Thanks rooperi, how are you dealing with the extreme heat in South Africa? Hope you are keeping cool man...lots of liquids.
Ouch, it's summer there, totally forgot... We have almost -10°C.
Geez, I'm battling to sleep, it's really hot. We had a little rain this morning, that helped for about 5 minutes.
Poor you. Is the punkawallah on strike?
wrong hemisphere, wrong continent.... geez.
Magnus isnt human, i believe hes an alien that comes from a chess planet, possibly bet talent of all tim
For perspective: Carlsen was +7, undefeated, and tied Kasparov's record of 10/13 at Wijk aan Zee. Clear second was the world's #2, Aronian, at +4. The World Champion could only tie for third at +3.
Besides Hou, Leko should be commended on his clear 5th at +2 with only one loss and a performance of 2785. The surge of the younger players like Carlsen, Karjakin, Nakamura, Caruana, Wang, and Gashimov sometimes makes us forget that players like Leko and Svidler (who is in the Candidates') are still top-flight masters.
Caruana's performance has to be bitterly disappointing after his last two years of successes. He started Tata as #5 in the world and ended as #13, down 24 points in one tournament!
The commentary on that other site mentioned that Caruana has been busy with school (college?) stuff. I'm not sure if it makes sense.
wow, Hou was ahead of Caruana and she's younger than all of them except for maybe Karjarkin.
I'm glad of it, hopefully she'll compete in more male dominated tournaments, specifically top GM tournaments like Tata, and become the next Judit. In such a strong field I thought she did excellent.
Heh. Reminds me of the man who went to his neighbor's house and asked to borrow his lawnmower. The neighbor said, "Sorry, I can't today, my wife is making soup." The man turned to leave but then returned and demanded, "What does your wife making soup have to do with me borrowing the mower?"
The neighbor replied, "Nothing, really - but if I don't want to lend you my lawnmower, one excuse is as good as another!"
Caruana presumably knew his exam schedule and level of school work before he accepted the invitation. I suspect it is more likely burnout due to his hectic schedule recently, as was suggested on the previous page.
Aronian won. I find it interesting that everyone has been very excited about Magnus' brilliant tournament, meanwhile Aronian has quietly got to 9/13 only 1 point behind Magnus. He is still the biggest threat to Carlsen in the candidates imo, although Kramnik is also dangerous.
The guy who beat Kasparov for the world championship dangerous? You don't say! :D