Originally posted by sundown316
Hammer tried his best,but he was completely out-classed. They couldn't get a stronger Norwegian player,like Agdestein?
Is he stronger? Not sure about that. Hammer took a pasting, there's no doubt about that but was it really a surprise? The whole field out graded him by at least 100 elo points. He's a decent player, i find him easier to understand than the elite guys. The way they play is just beyond my understanding. Carlsen especially, most of his moves look really slow, almost passive. Then 40 moves later he's got a winning ending and it's all over, i just don't have the brain to really appreciate what he's doing. I love watching his endings though, the guy is just exquisite at playing with small advantages!