Rorschach - 2 Posted December 1, 2016 Share Posted December 1, 2016 Okay, I did a quick search, and couldn't find the old thread. So I'm starting a new one, probably to see it die a slow death. Anyways, the World Championship is over, and, as it was before it started, the WC is Magnus Carlsen. I was a bit disappointed this time around. Being Norwegian, I'm happy with the end result, but the play ... I don't know. Karjakin is a hugely impressive defender, and he's shown time and again during both the classical games, and the playoffs, that he'll defend terrible positions with aplomb. For me, however, who isn't close to GM level, it becomes boring after a while. I started getting flashbacks to Greece in the 2004 Euros - the worst team ever to win a championship. Karjakin felt like that. I am aware that he drew first blood, and that he actually could have (more or less) killed the game off in game 9, but he never even tried (it seemed) to grab the initiative from the start - until game 16, where he had to win. And which he promptly lost. Carlsen won, but he wasn't playing with his usual fluidity. I think the 2013 or 2014 Carlsen would have broken Karjakin in games four and five. This time around, he wasn't precise enough, leading to Karjakin managing to hold and grow in confidence. Will be interesting to see how Carlsen will play in Wijk am Zee (think that's his next tournament). As far as the World Championship title goes, the excitement again is to be found in the Candidates in a year and a half, and the qualifiers leading up to that. Karjakin is, I think, guaranteed a spot. The other places are all up for grabs at this point. I'm hoping for Caruana, as I really enjoy his style, but we'll have to wait and see. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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