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Slick Mongoose

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  • Birthday 12/25/1983

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  1. Nothing against Karjakin, but I really hope it's not him again.
  2. He was nuts, yes. Unfortunately the film messed up the chess. :/
  3. Kramnik is world number 2 and Anand is number 8, both over 40.... But I guess people are looking for someone to beat Carlsen, and it's unlikely to be one of them. Personally I'm hoping for a Michael Adams comeback, but that's even less likely.
  4. It wasn't the best match ever, but I did at least enjoy Peter Svidler's live commentary, highlighting all of the amazingly interesting lines that could have been played, but weren't. Finishing the last rapid game with a queen sac was terrific. Karjakin's gameplan was partly to blame, as he was clearly trying to frustrate Carlsen by simplifying, although it nearly worked so I can't blame him. If he gets another chance I think he will have to be more aggressive, as Carlsen will have learned his lesson from the game he lost and the gap in the rapid games looked huge. I don't think the format of only 12 games helps, a longer match might make the players less scared of losing one if they have more time to win it back. 20 games would be perfect for me, and would have the added benefit of making rapid games less likely. On women's chess, there are still social barriers such as a much smaller player pool, girls being told from a young age that boys are better at chess, lack of role models, and ingrained sexism in the club scene. And that's just in the more enlightened west. Most chess players come from countries with far less enlightened gender attitudes than those. I don't think we can really claim that women are inherently worse. Even with all these barriers there was a woman in the top ten recently, and she only dropped out of the top ten when she stopped playing to have kids. One educational psychologist sets out to turn his children into chess prodigies from a young age, regardless of gender, and succeeds..... how many girls could have been great, but didn't have the same opportunity? I think the seperate competitions contribute to lowered expectations and encourage people to subconsiously think of women as inferior, so I don't agree that this system is helpful.
  5. Yep, pretty sure the big losers are going to be channel 4. I guess this is just a sky-owned production company screwing the BBC out of a show and getting a chunk of cash in the meantime.
  6. I'll be cheering on the contestant who referenced Dune in the last episode. Legend.
  7. Last season's premiere was 743K according to digitalspy.
  8. 520K viewers in the UK, a bit disappointing.
  9. Feel free to go to FB and tag yourself :)

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