Originally posted by HikaruShindoI feel disappointed for Wei Yi, he had his chances and i'm amazed he didn't play ..Re2+ (don't know the move but the bishop is still on f3).
Topalov to beat Svidler–down
Yi to beat Liren–down
Wojtasek to beat Giri–draw
Vachier–Lagrave to beat So–draw
Nakamura to beat Adams–up
Eljanov to beat Jakovenko–draw
Caruana to beat Mamedyarov–down
Karjakin to beat Andreikin–draw
Today, my predictions suffered a setback. But on to tomorrow!
Originally posted by HikaruShindoI think Wei Yi could come back tomorrow (i hope) but he is going to have his work cut out. Ding Liren is peaking right now, it might be a year or two before wei yi can challenge for a place in the candidates but if he could somehow get to the final here and qualify it would be great news for chess. We need another super star junior. With a year to prepare, he could be a real unknown quantity to mix up the candidates. 🙂
Yes, great game for Svidler. I thought he had slipped up a few times, but he pulled out the win.
In the Wei Yi game, yes, it looks like he had chances here:
[fen]2k1r3/ppp2N1p/1n3ppP/8/7R/5bP1/PP1K1P2/2R5 b - -[/fen]
After 23…Re2+ due to the unfortunate position of the White knight.
Originally posted by MarinkatombNot to mention that it's such a pretty mate! Not a boring one-move-too-late behind-the-pawns mate, nor a random, there-just-happened-to-be-a-trap knight mate in the middle of the board, but a proper, neat, clean driving the king to his doom..
But SVIDLER!!!! What an amazing amazing game!! To have mate on the board as well.
Originally posted by Shallow BlueIt really blew my mind actually. It seems pretty clear that white is winning, the connected pawns seem to present a clear strategy...get a new Queen or cost black a piece or two preventing it. But the vision he shows at the end is just incredible! He uses the whole board and finds some beautiful geometry. Very elegant play! I really fancy him to go on and win this now. An in form Svidler in a knock out format is hard to bet against, It's him or Nakamura for me... 🙂
Not to mention that it's such a pretty mate! Not a boring one-move-too-late behind-the-pawns mate, nor a random, there-just-happened-to-be-a-trap knight mate in the middle of the board, but a proper, neat, clean driving the king to his doom..
Originally posted by Data FlyI agree in principle, but I would start with the blitz tie-breaker to achieve the same pre-match knowledge.
If you to run a standard play tournament, then run a standard play tournament; if you want to run blitz tournament, run one of those. But to use blitz / rapidplay as a method of tie-breaking players after they've drawn their mini-match seems stupid to me. Instead of that, what I would do is toss a coin to decide who goes through if the case of a drawn match ...[text shortened]... he player who loses the toss knows that he/she has to go for a win in at least one of the games.