Another Surprise

Apparently my man Radjabov (Elo 2759) had a chance to catch Dominguez, so he decided to make it interesting. The line he chose offers white a bunch of forced draws on a silver plate nevertheless. Kualots (Elo 2560), for a reason only he knows, decided to “play a game”, so the draw was made after 40 moves.

What would Carlsen have done? He would have played some bullshit opening, given his opponent +0.33 at move 10, equalize around move 25 and win 50 moves later. Radjabov can’t do that, because he is wired differently. He cannot play incorrect openings in order to avoid forced draws, because it would violate his zero-risk-philosophy. Radjabov also gave his opponent rope to hang himself, but he did it as a negative freeroll. That’s not the same.


Radja was given the chance to repeat a known forced draw in the Botvinnik, but he refused to do so.

Drawmeister of the Day

Clean draw by my man Radjabov. This means that he will finish +1.

There are no late bloomers in chess

A few months ago I suggested that Vincent Keymer should play a match with Igor Rausis to gain some more or less free rating points, because I had the feeling that Rausis was clearly “overrated”. As the link shows, Lawrence Trent thought the same.

Now the latest news is that Rausis got caught using his mobile phone during a game. So much about that.

Beating the Grünfeld

Chess24: Play the French

This is a short review of the video series on chess24 about the French by Edouard. I am not going into detail on every line, because there is on obvious flaw which pretty much devaluates the whole project. Edouard recommends a line that is also covered in the brilliant book by Negi, but he isn’t even mentioning the critical lines given by Negi. I mean come on dude! This is just weak.

Two interesting games

In the first game Caruana caught Naka in a memory contest.

The second game is a draw in a sharp line between comrades.

At least he tried

Ok, after making some not so friendly remarks on Svidler, I have to give him credit for fighting in this time. For a reason that only he knows, he didn’t go for the critical line with e3, but went for something fresh in a well known line. He pretty much dumped a pawn for nothing and couldn’t prove compensation. Svidler’s game is all about tactics and since there were no tactics, he couldn’t find ’em.

Another pointless game

Yesterday Peter “nice guy” Svidler played his good old friend Gelfand, whom he drew like 100 times before, and the result was as expected. Today he and Danil “not so young anymore” Dubov repeated the game of two “amateurs” and managed to draw in 21 moves. Why play chess if a draw is the expected result?

Drawing for a Living

Here is a recent example how to be successful in chess without playing chess at all. One of my biggest idols, Peter “nice guy” Svidler, follows a blitzgame from a match. Dominguez, who analyzes his own games too, plays the computer improvement and Svidler immediately forces the draw. That’s how you do it, boys and girls! Why play chess if a draw is the expected result?

Play it safe!