Dawn Corus

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d improve tell something inward representative y'all thought I had been rubbed out past times the avenging  Dawn Corus
Well, it's a really long fourth dimension since I in conclusion blogged... I thought I'd improve tell something inward representative y'all thought I had been rubbed out past times the avenging 'Farce Brothers' after my previous comments nearly them here. Or peradventure y'all thought that I had made a novel year's resolution to quit pontificating nearly chess.

Sorry to disappoint y'all - neither of these things came to pass. It was precisely that I decided to give chess writing a missy for the duration of the Xmas/New Year vacation inward companionship to recharge my batteries. I did intend nearly writing about other of my alphabetical annual reviews of the year: I got equally far equally 'A is for Anand' (a no-brainer) but couldn't intend of anything funny to say... in addition to then 'B is for'... boredom. Yes, the creative juices precisely failed to menstruum hence it was fourth dimension to surrender on that thought in addition to larn dorsum to the mince pies.

Hastings didn't rouse me from hibernation to whatsoever groovy degree. I ordinarily become at that topographic point on the in conclusion solar daytime hence that I tin receive got photos of probable winners for photos, but that had proved to live a error in conclusion year. The leaders had decided to depict their games at in i lawsuit in addition to I missed a twosome of them earlier they had exited the tournament room. Tip to chess photographers: brand certain your photographic telly camera has a actually fast shutter speed to grab those ultra-fast last-round draws. I thought I'd fool them this yr in addition to become downward for Round i (when they'd certainly sit down at the board long plenty for me to larn a decent shot). It was pleasant coming together former chess friends equally it ever is, in addition to at that topographic point were a few decent games to watch. But the cast of the tournament wasn't terribly exciting. Sometimes the new, premier-less Hastings tin live expert when mortal similar Belov lights upwardly the Hastings heaven amongst a string of wins, but it was a representative of 'Asbestos on Board' this yr - a few middle-income GMs intent on a steady piddling earner.

But today was circular i of Corus: the existent get-go solar daytime of the chess year, when everyone gets to present off their shiny novel Jan rating for the get-go time. Unfortunately for me it coincides amongst a heavy workload in addition to a brisk deadline equally I larn the Feb BCM gear upwardly hence that I tin move to Gibraltar inward a calendar week or so's fourth dimension for the other big Jan event. I haven't constitute a actually interesting chess even out to write nearly this yr yet, but Corus had a goodly helping of surprises, correct from the off. I thought nearly writing a preview of the tournament, but in addition to then decided I didn't actually receive got a clue what mightiness happen. Will 2008 live about other expert yr for the to a greater extent than mature players (as 2007 was) or volition the Carlsens in addition to Radjabovs finally start to elbow them aside? Who knows? Today's games furnish evidence of the latter but it's exclusively a tiny sample. Besides which, equally I pointed out inward the Jan BCM editorial, in conclusion year's Corus did non furnish a reliable indicator of what mightiness come about during the balance of 2007. Aronian, Topalov in addition to Radjabov tied for get-go place... in addition to all 3 had a sub-standard year. It turned out to live Ivanchuk, Anand in addition to Kramnik who came out on tiptop past times December.

No, groovy though Corus is equally a tournament, I wouldn't read likewise much into what happens at that topographic point inward damage of who is going to live at the apex of the world chess past times the cease of the year. Anand in addition to Kramnik volition in all likelihood become careful inward Wijk. They don't desire to grunter out on the hors d'oeuvres because they know they receive got a substantial brain cast to discovery room for afterward inward the year. Tournaments are all correct but it is matchplay which actually sorts out the men from the boys. Roll on September...
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