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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    World Rapid and Blitz St Petersburg Dec 26-30

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    Dear Chess Friends, FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia between December 25 (arrival day) and December 31 (departure day). The regulations will be published on the official FIDE website.

    Tarjei J. Svensen @TarjeiJS
    I hope this is the last time that a venue for a World Chess Championship is announced just 3 weeks before its scheduled start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    FIDE @FIDE_chess
    Dear Chess Friends, FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia between December 25 (arrival day) and December 31 (departure day). The regulations will be published on the official FIDE website.

    Tarjei J. Svensen @TarjeiJS
    I hope this is the last time that a venue for a World Chess Championship is announced just 3 weeks before its scheduled start.
    On the positive side, the reason its announced so late is because they are moving it from Saudi Arabia as it was not prepared to host the Israeli players.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    On the positive side, the reason its announced so late is because they are moving it from Saudi Arabia as it was not prepared to host the Israeli players.
    On the negative side Russia has hijacked a few Ukrainian coast guard vessels and now being boycotted by some players.
    Zionism is racism as defined by the UN, Israel by every dirty means available steals land and water, kill Palestinian freedom fighters and civilians, and operates an apartheid system to drive more Palestinians off their land

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    I thought Carlsen just became the world rapid champion in London.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Oh dear, Magnus loses on time to Tukhaev (whoever that is) with 2R+2P vs Q+2P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Oh dear, Magnus loses on time to Tukhaev (whoever that is) with 2R+2P vs Q+2P.
    Lost the second round as well, he's now on 3/5.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Carlsen did not wake up in time for the tournament I think. Round 2 - he lost to one of my chess.com regular opponents. Anyway, lets see if can come back strongly. With Magnus, as long as there is an even theoretical chance - there is always a chance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Carlsen did not wake up in time for the tournament I think. Round 2 - he lost to one of my chess.com regular opponents. Anyway, lets see if can come back strongly. With Magnus, as long as there is an even theoretical chance - there is always a chance!
    He tried the scholar's mate, and even though got a good position, fell to a pretty simple tactic later on.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    … With Magnus, as long as there is an even theoretical chance - there is always a chance!
    He is catching up! Only half a point from the leaders now (7 to 7.5).

    BTW talking about noisy situations. I don't know what happens in the main playing hall, but the children screaming,
    adults arguing, doors slamming in the commentators' room (Chess24) is unacceptable for a world class event.
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    Carlsen managed to get to 10.5 but that wasn't enough; Daniil Dubov is World Rapid Champion undefeated on 11/15 (+7=8-0).

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    In what is still a show of lack of promotion of Women's chess, even under the new regime, if Ju wins the blitz, she will be the first player to complete the calendar grand slam.

    Win the Women's world championship match
    Win the knock-out
    Win the Women's World Rapid Championship
    Win the Women's World Blitz Championship

    It is accurate to say that previous formats have not allowed such alignment of the stars to make this possible, with matches postponed, cancelled and no clear rapid and blitz Championship in the past of note.

    But for there to not even be any promotion that Ju has the opportunity to win the Calendar Grand Slam, something prized in other sports, is rather disappointing.

    After this year, the Women's cycle changes to similar to the Men's and so the opportunity will only present every two years or so.

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    Alexander Khalfman is not happy: a prominent Russian GM and coach was trying to win the position with two knights. Alexander ask a rhetoric question of whether a medical doctor was needed for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garvinator View Post
    In what is still a show of lack of promotion of Women's chess, even under the new regime …
    Judging from the Chess24 commentating allotment of the Open vs the Women's events (≈95% to ≈ 5%) it's still very much a man's world!
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    Blitz confirmed Carlsen's dominance once again!
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