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Okay, so I just woke up. Pogonina and Socko have lost the first game of their matches with Anna Ushenina and Antoaneta Stefanova. I must be the biggest jinx in the world...
The above is a neat game I just played through from today's round between Maria Sebag and Alisa Galliamova
lololol, but yes, sad at the same time :(
After thinking about it there is a real good chance that it's all pdela's fault. That seems more logical
Natalya's loss was pretty bad. Seemed OK out of the opening but then just outmanoevred with a steadily worse and worse position and just no counterplay at all ending with a rather dispiriting trapped queen.
But I have faith. It was with the black pieces and she is playing well as white.
Irina Krush seems to be having a good run.
Here are what I see as two problems pertaining to the broadcast of the women's world chess championship tournament at the original website:
1. Alexandr Khalifman analyses positions without showing the board. He'll go from game to game without the game board being shown, so there is no way for people like me to understand. When the commentators do settle on a more extensive analyses, they then show the board in the lower right-hand corner.
2. When they take a break during the broadcast, they show a montage w/ something like dance music in the background. Classical music w/ jessicafischer-type of documentary segments about the history of the women's world championship would be much better, in my view.
Irina is an American, so I can't root for her on principle. But here is her win today:
how can it be pdela's fault?
Shame there is a complete lack of British players.... still there is one european doing well.
I didn't even realise there was any commentary, I just picked a couple of games to flick between. Good coverage I thought. Easy to work out what was happening.
The tail, horns, and pitchfork perhaps?
Hi Trysts, welcome back
The Kosintseva sisters have now played each other 11 times. All games have been draws. They may have to play an "armageddon game" to decide this match
Their game was a bit boring. I feel a bit sorry for them, having to play each other, still I suppose they both entered so it was going to happen...
True. Out of the eleven games they played against each other, today's game was the longest, by far. All ten games previous to this one, were agreed draw in 15 moves or less, w/ three games drawn in 9 moves or less!
I don't really get it, I wouldn't take it easy on my brother, and vice versa.
Hi Pdela, nice to see your taking an interest in the womens chess championships.
It kind of reminds me of Serena versus Venus in tennis. Each time they played each other it seemed like the matches were filled with errors, probably because of nerves. They never seemed to play really good tennis whenever they played each other.
Draws under 15 moves sounds like collusion, not nerves.
Draws in 9 moves sounds very dubious..