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Biel Round 5

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Today I had a tiring game. I was on the defensive in the opening, when my opponent blitzed out a long series of instant moves, building an hour lead on the clock and what looked like a borderline decisive advantage. I fought on pretty well, but ultimately I ran down to a minute and lost the game at the end of time control. I don't think there was any way to save it though. After the game my opponent told me that I had made one mistake in the opening, and then it's hopeless. Oh well! That's what it's like to play against strong people. Also a bit unlucky that he guessed the right opening and reviewed this one line so deep with his computer right before the game.

Meanwhile, I have been so focused on my games, that I have not spared even a momentary glance to the Elite Section happening five feet away, since the first day when I watched for 5 minutes after my game. Carlsen was luckier than I with an exchange sac today: (and yes, I say lucky on good authority, since in the lobby he told me it was lucky)

 

 

I also happened to run into Vachier-Lagrave. Maxime was satisfied with his game, which I did not realize until I got to my room followed a game of mine from the May Metropolitan IM Round Robin for 15 moves! I'll have to show him my game next time I see him!

 

 

Tomorrow is another game for me and for everyone else here. Pairings are out, and I'm white, as I "should" be, playing against the nice German IM, Paehtz (that's 3 Germans and 2 Indonesians in 6 rounds).

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Quite a good battle with Gleizerov, sharp game with lots of chances!

    Magnus is a brute.

  • 3 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Get in, well done David  ;) gona mean a hard game as black next  ;)

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    update: i won rd 6. i'll try to find time to post the game tonight.

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    yeah, Gleizerov was pretty tough. i don't think he was totally comfortable calculating all the complications, he ended up down to 10 minutes. so i think if he hadn't reviewed the exact line right before the game with his computer, and he had to think for himself i would have had practical chances. as it was he had enough resources to bring the game home without a blip.

    and i'll say hi to Lizzy for you.

    as for the pairings: yeah, swiss pairings are totally "unfair" higher rated players always get easier pairings. what they should do to make things fair is assign every player a random pairing number at the start of the event, 1 through 127 or whatever. then you get paired within score groups as if that was the order of your ratings. but that's a topic we can discuss another time! Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    Crazychessplaya

    Ah yes, the Swiss pairing system and all that. Thanks, Cruiseylee78.

  • 3 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    he doesnt need to sicialian as its in the intro and notation on what colour he was ;)  he was black  and lost the game delibrately so he could play another female player. Davids told me hes little black book of phone numbers is filling up  ;)

  • 3 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Gleizerov is a tough guy, especially when it comes to opening preparation. He is a well-known analyst and commentator. Good luck in the remaining 6 games!

    P.S. Oh, you're playing my friend Lizzy tomorrow. Laughing

    Pass her a special "hi" from me.

    http://www.pogonina.com/images/stories/img_0093.jpg

  • 3 years ago

    Sicilian101

    David, you didn't mention in your game if you were white or black.

  • 3 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Never mind about today David. You have done above expected so far so just concentrate on playing solid again as white and im sure you will get a win ;)  By the way is their a trophy for which male plays the most females prize?  ;)

     

    And Crazy, Shanky gets easier games as he is higher rated ;)  Thats how these tournaments work. You play someone who has same score as you and if your high rated in that score bracket you will play someone lower rated than you.

  • 3 years ago

    GM KaydenTroff

    Which game was it?  (That you followed Lagrave's game or he followed yours)

  • 3 years ago

    Crazychessplaya

    How come Shanky always gets easier opponents??

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