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    Grenke Chess Classic 2019 (Carlsen, Caruana, MVL, Vishy et al!)

    This tournament features the World numbers 1 & 2, (Magnus Carlsen & Fabiano Caruana) as well as a few others from the World top 10, including former World Champion, Vishy Anand, as well as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Lev Aronian. Also competing is Baden Baden Snowball stalwart, Georg Meier

    http://www.grenkechessclassic.de/en/

    Magnus got off to a strong start, beating 14 year old IM Vincent Keymar, (who qualified for the classic by winning the Grenke Open tournament last year, scoring 8/9).

    https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-to...s-classic-2019

    Romanian GM, Levy Rozman, is also covering this in his "Gotham Chess" Twitch TV show:

    https://www.twitch.tv/gothamchess

    (I'm not sure if he's broadcasting this from the Batcave...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElevatorEscapee View Post
    This tournament features the World numbers 1 & 2, (Magnus Carlsen & Fabiano Caruana) as well as a few others from the World top 10, including former World Champion, Vishy Anand, as well as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Lev Aronian. Also competing is Baden Baden Snowball stalwart, Georg Meier

    http://www.grenkechessclassic.de/en/

    Magnus got off to a strong start, beating 14 year old IM Vincent Keymar, (who qualified for the classic by winning the Grenke Open tournament last year, scoring 8/9).

    https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-to...s-classic-2019

    Romanian GM, Levy Rozman, is also covering this in his "Gotham Chess" Twitch TV show:

    https://www.twitch.tv/gothamchess

    (I'm not sure if he's broadcasting this from the Batcave...)
    Levy Rozman is an IM not a GM and American rather than Romanian.
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    https://en.chessbase.com/post/irania...nke-chess-open

    Good to see the Organizers (and fide) taking a tougher stand on nationality-related boycotts!
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    Rd2 - yet another long grind by Magnus. According to Short, R+B vs K+B should always be a win...but it is very tricky indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Rd2 - yet another long grind by Magnus. According to Short, R+B vs K+B should always be a win but it is very tricky indeed.
    Only with opposite-coloured Bs is it usually a win, as with this Vallejo–Carlsen game; with same colours, it's usually a draw, according to Müller and Lamprecht's book Fundamental Chess Endings. I put it on an online endgame tablebase, and as soon as that configuration was reached, it was a win. Although with best play, the base said it was 54 moves, but a White piece was captured on move 24 so no 50-move rule save. It's a pity that this tablebase doesn't give the depth to conversion instead of only depth to mate. Both these players mostly played optimal moves from the start position.
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    Feeling for Magnus. He was winning against Anand but Vishi miraculously escaped. Was pressing Arkady as well (was not such a clear edge though) but could not break through. Everyone (other than young Kreymer) just wants to snatch 0.5 point from him. Shows once again that he is a the true champion that everyone fears.
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    Interesting endgame
    in Kreymer-Meyer game. Computer was showing + 1000 for white in every line. But plenty of accuracy was required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Feeling for Magnus. He was winning against Anand but Vishi miraculously escaped. Was pressing Arkady as well (was not such a clear edge though) but could not break through. Everyone (other than young Kreymer) just wants to snatch 0.5 point from him. Shows once again that he is a the true champion that everyone fears.
    Yes, I thought Anand did very well to escape. It's just the sort of position where Carlsen would just tighten the screws with an almost risk-free advantage in space.

    I can't see anyone dethroning him for at least five more years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Yes, I thought Anand did very well to escape. It's just the sort of position where Carlsen would just tighten the screws with an almost risk-free advantage in space.

    I can't see anyone dethroning him for at least five more years.
    Unless he ''dethrones'' himself.
    He is clearly #1 based on his overall standard of play, but against Caruana and Karjakin (who is not even a top 5 player) it got close. But then again, even if he loses the title, he will claim it back by winning the next match.
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    Carlsen-Aronian
    was yet another convincing victory by Magnus. Given that he was winning against Anand and pressing Naidich - his dominance is truly impressive.
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    and Mangus continues his domination with an easy victory over Svidler with black pieces~
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    and Mangus continues his domination with an easy victory over Svidler with black pieces~
    Another example of where Magnus is not a materialist at the chessboard, with another P sac for initiative that is not easy to spot. The computer already assessed Black as winning by B29, when White decided to get it over with by 30. h3 and actually get mated by 33... g2#.

    Magnus has already won the tournament with a round to spare, with 6.5/8, ahead of MVL on 5. They play in the last round with Magnus as White. With no pressure on him for the tournament, he may well press for a win to get his rating up even more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Carlsen-Aronian
    was yet another convincing victory by Magnus. Given that he was winning against Anand and pressing Naidich - his dominance is truly impressive.
    That's what the experts are saying as well, in this page about the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Another example of where Magnus is not a materialist at the chessboard, with another P sac for initiative that is not easy to spot. The computer already assessed Black as winning by B29, when White decided to get it over with by 30. h3 and actually get mated by 33... g2#.

    Magnus has already won the tournament with a round to spare, with 6.5/8, ahead of MVL on 5. They play in the last round with Magnus as White. With no pressure on him for the tournament, he may well press for a win to get his rating up even more.
    And could have been 7.5! If only he would be that relaxed during the WCC matches - they would be a whitewash!
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