CHAOS REIGNS IN THE NAJDORF ERA AS NAKAMURA BEATS MVL
London Chess Classic 2016 – Round 7 has been the best round so far for a modest commentators for me.
There are two specific reasons why I venture to say that:
For the first time since the start of the tournament I didn’t have ANY DOUBTS whatsoever about the GAME OF THE ROUND choice. Since Nakamura – MVL game was the most interesting game of the tournament so far, surpassing the Caruana – Nakamura queen sacrifice game from the previous round (analysis of which can be found here)
The afore mentioned game finally allowed me to insert another Warcraft reference, since the richness of the tactical play on the board can rightfully be described with the CHAOS REIGNS
Wesley So leads the pack, Caruana on his heels with three rounds to go
The 2016 Grand Chess Tour 2016 reaches its climax as there are 3 round remaining in the London Chess Classic 2016. The calculations about the overall winner have already started, and it seems that Wesley so currently has the best chances to remain on the top. Since Caruana beat Nakamura in round six, he has practicaly stepped with one foot over the finishing line.
Because if Nakamura wants to win the Grand Chess Tour, he should finish first with So simultaneously finishing on the 4th place or lower (source: Chess.com article). Which is very unlikely to happen.
THE CATEGORY 22 SUPERTOURNAMENT IN LONDON STARTS WITH THREE BLOODSHEDS
After treating us with a tense Carlsen – Karjakin match, the end of the year 2016 brings another great event. The London Chess Classic 2016 is really a supertournament in the purest sense of that word. Out of the world top ten players by rating, only the heroes of the recently concluded match, that is Carlsen and Karjakin, are absent. And the remaining two players are also not that far away either (Source: Live Chess Ratings).
And all those who had High Hopes after seeing the complete lineup were certainly not dissapointed. Because the London chess classic 2016 – round 1 saw three decisive results. And more than 50 % of the decisive games is really a rarity in the tournaments of such a calibre.
Moreover, in the two of decisive games one player more or less didn’t make it out of the opening. While in the third decisive games there were ups and downs and ups and downs more typicall for players lower rated than 2700.
Finally it has happened. After six games where I have resisted the temptation to call the games boring. However, it seems like Carlsen – Karjakin game seven managed to wither me down and break my composure.
Because, after five very hard fought draws, game six was the first where there was virtually no battle over the board.
And I was quite happy to see Magnus displaying some brilliant preparation. Aditionally, the variation which included an early pawn sacrifice was very pleasant to analyse.
Carlsen – Karjakin game seven repeated the scenario of Magnus being prepared. However, contrary to game six, this time the opening led to a symmetrical and equal position, where there was not alot going on.
While analyzing the game i experienced sudden streams of depression. Therefore, I feel that the perfect moment to share the desktop picture of my good friend and soon-to-be IM Leon Livaic. Who is, as much as me, a fervent opponent of the early draw offers occuring regularly on swiss tournaments and league matches.