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  1. 12 Jan '08 19:36
    Wijk aan Zee has just started today and many of the best in the world (2700+) are competing. There have already been some amazing games and big upsets like with Anand and Topalov so it's definitely one to check out. It's also interesting that the openings have been extremely varied. Just today there have been Slavs, Grunfelds, KIDS, NIDS, QIDS, Ruys, Frenches and just about every Sicilian except the Najdorf. I particularly enjoyed the Dragon game in which White lost pretty quickly to an inspired attack.

    You can see the games here: http://www.coruschess.com/livegames.php Chessbase also has some commentary: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=4377
  2. 12 Jan '08 20:06
    Thanks for the heads up.
  3. 12 Jan '08 20:08
    Thanks for the info........
  4. 12 Jan '08 20:09
    Good work, I thought it was later in the year.
  5. 12 Jan '08 20:29
    Originally posted by exigentsky
    Wijk aan Zee has just started today and many of the best in the world (2700+) are competing. There have already been some amazing games and big upsets like with Anand and Topalov so it's definitely one to check out. It's also interesting that the openings have been extremely varied. Just today there have been Slavs, Grunfelds, KIDS, NIDS, QIDS, Ruys, Fren ...[text shortened]... egames.php Chessbase also has some commentary: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=4377
    Thanks, I had forgotten completely that it started today. Hey, it looks like Red Hot Pawn: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2008/wijk/wijk007-fa.jpg

    Very nice of Mamedyarov to resign in a not quite lost position!
  6. Standard member ivan2908
    SelfProclaimedTitler
    12 Jan '08 21:16
    Originally posted by Nordlys
    Thanks, I had forgotten completely that it started today. Hey, it looks like Red Hot Pawn: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2008/wijk/wijk007-fa.jpg

    Very nice of Mamedyarov to resign in a not quite lost position!
    Is this really where they play ? They are playing blindfold or what ?
  7. 12 Jan '08 22:53
    Excellent tournament indeed, highlights today were Radjabovs win over Anand and Aronians win over Topalov.

    All dragon lovers i strongly advice you to play through Negi-Carlson
    a very nice game.

    Like last year chessvibes films the pressconference and the one by Magnus Carlsen analysing his win over Mamedyarov has just been put online: http://www.chessvibes.com/?p=1557&langswitch_lang=en

    I will be visiting the tournament myself tomorrow.
  8. 13 Jan '08 13:35
    I am listening to Kasimdzhanov's commentary on Playchess now.
  9. 13 Jan '08 14:26 / 1 edit
    there is another big tourney, in Holland, that just started.
  10. 13 Jan '08 14:35
    so many games with g6 in different systems....will we have a new fashion now ? The return of g6 systems...
  11. 13 Jan '08 14:50
    Originally posted by vipiu
    so many games with g6 in different systems....will we have a new fashion now ? The return of g6 systems...
    I hope not...especially with that stupid system.
  12. 13 Jan '08 15:16
    Originally posted by Nordlys
    I am listening to Kasimdzhanov's commentary on Playchess now.
    There is an audio component to that isn't there? or do I need ducats to get the full broadcast? I'm in the Wijk 2nd round Live w/ Kasimdzhanov
  13. 13 Jan '08 15:22
    Originally posted by zebano
    There is an audio component to that isn't there? or do I need ducats to get the full broadcast? I'm in the Wijk 2nd round Live w/ Kasimdzhanov
    Oops, I just missed the start of the second one. Yes, it's audio, and yes, you need ducats (10 ducats to be able to listen to the live commentaries for 12 hours). You also need to have a serial number (it doesn't say so anywhere, so I was rather annoyed a while ago, before I had bought Fritz, when I had bought ducats and then found out that I still couldn't listen to the live commentary).
  14. 13 Jan '08 15:24
    Originally posted by Nordlys
    Oops, I just missed the start of the second one. Yes, it's audio, and yes, you need ducats (10 ducats to be able to listen to the live commentaries for 12 hours). You also need to have a serial number (it doesn't say so anywhere, so I was rather annoyed a while ago, before I had bought Fritz, when I had bought ducats and then found out that I still couldn't listen to the live commentary).
    Thanks for the info. I do have a serial number thankfully.
  15. 13 Jan '08 18:46
    Originally posted by tomtom232
    there is another big tourney, in Holland, that just started.
    What tournament is that? Sounds rather stupid to start two big tournaments in the Netherlands at the same time...