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  1. 08 Dec '10 20:57 / 1 edit
    Very strong tournament.
    Great win for Luke McShane over Angus McArlsen today;
    Kramnik beat Short
    Adams destroyed Howell
    Nakamura escaped with a draw vs Anand

    http://www.londonchessclassic.com/live/classic_dgt.htm
  2. 08 Dec '10 22:24 / 2 edits
    Naka's draw was the highlight of the round for me.

    All the kibitzers were letting their silicon monsters spin away, and declaring that Anand definitely was, or definitely wasn't, going to win.

    In the end, it was Sergey Shipov's level-headed analysis that had the right of it: http://www.chessintranslation.com/live-game/


    Of course, I was glad to see Carlsen get toppled by an old geezer like McShane.

    And I appreciate how Mickey Adams skirted around the Berlin Wall so effectively.

    Didn't pay much attention to Short-Kramnik.


    Edit: Here's a nested PGN of Vishy-Naka:

  3. 08 Dec '10 22:26
    Luke's win v Angus is excellent.
    Smashing psuedo Knight sacs.

  4. Standard member Thabtos
    I am become Death
    08 Dec '10 22:52
    I've found that it's really hard to take into account your opponents defensive resources when he's attacking you. 9 times out of time when I miss a move when I'm calculating it's pulling a heavy piece back to defend.
  5. Standard member atticus2
    Frustrate the Bad
    08 Dec '10 23:21
    Yep, Luke played brilliantly there. Angus never knew what hit him - several times
  6. 09 Dec '10 00:36 / 1 edit
    Daniel King was toying with the idea of Anand getting the king up the h file and round the back to beat Naka, not sure if it would have worked.
  7. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    09 Dec '10 00:36
    Originally posted by Thabtos
    I've found that it's really hard to take into account your opponents defensive resources when he's attacking you. 9 times out of time when I miss a move when I'm calculating it's pulling a heavy piece back to defend.
    This is a blind spot for me as well, especially backward knight moves.
  8. 09 Dec '10 01:44
    Must an Englishman playing a tournament in England play the English Opening? If so, seems to me his opponent should prepare for this.
  9. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    10 Dec '10 02:59
    Go Nakamura!!
  10. 10 Dec '10 11:49
    Originally posted by ParShooter
    Must an Englishman playing a tournament in England play the English Opening? If so, seems to me his opponent should prepare for this.
    Yes this should be the rules.

    French players must play the French Defence
    Spanish players have to play the Spanish Opening
    Hungarian players have to play the Hungarian.

    The lads from Denmark are going to have some interesting games.
  11. 10 Dec '10 12:05 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Yes this should be the rules.

    French players must play the French Defence
    Spanish players have to play the Spanish Opening
    Hungarian players have to play the Hungarian.

    The lads from Denmark are going to have some interesting games.
    That means that we must play the Scotch as a matter of principle! i was looking at the Mexican opening the other day, some crazed variation of something, but its all a bit Czech benoni if you ask me!
  12. 10 Dec '10 16:42
    Are there any American openings? Maybe the Morphy?
  13. 10 Dec '10 17:03
    Originally posted by ParShooter
    Are there any American openings? Maybe the Morphy?
    the New York system which is apparently a reversed London
  14. Standard member Thabtos
    I am become Death
    10 Dec '10 17:29 / 1 edit
    What happens when a resident of Catalonia plays in Sicily?
  15. 10 Dec '10 21:43
    Well, Kramnik has just failed to win with B + R vs R against McShane.
    Would anyone here fancy their chances. I guess many of us have looked at it from time to time, but having to play it would you remember the process? Would you be able to defend it.

    Meanwhile Anand has beaten Angus, after the Norwegian blundered. Good games again today.
    Nakamura had prepared almopst his whole game against Howell, except for a critical moment when he allowed Howell to set up a fortress and no way through with Q vs R=B