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Carlsen needs to grow a mo. Topalov needs to get rid of his mo to have any chance; all that open testosterone leads to Topalov being too aggressive on the board.
I wonder if playing at home is an advantage or a disadvantage. Topalov played at home and it didn't help him. Anand is playing with Carlsen at home (in his home city), and I think it will backfire.
Chess is a game where concentration and less distractions help more than anything else and playing at home creates more pressure than anything else. - sorry a little off the topic.
I wonder if playing at home is an advantage or a disadvantage...
The next WCC should be held in orbit.
He's a great attacking player..offense is the best defence
I don't think Topalov will ever be WCH again, but he's still a great GM - not exactly a popular one but I guess you can't have everything.
I like the flash,too;but Carlsen is turning me into an endgame fan. ;p
It won't happen every single Russian would volunteer help to defeat Topalov just because of toiletgate and his two bit manager Danilov. Kasparov, Kramnik Svidler and Carlsen all helped Anand against Toplaov. In my opiion Topalov needs to come clean fire his manager and apolgize to Kramnik publically and personally. Toiletgate was despicable.
Well, at least he wasn't a Nazi collaborator - like Alekhine, Bogoljubov and Keres. As far as modern GMs go its hard to top Matulovich or Keene when it comes to being despicable for many years, but Topalov at the very least deserves an honorable mention compared to them
Were Keres Bogoljubov and Alekhine NAZI collaborators or just trying to earn a living the best way they knew how under war circumstances? Never heard about Matulovic, Keene certainly. How come Reshevsky isn't on your list no-one ever liked Reshevsky.
I think you're right,but anyone ,who was tainted,in the slightest,at the end of WWII,was doomed.And,of course,they were judged by those,who sacrificed so much,and didn't give in,to temptation,so maybe they were fairly judged.But a bad deal all around.
if he continues playing this form, he has good possiblity. it's depending upon continuation.
it's high time carlsen claims his rightful position as world champ.
Topalov took an extended leave from top-level play after losing his match with Anand. He got married and went on a long honeymoon. The absence from high-level play showed upon his return, and it has only been within the last year that he has begun to show again the form which kept him near the top of the chess world for several years.
Norway will be another good test to see if his resurgence and momentum can be maintained.
The Soviets were all set to execute Keres after WW2 but Botvinnik intervened and Keres was spared - on the condition that he didn't intefere with Botvinnik becoming the next WCH. So I guess they took this pretty seriously - assuming this tale is true - I can't recall the source. What is definitely a fact is that Euwe did not play in one Nazi-sponsored tnmt and didn't exactly lead the life of Riley during WW2 BUT he did have another occupation (teacher or college prof) Alekhine is also widely believed to have written (or at least signed) pro-Nazi anti-semitic tracts. Bogo is also widely believed to have collaborated a lot more than just play in Nazi run tnmts.
Reshevsky apparently was just a dick - not exactly in the same league as Nazi collaborators, cheaters like Matulovic and really shady guys like Keene http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/relief.html
Maybe an extended time-out from top-level chess is not such a bad idea at some point.
Obviously there are economic considerations to make, but I can well imagine getting burned out from chess after some 20+ years at a very high level. Also depends on the individual of course.
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