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Archive for May, 2010

From the World to the U.S.

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The World Championship is a memory now – congratulations to still-champion GM Viswanathan Anand!

Now it’s the U.S. Championships. A different sort of format, 9 rounds leading to a single Quad final. I (along with a half dozen or so others) will be heading down this Saturday to St. Louis watch the second round of the three quad finals games.

And the results are interesting so far. After four rounds, there are seven players tied for first place with a 3.0 score. (3!) Six of the seven are two wins and two draws. One (Stripunsky) is three wins and one loss.

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In personal news, awhile back I had mentioned that I was considering picking up correspondence chess. Well, I went ahead and signed up and set myself up for a two set of two games each. Now I’m just waiting to be paired for them. Aside from the regular club night and Saturday mornings, fishing season and playing online backgammon and poker have been taking up a lot of time lately. But I’m still enjoying my chess, and hope that you can

Enjoy your chess!

Answering Dennis’ Question: WCh Predictions Game 7

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

It’s game 7 day, about to start in 3 minutes or so. Dennis Monokroussos, who has been providing excellent analysis at The Chess Mind, asked about Game 7 predictions.

I wouldn’t presume to guess the opening, though the Catalan’s been working for Vishy so far….. At this point, though, all Mr. Anand has to do is draw out the remaining games. A daunting task, to be sure! But not an impossible one.

I doubt he’ll intentionally go with a drawish line, but I think he’ll stay very conservative and that he’d rather draw than lose at this point. So I’m expecting very well researched lines.