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  1. Standard member woodypusher
    misanthrope
    28 Jan '13 06:05 / 1 edit
    Who do you look for to have a breakthrough year in 2013?

    I see Russia's Dmitry Andreikin cracking the top 10 and China's Yu Yangyi making it into the top 25.
  2. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    28 Jan '13 06:55
    Vitiugov
  3. 28 Jan '13 07:18
    Richard Rapport
  4. 28 Jan '13 07:34
    Ilya Nizhnik
  5. 28 Jan '13 10:51
    I've been following Hou Yifan's progress for years, ever since she suddenly appeared in the FIDE list with a 2400+ rating at the age of 12! She survived being thrown in the deep end at Wijk aan Zee, beating some strong players and avoiding picking up the wooden spoon despite being the lowest rated player in the tournament. I'm hoping she'll build on this and join the 2700 club in the next two years or so.
  6. 28 Jan '13 13:32
    Originally posted by Pacifique
    Richard Rapport
    I haven't heard of this guy before, but having spent the last hour going through some of games (particularly his Kings Indian victories!) I shall make sure I look out for him in the future.
  7. 28 Jan '13 14:44 / 1 edit
    Richard Rapport - Me neither, I thought it a joke something along the lines
    of rapport = repertoire. Or is it an anagram?

    Richard Rapport who plays the 'crap horrid trap.' [anag]

    I've no idea what the 'crap horrid trap' is but it sounds like something I should be playing.

    Of course these days I hardly keep up with what's happening now.
    My nose is forever stuck in the RHP database looking for 'crap horrid traps.'

    There is a guy called Fritz whose meant to be pretty good and the retired
    escapologist Houdini, who I thought passed away years ago, he's good.
    (well so RJ tells me.) 😉
  8. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    28 Jan '13 14:45
    Originally posted by elady
    Ilya Nizhnik
    agreed
  9. 28 Jan '13 14:52 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Richard Rapport - Me neither, I thought it a joke something along the lines
    of rapport = repertoire. Or is it an anagram?

    Richard Rapport who plays the 'crap horrid trap.' [anag]

    I've no idea what the 'crap horrid trap' is but it sounds like something I should be playing.

    Of course these days I hardly keep up with what's happening now.
    My nose ist Houdini, who I thought passed away years ago, he's good.
    (well so RJ tells me.) 😉
    Richard Rapport just tied for 1st place (with Naiditsch) in Tata Steel, group B. He is young (born in 1996) and his play did impress me. It`ll be interesting to see further development of his chess career.
  10. 28 Jan '13 15:01
    Indeed that does sound impressive.
    When I have time I may look at a few games, are group B's game in PGN.
    Post what you consider his best. WIth your rec and Fat Lady's I wanna see.
  11. 28 Jan '13 16:17
    Personally I liked Rapport`s wins playing Black:



  12. 29 Jan '13 03:24 / 1 edit
    They are good games, reminds me of the young Kasparov.
    Pushing, thrusting, imposing his will on the game.
    Thanks for posting.
  13. Standard member vivify
    rain
    29 Jan '13 04:49
    Originally posted by Pacifique
    Personally I liked Rapport`s wins playing Black:

    [pgn][Event "Tata Steel (Group B)"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2013.01.17"] [EventDate "2013.01.12"] [Round "5"] [Result "0-1"] [White "Sergei Tiviakov"] [Black "Richard Rapport"] [ECO "C03"] [WhiteElo "2655"] [BlackElo "2621"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Be7 4. c3 c5 5. dxc5 Bxc5 6. Nb3 Bb6 7. exd5 ex ...[text shortened]... g6 Qf3+ 46. Qe2 Qh1+ 0-1[/pgn]
    In the first game, at move 29, why doesn't white play Rxd5?
  14. 29 Jan '13 05:08
    Originally posted by vivify
    In the first game, at move 29, why doesn't white play Rxd5?
    29. .... Nb4
  15. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    29 Jan '13 05:29 / 9 edits
    Originally posted by vivify
    In the first game, at move 29, why doesn't white play Rxd5?
    I also thought White had a better move in the first game. It was much earlier on move 17. It looked like to me that White could win a pawn by playing 17.Bxc4 dxc4 18. Qxc4. What do you think about that?

    Here is the pgn:



    In the 2nd game I would have considered this:



    And on the third game I would probably have traded bishops first on move 28....