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  1. Plessiez

    Chess - the world in black and white

    Karjakin takes the lead! I missed today's games, but the results are ... not what I was expecting. I'm sort of rooting for Ding now, actually.
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    Chess - the world in black and white

    Seems hard to remember that, during round 4, Kramnik was on 2.5/3 and had (at several points) a winning position against Caruana. What odds would you have got on Kramnik only having 3.5 by the end of round 9?
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    Chess - the world in black and white

    Caruana beats Aronian to take the sole lead. Don't think there's a way back into contention for Aronian now (or for So, if he loses to Karjakin as it seems he will).
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    Chess - the world in black and white

    Well, yesterday was disappointing for Aronian and today was no improvement. A shame that So chose today to start playing well. Kramnik's play today was also very strange. I'm not sure I can see either of them recovering. Caruana and Mamedyarov are now tied for first. I don't really think either of them would challenge Carlsen all that much, honestly (Mamedyarov's head-to-head score in particular is not encouraging). Then again, I'd have said the same about Karjakin in 2016 (and probably did). It does look like one of those two will win this though.
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    Chess - the world in black and white

    I'm following the Candidates too. Bit surprised (but not displeased) to see So and Karjakin at the bottom of the table, even if only after two rounds. Though So hasn't been quite in the same form he was a year or so ago. Even though I wasn't happy about how Kramnik qualified, a part of me would be very amused to see him beat Carlsen in a match (not that I'm that confident he would).
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    2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    (Belated) congratulations to those who met their targets this year, and commiserations to those that didn't. I think that the OP should be up to date now. If anybody wanted to start a new thread for 2018 but was worried about stepping on my toes, please go ahead. I'm going to have limited time over the next few months for either reading fiction or checking this board, so I'm afraid I'm probably not the best person to do this.
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    Favourite books read in 2017

    My top ten is largely a mixture of recent releases and things I'd been meaning to read for a while. The only exception to that is, I think, the Mitchell book; I have a feeling that I picked that up after reading a few people here talking about it at the start of the year. The list below is not really in order except that Too Like The Lightning is comfortably the best thing I read this year. (I just got my copy of The Will To Battle today and I'm wondering whether or not to reread this again first.) Too Like The Lightning by Ada Palmer (2016) The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (2010) Possession by A. S. Byatt (1990) The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin (2017) The Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992) The Power by Naomi Alderman (2016) Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (2016) Always Coming Home by Ursula le Guin (1985) Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (2015) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (2017) Honourable mentions: I read a good chunk of Adrian Tchaikovsky's Shadows of the Apt series over the first half of the year (of which Salute The Dark was probably the best) and I also read the first five books of Max Gladstone's Craft sequence (of which I most enjoyed Four Roads Cross and Full Fathom Five).
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    2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    Earlier today I finished my seventy-second book of the year, so I've now reached my target for 2017.. Since my last update: 62) Cold Magic (Kate Elliott) 63) Trent's Last Case (E. C. Bentley) 64) White Teeth (Zadie Smith) 65) Autonomous (Annalee Newitz) 66) Six Wakes (Mur Lafferty) 67) Dichronauts (Greg Egan) 68) The Power (Naomi Alderman) 69) The Secret History (Donna Tart) 70) The Fall of the Stone City (Ismail Kadare | translated by John Hodgson) 71) Europe In Winter (Dave Hutchinson) 72) Cold Fire (Kate Elliott) Despite worrying at the start of the year that I was reading too much by the same group of authors I'd already read, I think I'm fairly satisfied by both the number of different authors I ended up reading and the number of authors I tried for the first time this year (55 and 33 respectively). I read five books by Max Gladstone and four by Adrian Tchaikovsky but no more than three by anybody else. Things I liked most of what I read this year, in the order I read them: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (by David Mitchell), Too Like The Lightning (by Ada Palmer), Possession (by A. S. Byatt), The Stone Sky (by N. K. Jemisin), The Secret History (by Donna Tart) and The Power (by Naomi Alderman). One thing I wanted to do this year that I didn't really manage was to read more short story collections. In the end I only finished four and didn't really hugely care for any of them.
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    December 2017: Better Late Than Never

    This week I've read Naomi Alderman's The Power, which I thought was really good, and Greg Egan's Dichronauts, which I also enjoyed but not as much as I'd hoped. (I spent the first few chapters trying to actually work out what was going on in terms of the 2+2 dimensional physics, but it was a bit too much for me.)
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    Chess - the world in black and white

    So, final candidates confirmed now. Aronian (#2 on the live rating list at the moment) Mamedyarov (#3) Caruana (#4) So (#6) Kramnik (#7) Ding (#10) Grischuk (#11) Karjakin (#13) A pretty strong line up, I guess: MVL the only person in the top ten who stands out to me as missing. Thinking about the wildcard announcement a bit more, I'm slightly annoyed on MVL's behalf. Think he'd have been a much fairer wildcard pick (if 'fair' and 'wildcard' make sense together) and pre-announcing Kramnik just makes it explicit that MVL never had even a chance of getting this despite outperforming Kramnik in pretty much every measure this year.
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    November 2017: What was good this year?

    I read Autonomous recently and liked it quite a lot.
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    Worm 2 has started! [SPOILERS]

    I really liked Worm when I read it a few years ago, though I had a few issues with some of the plot developments towards the end. But I'm not sure how much of it I can actually remember now. I also think I started when the serial was either complete or very close to being complete, so I didn't have to wait much between chapters (I read it at a pretty rapid rate, which is probably part of why I don't recall much of it now). So I guess I might try rereading Worm first (or at least skimming it a bit) then move on to this when it's a bit further advanced. I didn't ever try Pact or Twig -- are they any good?
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    Chess - the world in black and white

    Confirmed now, apparently. Good call.
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    2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    (The list in the opening post of this thread should be up to date now, I think. If you've set or reached a target and I haven't added your name, please let me know and I'll modify the list accordingly.)
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    2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    As of yesterday I've equalled the 61 books I read last year, which means that I'm more or less or track to reach this year's target. Since my last update: 49) Woman on the Edge of Time (Marge Piercy) 50) Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer) 51) Jacques the Fatalist and His Master (Denis Diderot) 52) Last First Snow (Max Gladstone) 53) The Stone Sky (N. K. Jemisin) 54) Floating Worlds (Cecelia Howard) 55) Children of Earth and Sky (Guy Gavriel Kay) 56) Europe at Midnight (Dave Hutchinson) 57) Something Coming Through (Paul McAuley) 58) The Scarab Path (Adrian Tchaikovsky) 59) Our Lady of the Ice (Cassandra Rose Clarke) 60) Replay (Ken Grimwood) 61) Emergence (Ken MacLeod)