June 17, 2014 9:54

World Rapid: Caruana, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi Tied For First | UPDATE: Video

Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi are tied for first place after the first day of the FIDE World Rapid Championship in Dubai. The three GMs scored 4.5/5 and are followed by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Magnus Carsen, Laurent Fressinet, Le Quang Liem and Sergei Movsesian who have 4 points. Rounds 6-10 will be played on Tuesday, and the final rounds 11-15 on Wednesday.

Update: here's a video with impressions from Dubai and interviews with Fabiano Caruana, Peter Svidler, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Loek van Wely, and Alexander Morozevich:

Some players, such as Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk and Ernesto Inarkiev (and the author of these lines), have decided to stay at the hotel closest to the Dubai Chess Club. However, arriving in the playing hall without sweaty armpits after this 9-minute walk (according to Google Maps) is a challenge with a temperature of about 40 degrees Celsius! Consequently, the air-conditioned playing hall feels a tiny bit chilly for some of the players who are wearing very thin shirts.

These are the conditions of the 2014 World Rapid & Blitz Championships which took off on Monday in Dubai. The city, an emirate at the same time, is larger than UAE's capital Abu Dhabi in terms of population (over 2 million) but smaller by territorial size. It hosted the 1986 Olympiad, and these days a strong open tournament is held annually.

Unfortunately the first day of the World Rapid Championship wasn't a showcase of decades of experience in organizing chess events. During the first few hours the wireless internet in the tiny press room was too slow to check its speed (on a site like speedtest.net), the official website was blocked, the transmission of the games on the official site broke down several times, the live commentator was often unintentionally funny and media were sent out of the playing hall after the first three minutes of each round - luckily this rule was dropped after two rounds.

And still, it cannot be denied that we're dealing with a splendid tournament, with a huge and terribly strong field of players (including the world's top 7!), held in a beautiful building - the Dubai Chess Club.

The Dubai Chess & Culture Club

The playing hall is on the ground floor, where a spacious cafetaria is an excellent location for the players to spend their breaks. The top games are shown on TV screens, and even the World Cup football matches can be watched. Usually Magnus Carlsen and his friend & coach Peter Heine Nielsen can be found all the way at the back behind a laptop. On the first day they were both wearing football shirts.

On the first three days there's the World Rapid Championship, which is a 15-round Swiss. This means that the top GMs are facing relatively weak opponents in the first few rounds. Relatively, because they play the top players from the second half of the starting rank, and so we're talking 2600 players. (By the way, there are no less than 23 participants below 2500 Elo even though according to the regulations players must have 2500 or more.)

And some of these 2600 took down a 2700 opponent in the very first round. For example, Hikaru Nakamura, who is top seed in both the rapid and the blitz tournament based on the rapid and blitz ratings, lost to Venezuela's Eduardo Iturrizaga:

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On board three Alexander Grischuk was held to a draw by Maxim Matlakov but another Norway Chess participant, Levon Aronian, also lost his first, to one of Vishy Anand's seconds (and a strong GM himself):

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Levon Aronian, one of several top GMs to start with a loss

Anand himself was held to a draw by Ivan Salgado Lopez, who has recent practice with rapid chess thanks to his participation in the León tournament. Another Spaniard, the rising star David Anton Guijarro, did even better:

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Bassem Amin, Egypt's number one player, beat Teimour Radjabov, who won a pawn but blundered:

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After his early loss, Nakamura recovered well with wins against Lu Shanglei of China and Andrei Volokitin of Ukraine but that was followed by draws against Laurent Fressinet of France and Vladimir Potkin of Russia.

Magnus Carlsen beat Kiril Georgiev but already dropped half a point in round two against Gadir Guseinov, who had proved himself to be a tough opponent for anyone in quickplay during the long night in the hotel lobby in Shamkir after the closing ceremony of the Gashimov Memorial! 

Round 1, Carlsen vs Georgiev

Carlsen left the playing hall with a smile after he defeated Potkin in a nice attacking game:

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In rounds 4 and 5 the Norwegian drew a worse ending against Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia, and then beat Ernesto Inarkiev (also Russia).

Carlsen, on 4.0/5 after day 1

Don't miss the following game, another absolute gem by Baadur Jobava in the “New Veresov”:

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After five rounds, three players scored 4.5 points - two of them despite just having played a tough event in Norway: Fabiano Caruana of Italy, Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia. Caruana played both Dutch participants, beat Ivan Sokolov and drew with Loek van Wely. He also defeated Viktor Bologan of Moldavia, Alexander Moiseenko of Ukraine and Baadur Jobava of Georgia.

Karjakin beat Ahmed Adly of Egypt, Vadim Milov of Switzerland, Yu Yangyi of China and Judit Polgar of Hungary, and drew with Jobava. Nepomniachtchi beat Boris Savchenko of Russia, Luka Lenic of Slovenia, Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany and Viktor Laznicka of Czech Republic (after which he was the only player on 4.0/4) and drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Ian Nepomniachtchi, the only player who won his first four
Sergey Karjakin, co-leader after five rounds

Vishy Anand, on 3.5 points

Judit Polgar started with 3.5/4 but then lost to Karjakin
Loek van Wely, undefeated, 3.5/5 - last week KingLoek won a blitz tournament in Morocco!

The World Rapid starts today at 3pm local time which is 1pm CET, 7am New York and 4am Los Angeles. The championship will be broadcast live on the tournament’s official website with online games and commentary.

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Peter Doggers's picture
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Anonymous's picture

Carlsen not top three? What say you fanboys?

AngeloPardi's picture

I say that your comment is stupid : a 0.5 difference after 5 rounds in a 15 rounds tournament is not significant.

Grandma's picture

I don't know what you mean with the word "fanboy".

My favorite player is Magnus, both because of his approach to chess and his personality. If that makes me a "fanboy" in your head, so be it!

Still I don't consider Magnus as favorite to win neither the rapid nor the blitz World Champion title. In rapid and blitz he's "just" one out of many top ten players.
To be honest: I was a bit surprised when i first heard that he intended to participate.
(He has been rather busy lately, has travelled a lot, and among other things there is an important match coming up in november.)

I think that Caruana, Nakamura and Grischuk objectively (on the paper) are the hottest favorites, and I will also add Karjakin, who is a bit lower rated, but seems to be in superb shape just now.

And we will most likely see quite a few suprises too.

(btw: Congrats GERMANY for the nice win versus Portugal yesterday, (football) an good luck BELGIUM tonight! :-) )

Anonymous's picture

" my favorite player is Magnus, both because of his approach to chess and his personality."

Who are you kidding. You're a fan because he's from your country. And that is why you have an interest chess. Nothing more.

Grandma's picture

Oh,you can tell what is going on in other peoples brains. Fascinating!

Your opinion seemes to be:
All people who like Carlsen's chess and consider him as the best and most consistent chess player and understand that his rating is due to chess reasons, are "foolish Norwegians" who don't have a clue about chess.

There must be quite a lot of stupid Norwegians all over the world!

Well, I'm not Norwegian, and I'm not chauvinist, but I have played chess for more than forty years, and I didn't learn to play in Norway.

This "discussion" is ridiculous.

No reason for me to continue.

Anonymous's picture

What is so appealing to you in his approach to chess? I can't believe your 2nd reason; either Carlsen hasn't got a personality or he doesn't show it.

Leo's picture

What an unbeliavably rude and condescending remark, even from a troll.

Anonymous's picture

"Carlsen not top three? What say you fanboys?"


Leo's picture

You were saying ...?

Frits Fritschy's picture

Not to be missed: round 5, Caruana-Jobava; this time with Jobava as a victim of brilliancy.

Alberto's picture

Peter, about your comment on the players Under 2500, check point 3.2 of the regulations: "3.2 The FIDE World Blitz & Rapid Championship s are open to all the National Champions representin g their National Chess Federation regardless of their title or rating."

I guess that still this rule was broken with some local players, but some of those 23 might be national champions

Grandma's picture

Many lower rated mail players participating, but only ONE woman, Judit Polgar, in the field as far as I can see.

Discrimination against women.

It's a shame!

Anonymous's picture

How do you know that other female players weren't invited and declined to participate? Many strong players are not playing here, and there are very few female players rated 2500+. Get real, Sjakkalle.

Thomas Richter's picture

I don't think anyone was invited (i.e. got conditions), but any player - male or female - rated 2500+ in any rating list was free to participate.

RG13's picture

Yes, and also some who were neither at least 2500 nor National Champions. I wish some journalist would get an explanation from FIDE.

RS's picture

"However, arriving in the playing hall without sweaty armpits after this 9-minute walk (according to Google Maps) is a challenge with a temperature of about 40 degrees Celsius!"

Players sweating it out to earn Petro dollars.

RS's picture

Carlsen's win could have been tougher if Potkin knew a thing or two about defending a king side attack.

e.g. instead of 19. ...Rc8 he should have played exf5 preventing the Bishop from destroying his castle.

Proof that Magnus Narcissus Carlsen is lucky and his rating is due to reasons other than Chess.

me's picture

does RS mean really silly?!

Greco's picture


Grandma's picture


"Proof that Magnus Narcissus Carlsen is lucky and his rating is due to reasons other than Chess."

"due to reasons other than Chess."?


Are you serious?

I don't think that you are Thomas or s3 in disguise, but you remind me certainly about them...

Furthermore: it's OH, so very easy to know what "should be played" for people sitting there with their engines and with nothing at stake.

I think the players in general deserve more respect for their games, but it's unfortunately not the case in the computer age.

(Kramnik loves to give monologues "to point out" his "genial chess" for us,- when he doesn't lose ,- but most players don't brag that much after they have won.)

Still they deserve credit for their chess understanding and their moves.

Anonymous's picture

"Kramnik loves to give monologues "to point out" his "genial chess""? Nice troll. Kramnik said in a recent interview, "I don't consider myself a genius."

Leo's picture

That must be true then; after all, who is a greater authority on Kramnik than Kramnik? On the other hand, Rochefoucauld made a good point: "Refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice."

Grandma's picture


It's a very good point, and it was the impression I got when I heard and read the interview.


In this interview Kramnik also said:

"I am very strange, I am not a typical chess player, not a typical sportsman – in fact I am quite surprised that I managed to achieve quite a lot in chess, because I am not a sportsman inside. I don't care si much about competing, I don't care about being the best. For me it is never personal, the game of chess. Even when I play other sports. Most of them, like Magnus, or Garry, Karpov – they were crazy about winning in anything they were doing, even if they play cards or whatever, you could see they really badly wanted to win. I really never cared so much. I like tennis or football, but when I play I don't care so much if I win or not, I just enjoy playing. In a way it's the same in chess. Of course in chess I care about winning, but it is not a goal, it's not a complete must. I was never fixated on the result. That is very unusual for chess. Most of the players are very determined to win. I was not; I don't know how it works. I'm really an artist in my attitude. I guess My main motivation is to do my best, to jump over my head in a way, to do something which is on the edge of my limits."

I think this is hypocrisy from Kramnik.

Just remember what happened after his losses recently in Norway Chess.
ONE player didn't show up at press conferences after he had lost, and this person was Kramnik. It shows how badly he wants to win, and that he cannot take losses in a grownup way, and to me it's bad sportmanship.

This is one of the reasons why he is such a controversial person.

observer's picture

+ 100

Leo's picture

I must point out that I have a tremendous respect for Kramnik as a chess player, and found him to be a fascinating personality. However, there does seem to be a side to him that finds it hard to acknowledge the achievements of others (opponents often holding him to a draw only "by a miracle" etc.) or recognize faults in himself. Although that can be an annoying trait, I wouldn't hold it too much against him - after all, he is not the only one in elite competitive chess with a big ego. My main point was the foolishness of quoting Kramnik's opinion of himself to disprove others' opinion of him. It was almost as hilarious as the "Kramnik has underlined" [that Carlsen's success is due to non chess-related factors].

RG13's picture

I don't think it is necessarily hypocrisy. Not taking losses well only shows that he is a bad loser, I am sure he would have rather drawn those games than lose them. Now if he acts that way after having drawn a game where he had at least a clear advantage, then that would support your argument.

RS's picture


Narcissus - Yes he describes himself as 'Extraordinarily handsome' sommething only a narcissist person can.

Lucky - refer to the game i mention.

I am no TR or S3 and speak based on facts and what i observe. i do respect players when they deserve it but express my dissatisfaction when they get lucky. (Remember the Zurich game against Naka?)

Leo's picture

If he described himself as extraordinarily handsome, that may have been an example of what is known as a "joke". Perhaps you have some kind of difficulty processing those?
Also, for some reason I haven't seen you express your dissatisfaction with other players who got lucky; surely there have been some examples of this among the hundreds of games played in this event alone? True, you couldn't monitor all of them, but it is odd, then, that you would choose to follow a player you don't like and complain about him.
Unless - wait a second! - you're a troll with a hang-up on Carlsen. Let's see - yes, that would pretty much explain everything.

Grandma's picture

+10 Leo

Grandma's picture


Aha, you are referring to a facebook status, hehe.. ;)

"This extraordinarily handsome gentleman is in Dubai for the World Rapid and blitz championship starting tomorrow. Time to be #toofasttoostrong"

Already the words #toofasttoostrong should have told you that this is a joke.

Have you heard about tooweaktooslow? ;.)


Two good friends. Magnus and Fressinet, playing for fun.

If you don't understand that this is joke, you have got a problem.

I have observed that some people don't understand the Norwegian sense of humor in general, and Magnus Carlsen's sophisticated and often a bit dry humor they don't understand at all.
It seems that people who dislike Carlsen, also lack good sense of humor.
Is it a coincidence?

I don't know, but it would not surprise me.

You cannot always be too serious. Its good for human beings to laugh, smile and have a good time together.

Yes, Nakamura made a suboptimal move with 37d6 in Zürich, and did not find the best moves for the knight afterwards, he also made a wrong decision with his queen. But d6 was a human move, and both the commentators in Zurich and the commentators in Norway suggested 37d6, which they, without computer help, thought was a winning move.

Magnus defended well, and made all the best moves after 37d6.

Remember: Humans are not computers.

And don't forget: Blunders and "luck" is a part of chess.

Did you watch Giri-Karjakin in NorwayChess recently?

Giri had in a period a significant advantage, but than it was a draw, It WAS objectively a draw. Than, after 131 moves, if I remember correctly Giri made ONE terrible blunder which immediately lost the game, and Karjakin got 1/2 "free" point.
Sad for Giri, but he will learn from this game.

But did Carlsen fans scream that it was "unfair", because Giri's horrible blunder gave Karjakin a sole win by points, 1/2 point ahead of Magnus?

Of course not.

This is a part of the game. And Magnus could have decided the tournament himself by playing even better.

If I remember correctly, Kramnik was for example extremely lucky during the candidates when he was playing Mamediarov. Mamediarov blundered in the very last move when he was totally winning, and Kramnik got this win as a nice little gift. I felt sorry for Mamedarov, but a part of the game is to avoid blunders.

So, there we are. Most players get "lucky" from time to time.

Thomas Richter's picture

You may have a certain point, but how would people react if any other world-top player called himself "extraordinarily handsome"? Aronian, Grischuk, Anand, Gelfand :) to name just a few ... .

Whatever Carlsen says - that type of statements or derogatory/snide remarks about other players - his fans will always say that it is basically true or humor or both. Even calling it "sophisticated Norwegian humor", an option/excuse not available to other players.

As to sophisticated, it reminds me about what a(nother) Scandinavian once told me: "Danish has over the years evolved into a very sophisticated language that can now be spoken almost without opening the mouth at all".

Anonymous's picture

"Whatever Carlsen says - that type of statements or derogatory/snide remarks about other players - his fans will always say that it is basically true or humor or both. Even calling it "sophisticated Norwegian humor", an option/excuse not available to other players"


Grandma's picture

@Thomas, I know that you are extremely biased and not able to look on Carlsen in an objective way.

But I thought that you at least were intelligent.
Frankly, after this comment i don't know what to think.

Don't you understand the context?

Don't you understand that this is ironic?
Magnus is of course already long ago fed up with all comments regarding his look, and you must read his FB-status in this context.

I dont think that Aronian, Grischuk, Anand, Gelfand are so bothered with all this talk about how they look.
Do you really think that Magnus mean it seriously when he writes "This extraordinarily handsome gentleman is in Dubai "?

If you do, you have a serious hermeneutic problem, and you need to work with your problem in order to understand other people, and to understand people from other countries.

_No_ young Norwegian, 23 years old, calls himself a "gentleman", unless it's for joke

Don't you have any sense of humor at all?

" that type of statements or derogatory/snide remarks about other players"

Magnus is polite when he speaks about other players. He might have answered sometimes when people are making too stupid statements about him, but mostly he dosen't bother and dosen't say anything.

But now Magnus has blundered versus Vishy, so that will for sure make you happy. !

I said yesterday or the day before yesterday, (I don't remember), that I don't think Magnus will win whether the rapid nor the blitz. He's the best player in classic chess, but in rapid and blitz he's one out of many top players.

I mentioned Caruana, Grischuk, Nakamura and Karjakin as favorites, but now it seems to be a very good tournament for Anand, and it dosen't look so promising for Nakamura anymore.

Btw: I still DO try to open my mouth when I'm speaking Danish. ;-)

Anonymous's picture

"Thomas, I know that you are extremely biased and not able to look on Carlsen in an objective way.
But I thought that you at least were intelligent."

This surely must be Norwegian humor according to Grandma. To other people it looks like another badly veiled insult.

Thomas Richter's picture

"Magnus is of course already long ago fed up with all comments regarding his look" - hmm, Magnus is suffering from the hype around him?! Maybe, but it's equally possible that he enjoys it, he probably benefits from such hype, and it's part of what his manager calls "establish the brandname Carlsen".

I am actually not sure whether all of Carlsen's social media activities are Carlsen being himself, or Carlsen wanting to convey an image of himself, or others advising him about his image. You interpret everything in the most Carlsen-favorable way, I might go too far in the opposite direction, and the 'truth' is somewhere in between.

"Magnus is polite when he speaks about other players." Let's leave out Kramnik, what about this from Carlsen after the Gashimov Memorial: "In this event everyone wanted a big fight, but the type who played ten draws" - Karjakin's draw series certainly wasn't for lack of trying.

P.s.: Others told me that the guy who said "Danish is a very sophisticated language ..." speaks dialect, was it North Jutland?

Anonymous's picture

"In this event everyone wanted a big fight, but the type who played ten draws" - Probably tongue-in-cheek? Don´t forget, after the first rest day, Karjakin said something along the lines of (I´m paraphrasing): "It was a friendly game of football, of course Magnus tried very hard to win. Maybe it´s because he needs to win somewhere, after his losses against Caruana and Radjabov".

Both quotes seem to me more like friendly banter, I don´t think the two have any problems with each other.

Grandma's picture

I have never thought about Danish as a very "sophisticated" language. It's just one of my two native languages.

IMO Swedish is the most "sophisticated" language in Scandinavia, but I wouldn't use the word "sophisticated" for any languages.

This fellow _could_ have been from North Jutland. One the other hand, he could have come from many districts.
There are quite a lot of dialects in Denmark, (not as many as in Norway, though)
I had a few problems with some of the Norwegian dialects when I first moved to Norway, as I had with some of the dutch dialects in Belgium and in Nederland.

You are German yourself. Haven't you been in Denmark, one of your neighbor countries?

If, not, you should go for a trip, not only to Denmark, but to Sweden and Norway as well.

And, Magnus Carlsen is now the first ever to become World Champion in classical chess and rapid chess in the same year.

Chess history has been written today.:)

He's simply the best when when it matters most!! It's the truth, and no hype at all.

Congratulations to the Norwegian champion! :-)

Thomas Richter's picture

Mostly on the lighter side: "Sophisticated language" was obviously a joke, referring to the fact that (some) Danish people tend to 'eat their words' or 'speak with a hot potato in their mouth' - I do know a few Danes, and they aren't insulted about this. I agree that no language can be considered sophisticated, some may be more beautiful than others but that's also a matter of opinion (e.g. my mother considers Dutch a horrible language, for me it's the one I mostly speak these days, simple as that).

I studied in Kiel and have been to Denmark as well as Norway a few times, mostly for professional reasons. This included six weeks in Bergen (November/December - wrong season). I also had quite some professional contacts with people from both countries - while the closest one was with a Dutch person, now retired, who has a German wife and got a permanent position at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. So I do know a bit about Scandinavian/Norwegian mentality, I just don't think it suffices as explanation/excuse for someone like Carlsen with so much "international exposure".

Now dinner and then writing something about the event myself, IMO "hard to make sense of it". The easy/lazy way is "Ave Carlsen halleluja", but it's a fact that he was lucky in the final rounds - not just to escape against Grischuk with a win, but also that several other results went his way. On the other hand, it's time-consuming to look at many other games on the top boards in order to find out how lucky other players may have been ... . And as I write for a German site, I also want to include a few sentences on Naiditsch and Meier ...... .

Anonymous's picture

"The easy/lazy way is "Ave Carlsen halleluja", but it's a fact that he was lucky"


Grandma's picture


No, the Danes are not insulted by the potato in their mouth'- jokes. Why should we?

I pretty well understand why this has become a joke.

You must go to Norway and Bergen during the summertime.

A pity that one cannot comment on your German site. I read what you are writing there, but I cannot say that I always agree in your opinions...

Frits Fritschy's picture

Dear Thomas,
Sometimes I think you were born in the wrong age. Thirty years ago, you might have been an excellent 'Kremlin watcher': Breznjev raised his left eyebrow during the 1st of May parade, does that mean the end of the defence secretary? Or did that point to hidden health problems? But maybe he was just annoyed about the bird shitting on his suit.
Now not everyone is keeping strictly on topic, I'll take a walk on the wild side myself. The remark about Danish reminded me about what a long time ago a Dutch-Brazilian class mate of me once said about Portuguese: that it's a language without consonants.
By the way, maybe our Norwegian Grandma can answer this: do the Danes compare to the Swedes like the Belgians to the Dutch? The Belgians happily drinking their magnificent beer, and the Dutch brooding over their sunday bottle of gin. And how do the Norwegians come in here? I only got tv detectives to go by.
On drink: I needed it, watching the Dutch playing Australia in Brazil tonight...

Grandma's picture


I dont like to .generalize too much. There are many subcultures in each country, and all humans are individuals.

That said:
Yes, you may compare Danes versus Swedes with Belgians versus the Dutch, of course a little bit different, but still.

The Swedes are a bit more formal and introspective and are drinking in another way.

When they get drunk, they often get very sentimental and are friends with everyone, but the next day they are just as formal as before.
The Danes are more jovial with their (our) beer and schaps, much more gemütlich.

(I cant find a good english word here.)

Many Danes start the day with one little schnaps.
The Norwegians and Swedes don't.

The Norwegians are mainly drinking friday and saturday night.
The alcohol is more expensive in Norway due to alcohol politics and health politics reasons. On the other hand: Norwegians are in general wealthy, so they can afford it, and their alcohol habits are more continental now than when I first came to Norway.
But Norwegians are still drinking less than people from other European countries.
They are openminded also without alcohol.

Some Danes don't like the Swedes too much, and vice versa. But the Norwegians are friends with both Danes and Swedes, and popular in both countries, - except Witte donderdag in Strømstad and other Swedish cities near the Norwegian border.
(My last sentence is NOT a joke. I can maybe explain WHY later sometime, not tonight.....)

But in general Swedes, Danes and Norwegians are good friends.

And in general I like both the Belgians and the Dutch.

Hup Holland Hup! :-)

Leo's picture

Good Lord, Thomas, are you seriously taking issue with someone calling himself "handsome" on Facebook? I know you tend to over-analyze things, but ... wow. It's not even a matter of interpretation; a child would understand that it's a joke. And I don't think anyone would care one iota or read anything into it if Aronian, Grischuk, Anand or Gelfand did the same thing - at least no socially functional person would. Unless they already strongly disliked Aronian, Grischuk, Anand or Gelfand, of course.

Anonymous's picture

"Good Lord, Thomas, are you seriously taking issue with someone calling himself "handsome" on Facebook?"

He could be entertaining once in a while with his wasp style irritation every time Carlsen played a good game, but lately it's all just sad.

Anonymous's picture

"If you don't understand that this is joke, you have got a problem."

What problem? It's more of an insult than a joke.
It's too easy to name stupid or insulting remarks "Norwegian humor". The kid is just cocky.

And YOU have a serious problem if you have a problem with people who think so.

RS's picture

It means 'Really Smart'

Just look at the game between Jobava and Mame and you would know what king side attack really is and how to defend it better.

Greco's picture

ofc..now back to your basement

Anonymous's picture

" really smart " does not mean " world chess champion "

jimknopf's picture

Each successful kingside attack works only due to weak defence. As chess generally, and especially blitz is decided by weaker play and errors, and not by force of one player. This is true for each and every game.

If you pretend to know so much about chess, the most basic fundamentals should be known to you, don't you think, RS?

RS's picture


First of all they are playing Rapid not Blitz and have more time to think of better defensive moves.

Secondly I never pretend/claimed to know so much.

All I am saying is Narcissus Carlsen's opponent could have made better defensive moves that were obvious even to a club level player like me.

Spend some time analysing games and you can see that too.


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