen didn't care about a backward P on f6 then losing it, because he got good play. He missed the winning plan of quickly switching flanks 34... Qe5 then Qb2, then in some lines ... b5 and ... Ba5. And on move 38, one possibility was ... Rg3, which looked like he was playing for by marching his P down to h4. 39. Ng3 hxg3 and the combination of strong passed Ps and the threats of ... Qa1 getting behind the Ps will be too hard for White to handle.
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    Game 1 Caruana - Carlsen

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    Quote Originally Posted by road runner View Post
    The logo is so weird. I guess they are expecting a close match.

    I think I can see a mating pattern from that position! Let's hope it's not a "forced" mate1
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    Once again the official website showing itself to be one of the worst things in internet history. Video not working and loads of people online complaining about it and saying they want their money back. When I went to the front page there wasn't even an obvious way to log in - I got in by trial and error of clicking things off the front page to bring up a page with a log in option.

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    Game 2 Carlsen - Caruana

    Caruana bounced back well from nearly losing game 1.

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    He He

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    In the current game, in this position:

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    ...there are claims that Carlsen touched his knight without saying j'adoube (he then played 18...b5).

    UPDATE: Askild Bryn has said that on the audio he clearly does say it.
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 13-11-2018 at 03:48 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Once again the official website showing itself to be one of the worst things in internet history. Video not working and loads of people online complaining about it and saying they want their money back. When I went to the front page there wasn't even an obvious way to log in - I got in by trial and error of clicking things off the front page to bring up a page with a log in option.
    Another worse move in history could be Woody Harrelson knocking over Caruana's king when doing the celebrity opening move, then moved queen pawn instead of king pawn - and the guy is a dedicated chess player!

    Does this Sicilian variation have a name please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    Does this Sicilian variation have a name please?
    Really you should look it up instead of being lazy all the time but in this case I'll tell you that 2...Nc6 3.Bb5 is the Rossolimo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Really you should look it up instead of being lazy all the time but in this case I'll tell you that 2...Nc6 3.Bb5 is the Rossolimo.

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    thanks, I have already copied the moves onto wordpad and printed, with Capa Fans comments and when in the back of nowhere, with no internet, in between game sessions I will drag out and appreciate you guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    In the current game, in this position:

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    ...there are claims that Carlsen touched his knight without saying j'adoube (he then played 18...b5).

    UPDATE: Askild Bryn has said that on the audio he clearly does say it.
    Logically, hard to imagine a King move being considered here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Logically, hard to imagine a King move being considered here.
    Knight not king, though it is hard to imagine why one would move the knight either. In the rules it doesn't matter whether a move is logical or not - the rules were recently firmed up so that if you don't say j'adoube (or "adjust" or similar) then it is assumed you deliberately touched the piece with the intent of moving it. This is the standard many arbiters were applying anyway.

    It is all irrelevant because he did say it.

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    A video of Caruana doing training for the match was released but has since been deleted. This included a screenshot apparently of Caruana's Chessbase preparation file headings, although there's some unconvincing speculation that this could be a deliberate ploy to throw Carlsen off track. Looks like a blunder.
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 13-11-2018 at 11:52 PM.

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    Game 4

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