View Poll Results: Who will win? (Pick your three favourites)

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  • Ding - LOST FINAL

    9 64.29%
  • Giri - OUT

    0 0%
  • Vachier-Lagrave - OUT

    6 42.86%
  • So - OUT

    1 7.14%
  • Nepomniachtchi - OUT

    4 28.57%
  • Aronian - OUT

    3 21.43%
  • Mamedyarov - OUT

    4 28.57%
  • Dominguez - OUT

    0 0%
  • Grischuk - OUT

    2 14.29%
  • Radjabov - WINNER

    1 7.14%
  • Artemiev - OUT

    0 0%
  • Yu Yangyi - OUT

    0 0%
  • Karjakin - OUT

    2 14.29%
  • Nakamura - OUT

    1 7.14%
  • Andreikin - OUT

    0 0%
  • Wojtaszek - OUT

    0 0%
  • Harikrishna - OUT

    0 0%
  • Duda - OUT

    0 0%
  • Svidler - OUT

    0 0%
  • Vitiugov - OUT

    0 0%
  • Wei Yi - OUT

    1 7.14%
  • Le Quang Liem - OUT

    0 0%
  • Navara - OUT

    0 0%
  • Bu - OUT

    0 0%
  • Wang Hao - OUT

    0 0%
  • Shankland - OUT

    0 0%
  • Adams - OUT

    0 0%
  • Gelfand - OUT

    0 0%
  • Press - OUT

    0 0%
  • Other (name in thread)

    0 0%
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  1. #31
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    Nisipeanu: " "I expect to face a beast {tomorrow}. I know what's coming. I hope to survive but obviously, it will be extremely tough!"

    Ding a bit lucky not to lose today.

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    From yesterday Korobov - Le Quang Liem

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    Tim Krabbe at https://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/records/records.htm gives Szabo-Ivkov as the longest five-knight half-move sequence with seven half moves. Korobov - Le Quang Liem had five knights on the board for eight half-moves so would be the new record holder unless something else has beaten it since Krabbe updated the page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    ... Tim Krabbe at https://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/records/records.htm gives Szabo-Ivkov as the longest five-knight half-move sequence with seven half moves. Korobov - Le Quang Liem had five knights on the board for eight half-moves so would be the new record holder unless something else has beaten it since Krabbe updated the page.
    There was also the (not quite so rare) two bishops vs knight ending in Yuffa - McShane, also in that round, which McShane managed to draw.

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    Nakamura out, undeservedly let off with a draw.

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    Giri taken to Armageddon but survives. Armageddon game was a fizzer.

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    No one tipped Giri. Would be funny if he wins it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by road runner View Post
    No one tipped Giri. Would be funny if he wins it.
    Giri did make the semi-finals in 2017 but was eliminated in the fourth round at his other two attempts, so he probably didn't spring immediately to most people's minds as a leading contender. Being taken to Armageddon in the second round by the 66th seed isn't a promising start, though the eventual winner usually survives the odd close shave along the way.

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    Possibly Giri is tainted by his past reputation as a drawing master, but also he is rated outside the top 20 in both rapid and blitz.

    An odd aspect of our poll this year is that four voters picked only one favourite rather than three.

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    I have commented on this before in a shorter word format, but when a full day is allocated for tie breaks after each 2 game mini match, I do not understand the purpose or reason to use Armageddon. Surely the match could finish either of these formats:

    1) 2 game mini blitz match, time control 3 minutes plus 2 seconds from move one. This repeats until one player wins the 2 game mini blitz match.
    2) After the first or second mini blitz match at 3 plus 2, the first player to win a blitz game wins the match. So when the match moves to the one game at a time 'mode', there is no guarantee of a return game if you lose

    Surely either of these has to be better than Armageddon.

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    Interesting Ian Rogers report:

    https://lichess.org/blog/XX7kMRAAACI...doctor-ordered

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Possibly Giri is tainted by his past reputation as a drawing master, but also he is rated outside the top 20 in both rapid and blitz.

    An odd aspect of our poll this year is that four voters picked only one favourite rather than three.
    All top players have a chance...
    In the meantime Giri had to go all the way to armageddon against Najer. The final game was quite exciting to follow.
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    I am keeping an eye on Wei Yi and Firouzja.Both have been described as a prodigy.Firouzja is only 16 and Wei 20.Wei is one of my picks.Firouzja is perhaps lacking experience to make it to the last 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro View Post
    I am keeping an eye on Wei Yi and Firouzja.Both have been described as a prodigy.Firouzja is only 16 and Wei 20.Wei is one of my picks.Firouzja is perhaps lacking experience to make it to the last 4.
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    Karjakin lost last night and will need to beat Vitiugov with white to get to a playoff. Harikrishna and Andreikin ditto.

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