Candidates Matches: Circular I Play-Offs

Poor Mickey. He's had a stone oil fourth dimension of it recently. He travelled all the vogue to Sofia in addition to finished a betoken behind the winner, Topalov, who received a wooden paradigm for finishing first. Mickey received the wooden spoon - for finishing last. It shouldn't laissez passer on off to a guy on 'minus one', should it?

Then he travels all the vogue to Elista. That takes a chip of bottle inward itself, bearing inward heed the string-bag aircraft they are reputed to purpose on the Moscow to Kalmykia route. 'Kalmykian Air' is non a 'great vogue to fly'. I myself passed upwards a peril to go to Elista inward 1998, in addition to I readily confess to all my loyal bloggees that the rather alarming go arrangements were a major subdivision inward non answering my country's call.

Adams reached 'dormy one' - 1 upwards in addition to 1 to play - against Shirov. And thus all of a precipitous his hitherto steady (if non spectacular) degree deserted him. After his traumatic loss inward circular half-dozen came 2 to a greater extent than losses inward the 25-minute games. I idea he powerfulness have got been able to concur the outset rapidplay game but 36...g5 looks real suspect in addition to subsequently that it was hopeless. I didn't intend much of the pick of 3 Bc4, followed yesteryear 4 d3 in addition to five c3, inward game two, but at to the lowest degree it lured Shirov frontwards into compromising his kingside amongst 9...g5 in addition to 10...g4.

But the on-board firewoman played rather well, I thought, in addition to he was ultimately rewarded for his courage inward carrying the create out to White when he was already a betoken ahead. That left Mickey needing 2 wins merely to remain inward the tie-breaker. He nursed a petty niggle of an wages through 70-odd moves inward the 3rd game but inward the halt in that place merely wasn't plenty there. I should intend the England no.1 volition live glad to larn dwelling subsequently all his East European traumas. Take the telephone off the hook, unplug the computer, seat your feet upwards in addition to picket unopen to sport on the TV, Mickey... but delight give Republic of Estonia v England a immature lady side yesteryear side calendar week (I'm a chip superstitious in addition to nosotros don't involve whatever to a greater extent than English linguistic communication disasters inward Eastern Europe).

Aronian vs Carlsen was a cracker of a jibe from commence to complete (well, real nearly: Magnus didn't create also much inward the blitz games). None of the watching audience could believe it when Carlsen levelled the rapidplay serial from a dead-drawn position. Although it was a lot to create amongst the clock situation, it took incredible decision in addition to imagination for the Norwegian lad to nick a betoken from that game. Although he ultimately lost out inward the blitz games, Carlsen's reputation has exclusively been enhanced yesteryear his stirring resistance inward Elista, paired every bit he was against 1 of the most highly fancied candidates. As a 16-year-old, he stands pretty good shoulder to shoulder amongst the 1959 Bobby Fischer.

In Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya inward 2004 Kasimjanov earned himself a reputation every bit a wily tactician inward rapidplay games, but he was good tamed yesteryear Gelfand. I idea the Israeli super-GM was today's best instrumentalist inward many ways. He defused Kasim's tricks inward game 1 yesteryear playing for the initiatory rather than trying to concur onto an extra pawn. H5N1 dyad of neat tactics were plenty to convey him the point. The Uzbeki GM did deal to bamboozle him inward the 2nd game but I was impressed yesteryear his achievement inward defending a horrid endgame. In game three, Kasim managed to create upwards a tremendous laid on against Gelfand's f6 pawn but Gelfand stayed calm in addition to managed to crunch it off.

Time to revise those predictions (I got five out of the eight circular 1 punts right). I'm looking frontwards to Gelfand's jibe against Kamsky: both of them appear to live inward expert shape. I'll stick amongst my master copy verdict: Kamsky.

Shirov against Aronian should live good, too. Aronian is the rating favourite but Shirov may accept midpoint from his success against Adams. I went for Aronian to win inward my master copy prediction in addition to I shall remain amongst it, though non unimpressed yesteryear Shirov's stickability inward Elista. So: Aronian.

I've no rigid feelings virtually Grischuk against Rublevsky. It may come upwards downward to who wants it more, but I don't experience I know plenty virtually either of them to brand that judgement. I'll have got to revise my master copy prediction because my human being Ponomariov has already gone home. For the sake of a name: Grischukto win.

Finally, I all the same cannot run across yesteryear the powerfulness of Peter Leko inward the terminal of the iv circular 2 matches. I won't write off Bareev every bit I did Gurevich, but I'd enjoin his chances of making Hungarians chess fans unhappy for a 2nd fourth dimension are fairly slim. So it's Leko.
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