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  1. Comment on World Chess Championship 2021 - Megathread in ~games.tabletop

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    Nepo breaks my heart. Caruana said he was playing like a 2300 at some point. The world title is pretty much decided now. At least we can't complain about 14 draws, and had one very historical game :/

    Nepo breaks my heart. Caruana said he was playing like a 2300 at some point. The world title is pretty much decided now. At least we can't complain about 14 draws, and had one very historical game :/

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  2. Comment on World Chess Championship 2021 - Megathread in ~games.tabletop

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    Just a quick note on game 6 for now, since I'm away from home and with no access to my computer: today's game was tremendous, a fierce battle with a decisive conclusion (not another f* draw,...

    Just a quick note on game 6 for now, since I'm away from home and with no access to my computer: today's game was tremendous, a fierce battle with a decisive conclusion (not another f* draw, pardon my French!), and set the record for the longest World Championship match in the history of the sport, with 136 moves played in roughly 7 hours and 47 minutes!!!

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  3. Comment on World Chess Championship 2021 - Megathread in ~games.tabletop

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    Awesome ;)

    Awesome ;)

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  4. Comment on World Chess Championship 2021 - Megathread in ~games.tabletop

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    Game 5 (Friday, December 1). Result: Draw Ian Nepomniachtch: White Magnus Calrsen: Black Full Transmissions Chess24 Chess.com FIDE News Rare Nepomniachtchi error allows Carlsen to escape with...

    Game 5 (Friday, December 1). Result: Draw

    Ian Nepomniachtch: White
    Magnus Calrsen: Black

    Full Transmissions

    News

    Analyses and recaps

    My thoughts

    At this point, the complaints about the number of draws are starting to surface on stream chats and places like /r/chess. The highest-rated players tend to defend the format. According to them, that is a necessary attribute to high-level chess and a consequence of the fact that the players are of similar strength and well-prepared. Others observe that draws make for a bad spectacle and put away potential new fans. Personally, yes, 5 draws in a row do bother me, but I have no idea how to change that. Every suggestion for changes in rule and format is immediately met with very sound and very strong counter-arguments. Maybe the World Chess Championship should be renamed to World Classical Chess Championship, giving greater focus to both the World Rapid Chess Championship and the World Blitz Chess Championship. A marketing solution instead of a change in rules.

    Regarding the game: I gave up on understanding the nuances of super-GM chess. This is truly beyond me. Yes, I understood the opening because Nepo went for the Ruy Lopez, one of the three openings that I play and more or less understand. It's a safe bet that often arrives at a somewhat equalized position. It is known to be drawish.

    I watch recaps, replay with comments, and engine evaluation... sometimes I get a glimpse of understanding that goes beyond a 2-moves tactic, and it's rewarding to feel (or delude myself! :P) that I can share their intellect.

    Ultimately, I have to believe the commentators. These world-class players get to the matches with preparations that go up to 30 moves! That is the result of years of practice and study on top of immense talent and raw cognitive skills. When you look at the engine evaluation, there are no errors, no blunders, nothing. Just slightly weaker moves which slightly harm their positions. I find that exhilarating.

    That said, I really believe Nepo could have pushed a bit more. Could he have won? I don't know, not even the experts venture a guess, it seems. But at some point, he'll have to show the aggressive side which he's supposed to enjoy.

    There seems to be a consensus that Nepomniachtchi's prep is superior to Magnus, but I get the impression that no one really thinks Nepo is a better player overall. Regardless, I'm rooting for Nepo. I have several reasons for that, such as:

    1. I'm fond of the Russian tradition (grew up in the Kasparov era, admirer of Karpov as well...);
    2. Magnus made very clear in his interviews that this title is not as important for him as before... he's been at top of the world for so long, the passion is just not there anymore. I want the one who really NEEDS this to win. Besides, everyone loves a comeback story!;
    3. Nepo looks like a fun guy, with the ponytail and the pot-belly. I never said this was rational :P
    3 votes
  5. Comment on World Chess Championship 2021 - Megathread in ~games.tabletop

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    Game 4 (Thursday, November 30). Result: Draw News Nepo Holds Carlsen With Petroff In Game 4 FIDE World Chess Championship Magnus Carlsen draws with Ian Nepomniachtchi in Game 4 of World Chess...
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  6. Comment on Valorant's first ever world championship is starting today, here's everything you need to know in ~games

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    As the resident chess nerd: you don't wanna invoke that discussion :P

    As the resident chess nerd: you don't wanna invoke that discussion :P

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  8. Comment on World Chess Championship 2021 - Megathread in ~games.tabletop

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    You may be right! That was not my analysis. I rephrased what Magnus said in the interview here.

    You may be right! That was not my analysis. I rephrased what Magnus said in the interview here.

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  9. Comment on World Chess Championship 2021 - Megathread in ~games.tabletop

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    Game 3 (Sunday, November 28). Result: Draw News Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi draw in Game 3 Analyses and recaps lichess board w/ engine analysis (click on the board to view game) gothamchess (IM...

    Game 3 (Sunday, November 28). Result: Draw

    News

    Analyses and recaps

    I'm posting shortly after the game, I'll add more analysis after they become available

    Please, feel free to add your impressions as a child to this comment

    5 votes
  10. Comment on World Chess Championship 2021 - Megathread in ~games.tabletop

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    Game 2 (Saturday, November 27). Result: Draw News Adventurous Carlsen Scrambles For Draw World Chess Championship: Game #2 Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi draw in Game 2 Analyses and recaps lichess...

    Game 2 (Saturday, November 27). Result: Draw

    News

    Analyses and recaps

    Please, feel free to add your impressions as a child to this comment

    4 votes
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    Table of Contents Why am I posting this thread? What is it? Where to watch The players Time controls Format Scoreboard Schedule Why am I posting this thread? Honestly, I'm really excited about...

    Table of Contents

    Why am I posting this thread?

    Honestly, I'm really excited about this. Isn't that enough? :)

    What is it?

    The World Chess Championship (WCC) is the topmost competition of the sport, and basically determines the best player in the world. It is disputed between the winner of the Candidates Tournament and the current champion. Since his first title in 2013, Magnus Carlsen successfully defended the title on three different occasions and is the undisputed favorite. The challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi does have a positive score against Magnus, but most don't give that much importance, since most of his victories happened when they were much younger. Chess.com combed through the data and gave Magnus 72% winning odds. In terms of style, Magnus is considered a universal player. Nepomniachtchi is generally more aggressive but adopted a more conservative style in the Candidates Tournament.

    Since 2014, the WCC happens once every 2 years, alternating with the Candidates Tournament. The current edition was supposed to take place in 2020, but was postponed due to covid. It will happen in Dubai.

    The World Chess Championship starts this Friday, November 26, at 16:30 local time, 12:30 UTC.

    Where to watch

    In the United States, the NBC over-the-air television channel will broadcast daily 30 minutes highlights.

    The players

    Player Country Age GM Age Rating Peak Rating
    Magnus Norway 30 13 2855 2882 (2014)
    Nepo Russia 31 13 2782 2792 (2021)

    Time controls

    In chess, time controls determine the time each player has to make their movies. A time control of 10 minutes means that each player has 10 minutes to use throughout the game. There can also be increments, which are added to a player's overall time after each move. For example, with a time control of 10 | 5 each player starts with 10 minutes to make their moves, and automatically gains 5 seconds on the clock every time they make a move.

    The time controls for the World Championship matches may seem a bit complex at first. This is just for reference, if you intend to follow the games online, I'm certain that the commentators will make sure to remind you of these details.

    Stage Moves Time (min)
    1 01 to 40 120
    2 41 to 60 60
    3 61 to ∞ 15 + 30s

    The table above means that, on stage 1, each player has 120 minutes to make their moves. On stage 2, they have 60 minutes. On stage 3, each player has 15 minutes, with an addition of 30 seconds after each move.

    Format

    • Draw by agreement is only allowed after the 40th move (it used to be the 30th).

    • There will be 14 standard games (it used to be 12). The first to achieve 7½ points will be World Champion.

    • If, after the 14 games, the score is equal, there will be tie-break games in that order, with the subsequent tie-break only being disputed if the previous one maintained the tie.

      1. 4 rapid games of (TC: 25min + 10s)
      2. Best out 5 blitz games (TC: 5min + 3s)
      3. 1 armageddon game.

    Scoreboard

    Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total
    Magnus Carlsen ½ ½ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
    Ian Nepomniachtchi ½ ½ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1

    Schedule

    All games, as well as the closing ceremony, are scheduled to 07:30 AM EST / 12:30 UTC.

    This will be updated with the results for each match, as well as the sum of the overall points. I will also try to sum up some experts commentaries for each game.

    Date Event Result
    Nov 26 GAME 1 Tie
    Nov 27 GAME 2 Tie
    Nov 28 GAME 3
    Nov 29 REST
    Nov 30 GAME 4
    Dec 01 GAME 5
    Dec 02 REST
    Dec 03 GAME 6
    Dec 04 GAME 7
    Dec 05 GAME 8
    Dec 06 REST
    Dec 07 GAME 9
    Dec 08 GAME 10
    Dec 09 REST
    Dec 10 GAME 11
    Dec 11 GAME 12
    Dec 12 GAME 13
    Dec 13 REST
    Dec 14 GAME 14
    Dec 15 Closing
    2 votes
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    I generated markdown with a table of contents which is auto-generated on Emacs. I tested it on https://rentry.co and it works fine. On Tildes the links don't work. Is there a way to make this...

    I generated markdown with a table of contents which is auto-generated on Emacs. I tested it on https://rentry.co and it works fine. On Tildes the links don't work. Is there a way to make this work? It would be nice to have that for longer posts. Thanks!

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  13. Comment on World Chess Championship 2021 - Megathread in ~games.tabletop

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    Game 1 (Friday, November 26). Result: Draw News Nepo Impresses Under Pressure Fierce battle ends in draw Analyses and recaps lichess board w/ engine analysis (click on the board to view game)...
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    Game 1 (Friday, November 26). Result: Draw

    News

    Analyses and recaps

    My thoughts

    These are personal notes, I'm nowhere near competent enough to provide analysis of my own.

    First of all, I strongly recommend the chess24 stream with David Howell on YouTube. That's a stream catered for beginners. Instead of notation, they show possible continuations on a second virtual board and describe the plays using arrows. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to understand chess on that level, but they made it very easy to follow.

    The game lasted about 4 hours. I had no idea it would be that long, but it makes sense that for something that important the players will use all the time they have. I kept an eye on the game, but it would be impossible to endure it without some distraction. I suppose that is how baseball fans feel? IDK. It was fun, though.

    Magnus kinda blundered the game away, on a move that surprised David Howell: 40...Rd7. By doing that, he opened himself to a fork that would lose him one of his rooks. The only way to escape the fork would necessarily lead to a draw by repetition. They agreed to draw right away instead. It felt like a fair result, but who knows what would have happened if Magnus didn't blunder move 40.

    I enjoyed watching the game on the chess24 transmission. There was a lot of fluff, such as interviews and segments on the history of chess. I really didn't mind, it would be hard to endure such a long game otherwise. It must be great watching tournaments with shorter time controls, I really liked the team, the commentaries. They're more formal than regular YouTubers but looser than traditional TV transmissions. They're super charismatic too.

    I didn't watch today's game (game 2). Maybe I'll add a comment about it today, but most likely tomorrow.

    5 votes
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    Warning: this post may contain spoilers

    Why am I posting this thread?

    Honestly, I'm really excited about this. Isn't that enough? :)

    What is it?

    The World Chess Championship (WCC) is the topmost competition of the sport, and basically determines the best player in the world. It is disputed between the winner of the Candidates Tournament and the current champion. Since his first title in 2013, Magnus Carlsen successfully defended the title on three different occasions and is the undisputed favorite. The challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi does have a positive score against Magnus, but most don't give that much importance, since most of his victories happened when they were much younger. Chess.com combed through the data and gave Magnus 72% winning odds. In terms of style, Magnus is considered a universal player. Nepomniachtchi is generally more aggressive but adopted a more conservative style in the Candidates Tournament.

    Since 2014, the WCC happens once every 2 years, alternating with the Candidates Tournament. The current edition was supposed to take place in 2020, but was postponed due to covid. It will happen in Dubai.

    The World Chess Championship starts this Friday, November 26, at 16:30 local time, 12:30 UTC.

    Where to watch

    In the United States, the NBC over-the-air television channel will broadcast daily 30 minutes highlights.

    The players

    Player Country Age GM Age Rating Peak Rating
    Magnus Norway 30 13 2855 2882 (2014)
    Nepo Russia 31 13 2782 2792 (2021)

    Time controls

    In chess, time controls determine the time each player has to make their movies. A time control of 10 minutes means that each player has 10 minutes to use throughout the game. There can also be increments, which are added to a player's overall time after each move. For example, with a time control of 10 | 5 each player starts with 10 minutes to make their moves, and automatically gains 5 seconds on the clock every time they make a move.

    The time controls for the World Championship matches may seem a bit complex at first. This is just for reference, if you intend to follow the games online, I'm certain that the commentators will make sure to remind you of these details.

    Stage Moves Time (min)
    1 01 to 40 120
    2 41 to 60 60
    3 61 to ∞ 15 + 30s

    The table above means that, on stage 1, each player has 120 minutes to make their moves. On stage 2, they have 60 minutes. On stage 3, each player has 15 minutes, with an addition of 30 seconds after each move.

    Format

    • Draw by agreement is only allowed after the 40th move (it used to be the 30th).

    • There will be 14 standard games (it used to be 12). The first to achieve 7½ points will be World Champion.

    • If, after the 14 games, the score is equal, there will be tie-break games in that order, with the subsequent tie-break only being disputed if the previous one maintained the tie.

      1. 4 rapid games of (TC: 25min + 10s)
      2. Best out 5 blitz games (TC: 5min + 3s)
      3. 1 armageddon game.

    Scoreboard

    Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total
    Magnus Carlsen ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ - - - - - - - - - 2 ½
    Ian Nepomniachtchi ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ - - - - - - - - - 2 ½

    Schedule

    All games, as well as the closing ceremony, are scheduled to 07:30 AM EST / 12:30 UTC.

    This will be updated with the results for each match, as well as the sum of the overall points. I will also try to sum up some experts commentaries for each selected games. Adding notes to every game would require more effort than I initially thought! I'll create a top comment with links and basic info on each game, but will not be adding personal notes to all of them. Feel free to add your impressions to the top comments. Thanks!.

    Date Event Result
    Nov 26 GAME 1 Draw
    Nov 27 GAME 2 Draw
    Nov 28 GAME 3 Draw
    Nov 29 REST
    Nov 30 GAME 4 Draw
    Dec 01 GAME 5 Draw
    Dec 02 REST
    Dec 03 GAME 6
    Dec 04 GAME 7
    Dec 05 GAME 8
    Dec 06 REST
    Dec 07 GAME 9
    Dec 08 GAME 10
    Dec 09 REST
    Dec 10 GAME 11
    Dec 11 GAME 12
    Dec 12 GAME 13
    Dec 13 REST
    Dec 14 GAME 14
    Dec 15 Closing
    20 votes
  16. Comment on World champion Magnus Carlsen shares his motivational struggles before an intriguing showdown with his old rival Ian Nepomniachtchi in ~games.tabletop

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    The World Chess Championship starts this Friday, 26, at 16:30 local time, 12:30 UTC. Among others, chess.com and chess24 are going to stream with commentary.

    The World Chess Championship starts this Friday, 26, at 16:30 local time, 12:30 UTC.

    Among others, chess.com and chess24 are going to stream with commentary.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Capablanca: How I learned to play chess (1916) in ~games.tabletop

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    From Wikipedia: At the age of 29, Cabablanca became World Chess Champion. He is the only Latin American to ever achieve the title, and is generally regarded as one of the best players in chess...

    From Wikipedia:

    José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera was a Cuban chess player who was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927. A chess prodigy, he is widely renowned for his exceptional endgame skill and speed of play.

    At the age of 29, Cabablanca became World Chess Champion. He is the only Latin American to ever achieve the title, and is generally regarded as one of the best players in chess history.

    Do notice that, in this article, it becomes very clear that Capablanca had no inclination to modesty. That is partly a personality trait, but also a consequence of his absolute dominance and superior understanding of the game. Makes for an interesting reading, I think.

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