Most of us anticipate a few such games in a World Championship.
And everyone is entitled to having a wee joke about the goings on. (or the lack off).
I think the organisers should have taken their rest day (today) off them.
What are they having a rest from. Shaking each other's hand?
Due to the number of games (12 games
) this will be a one blunder match.
Both are willing to dish it out but both will be scared to take the risk.
They know recovering a lost point will be very difficult.
It is very possible that both camps have a hum-dinger of a TN and are
waiting for the last two games (their last White's ) to uncork it.
"Carlsen plays equal positions better by far than anyone in the history of chess."
Cannot agree with that.
Karpov comes to mind right away. At his peak there was none better at
finding the mystery moves that squeeze out a delicate win from an equal position.
It was done with skill, not youthful stamina and grinding.
And what about Petrosian? A very difficult player to beat even when he
was on the wrong side of an unequal position.
Can Carlsen really play a better even position than he could.
Forget the grading list it has been inflated with incestious invite only tournaments.
Olympiads are a good judge. Here you face players and styles from all over the world.
In 129 Olmpiad games Petrosian lost one! (Hubner 1972) from ten appearances.
Last time I looked Carlsen had lost three from one appearance.
(Petrosian's loss v Hubner was on time. Petrosian claimed the clock, mechanical,
was faulty and the flag fell before the minute hand had reached 12 o'clock.
He spent the next few days showing anyone who would listen how faulty
the clock was. The result stood.)
Not to sure how far 'by far' is meant to be but I'd put it a lot closer to these two.
(If Carlsen is so good at playing equal positions, "...better by far than anyone in the history of chess."
How come he not 2-0 up?)
If there is no breakthrough we might see Carlsen play on (and on and on)
like he did to qualify for the final.
(Remember Carlson's stamina sapping 89 mover against Radjabov in the candidates?)
We have to remember he is there because of results that he had no control over went his way.
We were just a blunder away and a tie break system from a Kramnik-Anand final.
Calrsen won the 2nd tie break because he had won one more game than Kramnik.
In the first tie break the score was 1-1 between Carlsen and Kramnik.
Both Carlsen and Kramnik lost their very last games in the candidates.
Funnily enough Carlsen who "....plays equal positions better by far than
anyone in the history of chess." lost his game from an equal position.
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