Match starts tomorrow.

not much of a world championship with only two people in it, fgs

they should do it in football world cup format - this is the optimal world championship format for any sport 

Enrich your life. Play chess every day. At work,on the bog, after meals, when imbibing a 2E. Its time has truly come because the world is now online and online is the perfect forum for chess. Massive uptake among the under 40s as it goes. 


yeah, I like chess, on that we are ad idem

I don’t like it enough to follow the elite game but it is an enjoyable pastime and mental exercise.

Top level chess will never actually get much interest as long as they stick with 6 hour games. Loads of people watch quick time control chess online, almost no one watches classical games.

Carlsen wants games that last 2 hours max and he’s totally right. 

In the old days the idea of a perfect game with best moves was a thing.  Now computers do that so all for a shorter form format.


Anyway, a drawn Anti Marshall.  Game 2 tomorrow.

Its like boxing 

A champion verus challenger set up

With a side order of politics and corruption and rows over how it should be organised being an occupational hazard over the decades 

Tricky?! He’s got no chance!  I just asked on the other thread, do they play all 14 games or stop when someone gets 7.5 points?

Hi Rhialto... ...I studied Carlsen once. When he becomes 'relaxed' - and a lead like this is relaxing - his inventiveness grows exponentially. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a bloodbath (which in chess terms is an acceleration to 7.5.


Hi Fluffy.  He seems to relax by trying to win fantasy football league.  The guy is a loss to the acturial profession but love him.


Hopefully Nepo will also relax given he has effectively lost and we will have some entertaining last three or so games.  He has to have fun going for 1 win.

See the Game 10 thread. Carlsen’s focus now is keeping a clean sheet. He will do all he can draw the remaining games and go for wins only where Nepo gives him a clear path. That might happen since Nepo must now throw caution out of the window. I don’t see Carlsen doing worse than drawing each game from here on. 


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