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Kevin Bonham
21-10-2010, 10:28 PM
Double round-robin with Carlsen, Anand, Topalov, Wang Yue, Gashimov, Bacrot.

Games seem to be on at a reasonable time of day!

After two rounds Carlsen has a win over Bacrot - rather nice win too. Other five games have been drawn.

Carlsen - Bacrot.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Qe2 0-0 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 [9.h4 d6 10.f3 hxg5 11.hxg5 Ng4 12.fxg4 Qxg5 13.Qf3 Bxg4 14.Qg3 Ne5 15.Be2 f5 16.exf5 Qxf5 17.0-0-0 Bxe2 18.Nxe2 Qf2 19.Qh2 Qxe2 20.Qh8+ Kf7 21.Rdf1+ Bf2 22.Qh7 Ke6 23.Kb1 Qg4 0-1 Rublevsky,S (2649)-Anand,V (2781)/Bastia 2004/EXT 2005] 9...a5 10.a4 Nd4 11.Qd3 Nxb3 12.cxb3 Re8 13.0-0-0 d6 14.Qc2 Bd7 15.Bc4 Be6 16.Rhe1 Qe7 17.e5 dxe5 18.Rxe5 Qf8 19.Bxf6 gxf6 20.Re2 Qg7 21.Bxe6 Rxe6 22.Rxe6 fxe6 Watching around here I thought that white has major advantages but the way in which Carlsen wins from here is really neat. 23.Rd3 Kh8 24.Rg3 Qh7 25.Qd2 Bc5 26.Ne4 Be7 27.Rh3 Kg7 28.Qd7 Kf7 29.Ng5+! fxg5 30.Rf3+ Kg8 31.Qxe6+ Kh8 32.Rf7 Bd6 33.Rxh7+ Kxh7 34.Qf7+ Kh8 35.g3 Ra6 36.Kb1 Bb4 37.f4 gxf4 38.gxf4 1-0

Denis_Jessop
22-10-2010, 03:23 PM
Once again, I fear that Etienne will have to take the back row. :mad:

DJ

Kevin Bonham
23-10-2010, 11:35 AM
All games in round 3 decisive including wins for black by Anand and Bacrot, Carlsen also won.

Topalov-Anand

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 Ne4 8.Bxe7 Qxe7 9.cxd5 Nxc3 10.bxc3 exd5 11.Qb3 Rd8 12.c4 Be6 13.c5 b6 14.Rc1 bxc5 15.Qa3 Nd7 16.Bb5 Bg4 17.Bxd7 Rxd7 18.Qxc5 Qe4 19.Rg1 Re8 20.Qb5 Rdd8 21.Qe2 Rb8 22.h3 Bxf3 23.gxf3 Qf5 24.f4 Rb1 25.Rxb1 Qxb1+ 26.Qd1 Rb8 27.Ke2 Qf5 28.Rh1 Rb2+ 29.Kf3 h5 30.a4 Qe4+ 31.Kg3 h4+ 32.Kxh4 Rxf2 33.Qg4 Rg2 0-1

Kevin Bonham
25-10-2010, 08:36 PM
Three in a row for Bacrot! At the half-way mark:

+3 Carlsen
+2 Bacrot
= Anand
-1 Gashimov
-2 Topalov, Wang Yue

Rd 4 Bacrot - Anand

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6 7.f3 Bb4 8.e4 Bxe4 9.fxe4 Nxe4 10.Bd2 Qxd4 11.Nxe4 Qxe4+ 12.Qe2 Bxd2+ 13.Kxd2 Qd5+ 14.Kc3 0-0 15.Qe3 b5 16.Be2 Nd7 17.Nxd7 Qxd7 18.Rhd1 Qe7 19.Kc2 a5 20.Bf3 Rac8 21.Qe5 g6 22.axb5 cxb5 23.Qxb5 Rc5 24.Qd7 Qg5 25.Qd4 Rfc8 26.Ra3 Rb5 27.Rd2 Rb4 28.Kd1 Rcb8 29.Ke2 Qb5 30.Ke1 Rxb2 31.Rxb2 Qxb2 32.Qxb2 Rxb2 33.Rxa5 c3 34.Rc5 Rb1+ 35.Ke2 Rc1 36.Kd3 Kg7 37.Rxc3 Rxc3+ 38.Kxc3 f5 39.Kd4 Kf6 40.Bd1 h5 41.Bf3 h4 42.Be2 g5 43.Ba6 g4 44.Bb7 e5+ 45.Kd5 f4 46.Ke4 1-0

Igor_Goldenberg
28-10-2010, 09:41 AM
According to chessbase, Anand pulled a "Houdini escape" against Carlsen.
But with Backot losing Carles solidified his lead.

Kevin Bonham
28-10-2010, 10:09 AM
The Carlsen-Anand game was quite interesting with a Berlin Ruy Lopez turning into a French Exchange type setup where Carlsen got a lot of play in the symmetrical pawn-structure position:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nf5 8.Nf3 0-0 9.d4 d5 10.c3 Bd6 11.Bd3 Nce7 12.Nbd2 c6 13.Nf1 Ng6 14.Qc2 Nfh4 15.Nxh4 Qxh4 16.g3 Qd8 17.Ne3 Re8 18.Bd2 Nf8 19.Nf5 Bc7 20.Rxe8 Qxe8 21.Re1 Be6 22.Qc1 f6 23.Qd1 Qd7 24.Qf3 Re8 25.h4 Bf7 26.Rf1 Bg6 27.h5 Bxf5 28.Bxf5 Qf7 29.Kg2 g6 30.Bd3 f5 31.Rh1 Ne6 32.hxg6 hxg6 33.g4 Bf4 34.Be3 fxg4 35.Qxg4 Kg7 36.Rh5 Bxe3 37.fxe3 Nf8 38.Rh3 Kg8 39.Rf3 Qe6 40.Qf4 Kg7 41.b3 Qe7 42.c4 Rd8 43.Rh3 Rd6 44.Qh6+ Kg8 45.cxd5 cxd5 46.e4 Qg7 47.Qe3 Qe7 48.e5 Rc6 49.Qh6 Qg7 50.Qh4 a6 51.Rf3 Qd7 52.b4 b5 53.a3 Qc7 54.Kg3 Kg7 55.Bb1 Nh7 56.Ba2 Qd7 57.Bb3 Rc1 58.Kh2 Rb1 59.Bc2 Rb2 60.Rc3 Qf7 61.Kg3 Nf8 62.Rf3 Qe6 63.Qd8? [63.Rf6 apparently] 63...Nd7 64.Rf2? Ra2 65.Kh2 Qg4 66.Qe7+ Kh6 67.Qd8 Qh5+ 68.Kg2 Qg4+ draw.

Igor_Goldenberg
28-10-2010, 10:36 AM
It's amazing how Carlsen constantly outplays world top GMs in a seemingly equal finely balanced positions.

Tony Dowden
28-10-2010, 04:20 PM
It's amazing how Carlsen constantly outplays world top GMs in a seemingly equal finely balanced positions.

... not to mention the actual world champion!

Igor_Goldenberg
28-10-2010, 07:49 PM
... not to mention the actual world champion!
Hear, hear.

Kevin Bonham
29-10-2010, 12:10 AM
Anand-Topalov

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 b6 9.Rd1 Nbd7 10.Bf4 Ba6 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Rc8 14.Nc3 Ng4 15.h3 Nxf2 16.Kxf2 Bc5+ 17.Be3 Bxe3+ 18.Kxe3 b5 19.Qd3 Rc4 20.Nxd5 exd5 21.Bxd5 Qg5+ 22.Kf2 Qxe5 23.Bxc4 bxc4 24.Qd6 [24.Qd4 is safer] 24...Qf5+ 25.Ke1 Qxh3 26.Qxa6 Qxg3+ 27.Kd2 Qf4+ 28.Kc2 Qe4+ 29.Kc1 Qe3+ 30.Kb1 Qe4+ 31.Kc1 1/2-1/2

A short but interesting draw, as opposed to this one, which is the sort of thing that makes the whole business of trying to regulate short draws pointless:

Bacrot-Gashimov

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bf4 a6 7.Rc1 Bf5 8.e3 Rc8 9.Be2 e6 10.0-0 Nd7 11.Qb3 Na5 12.Qa4 Nc6 13.Qb3 Na5 14.Qa4 Nc6 -

Bacrot has previously played the same "game" in another event this year with black!

With two to go:

+3 Carlsen
+1 Anand, Bacrot
-1 Topalov, Gashimov
-3 Wang Yue

Garvinator
29-10-2010, 12:33 AM
Standings after 8 rounds:

1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 5
2-3. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2716 4
2-3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2800 4
4-5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803 3
4-5. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2719 3
6. Wang Yue g CHN 2732 2

Garvinator
29-10-2010, 12:34 AM
Should we break out the chicken factor!!!!

Kevin Bonham
29-10-2010, 11:03 AM
Should we break out the chicken factor!!!!

Absolutely. Chicken Factor (http://www.chessninja.com/migonchess/migonchess116.htm) for Bacrot-Gashimov:

1. Base value. 38-14=24 apiece.
2. Colour bonus Bacrot +10 Gashimov -10
3. Irrelevant
4. Rating difference=3, divided by 5 and rounded =1, so Bacrot -1 Gashimov +1
5. Preceding loss Bacrot -5
6. Symmetrical pawn structure Bacrot -5 Gashimov -5
7. Avoidable triple rep - not applicable, there are viable alternatives for both (especially for white)
8. Been there done that Bacrot +10 Gashimov +10. That it is a repeat of one of Bacrot's own games probably justifies an additional penalty
9. Why bother. +30 for both for draw in 11-15 moves
10. Irrelevant

Total Bacrot +63 Gashimov +50 meaning that Bacrot has been awarded the ultimate accolade of Chicken Supreme for this draw while Gash is merely (for this round) the Cowardly Cuckoo.

Adamski
29-10-2010, 11:29 AM
Standings after 8 rounds:

1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 5
2-3. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2716 4
2-3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2800 4
4-5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803 3
4-5. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2719 3
6. Wang Yue g CHN 2732 2

Unusual to see that every player's score ends in a !

Garvinator
29-10-2010, 12:03 PM
Absolutely. Chicken Factor (http://www.chessninja.com/migonchess/migonchess116.htm) for Bacrot-Gashimov:

1. Base value. 38-14=24 apiece.
2. Colour bonus Bacrot +10 Gashimov -10
3. Irrelevant
4. Rating difference=3, divided by 5 and rounded =1, so Bacrot -1 Gashimov +1
5. Preceding loss Bacrot -5
6. Symmetrical pawn structure Bacrot -5 Gashimov -5
7. Avoidable triple rep - not applicable, there are viable alternatives for both (especially for white)
8. Been there done that Bacrot +10 Gashimov +10. That it is a repeat of one of Bacrot's own games probably justifies an additional penalty
9. Why bother. +30 for both for draw in 11-15 moves
10. Irrelevant

Total Bacrot +63 Gashimov +50 meaning that Bacrot has been awarded the ultimate accolade of Chicken Supreme for this draw while Gash is merely (for this round) the Cowardly Cuckoo.
Its stuff like this that brings all the scorn about GM short draws. Organisers put on these tournaments to allow the top players an opportunity to show how good they are.

How do games like this one do that? The organisers should feel completely ripped off. The Bacrot and Gashimov have done nothing in this game to demonstrate that they are the best in the world at what they do.

There are only three games per day. It is not like the Olympiad where one short draw like this just means there is one less game to view amongst another 100 or so games.

Kevin Bonham
29-10-2010, 12:10 PM
Unusual to see that every player's score ends in a !

Not that unusual. The number of players whose score ends in 1/2 must always be even, so the available options are 0, 2, 4 and 6 players with scores ending in 1/2. Given how common draws are at top level I'm thinking the probabilities of each of these distributions come out at something like 1/8, 3/8, 3/8, 1/8 respectively. In a tournament where more games were decisive it would be less common.

Kevin Bonham
29-10-2010, 09:37 PM
Carlsen wins the event with a round to spare after a star-class bunnyblunder by Topalov under pressure:

Topalov-Carlsen.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Qxd2 d5 6.Bg2 c6 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.0-0 b6 9.Rc1 0-0 10.b4 Bb7 11.Qb2 Rb8 12.Nbd2 Qe7 13.e3 Rfc8 14.Rc2 c5 15.bxc5 bxc5 16.Qa3 Rc6 17.Rac1 Ra6 18.Qd3 h6 19.Qe2 dxc4 20.Qxc4 cxd4 21.Nxd4 Rb6 22.Bxb7 R8xb7 23.Kg2 Ne5 24.Qc5 Qxc5 25.Rxc5 Rb2 26.R1c2 Nd3 27.Rc8+ Kh7 28.N4f3 a5 29.h3 a4 30.a3 g5 Magnus applies Topalovian pressure against Topalov himself - who immediately cracks 31.Rxb2 Rxb2 32.Rc3?? Nxf2! 33.Rc7 N2e4 0-1

Garvinator
29-10-2010, 10:49 PM
I do wonder if 3/1/0 would help to avoid draws like Bacrot/Gashimov?

Kevin Bonham
30-10-2010, 05:53 PM
All over.

7/10 Carlsen
6/10 Anand
5/10 Bacrot
4.5/10 Gashimov, Topalov
3/10 Wang Yue

Adamski
06-11-2010, 10:57 AM
Well done Magnus. But sad to see he has pulled out of world champs.